Obviously, I have a hard time thinking of titles for my personal style entries. I’m Blue, Mr. Blue, Behind Blue Eyes, Blonde Over Blue, Blue Morning, Blue Day, Bluer Than Blue…
The list of cheesy song titles for these kinds of entries can go on and on.
In the end, I realized how titles don’t really matter as much as the actual content. In my case, at least. I could put a boring “blue + green” as a title, and not be so obsessive about sounding witty or trying so hard to relate the title to the content. I’m definitely not a writer (clearly, from my previous entries), and I admit I try compensate by providing the best photography my human powers could possibly present in here.
Last week, I managed to open myself to the idea of getting an assistant-for-a-day. Younger girl-photographers have been contacting me since my deviantART days asking me if they can tag along and possibly learn from me. I used to decline these kinds of requests because I used to be so dumbfounded with the idea of anyone getting even the slightest useful lesson from me. Seriously, I’ve been living such a basic, rather independent life that getting an assistant would be unnecessary because of my tendency to just shoulder all the labor. And I’m such a goofball that I can never really imagine myself as an effective mentor to anyone.
Until recently. A student named Kristin contacted me asking me if she could somehow participate in at least one of my daily activities. I met her during Philippine Fashion Week last summer. We had the usual small talk about college and what she wanted to do in the long run.
I sensed her passion for photography almost immediately. She reminded me of high school self, when I was a complete nobody (well, even more “nobody” than now), when I was so set on becoming a real professional photographer that I tried my very best to find means to pursue it as a career. I did all the nitty gritty things amateurs go through in their pursuit of happiness (lol)
I gave her a break, somewhat. Of course, after all the effort of making time and sending to me her portfolio and everything. The new extra-positive me welcomed her with open arms and brought her a long with me for a day. Had to write a sponsored blog entry for a certain something, and I thought the idle time in between locations would be the perfect opportunity to squeeze in my monthly Just G outfit entry (Can you believe that it’s already been 10 months since my first collaboration with them?)
It was a nice feeling to entrust your camera to someone else even for a little while. My usual inexplicable concern for my camera (Ah! No one touches my 5D Mk II!) was instantly overshadowed by this younger person’s desire to learn. This was probably the feeling teachers get whenever they see their students trying so hard to understand what they’re teaching. You also end up learning from whoever it is that you’re trying to make a point to.
I directed her. She followed obediently. Really reminded me of the time I’d hang out with my good friend and now Canon ambassador Jay. He wasn’t too hands-on in teaching me the technical things, but just being around him while he was shooting was enough to learn how photography works. And how different it is for each photographer to react to certain guidelines and requirements.
She took these pictures of me as a test. She was a Nikon user and I forced my camera on her like I didn’t care about her comfort zone at all. She didn’t clam up, and she followed what I told her to do. Every single bit of it. I told her I was going to edit my own pictures. She didn’t budge even if I’d personally dislike it if another person would edit *my* photography work.
Now that’s a desirable trait I wish I already had when I was her age. I should hang out with younger people more often. I made friends with two UP students last year when they attended my alternative class thing - a Japanese girl named Jill and a Korean girl named Jinsol. Seeing them in places in Katipunan always puts me into a good mood, especially when they update me with their lives and when I hear about their wanting to shift to Fine Arts or to take art classes because they like it so much.
Another lovely young lady I should mention is Elisa. I gave her a break by passing to her the opportunity to photograph for a print ad last year because I believed that she deserved this kind of exposure with all the talent she possesses. I styled the shoot… and yes, lent her my camera (which doesn’t happen often!).
All this makes me feel less like a boring adult. Makes me remember how hungry for knowledge I used to be. I’d be more than happy to hang out with whoever wants to hang out together this summer!
Cheers to youth for inspiring me so much recently.
"Stay hungry. Stay foolish.", says Steve Jobs. I can’t stress the truth behind this enough. Everything ends when you lose yourself and become too jaded and complacent with life.
And by now I’m sure you’ve scrolled down that large chunk of text so you can read the obligatory “explanations about my outfit” part… which I should probably start right about now! I felt like writing an inspirational novel for a while there. My Just G posts are always full of good vibes because the people behind the brand have the best values ever. Check the fitting room at their Megamall branch out to see some quotes to inspire you while you change into their purdy clothes.
I wore this outfit on that day last week when we had such bipolar weather. What could be more confusing than pairing a knit sweater with a tiny mini skirt?
As you can see I have somewhat let go of my darker outfits in time for summer. It’s time for color blocking again, and this time, I decided to pair the coolest colors together. I’m still on the look out for more mint-colored clothes and shoes so I can pull of a proper DIY gradient look some time in the future. In the meantime, here’s my take on green and blue color blocking.
P.S. How do you like my new smiling expressions? I feel like my happy, summer outfits deserve some teeth exposure!
I got the same Just G top in deep pink, so I can pair it with this sweater any time I feel like looking like a watermelon. I’m so in love with sleeveless tops with colors nowadays because you can layer them with anything and they won’t make you feel too warm compared to normal long-sleeved button-down shirts.
Ending my post with some blue suede-ish shoes from Sugarfree a.k.a. the reason behind the title. They’re already available in Rustan’s Makati and Alabang so that’s good news for all the shoe lovers in the south.