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Friday, October 29, 2010

Street Style... Franklin Ave., Roanoke

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

On Campus... Coffee Break, Virginia Tech

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Street Style... "Stand Up Bass Player," Elmwood Park, Roanoke

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Street Style... Tied up, Virginia Tech

First college student I have seen pulling off a casual dress look very well. Everything was well suited to his build, and the classic buckled dress shoes are definitely one of my style Do's. Very mature look for any college student. The only thing missing (or not missing) were his socks, and this could have passed for Paris or Milan.  

(Oops! You can see my shadow there... hehe.. oh well..) 

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Roanoke, More than just the Star City.


Last week I took my first trip to Roanoke to shoot around town. Let's just say I can't wait to go back! I went during lunch and a little bit after, and I was mainly trying to find where most of the foot traffic is around town. I will differently make it a point to shoot in Roanoke at least once a month since it's so close.

I look forward to going up on a Saturday when people are out shopping, which is always easy picking. I also visited Gardin Village in Roanoke. Definitely want to swing by there on a weekend as well as Salem's downtown, which was also promising.

I did see many gentlemen wearing suits (and pulling them off like seasoned pros) and stunning ladies in their business best. Unfortunately, they were at their lunch hour. I've been trying to figure out how I can shoot people while they are on the go without stopping them, and I think the normal walking around  won't work for this. So the plan for my next lunch time Roanoke trip is to set up camp at the busiest street corners (this is starting to sound dirty) and just get them as they come towards me or while they wait at the stop light. I think this will give me better numbers.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Did you know I'm on Facebook?

So I started a Facebook page about two months ago for the blog so people could follow along with me on there as well. Once a week, I submit the week's post round-up. Click the link below and like the Angel's Point of View Facebook page.

Like Angel's Point of View on Facebook Here!

Here is the question. I don't get the whole twitter thing, but I know people have their tweets on their phones, laptops, computer, etc. Does anyone think starting a twitter for announcing when I'm hitting the street or in other cities shooting is a good idea? The bigger question is, would you follow?

It's just an idea right now. Leave a comment/opinion of this twitter idea.

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FMDS 16 Block, Part 5... College Ready Looks

So once again my camera did the picking, not me, and I have the same model here. Either way, these were two of my favorite designs. I felt if anything would stand out and still be completely street appropriate (around here at least), these are it. A fun skirt and a T-shirt done right. Again, good job ladies at Virginia Tech's FMDS.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

FMDS 16 Block, Part 4... Who's That Girl?

I have no idea who this young lady is, but someone told me she was on America's Next Top Model. Either way, she was stunning to watch.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

FMDS 16 Block, Part 3... Blue is my Favorite Color

Blue is my favorite color, just visit my closet sometime.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

FMDS 16 Blocks, Part 2... Blacks and whites

Even around town, I've noticed that black, gray, and whites are the top choice of color.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

FMDS 16 Block, Part 1... Design Standouts

From the photos I was able to salvage from the show last Thursday, these were two of the edgier looks. I think they are some of the student designs as well. Very well done.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

FMDS-16 Blocks Fashion Show, Blacksburg

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Thursday I attended my first fashion show since moving back to Virginia. 16 Blocks Magazine and the Virginia Tech Fashion Merchandising and Design Society put on this show in Downtown Blacksburg. There were some impressive designs by some of the student designers, and some local stores were featured as well. I look forward to another show by the ladies at VT. I was very surprised to see many looks that were beyond the typical trends found anywhere along the Blue Ridge. If only the men's selection matched the classiness that I saw on the ladies, the show would have been perfect! Boys will be boys, and unfortunately, I don't think my opinion of casual and well dressed will ever become the norm outside of cities and business class.

Since I work events and weddings, I understand that sometimes you are at the mercy of the venue, but I think lighting was the only element lacking along the runway. Though it didn't hinder my view from the front row, my poor little camera suffered. I spent most of the night adjusting the settings about every third photo hoping for better results, but moving objects and dim lighting aren't my camera's forte. So some of my favorite selections from the night came out blurry or not at all. It seemed that my camera had favorites, and the same few models seemed to come in focus more than others. What can I do.

