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fashion photography currie lee blogs about behind the scenes, side photography projects, and her love for personal style

a late summer daze

my favorite, most fleeting time of the year is that elusive space between summer and fall.  it's cool enough to break out your favorite light sweater and heavier fabrics, but still warm enough you don't have to layer a million pieces just to stay warm.  it's breathable, light, fresh, and uncomplicated.  it reminds me of going back to college, where everything is new and promising and you feel so full of hope and ideas.

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accidental professional: 4 completely valid reasons you should have your own personal brand

if you follow me on instagram, you've probably noticed I've been throwing around the word "personal brand" a lot lately.  and if you haven't been living under a rock, you've most likely seen others use it as well.  it's certainly an overused word in an over saturated market of bloggers, freelancers, and side hustlers.  but what does it mean?  in a nutshell: your personal brand reflects your professional (and creative) reputation.

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when everything is blooming yet really fucking hard at the same time

all of us living in the mid atlantic can agree that the 2017's weather so far has been quite the anomaly.  and that's how I feel about my life right now.  the model in this series, Andrea, reached out to me some months ago and we were finally about to get together and shoot in late March, when the snow was still melting.  I took her up to pretty boy reservoir which is a bit of a drive from the city so we were able to talk about life, work, love etc.

we both work in the creative field, for our day jobs and for our passion projects so we related to each other's plights of being creatively drained, not sure where to put our energy and what to invest in long term.  I've been thinking a lot about this recently, growing increasingly frustrated.  andrea shared that her father's advice on this particular subject was you can't put your efforts into more than one venture and give 100% to both.  "yep," I affirmed instinctively.  but if you've read my blog in the past, you know I do not do that.  

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NYFW Street Style Photography

in mid-February, I took the plunge and went to a couple days of fashion week.  I had been wanting to try my hand in street style photography for a while, and the streets of fashion week seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so.  I've literally never walked up to anyone and said "hi, may I take your photo?" until this weekend, and I gotta be honest, I kind of love it.

nothing beats planned and staged photoshoots for me, but I especially enjoyed the excitement and being exposed to a ton of different people who had different ways to express themselves and different reasons for being there.

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siren song

when you're tired and overwhelmed, there's only one thing left to do: photograph a friend (model & all around cool person, ally).  this photoshoot was sort of a last minute idea, and there really wasn't an idea behind it at all just, "create!"  sometimes that is for the best.  I haven't photographed for myself in a good while, so I won't include much verbal explanation and will just let the images do the talking, so here you are:

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the accidental professional: how to network your way through freelancing

"NETWORKING!!!!!!" hey, it's that word we all know.  I know it, you know it.  but what does it mean?? every time I heard it during undergrad I would shiver and tune out because I suffered greatly from social anxiety, especially when it had to do with the elusive career I was supposed to have after graduating (I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, by the way).  instead of facing it head on I just avoided the subject.  and when a networking opportunity came up, I fumbled through my words to describe what I wanted to do in terms of career.  I sucked at confidently discussing my hopes, dreams, ideas, aspirations because I was embarrassed by earnestness and lacked direction.

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one on one: tori bouldin of the stylette

I met Tori through a friend when she was looking for a photographer to shoot her relaunch campaign for her online fashion publication the stylette.  we met up, chatted, and gelled pretty much instantly.  anyone who knows me is aware I'm pretty picky about the people I work with.  I'm always weary that someone will hire me to take pictures that send a message I do not believe in.  but the stylette is about inclusivity and individuality.  every one is welcome and tori strives to represent every one when talking about fashion.  your personal style is not contingent upon having certain physique or your race.

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