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Faux Leather/Fur Vest + Striped Top + Ripped Skinnies + Booties

 I took these a while ago, back when we still had sunny evenings…but honestly, we’ve been super lucky and have had a lot of sunny (albeit COLD!!) days lately!

For those in between weather days, vests (especially faux fur cozy ones!) are a great layering piece! These are hands down some of my new favorite pics of us!!

Mostly, Maya, because this is just so HER!! LOOOOOVE!

On me…

Vest- Velvet (eBay, similar here in black)
Top- We the Free (Free People) Peplum Tee (Nordstrom Rack)
Jeans- DL1961 “Amanda” DIY raw hem (ebay)
On Maya…
Dress- Indigo Collection (thrifted)
Leggings- Hanna Andersson (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
As always….most of the parks we go to have a LOT of dogs.  Which means….Maya is lost to me.
Yup, that’s a DIFFERENT dog… 😉 hahahaha.  ME..attempting to enthusiastically call her back to ME…the dog won. I messed up an entire series of shots because I wasn’t in the right spot, so they are all blurry… still love this one though!  Oh, and yes,  That sign was in ALL of our shots… 😦
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Party in the back…

Our weather has been ALL OVER THE BOARD lately, but the past few days have been in the 80’s-WHAT?!!  Makes me a little scared for this summer… BUT, it’s been fun getting to wear light flowey tops (with barely there backs!!)

 I feel like I might be sounding like a broken record about my LOVE of an interesting back.

AND, the front of this top is gorgeous all on it’s own!Blog Free People Fly Away Top Hudson Collin Skinny Gray Mystique Tie Sandals-1 But….Blog Free People Fly Away Top Hudson Collin Skinny Gray Mystique Tie Sandals-2 Blog Free People Fly Away Top Hudson Collin Skinny Gray Mystique Tie Sandals-3 So, I ordered another shutter release, but it’s on back order.  SO…the last few shoots have been all with the self timer.  I CANNOT WAIT for the new shutter release to get here!!

Imagine me hitting the shutter, and then RUNNING to the spot (which is farther away than normal, because I was using a zoom lens)  She kept thinking we were running together, and then I’d stop at the focus point.  I LOVE this next image.  Her face is like “Um….why are you stopping??!” haha.

Don’t mind me.  Just trying to show the amazing back of this top!! 😉Blog Free People Fly Away Top Hudson Collin Skinny Gray Mystique Tie Sandals-4And…her chasing me to the spot 🙂  I love this little pocket of sunshine and all the shade around it…Blog Free People Fly Away Top Hudson Collin Skinny Gray Mystique Tie Sandals-5Wanting up…

UGH, what am I going to do when she stops wanting to be picked up for a hug??!!

(insert major TEARS emoji!!)Blog Free People Fly Away Top Hudson Collin Skinny Gray Mystique Tie Sandals-6 Once again, I hadn’t planned on throwing her, but she came running full force at me, and we caught it perfectly.  Well, not perfectly because I chopped off half of her body.  Love that I still got her face…in the shadow and all.Blog Free People Fly Away Top Hudson Collin Skinny Gray Mystique Tie Sandals-7 Blog Free People Fly Away Top Hudson Collin Skinny Gray Mystique Tie Sandals-8 Blog Free People Fly Away Top Hudson Collin Skinny Gray Mystique Tie Sandals-9Bubble gun that we got from the dollar store.  So cool, because it doesn’t require batteries.  NOT so cool, because  you have to push the trigger a kazillion times to get a lot of bubbles.  That’s hard for her, so she usually gets one big bubble… Blog HM Red Striped Dress Naartjie Leggings Red Saltwater Sandals-1 Blog HM Red Striped Dress Naartjie Leggings Red Saltwater Sandals-2This next shot is totally blurry, and I don’t care!!  I tried “gunning” some bubbles for her, and then attempted to run back to catch her chasing them.  Well, the wind was too strong, and… Blog HM Red Striped Dress Naartjie Leggings Red Saltwater Sandals-3You can’t tell, but it was 75 degrees.  We were both HOT!  And I was totally sweaty from running back and forth between the camera, and then chasing her.  SO…we made the executive decision to leave and go play at the indoor gymnastic free play.  Always sad to leave… Blog HM Red Striped Dress Naartjie Leggings Red Saltwater Sandals-4On me…

