Monday, 28 December 2015

The Blog's Best Photographic Moments of 2015 + the #iwillwearwhatilike Link Up

Nautical style: Navy blue and white floppy hat, cat eye sunglasses
Most fashion bloggers have a round up of their best outfits of the year around this time, but as always I like to do something a little different. Currently I publish an annual bloopers and outtakes on 1st January (look out for it on Friday) and a seasonal round up of my best outfits every quarter. Instead of the year's best outfits I thought it was time that I acknowledged and thanked my ever-patient husband/photographer (AKA my Instagram Husband) by showcasing his wonderful photography in a round up of his best photographic moments of 2015.

So I think this will be an annual thing, and I hope it gives you a little inspiration in the photography department for a change, not just the sartorial one. I'm always on the lookout for new and different ways to style and shoot outfit posts - I have a Pinterest board dedicated to blog photography ideas which I can recommend as a way to gather inspiration and up your photography game.

I THOUGHT IT WAS TIME THAT I ACKNOWLEDGED AND THANKED MY EVER-PATIENT HUSBAND/PHOTOGRAPHER BY SHOWCASING HIS WONDERFUL PHOTOGRAPHY

The #iwillwearwhatilike link up is still on today - no break for Christmas - but there's no theme so link up anything and everything you've been wearing (scroll down for the details). Meantime, I hope you enjoy the blog's best photos of the year, and to Mr. Summers: Thank you with all my heart, I don't know what I'd do without you. You're the best :))

Which of the photos are your favourites? Tell me in the comments or tweet me @notlamb!

(Lead image: Original post here)


Beautiful lighting

Not Dressed As Lamb | Fashion photography - lighting
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Great composition

Not Dressed As Lamb | Fashion photography - composition
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Outfit details

Not Dressed As Lamb | Fashion photography - details shots
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Candid (unposed) shots

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Captured movement

Not Dressed As Lamb | Fashion photography - movement
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Santorini holiday

Not Dressed As Lamb | Santorini, Greece
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White bikini, wide-brimmed hat | Not Dressed As Lamb
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Not Dressed As Lamb | Santorini, Greece
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#iwillwearwhatilike | Not Dressed As Lamb
Thank you for joining the #iwillwearwhatilike link up! This started as a campaign on Instagram in August 2015 where women over 30 wore everything on a journalist's list of "inappropriate" items for 30+ women (including leopard print, short dresses and oversized sunglasses. Yes, really). It was so popular that I decided to carry it on weekly where women of all ages link up their fabulous style, never mind what anyone tells them not to wear!

So link up all your fabulous outfits (or shoes, accessories, make-up, etc.) every Monday at 3pm UK time - it'll stay open for a week. Whilst the original article was of course aimed at the 30+, you can be ANY age to link up. The only criteria is that you're wearing whatever you damn well like!

NEXT WEEK:
THE OPTIONAL THEME FOR 4 JANUARY IS BLING
(a chance to show off your Christmas and New Year's outfits!)

All I ask of you linking up is that you:

1. Please follow your host Not Dressed As Lamb (via Bloglovin or Instagram)
2. Link up your outfits (blog or Instagram posts) that show how you choose to wear what you like - as many as you like!
3. Please remember this is only for posts of what you've been wearing, not links to giveaways or anything else
4. Include a link back to this post if you're linking from a blog post, or add my button (below)
5. Post your outfit on Instagram (if you use it) with the hashtag #iwillwearwhatilike - Monday's the day to join in the IG fun
6. Visit some of the other links and share the love!

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Do share the love and visit as many links as you can (you never know what other lovely like-minded ladies you might meet) - the original Instagram campaign forged some wonderful new relationships so don't miss out!


Catherine

P.S. Don't forget to enter my Hope Fashion giveaway (£150 to spend!) if you haven't already:

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56 comments

  1. I always love the candid shots!! :)
    Have a great New Year!
    Jaymie
    www.jaymieashcraft.com

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  2. Having a hubby who's willing to take outfit photos week after week is - without a doubt! - one of the biggest blessings a personal style blogger could hope for, dearest Catherine!! Mr. Summers does an absolutely AMAZING job for you (those Santorini pics are worthy of an editorial spread in a magazine!) and he definitely deserves major kudos for his work!! P.S. I was thinking about you and your poor back A LOT over Christmas...and have my fingers crossed that you've started to feel just a wee bit better!! XOXO

    www.StyleIsMyPudding.com

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    1. I'm very lucky Monika as you say - thankfully he really enjoys photography and is always keen to try new things and improve. Thank you for the lovely compliments, I'll make sure he reads what you wrote!

      As for the back: I'm still in pain on and off and can hardly walk - I think it's getting better though, just very, very slowly. To say I'm frustrated is an understatement, I just want it all to go away, I hate being so useless!! Thank you for the love xxx

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  3. You have the best photographer in the world, dear Catherine. I love your blog and all I learn with you.
    I consider you a friend that I would love to meet soon, well both of you.
    Happy Holidays and the best of the best for the New Year
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. Aww Sacramento you're the sweetest - thank you so much!! It would be wonderful to meet you too, maybe 2016 will be our year :))

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  4. Hi Catherine, your husband does a great job and your photos always look amazing. Wishing you all the best for 2016 and looking forward to what you have in store for us. xo

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    1. Elsie that's so nice of you to say, thank you so much sweetie! x

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  5. Your husband is a great photographer, and takes his 'instagram husband' job seriously. Wonderful shots!

