In my last post, I mentioned the lovely Rachel Crittenden, New York based photographer, writer and all-around creative extraordinaire. When I was in the city last and looking for someone to shoot with, I just knew it had to be her. I'd stumbled upon her work on Facebook and fallen in love. Though I've technically known Rachel since sophomore year at N.Y.U., we'd never had the chance to properly hang out (which I am totally regretting now because my undergraduate career would have been WAY more interesting had this incredible woman been in my life!).
Before meeting up, I warned Rachel about my camera-shy ways. I know it makes no sense that someone socially awkward who is susceptible to red light fever would run a blog, let alone one based predominantly around personal photos, but hey. Anyway, I shouldn't have worried because Rachel has so much fun with her photography that you can't help but feel at ease instantly. There is no arrogance or that whole "intellectual" pretentiousness thing so many photographers seem to be inherently cursed with. There's no, "You HAVE to pose this way and that." There's no discomfort. At all. And I felt my shyness dissipate more and more with every passing second so that all we did was giggle and mess around and totally enjoy ourselves. As well as get some great shots in the process.
Rachel is as honest with her photography as I remember her being with her writing back in the days of creative writing classes. She knows people are beautiful in their own, unique ways, and rather than hide the idiosyncrasies or fine tune the imperfections, she builds off of the au naturale. I totally recommend that if anyone is in the NY-area and needs some pictures for any occasion, this is the girl to go to.
But I will stop the fan-girling and move on to the clothes. I was feeling the grungy, 90s vibe for this look. Sometimes I really do miss that decade. Good boy bands (not ashamed!), Dr Martens, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Lindsay Lohan as a red head tween. These leggings are probably my favorite part of the ensemble, but unfortunately they sold out within a few days of being released on Fashion to Figure. So guess a lot of other ladies felt the same. The striped bra top, however, is still available on FTF for only $19. It's a little shorter than your average crop top, so a little risque/out-of-comfort-zone, but you guys know I am all about embracing the curves and taking risks.
I accessorised with some unique vintage/handmade bits and bobs, like these incredible sunglasses by Lora Lock on Etsy. I know, I am obsessed with Etsy. Lora has a variety of beautiful and quirky sunglasses all around $50 (as well as some insanely rock chick clutches), but the uniqueness of these products is well worth the little splurge. As for my coat, it was a bargain Ebay find. Authentic vintage Levi's can go for hundreds of dollars, but d2Vintage has some epic deals. I love sheepskin-lined coats. They're just so perfect for the cold, and so perfect for the nostalgic '90s kid. I also re-styled this wetlook crop jacket by Simply Be, which was part of my blogger challenge with them. All around, it was a pretty good addition to the look, and meant I had something light and cute to wear underneath the bulky coat.
I've linked to all products except my good, old Docs. Classic Dr Martens forever <3
Don't hesitate to get in touch with Rachel if you're after some NYC-photography. Her prices are totally reasonable, and she's fun. Literally the perfect combination.
Website: Rachel Crittenden Photography