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About Me

I bet you’re wondering who’s behind all of this? Totally logical question. I’m April Cochran-Smith & I’ll be your guide here. I live in a Victorian farmhouse built by a US Senator in 1880, my favorite band is The White Stripes & I’m a sucker for a cute dress. Want more? Ok, I’m married to a total smarty pants & we have two of the cutest boys ever. I know everyone says that about their kids, but I mean, c’mon, look at these two!

I also have two dogs & one indestructible fish. I’m originally (& still) a photographer & do mainly wedding photography at Pure Photography. If I wasn’t a photographer, I’d be an interior designer, graphic designer or shop owner. I still haven’t given up on any of those things, really. My hair has been every color found in nature along with a few that aren’t.

I was raised by my grandma & grew up with an appreciation for dressing up, especially for special occasions. If you ever see me at a wedding/baby shower/dinner party/etc, the odds are I’m going to be overdressed & I’m ok with that. Being raised by your grandma will do that to you. Do you want to take a little fashion guided trip into my past? I promise I’ll make it quick….


1. Here I am in my most favorite dress of all time. I called it my party dress, even though I’m pretty sure I never actually wore it to a party. It had a full skirt with layers of ruffled slips underneath. Now do you see why I loved it so? I wore that thing all. the. time. It was eventually sold in a garage sale, much to my chagrin. It’s probably a good thing though, or I’d probably still be trying to fit into it.

2. Ah, the knickers. My grandma made these red knickers (that’s what she called them) for me & I have to be honest, I really wasn’t a fan at first. I mean, it retrospect, they, along with the jacket & black newsboy cap I used to wear with them, are pretty sweet, but it wasn’t what I wanted to be wearing at the time. My grandma made me so many clothes growing up. I tried to keep this picture simple, or I would’ve posted the lavender suit that she made for me, along with coordinating shirt & vest. I wore it when I was 4 & we flew to California & then I also wore it to my 5th birthday party. Maybe you’re starting to understand why I love clothes so much & am generally overdressed?

3. Oh man, the teenage years. This is me when I walked into my surprise 16th birthday party. I thought this shirt & these Guess jeans were awesome. Not to mention my little Sam & Libby flats there. Seriously though, could those jeans be any higher? Even though I really loved fashion then, I was so scared to step outside of the norm. Don’t get me wrong, I did it on a fairly regular basis, but still not as often as I would’ve liked. I remember putting together these awesome, wild outfits the night before & then waking up the next day & grabbing something safe & boring to wear. Stupid peer pressure.

4. My twenties. The era of a million different hairstyles. This is my interpretation of Meg Ryan’s hair before it turned into the haircut every soccer mom sports. Have you ever seen her in Addicted to Love? Man, I loved her hair & her style in that. That movie was a few years before this picture, but I know it was still influencing me here. Note the leather pants? Good times.

So, you know, the past is the past & all of that, but it’s definitely influenced who I am today. I haven’t taken a good picture of myself lately that fully represents my style, but this one from last month is pretty close. I did the photo-a-day challenge last month & used this for one of the images. I love this polka dot shirt & the Nars Heat Wave lipstick.

Here’s where I was fashion-wise over the fall. That rabbit print dress on the left is one of my all time favorites. Throw it on with a pair of black tights & some motorcycle boots & you’re good to go. The black suede wedges, tuxedo jacket & Topshop scarf on the right are 3 staples in my wardrobe. Excellent investments!

To show the other side of my wardrobe, here I am in Washington DC over the past weekend. Gap raincoat & my old, beat-up, red Converse. Yep, I could totally wear this every day (except I’d get bored, of course).

Oh & that yellow bag that’s in the above 3 shots? That’s my Epiphanie camera bag. Probably my best investment ever. It looks & functions like a purse, but is actually a camera bag. It’s absolute perfection.

Gail - YEAHHHHH for starting this new venture, April! SO proud of you!

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