This post is very long overdue. About a year ago I was approached by a college student named Emma to take my photos. She asked me to meet her at a coffee shop in DC and that we would take some photos for her portfolio and for my blog. I was optimistic as I have done a few of these meet ups where the sessions don’t quite go as I had planned. But things were different with Emma, she was a bit shy but when she got behind the camera, the girl knew what she wanted and she made it happen. After getting our first set of images back, I knew that I had found my girl. Not only did she get my esthetic, she knew how to tell a story through the images.
I admit, blogging is a strange occupation. I know that taking photos of my brunch before letting my friends eat can get slightly annoying for everyone involved and I get my fair share of funny looks as I perfectly stage my latte for a snap. It’s also pretty strange to plan out photo shoots where I change into 3 or 4 different outfits in a coffee shop bathroom. I get it, it’s weird but after years of struggling with the insecurities of putting my photos and opinions out there for the world to see, I have finally learned to embrace it and that is largely because of Emma. She makes me laugh and somehow makes my awkward-self look way cooler in my photos than I am in real life. We have a ton of fun together when we shoot and always end up cracking up from random comments from people passing by. Or there was even that time a construction worker sang to us and then offered to take us for a spin on his motorcycle. That day was classic.
Regardless, it’s always an adventure when I shoot with Emma. She has introduced me to dozens of local coffee shops that I had never stepped foot in previously, she has taught me to embrace my awkwardness and feel comfortable in front of the lens. So if you are a blogger, a coffee lover or someone who has a thing for ridiculously gorgeous photography, then you should follow Emma and all that this girl is doing. Because this #girlboss is kicking ass and taking names.
Sarah is wearing: Blazer (Isabel Marant for H&M Old, similar here), Velvet Cami (Zara similar here), Denim (Zara), Belt (Nasty Gal), Sandals (Steve Madden), Bag (Chanel), Watch (Christian Paul), Choker (Forever 21), Sunglasses (Ditto sunglass rental). Hair by Drybar.
Photos by the talented Emma Weiss Photo shot at A Baked Joint.