My Greatest Photographic Moments of 2017

Stylish dressing for a rainy day - wearing AW17 Seasalt Cornwall in St Agnes, Cornwall: Longline navy raincoat grey Fair Isle sweater jumper blue corduroy trousers navy Chelsea boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

Unlike last year (where I totally forgot until May!), this January I’ve remembered to compile a post of my favourite photographic moments of the previous year as soon as the Christmas decorations have been taken down.

So again, like my Bloopers and Outtakes posts (which are meant to be a change from the norm of fashion bloggers rounding up their favourite outfits of the year – I do those quarterly), I like to do things a little differently: I’m showcasing my favourite images, not just the outfits. I’m so proud of Keith’s photography that he deserves a little shout out for all his efforts towards making me look as good as possible (not an easy task judging by my facial expressions in the outtakes)!

Same as last year, I’ve grouped the photos into certain categories: Stunning locations and backdrops, beautiful lighting, great composition, details and captured movement – PLUS! this year I’ve added in a new category just for doggy shots. We got Riley in March last year so he’s appeared many times on the blog now: I never expected a dog to steal my thunder so brazenly… I thought the saying goes that you should never work with children or animals? Well, this dog seems to be a natural in front of the camera.

(Maybe it’s because his previous mum is also a (totally fabulous) fashion blogger…?!)

I have a confession/apology to make: Last year I asked if any of you might like to see a photography tips post about lighting, composition, etc., and several of you said yes. I had SUCH a busy year I never got round to it in the end, so I’m definitely going to make time in 2018 for it. Things are going to change round here, I can tell you!! 😉

So expect tips on how to compose interesting shots, the same for lighting and how best to capture and work with it, ideas for photographing details (with examples) and so on. In other words, how we got these shots and how you can create similar images.

So sit back and enjoy these beautiful shots – here’s to all the Instagram husbands everywhere!

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Stunning locations & backdrops

Cold weather preppy outfit for the coast: Brown Barbour jacket cream bobble hat and roll neck red tartan scarf black skinnies and riding boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog

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Bright spring/summer outfit: Blush pink trouser (pants) suit matching sneakers tomato orange red sweater yellow ochre suede hobo bag tortoiseshell sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

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Mixing Breton stripes and florals: Orange Breton stripe top cropped floral trousers pants red lace-up espadrilles pearl-effect square sunglasses large tassel earrings | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

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Preppy Style in the Autumn: Double breasted camel blazer striped Seasalt sweater white button down shirt aubergine peg trousers pants two tone brogues orange vintage sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb, Over 40 Style

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Stylish dressing for a rainy day - wearing AW17 Seasalt Cornwall in St Agnes, Cornwall: Longline navy raincoat grey Fair Isle sweater jumper blue corduroy trousers navy Chelsea boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

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Beautiful lighting

Ways to style a Breton stripe top: Date night/dressed up elegant outfit - with black collar necklace, graphic print full circle midi skirt and mules | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

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Bold and bright outfit for cold weather: Black, white and red check cocoon coat red roll neck grey peg leg trousers pants grey ankle boots Jennifer Hamley mini KT work bag black fedora | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style blog

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Perfect spring outfit: Red Breton stripe t-shirt white full midi skirt black d'Orsay patent heels tortoiseshell sunglasses black box handbag | Not Dressed As Lamb

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Bold, bright winter outfit: Orange animal print coat chunky white roll neck sweater camel wide leg trousers (pants) white Stan Smiths red tote bag camel felt fedora | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

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Great composition

Bright spring/summer outfit: Blush pink trouser (pants) suit matching sneakers tomato orange red sweater yellow ochre suede hobo bag tortoiseshell sunglasses | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

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Wedding guest or garden party outfit: Pale green and pink floral midi dress with ruffles straw boater with pink ribbon novelty Paris book clutch white v neck pointed toe mule heels | rose gold jewellery | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

