Blue Witch | Fantasy Make-up and Boudoir Portraits

Sexy boudoir portrait of a genderqueer alt model with blue hair and a leather collar being pulled.
Censored boudoir portrait of a fantasy alt model with gorgeous glamour makeup and blue hair
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This fantasy photoshoot featured some amazing biodegradable cosmetic glitter from Slayfire Cosmetics!

Time and time again, it’s a perfect addition over a wash of color, especially for dark, magical looks.

I’ve a few different colors from this company that I’ve collected in the makeup studio over the years!

Dark fantasy makeup look featuring biodegradable cosmetic glitter by slayfire  cosmetics to accent this blue and black goth  fashion look

What’s your favorite independent makeup brand? What are your favorites glitters, and are they biodegradable?

Art for Community | Blue Witch Fantasy Makeup

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We must always be moving forward: in our art, our technique, our beliefs, our morals, and more.

Now it’s even easier to see who we have in our circles, which companies support their employees and human rights (both publicly and privately), and more and more lists are emerging for us to find black and POC artists, businesses, writers, etc to support.

It is always our responsibility as a generation to do better and create a better world than what has come before.

As we continue forward and create positive change to bring human rights to all, I invite you to ask yourselves with me: How can we better use our art and our voice to create and inspire positive change? How can we create beauty that inspires change? How can we channel our pain into work that will continue to build community? How can we better support inclusion?

Ideas include:

  • Build up and support the community
  • Buy from/feature/like/comment/share work from Black/POC/Queer artists/businesses
  • Find and support companies that publicly and privately support the community and are inclusive
  • Donate/promote/etc fundraisers, charities, funds, etc. that support, protect and build community.

What are your thoughts?

How are you already or planning to build and support the community and inclusiveness, and use your voice and art to promote humanity? How do you weave important messages into your message? How do you be completely open and authentic in your artwork?

Blue Dream | Beauty and Fashion Portraits

Goth blue portrait
Blue goth thrifted fashion portrait
Goth beauty portrait
Goth fashion portrait photography

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Beauty, fashion, fantasy portraits don’t have to take forever to shoot or cost a lot of money.

With basic materials featured listed in Portrait Photography Mist-Haves, all we really need is a camera (even an iPod camera), a light source, and something to wear (or not).

The world needs art, and as humans, we need to express ourselves and create.

With so much uncertainty, we don’t need to worry about spending money on fancy equipment. We don’t need to wait to create.

How do you create on a budget? What are your essential tools for creating?

Portrait Editing | Simple Beauty Portrait

Before and after editing of an alternative fantasy beauty portrait

Editing portraits, especially camera phone portraits, doesn’t have to be complicated or too time-consuming.

Sometimes it’s just as simple as one or a few favorite apps to get your portrait photography ready to share.

My favorite portrait editing apps:

  • Lightroom: Create presets to get a consistent look across your photo shoot. Great for vignettes, lighting effects, color toning.
  • Facetune: Great for making details pop, adding our effects (including faux lens blur), lighting effects, healing, and textures.

The more simplified you can make your process, the easier and quicker it’ll be to create and edit beautiful photo sets without having to turn on a desktop and pull out a tablet. With a few apps, you can shoot and edit beautiful portraits on your phone or iPod!

What are your favorite editing apps? How do you streamline your editing process?

Pink Pagan | Fantasy Makeup

Pink pagan fantasy spring makeup
Spring makeup look with a pink pagan

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✨🌙🌸Pink Pagan🌸🌙✨

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.

Makeup features: Maybelline, Wet n Wild, Physicians Formula

Spring Daydreams | Pink Nymph Fantasy Photoshoot

pink fantasy makeup of a spring nymph

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Couture Horns and Antler Necklace: Blessed Shadows
Makeup features Physicians Formula, Wet n Wild, and CoverGirl.

 

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 | Glow | Fantasy Portraits in a Small Studio

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Fantasy moody portrait of a blue witch with glowing hands of magic.
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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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Pink Portrait | Flowers

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This is the last of the Pink Blossoms photoshoot, and it was so much fun!

This altered bra was a joy to shoot before listing in the shop, and I can’t wait for more lingerie and couture to photograph!

What’s your favorite part of the creative process? The planning? Inspiration? Creation? Afterglow?

🌸 What pushes you to keep creating?