Adventures in the 602

I was extremely fortunate to go on my very first shoot with two lovely AZ photographers this summer.

So just a little background on how I found out about the AZ photography and creative community…

When I moved here two years ago, I found myself obsessed with the photography and content featured on instagram feeds such as the Brandy Melville, Free People and Urban Outfitter feeds. And I realized that some of the photographers and models are from Arizona and literally go to the exact same university as me. And so I followed, and followed and followed the many many accounts that I stumbled upon. And I realized that all these talented people were part of a community- everyone I followed knew each other, shot with one another, created art together. And oh my gosh, I wanted to be part of that community so bad. But I was so afraid to reach out to anyone to ask if I could work with them. I am obviously no professional model, and after a failed attempt at asking a photographer who told me I didn’t have a big enough following to benefit him, and simply not having the money to book a professional shoot with him at that time, I stopped trying and just…stayed in the sidelines and admired everyones work.

But fast forward two years later, this summer, a lovely soul and photographer, Bree (@Breemariephotography),  reached out to me and connected me with another talented photographer, Dillon (@Dillon_ivory), and just like that, I was able to model in my first shoot in Central Phoenix. And the best part about the shoot was that Bree and Dillon were one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. Which really showed me how nice the creative community in Arizona is. Here are some of the pretty pictures that they took on the first part of the shoot in which I put together a somewhat vintage, 70s-inspired outfit:

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(PC: @Dillon_Ivory)

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(PC: @Dillon_Ivory)

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(PC: @Dillon_Ivory)

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(PC: @Breemariephotography)

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(PC: @Breemariephotography)

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(PC: @Breemariephotography)

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(PC: @Breemariephotography)

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(PC: @Dillon_Ivory)

Outfit details:

-Stripped Cropped T-shirt from Pacsun (Similar here)

-Brown Suede Western Corduroy Skirt from the Kendall+Kylie line at Pacsun (Shop this skirt in Blue)

-Chokers from Forever 21

-Green Suede Hat from Forever 21 

-White Tennis shoes from Forever 21

-Sunglasses from Q Fashion

I loved shooting with Bree and Dillon and you should definitely head over to their Instagrams and check their work out! I’ll be uploading more pictures from the other parts of the shoot but you can view some of the pictures on all of our instagrams as well!

Well that concludes my first fashion/modelling/photography post. I hope you enjoyed my little back story as well:) Till next time!!

Love,

Valerie

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