Top- Free People (eBay, LOVE these here and here)
Bralette- Spree
Jeans- Hudson “Collin Skinny” (thrifted for $8!!)
Sandals- Mystique (old, loving these here)
On Maya…
Dress- H&M (thrifted)
Leggings- Naartjie SO sad they are no longer in business ;( (thrifted)
Sandals-  Saltwater Sandals (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
UGH.  The main thing I do NOT miss about the 10 second self timer.  RUNNING to the spot, and then hearing the click of the shutter when I’m in no way ready haha.
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One more time that she came running towards me, and I wasn’t prepared.  TOTALLY wish I’d had this set up to capture HER!!!!  GAH!!!  I put a new battery in the receiver as soon as I got home!!!
Ps. don’t mind me and my really tight jeans…yikes.Blog Outtake-2
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Stripes + Destroyed Jeans + Vans (Mom Uniform…AND photography insight)

 While my taste in clothing is sometimes all over the board, I do have a few things that I always fall back on as my tried and true uniform.

One of those combos is…

Striped top + Destroyed Denim + Comfy tennis shoes.

I vary the combo in sleeve length, fit of the jeans (skinny, boyfriend, straight leg), and color of the shoe, but it’s pretty much a no fail comfy, yet stylish combo.Blog Free People Madness Muscle Tee Genetic Alexa Legacy Cheetah Vans-1 Blog Free People Madness Muscle Tee Genetic Alexa Legacy Cheetah Vans-2I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try a few lens that I rarely use.  I have so many lens, and tend to only use the same one or two over and over.  Such a waste of both money, and my creativity!!

I only brought my 35mm and my Lensbaby on this day which definitely gives a different look than I’m used to.  ESPECIALLY the Lensbaby (below), but I ended up loving the shots I took.  Maybe because they were different??

Oh, and my remote trigger is still not working, so it was back to the self timer shots. GRRRR!

DYING though…Blog Free People Madness Muscle Tee Genetic Alexa Legacy Cheetah Vans-3Kinda love how Maya is totally out of focus running to me on the image below!  I would NEVER attempt an action shot with a Lensbaby with a client, but…maybe….???  One of my biggest regrets is that I don’t take more images that I WANT to capture with clients.  How are they supposed to know, if I don’t take them?!!

That’s going to be my goal going forward.  Although, It’s going to be hard.  I love sunset images (aka, the golden hour), and I know ALL of us are trying to get our kids to bed then!!  SO HARD!   I tried really hard to get a few images that show that sunny haze, buBlog Free People Madness Muscle Tee Genetic Alexa Legacy Cheetah Vans-4LOVE this next one! Blog Free People Madness Muscle Tee Genetic Alexa Legacy Cheetah Vans-5 Blog Free People Madness Muscle Tee Genetic Alexa Legacy Cheetah Vans-6And then the 35mm.  I NEVER use this lens, and I have NO idea why!  I always thought it distorted the images, but it totally doesn’t!  AND…big bonus?  I could set the camera up about 4 feet away, which made running back and forth to hit the timer totally easy-WIN!!

I think with clients, I prefer to be farther away from them to make them more at ease, and zoom lens let me do that… Oh, and you can’t beat the bokeh of a zoom lens!

BUT…being able to run back and forth and get these with a self timer?  I’ll take it!Blog Free People Madness Muscle Tee Genetic Alexa Legacy Cheetah Vans-7 Blog Plum Sykes Dress Hanna Andersson Converse-1 Blog Plum Sykes Dress Hanna Andersson Converse-2I can’t even… I know I say that all the time, but I’m just SO not good with words!  And yet, I end up capturing exactly what I want to say, so…maybe I’m better with imagery words? Blog Plum Sykes Dress Hanna Andersson Converse-3And, just to show you what happens when you get a liiiiiittle bit closer.  You lose the sun flare and haze.  I’m totally torn, because I love both!!  Yet, they are absolutely different! Blog Plum Sykes Dress Hanna Andersson Converse-4Oddly enough, where we went isn’t a huge park.  It’s right across the street from the beach, and not big at all!

