Group family photos in Cypress Texas

We love large families, and this one was huge.  When we arrived, they had two tables of homemade food spread out and it smelled delicious!

We waited a few for everyone to wrap up their early dinner and then we started off with some group photos by their lake.

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Then we went back to their place for a few smaller group shots.

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Was an awesome family and experience, Thanks everyone!

Salwa Owens Fashion Shoot #6

Also from a few months ago, here is a recap of our shoot of Salwa Owens’s “tips for mixing” from Salwa’s blog

“4 Easy to Follow Tips for Mixing Prints

When mixing prints was first introduced as a trend, it was written off by most as one for the fashion forward only.  No one thought this trend would last. But more than a trend, it’s become a fashion “practice” (for lack of better word) that you can do any season. When shooting this look, I was just having fun dressing up some SO Fierce Boutique accessories and wanted to wear these tights, scarf, and hat in an unconventional day. I didn’t intend to use it to demonstrate the mixing prints trend, however I quickly realized it demonstrated 4 key pointers to mixing prints for beginners.

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1- MIX PRINTS IN A SIMILAR SCALE |  When mixing prints, unless you’re a pro, try to stick to prints in a smilmar scale. If you’re trying to ease into this trend, stripes and poka dots are the most fail proof options. My blouse in this look has stripes, my tights have polka dots, and they are both similar in scale so they go together harmoniously.

2- HAVE A DOMINANT PRINT | Like in any relationship, there will always be one that’s a bit stronger and dominates. That’s almost essential to make this print mixing relationship work. What does that mean in more practical terms? One print should cover less area than the other, and/ or be less intense in color or fabric thickness.  In my look, the blouse is a bright contrast black and white stripe print, and the tights are sheer, which make the blouse the dominant print. The tights having that sheer element help the two work together without competing for attention.

3- ONE COLOR STORY | Stay in a cohesive color story. In my look, I stuck to a simple black, white, and maroon color story to keep things cohesive. Two to three colors is a good number but more than that, it can start to get a little busy.

4- ADD TEXTURE | Adding a textured piece, such as the faux fur scarf in my look, will add more depth to the look and take some focus away from the fact that there are two different prints going on. Furthermore, adding something of a soft texture like this scarf, on top of a crisp button down generally comes together nicely. The mixing of hard and soft creates harmony and depth.

So ladies, go into your closet, take some of your favorite old pieces (I’ve had this top and these shorts for years) and reinvent them for 2016 by mixing and matching them in unexpected ways. Have fun and take some risks!

Here’s a few more images taken in my beautiful hometown of Houston, TX by Custom Minds Photography.

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Thanks as always Salwa!

 

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We took these a few months ago and here are her selected ones from her blog post.
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“It seems like just yesterday it was taboo to wear black mixed with any shade of brown. It fell into the same category of fashion don’ts as white after labor day. I don’t follow these rules and am actually a big fan of neutral mixing, especially in cooler months (you may have noticed in my last fashion post “Fringe & Animal Print” ). There is something very chic about mixing blacks and browns together. Anything from a deep brown to any shade of tan goes well with blacks and greys. If done properly, it can be very chic and harmonious, while having a timeless element.

*All images in this post were taken by Houston, TX based photographer Michael McKenney of  Custom Minds Photography.

The Look ||

For my “Black & Tan A La Mode” look, I paired a black sweater top from Banana Republic and a tan leather flared skirt I made myself, with this Animal Print Scarf & Tan Azra Backpack from SO Fierce Boutique. For shoes, I went with a black suede pair of stilettos from Aldo with a touch of gold in the heel, to give the look a classic finish.

 

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The Accessories ||

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Animal Print Scarf from SO FIERCE BOUTIQUE

Tan Azra Vegan Leather Backpack from SO FIERCE BOUTIQUE

Make Up ||

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When wearing animal print anything, I try to keep things clean, with a bit of a glow. The key make up points for this look were the Bare Minerals “The Designer Label” eye palette and MAC cosmetics lipsticks. I say lipstickS because I mixed a few shades to get the perfect deep red with a touch of burgundy that I wanted. I will have to do a whole separate post and tutorial on creating your perfect lipstick shade next time!

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So there you have it; a classic yet fashionabe black and tan look! Be sure to check out the SO FIERCE BOUTIQUE to see these and more accessories and create your own fierce look. Submit your picutres to SOfierceboutique@gmail.com if you would like to share with our followers! Please stay connected via e-mail list and social media pages (found on top left).

Stay Fierce,

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Sierra and Violet – The bikers

I was asked to do the “biker look”, and of course I thought bicycle rather than motorcycle… so i suggested a few pretty pictures by the bayou.  My friend Debi from Katy decided to help me out with lighting today.  Thanks Debi!

Here are a few of my “biker” interpretation photos.  😛

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But I was completely mistaken and we were actually supposed to do “Biker” type photos.  So here are the serious tough kid poses.

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and lastly, a fun outtake!

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Thanks Sierra, Violet and Amber!  (and Debi!!)  Great job!

🙂

Salwa Owens Fall Shoot #4

Salwa brings us a beautiful taste of what her lineup has to offer as the weather gets cooler.

From her, “”Fringe & Animal Print blog post”
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“When it comes to trends this Fall, fringe is definitely on the list. I love styling things in unexpected ways. What most people expect to be a boho chic fashion statement, can actually be worn in a city chic way.  For this look, I paired two of my favorite things together, fringe and animal print! This Fuzzy Textured Animal Print Scarf from “SO Fierce Boutique” was the perfect way to add the print element, in neutral colors, and play around with texture. I wore a black leather fringe skirt, brown satin button down, black leather booties, and piled on this fierce scarf. Keeping the color scheme neutral was key to mixing the fringe, animal print, and various textures without getting too overly busy.

Here are some pictures of this look, captured by Custom Minds Photography at the landmark Water Wall in Houston, TX. ”

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Jami and her family photos

Jami and her family are from Dallas/Ft. Worth area and they head to Houston every few months.  We lucked up and our schedules matched up perfectly.

We started off with some posed photos and as you can tell little one wasn’t too excited.  A cell phone seemed to help her momentarily. She was definitely not into taking photos.

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So then we moved on to mom, dad and their other daughter.  They did much better!

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So we tried again with little one and dad.  She was into taking photos now.  Phew!

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And finally some quite family photos.

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Thanks Jamie and family!!  😀