A little peek inside All Dolled Up Photography…

 

Ever since I was 12, I have been purchasing/ordering magazines monthly. It’s a not-very expensive addiction that actually influences me beyond words. A simple photoshoot layout can inspired a styled session. Colors, clothing, anything. I have always had an interest in fashion since I was little. I used to have my mother buy me copies of Vogue and help me cut out clothing for my paper dolls because I hated the boring paper fashions that came with the box. My paper dolls wore couture, designer labels, and looked amazing. I knew I loved clothing and wanted to learn the business side of retail, which is why I went to college for Fashion Management + Marketing. I interned with some amazing companies in college, and also with Philadelphia Style Magazine. There I got to see behind the scenes of photoshoots and this is where my already-there interest in photography took shape. I took electives in graphic design, photography, etc. and when I came home from college I started photographing my entire life. After I was married and became a mother, I had so many ideas for photoshoots for my son and couldn’t find a photography studio to do what I want. After a bad experience with a portrait studio and leaving upset that I had spent a ton of money for boring photos, I decided that I would do them at home on my own. I started researching cameras, lens, gear, lighting, backdrops, everything. Slowly I began to learn and grow and soon friends started asking me to do their kids’ photos. It then kept growing and by the end of 2012, I knew I wanted to make it a business. I established All Dolled Up Photography in January 2013. I became a mother to our second son and from the get-go, he was my second muse and the other reason why I kept learning, craving to make my ideas a reality. With a fashion background, a lot of photoshoots focus on the details of clothes, such as kids’ bows in their hair, or the color of shorts. I love to POP! color whenever I can. I am inspired by so many things in the fashion world, which makes my business truly unique and not like others locally. I work with great childrens’ apparel companies and rent/own the most amazing outfits for kids. Who says photos can be extra whimsical? Another thing I have done for years is flip to the back of Vanity Fair every month before reading the pages. The back of every Vanity Fair has the famous Proust Questionnaire and it’s answered monthly by someone famous, either a celebrity, a designer, influencer, someone recognized in the public. The questions are a fun way to learn about the details of someone and it’s always interesting to see the such vast answers of people. Well, I thought I would take the questionnaire and post it here in this blog. I’m (finally) going to start blogging more frequently, not just about my amazing clients, but myself as well. I want you all to know the girl behind the lens and I think that this type of questionnaire is a start……it’s also fun to share and do with your friends as well!

Which famous figure do you most identify with? Britney Spears. Mom, divorced, not-perfect but hard-working and doing what’s best for me

Which living person do you most admire? any hard-working boss-biz running mother who never listened to the words “you can’t”.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? I am a horrible multi-tasker

What is the trait you most deplore in others? hate and jealousy

What is your greatest extravagance? expensive coffee and the newest tech gadgets

What is your favorite journey? the journey of motherhood

Which living person do you most despise? the person who needs the most prayers daily

What is your greatest regret? no regrets or I wouldn’t be who or where I am today

What or who is the greatest love of your life? my children

Which talent would you most like to have? to be able to sing

What is your current state of mind? tired but anxious watching another gallery upload for a great family

If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? patience

What do you consider your greatest achievement? being successful and winning at anything someone told that I couldn’t do or achieve

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? a brick in the exterior wall of Cinderella’s Castle so I can watch all the happy people all day long

What is your most treasured possession? my ultrasound photos of my children, a pearl and diamond pendant

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? war

Who is your favorite writer? JK Rowling

Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Hermione Granger

Who are your heroes in real life? someone who sacrifices themselves for the better of someone else

What is it that you most dislike? ugly carpet, early mornings

How would you like to die? in my sleep, in my nineties, knowing that my family is happy

What is your motto? “Smile. Snap. Magic”–trademarked in 2017

What is your greatest fear? dying before my children grow up

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Gluttony—food is amazing

On what occasion do you lie? when people ask me about how I feel about my divorce

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “yassss” and “literally”

When and where were you the happiest? in Disney World with my kids, seeing my favorite place on Earth through their eyes (and ears!)

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?  I would eat more healthy

Where would you like to live? always near a beach

What is your favorite occupation? photographer

What is the quality you most like in a man? faith, trust, and someone who can make me laugh

What is the quality you most like in a woman? honesty, loyalty, realness

What do you most value in your friends? I value the friends who check in and ask how I am doing, without me asking first

What are your favorite names? Riley, Zackary, Reese, Thora, Everleigh, and Quinn

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