We're back with the first spring installment of our Friday Five series, where we discover the current, trending and classic favorites of designers, tastemakers, and influencers. This week we spoke to Lydia Hudgens, the fashion and lifestyle photographer behind LH Photography, who brought her West Coast flair to the Big Apple three years ago. Lydia chronicled the top five things on her radar, from the skincare products that keep her glowing all season to her go-to wardrobe selects and off-duty essentials.

  • Sunday Riley's Luna Sleeping Night Oil
1. Skin Care

I'm turning 33 this year and it's on the top of my list. Admittedly, I use multiple products a night including oil-based makeup removers, retinol, eye creams, serums and a heavy night cream for extra moisture--plus I do masks 3-4x a week! I'm obsessed with taking care of my skin as I'm a beauty addict in general. Give me all the makeup and a good base and I'm good to go!

Sunday Riley's Luna Sleeping Night Oil, Kate Somerville Dermal Quench, Amore Pacific's Moisture Bound Creme & eye creams, Dr. Brandt's 3-D filler Mask, Kiehl's Nightly Refining Micro-Peel, and Elizabeth Arden's Anti Aging Serum are a few of my must-haves.

2. Uniform

I work six days a week while shooting on location and over the years have parred down my wardrobe while working. Typically my go-to is black skinny jeans (L'Agence makes great skinny denim!), Doc Martens or combat boots, or a good pair of Nike's if I have an extra long day. Throw a basic black or white t-shirt into the mix and a statement necklace, plus a leather jacket or a trench and I'm good to go. Classic but easy enough to dress up with a bold lip.

3. Audible and Soundcloud

Since I'm constantly on the go and reading on the train can be difficult if there's not a place to sit down, I've recently come to love Audible. All the books you could ever want to read! Soundcloud is great--I listen to multiple podcasts, Guys We F___D being a favorite of mine! Great feminist talk.

4. Shudder.com

No apologies here. I edit at home and like to have background visuals to keep my eyes entertained while working. Shudder.com is like Netflix but specifically for horror fans. I actually paid for a subscription and am obsessed. So many good classics and odd indie films. If you're a fan, I suggest it!

5. Onabags

I recently discovered this brand on Instagram and after receiving one bag from the company for a collaboration last year, I'm a true believer in the quality. If you are a photographer, I highly recommend that you check out their backpacks and shoulder straps. Great leather, amazing construction. Plus it'll save your back!