How-to Stay Warm During an Outdoor Photoshoot

I can't believe how cold the weather grew in just a single week. A couple weekends ago, I stood outside for hours during a photoshoot with nothing but a sweater and light jacket to keep myself warm. Boy, how things change so quickly! When photographer Jess Jiang and I ventured over to Philosopher's Walk for our shoot, I should have counted my blessings that it wasn't as cold then as it is now. From Jess, I learned many photography tricks, and I was impressed to discover that she was a self-taught photographer. All of the pictures you will see in this post were taken by her. You can check out more of her work over on her website:

As a beginner in front of the camera, I still have a lot to learn. I'm not striving to become a model, but as a blogger it's crucial to incorporate professional pictures into my site as much as I can. Previously, I had done several indoor photoshoots, but shooting outside was entirely different. Here are some tips I learned when it comes to shooting outside:

1. Pack layers 

If it hadn't been for my leather and winter jackets that I layered over top of my outfit for a few shots, I would have been significantly colder. It's important to stay warm as long as you can - the longer you are out there, the more shots you will get. 

Banana-Chocolate Chip-PB Muffins

I am a huge fan of banana mixed with chocolate. I am also a huge fan of banana mixed with peanut butter. In the past, I've tried out recipes that utilize both combinations, but never all three ingredients. This idea came to me spur of the moment, when another recipe of mine didn't quite turn out the way I wanted it to. I had to come up with something delicious and creative on the spot, while also making do with the ingredients I had at home. I adapted and combined two recipes in order to make a new creation: a banana chocolate chip muffin with a peanut butter filling in the middle. Aside from people who are allergic to nuts, or those who hate banana, this recipe will be a guaranteed hit with any crowd.

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