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the photog files: Nicole of Michenn.com








This is the second post in the Photog Files series. On this day, the second to last day for 2016 I was shooting Nicole of Michenn.com. I met Nicole through the NYC Style Collective and this is the first time I am shooting her, but hopefully not the last. We met in mid town during Nicole’s one hour lunch break—nothing like guerilla photography! Get in, shoot, get out. As you can imagine this shoot went fairy quickly as we were on such a tight schedule. Also it was quite cold and windy. In fact it was so cold my camera was responding slower then usual. But Nicole was quite the trooper posing with out her coat on!

Again I was shooting with my nifty fifty mm lens. The ISO was set to 400, the White Balance I had set to shade—though I find this makes my images more yellow then they should be. Next time I am going to try the daylight setting. I was shooting in aperture priority and had the lens at f1.6.

 With this technique on one of the adjustment layers you pull the curves tool up to brighten the overall image, and then on the second layer you pull it down a bit to add in more shadows to give the image some depth

For retouching I did a lot of color correcting to balance out the yellow. I also used the double curves adjustment layer technique. With this technique on one of the adjustment layers you pull the curves tool up to brighten the overall image, and then on the second layer you pull it down a bit to add in more shadows to give the image some depth. Such an easy way to make your photos look more polished. I also added a dark vignette to some of the photos. This helps draw attention to the subject. Here is an easy tutorial on how to create a dark vignette. There is more then one way to make a dark vignette, but this one works, and it is easy.

And for the specs on what Nicole is wearing. The top is from Genuine People, the jeans are from Front Row and her much sought after shoes are from Chanel.


  1. Super cute look and the pics are great. Good job you two.


  2. I always have to admire bloggers who still do outfit shoots when it’s super cold out and you’d never know how cold it was from Nicole’s appearance in these photos. The red wall made for a great backdrop and I really like the contrast it created. Fab job!

  3. Aww! Nicole looks stunning! You did an amazing job shooting her! Love her look!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  4. Nicole is beautiful and I am a little jealous of the shoes, can’t believe she got her hands on it. And yay to you improving your photography skills, Allie! These shots are beautiful!

  5. Great photos! Love her outfit, those pants are adorable. 🙂

  6. Great post Allie, such a fab short! Love her style, the pearl trimmed denim is hot, and the sweater and Chanel shoes, trifecta! She is a brave one, not a shiver in sight!
    Love your information on photoshop, one day, yes on day… I will learn!
    xx, Elle

  7. She looks amazing, love her casual chic look and thank you for the tips 😉 xx

  8. Great shoot, guys! Nicole looks awesome here- and I’m diggin’ her embellished jeans!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  9. The photos came out great Allie!! I didn’t know Nicole worked near you! I love her outfit! 🙂 I don’t think I ever tried the double curves adjustment layer technique so I’m excited to try it out! Learned something new. 🙂

    Style Tomes ||ST on IG

  10. I love the outfit! So casual. Also, the photos look so good.

    Joyce | http://joycentricity.blogspot.com

  11. Great job with the pictures, and I love her jeans 🙂

  12. Love this outfit! 🙂


  13. Photoshooting and treatment look fantastic! That’s true, so fast – arriving, shooting, back to work! But you and Nicole did a great job, she looks amazing! I loved her top and the shoes are so nice, she is very stylish! Hope you have a great weekend!

  14. Awesome look!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Gil Zetbase

  15. Love the outfit, looks so gorgeous and stylist!


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