Three Unconventional Photography Tips/Habits

Unconventional (adj): not based on or conforming to what is generally done or believed.

I have watched my fair share of photography YouTube videos along with reading probably a hundred of posts and forums about photography advice. Things start to get repetitive and predictable, and you hear the same few ‘rules’ over and over. Though everybody has their own unique photography style, it seems like most photographers tend to have the same processes and the same conventional standards (i.e. “You can’t get great photos without shooting on RAW“, “You need to get on your computer and use lightroom“, “You need these 5 lenses to be a paid photographer“). The more I started to read and watch, the more I realized a few things I practice and believe aren’t exactly conventional when it comes to being a photographer. I am so incredibly fascinated about learning what other people do and what processes work for them. While I think it’s important to constantly seek growth and learn new things, I think it is also important to stay true to yourself and to not be fearful of breaking a few rules. Try different things, listen to different opinions, and find what works best for you!

I wanted to share three of my unconventional photography habits and my three things I believe you don’t need to produce beautiful photographs to be proud of. I hope you can find my tips insightful or interesting at the very least:

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Shopbop Sale

one | two | three (my mom and I both own this dress- comes in 10+ colors) | four (one of my most worn dresses) | five | six (under $100) | seven | eight | nine (under $100) | ten | eleven (under $100) | twelve (I got these last month and love them!) | thirteen (under $50) | fourteen | fifteen | sixteen (under $100 + also come in black) | seventeen (under $100) | eighteen | nineteen | twenty (under $50) | twenty-one | twenty-two | twenty-three | twenty-four (I own these & love them!)

Hello & happy Tuesday. I don’t usually blog on Tuesdays, but today is an exciting day because Shopbop is having a HUGE sale right now, which will be open to the general public tomorrow (cue fireworks/confetti/balloons/etc.). Though it’s opening to everyone tomorrow, you can already start shopping the sale today! With the code “EVENT17“, you can get 20% off all orders under $500 or 25% off orders over $500 (both full price and sale pieces!) until Friday. This sale is definitely a great time to stock up on the spring/summer staples you have been eyeing (especially things like neutral sandals, denim shorts/jeans, accessories, and graduation dresses.).

I love Shopbop because they have such a great variety of pieces from a ton of my very favorite brands like Free People and Sam Edelman. I wanted to share a few of my favorite Shopbop pieces that are both in my wardrobe and on my wish-list. I decided to include my favorites- all under $200. If I had to pick just one single piece from Shopbop, it would definitely be this embroidered Free People dress. I own it in blue, and I plan on asking for a second one this April for my bday (torn between the black and the cream). It is available in four gorgeous colors and is so versatile. I wore mine 10+ times this summer, and it is definitely my favorite/most-loved dress in my closet!

Let me know what you have been eyeing from Shopbop lately/what your faves are!

xoxo,
Mackenzie


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Pink Maxi Skirt

TOP white crop top (size small) | SKIRT pink wrap maxi skirt (size xs // under $50!) | NECKLACE shell choker (linked similar) | SUNGLASSES cat eye sunnies (under $15!) | SHOES nude heels | BAG straw clutch

 Hello friends & happy Friday! Boy, am I thankful for Fridays. Did anybody else’s week go by crazy fast? Mine sure did. Today I wanted to share one of my favorite new finds- this gorgeous & girly pink maxi skirt. I have been a little bit obsessed with midi/maxi skirts this past year and have become something of a collector of anything and everything long and flowy.

When I spotted this little gem on Nordstrom for under $50, I knew it would get lots of love in my wardrobe. I absolutely love how feminine and flouncy it is with the wrap fit and tie waist detail. I also think this skirt is incredibly flattering as well. As for sizing, I definitely think it does run true to size. I feel like I am constantly having to get pieces altered (because I am 5’1), so it’s always refreshing to find something that is the perfect length for me. If you are a tall gal, I think this skirt would also look beautiful as a midi skirt paired with neutral sandals or chic wedges! I paired it with my go-to layered, white crop top and my favorite nude heels. This look would be perfect for any spring occasion like a wedding or even Easter! Speaking of Easter, I can’t wait to be back in Texas next Friday. I’ve definitely been having tex-mex withdrawals lately.

Cheers to the weekend!

xoxo,

Mackenzie


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Little Black Jumpsuit

JUMPSUIT lush black gauze jumpsuit (under $60, but currently sold out- linked similar options below) | NECKLACE squash blossom dupe (linked this season’s version) | SHOES black espadrille wedges (under $100) | PURSE louis vuitton neverfull tote

Happy Wednesday! I am a strong believer that every girl needs a little black dress jumpsuit in her closet. You know, the perfect little black jumpsuit that works for brunch with the girls, date night, and even that long plane flight you’ve been dreading. Jumpsuits are such a staple in my closet, and I typically find myself reaching for them more often than I do my flouncy sundresses. There’s just something about jumpsuits. They are casual and comfortable, but they still exude effortless confidence and make any outfit a little extra chic.

I can admit that I first saw this jumpsuit hanging in my mom’s closet back in March (can you tell raiding my mom’s closet is one of my favorite activities?). I tried it on & fell in love. I ended up hopping on Nordstrom and ordering the exact same one for myself! Unfortunately this exact jumpsuit is sold out at the moment, but fingers crossed it will come back in stock soon. I’ve noticed that this piece has gone out of stock more than once on Nordstrom, which is not shocking to me because it’s such a great find (especially for under $60!).

For dinner with my dad, I paired this jumpsuit with a statement necklace and black Steve Madden espadrille wedges (that I recently featured in brown). Though I do adore these affordable, espadrille wedges, I must admit that you do have to break them in. Definitely opt for a band-aid on your heel the very first time you wear them! Besides that tiny, initial downside, I am still not over how much I love them. As for this statement necklace, I purchased it from BaubleBar quite a while ago. In my dream wardrobe, I would definitely a real turquoise squash blossom necklace. The dupe will suffice for now! Though this exact one is no longer on the BaubleBar site, BaubleBar did create one with their Target collab that’s incredibly similar! If you haven’t seen BaubleBar’s collaboration with Target, definitely take a peak. Your wallet will thank you.

I think a black jumpsuit would also be perfect with neutral (or bright colored) sandals and a cross-body purse for a casual day of shopping or exploring. Would this jumpsuit not be absolutely amazing for a beach trip? I definitely think so! Hopefully this jumpsuit comes back in stock again ASAP because it’s wonderful. I have linked several other black jumpsuits for spring below! I hope you’re having a wonderful week.

xoxo,

Mackenzie


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March Favorites

HAPPY LAST DAY OF MARCH, friends!! Peace out, March & heellloooo April. March was definitely a great month for me, filled with plenty of amazing moments and memories. I love March because it’s really such a transition month between winter and spring. The blooming flowers bring promise of the beautiful flora and sunshine to come. I love winter during the holidays, but after NYE, I get a little very sick of the cold weather.  April is my birthday month, which makes spring just a little bit extra exciting for me. I can’t believe that I will be 22 this month (*sings Taylor Swift’s “22”*). I also can’t wrap my head around the fact that this will be my last full month of college. I know I have mentioned graduation in my last few blog posts, but it still seems so surreal to me. How did college go by so quickly?

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