25 Most Influential Teen Photographers Image Contest Oct24

25 Most Influential Teen Photographers Image Contest...

I am super excited to announce our third annual image contest! Our January Issue will be a special issue featuring the 25 Most Influential Teen Photographers of 2016! Each winner will have a feature of their work in our magazine. This is one list you want to be on! Especially if you photograph teens and tweens. We will be selecting 25 of the best teen photographers across the globe from the submissions we receive. We are calling ALL photographers to submit. The issue will be released January 15th. This is a prestigious listing and you want your business to be listed in this special edition of our magazine. The Judges… This year our judge will be Devon Jones of Devon J. Imagery! The Details… The contest will run from October 24th.-November 30, 2016. This gives you plenty of time to pick the perfect image(s) to submit. Winners will be announced by name only on December 15th. All winners will be announced on our blog and facebook page. The winning images will be unveiled in the magazine due out January 15th! This magazine will be available for purchase in print and digital format. Submission Fee… $4…1 image $8…3 images $15…5 images To submit more than 5 images, for example 10 images you would need to purchase the $15 option twice. Submission Guidelines… 1. All images must be high resolution and saved as your business name. For example vickiesblack.jpg for more than one image you can add a number. For example: vickiesblack2.jpg 2. All images must be dropboxed to me at vickie@wallenvy.com If you are not familiar with dropbox, it is free and you can sign up HERE 3. Your dropbox folder will need to be your business name modernteenstyle. For example Vickie S Black Photography Modern Teen Style 4. We will not accept watermarked or low...

Fall Fashion – The Bomber Jacket Sep27

Fall Fashion – The Bomber Jacket...

Move over cardigans, this Fall’s favorite light weight outer wear piece is the Bomber Jacket! Who would have thought that this Military inspired jacket would look so awesome in more than the standard Army Green?! The Fashion industry has put their own spin on this classic favorite by replicating it in bold colors, florals, sporty stripes, and even some fun prints for the guys too. Below we’ve paired up some of our favorite designs to show you that there is indeed a Bomber Jacket for everyone! Here is a more classic look in Army Green . It’s still stylish and edgy, and looks great with a simple black V neck tee and Army green skinny jeans. The black ankle booties and camo printed clutch top it off with a touch of sophistication.  Next we have what we’ve dubbed as the “Artsy” because these kinds of printed Bomber Jackets can get really fun and, well, artsy! There’s some wild prints out there from florals to printed text. We love this floral embroidered baby blue Bomber paired with a silver metallic pleated skirt and silver beret’. You can’t get much more “artsy” than that! This sporty take on the Bomber reminds us of a letterman’s jacket, but it’s much more comfy and cute. Pair it up with some heels to make it look more dressy! You can find Bomber Jackets in almost any color right now! This soft pink number paired with a black and white a line skirt is super cute! Keep it fun and youthful by accessorizing it with a pair of Chucks! And yes! Bombers are huge in the Men’s Fall fashion scene too! Check out all these super fun options for the Boys! Definitely a style for every personality! So whatever your...

Fall Florals

Hello everyone! I hope your first month back to school is going beautifully and stylishly! I’m noticing the days are getting shorter, the mornings are cooler, and there’s that faint familiar feeling of Fall in the air. I don’t know about you, but Fall is my fave! The colors, the smells, the weather, the food, and of coarse, the fashion! One Fall 2016 Fashion trend we will see a lot of this season are floral prints. Yep, they’re no longer just for spring! Fall florals are all the rage, and I personally love them! Today I’ll show you a few of my favorite ways to wear them this year! First we have this super cute high neck blouse with a ruffled edge. It’s a bit of a boho feel, and it pairs perfectly with these distressed jeans and ankle booties. Find a matching straight brim hat, and a few fun accessories like this perfect Fall inspired necklace, and you’ll have an adorable look to welcome the Fall season! Next we have this floral button down blouse that we’ve paired with a black A-line skirt. This look goes great with above the knee socks and a pair of simple but cute oxfords. Bolero choker necklaces are trending right now, and this would be a good outfit to wear one with. For our final look today we have this lovely red tie-neck blouse. This blouse style is just the right look to pair with another trending fashion item this Fall, Flared Jeans! To complete this 70’s inspired look, we’ve paired it up with some fabulous Mary Jane platforms, a cute faux leather saddle bag purse, a big wool floppy hat, and some large gold hoop earrings. Super cute huh!? You really can’t go wrong with floral...

