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The Refined Woman | Dress to Impress

It's been quite the week for The Refined Woman.

From San Francisco Client Meetings to LA all the way to Paris we've some some classic looks from some of my favorite ladies:  Emily Scott, Sarah Shreves, and Emilia Jane.

Happy Friday folks, and stay tuned for some uber fun Holiday posts for The Refined Woman.

Emily Scott Photographed by:  Simply Jessie

Find full details on her look HERE.

Sarah Photographed by:  Kat Harris

Find full details on her look HERE.

Me Photographed by:  Sarah Shreves

Find full details on my look HERE.

Emilia Photographed by:  Emilia Jane

Find full details on her look HERE.

The Refined Woman | Dress to Impress

Client Meetings. First impressions.

Gulp...this can be scary right?  Well, in my opinion it doesn't have to be...as long as you stay true to who you are.  You'll notice that all three of us:  Emily, Sarah,  and myself have quite different styles, but check out our websites and our client base and you'll find that we are each trying to stay true to our brands through and through.

My business is called Kat Harris Photography.  My name is my brand, just as many of you who are in the creative world.  While it is a top priority and non-negotiable to hone in on your craft and have a solid product/service to offer your clients; it is a mistake to solely focus on your photography.  Everything about me, Kat Harris, embodies my brand.  People are hiring not just a finished product, but an entire experience that only YOU can offer.

Because of this, what you wear when you meet with potential and existing clients is extremely important.  It reveals something about your brand:  your style,  your target market is, your brand personality, etc.

My goal when I go to meet with a client is to be: classic, tailored, with a hint of bohemian.   In essence my goal is to represent myself as fully as I can.  The right client will connect not only connect with your finished product but the entire package.

Photographed by:  Sarah Shreves

  • Why did you choose this outfit? I chose this outfit because I wanted to look tailored and put together.  The pencil skirt really allowed me to do this.  To add some bohemian flares I chose to wear my suede booties (which are so comfortable), my 31 Bits necklace, and a blousy top.
  • Was it a success or failure?  Why?  Success! What I will say though is that after wearing this skirt to a meeting I know I cannot wear it to shoot in; it kept shifting around as I was walking.  For meeting purposes however; it was just fine!
  • Can you list the brands of all the major/key pieces from the look?  Silk Jacket:  Club Monaco; Blouse:  Madewell; Skirt:  Talbots; Shoes:  Urban Outfitters; Necklace:  31 Bits; Bracelet:  Kiel James Patrick 

Onto Miss Emily Scott:  San Francisco Wedding Photographer

Photographed by:  Simply Jessie

  • Why did you choose this outfit?  This was a good outfit challenge for me because growing up in LA I never had to layer like you need to layer in San Francisco. I chose a pencil skirt / tights / sweater combo because it blends professional and casual perfectly. It allowed me to feel put together but not too formal for a client meeting.
  • Was it a success or failure?  Why?  It was a pretty successful outfit, though I did have a bit of trouble when I hit the steep SF streets in my 4" heels...
  • Can you list the brands of all the major/key pieces from the look? Sweater + Pencil Skirt:  JCrew; Top:  Nordstrom BP; Shoes:  Zara; Bag:  Dooney&Burke

Los Angeles Lifestyle photographer + Stylist Miss Sarah Shreves

Photographed by:  Kat Harris

  • Why did you choose this outfit?  When i meet with my clients,  I want to give them the truest representation of me. and this is it.  I rarely wear heals especially with clients because im tall to begin with and I dont want to be towering over them! probably more casual + laid back than people would assume, my style is simple.  Most of my clients are that too:  driven, creative and bold but also easy going, know how to have a good time (on the dance floor) and not too cool for school.
  • Was it a success or failure?  Why?  Yeah, you cant go wrong with a statement tee and skinnies.  These pants are actually more of a legging so i do wish they had some pockets on them.  I need to find a good pair of stretchy, high waisted black pants.  Anyone have recommendations?
  • Can you list the brands of all the major/key pieces from the look?  Shoes: Alexander Wang (Similar);  Pants: F21 (Similar)  Tee: Vintage Weltenbuerger  in Venice ;  Jewelry:  all vintage finds

The Refined Woman | Sarah

Sarah Shreves:  LA Lifestyle + Wedding Photographer, Wardrobe Stylist.

Style wise Sarah puts me to shame.  She oozes LA through and through.  Basically she's so much cooler than I'll ever be.  What I love about Sarah is that no matter what she stays true to who she is, which in essence attracts her target market.  Please please check out her work HERE, she has shot some really rad stuff!

Photographed by:  Kat Harris

  • Why did you choose this outfit?  This outfit is all me:  comfortable, contemporary and clean.  I chose it because its all my go to pieces in one outfit.  You cannot go wrong with these staple pieces.
  • Was it a success or failure?  Why?  Total success..only for socal weddings that are super casual though.
  • Can you list the brands of all the major/key pieces from the look? Jacket:  Theyskens Theory (Similar); Shirt:  Zara (Similar); Leggings:  Zara (Similar); Shoes:  BCBG (Similar); Jewelry:  Feliks and Adriks

The Refined Woman | The Ladies

I'm so excited to introduce to you the rad ladies that are participating in The Refined Woman. Without further ado...here are The Ladies of The Refined Woman.

