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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Blue Dream | Beauty and Fashion Portraits

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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?

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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Tarot Witch | Horned Oracle | Fantasy Photoshoot

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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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Gold Goddess | Headdress

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Final images from the Golden Goddess alternative fashion photoshoot.  It was such a pleasure to finally use the studio’s new 35mm lens, and try a different lighting setup.

This photoshoot features a handmade harness by Charlie’s Revamps and a horned floral headdress from the Blessed Shadows shop!

 

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.

 

 

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