Queen | And so it Begins

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Portrait photograph of a Queen about to step into Her true role.
Makeup: Maybelline, CoverGirl, Physicians Formula, Almay

 

We must all move forward with our heads held high, and shed what holds us back.

We are in charge of our futures, so we must wage war and fight for what’s ours.

And so it begins…..

 

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Queen | Last Moments

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Makeup: Maybelline, CoverGirl, Physicians Formula, Zuzu
Choker: Handmade

Fantasy portrait of a Queen before the trouble begins.

Peace can end at a moment’s notice.

It shouldn’t be taken for granted….

 

New shoots happening in the new photography studio!  During the move, so many props and costumes were donated to charity to inspire other artists and collectors.

What remains is still a photographer’s dream!

 

More editorials to come, what would you like to see?

 

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White Queen | Innocence

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Portrait of a Queen during a time of peace, with no idea of the trouble to come…

 

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Her Eyes | Self-Portrait Photography

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Remember that we don’t need a lot of money to enjoy and create amazing things.

A kit lens, cheap lights, costumes and accessories from thrift shops, drugstore makeup, and modeling for yourself can go a long way.

Let’s not get caught up in what’s ‘trending’ and expensive.  Let’s get lost in our art instead.

 

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

Red Vixen

Model: Red Vixen

Sometimes we need to branch out from what we’re used to doing.  Experimentation can lead to new passions or at least a new set of challenges and experiences.

Although beauty style shoots aren’t a passion, they draw my interest every once in a while.

Photographed after shooting Gothic Wallflower, because it’s often worth trying to shoot different styles during the same shoot.  Why not take advantage of the full makeup and costume to try something new?

Let’s keep playing, exploring, testing, and creating freely.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Gothic Portrait | Red Lace
Fantasy self portrait

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