A Modest Paradise

As much as I appreciated Thomas's help with photographs while I was in Northern Ireland, I've really enjoyed getting back into the process of taking my own pictures. Sure, it is easier to just stand there and get your picture taken, but it doesn't allow for much creativity. When someone else takes my picture as much as I try to dictate the artistic direction from the wrong side of the camera, I'm mostly a mannequin. When I take my own picture I'm more like the nearest available model and photographer. I get to compose my own shots, play with the camera settings, and appreciate my surroundings in a new way. For example: this is merely a parking lot near some of the trails I like to walk; usually I park my car and head off into the woods but on this day I was struck by how pretty the shadows were striping the pavement and fallen leaves. If I tried to tell someone who was helping me take photographs that I was feeling inspired by a stretch of pavement, I'd probably just get a confused expression and promptly get dragged to another location...



  1. These are so rich jewel colors you put together here and I love them. I did a similar look a while back and I truly loved it. You look stunning and chic.

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  2. that coat is gorgeous!



  3. Love the richness of colors here. There's a very bright charm and elegance. Wonderful post. And I agree with you. I prefer to take my own shots as well. But I've been limited lately by the daylight and the fact that I've been home alone with my baby 24/7


  4. I know what you mean! It's seriously more comfy taking pictures by yourself. Especially when the alternative is someone who just complains whenever you ask for help. Man...

  5. I love the glitzy details of this outfit!

    I also prefer taking my own photos. And the light you captured here was gorgeous.

  6. You pull off colored tights so well!

    Can I ask how the sizing is for the flats? I want to order them but I'm between sizes and don't know how the brand usually fits.

  7. @Christie, I'd say they run mostly true to size. I'm usually a 7 and occasionally a 7 1/2. I bought the size 7s and they're a little wide on my foot, but almost too short. So if you're a true between sizes, I'd suggest sizing up; extra holes can probably be punched in the straps to tighten them if they're too wide...

  8. I LOVE this outfit.

  9. I have same feeling with you about taking photos. Even they're a profesional, but I love taking photo by myself, :))
    Nice outfits!!


  10. u r so good at taking self pictures.....amazing....i love taking pictures....but always used be disheartened when ppl around could not take proper pictures of me...now seeing you i will try on my own to take self pictures...



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