Zara jacket and jeans (similar) and necklace; Helmut Lang sweater (similar); etc… watchband bracelets; H&M enamel bangle (similar); Urban Expressions bag (TJMaxx, similar online); Nine West shoes.

The toughest part of my job—aside from the schlepping and being on my feet all day—is probably resisting the urge to want to own everything I get for photoshoots. It’s easier to just say no when it’s the samples from showrooms that you HAVE to give back or the pieces from Chanel on Newbury Street that I’m pulling for an upcoming shoot and can’t afford at the moment.

The truth is, I rarely go shopping for myself anymore. I usually end up keeping so much from photoshoots that are either damaged or I just can’t bear to return because they’re just so good. I don’t recommend shopping this way—for the sake of your wallet.

Though, in this economy, I tend to try to get the most bang for the buck for my clients. So, when I’m finding deals for things that look way more expensive, it can be worth spending the money on. Well, as long as I know I will get a lot of use out of it.

Take these shoes that I picked up for a recent shoot (on sale for $75) and this necklace (less than $20). How can you say no to these pieces that I get stopped on the street for!?

xo Liz