What I learned about fashion this weekend

Backstory - I am a lover of fashion and would be lying if I didn't say that I am a sucker for behind the scene videos of photo shoots, playing dress up, wearing heels, and having my hair and makeup done.  Sadly, along the way - I transitioned to the athleisure movement and this weekend I had a wake-up call that I needed a makeover.  I couldn't handle another day of running errands in my workout gear.

The lessons learned this weekend are so timely and perfect for those planning an upcoming photo shoot, attending events, or simply wanting to update their daily wardrobe. 


 DITCH THE SWEATPANTS (aka - athleisure)


If you aren't familiar with Uncle Karl (Karl Lagerfeld)- allow me to introduce to you one of the greatest designers, photographers, and voices in the fashion world.

He said it best - "Sweatpants are a sign of defeat."

I couldn't agree more - unless you are a personal trainer, yoga instructor, or athlete - leave the sweats at home even if you are running errands.  Tell me this hasn't happened to you... you are out running errands in your baggy sweats when you run into a client, old boyfriend, co-worker, or boss.  Ugh.. it happened to all of us at one point in time.   

Here are my personal exceptions to this rule - if you are covered in dirt / mud from doing yard work and you need to run to a home improvement store - other than that... ditch the athleisure.



If you can't move, breathe, or are self-conscious about an article of clothing do not buy it, keep it or attempt to make it work - especially for a photo shoot.  Remember, you aren't a paid model and required to dress a specific way.  Should you find a skirt, dress, pants, or top that you love, but needs to be altered find a tailor and have your clothes altered.  You'll be amazed at how the clothes look and fit you once altered. 

Tip: rather than throw away good quality clothing that you no longer like - host a clothing swap with your girlfriends, take your clothing to a consignment shop or donate.  




Admittedly, I have visions of wearing flowy, floral boho styled clothing with Birkenstocks looking like I stepped out of Coachella, but that isn't me.  I am not a bright color, loud print, or flowy floral girl.   Just because magazines and Instagram are flooding your mind with these trends doesn't mean they are right for you.  Stick with pieces that you like, work with your body, and can become an extension of you rather than saying later: "What in the hell was I thinking?"




source: https://fashiontrendguide.blogspot.nl/  pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/150237337548644590/




I love wearing black - it's slimming, timeless, and can be paired with so many pieces.  One of my goals is to create a minimalistic closet with pieces that can easily transition to make multiple looks.  I took a page from Parisian fashion on this one.  Black is my primary color and I'll mix grey, white, and olive green to add variations to my outfits.  

source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/172192385737441976/




Okay... I hate doing laundry and the thought of using an iron makes me want to cry - but to pull off a polished look - you need to have pressed clothing.  The wrinkled shirt from the corner of your bedroom isn't going to work - especially for a job interview or your first day at your internship.  

A tip I recently learned: Fold and/or iron while watching your favorite binge-worthy Netflix's or Amazon show.  It might make the process a little less dreadful. 


If you are opting for a monochromatic style - add pops of color with your accessories; scarves, hats, earrings, necklace, or a large cuff bracelet. 



  1. Your shoes and purse should match
  2. Minimal makeup is key - add a bright red lip for a pop of color 
  3. Pick and choose which accessories you wear - less is more
  4. Always wear heels with jeans
  5. Manicured nails are key - avoid neon colors - red is always a winner




The Bond between mother and daughter

While I am not a newborn or baby photographer, I do have a soft spot for creating portraits that capture the bond between a child and their parent - in this case mother and daughter.  Sadly, being a child of the 80's portraits like this simply didn't exist and I have to be honest... I'm a tiny bit jealous.  

This series of portraits is something that these two ladies can cherish and treasure for years to come and are the foundation of an incredible bond they are creating. 

Courtney and Gabby, Thank you for allowing me to create these photographs. 


“A daughter is just a little girl who grows up to be your best friend.”



Client: Courtney
Photographed by: Amanda Kraft Photography



I absolutely LOVE helping my clients bring their photo shoot vision to life. Prior to your photo shoot, we will have several conversations about the look and feel you are wishing to achieve with your portraits and if you will include your children, best friends, sister, parents, spouse, or partner into the photo shoot.  We also discuss plans for how to display photos in your home and which legacy products you'd like to create.   

