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a visit from Haley

Now that Haley works full time an hour away (as a packaging engineer!) from me, I don’t get to see her as often. But she graced me with her presence on Monday! Our plan was to originally do outdoor shots, but I didn’t get out of work until 7 and by then, it was too dark to photograph her outside. Instead, I set up my beginner lighting kit in my apartment and played around with it and was quite thankful for Haley’s patience.

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[sweater by f21, shorts from anthropologie, tank from express, vintage necklace and shoes by all black]
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Blogger of the Moment: eat.sleep.wear

I’ve mentioned Kim of eat.sleep.wear plenty of times in posts. We met in New York City last February for fashion week and we instantly bonded. I love her! No one really compares to her. She is so incredibly positive, a great friend and beyond gorgeous. She’s the package deal. I love reading her posts because there’s always so much enthusiasm and sass in her writing, plus her boyfriend, Brian takes amazing photos of her. She has such a great style that I can relate to (and I’m sure you will adore her and her style too!) I’m glad to announce eat.sleep.wear as my next Blogger of the Moment. Please read her interview below!
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Name
Kimberly Pesch
Location
The City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia PA
Age
Im blushing. 26. But October is my bday month so I will be 27 on October 24th!! 
How long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging since November 2009! So a little under a year J So funny because I feel like I have been doing this forever!

What prompted you to start a fashion blog?
I love the idea of being involved in a community of girls and guys that are sharing their daily outfits and explorations. It’s the real people on the streets that really bring clothes to life and I love to be able to share that with anyone that’s willing

to listen.
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How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as Modern Classic mixed with a little bit of Rock and Roll. I tend to dress based on my mood and one day it could be girly, and the next edgy. One day SASSY and another day casual.
I love bloggers who also have a career like you, my sweet dear kim! Can you explain in more detail what you do for a living? How does this play into your style?
Ahhh. The day job! I am a full time graphic designer at a Agency in center city Philadelphia. Right now I am doing a lot of designing for web, but also LOVE to design print pieces. My favorite thing to do is brand identities. To be able to brand a business, place, person is something really unique! It really gets your brain moving starting with concepting, sketching and then eventually creating logos, brochure, websites, signage etc. I am an artist and always have been. That being said, a lot of the design I love is traditional swiss based design (look it up kids, because its freaking awesome and beautiful) It’s always very simple and clean and I would definitely relate that to how I dress. I definitely have a modern feel to the way I dress myself and sometimes, the simpler the better. Focus on one piece that I want to be the star and keep everything else simple.
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What would be your dream job?
AHHHH your making me pick! I would have a few things on my list. When I was picking majors for college, it was between fine art and acting. I definitely miss the thrill of performance and being on stage. It is such a RUSH! So acting is definitely omething that will always be on my list. Also, I have always wanted to be a makeup artist. Who doesn’t love playing with colors and paint faces?? I would also love to have my own design business and be able to work with clients who inspire me. Being able to marry my love of fashion and design would be a huge win for me.

What designers/fellow bloggers/etc inspire you?
This is an easy one. YOU!!!! I really think that our styles have a lot of similarities. And our love of looks rooted in simplicity and form are something that bond us together. Other bloggers that inspire me on a daily basis would be Sterling Style, MyStylePill, High Street Cardigans, What I Wore, and Keiko Lynn to name a few. I love that I am able to interact with other bloggers, and bounce ideas around in cyberspace and even in real life!
Some designers that I of course lust over include Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, DKNY the list goes on and on and on. HAHAHA.

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What are some of your hobbies besides blogging?
NOM NOM FOOD. My boyfriend and I are very into cooking and enjoying food. Taking that time to sit together, chat, eat, and enjoy is something we hold in high regard. I think that people forget to slow down sometimes. NOT ME.Can I call the beach a hobby? Well, lets say it this way, I do love getting out of the city and enjoying the natural world. Whether that be down the shore taking an evening beach stroll, or taking a hike in a nature preserve. I love time spend outside. Another hobby I have is Scrabble. I know, im 26. It’s ok people. Scrabble makes you smart right?? Well, I might be the world’s worst speller but I love playing scrabble. Or any other board game for that matter. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE photography. Blogging allows me to have a great excuse to be playing with my cameras constantly. Such a great way to capture beautiful things in this world.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
5 years huh? HMMM!!!! I see myself married to my lovah Brian who is an amazing inspiration to me (and a GREAT artist), exploring different cities, and hopefully evolving in the blogging world. I’m just excited to see what the future holds for me! Watch out world, this 20 something girl is ready to GO! Xo, Kim
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Winter Essentials

