Styling: Step 1

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I’ve always had a keen interest in fashion and after spending a few weeks interning with CMPR in the summer, gaining the opportunity to work with them both at the launch of Belfast Fashion week in August and at Belfast Fashion Week itself in October, styling really stood out to me as a path I’d like to explore.

Very little makes me happier than putting together outfits, whether they’re for myself or for others. I’ve never been one to turn down an opportunity to play dress up every once in a while. You can never underestimate the ability of a good outfit to brighten up even the darkest of days. At the end of the day, if you look good, you feel good (or at least a little bit better). Sometimes I feel as though fashion allows us to create a series of alter egos. One day you’re pretty in pink, skipping along, smiling at passers by in the street and the next you’re feeling like a badass, dressed head to toe in black, hoping the rest of the world gets the message that today is not the day to mess with you. It’s one of the reasons I’m so in love with fashion – never underestimate the power of a good outfit.

When freelance photographer, Thuy Pham, posted on facebook, looking for someone to help out with styling on a test shoot, I jumped at the chance. It seemed like a great opportunity to start exploring the world of styling. The circumstances were perfect because as it was a test shoot it meant that there wasn’t a mass amount of pressure and it was a project that was beneficial to all involved by allowing us to work on our portfolios.

I put together 3-4 looks, bringing several additional options with me too. When it came to the shoot, it mostly involved thinking on my feet. Once I had met the model it became a lot easier to suss out which looks would work best for her and her overall appearance.

Overall, I really enjoyed the experience and was very grateful for the opportunity. I’m really looking forward to hopefully doing something similar to this in the future.

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