The fastest cat

In the summer I tend to spend a really long time taking my outfit photos. Its warm, the days are longer, why not, right?

But it's September now, and the day light hours are becoming noticeably shorter at a rapid pace; before you know it, I'll be driving home from work in the dark.

In preparation for this, I decided to challenge myself to take my photos in 15 minutes or less. I literally set a timer on my iPhone and forced myself to stop immediately when it went off.

The results: three good photos that all sort of look the same, and one sort of decent full shot.

At least I still have a couple more weeks to enjoy my leisurely photo sessions and get reacquainted with my speed tactics.
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The Rundown
Leopard Dress Calvin Klein via TJ Maxx
Sandals Nine West
Bag Coach Thrifted
Monogram Necklace Amazon similar
Antler Ring House of Harlow
Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Belt Gap
Sunnies Ray-Ban Emma


  1. I think these came out beautifully - I would never have guessed they were rushed. It might be because that dress is so amazing on you that nothing else can get my attention.

    Courtney ~

  2. Loving your dress and ring. You would never be able to tell your photos were rushed. You always look great!

  3. All you need a couple of good shots - so well done. And I love that dress!!

    ~Natasha Fatah~

  4. Your shots are gorge - it kind of annoys me when someone decides to pretty much post every single photo they've ever taken of their outfit (but then again when someone posts like one pic, I'm here whining "but I wanted to see those shoes closer up" so I may be a hypocrite, haha).

    Not looking forward to the shorter days - always a struggle to find light for photos!

  5. Leopard dress is remarkable ;) I like it very much!
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  6. That print is great on you! Oh and I haven't taken photos before but how long does it usually take? I hope it would be less than 15 minutes for me!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  7. that dress is fantastic and fits you perfectly!!

  8. Absolutely love the print on that dress!!

  9. That dress looks great on you! I wish I had more time to spend on my pictures, but I am pretty fast, especially when it's cold out.

  10. such a classic look you have going on here

  11. I love that you timed yourself--and I think the photos turned out great. That dress looks amazing on you!

  12. These came out really great! I especially love the second one. Love the animal print dress!

  13. Mission accomplished! Great photos-you'd never know it was a challenge for you! I loooove this leopard dress on you!

  14. Oh no, don't talk about short days! I think you got a great bunch of photos--it's definitely hard to take a bunch of pictures in a short amount of time (only 15 minutes, seriously?! damn girl, props) and make sure the light is right, everything is in focus and color, etc... but hey, you did great. GOLD STAR FOR YOU. :D

    You always look so fabulous in leopard, and I love all the catty elements of this outfit (ah ha ha pun).

  15. welcome to my world. Kevin's attention span is maxed out at 15 minutes so my photo shoots have to be done before then or he melts.

  16. I'm so jealous of your dress. I saw it at my local TJ Maxx, but they didn't have it in my size. You look wonderful.

    And the timer idea is very smart!

  17. That dress fits you perfectly, you look gorgeous!

  18. Love the dress and the monogram necklace. T.J. Maxx has so many pretty dresses; Calvin Klein and some other great names.

  19. pretty dress love how it accentuates your waist area!!!

  20. yeah, i've noticed that too -- one minute it's 3pm and the next it's dark out, haha. ;)

    p.s. beautiful outfit! :)

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  21. I think they all came out great! But I agree, poo in it getting darker earlier :(

  22. Wait - are most of your photos self-pics?
    That is just brilliant!

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  23. Purrrrfect on you.;)
    Very flattering.

  24. This dress hugs you beautifully! And I love your antler ring, but I probably told you that already!

  25. That is SUCH an incredible dress!!!!
    The print is gorgeous and the cut is devine plus it will layer well for Winter xo

  26. I really love the print and shape of your dress and should take a lesson from you in learning how to take photos faster as the days get shorter...

  27. I love love love leopard print!! You are pretty lady

  28. That ring is AMAZING!!!
    Hope you are having fun in NYC.

  29. Loving your monogram necklace.... and your dress ia fabulous !
    No wonder your pictures are so good, not only are you a skilled photographer but you also invest time in taking the pictures :) the results show!

  30. Lydia - your pictures are amazing, I still cant get over the fact that you take them yourself. The lighting is perfect, the frames are perfect, amazing! :)

  31. Gorgeous dress. I wish I had the patience to take leisurely photos. My photos may just come out as lovely as yours.

  32. I honestly think that you've got this down to a science. I need to start doing this myself also! I need a good self-timer recommendation for a Canon? suggestions?

    The Fashionable ESQ

  33. I pretty much always look the same in all photos. I need posing class.

    I love your new necklace!

  34. Gorgeous dress! You're so chic.


  35. The outfit is stunning and your photos are so awesome.

  36. I love this animal print dress; it's bold but simple and elegant, too.

    I hope you'll share your 15-minute photo tips with your readers. I almost never have more than a few minutes to grab some quick pics, and am satisfied if I get one or two that get the job done :)

  37. ok i love your monogram necklace and the leopard is also so cute!


  38. I'm dreading winter when the only time to take pictures is the weekend. At least it makes me pre-plan some outfits!

    You look beautiful. I especially like the last shot.

  39. Your rushed photos are better then my best photos, you look like a cover girl.