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Pop That Collar

I had some photos taken over the weekend by my photography teacher, Arnold Klein. He likes to experiment with lighting and processing techniques and he needs willing subjects, so I took him up his offer to photograph us.

He is still selecting photos and editing them, but here’s one of his favorites. It’s fun to see yourself through someone else’s lens (literally). I came in with my coat on after running out to feed my parking meter, and we took a couple of shots with my coat collar popped.

Nicole Balch

I was doing my best to smize there.

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  • Catherine
    April 15, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Nicole Balch, International Woman of Mystery. Fantastic shot!

    • Making it Lovely
      April 15, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      I may have been pretending to be Carmen Sandiego.

      • Christine@DecorumDIYer
        April 15, 2013 at 7:46 pm

        Funny, I was thinking the ‘new’ Sherlock (UK) [but a feminine version, of course].

  • Kai
    April 15, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    You have your HBIC (Head B**** In Charge) stare down!

  • Chelsea T
    April 15, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    God, your new hair is FIERCE.

  • Julia
    April 15, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    You. Look. Mahvalous. Really, great shot.

  • Erin
    April 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    This is a stunning photo. I keep coming back to look at it. Lovely!

  • Kim
    April 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Wow. Just wow.

  • Crystal
    April 15, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I’m telling you, short hair just gives you a fiesty, impish vibe. I love it!

  • Jessie
    April 15, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Secret aaaaaagent (wo)man! You look fierce and I love your hair!

  • Celeste
    April 15, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    I was wrong when I commented the other day. Tucking your hair behind your ears is much better!

    This is fierce.

  • rachael
    April 15, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Hot! I am loving your short hair!!

  • Vanessa
    April 15, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    That is just the BEST haircut on you!

  • Chelsea C.
    April 15, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    You had better WORK. Gorge.

  • Catherine
    April 15, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I was gonna say fierce, too. Seriously, you are a rock star!

  • Kristin P
    April 15, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Love your haircut! As a fellow photog…..I’m dying to know exactly how your teacher set up this shot. The lighting is lovely & very interesting….was it a 1 light setup?

    • Making it Lovely
      April 15, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      Two lights. One was in a tall and narrow diffuser, and the other was shining into a large silver umbrella.

  • Laura
    April 15, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Seriously elegant, feisty, fierce and mysterious. All of the above! Wow.

  • Laura
    April 15, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    You look beautiful.

  • AnnW
    April 15, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Such Gravitas! You look great. So often we have no good pictures when our kids are little. Ann

  • Jenny A.
    April 15, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    That is an amazing picture! You look fantastic.

  • alex
    April 15, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    This makes me really, really want short hair. And to learn how to smize.

  • Megan @ Rappsody in Rooms
    April 15, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Smize! Love it!

  • whitney @ thecurtiscasa
    April 15, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    LOVE the hair!! Badass!

  • Kimberly
    April 15, 2013 at 9:15 pm


  • Michele
    April 15, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    love, love, love your new hair, it really suits you.

  • Nancy
    April 15, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    You.look.SO.good. It’s great. Hottie.

  • ItsDicey
    April 15, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Freaking awesome!

  • jbhat
    April 15, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    I have never in my life looked as awesome as that after plugging the meter. Wowza!


  • Joy
    April 15, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Ooh la la! Lovely.

  • Kay
    April 16, 2013 at 1:18 am

    FIERCE! =) I love your blog…so glad I stumbled upon it. Those glasses frame smizes very well. I’ll for sure be following your site.

  • corey
    April 16, 2013 at 7:38 am

    ohh girrrrlll.. tyra would be proud of this. love it! you look super stealthy.

  • Robin Grey
    April 16, 2013 at 7:43 am

    As of this momment, I will forever strive to smize in my photos.
    Also – need deets on the coat, please. I’m loving it!

  • Mellie
    April 16, 2013 at 9:21 am

    you look like a disney cartoon villian ;)

    April 16, 2013 at 9:23 am

    NICE SMIZE, Nicole. Nice smize ;) Something I have yet to get down (or even close).

    Looking hawt and quite mysterious. :)

  • Amber @ Wills Casa
    April 16, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Oh my gosh I absolutely love this picture! You are rocking that hair style!

  • Caroline
    April 16, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Great picture, I always think earrings look fussy with my glasses and short hair but you look amazing here. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • amanda
    April 16, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Very foreign spy! That short hair really works for you.

  • Molly
    April 16, 2013 at 10:57 am

    You look amazing! I think the popped collar is the finishing touch. And the glasses look even more flattering with short hair! Totes fantastic.

  • cd
    April 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Your new hair suits you SO well. Just a lovely style! Ever thought about choosing a lighter, or tighter glasses frame? You’re halfway out of hiding now with your sassy hair – let’s see more of you! You go, girl!

  • Tanja
    April 16, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Amazing photo and love your new haircut! You wear it so well!
    I’ve been letting my hair grow out this past 18 months, but now I’m itching to get my hair cut again. I don’t know…I always feel more me with a pixie cut.

  • Maggie
    April 16, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    First time commenter, your haircut looks so amazing and natural on you!!

  • Mercedes
    April 16, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Channeling your inner Claire Underwood from House of Cards!

  • Sarah W
    April 17, 2013 at 1:13 am

    This is without a doubt my favorite picture of you ever! You are fierce! Love it!

  • Gumshoe Blog
    April 17, 2013 at 7:56 am

    You look amazing, like an in control private investigator!

  • Kimberly @ Painted Love Blog
    April 17, 2013 at 9:57 am

    That haircut looks amazing on you! I’ve always been a big fan of girls with short hair. I used to be one of them and then I met my husband…

  • elisabeth
    April 17, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Best. Look. Ever. Your haircut is FANTASTIC. THIS IS YOUR LOOK. Sorry for shouting.

  • Chelsea
    April 17, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    The hair cut looks AMAZING!!

    April 17, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Since I cut mine in January (we actually have the same cut now)- I’ve been experimenting with different looks. Glasses, earrings, lipsticks, and popped collars!! I realized I can’t really do scarves anymore though, they make me feel like I have a tiny head and huge torso, oh well!! You look great… what does your husband think?? Mine doesn’t want me to grow mine out ever again!!

  • LJCM
    April 17, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Love your portrait, very cool and sophisticated.

  • Jenn
    April 17, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    This is such a great shot! I really love your hair short. Can’t wait to see more!

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  • Cc
    April 23, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    You new hair cut is so flattering on you!!!