Hats and jewelry! Two great types of accessories that some of us really love. If that describes you, I believe you fall into one of two categories in regards to actually wearing them. If you’re the first type of hat and jewelry lover, you put them on all the time. And, if you’re the second type, you only wear them on special occasions. If you’re in the first group, it’s because these accessories really do express your personality and style. If you’re in the second group, it’s because even though you love these pieces and want to wear them, you feel like you can’t! Whichever camp you fall into, if you love jewelry and hats, you should have photos of you donning some of your favorites!
Do you feel that something is missing if you’re not wearing your signature pieces of jewelry or your favorite hat when you leave the house? That’s because you’re in camp #1, my friend! Those accessories are especially personal to you. You chose them carefully, even strategically. Maybe you started your selection process with what compliments your skin tone and hair color, but then, more importantly, you chose based on what truly represents the person you are on the inside. This idea is similar to that of having a tattoo. I wrote about how meaningful tattoos are and suggested that they’re also an outward expression of your personality in the blog post: You Have a Great Tattoo, So Book a Portrait Session . Whatever you place on your body for the world to see makes a statement–and it’s saying it without words. Instead, color, shape, size and design are doing the talking.
Let’s face it. It’s not easy to wear a hat. For one thing, it gets you lots of attention. This colorful décor makes you stand out–and it’s on top of your head. But, you, confident and courageous you, are not discouraged, or scared, or meek in any way. You can’t be if you’re gonna handle all of the comments and looks that’ll come your way. A pair of large earrings or a bulbous, brightly-hued necklace bring similar responses. But, again, you’re un-phased. That’s what it means to be bold with your style. You wear these accessories because they express who you are. Not to get attention. So, if you’ve never had a photo session where your favorite jewelry and hats were part of your outfit, it’s time to book a session and get a current picture of the real you.
If you fall into camp #2 (this is where I fall), you have these items in your closet or jewelry box, but you just don’t wear them. You may feel that the jewelry is too robust and you’d be uncomfortable or fidgety or conspicuous. Or the jewelry may be really expensive and so you’re scared to display it in public places. Your jewels could also be heirlooms handed down to you, like the costume jewelry I have that belonged to my grandma. Maybe you’re just trying to keep it all safe and in tact. And, your favorite hat may not actually fit with any of the outings you have planned. It may even be a hindrance. For example, I find that I can’t really shop wearing my flopping black hat because it blocks my eyeline. Or, if I’m gonna be sitting in any kind of audience, the only hat I can wear is a slouchy fabric one. Kind of like Sleepy from the Seven Dwarfs would wear–https://pin.it/65PUWwE . If you’re like me, you may save the big and bold for a themed party and routinely stick to subtle options.
Despite all the reasons you don’t wear anything from your hat and jewelry collection, it’s time to put on those pieces and pose proudly for some photos! It’s time to find outfits that compliment that jewelry (not the other way around). Maybe you’re like me and you’ve purchased some great hats thinking you’d wear them all the time. But, instead of incorporating them into your wardrobe, you keep them in hot boxes, or worse–you have them decorating your walls and hanging on cute farm-style hooks. You caught me! Well, no more! Book a portrait session and bring your jewelry and hats out of hiding. After your session, you can put them right back where you had them.
No matter what your actual “wearing” relationship is with your hats and jewelry, you love them. You keep them for that reason. Let a photographer help you highlight the bold everyday version of you or the version of you that often no one gets to see. It’s time.