photographed by Brian Harat
shirt – stolen from my brother’s closet
jeans – thrifted levi 501’s
shoes – checkerboard vans
I decided to do something a little different for this post– photos first this time. I do a lot of really cool photoshoots with different photographers and friends I know just for fun but I barely ever make full blog posts out of it, so no one ever gets to see all of the photos except me. I met up with my friend Brian for these shots at Peck’s Arcade in Troy and I just love how they turned out! Usually I try to have a concept for a photoshoot going into it, but this time we kind of decided to walk around Troy and see what happened. This location was amazing and inspired me so much, and I think the photos show it!
I usually wear darker and more edgy styles, but with summer coming around I’ve been really into light colors, neutrals, and more natural textures and settings. It’s not what I normally go for but I’m really liking the change. You may be seeing me switch around my Instagram to more things going along with this style! Also, mad props to the amazing natural lighting in these photos– not kidding they barely needed to be edited at all. They don’t look overdone or like we tried too hard and that’s what I love about it.
During this shoot, Brian and I were talking about why he likes to take photos/ why I like both taking them and being in them. We both agree that it’s not about the Instagram likes or the money or anything like that, it’s about happiness. Brian said the best thing about taking photos of his friends is seeing them be happy with the result and feeling really good about themselves when they see the final product. I couldn’t agree more. The main reason I work on my blog, write, make art, and take photos is because I genuinely love being creative and it makes me so happy to do all of these things. It truly is my main passion in life.
That being said, it hasn’t been easy for me to stay happy lately. Only my closest friends know that I got in a pretty bad car accident about a week ago and it’s been extremely tough for me. I am very lucky to come out of it with only a few bruises and everyone is okay, but any accident is scary and takes a mental toll on you. I’ve found it very difficult to stay positive at all these past few days. My friends have reminded me to try to focus on all the good things in my life, and I remembered that those things include blogging and fashion and creating. I’ve decided to make it a priority to keep myself genuinely happy by doing these things. I’ve been so inspired talking to my friends about creative ideas and concepts we have, so I’m really excited to start working on them.
I’ve been collecting quite a few more thrifted items, so expect my thrift shopping post up next! Also, if you guys like seeing all of the photos from my photoshoots, please let me know and I can post more like this.