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?
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?
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!
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?
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.
So much has changed here in the studio. Not only in workflow and equipment changes, but how I’ve learned to see myself and my work.
I have found self-portraiture as a way to learn self-love. Not only has it helped me with my dysphoria, it’s allowed me to learn to see myself as a piece of art. It’s helped me better comes to terms with the skin I’ve been given.
Along with the grander scheme of not feeling at home in my body, I’m no longer so embarrassed by my hands. My hands are often a very bright red, presumably because of a thyroid issue and my very low blood pressure. It’s been a pain to edit out or otherwise try to prevent, but I’ve learned to accept that that’s just how they are.
Instead of seeing an embarrassing bright red, I see it as a blush that fits well with my style of portraiture, especially in this photoset.
Self-portrature can help us to not only learn about who we are, but how we are all pieces of artwork.
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.
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.