Monday, January 16, 2012

In the Navy

{Dress: ASOS, Coat: Express, Hat and ring: H&M, Shoes: Sam Edelman, Sunglasses: Thierry Lasry}
photos by Monique Dolbin

If you're stalking me on Facebook like a good reader would, you would have seen a sneak preview of these amazing photos Monique Dolbin from Life in Focus took of me. Is that narcissistic to say about pictures of yourself? That they're "amazing?" Regardless, that's what they are...and it's not at all because I'm so incredibly bloggery-modelesque. Well, not entirely, anyway. They're amazing because Monique has an amazing eye for composition, lighting, and color.

I used to work with Monique a few years ago. Since then, she's taken up photography, at first as a hobby, and more recently, as a professional. She's still building her business (complete with a package tailor-made for those of us who have gone/are still going through our quarter-life crisis), so she asked me if I'd like to take a few pictures in D.C. to round out her portfolio. And who am I to say no to the chance to have my picture taken?? Not Melissa, that's for sure!
You always hear people say that such-and-such photographer was "so great" to shoot with. Listen. I've shot with a few photographers in my day, and for the most part, they fall into one of two categories: bored out of their mind or creepy and inappropriate. I couldn't be happier to report that Monique is neither of things, and truly was SO GREAT to work with. She sat down with me first to chat about the day and what we would accomplish (and gossip about a few former coworkers, nbd). She gave great direction and immediately made me feel comfortable, which, btw, is key when it comes to getting your picture taken, whether it's engagement pictures or, ya know, narcissistic solo photos!
 Let's face it: you gotta be comfortable to let someone get this close to your face.
You can check out more of my shoot with Monique here and here
P.S. More pictures from my shoot with Monique to come later, along with an exclusive offer for CupcakesOMG! readers!!

11 comments:

whitney said...

these ARE awesome.

i might just photoshop my face on you so that i can have some more photos of me around town...

you cool with that?

Lisa said...

Fantastic photos. Who doesn't like a good photo or two (or a bunch) of themselves? It took me a minute to figure out who it was, but there's somethingin your face that reminds me of Dr. Altman from Grey's Anatomy.
Anyway. again, beautiful photos!

lacesandlattes said...

Great shots!

You have beautiful skin!

Annalilly said...

Very cute pictures!

M. Flynn said...

I'm all about the narcissistic vanity shoot. Isn't that what blogging is about? You look lovely and the pictures are amazing! I might just have to email Monique myself.

The PvdH Journal said...

These are beautiful pictures indeed! And I know what you mean regarding the different personalities of photographers

Violet Tinder said...

WOW, gorgeous photos!!!
Your skin looks so incredibly perfect!!!

Hodge Podge said...

Umm.... have you ever thought about adding makeup tutorials?? Your makeup is awesome! Seriously, I'm inept and ever since your blowout tutorial I've known how to make my hair look good. Perhaps your true calling in life is to be a beauty teacher/life coach via blogging.

Lydia said...

You look so pretty! I love your makeup. This Monique gal is amazing. It's awesome that she makes her subjects feel relaxed, because nothing screws up a photo like a screwed up, tense face. Also I love your shoes.

Kasey Lynne said...

These are gorgeous!! How do you get such a flawless face??!

Aurea said...

I love your shoes, your make up, your outfit ... everything! Keep it up!

xx
Aurore

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