Crying Gold | Fantasy Photoshoot | Makeup Tutorial

How stunning is this custom jewelry set by Nykira Nymph at Jewel of Bastet?!

I’m in love with this gorgeous jewelry!

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Photography Studio Essential | Faux Floral |Forest Spirit Photoshoot

Faux florals are so essential for a photography studio.

If your set or photoshoot feels a little plain or stale: add florals.

Florals add life to a shoot. Yes, even dead flowers add a special touch.

One of the best things about florals in the photography studio is that they give something for hands to do.

Tired of models not knowing what to do with their hands?

Given them a bouquet of flowers to hold. Let them run their hands through vines. Have them cup petals.

Head out to the thrift store or your local art supply store and grab some florals for your studio!

Forest God Fantasy Photoshoot | Doing Two Photoshoots in One

Fantasy photography cosplay of an androgynous forest king

This fantasy photoshoot of a forest king came out absolutely beautiful!

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This shoot was such a blast, and is SFW so I get to share the whole set!

Two Photoshoots in One

To maximize your lighting setup and time in the studio, consider doing two photoshoots in one.

Start with the simpler set, simpler hair and simpler makeup. The second shoot should have the more elaborate makeup.

Remember that it’s easier to build than to remove.

This strategy works even faster when the two shoots use the same lighting setup and backdrop, but of course feel free to switch it up between photoshoots.

Have you ever done 2+ shoots at once? What looks can you think of that would work well being shot on the same day? What shoot looks are complementary?

Can you guess what the second set in this double shoot was?

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Bettie Page Inspired Boudoir Photoshoot | Artist Burnout

Artist burnout is real.

And to be honest, sometimes our response is to work even harder.

Take time to rest.

And when you start making art again, try something different.

Slightly new, or wildly different from the art you usually create.

Try a new technique, a different strategy, use different tools. Get your heart excited again.

How do you bounce back after creative burnout?

Wardrobe Couture | Labradorite Ear Hangers

Labradorite  wire wrapped ear hangers

These stunning labradorite ear hangers just arrived and I am in love with them!

These gorgeously wire wrapped gems are from my new favorite shop, Jewel of Bastet, and I can’t wait to grow my collection 🌙


Getting new pieces is always exciting, and it comes with a little touch of anxiety.

Any photographer wants to do justice to the artists featured in a work, be it the model, makeup artist, designer and assistants.

What’s the best way to beat the procrastination?

Just start shooting.

As photographers and models, we already know that not every shot in a photoshoot is perfect.

Out of 250 files, maybe only 5 are chosen to share.

Let’s keep this in mind as we curate our wardrobes and collections, and truly appreciate our items by getting started shooting!

Do you tend to start procrastinating when you get new items in the wardrobe? How do you beat yours?

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?

Tarot Witch | Horned Oracle | Fantasy Photoshoot

tarot witch horned goddess

Fine art fantasy portrait of a witch in black lace
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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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