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Lights, Camera, Dallas... 📷


We braved the bitter January cold for a shoot with Arden Beth Photography downtown Dallas last weekend. After booking my annual Texas New Year trip, I sought out one of my favorite North Texas photographers, Arden Beth.

I KNEW I had to shoot with her after stumbling upon her work online. Her photography speaks for itself, but she’s one of the sweetest, kindhearted women I’ve ever had the joy of meeting. She was down to shoot, explore and play... oh, all while capturing some special moments behind the lens. 

We started our day at the cutest little spot, Ascension Coffee, with chia tea lattes and one of the most incredible eggs benedicts that I’ve ever tasted. I could get used to a creative little Sunday morning brunch filled with good company, talented women, and creativity oozing in all directions. They were sweet enough to let us grab a few photos while we are, drank and brainstormed all things Dallas, beauty, city life,  and fashion. 

With coffee, blankets and assistant Kate in tow, we took to the streets of Dallas and decided to let the city tell us what to shoot. Taking cues from a security officer who just *had* to share his favorite spots in the heart of downtown, a maintenance man for the church that so graciously let us shoot on and in their fountain after the church services, and the boujee office building that came in CLUTCH providing the much needed heat (and a spontaneous setting for a few shots) between frames, this shoot followed the flow of the city & enabled us to get a true vision of one of my favorite cities on earth from the locals themselves.

I’m always looking for an excuse to wear these merlot ankle tie heels... Is “because it’s Monday” a good enough reason? I think so. (Heels - Steve Madden, $109 | Leather Jacket with Removable Cotton Hood - Free People, $179 | Piko Tunic - Michael Stars, $45 | Necklaces from my personal collection)

I’m not reaaaalllll sure what is so magical up there, but if you see it, will you remind me? Looks like it must have been good. #daydreaming (Crawler Earrings - Posh, $12 | Ring - UAL, $19 | Faux Fur Jacket - Skies Are Blue, $99 | Top - Michael Stars, $45)

Y’all! If you shut one eye, zoom in super close, stand on your head and hold the phone at a 63 degree angle upside down, I *almost* look like I have a BUTT!! YOU GUYS!! It’s a Christmas miracle.... (outfit details above)

Even through the freezing temps and sleet, that ivy stood firm, stayed beautiful and shined those deep, rich green tones. There’s a lesson in there somewhere. (Leather Jacket - BKE, $189 | Black and White Striped Romper - Forever 21, $29.90 | Beauty Details Below!)

My favorite boots in one of my favorite cities. That smile is as real as it gets. ❤️

(Outfit details above 👆🏻 | Over-The-Knee Boots - Stuart Weitzman, $798)

One of my favorite photos of the day — I think I love this one, because I feel like my personality really shines through in this image. A little mystery, a whole lotta sass and always tryin to be a little sexy (but usually coming up a day late and a dollar short...) #nerdalert 🤓 (Outfit details above)

When my frisbee makes an emergency roof landing... jk, that’s too close to a sport for me to be involved. (Outfit details above | Slate Gray Suede Wedge Over-The-Knee Boots - Francesca’s, on SALE now for $29.98! ⚠️)

(Outfit details above | Slate Gray Suede Wedge Over-The-Knee Boots - Francesca’s, on SALE now for $29.98! ⚠️)  

The full ‘Beauty Breakdown’ coming in the next blog post, so stay tuned!

What do you think about these shots? Do you have a favorite? I’d love to hear your thoughts!! Send some love to Arden too over on her social media accounts —> IG: ardenbethphotog | Facebook: Arden Beth Photography 

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Xo,

JB

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