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    1. Hehe I love the phrase "Instagram husband"...!! Thank you Tiina, I shall tell him :)

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  6. Happy Holiday my friend. Sorry you are not well. I know it can be very frustrating to not be active. I wanted to stop by and I love the photos. My hubby takes my pics to and it is always great to look at one's advancement in photography. Love the lighting, great shots!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Thanks so much Jess, you're right that it's good to look at how your blog photos improve over time!

      And thank you also for sending love my way, I'm sure you know better than anyone how much we should appreciate being in good health when we have it. I know that I won't take being able to be active for granted once my back is better - I'm vowing to take MUCH better care of myself once this sciatica has cleared up...! xx

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  7. I love it!!!! Bloopers hahahaha. I have tons of those too.

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  8. beautiful photography. I love them all so it's hard to pick a fav, but if I had to, I'd say the one of you in the bikini that shows only your back. I just think it's very creative.

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    1. Thank you so much Amy - you can probably tell I love that one too because it's the only one I showed full size...!!

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  9. All of your pictures are so beautiful!!!

    Xx, Elise
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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  10. Catherine,

    I am so glad you dedicated this post to your husband's amazing talent! How are you feeling? I pray your back is mending and you are getting some relief.

    Happy New Year,
    Shellie
    www.thefabjourney.com

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    1. Thanks so much Shellie, I thought a dedicated post to his photography was long overdue...!

      And I'm better thank you, still hobbling and the pain comes and goes, but when I rest completely I'm mostly pain-free. It's going to take a while before I'm 100% but I'm getting there! You're very kind to ask, thank you :))

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  11. Great shots! Himself really has a great eye. LOVE that photo of you in the striped dress in front of all of those Greek umbrellas with the same stripe!
    www.highlandfashionista.com

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    1. Thanks Kristen - it was one of my favourites too! The striped dress and umbrellas were a total coincidence...! x

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  12. What a great year in photos. All the shoe shots are my faves. xoxo

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  13. love all the pics! so pretty, wishing you a creative new year
    Irene
    www.thedailylace.com

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  14. So many great pictures :) Love the movement ones especially.

    Thanks for hosting & wishing you a Happy New Year!

    Alex - Funky Jungle

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    1. My pleasure, Alex - and happy new year to you too! Thanks sweetie x

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  15. What great photos Catherine, I am "manifesting" a photographer husband this year! Have a very Happy New Year. Suzi x

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    1. Thanks Suzi - and good luck with your photographer husband manifestation, hehe...! x

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  16. I always love your photos and these are very special! I remember when I first showed my photographer Jasmin your photo with the DW watch pointing out how much I loved it!

    xx
    Annette | Lady of Style

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  17. Hello Catherine!
    Wonderful styles and looks!
    thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures.
    Wish you a Happy New Year!
    http://helenamybeauty.over-blog.com/2015/12/viva-l-italia-vive-l-italie-long-live-italy.html

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    1. Hi Helena - thank you, that's so sweet of you! HNY to you too x

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  18. Who can forget that AMAZING vintage dress shot! You & your husband have taught me a lot about the technical side of photography & looking at these "best of" photos it's clear to me I still have much to learn. Thank you both for the inspiration & support, I truly appreciate your generosity & look forward to meeting you in person at Blognix.
    Happy New Year to you both XX

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    1. Oh Michelle that's so nice to hear - thanks so much!! I can't wait to meet you too, Blognix will be great and it'll be even better now that I'm meeting so many lovely blogger friends like yourself there...!! HNY to you and yours x

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  19. Wonderful photography throughout the year - I love the candid shots and of course, the golden light of Santorini. Thanks for hosting, I love this link-up. xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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  20. You do have an amazing photographer!!! And he has an amazing model to work with!

    I love the candid shots, and Santorini is hard to beat of course!

    Wishing you a very happy & healthy 2016, Catherine!

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    1. Thanks Andrea - I know how much you loved the Santorini pictures...!!

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  21. Such amazing pictures and of course such a gorgeous model! Wishing you all the best in 2016!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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    1. Ohhh Dawn Lucy you're so sweet, thank you so much!!! x

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  22. Following you via Instagram now - hope to join your linkup for the New Year.

    www.thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Tami - though you can join this one now don't forget! xx

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  23. Love these photos, Catherine! What a talent!!!

    xo,
    Janise

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  24. Well of course all of these photos are beautiful. But the one with your hands on the water is a piece of art.you are so lucky to have such talent on your side, and I'm sure he is looking after you with your recovery. I hope you heel quickly , it must be driving you nuts ! I am definitely going to be looking at the pinterest board for photography inspo, something I am concentrating on at the mo.
    Laurie x

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    1. Laurie thank you!!!!!! And yes he is looking after me, bless him...! I am going a bit nuts, you're right - but I've been having physio and it's getting better very gradually. I hope the Pinterest board gives you plenty of inspo! x

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  25. Fantastic shots, Catherine, clothes-wise and technique-wise. You inspire me to do better!! Happy New Year. I hope you dress up for it even if it's for a home party.

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    1. Aww Melanie thanks so much - though you definitely don't need any help in the style department, you got it going ON, girl!!!! HNY to you x

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  26. I have only just recently found your blog and I am so glad I did. There needs to be more blogs for women my age (I'm 37) that show you can be fashionable and wear what you like. I look forward to reading more of your blog.

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    1. Thank you so much Glenka - and welcome to the blog! There are a ton of blogs for older women BY older women, just take a look at my blogroll! >> http://www.notdressedaslamb.com/p/blogroll.html :))

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  27. A wonderful collection of looks. Your blog is beautiful, and your style is fantastic.

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    1. That's so nice of you to say, thank you Josep-Maria!!

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  28. Funny, I thought I had joined. Not. I didn't.
    Happy New Year Catherine.
    Greetje

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