Eve and Her Light | Fine Art Portrait

Eve and Her Knowledge.

 

Do you dare to look into the light and learn what has been hidden in darkness?

The truth may hurt.

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

Shadows | Dark Portrait

A moody, dark portrait photographed with a single umbrella in the studio.

Artist Ashely Joncas has been a huge inspiration, and I’ve been trying to replicate that glossy, gritty, low-key lighting myself!

Although initially trying to use a strobe, I ended up falling back on just an umbrella over a bulb and feathering the light.

Coconut oil was used to try to get more of a gloss and a punch in the highlights, though next time I might try olive oil..

 

Let’s keep finding inspiration and trying new techniques!

 

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

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gothic fashion self portrait photography

Fantasy boudoir portrait

Red | Hidden

Positively adore how this Red shoot came out.  I’m especially enthused about how working with flash is becoming quite fun!  Less of a technical pain, though there’s still a lot of toe-stubbing and tripping over things.

Practice doesn’t make perfect, but is does help us improve, so let’s keep at it!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Self portrait photography of a character in a red cloak and shrouded in darkness

floral photography

Battle | Never End a Shoot Angry

Photographers skilled with self-portraiture have been a huge inspiration these past few years, including the talented Cristina OteroKimberley Joanne Sinclair, and recently Brooke Shaden.

Working before the camera adds an extra layer of difficulty that I’m not used to.  Add in external flash, and things start to get a little hairy.  There’s a lot to juggle.

Although determined to improve and add self-portraiture (especially cosplay, conceptual, and emotive photography) to my regular routine, more practice means more opportunities to get frustrated.

Like the golden advice to couples ‘Never go to bed angry’…

Never end a shoot angry!

Ending a practice or attempted shoot in anger or frustration is only going to snowball.  You’ll say you shouldn’t bother, you’re a terrible artist, you’ll never improve, and that you should just forget your dreams.  All the typical self-deprecation.  Instead of putting your foot through the wall and throwing your camera back in its case, KEEP SHOOTING.

Shoot until you get an image you like, or at least feel you’re heading in the right direction.  End your practice on a positive note!  Put your camera away knowing you’re improving, and feeling inspired and excited for the next time you play with your camera.

Obviously, this shoot wasn’t going very well.  At all.  What little natural light had dwindled, and attempting to use an external flash was proving more difficult than usual.  Frustration was mounting, and I was ready to call it a day and start sulking.  But, I remembered the snowballing that happened the last time I did that…so I kept trying, and ended up with an image that I really liked, and that I was actually going for (sorta)!

So, let’s keep practicing.  Let’s embrace challenges as opportunities to learn and grow, and let’s remember to never end a shoot angry!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Pained | Self-Portrait Test
Self-Portrait

Sunlit Boulder

Nature photography of a boulder surrounded by trees and shrubs

Let’s keep practicing, trying new things, and learning from experience.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Landscape photography of golden grass and silhouettes of trees. Nature photography of a tree's exposed roots surrounded by Fall leaves.