I should have a new camera in about a year, but till then, I shall work with what I got and stick to daylight hours.

Well, I have a lot of editing and touching up to do. Next week will be a full week of posts all from the show, so check back every day.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Street Style.. Five Points, Columbia, SC

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Street Style... Fall is Here! College Ave., Blacksburg

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This is actually my first photo with someone I've already shot before. (see last Wednesday)

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

My Visit to the South

So I got back from my trip down to South Carolina. I was going to do some shooting in Charlotte, but time just didn't allow it. I did however drive through and locate all the areas where people live, eat, play in the city, and I am planning to visit on a Saturday here in the next few weeks just to do some Charlotte adventuring.

I did however get to spend some time around Columbia, SC. I probably walked most of the busiest parts of the city for about 2-3 hours both Saturday and Sunday, and I am shocked that Columbia is the capital of the state. It was truly a ghost town. I did make one mistake and not think to check if there was a football game since it is a college town, and I think that might have added to the ghostliness Saturday. I'm not kidding, I saw about 20 people total walking about on Saturday, and they were all homeless. Even Sunday failed to show me that Columbia had a even a small population of fashionable people. It is only a dimond in the rough kind of town I'm guessing, and I think next time I'm in town I wont spend too much town shooting, maybe just a short walk through one of the bar/restaurant/shopping districts, and call it a day. I have one picture I'll be posting sometimes this week from my trip.

So after my trip to the south, I have a day trip to Charlotte sometime before Thanksgiving in the mix, Old Town Alexandria is on the bill as for this winter, I'll be in Charleston, SC in December (where I know the fashionable will deliver), Richmond for three days in November, a day trip to Charlottesville in November, Lexington and Roanoke this week, and of course NYC in January.

Things are really going to progress with the blog through the winter into the spring. I am excited, because I do travel a bit in the summers, and also being I work in the wedding industry, I will also be posting photos from weddings once wedding season kicks in. FUN!! Happy Tuesday everyone.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Street Style... from Atlanta, Main St., Blacksburg

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Street Style... College Ave., Blacksburg

This was a great find. Each of these young ladies look great. I hope to find more groups like this to shoot.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Downtown... College Ave., Blacksburg

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

College Ave., Where it almost always happens

So Blacksburg is small. Very small. While I'm out looking to shoot people, so far 90% of everyone I run into is on this one small area of College Ave. Weird.

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Downtown.. The Stonemason, Blacksburg

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Trusting Your Instinct..

As a street-fashion photographer/blogger, I have learned that you have to set rules to be successful. It works like this: you walk around, you find someone you like, you walk up and introduce yourself, ask to take a picture, hope they say yes, give them a few seconds to get relaxed (as much as they can), adjust the camera settings, take their picture (I take 3), show them the pictures if they ask, give them website info, say thank you and walk away. All of this takes about 1-2 minutes. It's fast, it works, and it's fun.

Today I saw a man out in a suit with his date and I got excited. Not to say that he didn't wear his suit well, it just wasn't really what I would be looking for if there were a large amount of suit wearers in this town.

So today, I broke one of my rules.

Rule Broken - If I'm going to shoot a couple or group, they both or all have to be what I'm looking for, not just one of them.

Sartorially speaking, this young man's date looked fabulous, and though his wardrobe was nice, he was clearly trying too hard to look cool. I should have trusted my gut and not asked them for a photo. So you may wonder what happened? Well they were running late for a wedding, and I got my first 'No' since moving to Virginia. Running late is a good reason to pass on me, and I respect that. Which could bring up another one of my rules.. Do not ask people for photos when they look like they are in a hurry to get somewhere.

It was also a fresh reminder that men in this part of the country do not get dressed up just for the sake of looking nice.. There has to be a reason, and that's too bad. Oh well.. Time to review the rule book and hit the streets again next week. Happy Weekend.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Downtown... College Ave., Blacksburg

So I went by 310 Rosemont Downtown while out on a walk, and had a great conversation with these two lovely ladies who work at this very cool boutique. On my way back around the block, I guess they were done with work and were off to class, so of course I had to snap a quick photo. Thanks ladies, I hope to stop by again soon.

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