The best part about blogging for me is being able to connect with my community. It’s no secret that I really love the city I live in and I love supporting all the local businesses here. I was thrilled when Jennifer Georgette Photography contacted me asking if I would be willing to take part in a collaborative photoshoot that brought together some local clothing shops, hair stylists and makeup artists. It’s not often I get dolled up, so I was ready to jump on board. I was even more excited when we landed on another rockabilly/pin-up look (see my last rockabilly shoot here).
The gorgeous ladies from Bella Lu’s invited us into their shop to check out some outfits to borrow for the shoot. I tried on a lot of amazing pieces and was excited about the two outfits we settled on complete with shoes and handbags.
We got lucky the day of the shoot with a beautiful spring day. The afternoon of the shoot started with makeup from Zebo Makeup. I had no idea what the plan was for hair and makeup so I was equal parts excited and nervous.
I couldn’t help but take some selfies in my car afterwards because I was so happy with the look. Someone REALLY needs to teach me contouring, brow shaping and cat eye liner so I can achieve this on my own more often. I’ve got the red lip down already.
Next up was hair. Jennifer had been in talks with Aaron, the owner of Crop Hair Boutique about the look she was hoping for. Aaron selected the best stylist for the job, Danielle, who really created a masterpiece with my hair.
After a couple hours at the salon, it was time for the fun to begin! Our location was just around the corner from Crop, down a somewhat sketchy alley. I have to say, I was a little nervous changing in the back of my car and hanging around with the questionable characters of the neighbourhood. Jennifer did a fantastic job of making me feel comfortable and making me laugh. I grew up in front of the camera with my mom being a photographer, but I never know how to pose and what to do with myself so it’s nice to have that direction and guidance.
Before I knew it, it was time for another backseat outfit change into the red polka dot dress. This dress. I was happy with the outfits we had chosen in the store, but wasn’t in love with either one to the point where I felt compelled to purchase them. It wasn’t until I saw the first sneak peak of this shoot that I really fell in love with this dress. It is perfectly flattering in every way and you know that I will be going back to buy it immediately.
I think deep down I must have known that dress was a knockout because I felt way sassier during the last half of the shoot. Time was flying and quickly running out before we had to call it a wrap. I could have stayed out there for hours. I did want to sneak in one last shot as a personal favour while we were in the area. My artist friend that past away last year left a piece of himself on the door of Dose Coffee Co, which was at the end of the alley. I really wanted to get a snap with his piece and was very thankful that Jennifer was able to do that for me. It turned out perfect.
Huge shout out to all the people involved for letting me be a part of such a fun day and for the opportunity to work with some amazing locals. Be sure to follow them all on your favourite social media channels.