White Witch | Fantasy Boudoir Portrait Photography | Couture Horned Headdress

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Headdresses and couture like these red floral horns and this lace couture top are available in the Blessed Shadows shop!

What’s your favorite way to source backdrops for your fantasy photography? This one is a ‘sigil’ floor mat that’s been framed by thrifted lace throws and scarves… not mention lighted by a few standard floor lamps from a department store.

It really can be that simple to create a thrifty, simple photoshoot that looks gorgeous!

 

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Tarot Witch | Horned Oracle | Fantasy Photoshoot

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This tarot-inspired photoshoot was the perfect opportunity to experiment with backdrop, framing, and implied movement, all while lying down in the studio.

When you’re not using a fast lens (or Burst mode on a camera phone), don’t have a lot of room and definitely don’t have someone to hold or toss fabric and hair to create movement, what do you do?

You lie down!

This backdrop is a fabric print of a forrest with a ribbon-wrapped hula hoop with me laying on top of it.

There are quite a few wrinkles, so I’m curious how this kind of shoot will look when done on the studio floor instead of a mattress.

 

The frame was ringed with black shawls and the hair was fluffed to give the impression of movement or weightlessness. Underwater shoots are so stunning when it comes to that graceful movement, but in studio, the best we can do sometimes is to lie down or jump in front of a fast lens.

 

I highly encourage you do some fantasy photoshoots lying down.  It can get some great lighting and some beautiful effects.

What have you been experimenting with in the photo studio?  How do you bring a little more magic to your fantasy photoshoots?

 

 

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Gold Goddess | Headdress

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Final images from the Golden Goddess alternative fashion photoshoot.  It was such a pleasure to finally use the studio’s new 35mm lens, and try a different lighting setup.

This photoshoot features a handmade harness by Charlie’s Revamps and a horned floral headdress from the Blessed Shadows shop!

 

It’s been wonderful to practice lighting that’s better for showing off design, as I’m not a huge fan of photographing with high-key lighting.

I love those dark, sultry shadows, which don’t always go hand in hand with studio photography meant to inspire sales.  Practice is paying off, so it’s nice to see a little more detail in those darker costumes like the one in this photo set.

 

Sometimes we, as photographers and creators and models, need to practice letting our designs stand out and not fade into the shadows, literally and figuratively.

 

 

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Gold Goddess | Boudoir Photoshoot

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Beautiful harness by Charlie’s Revamps.

 

This sultry red and gold shoot was such a glamorous blast!

With the floral headdress from the Blessed Shadows Shop and this chain harness from Charlie’s Revamps coming together so perfectly with the backdrop and faux floral, this was a joy to photograph.

This backdrop is one of my favorites, a thrifted blanket that’s quite literally a bed of flowers.

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These 1/2-1/2 shoots, where half the photoshoot is taken with an iPod and the other half is photographed with a DSLR have been wonderful.  These photo sessions have given an opportunity to better utilize the studio space (with the bed serving as a second backdrop) as well as practice with different equipment.

 

Gorgeous portraits come from each setup, and it’s been a joy to continue practicing without entirely taking over the studio.

 

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Pink Pagan | Fantasy Makeup

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Trying to get back into my spirituality during these uncertain times. 🌸

As things get scarier, we must remember to hold onto our passions and our hope for the future. ✨🌸✨

Spring is here.

Here’s hoping all stay as safe as possible, and essential workers are able to stay healthy as well.

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Spring Daydreams | Pink Nymph Fantasy Photoshoot

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This fantasy photoshoot was such a blast, with the bed of flowers (literally), distressed thrifted book, handmade couture, thrifted lace and butterflies in the hair…

A dream come true!

 

Spring is here, and hopefully we’re all working hard to be safe.

Whether we’re still working or have been quarantined, let’s keep safe, stay hydrated, and make time to enjoy the start of spring as much as we can.

It’s the beauty of the little things in nature that matter, our chosen families that are at our sides.

Be safe, stay hydrated, enjoy nature.

 

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Blue Witch Boudoir | Fantasy Portrait | Blue and Black Lace

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The Blue Witch portrait set is a wrap!  Finally this blue and black, lacy witch photoshoot is all edited.

 

Time to get back into shooting with the studio’s new lens that will hopefully make better use of the small studio space!

Who would love to see more leg?  More background?  More props and more of a set?

 

What are your stretch goals in the photo studio, and how, as a photographer and model are you going to work at making it happen?

With a wider lens in this small space, some goals for the studio:

  • Build more sets and backdrops with more depth
  • Show more body and pose work
  • Utilize more elaborate costumes and props

 

What are you looking forward to in the studio?

 

 

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Blue Witch | Fantasy Portrait | Photography Inspiration

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A blue witch holding a glowing form…


What kinds of characters are your favorite to photograph?

Witches? Fashion icons? Deities? A genre?

Inspiration in the photography studio is key, as exploring what captures our interest is what propels us to create new projects!

Not all inspirations are going to be what’s best for us, however. Sometimes something we love appreciating isn’t what we love creating?

I adore fashion and OOTD photography, but I’m still exploring how its creation is meaningful to me and how I best enjoy translating it in my own way.

What inspires your photography?

What genres of photography do you admire but find difficult to recreate yourself?

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Blue Witch | Glow | Fantasy Portraits in a Small Studio

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A gorgeous fantasy shoot is sometimes as simple as a blanket hanging on the wall, a caplet made from thrifted curtains strung on a ribbon, and a touch-light.

With custom PS brushes (from a picture of an orchid taken a few years ago) and a fave DSLR, of course.

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The studio keeps getting smaller and smaller as Blessed Shadows expands and inventory continues to build, so it’s great to remember that beautiful photography doesn’t require a fancy studio.

My laptop is a decade old (if not older), the DSLR is a decade old, as well as my version of PS.  The newest piece of equipment I use for photography is my iPod 4th generation, used in some of the more selfie-style portraits.

 

We don’t need huge studios, expensive equipment, and the latest gadgets to create great work.

 Let’s upgrade as needed, and not sell ourselves short with a self-imposed expectation of needing all these other things to create.  It’s great to treat ourselves and improve what we’ve claimed as a studio, but there is no shortcut for just creating.

 

A $200 isn’t going to be a game-changer, $19 ones can be amazing.

Expensive equipment isn’t going to sell our work, we are.

 

Let’s keep creating with what we have, treat ourselves responsibly and accordingly, and do our best to think and act big on a small budget when we need.

 

 

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