Outfit Chronicles: Feelin' Like a Rebel in Leopard

Thought I'd mix up my Outfit Chronicles a bit.

You know, like sitting on the street..

.. in front of the neighbor's house

... swinging my hair around

It's those heels I tell you. Those lovely, twenty-five dollar, leopard heels.

But seriously -- if you're taking pictures of yourself or someone, try really random things. Use the curb on the street, hop on top of something, or try balancing on something (that makes for quite the interesting poses).

Don't you love the necklace?! I actually based the outfit on that necklace. Thought it needed something a little spunky, so I went with all black.

top: little shop in Honduras, skinny jeans: Charolette Russe, all accessories: F21, shoes: F21

Another neighbor, who we have chatted with on many occasions, was walking his dog right by Jose and I, and I literally kept telling myself "pretend he isn't there, pretend he isn't there." Especially when I could see from the corner of my eye his brisk walk come to a sudden slow pace as he watched us with his dog trying to pull him along.

I used to stop everything when people walked by, too embarrassed to have them watch me model and feel silly about posing on the street while people are clearly watching. But one day I took a deep breath and told Jose to keep shooting. I was afraid I would show the discomfort I wore on my face in the photos, but even if I felt it -- I wanted to push past it so that I would eventually not care at all when people walked by. I'm constantly scared of what people might think or say -- seeing this random photoshoot (and probably recognizing us every week!) -- but I thought this would be a great exercise to stop worrying so much. To think about the artists who push SO far past their comfort zone, careless and free as they create art without self-conscious barriers.

So this is for them. To the neighbors who watch me every week in my crazy poses and random outfits. To the people with the moving truck 15 feet in front of me. Yeah, I'll still blush and feel slightly retarded -- but I'll be back every week. This risk is so tiny compared to everything else I want to do in life, it's quite laughable. And that's what it takes sometimes... putting yourself out there in hopes that it'll be something interesting. Then you try and try again. Plus, you have to make a fool of yourself sometimes. Don't people do that when they're in love? ;)

And it's absolutely worth it :)

Day 64: Babies & Beauties

Aaahhh! I'm sorry! Friday and Saturday just snuck away from me, BUT to make up for it, I have really exciting things to share!!

First, we have a guest post from Meghan McFarlin. She is a new owner of a Nikon SLR and starting her photography adventures. I'm so proud of her because upon getting her camera she is learning it MANUALLY!! Major props to her because it is extremely challenging to push yourself into manual mode when you first take hold of an SLR. It actually took me a long while to stay on manual when I got my first Canon SLR (rebel xti!). I remember that I would try to learn it, but when I was around family there was SO much going on and kids were running all over, that I switched to AP mode to keep up. Eventually, I reached the point where I could stay on manual, despite my chaotic surroundings. So to those struggling with this, keep pushing -- I promise you'll get there eventually! Just keep shooting.

Now, on to her photo!

From Meghan: "This is my niece, Ella, at three weeks old. The focus is on accessories. Walk into any children's store, and you will find way more accessories for little girls than for boys. From birth, females are accessorized in a way in which boys just can't compete. From accents in their hair to toe-nail polish, women of all ages have men beat for adding a touch of personality to their outfits via accessories."

Haha. This is SO true about accessories. Shame is that I know I'll be that mother to my daughter :P Thank you Meghan!

Now, to some other exciting news. The new MohkaLIFE Who's Who is up!! And I have to say this ranks up there as one of my favorite photos. For those of you who know me, you know I've been dyyyying to do a cultural shoot with someone of Indian descent. I absolutely LOVE, love, LOVE the colors, richness in detail, and the fabrics! Aaaahhh. Now my next photography mission: An Indian Wedding!! Come on people, help me make this happen :)

And here, is the photo:

Medhini Kumar. Isn't she beautiful?! The hilarious thing is that she is a complete tomboy and hates dressing up. Now that the article is actually up, I can show you some behind the scene bloopers that resulted into this photo. Check out the spread for the rest of the pictures! Let me know what you think! I love feedback -- and that includes critiques.

Okay, okay... I'll give you an idea of what we were up to:

Till' next time~
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