Behind the Scenes, Outfits

FAQ | Blog Photography

July 12, 2014
Midiskirt to the Pulperia
Wearing vintage midi-skirt and ASOS crop top to the pulperia.
Midi skirt and DIY faux croc mini handbag for summer

Crop top and midi skirt outfit

I’ve been asked several questions regarding TWF’s photography. As embarrassing as it may sound, not much has changed since I first started blogging years back. While the new generations are building teams that include professional make-up artists and photographers (smart!), I still have to beg my siblings to make time to take my photos. This is partly intentional to keep it real, and partly obligatory because I live far from where all the blogger action is happening. My “photoshoots” though tons of fun, are not very glamorous.

Here’s the lowdown on how it usually goes:

1.) My favorite place to shoot is at pulperías. A big plus if they have rusty gas containers piled out front. The color palettes are usually amazing!

2.) Lurkers are more than welcome. Who doesn’t enjoy a good photo-bomb?

3.) A not so secret, secret: When I have to walk unpaved streets to get to a location, I wear chancletas and put on my heels until I get to the spot.

4.) My camera is a Canon Rebel and I’ve upgraded my kit lens for the most affordable 50mm one, which does the trick.

5.) I use the same make-up pretty much every single day, except for the occasional bold lip, so I only touch up if I realize, after checking the first pictures, it didn’t look as good as I thought.

6.) The photographer is usually one of my siblings, so I admit we take tons of photos before getting decent ones (I’m not naturally photogenic).

7.) Aside from my very patient photographer, another one of my siblings probably tags along, pokes fun at my posing and tries to run me over with his bike (ahem, Ricardo).

8.) I’m lazy with photoshop, so I just use a free “vintage-y” filter action I downloaded long time ago, that happens to make me look paler than I actually am. Then I play with the settings, and voilá! They’re up on the blog! Otherwise, they end up in the cemetery of pending posts.An extra tip to all those third world bloggers out there, for extra precautions, carry your camera in a less obvious plastic bag to avoid unwanted attention. Have any more questions? Feel free to leave them on the comments section.

Edit: This post was made before I came to…Taipei! I’ve been here for a month already, can’t wait to tell you all about it!

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Behind the Scenes, Outfits

LOOK Magazine Guatemala

April 24, 2014
outfit for Look Magazine Guatemala
  Look Magazine Guatemala feature - Bloggers and Fashion Lovers
Full outfit shot
Outfit shot for LOOK Mag

Last month I was featured on LOOK mag, a Guatemalan lifestyle magazine, next to super stylish bloggers from Latin America. I barely made the deadline, though! Work had made it impossible for me to make time for outfit photos before it was too dark, so I decided to wake up extra early with the Pops and run out to a golf club. Once we got there, turns out we had to get permission from management and their offices were closed. Being the rule breaker my dad is, he convinced me to sneak in through the back entrance where the guard just stared with curiosity as we shot away.

My summer uniform lately consists of bandeau tops and pencil skirts (mostly made at home) in whites & pastels with the obligated metallic or bright hue. I topped this outfit off with my favorite Cheap Monday sunglasses, a gift from (a shop much more than surf, trrrust me).

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Tropical Winter | Outfit Tips

February 3, 2014
Outfit for hot so-called winters.
Outfit shot at Las Colinas
Daniel Wellington watch and faux fur bag from Thailand.
Outfit shot
Faux fur bag, souvenir from Thailand (I’ve had this thing for years and it never gets old). Shorts, Forever21. Watch c/o Daniel Wellington. Goldtone bangles, vintage. Newsboy cap, vintage. Boots, ASOS.

La Ceiba is hot almost all year round (we’ve had about 2 weeks of sweater weather this year), so whenever we get a breeze or a few drops of rain we run off to dust off our only pair of stiletto boots, sweaters and sometime even – I promise I’ve spotted these a few times – fur-trimmed jackets. Though the sun is very much appreciated during the summer, most of us wouldn’t mind parading the streets in layers and amazing coats every once in a while. Is there any way to go for a winterish style without sweating like a pig? Here are some ideas I came up with to trick myself into thinking we can:

Leather pants a la Isabel Marant Faux leather shorts

Oversized fur coat Faux fur bucket bag

Felt hat or ear muffs Vintage newsboy cap. Or just any cap!

Suede thigh high boots (though I’d probably wear these if I owned them anyway) Lace-up ankle booties

And to get some air circulation going with the dark colors, how ’bout a loose, sheer blouse?

We do what we can with what we have!

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