Claudia Oshry, the mastermind behind wildly popular Instagram parody account Girl With No Job, scrambled to find the perfect white dress for her engagement session with fiancé Ben Soffer. The couple’s planned shoot was scheduled to take place on what turned out to be a sweltering hot, mid-summer afternoon at the very same spot where they got engaged.
“I don’t have that many white dresses sitting around,” she tells The Knot in an exclusive interview. “I was running around the city like a maniac looking for something.”
Oshry found the “magic dress by accident” after wandering into a Ralph Lauren store. “It’s classy, it’s white, and it’s the best it’s gonna get…” she says. “I’m [even] thinking of wearing it to my bridal shower.”
The social media maven’s shoot with photographer Anthony Vazquez took place on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, in line with the couple’s wedding theme. “I’m definitely happy with [the photos],” Oshry tells us. “We had a photographer there when we got engaged, but I hated the way I looked. So I loved the idea of doing an engagement shoot. I got to re-do it.”
Loosening up, however, was one of the biggest initial challenges. “The one of us spinning is my favorite one,” she says. “I feel like photo shoots are a little awkward.”
Thankfully, Vazquez and Soffer both made it fun. “In the beginning it was definitely uncomfortable for us, but Anthony, the photographer, is so funny, and Ben was cracking jokes in my ear,” she recalls. “We were actually getting kicked out of Lincoln Center because we didn’t have a license—which we obviously did not—so we were running away from the security guard and trying to get cute pictures at the same time.”
Another challenge was the heat. “It was so hot that within being there for five minutes, I was drenched in sweat,” Oshry says. “I was looking for a cool refresher—which I got.” The couple happily enjoyed ice cream during one portion of the session. “It started melting all over us… in less than five minutes,” she says.
Challenges aside, Oshry says Vazquez captured the essence of her upcoming wedding. “I love the way it looked aesthetically because it was so New York,” she concludes. “Any time I try to explain what my wedding style is I just say, ‘New York.’ And I don’t think that’s really an answer, but I think [of] yellow cabs and hot dog stands.”
She will marry Soffer this fall. The couple recently celebrated four years together.