Red Flowers | Gothic Lolita Portrait

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Red Flowers.

First effort in styling a wig for a photoshoot, and it came out alright despite almost destroying my favorite hair!

Hairstyling is worth the time and work, so here’s hoping to have some different styles for future shoots!

What’s your favorite style?

Dark fine art floral portrait

The Flowers She Holds | Portrait

Its during our darkest moments when we tend to turn away from ourselves.  However, it’s during these times when we should be turning towards ourselves and reminding our hearts and heads that we have value just as we are.

Getting into our element, doing the things we’re truly good at, is a good way to do this.

How do you embrace yourself?

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Alternative look in a more traditional portrait style

Close up fantasy portrait

Baby’s Breath | Self Portrait

A more ‘traditional’ portrait with an alternative flair.

 

Let’s learn to love ourselves with all our heart and be our biggest fan, as we’re stuck with ourselves for life.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Portrait of a girl in lace with roses

Roses | Portrait

We’d do well to learn to love and see the beauty in ourselves.

This is of course, easier said than done.  A good place to start is by expressing and being ourselves, and being less critical of ourselves and our efforts.

A good rule of thumb: treat yourself with the love and compassion you’d treat a dear friend.  Build yourself up, be compassionate, be patient.

Self-portraits can be another way to learn to love ourselves.  As artists, it can of course involve some self-criticism, but it also gives us a chance to really see ourselves, and appreciate our own version of beauty.

So whether we’re taking a more loving and compassionate approach to ourselves, stepping in front of the camera, or both, let’s be kind.  Let’s really try to see ourselves and appreciate the unique beauty we bring to the world.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

moody gothic lolita portrait

gothic fashion self portrait photography

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

Mystical Flowers

Before and after editing of a flower photograph

Exploring more with magical and fantasy photography has become a growing love.

It’s brought on a bit of a shift in my photography, and especially how images are edited.

Although belief and admiration for more ‘natural’ photographs is still dear, it’s been replaced by a dream to bring more surreal, otherworldly, and fantastical visions to feed our imaginations and bring fantasy to life.

Here’s to exploring new paths and fancies, and enjoying the magic in nature, life, and our imaginations~

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Fantasy photograph of a magical path

Nature photography of a foggy forest in Fall. Une photo d'une forêt brumeuse à l'automne.

Nymph

Blue Nymph

Model/MUA/Crown: Haven of KudaCosplay

 

We all have our comfort zones, and we should definitely work on pushing past them this year!

Studio lighting, self-portraits, and landscape photography have become well-known comfort zones.

And although I still want to improve and expand in these areas, photographing others in the great outdoors is a huge leap I’ve been dying to take!

We can tell what we need to work on by asking ourselves a simple question:

What do I want to do, but haven’t because I’m scared?

  • Write it down.
  • Come up with a short term plan to do this activity (or something comparable).
  • DO IT!

We all have things we dream of doing, and because we have so much invested in the dream, we may have a lot of fear attached to even trying.

 

What if I decide to take that trip to Iceland, but it turns out I can’t afford it?

What if I finally start my photography business but can’t make any money?

What if I try, but fail?

 

Fail anyway.

Success is the result of a lot of trial, error, and failure.  We can’t improve if we’re not willing to be a beginner.

We have to try.

 

So let’s get excited about our dreams and goals, big or small, and start working towards them.

Let’s push past our comfort zones, learn, grow, and create something amazing!

 

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Fantasy boudoir portrait

Waiting