Blue Nymph

Handmade crown for sale in the shop.
Costume: Thrifted faux fur, handmade crown
Featured makeup: Zuzu, Physicians Formula, Almay

And so another solstice has passed!

It’s officially Summer, and soon the days with grow shorter and colder, especially here in the mountains.

 

Let’s keep moving forward as time and our lives change with the seasons.  Let’s not let our days all be the same, and find ourselves marching in the doldrums day in and day out.

How do you plan to keep moving forward?

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

fantasy self portrait of a candlelit nymph

fantasy self portrait of a nymph in candlelight

Princess | Fantasy Portrait

A quick self-portrait of a young maiden, photographed in the studio to practice makeup artistry.

Although using false lashes, a subtle yet very beautiful look was the goal, and I’m quite happy with the royal image!

This photoshoot was put together purely to practice with makeup, but ended up being a good opportunity to practice and explore with a slightly different editing style, as this time I used handmade textures and was aiming for a painterly look.

 

Let’s always take the opportunity to practice and wander in a new direction!

What have you been hoping to practice lately?

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Featured Makeup: Physicians Formula, Mineral Fusion, and Almay.
Crown: Handmade

fantasy self portrait of a candlelit nymph

Dark fantasy portrait

DIY Basic Portrait Backdrop

Backdrops made for photography, whether paper or muslin, can get really pricey!

It’s easy to get caught up in brands and gear and think we need to spend major money on professional backgrounds, but we really don’t!

 

Backdrops can be as simple as a painted or white wall, thrifted wallpaper, wrapping paper, and even thrifted curtains, sheets, and blankets!

Most of the time, my go-to backdrop is a spare black blanket.  It’s easily tacked to the wall and looks great.

When sourcing fabrics, thicker, polyester blends tend to look best, as they won’t be translucent and don’t wrinkle as easily as cotton!

We can even make DIY, custom photography backdrops by painting on the fabric.

 

By using thrifted blankets and curtains, wallpaper, and wrapping paper, we can get detailed, versatile backdrops for our portraits for just a couple of dollars!

Let’s remember that we don’t always need the ‘pro’ gear.  DIY is often not only cheaper, but better!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

 

If you have any questions or suggestions for Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials Tuesday, please leave a comment or contact me!

Dark fantasy portrait

gothic fashion self portrait photography

Open Book

Photographed in the same session as The Sword, this is a good example of variety put in practice.

Going into the studio, this was the original concept I wanted to shoot.  The Sword was added in for variety in case this image didn’t come out, and it ended up being my favorite shot instead!

Of course, there were several other variations and additions, but these two are the only ones that made it to the final pass!

 

Let’s remember to try new things, add variations and extra concepts into the shoot as a fallback, and remember that not every image needs to make it off the ‘cutting room floor’!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Breakdown:
-Costume:
Dress and lace top: thrifted
Necklace, bracers, and ring: Handmade
-Book:
Thrifted and aged by hand, ‘bound’ with leather from a thrifted coat

fantasy portrait photography of a Doe Nymph and Spring Goddess

Fantasy studio portrait of a medieval character

The Sword

An extra post this week, as this fantasy photograph left me too excited to wait!

This self-portrait was photographed in the studio recently, and was a great opportunity to put to use some props, costumes, jewelry, etc that I’d been hoarding for ‘just the right photoshoot’.

 

Hoarding with such ideas in mind has been a bit of a drag this year.

‘I just need….’ has unfortunately been a terribly common phrase in the studio!

 

Habits can be tough to break, but let’s try to get away from the ‘need’ mentality and better use what we already have!

Whether our costume closet is close to bursting or we have only a few items, let’s challenge ourselves to use what we already have, and only acquire more when we’ve exhausted all other options!

Easier said than done, but our prop boxes and costume closets will thank us!

 

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Featuring: Thrifted dress, lace top, faux fur cape, and sword.  Arm bracers handmade using thrifted material; handmade rings.  Makeup using Mineral Fusion.

Fantasy portrait photography with a witch theme

Portrait photography with a vintage feel.

Silver and Gold Tone Necklaces | Shop

Handmade silver tone, chandelier necklace featuring Amethyst beads.

Handmade gold lotus necklace

Head over and check out these two new necklaces now available in the Metaphysical Blend shop!

 

Still | Push Forward

Portrait photography is such a gorgeous and fun art.  Like any art, it takes practice and requires pushing to learn new skills, tools, and techniques.

Something that I’ve been quite shy about doing lately, even though it’s becoming evident that things are plateauing.

 

Photography that’s more dynamic, with different lighting, props, and even ‘sets’ to add depth and context have long been the dream, and a huge source of clutter!

Though despite more supplies than I’d like, anxiety keeps saying that I’m not ready, there’s not enough to work with, there’s not enough space, etc.

 But it’s really fear of failure.

What if I put together a gorgeous set, but can’t get a good photo?  Or what if I can’t create and dress a set at all?

Fear likes to sit in the back of our minds and keep us from pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones and routine, in or out of the studio.  We should remember that it’s okay to be afraid, that failure is a GOOD thing, and that we should never let fear keep us from moving forward.

If we’re really worried, then study, plan.  Let’s put forth our best effort, jump into new territory, and not be afraid to stumble.  Let’s embrace the scrapes on our knees, they’ll help us remember not to fall next time.

Hopefully the stash of supplies and props that’s been growing these past few years will soon be put to use, and hopefully you’ll enjoy the blunders along the way!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Contemplation

Cosplay self portrait. Un autoportrait photographique