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Delicate Flower | Gothic Wallflower

Another portrait from the Victorian and Gothic inspired shoot ‘Gothic Wallflower’.

Though photographed while still testing the lighting setup in the studio, with a bare flashgun and rather strong light, this mysterious shot became a favorite!

Conditions don’t have to be ‘perfect’ to get a photograph that we love.  We don’t have to have the best camera, costume, or lighting.  As long as we capture something we love, that’s what’s important.

Of course even practice that bears no final image is still worth it!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Gothic Portrait | Red Lace

Photography edit before and after

Red Vixen

Model: Red Vixen

Sometimes we need to branch out from what we’re used to doing.  Experimentation can lead to new passions or at least a new set of challenges and experiences.

Although beauty style shoots aren’t a passion, they draw my interest every once in a while.

Photographed after shooting Gothic Wallflower, because it’s often worth trying to shoot different styles during the same shoot.  Why not take advantage of the full makeup and costume to try something new?

Let’s keep playing, exploring, testing, and creating freely.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Gothic Portrait | Red Lace
Fantasy self portrait

Gothic Wallflower | Before and After

The before and after editing Gothic Wallflower.

Another example of how sometimes the magic lies in the editing process.

The ring light was used as the key light, and an off-camera flash with a red (diy) gel stood off to the right.  The gelled flash was a bit too far forward, and therefore cast red over more of the face than hoped for.

The lighting and red cast was adjusted in PS, and still left a subtle ‘wrapped color’ that had been originally intended.

Let’s keep learning new techniques, practicing, failing, and trying again.

Although we should try to get the best image out of camera, let’s not be afraid to embrace editing to create magic.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Before and after editing a portrait fashion shoot
Photography before and after

Gothic Wallflower | Moody Portrait

Once again I’ve been reminded of the importance of making the most of and working with what we already have.

No new tool is going to solve our problems, and a bigger studio isn’t going to make a masterpiece, though it can certainly make the attempt easier!

 

This portrait was photographed in the new ‘studio’, the thin strip of area in the bedroom that isn’t occupied by a bed and a dresser.

Although the shoot was spent carefully trying not to trip over tripods, lights, or furniture, this came into being.  And although I don’t have any ‘proper’ gels, or even the tissue paper I’d saved for the occasion, a red curtain wrapped around the flashgun worked wonders.

When we’re packed into a space that’s a bit too small to our liking, we have to work with what we have.  We can only make so much room, so it’s often better to be creative than go shopping and bring more stuff home.

 

Here’s to being creative with our current options, and creating art we love in the space and with the tools we have!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Boudoir photography of a vampire character

Moody and mysterious portrait

The Restless | Wanderer

Some of us struggle immensely with a restless soul.

We feel that life is passing us by, that we’re not living the life we’re meant to live, meeting the people we’re meant to meet, creating the things we’re meant to create.

Perhaps we’re just adventurers, who love the new sights and smells of travel.

Or perhaps it’s a little deeper than that.

Maybe we’re unhappy, our soul is in pain, and we hope and believe that this pain will stop when the circumstances are right.  We believe we’ll finally be happy if we can just find the ‘right’ city, the ‘right’ career, the ‘right’ family.

But we have to remember that our souls are in pain because we haven’t learned how to create happiness where we are, that we are restless because we keep trying to run away.

We are restless.  We need to feed our souls, and if that means new travels, hobbies, and family, then that’s okay.  But we also have to learn to feed our souls where we are and with what we have now.

Let’s move in the direction of our dreams each day, and learn to work with what we have.

Let’s keep dreaming of the horizon, but stop telling ourselves that that’s where our happiness lies.  Our happiness lies within ourselves, so let’s start cultivating it.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

follow your passion

Candlelit Nymph | Fantasy Portrait

We all have darkness in our lives, but sometimes we need to lean on others.

And we should.

But we also need to hold ourselves responsible for creating light in our lives, sharing it with others, and learning to love ourselves as best we can.

Let’s continue to grow, push through our struggles, ask for help when we need it, and help others when we can.

 

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Fantasy portrait photography of a horned nymph

Fantasy self portrait

Her Silence | Moody Portrait

I recently discovered and have found myself so inspired by the gorgeous work of Rebecca M. Fotografie!

Such magical work, she’s definitely inspired me to try to be more daring and creative in the future, and to try new color palettes.

What are you favorite artists?

Let’s keep our eyes open for new artists and work to lift us up and challenge us to try new things in our photography and life.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Fantasy portrait photography of a horned nymph

Fantasy self portrait