Modern Teen Style | Blue Pear Photo Sep05

Modern Teen Style | Blue Pear Photo...

Today’s featured session comes to you from Christina of Blue Pear Photo I love the cool urban vibe of this session.  Excellent job Christina! Here is what Christina had to say about the session… Megan, Class of 2018 – The shoot took place in and around West Chester, PA, which is part of the Philadelphia metro area. Outfits were created for Megan from a combination of my Style Closet and her favorite pieces from her wardrobe, which gave the styling session a feeling of adventure and discovery, as we tried this and that to create the perfect looks, and collaborated with my hair and makeup artist for the finishing touches. I mean, who doesn’t love to play dress up!? I pre-scouted and selected each of the locations for their industrial, urban and worn feeling. I had a few concepts in mind for each place, which Megan interpreted more beautifully than I could have imagined. All in all, we were downright giddy by the end of the day with hugs and high-fives all around! The gear used… This session was photographed using a Canon Mark II and Canon Mark III. I primarily used the Sigma 70-200mm 2.8, and then the Tamron 45mm 1.8. This session was inspired by… I loved the idea of juxtaposing the downtown scenes and industrial architecture with glam touches from big hair, sequins, patent heels and ruffles. And of course, by the end, we just had to do a faux-hawk updo, which was especially fierce with Megan’s fearless model-stare. Hair and Makeup… Jenny Purdy, Ultimate Image Salon, Exton, PA Be sure to check out Christina’s website and follow her on Facebook and Instagram too! xoxo,...

Modern Teen Style | Expressions By Erica Sep01

Modern Teen Style | Expressions By Erica...

Today’s featured session is from Erica Oakley of Expressions By Erica I love the whole enchanted feel of this session!  Way to think outside the box Erica! Here is what Erica had to say about the session… This sessions was one that I have been dreaming of for months. It was a styled “woodland fairy” creative shoot that took place literally on the edge of a cotton field. Thanks to my event designer, we were able to achieve almost an Amazon look right at home. The gear used… I used my Canon 5D and 85mm 1.2. I used my reflector to diffuse some harsh light at times, because we were shooting in not so idea lighting conditions. Luckily, that sunlight left some pretty background color in the images. This session was inspired by… I was inspired by some recent movies with colorful scenes in enchanted-looking forests. I could just image a session inspired by woodland fairies and sprites. I wanted something fun, nature-filled, and unique. That combined with some cool hair and makeup, made for the coolest session! Hair and Makeup… My go-to hair and makeup is Suzanne Holt. Be sure to check out Erica’s website and follow her on Facebook and Instagram too! xoxo,...

Fashion Flashback! Ankle Zip Jeans...

Hello everyone! We’re  back with this month’s “Fashion Flashback”! Whether you love or hate them, some trends seem to make it back into the fashion world. Today’s feature is ankle zip jeans. These babies were popular in the late 80’s and early 90’s, when the tight taper jeans were all the rage. The tighter the taper, the better, and this trend had fashionistas tugging and pulling to get them on and off their ankles! (Yes, they were that tight!) So someone came up with the brilliant idea of putting in a zipper to maintain the tight taper, but make them much easier to wear. The zipper became a fun look in it’s own right, and though we don’t wear the taper quite as tight in this season’s take on this classic, the look is still a total steal from that past fashion era.   We feel these ankle zip jeans are really made to pair with fun shoe styles. Great shoes will draw attention to the zipped ankle detail. Below, we’ve put together some shoe samples that look great with this fun renewed jean style. Think Oxfords with short ankle socks, vans with no socks, a great pair of pumps, or some adorable ankle booties. Leaving a space between the shoe and the hemline will help to keep the attention drawn to the ankle zips, and we think it looks pretty chic and stylish too! As for tops, just wear them like you would regular skinny jeans, and keep your awesome shoes in mind while picking the color and style of your top. Want to REALLY flashback? Try a pair in one of these vibrant, crazy colors that are straight out of the 80’s. Perfect for an 80’s inspired photoshoot, but perhaps not too...

Modern Teen Style | Angie Blackburn Photography Aug29

Modern Teen Style | Angie Blackburn Photography...

