Friday, April 10, 2015

My Own Sun

Pinup Girl Clothing Ella dress in pink and baton rouge floral print

The mind of a new(ish) mom is constantly filled with things we'd wished we had done before the baby.  While my list isn't too long anymore, learning my camera/photography is always one that stays with me.  I try to read blogs and tutorials when I can, but the fact is those moments are few and far between.  I usually wait for the "golden hour" to take my photos but it's not very convenient when Bianca is asleep or cranky at those times.  Lately I've been doing my best to take photos in different lighting conditions.  In a way, it's forcing me to learn through trial and error.  It's been an interesting journey so far and I'm hoping it helps with my photography in the future!

Pinup Girl Clothing Ella dress in pink and baton rouge floral print

Pinup Girl Clothing Ella dress in pink and baton rouge floral print

Pinup Girl Clothing Ella dress in pink and baton rouge floral print

Pinup Girl Clothing Ella dress in pink and baton rouge floral print

Shoes- Modcloth
Petticoat- Unique Vintage
Earrings- Swarovski

This pink Ella dress is truly a dream come true. As a longtime Jenny fan, I didn't think a different style could come close.  Ella is great because it's a little more comfortable in the bodice.  It's not boned so while there's less structure, it's a great dress to wear all day.  It has a full swing skirt and the fabric is considerably lighter than the Jenny.  But the biggest plus?  It has pockets!  Not tiny ones either, I'm pretty sure you could fit an iPad mini on each side.  I appreciate the generous pocket space when I'm at the grocery store and can take my phone, keys, and wallet while holding a baby!  Ella comes in a variety of colors and prints, I plan on adding another to my collection soon :).

xoxo

Ashley

38 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos!
    That is such a gorgeous dress, I've always loved the yellow color way! :)
    http://cherrymilla82.blogspot.com.au/

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  2. Too bad your photos always look incredible... :) and so do you in this dress!! This definitely makes me want to try the Ella, since I don't have one yet. My PUG wish list keeps growing and it's bad, bad news for my bank account.

    xoxo Sammi

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    1. Gah, you're much too sweet. You know how it is, you always think your photos are the worst. I think you would look gorgeous in an Ella, much like everything else ♥

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  3. I have to agree with Sammi... you literally always look top notch! I think you have great photography skills!
    xoxo
    Taylor
    http://www.nothingbutapigeon.com/

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  4. I would never have guessed you were trying to improve your photography - it never looks anything less than immaculate! And the fact you take your photos in the so-called golden hour and the come out well is even more impressive - I call it the nightmare hour because it's like a race against time to get anything half decent!! This dress is incredibly beautiful and you look like you were born to wear it :) CC x

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    1. Thank you so much! I totally agree with you, it's like you have to beat the clock to get a great photo!

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  5. I think your photography always looks great! You do a beautiful job capturing all the vibrant prints and colors you wear, and doing that while keeping an eye on a small child is so impressive.
    This dress looks absolutely gorgeous on you. The pink is stunning with your coloring, and I love the unexpectedly perfect touch of the red shoes. You look like a valentine come to life.
    Cheers,
    Jessica, Zella Maybe

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    1. Thank you so much Jessica! I really appreciate your kind words :)

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  6. Gah, you always looks so gorgeous in pastels, especially with your lavender hair. The Ella is a beautiful dress, and PUG does such lovely sophisticated prints, especially the florals. I am loving all the functional details they have been highlighting in recent designs such as the adjustable straps and the pockets.

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    1. Thank you Connie! I'm totally with you, the adjustable straps are such a great feature! As someone with a very long torso, being able to adjust where the waistline hits is a huge advantage!

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  7. This dress looks gorgeous on you! Got to love pastels in the spring time. I absolutely adore how your shoes match your dress. So pretty!

    xoxox Toots the Doll

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  8. I love pockets in dresses so much. This looks lovely on you. You are always lovely though.
    +Victoria+

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  9. I think you're doing a fabulous job with your photos. But I totally know what you mean. I so wish I was able to make that "golden hour" more often. (; Beautiful dress! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  10. Adorable dress! Like your shoes!

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  11. O hmy stars and garters. That dress looks like a dream. YOU look like a dream in this.

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  12. Such a lovely dress, as usual! Photography is a very weak point for me--but it's also something I don't find very interesting to study, so for now, I just go without the super-nice pictures. :)

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  13. I love this Ella dress on you! I'm glad you've confirmed its like the jenny dresses as I've been eyeing up on one of these for a while :)

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    1. Thanks Lulu! Yes, it's a wonderful dress! It's much longer than a Jenny but perfect nonetheless.

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  14. Love, love, love this dress on you! Just amazing. I don't have an Ella dress yet, but the style is simply gorgeous.

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  15. Why doesn't every dress come with pockets?!

    This is a stunning dress on you, and some really lovely photos - you're so clever to take your own! I have a photographer, and even then my photos don't always turn out that great because I'm a bit of an awkward poser.

    You're really inspirational to me that life - and love of pretty dresses - doesn't have to stop after motherhood

    x

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    1. Right?! Every dress should have pockets! Thank you so very much! I wish I had my own photographer!

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  16. Ugh dresses with pockets make my heart sing. And what time did you shoot these photos? The lighting is really beautiful! I've been trying to learn photography for the last couple of months and it is coming along *rough* haha. I don't know why but the whole f/stop plus shutter speed stuff just isnt working for me. I follow all the rules, do all the setting photographers recommend, and all my pics still end up super blown out. I just...ugh. It's auto mode for me haha

    xo Marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

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    1. Mine too! This was at about 9:30-10:00. I'm learning too, it can be frustrating at times!

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  17. I've been lusting after this dress for a while, I hope it comes back in stock in my size. You're stunning. I hope you're photography journey goes well :-)

    Sarah | Lipstick and Dresses

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    1. I'm sure it will, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

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  18. One of the best ways to utilize light when it's not golden hour is looking for naturally filtered lighting spots, or having the sun at your back if you just can't find anywhere shady. I wrote a post about taking your own photos a while ago if you wanted to read it: http://www.eccentricowl.com/2014/08/26/6-tips-for-taking-good-outfit-photos-on-your-own/

    Not that my photos are really amazing (it's always harder to produce fantastic pictures on your own!), but those are things that I have learned through being a photographer and having a husband who is an expert!

    You look GORGEOUS here. And I like the lighting a lot!
    xo
    Kristina
    www.eccentricowl.com

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    1. Ahhh thank you so much Kristina! Your advice is very much appreciated!

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