Not the most picturesque of shots, but she kept jumping back and forth from these, so I had to capture it 🙂  The city/beach is across the street to the right.  I should have done a panorama shot in the “keeping it real” section!  Next time…because we will be back.  Actually, we’ve been here before a few times, but it always looks different.Blog Plum Sykes Dress Hanna Andersson Converse-5

On me…

Jeans- Genetic “Alexa in Legacy” (ebay)
Shoes- Vans (thrifted for $6!, sold out, similar here)
On Maya…
Dress- Plum Sykes (thrifted)
Leggings- Hanna Andersson (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Hahaha.  Fainting from smelling the daisy??   Or…just not feeling having her picture taken with me?  😉
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(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Day at the beach…

 My remote shutter officially died on this trip.  Insert major sad face!  I’m fairly certain it’s a random setting that I pushed accidentally, and yet…after HOURS of researching…can’t figure out.  I had to go back to the self timer on the camera, and I have NO IDEA how I used to do that all the time!!!  Needless to say, I was a hot sweaty mess by the time we left!Blog Free People Peplum Top Levis 501s Converse-1BTW, vintage Levi’s are the perfect jeans for crop tops!  Even if you think you can’t score them thrifting.  You CAN if you want to…  Blog Free People Peplum Top Levis 501s Converse-2 Blog Free People Peplum Top Levis 501s Converse-3 Blog Free People Peplum Top Levis 501s Converse-4 Blog Free People Peplum Top Levis 501s Converse-5 Blog Free People Peplum Top Levis 501s Converse-6 Blog Free People Peplum Top Levis 501s Converse-7I loooooove all the fluffy clouds! Blog Sweet Luka Mo Paint Splatter Dress-1OMG, and that face?!!

LOVE!!! Blog Sweet Luka Mo Paint Splatter Dress-2 Blog Sweet Luka Mo Paint Splatter Dress-3 Blog Sweet Luka Mo Paint Splatter Dress-4 Blog Sweet Luka Mo Paint Splatter Dress-5I told her NOT to throw sand…Blog Sweet Luka Mo Paint Splatter Dress-6 And then…decided WTF, she was due for a bath anyways….Blog Sweet Luka Mo Paint Splatter Dress-7I mean, can you say no to that face??! Blog Sweet Luka Mo Paint Splatter Dress-8

On me…

Jeans- Levi’s 501 (thrifted, and DIY cut similar here)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted)
On Maya…
Dress- Sweet Luka Mo (old, tank version here)
Rain Boots- (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
I promise she’s laying there laughing 😉Blog Outtake
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Boho Tops + Dark Skinnies + Wedges

 I had a corporate shoot last week, so that means I can wear something a little nicer.

  AND…when I do head shots (that don’t last all day!!), I like to wear heels.  It’s always good to be taller than your subject, and with 4″ heels, I’m 6 feet tall.