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Awards ceremony outfit - Long red fitted gown with shoulder detail crystal embellished box clutch red crystal earrings | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

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Styling an original band t-shirt: Longline black blazer vintage Duran Duran tour t-shirt taupe peg leg menswear-style trousers snakeskin and panelled suede Finery ankle boots | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

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Details, details

Hot weather style: Printed green summer dress pompom and tassel embellished sandals | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

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Perfect spring outfit: Red Breton stripe t-shirt white full midi skirt black d'Orsay patent heels tortoiseshell sunglasses black box handbag | Not Dressed As Lamb

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Desk to dinner outfit: One dress styled two ways | A Hobbs yellow ochre velvet midi dress with ruffles styled as office workwear and a date night outfit

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Finery London SS17: An outfit of bold colours and mixed textures Orange-red ballon sleeve sweater grey fleck cropped peg trousers snakeskin, suede and leather ankle boots large gold and black flower brooch | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

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White cotton vintage summer dress outfit | red tassel earrings yellow ochre hobo bag pom pom and tassel boho sandals white retro sunglasses snakeskin belt | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

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Captured movement

Date night outfit: Khaki soft shirt with embellished shoulders metallic gold pleated maxi skirt | orange-red wedge sandals metallic box clutch bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

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Cold weather outfit: Long white wool coat oversized lilac scarf camel fedora dark wash boyfriend jeans pink snakeskin lace up shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

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Christmas party or New Year's Eve party outfit - red lace midi dress with red pea coat and red heels | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

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New category: Riley photos

Soft whites and pastels summer outfit: Rose print sheer layered top mint trousers chinos pants nude crossover mules orange tinted aviators coral clutch | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

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Ways to style a Breton stripe top: Casual weekend wear - with dungarees (overalls) and white Stan Smiths | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

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Bright spring weather outfit: Floral Seasalt raincoat high neck stripe Breton top wide leg cotton denim trousers red brogues ochre bucket bag | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

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Preppy summer style from Seasalt Cornwall multicoloured stripe t-shirt wide leg red trousers navy knotted neck scarf straw fedora hat | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

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Super casual walking the dog outfit: Self-confidence is the best outfit t-shirt, khaki joggers, silver slip on shoes | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

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32 Comments

  1. January 12, 2018 / 5:38 pm

    Pass on my compliments to your hubby! What a clever manhe is!
    Please come and give mine a few tips!
    best
    Ashley
    xx

    • catherine
      Author
      January 12, 2018 / 6:16 pm

      Well, I did teach him all I knew, Ashley…!! 😉 Thank you, I will tell him! x

      Have you thought about going on a photography course together? Even if you don’t take photos yourself that much, having two heads (sort out how to improve a photo and use all the settings) usually works out better than one…!

  2. January 8, 2018 / 5:26 pm

    These photos are simply stunning, all of them. You really push me to up my game. And a huge nod to Keith, your dedicated photographer. What an eye – what a team! I look forward to your photography tips post later. I learn a lot from you and if I ever get a new camera, I'll come here first to check your recommendations.

    • catherine
      Author
      January 9, 2018 / 1:22 pm

      Oh thank you Melanie, I’ll him know!! Just need to knuckle down and write that post now…! 😉

    • catherine
      Author
      January 9, 2018 / 4:18 pm

      Hehe he’s a gorgeous one Lauren!! Thank you x

  3. January 5, 2018 / 2:54 am

    My goodness, when you see these different styles of photos all put together like this, you can SEE why you are an award winning blogger. The photos are absolutely glorious. The ones with Mr Riley are by far my favourite; they are so endearing, and BOTH OF YOU look so happy that it makes my heart sing with joy. Can't wait for your future photography posts too! xxx

    • January 5, 2018 / 5:17 pm

      Oh Lisa what a wonderful thing to say… thank you SO much!! I know how you love seeing Riley, it makes me happy that you get to see him regularly – he loves it here with us and we couldn't adore that dog any more than we already do. Funny how things (life!) turns out, isn't it…?

