Orange County, CA Style & Lifestyle Blogger // Carrie Bradshaw Lied (and shoot tips just for you!)

Last month I visited New York for fashion week (more on that later!) and had the pleasure of meeting Kathleen of Carrie Bradshaw Lied in Lower Manhattan for a style shoot. 

We walked from one street to the next trying to avoid a commercial being shot on the opposite corner – and we finally found the most charming little street that made us swoon.

I’m excited to finally share that shoot today – but I also wanted to try something new!

Whether you’re a blogger looking for tips on your next shoot or wanting to learn how to be a better photographer for your own blog – I thought it would be helpful to share my thought process behind the shoot. 

This way you’ll have tips – whether you’re the blogger or photographer on your next shoot ;) 

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TIP 1: WORK THE ROOM, DAAAHLING

What are some new locations you can try on your shoot? One way you can shoot in a more editorial way is showcasing the area around you. So here – we used the stairs – and shot using the rule of thirds where the Kat was on the left side of the image to set the scene.

Think Vogue editorials where the model is on one side of the page, but never directly in the middle. This will make the image more interesting and help tell the blogger’s story.

TIP 2: KEEP MOVING

We first started shooting on a part of this street that was under construction AND they were shooting an Infiniti commercial on the opposite corner. Needless to say, we had to keep moving down the street until we found the perfect spot – without orange cones.

And ohh did we ever find a charming little street! So if you’re shooting in a location that’s really not working for you, just keep moving around, get creative and don’t give up. You just might find a hidden gem {wink}

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Heels of a Blogger {tips if you’re the one being shot}

TIP 1: BE SOMEONE ELSE

I can’t say for sure, but I’m guessing Kathleen was channeling a little bit of Carrie Bradshaw while we were shooting ;)

Is there someone you can pretend to be – or put yourself in their heels – that can help you feel more confident while you’re being photographed? It’s totally ok to pretend you’re someone else if it helps you feel more confident and tells your story – and can also help take your mind of the fact that you’re being photographed if you’re getting a little nervous.

TIP 2: HIGHLIGHT YOUR FAVS

Is there a specific piece of your outfit or an accessory you really want to make sure is seen? In this shoot Kathleen wanted to make sure her Kendra Scott ring and necklace were front and center.

So I had her bring her ring close to her necklace to show both accessories in one frame. Try to think of a way you can incorporate multiple pieces in a way that looks natural – like Kat did by playing with her hair.

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Now I want to hear from you – was this type of post helpful for you? Are there other topics you’d be interested in learning – either as a blogger or photographer?
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Let me know what you think! (just leave a comment below or send me an email at hello(at)meganmuellerblog(dot)com
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If you’re a blogger in the Dallas area needing creative and editorial imagery for your next blog post – I’d love to be your gal! If you’re interested and want to learn more about shooting with me you can here! 
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Hope you’re having a great week!
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Megan
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P.S. This week I was honored to be one of the featured Dallas photographers on PureWow Dallas – you can see the article here (and Kat was the leading lady!)
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How to get the most views ever on your blog

I have a couple questions for you.

Are you happy with the photos that are currently on your blog? Do they feel like they represent the very best version of you and all the hard work you put into styling your outfits, hair and makeup?

If they do, then keep doing what you’re doing because I truly believe that having gorgeous and professional photos can make all the difference to your blog and brand, and will set you apart from amateur bloggers.

For example – I recently shot with a couple bloggers in San Francisco (sharing that session soon!) and they told me when they shared our shoot they had the most views ever on their blog. What!?

If you don’t share that same excitement and engagement with your readers, however, I encourage you to take the next step and show the BEST version of yourself on your blog.

I’d love to shoot with you and help take your blog to a level you’re proud of. While I’m Dallas-based, I’d love to meet you wherever you are!

I’m looking to shoot with bloggers who are excited to share their style and passion with their readers, and who aren’t afraid to be themselves in front of the camera. (Because let’s face it, that can be scary but I’ve never met a girl who didn’t shine in front of my lens.)

I only have a couple spots left for the month of September so if you’d like to book a session you can do so here.

