CY: That is so exciting. So now I have to ask this question, who is the brains behind the coordinated outfits and the Instagram photos ?
ET: Definitely me. I love styling, which is not something that I did ever. I think growing up, I always saw things that were trendy or look great on other people, but they were always a size two. And when I would try to wear that, it didn’t translate properly. And now through my blog and my Instagram I’ve really started finding pieces that fit me, fit my body type. I love creating the concept for an image that I’m going to shoot. But all that being said, she [Yoli] is just so helpful, so motivating and encouraging. She takes most of my pictures. I started out trying to take my own pictures with tripods, but it’s really fun to work together creatively.
CY: You know, actually a lot of models’ photographers end up being their significant others.
ET: Which is brilliant. I think that it’s because you feel comfortable with your significant other. I’ve shot with photographers before and while they do an amazing job, I feel most comfortable with her. And I think that translates into the image. And also if I don’t care for something like a specific pose or whatever I’m comfortable enough to tell her, let’s do that again. Or she’ll look at the pictures and she’ll say, “You know, I don’t think this was my best work. Let’s do that again.”
CY: I’ve always had this feeling that pictures come out better when someone who loves you, takes them. What has that experience been like for you [Yoli] photographing her?
YV: I love it. I love seeing her out there and just her confidence and seeing her smile, like her smile is amazing. I just love seeing her smile and when we’re out there shooting, we’re spending time together, we’re laughing, we’re enjoying the moment together. I absolutely love it, even if I’m frustrated with myself because I’m not feeling the pictures I’m taking, she’s very patient with me and talking to me through the whole thing. Those moments that we get to share together I wouldn’t trade that for anything. She just has this energy about her, that she attracts anything and everything. So I love to be behind helping her out.
CY: It’s almost like you have a family business!
YV: Yeah. Our dog is out to shoot with us, so you’ll see him in pictures as well. We all go out there and we have a great time and then she comes back and does her magic with the pictures and posts.
CY: I’m a lover of the whole family working together for the common good. It’s a wonderful thing to have that kind of support when you’re out there doing your thing. Do you guys have any last words that you’d like to share for people who need some style inspiration, or maybe who have made a transition and are not sure about their look right now?
ET: At this point with everything that has gone on and everything that’s still going on we’re constantly changing as people. So don’t feel like this is you, and this is always who you’re going to be, try new things, try new clothes, try new whatever. As much as we look up to people online for fashion or whatever, you need to find something that’s going to work for you. And you know, when you start exploring and getting out of your comfort zone, that’s when you’re going to find your unique style.