Today I’m going to write a little differently while sharing a holiday look in one of my favorite color combos – black and red. It’s no doubt I love this color combination, because I have done the same combo before (in one of my first posts How to Pull Off Black and Red and in Meet Max). I particularly love this combination around the holidays. The red just cries out Christmas and when you add a little lace it’s divine! While showing you the look, I’m going to make myself vulnerable here and share the reality behind this shoot.
Moments before we began shooting I was bundled up in my coat, freezing. My coat was red (meant to be used in another shoot) and I looked like some sort of fashion disaster. I’m sure nobody in the park would have thought I was a fashion blogger. My hair was falling out of some interesting side style I couldn’t figure out and while attempting to fix my hair in the wind my bra was falling down. Seriously, I love this shirt so much, but a strapless bra? Not so much.
While taking photos I had music playing in my purse trying to forget how cold it was and get me into the holiday spirit. After all, that is why I was sharing this holiday outfit right?! The shots were either coming out way under or way overexposed and I did not have the patience (or warmth) to wait to get it right. Halfway through, the wind was so strong that my eyes were watering, mascara running, and my hair was so far in my face that when reviewing the shots, it just looked crazy. I ended up taking the bobby pins out and flowing freestyle for the rest of the shoot.
At one point I lost patience and said, “That’s enough of the shoes!” I didn’t think we needed 50 shots of the shoes. OK, so I’m exaggerating, but it felt like an eternity when my arms and legs were bare. My husband gently replied, “Babe, you don’t see what I’m seeing. Trust me. I’m trying to get it right.” How sweet he is to be as much of a perfectionist as I am!
In the end, we had to take so many shots to get even a few acceptable to post. Messy hair, ballooning shirt, slipping bra, squinty eyes, running mascara, etc. Now I could be way off topic, but I’m telling you this because behind every shoot there’s a girl (me) and a photographer (my awesome husband), working together (mostly), and trying to get it right (as much as we can). We are everyday people, just like you, with challenges and imperfections. It’s when I embrace those challenges and look beyond my imperfections that I realize I have so much to smile about!
Keep smiling and remember to embrace life’s challenges and imperfections.
It’s what makes us beautiful – and human!