Southern Charm: A Styled Shoot With Best Friends

There's nothing that makes me more happy than being able to use my talents for my family and friends. This past November, Michelle, one my BEST friends in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD, came to visit me along with her super adorable husband, Rob. Michelle and I met our sophomore year of high school back in Texas, and since then we have shared so many memories.

When I found out that she and Rob were coming to visit, I knew I wanted to do a photo shoot with them because Rob has an AMAZING wardrobe full of three piece suits, vintage denim, Billy Reid clothing...He's probably the most stylish man I personally know. In fact, Rob used to write menswear posts for this blog about a year ago.

Men around here just don't have the same type of wardrobe. So after talking with my talented photographer pal Gina Meola, we decided to do a southern styled mock engagement shoot in Arizona. Yep, Arizona. So, how did we make that happen?

It all started with the clothes, of course. I made a inspiration board for them using my favorite online tool, Pinterest. I knew Rob had an amazing suit he had been wanting to use, which was an excellent way to portray the formality of style in the South. For Michelle, I made sure there was a touch of prep, femininity and country in each outfit.

From there we Skyped and passed cell phone pics back and forth to make sure Rob and Michelle had everything they needed before arriving in Phoenix.

Once they arrived, we make sure the outfits worked. With a couple of tweaks and some accessorizing the outfits were perfected! We also made sure Michelle's hair was everything she wanted it to be with some help from my good friend Kim Cornwell. I also got to play makeup artist. Teehee!

For locations I found the perfect little craftsman style home in downtown Phoenix. You'll see those types of homes everywhere in Texas. Plus, Rob and Michelle had just purchased their first home that has a similar look. We also shot at the Phoenix Public Market, which is a place that offered all sorts of interesting details and these REALLY awesome bikes thanks to Keith - an employee of the market. That place is genuinely awesome.

And from there Gina Meola waved her magic camera, and captured the most beautiful photos of two people I love so much and their love for each other. It was such a joy!

I hope you love the photos!!!


To see more photos from this shoot, check out Gina's blog!