When the Queen locks eyes with you, what will you do?
A few more boudoir portraits left in this fantasy set, what more is there to see?
The next photoshoot has us back to sultry blues….which is your favorite?
What’s your favorite set of lingerie? We all have a color and style we love the most.
What brings out your magical (back)side?
Step into the Shadows and shop creations!
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?
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
As fun as this magical shoot was, part of me is hoping it’s my last shoot with the 50mm lens in the studio for a while.
I’m so excited to start shooting and experimenting with the 35mm I’ve got my eye on.
Let’s make the most magic with what we have, and carefully add new items to our bag of tricks and magic as we feel necessary and inspired.
Selfie style portraits have been so much fun, as they have a different energy than my other portrait photography, but there’s no replacing the stunning lighting and moody detail that comes with a good old DLSR.
The studio will soon be home to a new lens for my Nikon DLSRs, but there is also good reason to start saving up to invest in a good phone camera as well.
What are your thoughts?
Are you fully committed to your DLSR, or to your camera phone? Or do you have a healthy balance of prioritizing both types of cameras for your photography?
How do you balance portfolio and blog building between the two types of cameras?
Let me hear your thoughts, and share this post with friends to get their feedback, as well!
This set is finally done! It was such a fun set to shoot, and I can’t wait to get started on future photography with a new lens that I’ve got my eye on!
The studio has been getting smaller and smaller, and with less space, we’ve got to make the most of it to keep creating and expanding!
Blanket backdrops, like this one with faux flowers I thrifted, work wonders when tacked to the wall, and the ring light used is also a space saver as it doesn’t need the umbrellas I use with the flashguns.
How do you make the most of your space in the studio?
As artists, the truly safe spaces for our work are our websites.
With work being removed, accounts shadow-banned, and pages being deleted and censored, let’s remember to follow our favorite artists’ socials, AND their personal websites/blogs/portfolios.
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