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

Candlelit Nymph | Fantasy Portrait

Close up fantasy portrait

While we find ourselves on a particular tangent or visual bend, let’s not forget to stretch a little bit and try new things as well!

What style are you having fun with, lately?

 

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Makeup: Physicians Formula, CoverGirl, Maybelline, Zuzu, RMS Beauty, Burt’s Bees, Eco Stardust, Mineral Fusion
Antlers: Hysteria Machine

fantasy self portrait of a candlelit nymph

Fantasy portrait of a candlelit nymph

Solemn Witch

Fantasy portrait of a witch

I recently did a location shoot with the lovely Yasae!  You can find more from her here (NSFW).

 

Although this is only one set from the shoot, it’s a great reminder of finding more variety, even within photo sets!

I loved both, and took a slightly different editing approach to each photo, but when putting together a portfolio, variety is key!

With these images being to similar, they wouldn’t both make it into a portfolio.

But, alas, sometimes it’s hard to choose!

 

Let’s keep variety in mind, especially when deciding which photos to bring to edit.  We’re often better off choosing a single favorite out of similar photographs, than finishing and publishing several.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Alternative fashion portrait

Fantasy boudoir portrait

Magenta Flower | Alternative Fashion

Can’t express how much I love a face hidden by bangs, especially with silver hair!

For photography, that is.  It’s a bit uncomfortable in real life…

 

This portrait proved a great chance to practice adding little details in editing, like the nail polish, flowers, and color-matching.

Let’s give ourselves chances to try and practice new things, big or small.

 

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Featuring thrifted clothes, as usual!

Boudoir photography of a vampire character

Vampiress

Fantasy portrait of a vampiress

This was quite the photo session!

Not only the first time shooting with a new lens, but the first time playing with boudoir photography!

Shooting boudoir portraits, especially with a fantasy or alternative fashion twist has been a dream for quite a few years, so it’s been amazing to finally take the first step and give it a go!

 

Planning for shoots isn’t something I usually do, so the ‘vampire’ theme didn’t even come to mind until the editing, when the skin was desaturated and given a slight blue tone as a test.

With the pale skin, dark hair, and bright red corset, ‘vampiress’ came to mind!  This theme fit perfectly, since the scarf caused slight irritation on the neck, which turned into the perfect bite!

 

Although planning can be useful, especially when working with others, it’s not always necessary.

Don’t let the absence of a plan stop you from jumping in!

Do you usually plan for your shoots, whether working in studio with a model or photographing the great outdoors?  If so, how far into planning do you go?

Let’s go with the flow, and create something we love!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Portrait photography with a vintage feel.

Waiting

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.