Category — Photo Shoots
Get excited Lovelies! Not only are we sharing more gorgeous photos from our figure skating inspired photo shoot today, but new Shop Lovely Spring dresses are available today! This season’s dresses feature our favorite feminine details and dreamy colors. Be sure to check out the new collection and all of Shop Lovely’s offerings here.
Check out our interview with our model and figure skater here.
Photos by Summer Street Photography.
We are so excited to give you a sneak peek into our latest Shop Lovely shoot! With the Winter Olympics in full swing, it could not be more appropriate to share our whimsical, figure skater inspired shoot. These dresses are only a glimpse into the offerings of the Shop Lovely Spring Collection, so look for them all to be available soon! Our gorgeous model Molly was kind enough to answer some of our burning questions about the life of a professional figure skater.
When did you first start skating?
I started skating at the age of five, and I was certainly no natural. It got to the point where my parents were worried that I would want to quit because I was sitting on the ice so much (having fallen with no help to get up). Sometimes, the beginning stages can be unpleasant. But I soldiered through and got hooked up with a young coach who helped me to grasp the basics – enough to transition from group lessons to privates. From there, my investment in the sport was quickly solidified, skating for hours each day and even missing lunchtime in elementary school to fit in extra practice with my coaches. I never once regretted my non-traditional childhood, always loving the sport and loving my time on the ice. Even socially, all of my best friendships (still enduring) came from my skating experiences. The figure skating community is a great one to be a part of.
What is your favorite thing about it?
By far, my favorite aspect of the sport is the artistry. My strength has always been choreography and musical interpretation – partially due to natural inclination, but mostly thanks to genius choreographers who nurtured my talent wholeheartedly and without reservation (Jill Scott-Enerson, Sebastien Britten, David Wilson). To step onto a clean and empty sheet of ice, play a piece of music that I love, and feel the wind on my face as I connect to the music through movements is my own slice of heaven. As a result, following my competitive career, I have loved building relationships with young skaters and fostering their own artistic talents as a part-time choreographer.
What was your favorite costume you ever wore?
My dressmaker, Julie McDonough, was a master of her craft. In my last year of competitive skating, she created an all-black ensemble to suit my fierce-but-sassy flamenco program set to Rodrigo y Gabriella’s Stairway to Heaven. Detailed cutouts (it almost looked laser cut) covered the body of the dress, with black mesh filling the spaces where the black velvet was omitted. I paired it with a bright red lip. It was simply divine. I felt sexy and strong when I donned it for competition – a great mindset for a female athlete.
What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you on the rink?
Oh, there was the time I fell during practice ice at a competition and smashed my very round, oversized Laura Ashley glasses – promoting a quick transition to contact lenses at the ripe old age of 10!
What is your most cherished skating memory?
In 2008, the United States Figure Skating Championships took place in my hometown of St. Paul. Coming off of a win at the Midwestern Sectional Championships, I was treated to a Nationals surrounded by family and friends. In the short program, I was last to skate. This meant a packed house, already thoroughly riled from the previous performers (including Olympians Rachael Flatt and Ashley Wagner). I skated a clean program, enjoying every moment and feeling completely connected to the audience – smiling all the way through. As I took my bow, I soaked up the positive energy and caught a glimpse of my entire family holding signs to spell my name (O-B-E-R and a big yellow star). It was magical, really; a moment I’ll never forget.
Thank you so much to Molly for sharing her talents with us!
Visit Shop Lovely to check out our current offerings, and stay tuned for the arrival of the Spring Collection!
This Wednesday is a wonderful one, as I get to bring you the stunning engagement photos of Leslie Dievendorf and his fiance, Fronnie Lewis! Their photos demonstrate a level of romance little seen these days.
The couple met at church in Burbank, California; Fronnie said Leslie was hard to miss, as he was “tall, handsome, and distinguished looking.” Leslie was impressed with Fronnie’s dedication to the church’s gardening efforts, and after all, who could resist that wonderfully warm smile? Well, it seemed that he couldn’t. Leslie and Fronnie grew closer as they started volunteering at the church’s outreach breakfast on Saturday mornings in the latter part of 2011.
Leslie is a landscape architect, and Fronnie is currently the publisher and editor of a news-based website for Burbank. They both hoped to find someone with similar values and as you can see from the love that radiates from their photos, it was well worth the wait.
I would describe the venue for their engagement photo shoot as “Old Hollywood” meets tropical paradise. Undoubtedly, the Robinson Gardens in Beverly Hills was the perfect setting to capture this couple’s magical love for each other.
I’ll leave you with Leslie’s description of his proposal to Fronnie:
“I was at Fronnie’s apartment one evening in November of 2012. We had been talking the whole time, but then she sat down at the dining room table opposite me. I had been seeing her for about a year and thought this was a good time to pop the question. So I got down on both knees. I looked into her beautiful face and asked: “Will you marry me?” Happily, she said yes. The rest is history.”
The beautiful photography is courtesy of Emily and Justin, at Chaffin Cade Photography.
If your loved one has recently put a ring on it, and you’re getting ready to send out save the dates.. well, you know its time to get serious about engagement photos.
What now, you ask? Time to get busy researching. Nobody wants to end up on Buzzfeed’s list of 20 worst engagement photos. Choose a photographer carefully and think about your theme- do you want to be funny, vintage, relaxed, surreal, or uber-romantic? Look at their style and blog closely, so you’ll know what to expect. Next steps are deciding where to take your photos and what to wear; having a stellar location will set the bar high (and so will some new shoes!)
Now comes the fun part- choosing props! Flowers are obviously a big theme, but boats, balloons, wine, scrabble letters, instruments, pets and ice cream can be fun too.
As the time gets closer to the actual date, you’ll want to be looking pretty and fresh, so book that hair appointment, paint those nails, and splurge for a spray tan if you so desire.
One overlooked tip is brushing up on your posing techniques, posture, and expression before the big day. If you are nervous around cameras, watch some YouTube tutorials. The experts say to keep your back straight, relax your shoulders and bend slightly at the waist. Doing the “Princess Diaries” foot pop always makes for the cutest old school romance. If you start becoming stiff, just give your fiancé a big hug and shake out the jitters.
In order to nail that perfect kissing shot, photographers say to keep giving each other little kisses, rather than full on snogging. Don’t pucker your lips, and keep it light! In closing, the best advice is to be yourself, and have fun with it. The most flattering photos happen when you forget you’re even being photographed.
First of all, Aline is a gem. I can only assume her fiance, Brian, is just as wonderful and it’s plain to see that this is highly probable because of these amazingly cute and genuine photos by J Wiley Photography. They are so adorable, all I can hear is Colbie Caillat’s Brighter Than The Sun playing in the background. I definitely think Jen is a strong force in the photography world and I can not wait to see more from her! To see more from Aline and Brian’s shoot, check out Jen’s blog!
Now I know Aline just picked up her gorgeous dress and I’ll keep all the details a secret till we get to view those wedding pictures. So stay tuned, because I PROMISE, the dress is a stunner!