Tonight I did something for the first time that I’ve never done with these posts. Since I started working on this post over the holidays while I was at home there were a few Christmas themed photos in this batch. As I scrolled through the preview, I didn’t feel that same spark or attachment to them as I once had. So while on my way to finish this post, I replaced those photos. Since we’ve been through 53 rounds of this and I’ve never once replaced any photos before posting, in some way, I felt like I was being inauthentic. Could my readers tell that I had swapped them out? Of course not. But I would know and that kind of ate me up for about 15 minutes.
We haven’t written our resolutions post yet, but this made me think of two previous resolutions I’ve had. A few years back, I had “say yes to everything.” The intent was good, sure. But saying “yes to everything” can sometimes do more harm than good. Sometimes you say yes to things when you don’t want to. Maybe saying yes to things causes you to spend money when you don’t want to. Have experiences that you don’t think you’ll appreciate. The next year I refined that resolution: do the things you want to do. And that has stuck around longer than saying “yes.” So if that’s what I truly believe, why not act upon that when it comes to this blog and my posts?
While the cover of this magazine is quite bold, the editorial itself is a bit more muted and understated. If I’m being honest, it’s the kind of photo shoot that I love for its simplicity. Click to cut to see it all!
I don’t know how I was able to pin point this, but the first time I picked up a camera and took on photography, I knew people would be my favorite subject. Humans can be their truest and honest self when no one is looking. More often times than not, I’ll be people watching and catch a glimpse of something that I wish I had my camera for. Instead, I’m left to savor that moment. It wasn’t meant to be to capture that shot. Now looking back on it, it’s probably one of the reasons why I gravitate so strongly towards shots with people in them for my A Collection posts. People are and have always been interesting to me.
Stumbling upon this post for Shin Noguchi’s “Something Here” series in Japan takes me back. They remind me of some of my older photographs – many that I have lost at this point by now, but evoke a lot of those same emotions for me.
To view the rest of the photos and hear from Shin on this series, click [here]
Readers, what kind of Christmas shopper are you? Every year, I tell myself that I know how much easier it is to shop online, but can’t bring myself to do it. I hate the crowds at the mall, but yet I love it at the same time. There’s a certain kind of holiday cheer that you can get from the mall that you just can’t get from putting items into your cart from your couch. So this year, I did a mix of both and like every year, I know I’ll find myself at the mall one or two more times for that extra last minute Christmas shopping.
Here are just a few items that I’ve caught on the interwebs that I think would make great gifts along with a couple of things that I might want for myself too!
I’ve never said this to anyone, but sometimes I look through these posts and try to find the story that it’s telling. It seems like I’m making it up as I go. I wouldn’t consider myself a great writer by any means. Call it Imposter Syndrome or whatever, but I have this blog despite all of that. If I get better over time, sure, I would consider that a win! Since I’m not the writer I thought I’d always be, I’ve wondered if people can tell what I’m trying to say or what I’m thinking by the pictures I choose to highlight. This is something I’ve been wanting to ask Veronica for a long time. I like to think that she can tell my mood or my feeling, but am I consistent? Do I change year to year or by months based on the photos?
Does posting one photo lead me to want to post the photo afterwards? What if one photo had led me to choose the next photo differently?
For the first time ever, this collection post only has photos from one source.
For those of you who have been following Yow Yow! for years now, you know that these are some of my most intimate posts. Often times, I’m saying more with the images that I select than in the paragraphs I’m writing ahead of the post. For the first time ever, I’ve selected images that come from only one source. I recently discovered a new Tumblr that has become a fast favorite. Worried at first that I wouldn’t have enough material to use or even that the post would be an inaccurate representation of what I was hoping to convey ended up not being a real concern after all.
It has been a week of being completely stress free and living in my moments without having a plan. I think these photos depict an image of that. I think this is what carefree-ness and whimsy looks like and it’s entirely how I’m feeling. In these photos, you’ll notice that there are some up-close shots of a part of a body or detail zoomed in. I may not have known it at the time when I was picking out the photo, but it ended up being more intentional than planned. I wanted to focus and hone in on one thing specifically as opposed to doing the whole “big picture” thing.
Sweater – Margaret O’Leary / Dress – Aritzia / Bag – Madewell / Shoes – Vince Camuto
If you’ve been following Yow Yow! since the very beginning, then you know that getting in front of the camera wasn’t always easy for me. To this day, I still don’t know what do with my hands or my arms. And when it comes to smiling? I’m the biggest critic for myself. If it has to do with clothes and fashion, I’m enjoying the photographs more to remember and look back on some of my favorite outfits. It has been nearly half a year since these photos were taken, but I’m so excited to share them with all of you.
I know that tech can leave a bad taste in some peoples’ mouths especially in San Francisco, but one of my favorite things about it is its ability to bring a community together. I have connected with so many people on Instagram in the most unique and interesting ways and that’s how I met [Kiyah]. She happened to be in SF the week that she reached out to me and we agreed to meet for a quick shoot as the sun was going down in the Mission District. I’d only ever shot with people I knew or from my own iPhone with my friends that I had to convince to shoot for me. I was curious how I might be in front of the camera with someone that I’d just met and surprised to find how effortless it was. It felt like we were old friends and this shoot ended up being the highlight of my week.
This is a topic that I want to continue in a later post, but I want to start it here. For years, there has been talk about how social media inaccurately portrays a person’s life and how this makes other people feel. The answer? Not great. It makes people feel like their life doesn’t amount to those that are living what looks like their BEST life on their feeds. It makes people feel like they are missing out. Many of us choose to not post in our most vulnerable states or when we are unhappy. As you may have read in a previous post, I don’t post very much at all when I’m not as happy in my own life. This photoshoot with Kiyah will always stick with me because on this day that I met her, I had just been in tears at work that same morning. I woke up and got ready so that I could be in good shape by the time we shot only to have my makeup run almost completely off by the end of the day. When I look at these photos, I can see that I’m not my usual bubbly self even through some of those smiles, but I often times wonder if other people will/can notice. Internally, I knew that I was off my game and while this is one example in my life, this isn’t the only example. Thanks to Kiyah’s amazing work and talent, she really helped us pull this off. I enjoyed my time with Kiyah so much that we agreed to meet again the next time she’s here in SF. To view more of her work, click [here] to visit her website.
While it’s always hard for me to find time to write on Yow Yow! it is very much my mental break away from work. With the migration that happened recently, I had a chance to go back and look at some of my posts over the nine years. There’s so much content here that it blows my mind sometimes. And then I wonder how I had so much time back then while being a full time student. I love the years where I was in college and writing anything and everything without a care. After I was done with school, I wanted to be more thoughtful with my writing and even with those that I was speaking with. The interview series were my favorite.
We’re posting this Kendall Jenner editorial for Elle Magazine because I have really longed for a good editorial for quite some time. The career I have now couldn’t be farther from fashion, but that’s what still excites us today. It’s still the same thing that I loved back in 2010. To read the feature and interview, click here. For the rest of the photos, just click under the cut for more!