As the weather cools down and I freeze, I can’t help but be excited. I celebrate my enthusiasm for colder weather with some must haves on my list including some more affordable shearling options to satisfy me and you, my dear readers! I’ve been doing my research on versatile boots, coats and sweaters! I just cannot wait! What are you most excited to wear this winter?
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naomi

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Sometimes insanely beautiful people enter your life and instead of raging with envy, you photograph them. And so I photograph Naomi. I heart her!
Naomi was an intern for us at Capital Area Michigan Works! last spring semester and she always came to work dressed in such stylish, fun outfits. I was constantly gushing–so much so that the words “that’s so cute!” probably means nothing to her anymore. I just couldn’t help it!
Naomi wore a simple black dress with cap sleeves, patterned tights, a scarf I want to steal and a red leather jacket this past Wednesday. Naomi’s closet I believe is filled with these amazing versatile pieces that she can accessorize differently and dress up and down for various occasions. Take the outfit she had on for the shoot, without the jacket it’s so sweet and feminine and with the jacket, it just adds such an edge.
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[dress by piko 1988, jacket by leather loft, purse and scarf by f21, ankle boots by steve madden, tights from lord & taylor]
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photography: bring your outfit shots to the next level!

I still consider myself a newbie blogger with my nine month old blog, but if there is one thing I’ve learned so far, it’s that high quality, interesting photography can really elevate a blog. And it doesn’t matter if you have a point and shoot digital camera or a DSLR with a handful of interchangeable lenses, there are plenty of tips to help anyone with any camera improve their photography techniques. I’ve asked one of my good friends, Haley to model for me to show you a variety of elements of composition.

To improve the quality of your photographs, think about lighting and composition. Incorporating these techniques into your outfit photos will them become stronger and more compelling images. 

Perspective
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Same location, different angle with camera. The first of these two is the strongest. It’s cut off a bit here, but you can view the image by clicking on it to get to flickr to see the whole image. The lines in the first photo draw your eye to focus of the picture: Haley.
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Repetition
The repeating columns add more interest
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Depth of Field
Whether it’s a wide shot with lots of details in focus or a detailed shot with the background compressed, depth of field can add a lot to a photo. I prefer to shoot details with a short depth of field. 
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Symmetry
I centered Haley in the center of the doors. I don’t normally do a lot with symmetry, but it was actually a lot of fun to incorporate these different elements into my photography. It’s something different for readers to look at as well instead of the same shot over and over again.
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Space
For me, this can be tricky. I wish I didn’t cut her off so much in the second image, but it’s all about trying and seeing what works and having fun with outfit shots.
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Framing
I’m a huge fan of framing. You can frame anyone using anything. In this case, I stood on the side of a door and asked Haley to stand on the outside. I like the lines on the windows and wanted to frame her within them.
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You can also play around with color, texture and lines. The example images for perspective is also a great example of utilizing lines.

One of the best ways to get beautiful images is playing with light. You can use natural light (what’s coming through your window or shooting outside), available light (your lamps and other sources of light that aren’t natural) or artificial light (using an sort of lighting kit.) Natural light is my absolute favorite. Most of my outfit shots are taken outside and if they are taken inside, I utilize window light. This is all personal preference of course. My advice with light would be to not take photos in direct sunlight. It’s harsh and unflattering. If you must shoot on a super sunny day, find some shade or shoot earlier in the morning or later in the evening before the sun reaches its peak in the sky.

Taking a variety of shots is just as important as the shots themselves. Make sure you take full body shots, portraits and detail shots of interesting pieces of your clothing.
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And if it’s a moment captured, it’s ok if it’s not technically sound or following any rules. Sometimes, it’s just important to capture the fun stuff.
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If anyone has specific questions, feel free to email me at kerbuski@gmail.com. I’d be more than happy to help! A lot of you may already know most of this, but hopefully it was useful for a couple people!
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