Ahhh yes…the fashion blogger. She curates a blog and Instagram full of drool-worthy, jealousy-inducing fashion shots. Everything from the “perfect twirl” highlighting her Olaplexed hair, to her prancing across a busy Manhattan street featuring a Chloë Nile Bag in cognac leather. The one that she – beyond any comprehension – managed to snag the week it was released.
She wants you to think that this is her life…full of dreamy destinations, gorgeous clothes and millenial pink. But we are all learning that this isn’t the case. Like, AT ALL. For every Insta-worthy shot, there are 50 of her in various stages of embarrassment and imperfection.
I can speak to this personally. The open flys ruining shots (close up shop, genius!), the boogers hanging out of my nose on those -30ºC days, the weird facial expressions, toddlers and animals photobombing, the food shots that are more disgusting than “Bon Appetit” and so on and so forth. In my almost three years of blogging, I’ve seen it all. And you know what? These candid shots are good. They are way more entertaining than the head to toe perfection. So that’s why I’m treating you today to my own fabulous ridiculousness. Enjoy!
This shot was taken on a late summer day. It was hot, it was blindingly sunny, and my friend Tara and I decided to treat ourselves to some refreshing sparkling wine. She took this snap to test the light. It all converged to create a ridiculous storm.
Nuff said. LOL!
My friend Alyssa of Ms. Beltempo is one of my fave people to collaborate with. She’s a trooper…always wanting to take the best shot and up for shooting in any condition. This day was windy and cold. I’m laughing as I type this as I believe that day was about 10ºC. It’s is now -38ºC with the windchill.
The “I’m Having Way Too Much Fun At Fashion Week” Shot
Here I am with my sister Erika at Toronto Fashion Week FW2017. I’m Zoolander, she’s Hansel.
Tara makes me laugh. She keeps shooting once you think you are done just to get shots like these. My husband does the same for the sole reason of making fun of me afterwards.
Just checking to make sure they didn’t disappear.
Haha! That was a good day. A bus load of tourists watched on bewildered as I marched across the street to my husband who then pretended to not know me.
This adorably chubby pigeon wanted in on the action. He knew he was hot with his colourful feathers, great waddle and compelling looks. “I’m the one dominating style, Style Domination. Move over.”
This picture was sooo ridiculous, sooo awkward and sooo unnatural that it still makes me bust out laughing. What’s wrong with my legs? Why am I half-asleep? Am I half-asleep or drunk? Who knows???
The weather in Ottawa went downhill FAST. This popular street in Ottawa is like a wind tunnel. With its somewhat close proximity to the water, it’s constantly windy and freezing. Tara and I froze our buns off that day and made a promise to each other to take it indoors for the rest of the season. I’m still thawing out from that shoot.
Alyssa and I thought it would be fun to take a few shots sitting on the curb, which stressed me out because this ain’t no dress! It’s a long top. And the good citizens of Ottawa don’t need to see that much of me.
In all fairness, this shot was taken the morning after I had one too many white wines. Ugh.
I’m considering having this shot framed. That day was a lousy one. My Dad was really sick after his transplant, I was in a foul mood, I had to get this shot done for a campaign and I was stressed and feeling rushed. This sweet girl saw us shooting and wanted to know if we’d like to photograph her pup to “up my IG game” – her words, not mine. Bless her.
Little Poe saved that day. I was in tears, he was so cute. So soft, so cuddly and he smelled good. GOD. As you can see, I didn’t want to let him go. My husband had to wrestle the poor little guy away from me.
More concealer!!! MORE CONCEALER!!!
My husband who takes the bulk of my blog pics has turned into quite the perfectionist. This translates into me holding poses forever…like this shoulder press where I was clearly dying. Yeah, those are light weights. SO???
Dave wanted a natural look which meant a few
thousand takes. I was dying at that point.
I’ve done so many photoshoots at this point that I’m immune to people looking at me while the shots are being taken. I don’t care anymore. I just want to get the best shot possible and be on my way. So, don’t be shocked if you see me out and about cleaning my nostrils, checking my boobs and obsessively ensuring that my zipper is up while being photographed. Yep. This is my life now.
I’m a goof. What can I say?
Hope you liked this real look into the photography of Style Domination. Hope you guys feel like you know me even better now! LOL!
Happy New Year!