Today’s featured session comes from Angie Blackburn of Angie Blackburn Photography This session is absolutely adorable and that fakers shirt?  I got to get one!  Love this session Angie! Angie’s client wanted a fun session that showed off some of her favorite outfits. I love the graphic tee with the tulle skirt and sneaks.  Mission accomplished! The gear used… cannon 5d mkii 85 mm 1.2 silver reflector Be sure to check out Angie’s website and follow her on Facebook and Instagram too. xoxo,...

Summer to Fall Wardrobe Transitioning...

So today, August is officially half over. I don’t know about you, but man, the summer didn’t last long enough! It’s already time to start gearing up for the new school year! Before you know it, the weather will start getting cooler, and we’ll be diving into winter wardrobe all over again. I personally LOVE winter clothing, and I can’t wait to see what the Fall/Winter 2016 Fashion trends are going to be. (Be sure to be checking back here each week as we start to introduce them to you!) For now, as you clean out your summer closets in preparation for new school clothes (the BEST part of a new school year right?!) I want to show you how you can extend your summer wardrobe for a little longer, and make it work for you this Fall season. I’ve taken some favorite summer outfits and reworked them to work for the changing season. First I have a cute little sundress. I’ve changed out the sandals and straw sunhat, for knee high suede boots and matching hat. The transition from Summer to Fall can also include a change in make up tones. I’ve changed out the light pinky natural tones, for a nice fall palette.   For my second look we have black shorts, a favorite Summer wardrobe staple, and a cute crop top. I’ve layered over it with a long kimono, and added tights underneath the shorts. Since we can’t see it much under the kimono, I’ve swapped out the bracelet for a cute wrap choker. I also traded the floppy sun- hat for a fedora, and changed the wedge sandals to suede booties. Next I chose Palazzo Pants. These are so cute and comfy, and the best lightweight pants for Summer. They...

Knee High Fall | Eye on Fashion | Modern Teen Style...

Last year’s big accessory for fall was the boot cuff. And this year? We’re bringing back the knee high sock! Don’t get me wrong, I love a cute lace boot cuff but a classic knee high sock just doesn’t go out of style! You can wear it with ankle boots, knee high boots, shorts, skirts, dresses – it is such a versatile accessory! PLUS, unlike the boot cuff you don’t have to worry about it falling out of place or worse- falling out of your boot! Knee high socks used to be strictly associated with private school uniforms; but thanks to “Clueless” in the 90s (if you don’t know this movie look it up immediately!) they have become a fashion statement all of their own! You will see them with combat boots, stilettos, jean shorts, pleated skirts, sweater dresses – you name it! The possibilities of how you wear your knee highs is almost endless! And, an added bonus to rocking the knee high trend? Mom and dad will LOVE that your legs are covered – and trust me, come those crisp Fall afternoons, you will be happy you have them, too! Think of your knee high’s as the Fall version of your Spring leggings – they go with pretty much everything! So, what do you think? Are you going to be a trend setter and say “bye bye” to your boot cuffs and “hello” knee highs? *all images found...

Eye on Fashion | Olympic Style...

The 2016 Summer Games open this Friday and Rio and the whole world will be watching! So why not show your support for Team USA by donning some Olympic inspired duds. I particularly love the sweatshirt with the hearts as the Olympic rings and the pants with the stars. Subtle, yet the message comes across. Say it loud, say it proud. U-S-A!!!...

Playful Pineapple

Ok, so anyone else out there love the funky playfulness of fruit prints? Ever since Dolce & Gabbana came out with their banana leaf/Pineapple collection, it seems we’re seeing more and more fun fruit patterns in our summer fashion trends. We think they’re crazy cute and wanted to share with you some items we are inspired by, and some ways to wear Pineapple prints! Here’s part of the awesome Dolce & Gabbana collection that helped to jazz up the inspiration for Pineapple print trends!   Super fun huh? We think they look super cute in summer styles like this adorable romper! Add a rattan pineapple printed tote, some cute punchy yellow heeled sandals, and some super fun accessories, and we think you’ll have a fabulous outfit fit for a summer photo session, or wearing out!   We also love this awesome fringed pineapple printed crop top! Paired with some black shorts and wide brimmed hat, takes it up to a sophisticated look. And if you’re feeling particularly funky, check out those crazy pineapple inspired wedges from Kate Spade, FUN!   For our casual pick, we found this cute pineapple printed tank top that we paired with everyday jean shorts. Another fabulous Kate Spade find are the pineapple inspired flip flops, again, if you’re feeling in a fun, funky mood!   Some other fun fruit inspired patterns we’re seeing in this summer’s fashion scene are lemon and watermelon. Here’s a couple cute items we found to show you for inspiration.   What’s your favorite fruit print? Do you have a funky fruit print in your summer wardrobe? Share a photo with us on Instagram  by tagging @mdernteen so we can see! We hope today’s inspiration gives you that nudge to try something new and fun...