Now I’d love to share this shoot with the incredible Amy of Dallas Wardrobe. This girl’s so fun to shoot with and I love that she’s willing to try new locations and have a great time doing it ;)

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Hope you have a great weekend!
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Megan
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P.S. If you’ve been following me on Instagram you know that I recently got back from my first trip to New York Fashion Week to shoot street style and meet amazing creative people. I was also able to shoot with a couple bloggers while I was there which was a dream! Looking forward to sharing my trip on the blog with you soon.
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P.P.S. Next week I’m teaching my first workshop for Dallas bloggers – if you’re wanting to learn how you can strengthen you photography & video skills (or just learn the basics) you’re invited to join the workshop next Thursday! You can register here.
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Dallas Blogger Lauren Murphy // Session 4

I hope your week has been great so far! My husband and I got back from our anniversary trip to Portland and San Francisco and I really didn’t want to leave.

Some highlights included a trip to Oregon’s gorgeous coast (where I proceeded to nap on the sand), biking across the Golden Gate Bridge and a lot of incredible food (you’re not allowed to say no to amazing food on vacation, right?!)

I also had the opportunity to shoot with a couple bloggers while we were in SF – can’t wait to share those with you!

Have you ever flipped through a Vogue and seen a model in a completely unexpected location? It always throws me off at first but somehow works perfectly.

That’s what I loved so much about this shoot with Dallas blogger Lauren Murphy. She suggested we stop by this gas station that had closed down – it was such a perfect contrast to her amazing dress!

Who would have thought bars and banana peels would make the cut?

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If you’re a blogger or entrepreneur I’d love to shoot with you in one of your favorite locations!
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I’m booking shoots for the upcoming months – if you’d like to know more about blogger sessions you can here or to book a shoot email me at hello@meganmuellerblog.com.
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P.S. Are you on Instagram? It’s one of my favorite ways to get to know people and I’d love to follow you! You can find me @meganmweaver and see that one time I matched a mermaid
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August 9, 2014 - 10:47 pm

Chelsea - Such gorgeous photos Megan! Absolutely stunning!

Dallas Blogger Melanie Rodriguez

I hope you’re having a great week and enjoying the last bit of July! This week for me has been full of planning for our one-year anniversary trip to Portland & San Francisco (wohoo!)

Today I want to introduce you to this amazing gal – Melanie Rodriguez.

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Melanie at a gorgeous little spot in McKinney, TX where we braved the wind and an entire wedding party, before being kicked off the bridge ;)

Melanie is a style and lifestyle blogger at Sole In Love and was so sweet and fun to shoot with!

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 If you’d like to book a shoot with me you can email me at hello@meganmuellerblog.com or if you’d like to learn more about blogger shoots you can find out more here.
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P.S. If you have suggestions for the best places to visit in Portland & San Francisco I’d love to know! :)
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Lauren Scruggs Collection for Outline the Sky

I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July weekend! We headed to Austin to visit family and enjoyed some much needed relaxation, funnel cakes & fireworks :)

Last month I had the opportunity to shoot the Lauren Scruggs Collection for Outline the Sky – which has officially launched!

Lauren is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met and was wonderful to work with! She’s the author of Still LOLO and founder of LoloMag.com. (I highly recommend her book! It’s an incredible story of hope)

Lauren designed this gorgeous collection of the Dallas skyline and it was exciting seeing her ideas and talent come to life. I’ve got the long-sleeved design and it’s sooo comfy.

We met in downtown Dallas one morning and shot near the Eye at the Joule – such a fun location and perfectly lit. And on a side note, if you ever need to shoot in a non-crowded area, just aim for 6:45 am ;)

Here are a few of my favorites with the lovely Lauren.

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“Working with Megan was such a wonderful experience. She makes a hard skill look easy and puts her heart fully into the project at hand! I am so thankful for the quality pictures she produced for our Outline the Sky Collaboration. I can’t wait to shoot with her again!” – Lauren

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If you’d like to schedule a shoot with me you can do so here or email me at hello@meganmuellerblog.com.
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I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!
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Megan
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P.S. This fall I’m going to be teaching my very first workshop specifically for bloggers in the Dallas area. If you have any questions about using photography & video for your blog – whether it’s with your camera, phone, Instagram etc. I’d love to know how I can help! Just email me and I’ll make sure it’s included. And if you’re in Dallas – you should come so we can meet each other :)
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