Urban Vibes: A Photo Shoot with Jess Juergens Photography!

Photos: Jess Juergens Photography | Locations: Second Use; SoDo Seattle | Model: Myself
Makeup: Keifla, MAC Makeup (University Village) | Hair Cut & Color: Antonio, Coco Seattle (hair details here)
Black Dress & Heels: Guess (similar) | Maxi Dress: Anthropologie | Sandals: If Carrini via Hautelook (affiliate link)
Necklace & Bracelet: Kelsea Echo | Backpack: Tokidoki x JuJuBee | Faux Tattoo: Chanel
Pink Nail Polish: OPI Shorts Story| Blue Nail Polish: Priti NYC "Blue Wedgewood" via Hautelook

(If you want to repost photos anywhere, please credit Jess Juergens Photography and Kels Shark, with links when possible. Thank you! <3)

A few months ago, my friend, Jess, contacted me asking if I'd be interested in doing a photo shoot. I hadn't done a photo shoot for two years, since the Pink Wonderland (my previous blog) launch with Zoe. It sounded like fun! We scheduled a day, talked about using urban/industrial-type backgrounds via Pinterest, and I put together a few outfits and made jewelry for the occasion.

I used clothing and shoes I already owned for the shoot, but the one thing I did splurge on was makeup. And wow, am I glad I did! Keifla at MAC Makeup (University Village location) did a phenomenal job. Being new to getting professional makeup done and preferring to let Keifla use his judgment in what would look best, I offered only vague directions and was blown away by the look he came up with.

Jess loved it too, when we met up! I showed her some of the outfits and shoes I had in mind (she quickly discovered how obsessed I am with Guess). We picked two, I slapped on a Chanel faux tattoo (yes, real Chanel - got it years ago but never found occasion to use it) and we headed out.

Our first stop was the Second Use store in Seattle! Antonio, who cut and colored this awesome hairstyle (and taught me how to style it) suggested it. I contacted Second Use ahead of time - they were friendly and didn't mind us stopping by to take some photos in the store.

After Jess snapped some photos at Second Use, we stopped by for coffee. When we walked out, we both noticed this gorgeous doorway to an empty storefront nearby and knew we had to get a few shots there.

Jess researched and found an awesome graffiti wall site ahead of time, so we headed there next. Had a bit of trouble finding it at first, but it was definitely worth the search!

Soooo after a lot of photos at the wall, I realized that I hadn't busted out the second outfit yet! There being no particularly good spot to change, I did a surreptitious, quick change in the alleyway. Heh.

The graffiti wall happened to be near a business with a vibrant blue brick exterior and a there were a few campers parked nearby. Opportunity to seize!

We tried to be quiet, but hopefully there was no one inside the vehicles! O_O

I had an incredible time doing this photo shoot with Jess! You guys can probably tell from all of the giggling photos. :) There are lots more pics that I might share at different points in the future, but I thought this was probably more than enough of my face already. Hahaha. I'd urge you to go visit Jess's website - she has such an eye for good photos and photo opportunities! Oh, and it was extra fun having her help me figure out how to pose. I'm no good at poses (read: awkward), so Jess gave me a lot of good ideas. Isn't she talented?

P.S. Happy birthday to my wonderful, awesome mom, who is currently traipsing around Italy with my dad! Hope you're having a fun vacation and eating lots of pasta for me! :)


  1. Oooh girl look at you!! You look great, I love the graffiti walls... they're almost as colorful as your hair! hehe (which btw I love!) Happy birthday to your mom!!


    1. Thanks, Jessica! Graffiti walls are my FAVORITE!

  2. you look amazing! love the makeup on you and striking photos. great backdrops and love the tattoo :)

    1. Thanks, Shanti! I love how Keifla did my makeup too!

  3. You looks so prettyyy! Your hair looks so great in contrast to the black and white striped dress! Those photos are definitely my favorite. :)

    1. Thanks, Michelle! Yeah, Jess wanted my hair to stand out, so I chose black/white/grey for the ensemble. That black and white striped dress is one of my all time favorites! :)

  4. Omg you look so beautiful and you look like you're having fun in these. Super awesome!! I love your hair soooo much. The pictures of you in front of that doorway look SO glam.

  5. SO MUCH AMAZE! :D I love all the colours! :D I wish I could see that epic necklace up close! :3

    1. Thanks, Grethe! This means an extra ton coming from an amazing photographer like you! :) I'll be sure to post/send you a close-up of the necklace! :) <3

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    1. Thanks, Chantal! Jess did such an awesome job! :)

  7. You are adorable!!! I'm so jealous of your hair girl! Love it!


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