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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?
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This cosplay of Sabrina from The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was such a great way to spend the afternoon!
This wedding dress from the photography wardrobe was perfect for a Dark Baptism and was a great fit for a Sabrina Spellman cosplay
This shoot was also the perfect time to shoot with the old Nikon DSLR and test out the studio’s new SD card reader, which transfers raw images from the DSLR right into my phone for editing!
What photo shoots have you been dying to do lately? Any cosplays in the works?
This fantasy photoshoot featured some amazing biodegradable cosmetic glitter from Slayfire Cosmetics!
Time and time again, it’s a perfect addition over a wash of color, especially for dark, magical looks.
I’ve a few different colors from this company that I’ve collected in the makeup studio over the years!
What’s your favorite independent makeup brand? What are your favorites glitters, and are they biodegradable?
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It’s always amazing when your favorite shoots just keep rolling, one after another.
Each time I do a shoot, it’s my new favorite photo set until I start creating again. It’s exciting!
And of course….
It’s finally spooky season!!
What are your plans for this season? Creative goals? Rest and self care ideas?
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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!
Earrings by Dope Mystic
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?
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?
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.
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.