Dara Kent-Cobb: NYC Wedding Photographer of Trent Bailey Photography, founder/creative director of Preston&Olivia.

Photographed by:  Trent Bailey

  • If you could describe your style in 5 words what would it be? That would depend on the day. I feel like my style is all over the place because I wake up each day and decide who I want to be. But if I were to look at my wardrobe, I would say my pieces as a whole are: Classic, tailored, fashionable, downtown, girl-meets-boy (the hyphens make it one word :) )
  • If you had no budget what 3 places would you shop at. My three B's: Barney's, Bergdorfs, Billy Reid
  • Let's be real, wer'e all on a budget...where do you really shop at?  Zara, J. Crew, ASOS
  • What draws you into the art of photography?  I love history and photography allows you to document history by capturing a moment in time and keeping it forever.  I love wedding photography because it enables me to document a very special day in the life of couples so in love, that they've decided to commit their lives to one another, and I don't think there's anything more beautiful to capture than love.

Sarah Shreves:  LA Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer and Stylist

Photographed by:  Heidi Burkey

  • If you could describe your style in 5 words what would it be? Subtlety masculine, contemporary, clean, and modern boheme.
  • If you had no budget what 3 places would you shop at.  Anaise, Philip Lim, Lauren Moffatts.
  • Let's be real, wer'e all on a budget...where do you really shop at?  The clearance rack at zara, sales at nordstroms rack, tjmaxx contemporary section, my favorite amvets thrift store in san diego + estate sales.
  • What draws you into the art of photography?  The relationships and spaces i can create; it’s a powerful thing to photograph someone, to create a space in which they feel empowered to just "do them", to be free and own who they are in front of my camera. When they do, the creative process moves from a one sided ‘ im photographing them’ to, they are being photographed and creating art with me.

Rebekah Hood:  West Palm Beach FL. Wedding Photographer, Kallima Photography

Photographed by:  Kat Harris

  • If you could describe your style in 5 words what would it be? Classic, relaxed, comfortable, colorful, feminine
  • If you had no budget what 3 places would you shop at?  Anthropologie, JCrew, Madewell.
  • Let's be real, wer'e all on a budget...where do you really shop at?  Target, JCrew Factory, H&M
  • What draws you into the art of photography?  Being a creative is a hard thing to categorize and compartmentalize.  I love art because I love color, movement, and things that are full of life.  Photography gives me the opportunity to harness my art and translate that color and life and movement into something that is forever.

Kat Harris: LA/OC Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

Photographed by:  Angi Welsch

  • If you could describe your style in 5 words what would it be?  Classy, prep with a hint of bohemian, tailored, diverse (before I buy an item I go through in my head how many different ways/outfits I could wear it with).
  • If you had no budget what 3 places would you shop at?  Club Monaco, Marc Jacobs, JCrew.
  • Let's be real, wer'e all on a budget...where do you really shop at?  Zara, JCrew and Anthropologie sales racks.
  • What draws you into the art of photography?  Ever since I was little images moved me.  There’s something so powerful about capturing a real moment.  What keeps me falling deeper and deeper in love with photography is the art of capturing real life moments between people, whether it be a quiet moment in between actions, a burst of laughter, or the movement of a tendril of hair when a slight breeze passes by...I love everything about it.

Emily Scott:  San Francisco Wedding and Portrait Photographer

Photographed by:  Sarah Shreves

  • If you could describe your style in 5 words what would it be?  Simple. Classic. Colorful. Bold. Polished.
  • If you had no budget what 3 places would you shop at?  Marc Jacobs.  Celine.  Chloe.
  • Let's be real, wer'e all on a budget...where do you really shop at?  JCrew, Nordstrom, Madewell, Urban Outfitters, and Thrift Stores.
  • What draws you into the art of photography?  I love being able to capture beauty in the everyday and ordinary moments. I am drawn to emotions and colors and being able to hold onto the good things to savor later.

Karlin Perez, North Carolina Wedding + Lifestyle Photographer

Photographed by:  Katie Holley

  • If you could describe your style in 5 words what would it be?  Minimal and classic but a touch unrefined, with a little bit of androgyny...I don't have a fifth, remember, I'm a minimalists :)
  • If you had no budget what 3 places would you shop at?   I have to only pick THREE?! Alright...Ralph Lauren for the classics (I miss my discount), Alexander McQueen for the edge and Valentino, well, because every girl needs one Valentino...
  • Let's be real, wer'e all on a budget...where do you really shop at?  I will always stand by the argument for "quality vs. quantity". It doesn't mean it has to be designer...just made well! So I save up and invest in classic pieces that will last a lifetime. The kind you can pass to your kids. But in between the investment pieces....Allsaints, Gap for the basics, My husband's closet.
  • What draws you into the art of photography?  Simple...the lives that are behind the pictures that we make.