Moody Ridge | Sunset

When the clouds are rolling through the mountains during sunset, and the  hills and trees are silhouetted again a beautiful glow, there’s a deep sense of calm and rightness.

Let’s try to get closer to nature; to life at its most basic form.

Let’s connect back to the natural world and let ourselves heal.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Fantasy sunset landscape

Moody, foggy burned forest in Colorado Springs

Light Our Own Path

Depression comes and goes, and recently I found myself falling down the hole pretty hard.

It’s hard to create when you’re depressed.  You’re tired all the time, uninspired, and possibly getting into some pretty bad habits.

Sometimes we need to remember that although friends and loved ones should be leaned on for support, that we shouldn’t rely on anyone exclusively.

Our loved ones can try to talk us off the ledge, but we have to make the choice to step away ourselves.


Let’s remember to be our own light on this dark path.

It’s difficult and painful, but we must keep moving forward.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Costume: Handmade bracers; Faux fur repurposed from a thrifted coat.
Makeup: Mineral Fusion, RMS Beauty, Makeover Essentials, Reviva Labs mascara, and Burt’s Bees lip crayon

Dark fantasy portrait

Fantasy studio portrait of a medieval character

Fantasy Skyscape | New Posting Schedule

Hello and welcome back to Roman Leaf!

Over the break, I had plenty of time to think about the future of the blog, and for now, posting will consist more of projects and new work as it’s created, instead of scheduled posting.

I hope to focus more on quality, not quantity, and work on narrowing down my brand and focus.

Although there will still be plenty of room for experimentation, the hope is to share more work that I’m in love with, and that supports the work I want to pursue.

Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials Tuesday will be scaled back to twice a month, so please give suggestions!

Thanks so much for your support, and can’t wait to see what’s next!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Landscape photography of a moody mountain sunset.

Magical and fairytale landscape

Vacation and Potential Schedule Change!

Things have been getting a little hectic, lately, so it’s definitely a good time for a vacation!

Roman Leaf with be on a vocational hold until June 1st, though to be honest a photo may be posted here and there depending how antsy I get!

There are a lot of things to consider regarding the Roman Leaf’s direction, so a new posting schedule may be in the works!

Thank you all for the great year so far, and see you soon!


Value the Experience

When we’re up in the mountains, exploring trails, or photographing friends, it’s a little too easy to get so wrapped up in our cameras that we miss out on the actual experience.

Just like in life as a whole, the experience is more important than the tangible, like a photo print or money from a client.

Who cares if our photographs represent where we’ve been when we were too busy messing around with our cameras to actually enjoy the experience and have something to remember?


Whether we’re out on a hike and brought our gear along, or we’re out specifically for a client, let’s remember to slow down, and actually ENJOY the experience.

Let’s make beautiful memories, not just beautiful images~

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’


If you have any questions or suggestions for Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials Tuesday, please leave a comment or contact me!

See you next week!

Elves Live Here | Magical Forest Glow

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This magical forest was captured while hiking the Colorado mountains, and was surprisingly green!

With some editing and manipulation, it definitely looks like elves and faie folk live nearby!

Let’s keep exploring and enjoying the beauty in the world and in our imaginations~

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Magical and fairytale landscape

A vivid green forest

Magical Flower

Spring is here, with flowers and greenery returning to the forests!

This flower was photographed along a trail while making my way down from my first mountain summit!  Not a terribly challenging hike, but still proud!

A good reminder to let ourselves feel pride for accomplishing our goals, even the modest ones!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

gothic fashion self portrait photography