NOT really doable unless it’s a wedge!!  A platform wedge, that is 🙂

I still hadn’t figured out my new tripod, so my mom was nice enough to snap these of me when I came over to pick up Maya 🙂Blog Free People Snap Out of It DL1961 Emma Bloom Toms Wedge-1 Blog Free People Snap Out of It DL1961 Emma Bloom Toms Wedge-2 Blog Free People Snap Out of It DL1961 Emma Bloom Toms Wedge-3 Blog Free People Snap Out of It DL1961 Emma Bloom Toms Wedge-4 Blog Free People Snap Out of It DL1961 Emma Bloom Toms Wedge-5 Blog Free People Snap Out of It DL1961 Emma Bloom Toms Wedge-6 Blog Free People Snap Out of It DL1961 Emma Bloom Toms Wedge-7 Blog Free People Snap Out of It DL1961 Emma Bloom Toms Wedge-8Blog Sweetlukamo Paint Splatter Dress Black Toddler Toms-1 Blog Sweetlukamo Paint Splatter Dress Black Toddler Toms-2 Blog Sweetlukamo Paint Splatter Dress Black Toddler Toms-3 Blog Sweetlukamo Paint Splatter Dress Black Toddler Toms-4 Blog Sweetlukamo Paint Splatter Dress Black Toddler Toms-5And after that puddle….shoes came off 😉 Blog Sweetlukamo Paint Splatter Dress Black Toddler Toms-6 Blog Sweetlukamo Paint Splatter Dress Black Toddler Toms-7 Literally, right before this, Maya had been saying “NO PICTURES!!!”

So…I said that I really wanted to take a picture of this pretty flower.

She proceeded to plop down and… 😉Blog Sweetlukamo Paint Splatter Dress Black Toddler Toms-8 Blog Sweetlukamo Paint Splatter Dress Black Toddler Toms-9I WIN!!! 🙂

On me…

Wedges- Toms (thrifted, similar here)
On Maya…
Leggings- Hanna Andersson (thrifted)
Shoes- Toms (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Maya equally vacillates between “NO PICTURES!!!” and…hamming it up.  Or, in truth, just playing and not really knowing that I’m taking her picture.  Today, it was more of “NO PICTURES!”  WHICH…I really try to abide by, IF…I know she really means it.  Most of the time, she doesn’t.  Today, was one of those days that she kind of did.  Mid running away from me snap-whoops!
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I love this so much.  Maya being chased by BOPO (my dad) as we are leaving to go home… 🙂
Those sunglasses were a thrift store score (chosen by her, of course :))
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(all pictures taken of me and me with Maya by my mom.  Ones of Maya by me 🙂 )

dit-elle-Lauren

Oversized Knits (w/fun details) + Moto Boots

 I love the mix of this top that is somewhat feminine in it’s color and details, with the grungy gray skinnies and old moto boots.  I had to run around all morning (Maya had gymnastics, followed immediately by school), then raced home to get caught up on work.  The shower never happened, but I was beyond comfy!  I had finished up some work with about 20 minutes to spare before I had to pick Maya up.  I ran down and took some  pictures really quick, because we had a random break in the monsoon rain we’ve had lately!  I had hopes of bringing Maya back after school, but she was pretty beat…so we just chilled at home instead.Blog Free People Pointelle Ballet Neck Pullover Genetic Denim Mayhem Fiorentini Baker 7040 Boot-1 Blog Free People Pointelle Ballet Neck Pullover Genetic Denim Mayhem Fiorentini Baker 7040 Boot-2 Blog Free People Pointelle Ballet Neck Pullover Genetic Denim Mayhem Fiorentini Baker 7040 Boot-3 Blog Free People Pointelle Ballet Neck Pullover Genetic Denim Mayhem Fiorentini Baker 7040 Boot-4 Blog Free People Pointelle Ballet Neck Pullover Genetic Denim Mayhem Fiorentini Baker 7040 Boot-5On me…

Sweater- Free People “Pointelle Ballet” (eBay, sold out)
Tank- H by Bourdeaux (Nordtrom Rack, sold out)
Jeans- Golsdign “Mayhem” (Ebay, similar here and here)
Boots- Fiorentini + Baker 7040 Boot (purchased via an Instagram acct)

 

Keeping it Real…
I really wanted to show the movement of this sweeater and capture the super cool deep side slits.  That didn’t happen haha.  Two cars pulled up just as I was doing this, and I decided to just call it a day after one failed attempt! 😉Blog Outtake
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Coated Moto Skinny Pants…day to night.

 I knew I was going out later this night, but really didn’t want to have to think about a separate outfit.  So…I picked something that I could dress down for preschool drop off, work, pick up, and then play…then easily transition into a Mama’s night out!