Summer Crops

It’s mid July and it’s HOT! And so are these summer ensembles featuring crop tops! Crops are a go-to summer top when it’s blistering hot out, and everyone is wanting to look cute while beating the heat. So today we’ve put together four of our favorite ways to wear them this summer. From casual to chic, crops are fun and fashionable in many styles. Crops with Printed Chiffon Shorts – These super comfy and cute printed shorts are just dressy enough for a summer lunch date, but are comfy enough to wear around the house. They look fantastic and dressy with a cute ruffled or off the shoulder crop. Crops with Pencil Skirts – Long pencil skirts are sleek and with the right crop top, can look ultra modern and sophisticated. We love the matching yellow set for a classy, minimalist look, and the striped skirt with Adidas for a fun, funky take on this look. Crops with High Waisted Denim – Cute and casual, and a little bit edgy, these looks are perfect for the skate park, hanging out, or shopping with the girls. There’s nothing that goes with high waisted denim better than a crop. (Except maybe a onesie, but that’s for another post!) Crops with A-Line Skirts – This look is cute enough for any daytime activity, but dressy enough for an evening out too! How cute is that Dolce’ and Gabbana leaf print set?! LOVE! What’s your favorite way to wear crop tops? Are you casual and funky with high waisted denim, or sleek and sophisticated like the pencil skirts? We hope whatever your style is, that you find some new inspiration here at Modern Teen Style, and that it gives you that nudge to try something new and fun...

Eye on Fashion | Beach Cover-Ups...

I can’t believe it’s already July 6! Where is the summer going??? So I am playing off of Rey’s awesome post yesterday about swim suit trends and focusing on what we wear OVER our fabulous bathing suits!! Ditch the shorts and tank tops and opt instead for a fashionable and stylish cover-up that you would confidently wear to pop into a shop or get a bite to eat. Your traditional cover-ups almost look like dresses! In fact, you probably have a dress in your closet that would make the perfect cover-up. These are my faves! Choose a bold pattern or a bright solid. Or basic black is always a stylish option. Buy yours here.   Looking for something a little for “airy?” Opt for something that is crocheted! I love the texture and softness of these textured options including dresses, pants and skirts. But your favorite here. And finally who doesn’t love a sarong? They’re versatile and fun. Wear traditionally as a skirt tied around your waist or bring it around your neck for more coverage. The prints are always bright and bold and would be the perfect complement to a solid swim suit. Wrap yours around you today! Buying information here. Happy Summer!   Save...

Summer 2016 Swim Suit Trends...

It’s officially July and summer is in full swing! Many of you are heading off on vacations, or trying to get away to somewhere near water, which means, bathing suit shopping! This summer we’ve noticed that one of the biggest trends in swimwear is high neck fashions. Both one piece and two piece bathing suits are sporting this fun, modern style. It’s a great look for all body shapes, especially in the chest area. They draw the eye up and make the next look longer. Many of them are great modest looks without coming across as frumpy or boring, but quite the opposite, and rather sleek and chic. There’s practically a high neck design for all fashion categories, so there’s a style for everyone! Check out our favorites below. Fun & Funky- Bright, bold, fun prints that are  youthful and funky for the fun, free spirited girl. Sporty – An easy to move around in bathing suit that is simple, yet stylish. You can work out in style! Country Chic – These high neck fashions would look adorable paired with a straw hat, or even cut off jean shorts. Modern & Classy- This crisp, clean white suit with sheer geometric cut outs is perfectly modern, and classy enough for the most posh resort vacation. Twist on Traditional- These suits are “traditional” in the sense that they never really go out of fashion. Just a little twist of something new added like the mesh neckline, or little cut out keeps them fresh and fun. Wild Child- The perfect look for the girl who likes to wear her dark lipstick and smokey eye to the pool. Simple Yet Sleek- Exactly how it sounds, this simple suit has no frills, and is straight to point. Yet it’s...