Her Eyes | Self-Portrait Photography

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Remember that we don’t need a lot of money to enjoy and create amazing things.

A kit lens, cheap lights, costumes and accessories from thrift shops, drugstore makeup, and modeling for yourself can go a long way.

Let’s not get caught up in what’s ‘trending’ and expensive.  Let’s get lost in our art instead.


Red Flowers | Beauty Portrait

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Who doesn’t look better holding flowers?

Buy yourself and the special ones in your life flowers.  Let’s glow together and feed our souls.


Makeup: Zuzu, Maybelline, CoverGirl, Almay, Physicians Formula

Angel | White Flowers

Baby blues and vivid reds.

More beauty portrait photography in the studio.

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

Tower | Garden of the Gods

Photographed at the end of a day trip around Pikes Peak last Summer.

It goes to show that sometimes the best part of our adventures is the end, regardless of our destination.


Road trips are relaxing, exciting, inspiring, and sometimes saddening. Even if our adventure only lasts a few hours, let’s make an effort to get out and see new sights, explore well-worn roads, and enjoy some solitude to relax and reflect.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Colorful sunrise photograph of Garden of the Gods

A vivid green forest

DIY Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

Photograph for a beauty DIY

Winter is fast approaching, and we may have already noticed our skin beginning to dry out.  And with that comes flaking and peeling.  Enter a DIY exfoliating scrub!

You can simply use water, but I tried using fresh grapefruit juice as it smells nice and was on hand, though the scrub doesn’t smell as fruity as expected.

Mix up in a small jar, or whip up even smaller batches as needed.

Only two ingredients, so you don’t really need a recipe.  Just add some granulated sugar to water/fruit juice so you have a goopy consistency.  If you make enough to store, stir it up before using!  Wet your face and body, slather some on, message around, and let the sugar granules exfoliate away!  Wipe/rinse off with warm water.  It’s a bit sticky, so you’ll notice if you need to rinse some more.

Pat dry and rub in some coconut or jojoba oil to help moisturize.

Perhaps this winter won’t be so dry, after all..

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

diydeodorant DIY oil candle

Frozen Wind | Pike’s Peak First Snow

Close-up photograph of snow blowing across a mountain.

Landscape photography of the snowy Rocky Mountains during sunset.

This week brought us the first heavy snow of the year in the mountains!

It’s been quite cloudy these past few days, and when they parted enough to see the Peak a few days ago, it was absolutely stunning.  The most beautiful I’d ever seen the mountains, though it was spotted without my camera on hand, and the sky was too socked in later that day to see.

A great reminder for an avid photographer to always have a camera on hand, even and especially when running errands!

Today the skies were clear, revealing the gorgeous mountains still covered with snow at the higher altitudes.  The mountains are gorgeous enough all season, but there’s something especially magical about snow and clouds blowing over the ridges~

Let’s enjoy the changing colors and weather of the new season.  Let’s also keep our eyes open and cameras ready for the beauty to admire.  Wishing all gorgeous views, wherever we find them!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Photography of the silhouette of Pike's Peak after sunset. Photograph of stars shining over clouds at dusk.