Coated denim is one of my favorite things to wear in the fall/winter.  Super fun and easy to clean-WIN!  And it can easily be dressed up or down.  Denim jackets are my favorite “make just about anything easy and casual” item of clothing.

Blog Levis Jacket Free People Madness Stripe Muscle Tank DL1961 River Atlanta Checkered Vans-1 Blog Levis Jacket Free People Madness Stripe Muscle Tank DL1961 River Atlanta Checkered Vans-2 Blog Levis Jacket Free People Madness Stripe Muscle Tank DL1961 River Atlanta Checkered Vans-3I love the fun little slit in this tee. Blog Levis Jacket Free People Madness Stripe Muscle Tank DL1961 River Atlanta Checkered Vans-4And the moto detailing on these pants!!  It was hard to capture it on camera, but both by the pockets and at the bottom of the pants are super cool stitching. Blog Levis Jacket Free People Madness Stripe Muscle Tank DL1961 River Atlanta Checkered Vans-5Blog Free People Madness Stripe Muscle Tank DL1961 River Atlanta Checkered Vans-6Then…had a little fun in photoshop with this one 🙂  It’s amazing what a difference a change in shoes can make!Blog DL1961 River Atlanta Checkered Vans Kimchie Blue Leopard Booties-7Add a leather jacket, and you’re ready to go out!Blog Doma Leather Jacket Free People Madness Stripe Muscle Tank DL1961 River Atlanta Kimchi Blue Leopard Booties-8I took these pictures on a bike trail that is right next to a pretty busy street.  Yeah…I got a lot of looks.  One biker even offered to stop and take some pics for me haha.  No…I don’t feel like a complete nerd at all with my tripod and self timer-ugh ;}

And seriously, the weather in Seattle is so wonky.  I took the shot above and the one below less than a minute apart.  It went from totally overcast to SUNNY.Blog Doma Leather Jacket Free People Madness Stripe Muscle Tank DL1961 River Atlanta Kimchi Blue Leopard Booties-9After I picked Maya up from school, we walked over to my parents house.  It was my mom’s birthday, so we wanted to bring her some treats (a few Pumpkin Balls that I posted on Wednesday!)Blog Levis Jacket Free People Madness Stripe Muscle Tank DL1961 River Atlanta Checkered Vans-10My dad took these next two 🙂Blog Free People Madness Stripe Muscle Tank DL1961 River Atlanta Checkered Vans-11Blog Free People Madness Stripe Muscle Tank DL1961 River Atlanta Checkered Vans-11-Blog Hanna Andersson Black Velour Twirl Dress Purple Leggings Kamik Rain Boots-1Blog Hanna Andersson Black Velour Twirl Dress Purple Leggings Kamik Rain Boots-2Blog Hanna Andersson Black Velour Twirl Dress Purple Leggings Kamik Rain Boots-3Blog Hanna Andersson Black Velour Twirl Dress Purple Leggings Kamik Rain Boots-4Blog Maya and BOPO 6Blog Maya and Meme 5Blog Hanna Andersson Black Velour Twirl Dress Purple Leggings Kamik Rain Boots-7Blog Hanna Andersson Black Velour Twirl Dress Purple Leggings Kamik Rain Boots-8Blog Hanna Andersson Black Velour Twirl Dress Purple Leggings Kamik Rain Boots-9 On me…

Jacket- Levi’s (thrifted, similar here) Leather- Doma” (similar here)
Jeans- DL1961 River in Atlanta (similar here)
Shoes and Boots- Vans (thrifted) Kimchi Blue (thrifted, similar here)
On Maya…
Dress- Hanna Andersson Velour Twirl Dress (thrifted, but similar here)
Leggings- Hanna Andersson (thrifted, but similar here)
Boots- Kamik Stomp Rain Boots (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
I don’t always make it back in time before the self timer goes off haha.
Blog Outtake 1 And….she was done with the picture taking 🙂Blog Outtake 2
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except the flying one with me and Maya and ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren