These Books | Dark Fantasy Portrait

“Some secrets are worth fighting for.”

Inspired by a certain new video game, I was compelled to do a new portrait photoshoot involving fantasy, grit, blood, fur, and some modest set-building!

Portraits with a more cinematic and emotive feel are still a huge draw, and as photographers we can’t stop at inspiration, but do our best to create what we dream.

So let’s get dirty, push past our comfort zones, and get closer to photographing the magical fantasies we wish to create.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Dark fantasy portrait

Moody, foggy burned forest in Colorado Springs

Elven Maiden

Fun in the studio taking some latex elf ears for a spin!  Also took the opportunity to practice contouring with makeup, and it seems makeup needs to be a bit drastic to register on camera.

Fantasy portraits has been becoming a growing interest, and the dream is to photograph costumed models, reenactors, cosplayers, and larpers out in the beautiful scenery.  But for now, continued practice in the studio wouldn’t hurt!  Perhaps some sets will get put up in here soon…

If you’re a lover of costumes and fantasy brought to life, I hope you’ll stick around for future shoots mixed into the beautiful outdoors!

Let’s keep ourselves inspired and practicing our crafts, no matter how many passions tug at our heartstrings.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Self portrait photography of a character in a red cloak and shrouded in darkness

Self-portrait photography. Une photographie autoportrait.

Red | In Darkness

Costume-making is quite fun to play with, even if it’s something as simple as a cape with a removable hood.

Although the fabric for this was pulled off a window, thrift shops have a bounty of blankets, bedsheets, and curtains you can repurpose!  Look on both sides of the fabric, as one side may be more photogenic, and keep an eye out for those that are overly shiny, unless that’s the look you want!

Whether you want something for regular wear or for a costume, I highly recommend trying to make some things ourselves.  It’s fun, and you don’t need a sewing machine (though you may want a thimble or two)!

Have fun and give it a go, just don’t cut up all the curtains!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Contemplation

Self-portrait photography. Une photographie autoportrait.

Name | Mystery II

Natural light is definitely so wonderful to work with when we can get outside to use it!  Window light is beautiful as well, though it takes a little more tinkering to get a good exposure and sharp image.  Practice, practice!

Whether we’re photographers or not, let’s spend more time outside under the sun.  And feel free to throw on an improvised cape!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Self portrait photography of a mysterious character hidden under a red hood.

Cosplay self portrait. Un autoportrait photographique