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Shooting portraits with Jey

Shooting portraits with Jey

About JeyAbout Jey

Hey guys!

I’ve always loved well retouched high-quality portraits and I used to go to a photographer for getting those kind of shots. Since I own a camera and enjoy learning to become better with my editing skills. I therefore wanted to share with you these beauty-portraits that I took and edited by myself. Moreover, I will talk briefly about the products I used on my face, my camera equipment and the software I utilize for these pictures.

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MAKE-UP

I rarely wear makeup but when I do, I like to keep it simple and focus on the lips or on the eyes. For both looks I used:

CAMERA EQUIPMENT

For almost all my pictures I shot with my beloved Sony Alpha 6000. It is such a good and simple camera that offers great quality. The lens that was used for these pictures is the Sony 50mm 1.8 lens. I also like the buttery background and good bokeh that it gives you at an aperture of 1.8. What I don’t like is how the lens handles blacks when it is wide open (1.8). But I am happy with it overall.

By the way, I made use of ordinary lights. Nevertheless, I am planning to invest in some studio lights. And I was standing in front of a plain wall and the wall covered in a golden satin fabric.

EDITING SOFTWARE

Finally, when I do heavy editing, I always go for the good old Photoshop. I remove a few skin blemishes and highlight the parts of my face where the light naturally hits. And no, I don’t smooth the skin out or use filters because that is the lazy way of editing skin. I’ve seen a couple of photographers do that and still have the energy to demand a lot of money for the work.

Aside from that, I created the beautiful brownish gold color tones with Lightroom.

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My thoughts on social media

My thoughts on social media

Jey in mini green dressJey in mini green dressWith Jean dressThis might be a different type of content but I want to talk about my thoughts on social media. Here are the following topics for today’s blog post:

  • Instagram algorithm
  • engagement on Instagram
  • slow growth
  • losing creativity

I’ve been posting on Instagram and on my blog regularly. Also, on other social media platforms like Twitter and Pinterest. Although I am constantly improving my photography skills and my writing. I still notice slow growth. And I am not the kind of person who follows and unfollows people, buy followers or participate in those engagement groups. I just want people to follow me because they are inspired or just interested in photography or my personal style. Plus, Instagram favors accounts that follow a specific niche.

I try to log off of social media whenever it feels toxic and steals my creativity. Because sometimes you see yourself absorbing too much content from others artists. That you might lose your own creativity which is bad for finding your own style.

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SHOP THE LOOK: DRESS // SUNGLASSES // SHOE // NECKLACE

My thoughts on social media: The old social media era

Furthermore, I miss the 2014/15 social media era. Where blogging and sharing photos were carefree, unstaged and not full of competition. Don’t get me wrong I, myself shoot pictures that are well thought. But there was a time where I use to post random stuff that I like that don’t have any value to other people. Then I started posting about my everyday life, fashion and sometimes about food. After I noticed that people enjoy my content. I put my interest in one niche. Thus, I started focusing more on fashion content like pieces that I wore and lookbook shoots.

However, the new social media era allows me to connect with like-minded people and be inspired by them. And you can share your work and get noticed by people. In my case, it’s shooting and editing fashion/product editorials. Lastly, I’ve been enjoying the ‘in the moment shots’ that reminds me of the good old days.

Now, I am in a battle where I want to post also about other stuff like food and travels. Also if it means that I could lose followers but that is what makes accounts unique. Am I right?

And no, I don’t want to cry about the Instagram algorithm like everyone else. Because it’s just the way it is, either you go with the flow or you do your own things and live with the consequence.

Please feel free to tell me about your own social media experience.

See you in the next post!

Jey <3

Cardigan – the versatile clothing piece!

Cardigan – the versatile clothing piece!

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SHOP MY LOOK: CARDIGAN // T-SHIRT // JEANS // SHOES // BAG // NECKLACE

Happy Saturday guys!

I’ve always been a cardigan lover and own a few in my closet.

Since September and autumn are here I wanted to talk about my favorite clothing piece that should be in both men and women’s wardrobe. I don’t know how many times I’ve told Jan he needs one – hahaha 🙂

It’s the perfect clothing for this time of the year because you can wear it as a transitional piece over your dress, t-shirts, and tops. Plus, you can take it off or tie it around your waist if it does get warmer. On the other hand, I suggest you wear it under your jacket or a coat for the cooler months. So you don’t freeze ;-).  Sometimes, I like to wear a thin cardigan and tuck it into my jeans for an effortless look. Have I already said that this piece is versatile? Haha!

