Reeds | Blue Soul

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Lost in thought, our hearts turn blue, thoughts tangled.

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Moody Mountainside

Cloudy days and moody weather make for some great sights up in the mountains.

Rain or shine, let’s spend some time outside with our cameras and spirits adventure-ready.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Photograph of a magical sunset against the clouds

magical landscape of mountains against a golden glow

Lady Death | Portrait

A moody and sensual portrait of Lady Death.

Death, in all it’s forms in our lifetime, is a process and catalyst for change.

Whether through physical death or simply a parting of ways, people will constantly move in and out of our lives.  We’ll grow closer and move further from those we love, and there are those that simply show up and disappear in our lives.

All serve a purpose.

Some teach us to love.  Some to practice patience.  Some teach us what we won’t tolerate in our lives and show us how we never want to act.  Some simply come and go without teaching us much at all.

Death is a constant in our lives.

Let us not grasp too tightly to those we love, and freely release those we do not want in our lives.

We all have our tribe.  Those who do us harm or do not value us have no place in ours.  May they find their own people, but just as well, let’s find our own by boldly showing our truest selves to the world.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

nature photography trees pink purple flowers

Portrait of a girl in lace with roses

Delicate Flower | Gothic Wallflower

Another portrait from the Victorian and Gothic inspired shoot ‘Gothic Wallflower’.

Though photographed while still testing the lighting setup in the studio, with a bare flashgun and rather strong light, this mysterious shot became a favorite!

Conditions don’t have to be ‘perfect’ to get a photograph that we love.  We don’t have to have the best camera, costume, or lighting.  As long as we capture something we love, that’s what’s important.

Of course even practice that bears no final image is still worth it!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Gothic Portrait | Red Lace

Photography edit before and after

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

The Restless | Wanderer

Some of us struggle immensely with a restless soul.

We feel that life is passing us by, that we’re not living the life we’re meant to live, meeting the people we’re meant to meet, creating the things we’re meant to create.

Perhaps we’re just adventurers, who love the new sights and smells of travel.

Or perhaps it’s a little deeper than that.

Maybe we’re unhappy, our soul is in pain, and we hope and believe that this pain will stop when the circumstances are right.  We believe we’ll finally be happy if we can just find the ‘right’ city, the ‘right’ career, the ‘right’ family.

But we have to remember that our souls are in pain because we haven’t learned how to create happiness where we are, that we are restless because we keep trying to run away.

We are restless.  We need to feed our souls, and if that means new travels, hobbies, and family, then that’s okay.  But we also have to learn to feed our souls where we are and with what we have now.

Let’s move in the direction of our dreams each day, and learn to work with what we have.

Let’s keep dreaming of the horizon, but stop telling ourselves that that’s where our happiness lies.  Our happiness lies within ourselves, so let’s start cultivating it.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

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Mysterious Burned Forest

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This moody, misty forest was photographed while exploring one of the hiking trails at Blodgett Peak.

This path eventually leads us along the trees burned years ago by a forest fire.

On this foggy morning, it looked absolutely beautiful but horrible, inspiring yet sobering.

Let’s get out and explore, we never know what we’ll find!

 

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

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A vivid green forest

Landscape photo of a magically lit forest.