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


Winter Garden

Dead Blue

When we find ourselves stumbling into a dark hole, it’s important to remember the positive.

Easier said than done, of course, as when you’re in the bottom of a hole, it’s hard to see much light.  Instead we’re in a pretty dark place, where it’s hard to see and even remember all the good we currently enjoy and all we have to look forward to.

If we can’t find ourselves able to remember the positive, we should try remembering that it will pass.  Everything is always in a cycle.  Dark before the dawn; rain before the rainbow, you know!

Happiness is a journey.  It’s a path we choose to walk, and can get rocky sometimes.  Whenever we find ourselves falling off the trail and into a hole, let’s pull ourselves up in time and continue on our way.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Feeling Blue

Purple Buds

Blue Reflections

Blue Reflections

As we push forward and work towards our goals, it’s good to keep in mind what speaks to us most.  What we enjoy doing, and what we find unnecessary.

Sometime soon, Roman Leaf will be moved back exclusively to WordPress, as having the blog and website together in the same place will cut down on time spent keeping things up to date.  The more time freed up, the more time there will be left to play, practice, experiment, and hopefully improve.

Take a look at your own goals and what you’re currently doing to meet them.  Are the steps you’re taking ones that make a difference and that you enjoy?  Do some activities seem unnecessarily repetitive?  Are there ways you could make following your goal more time-efficient?

Let’s keep ourselves focused on our goals and where we’re headed, but remain open enough to see when things aren’t working and could be improved.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Bridge | Cheyenne Cañon Park Pinetree Dew

Battered Leaf

Bleached Skeleton Leaf

Even when fall is long gone and winter is coming to a close, some leaves still cling to their old branches.  I love the beautiful texture of sun-bleached leaves, and their veins are reminiscent of fish bones.

There’s beauty in age.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Spring Leaves Mushroom Gills

Spring Snow

Spring Snow

The first day of Spring was celebrated indoors, while snow fell all day outside.  When it comes to small things like weather, or big things like our jobs, let’s try to remain positive without becoming attached to expectations.

Things can easily go another way.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Summer Leaves Like Lace Vivid Green Leaf

Spring Chill

Dead Leaves and Moss

The air is still chill, but Spring is definitely on its way.  As the weather gets warmer and the world grows greener, I plan to spend much more time outside.

Enjoy the crisp Spring air.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Floating Leaves Warm Green

Enjoy the Calm

Dead Winter Vines

Let’s enjoy the calm moments when we can, and try adding more silence, solitude, and mindfulness to our days.

A deep breath and reconnection to the present can do wonders.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Vine After Rain Grow