  4. January 5, 2018 / 12:20 am

    I love how you broke these into categories! Some truly beautiful photos and inspiration. I hope your year is off to an amazing start Catherine!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

    • January 5, 2018 / 5:15 pm

      Aww thanks Heidi – yes let's hope we have a great one! x

  5. January 4, 2018 / 11:13 pm

    I love the photos taken in Cornwall. The scenery is the perfect backdrop for your outfits. You look great in every color. How is that possible?! I live in the US and have been to Cornwall a few times – I'd like to go more often. We've visited, explored, and walked along the coast, Wadebridge, the beach at Bedruthan Steps and nearby spots, in Port Isaac, St. Ives, and Land's End. We live on the East Coast in US, but have much different landscape with flat, sandy beach, no rocks or elevation. Thank you for the chance to revisit the beautiful UK .

    • January 5, 2018 / 5:15 pm

      So many gorgeous places!! I absolutely love Cornwall – I can imagine it's totally different to the east US coast. But that's where we're headed in September, we can't wait!! x

  6. January 4, 2018 / 10:36 pm

    Stop it you're making me jealous Catherine! These shots are amazing – well done. I've been given a photography course for Christmas and I'm hoping to produce photos like this one day!! #aiminghigh #wishfulthinking.
    Jacqui
    mummabstylish

    • January 5, 2018 / 5:13 pm

      Oh wow Jacqui what a great present!! You'll be a pro in time 😉

      thank you hon x

  7. January 4, 2018 / 8:24 pm

    stunning,both you and the scenery – a joy to peruse x

  8. January 4, 2018 / 6:48 pm

    The one on the beach is my favorite! And the one in the pleated skirt….and the booty photo!

    • January 4, 2018 / 7:16 pm

      Thank you Nancy – isn't the beach beautiful?!!!! Imagine having that on your doorstep, I'd do photos there all the time 😉

  9. January 4, 2018 / 6:36 pm

    Ahhmazing images woman! Of course credit also to Keith 😉 You guys have been a collective inspiration to better my photography since day one of my Blog. That still hasn't changed since you always up the ante! Last year you were both instrumental in my move to shooting in RAW & using Lightroom. Now I have to use Blue too!!! Hahaha no way he'd stay still like Riley… xxx

  10. January 4, 2018 / 6:23 pm

    Beautiful, all. My favorite, though, is the very first one of you and Riley…on the moors? I don't exactly know what moors ARE but that picture seems like maybe those are them? And I love everything about it.

    And, you sneaky minx, slipping a "Great Booty" shot into the "Great Composition" category!

    Your pictures – the photography, styling, you – are what kept me coming back to your blog in the beginning, before I had a feel for your personality. Now it's The Whole Package – well done, you *and* Keith!

    Bettye
    https://fashionschlub.com

    • January 4, 2018 / 6:29 pm

      They're the Cornish clifftops, Bettye – exactly where they film Poldark!

      And thank you for such a lovely comment, that means so much XX

  11. January 4, 2018 / 6:12 pm

    Such gorgeous photos, Catherine! You're right, Keith really is a fantastic photographer – but the model (you AND Riley) aren't bad either! 😉
    Suzy xx
    http://www.suzyturner.com

  12. January 4, 2018 / 5:39 pm

    Your style is just impeccable Catherine! A great year in photos.

  13. January 4, 2018 / 5:10 pm

    Gorgeous photos of you and Riley. Your Hubby is a fab photographer xx

    • January 4, 2018 / 6:27 pm

      aww Kareema thank you – Riley automatically looks gorgeous… I have my photographer to help me! 😉

  14. January 4, 2018 / 4:56 pm

    Some really lovely photos Catherine – your Cornwall trip was amazingly scenic, I just adore that first photo with Riley. Your photos always set the bar high for other fashion bloggers, you are so, so consistent. It must take immense effort!! xx

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