The Bride | Tips, Tricks, and Tutorial Tuesday

This poofy wedding dress, paired with a knit top and lace curtain finally got put to use in the studio!  Why not take the opportunity to shoot with a new, handmade backdrop as well?

In schedule-related news, regular posts will continue to be every Monday and Friday, with the new addition of Tips, Tricks and Tutorials on Tuesdays!

Every Tuesday, come check out the blog for quick tips, tricks, tutorials, and behind-the-scenes goodies!  Topics will range from photography, costuming, props, DIY, better living and more, and might be a quick trick, before-and-after shots, or a longer tutorial!

If you have ideas of things you’d like to see and learn about, please contact me or leave a comment anytime!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Vampiress | Bitten

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

Bicycle, Bicycle

This much-loved bicycle top is now available in the shop!

While waiting for a cold to pass, why not play with the flashguns in the studio?

It’s easier to get a clean white background when you can evenly light it and get the subject far enough away from it to lose that pesky texture, unless you want to include it!

Shooting with a wider aperture is also another strategy, though if you’re like me, 5.8/f is the closest you can get to!

A new lens is currently on the way, an 85mm, f/1.8 prime to be exact, so we’ll see how that works out in the studio!

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And as always,

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’


Initially, this shoot was to not only practice more with makeup and editing, but to try photographing reflections in eyes using a tutorial by the wonderful Jean Fan.  Her work is gorgeous, and I definitely recommend checking it out!

Working alone in the studio with a flash gun, things didn’t go as planned!  I’ll have to find someone to practice that technique with, but this still proved a good time to practice altering the flash umbrella’s reflection in eyes.

A large paper star was held up to block some of the light, and although the shape didn’t come out clearly, it still resulted in a cool starburst of light that would be awesome to replicate in the future!

Also, aloe vera gell works wonderfully for adhering glitter to eyelids!  Not sure if it would exactly last a day, but it’s a great alternative to makeup adhesive if you’d like to give it a try!

Let’s keep practicing with new skills and techniques, and not be afraid to fail.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Self-portrait fashion photograph

Self portrait photography of an elven maiden character in the studio.

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 | Hidden

Positively adore how this Red shoot came out.  I’m especially enthused about how working with flash is becoming quite fun!  Less of a technical pain, though there’s still a lot of toe-stubbing and tripping over things.

Practice doesn’t make perfect, but is does help us improve, so let’s keep at it!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

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

floral photography


Ever feel like your hair is just completely unmanageable?

Long hair is so much fun to play with, but not much fun to live with.  Luckily, those of us who personally prefer short hair can still enjoy fake tresses!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Blue Floral Dress

Animal and nature photography of a grazing horse.