Also, cardigans are far from boring you can find them in different lengths (mini-maxi), colors, structures, styles and thickness. Plus, you can style it to your liking.

So how do you style this versatile piece?

We did our first September shooting in lovely Darmstadt. I wore my 501 tapered Levi’s jeans which was a bit too heavy for the weather. The look is followed up with my thick brown cardigan that I own since last year. And, I know for sure that I will wear the heck out of it. By the way, I buy most of my cardigans at H&M or Mango.

Under my cardigan, I wore a grey basic shirt by ASOS. I finished off this overall laid-back look with beige/black slingback pumps and my black bucket bag (I talked on Instagram about this bag, here).

I linked below a few cardigans to shop & see you in the next post!

Jey <3

Structured wall with a black strappy mini dress

Structured wall with a black strappy mini dress

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This wasn’t a planned shooting but we discovered this wall that had little holes. Plus, I had on a black strappy dress which would look good on pictures with that structured wall.

I kept this look minimal because it was hot as hell. I paired the dress with comfy black Birkenstocks slippers and my Bali bag. This bag might seem small but you can fit in your keys, purse, sunglasses, and some tissues. By the way, can we talk about my sunglasses?! I’ve been loving this kind of sunglasses because they make a simple or plain outfit look unique. Plus this oval metal shaped one is very 90’s inspired.

As the days are getting colder, you can wear the dress with a cozy cardigan, sheer tights and boots. Throw on some necklaces and your favorite bag and you are good to go.

Lastly, I left my hair in its natural state and kept in a half bun and left my newly cut fringe out.

Feel free to read my latest post about my summer pieces & see you in the next post!

Jey <3

Black strappy mini dress

My Little summer favorites

My Little summer favorites

Hey guys,

I am glad that we are experiencing this beautiful heat. Unfortunately, summer is almost over. Therefore, I wanted to share with you a few pieces that I’ve been loving and using lately.

SHOP SUMMER FAVORITES:

Cat Eye Sunglasses

Black cat eye sunglassesI am a sucker for sunglasses and this black cat eye sunnies have really become my favorites because they compliment my heart-shaped face. Also, due to the color and the shape, the sunglasses look great with every outfit. Plus, I love the vintage 50s / 60s vibes it gives my look.

Cinco necklaces

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(l-r) Ginger necklace & Dylan necklace by Cinco

These necklaces are made by a small company in Portugal. They are made out of silver and are coated with 24 karats of gold. And the quality of the necklaces is great. Besides that, it goes well with everything and can be layered easily.

Lastly, I regularly switch between these two and I am planning to buy more in the future.

Summer dresses

Isabelle dress by withjeanThe Reformation Dress KlaraMini checked dress by BershkaThe Reformation Dress KlaraRouje Gabin dressOrange checked Zara dress

Links to the dresses: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5  // 6

In the summer times, I always go with dresses and skirts which is a must for me in this heatwave.

I love grabbing dresses with different prints, especially the ditsy print is very trendy at the moment. Also, I’ve been loving midi dresses lately…

Hair bands

Hair band Hair scarf

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I turned my Dior scent band into a hair accessory.

 

When you see a satin band you instantly connect it with the French Chic style. Or you visualize it with a white midi dress driving in a vintage car to Italy.

I like to use satin bands in any color since my hair is tucked in most of the time. Moreover, I prefer to wear a colorful satin band with a plain/ minimalistic outfit. So that my outfit looks effortlessly chic.

You can be an optimist

You can be an optimist by Lucy MacDonaldIf you tend to be a pessimist like me, then you have to read this book by Lucy MacDonald. It really helps you to become an optimistic person. Therefore you can handle a common situation differently and see your ‘problems’ with a new perspective. What I love most about the book are the different tasks that you find throughout the book which you can do. At the moment, I am currently reading another self-help book with the title name ‘The Subtle Art of not giving a Fuck’. I will let you know if I liked it. 🙂

Nude nails

Essie Pinned Up Essie Pinned Up on dark skinLet’s move on to beauty – I rarely wear nail polishes because I found out that their break my nails. BUT If I do wear polish, I always go for nude tones. ‘Pinned Up’ by Essie is one of my favorite. It has a pinkish nude tone that goes well with my skin’s color.

Coco Mademoiselle – Chanel

Coco Mademoiselle ChanelLastly, what would a summer post be without a good scent? 🙂 I use this fragrance almost every day and it doesn’t get old – haha. Moreover, it is described as an intensely feminine, fresh and oriental scent which stays on my body all day. You should definitely try it out!

By the way, if you want to know what I like to wear on my feet then head to this blog post.

See you in the next post, peeps!

Jey

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