Queen | Last Moments

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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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Blue Witch | Self-Portrait

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Blue is style, not in spirit.

What color uplifts your soul?


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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

Blue Nymph

Handmade crown for sale in the shop.
Costume: Thrifted faux fur, handmade crown
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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

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

Essentials for Self Portraits | Getting Started

Self-portraits are a great way to learn about your camera, lighting equipment, posing, costuming, and yourself!

It can be difficult to be both model and photographer, so here are some essentials to get started in self portrait photography!


  • A Tripod
    For regular or beauty portraits, it’s often best to have the camera at eye-level

For fashion portraits, consider having the camera a bit lower, maybe waist level.  It’ll make you look taller!


  • A Focal Point
    Depending on how you trigger the camera, just a point on a wall can work, but I personally use an extra light stand with a foam head on it.  This way you can better see what will fit in the frame and how the light will fall!

When you get before the camera to model, you’ll take the place of what you used to focus.


  • A Trigger
    The camera’s self timer can work, but I highly recommend a remote shutter release!

There are wireless, time-lapse timers, and corded options, so consider what kind of portraits to want to take.

Corded and wireless are great when you’re relatively close to the camera, and a time-lapse remote is wonderful when you’re going to be far from the camera (like an environmental portrait).


  • Patience
    Patience is necessary for self portraits, as it can take dozens if not hundreds of photos to get one we like!


  • Extra batteries
    If you’re using a remote that uses batteries, be sure to have extras on hand.  You don’t want to be all dolled-up and have the remote suddenly stop working!


Self portraits are a huge opportunity to learn and grow, so I highly recommend giving them a shot!

We’ll delve into self-portrait photography more in the future, but now you have the essentials to get started!


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

See you next week!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Fallen Tree | Self Care

A dark, green forest photographed in the Colorado mountains while hiking The Crags.


It’s always when we push ourselves too far that we realize how we’re not treating ourselves as well as we should.

Hindsight is truly 20/20.

Let’s be more in tune with ourselves and how we’re living, and pay more attention to the subtle clues that we need to take better care of our health.


To health and self-care, which we need to truly enjoy our explorations and adventures in life~

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Landscape photo of a magically lit forest.

A vivid green forest