To celebrate my friend Ansley’s jewelry company being in business for ten years, I want to share with y’all this Dora Mae Jewelry EXTRA themed styled shoot. Isn’t this a fun way to celebrate a decade of Dora Mae?! Being a part of this shoot meant so much to me because it involved so many things that I love – vintage, handmade jewelry, over the top fashion and styling, unique ideas and posing, and some of my favorite Orlando women. Get ready for some epic pictures and even more epic, one-of-a-kind jewelry!
I worked with Ansley Schrimsher, the owner of Dora Mae Jewelry, for this photo shoot. Our inspiration was the word “extra,” which is one of those trendy, “I need to urban dictionary this” terms right now. We picked the word “extra” to be our theme because of two reasons. First, extra means over the top, excessive, etc. and that’s exactly how I would describe both Ansley and my personal style. Remember that Coco Chanel quote where she says, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off.” With all due respect to this style icon, that’s pretty much the opposite of what I do before leaving my house. In fact, I think I can speak for both Ansley and myself when I say we add on one more fun piece before walking out the door! :)
Dora Mae Jewelry is not for the minimalist at heart, or the understated fashionista. This shoot is filled with necklaces stacked on top of each other, unexpected coordinations, lots of colors and pattern mixtures, and a whole arm party of bracelets. Ansley is one of those friends who inspires me SO much with her own personal style, as well as her amazing designs she creates for Dora Mae. She has a unique eye that sees differently than most people! Her vision behind this shoot was just so fun to photograph, and I’m so thankful she brought me on board.
The other reason we named this Dora Mae Jewelry EXTRA themed styled shoot is because in order to run your own business, you have to be EXTRA. You have to be wild, have grit, have lots of caffeine and energy, and finally, a touch of magic. You’re also a hot mess at times! Because of these five things we think each creative business owner needs, we chose five models and gave them each a word – wild, grit, caffeine, magical, and hot mess (that one is Ansley, which cracks me up!). Ansley designed a unique piece (or two) of jewelry for each “look,” and I can’t wait for you to see!
Thank you so much to Tammy King for your INSANE hair and makeup skills (can we talk about those Twiggy, painted on eyelashes, and Hannah’s teased, double pony tail?!). She was a rockstar all day and we couldn’t have done it without her. Another big thank you to both our models and Sultre boutique for letting us borrow some pieces to style our girls with. It worked out so perfectly! Lastly, a big shout out to my BFF and Dora Mae’s office manager Ashley for being a huge help all day, and maybe even holding some of my gear, and spotting me while I climb on ladders to get the right angle :)
So here we go, take a walk, or “scroll,” with me while I walk you through this Dora Mae Jewelry EXTRA Themed Styled Shoot. Let’s go!
So before we started the styled shoot, Ansley and I wanted some pictures of the two of us being “extra.” We had the idea to each put as much of our pieces, equipment, etc. on us at one time. For me, this meant carrying all my camera bodies, lens, hoods, reflector, suitcase, etc., while Ansley adorned her arms with a bunch of fabulous necklaces! This was a literal take on our extra and over-the-top theme.
The first “character” we photographed was CAFFEINE, modeled by my friend April. The inspiration for her makeup was Twiggy because of her iconic painted on bottom eyelashes. We wanted her to wear a severe, tight top knot, and black, streamlined dress. Ansley chose these long, gold sun earrings for April, which also sort of looked like eyes to me, with the bright stone in the middle. April was the perfect model for this look because of her big, beautiful brown eyes. She was such a good sport while I asked her to lay on the concrete and let me pour coffee beans on her!
Next up was my friend Hannah, modeling our GRIT theme. Tammy ROCKED Hannah’s hair by styling a super teased double pony tail. We also envisioned some dirt on Hannah’s face, so Tammy used eyeshadow to paint on a dirty, gritty look for us on the side of her cheeks. Ansley designed an insane necklace for this look – I mean check out that chunky, black and gold stunner! I’ve never seen anything like it and I was SO pumped to photograph it! P.S. I had the pleasure of taking pictures of my friend Hannah a couple of years ago for her anniversary, so if you want to check those out, click here.
Kelly modeled our WILD looking by letting Tammy tease her amazing, curly hair, and wearing tons and tons of Ansley’s leather and rhinestone bracelets. She also rocked an animal print scarf, leopard print boots, and stacked several Dora Mae chokers on her neck. This look was very “old Florida” – we borrowed Tammy’s old wood paneled car, and shot in front of a pink, retro apartment complex with lots of surrounding palm trees. This look was everythannnggg.
Hair goddess Sarah modeled our MAGICAL look by wearing a vintage, handmade headpiece, stacks of long necklaces, and big, gold pendant earrings. That headpiece was SO fun to photograph on Sarah, especially because of her long, red hair (and all of her glittery eye shadow!). I loved the location for these pictures as well, and the window sill with swirly designs on top. I also shot through some reflective glass to get that rainbow, magical feeling in some of the pictures.
We of course had to get pictures of all of the girls together, and let me just tell you, we had A LOT of fun with these. We had music blaring, and the girls stomped it out according to their character’s personality. They rocked it. How beautiful are these women?!
The models with our wonderful hair and makeup gal, Tammy King! She’s basically a model too :)
Last, but most certainly not least, was the owner of Dora Mae Jewelry herself, Ansley, rocking the “hot mess” look. She self-declares this title a lot of days, and had some crazy ideas for her theme. We grabbed an ice cream cone filled with colorful sprinkles, and had her eat it while it melted and dripped everywhere. Needless to say, we were laughing the whole time! Her look was completed with messy, teased curls, bright red lips, rainbow colored nails, and stacks of colorful necklaces. If this is what being a hot mess looks like, sign me up please! We also just had to use a couple sparklers at the end for a grand finale (get it, HOT mess = fire?!).
Ansley, thank you SO much for letting me a part of your vision! This type of shoot helps reignite my passion for photography, gives me new ideas, and pushes me out of my comfort zone to not shoot like anyone else. It pushes me to think of new poses, shoot at different angles, and get out of my routine.
I want to shoot more fashion photography and styled shoots, so please hit me up if you are interested in something like this for your own company and brand. You can click on the “Contact Us” button at the top of the page, or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for taking the time to check out this Dora Mae Jewelry EXTRA themed styled shoot!
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