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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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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Golden Goddess | Self-Portraiture and Self-Acceptance

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Harness: Charlie’s Revamps

Handmade headdresses: the Blessed Shadows shop

 

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.

Perfectly imperfect.

 

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.

Makeup features: Maybelline, Wet n Wild, Physicians Formula

Spring Daydreams | Pink Nymph Fantasy Photoshoot

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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 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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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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