Kiera & Jay's Style Session

Now and again I get the pleasure of styling love birds for their engagement pictures. Kiera and Jay are two beautiful people getting married in the spring of 2012, and they hired me to get them ready for their engagement session with Melissa Jill.

Kiera and Jay really wanted to have their photos show two different things they love - nature and music. This is such a great thing to think about before a photo session because you can make sure your location and clothing reflects those things. People want to look at photos and see the person they know, AND you want to make sure you're as comfortable as can be in front of the camera. So, regular hang out spots are great location options!

They chose an outdoor location nearby and The Mint, a local club where Jay DJ's. Obviously, these two places (nature and a club) are VERY different from each other, so we made sure their outfits reflected that. All of the clothing was pulled from their closets, which was great because there was already a love affair with the clothing before I got there. =)

First stop was the beautiful outdoors. Jeans are something Jay and Kiera both feel very confident and relaxed wearing. I made sure the washes were different from one another as well as the shape. We selected a sweet lace top for Kiera, and accessorized her with some gold, long necklaces. (If you didn't see my recent post on gold, check it out!)

For Jay, we found a dress shirt that had stitching that complemented Kiera's shirt. The pattern on the button down is wide enough so that it doesn't dance on camera.

And now onto the club, The Mint! I'm headed out there this week, and I can't wait to experience it!

Jay usually rocks a button down and jeans when he goes to work, so we stayed true to what he likes to wear, and chose a classic black shirt with a favorite pair of jeans.

For Kiera, we chose one of Jay's favorite dresses of hers. Obviously, Kiera has an amazing body, and rocked this dress like nobody's business. We accessorized it with black accessories to complement Jay's shirt. I also encouraged her to add the patterned pumps, and I'm SO glad she did. It gives the outfit a touch of spice, no?

It's so great to see their love come alive in these photos, and I'm so glad I had a chance to work with these two! To see more photos from this shoot, visit Melissa's blog.

Live Love Photography Giveaway

Is there a gal in your life (sister, mom, girlfriend...) that you have been wanting to do something really special for but you haven't had the time or money? Check this out! My friend Tina, who the fabulous photographer behind Live. Love. Photography, is doing a giveaway that includes a free photo  shoot, hair and makeup styling by Tina and a personal shopping and styling session by yours truly. So, what do you have to do to get in on this?...

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Win a FREE Styling Session

Do you feel like you have nothing to wear when you stare at your closet every morning? Well, maybe you just need a second pair of eyes and hands to see and create new outfits...

SO...I'm giving away THREE, FREE styling sessions to three lucky Phoenix Metro readers.

This entails me coming to your house, scanning your closet and drawers, creating several outfits, photographing them for you and making a inspiration board to hang in your closet for the days that you don't want to think about what to wear -the days where you just want to look effortlessly fashionable. This is for men too, so don't be shy!

The contest is open from today, Friday, March 19, 2010 at 11:00AM PDT until Monday, March 22, 2010 11:00AM PDT. Only readers in the Phoenix Metro area can enter.

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1. Leave a comment below with your email address sharing why you need a stylist

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