Black Bird | Portrait

A style portrait inspired by alternative and goth fashion.

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This was another experiment to work with desaturated colors and a bright background.  It’s a style I greatly admire and love to see from other photographers and artists, but isn’t one I like to execute myself.

It’s a good reminder that just because we like a certain style in others’ work, we won’t necessarily appreciate it when it’s our own!

Let’s keep experimenting and trying new styles and techniques!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

gothic fashion self portrait photography

Fantasy portrait of an Autumn witch

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

Bicycle, Bicycle

This much-loved bicycle top is now available in the shop!

While waiting for a cold to pass, why not play with the flashguns in the studio?

It’s easier to get a clean white background when you can evenly light it and get the subject far enough away from it to lose that pesky texture, unless you want to include it!

Shooting with a wider aperture is also another strategy, though if you’re like me, 5.8/f is the closest you can get to!

A new lens is currently on the way, an 85mm, f/1.8 prime to be exact, so we’ll see how that works out in the studio!

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And as always,

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’


…I’ve been watching a lot of Game of Thrones and drag shows lately.

Not that this was at all inspired by either of those things…


The studio has recently become home to a new flash gun, and this is the product of my first time shooting with a two-light setup!

In addition to having a bit of trouble getting them both to fire at the same time, trying to set up the umbrellas without being in the shot has proven twice as difficult as usual.

It will definitely pay to look up some two-light diagrams other photographers have been using, perhaps before getting the camera out…

Let’s keep practicing with our gear and technique, and not be afraid to get all dressed up like a Queen!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Self portrait photography of an elven maiden character in the studio.

Portrait photography using a plant as a frame

Rogue | Thrifted Style

Thrift shops are always fun to look through, whether we’re looking for everyday wear or something to work as part of a costume.

Pairing pieces together, whether for fashion or for a costume, is going to take some practice.  So far, going for pieces that are more general or timeless has been a good rule of thumb for keeping the collection to a reasonable size.

Though sometimes a knotted top just catches your heart.

Let’s keep our eyes open for what inspires us, either for our everyday style or a future photoshoot.  And let’s always keep second-hand shops and reuse in mind!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Self portrait photography of an elven maiden character in the studio.

Lace-Up Dress

Old Home | Negative Self-Talk

Urban photography of the fenced entrance before an old home in the historic old city

When we find ourselves learning something new, heading in a different direction, or even just entertaining the idea of doing so, it’s incredibly easy to start berating ourselves.  It can be surprising how cruel we can be, especially regarding goals and dreams.

We would never tell a friend they’ll never be good enough to do this, or never have enough money to do that.  We’d especially never tell them that they simply don’t deserve it.  But we’re so quick to say these exact things to ourselves.

We tell ourselves we’re not good enough and never would be, that we have no right to live a life like that, that we’d never have the money, and that we shouldn’t bother.

Dreams and even simple goals can be derailed easily enough without being unnecessarily cruel ourselves.  So let’s ignore the self criticism, counter it with positive facts and affirmations, remember that anything is possible, and that we definitely deserve a life we love.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Urban photography of a white porch with a red door.

Boarded Up Farmhouse

Reading List: Handmade Home – Living With Art and Craft

Stage Coach Desk

‘Handmade Home, Living With Art and Craft’ by Mark and Sally Bailey recently found itself on my pile of books from the library.

Not only is it wonderfully written, but the photographs by Debi Treloar are absolutely stunning and inspirational.

The book takes us around the homes of the writers, as well as of other artists and designers.  The homes are all unique, but share a common air of coziness, personal style, and the handpicked and handmade.

Definitely a wonderful book to go through.  It’s full of gorgeous ideas and inspiration that’ll give you a new appreciation for your antiques (like this old stagecoach desk), and have you searching for new finds at the local thrift shop.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Streep photograph of a chocolate shop Antique Freezer