Each photo shoot experience includes:


Each photo shoot experience includes:

+pre-photo shoot consultations

+wardrobe planning

+styling guides

+in-studio and/or on-location 

+professional hair styling and makeup application 

+a fully guided photo shoot

+in-person reveal and ordering session 


Embrace your own definition of beauty - Glamour Shoot with Nichole

Allow me to introduce you to Nichole, some of you may already know Nichole as she has been my in-house hair stylist and makeup artist for years.  Our working relationship turned into one of my greatest friendships and someone who I can go weeks without talking to and never feel like we skip a beat when we see each other again. 

Due to our close working relationship and friendship, I've gotten to be part of so many milestones in her life and one of the biggest ones has been her weight loss transformation.  I've watched this woman bust her butt in the gym, spend hours in the kitchen prepping meals for herself & kids while transforming from the inside out. 

When Nichole asked me to photograph her a few weeks ago in the studio I couldn't say no.  Like many women, Nichole has a few "problem areas" she wanted to hide and rather than focus on their areas we shifted our focus to the features she does love.  

Following our photo shoot, I kept thinking about Nichole and her incredible beauty, not only physically, but how amazing her heart is. She inspired me to create this idea of EMBRACING YOUR OWN DEFINITION OF BEAUTY.  We (women, girls, humans) spend so much time focusing on what we don't like about ourselves rather than celebrating what we do love.  If I've learned anything on my 36 years circling this planet is that we will never be perfect and we will never have this time in our lives so why wait for "perfect", instead let's embrace your own definition of beauty! 

Because, Nichole surely has and I can't be more proud of her and honored that she allowed me to create this series of photographs. 


For those of you interested in EMBRACING YOUR OWN DEFINITION OF BEAUTY I would love to connect with you.  Perhaps you want to explore the idea of a glamour or boudoir style photo shoot or maybe spend the day with your daughter(s), best friend(s), sister(s), or mother.  We need to exist in photographs for our loved ones and more importantly for ourselves. 



Meet Cindy - Personal Branding - Hairstylist in Lancaster, Pa

One of my favorite things about the studio is the ability to take on more personal branding photo shoots.  I have been loving the opportunity to work with other creative business owners and learning not only about their industry, but what drives their creative energy. 

All me to introduce you to Cindy, who I have been lucky enough to get to know over the past several months. Cindy is an incredible stylist at Trans4mation salon and rocks a sassy, short haircut like it's no one's business!   

I asked Cindy to answer a few questions about what trends she loves in their hair / beauty industry and her worst hair nightmare.  Continue reading below and to learn how to connect with Cindy to book an appointment with her. 


Stylist: Cindy Burry

Salon: Trans4mation Salon, Lancaster Pa

Years in the Industry: 7

Q: What made you want to have a career in the beauty industry? 

I have always been a creative person and have loved cutting and coloring hair since I was a teenager.  I went into the creative job field of marketing and advertising out of school instead of pursuing hair.  In my 30s, I got tired of losing my jobs and decided to go to cosmetology school and change my career.  Now, I put my passion, creativity and love for hair first!  It really makes me feel important and accomplished when I can positively influence and change someone's day by adding a pop of color or giving them an edgy new cut.      


Q: What is your favorite trend in the hair industry? 

This new 'drip dying' technique looks messy but pretty cool:


Hair art always captivates and amazes me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YlJWW6wbZk



Q: What is your worst hair nightmare?

Transitioning dark, (specifically) box-colored hair to a light, non-brassy blonde...ladies, this takes a little time, patience, and a few steps to do it right!




Q: What is one hair trend that you wish would disappear?

I am not a fan of drastically two-toned ombres.



Q: Where can a new client find you? 

You can find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/T4SalonforYou/ or https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.blauveltburry.  I'll be more than happy to answer any questions or just say hello 😃

Commercial Photo Shoot with Erica Colon Makeup and Kristie High

I LOVE collaborating with other local business owners who are looking to build their portfolios and business.  I invited Erica Colon of Erica Colon Makeup and hairstylist Kristie High into the studio for a day-long photo shoot to showcase their talents. 


A very special thank you to Candice Hoover of Country Petals for creating the headpiece worn in the photo shoot featuring Abbey and to Krista Pelletier of Lititz Bridal Boutique for providing two of the dresses shown in the photos featuring Kelsey.