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?
Selfie style portraits have been so much fun, as they have a different energy than my other portrait photography, but there’s no replacing the stunning lighting and moody detail that comes with a good old DLSR.
The studio will soon be home to a new lens for my Nikon DLSRs, but there is also good reason to start saving up to invest in a good phone camera as well.
What are your thoughts?
Are you fully committed to your DLSR, or to your camera phone? Or do you have a healthy balance of prioritizing both types of cameras for your photography?
How do you balance portfolio and blog building between the two types of cameras?
Let me hear your thoughts, and share this post with friends to get their feedback, as well!