October 25, 2013

My Street Style Photoshoot with T.J.MAXX & Amy Creyer

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[I’m playing the photographer for Caitlin of StyleBistro, dressed in head-to-toe T.J.MAXX!]

 Since I can speak from experience, there’s no better way to learn than by doing, and thanks toAmy Creyer, street style photographer and blogger behind Chicago Street Style, and T.J.MAXX, I have a better understanding and execution of how things work behind, and in front of the camera. With myself and just six other bloggers in tow,  we picked from amongst a well-edited selection of finds from T.J.MAXX (everything but my earrings, eyeglasses, and ring are from the store!), grabbed a courtesy camera (the Canon PowerShot SX 170 IS ), and hit the streets of the West Village with Amy.


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[I used the incredibly lightweight and professional quality Canon PowerShot SX 170 IS]

 It’s great to know that you can always find amazing photo shoot-worthy items at T.J.MAXX, with a new rotation of designer items constantly arriving.   I felt ultra “downtown cool” in the duds I selected, all available at, of course, T.J.MAXX (jacket: DOMA, dress, Zac Posen, shoes, Donald J. Pliner), while talking a stroll down memory lane,  posing in front of the now-closed famous nightclub spot, Don Hill’s, I place I frequented while a youngster studying at New York University.

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[I’m ready for my closeup! A bright lip always helps to open up my face]

In the span of just a few blocks, we set up at multiple locations, and garnered tips and demos along the way of how best to take pics, pose, and crop the photo, so the less Photoshop needed later, the better! During the photo shoot, Amy answered a variety of my questions (What do I do with my feet? How do I make my hands less awkward? What’s the best setting for shooting outside? What’s okay to leave in the frame, and what is too distracting?), while us blogger gals coupled up and took pics of each other utilizing Amy’s essential tips.

Here’s the resulting photos from my shoot – do you like? Special thanks to Caitlin Miller of StyleBistro for the pics of me! Special thanks to T.J.Maxx for this awesome opportunity, and to Amy Creyer for her patience and sharing trade secrets (p..s – check out her T.J.MAXX Fall Style Scout video, here!). See below for the rest of the images, as well as Amy’s handy tip chart!

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[Amy’s Photography Tip Sheet]


[Detail Shots]

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