This is Halloween Photography

This is Halloween Photography

As the spooky and ‘hallowed’ holiday approaches, I just wanted to remind you that if you want me to see (and sometimes share) your awesome Halloween photography, please add the hashtag #thisishalloweenphotography so it doesn’t slip down into the depths of the Google stream.

If it is tagged anything else, I won’t see it and that will make me a sad panda.

Also, if you want to tag me specifically, please feel free.  I am not sure if any of the other Halloween hashes are manned this year, but I can tell you for sure, this one is!

Happy spooking! 😉

Show A Little Heart

Show A Little Heart

“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.” ― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

For the love of all things make-up like, and to satiate my need to make fun and sometimes bizarre self portraits, I give you this take on a few different elements.

First, it follows the gothic meme of literally ‘showing your heart’ followed by the symbolism of a dark and evil queen holding a heart in her bloodied hand (Inspired a bit by Regina from Once Upon A Time and her heart removal process).

Sure, I could have made the beautiful (as if glamoured) with a fashion make-up, but what fun would that be? I had my cool contacts and plenty of Snazaroo face paints lying around, so clearly something strange had to be done!

The most hilarious part about this shoot is the fact that those contacts are not corrective.  That’s right – I was blind as a bat and tossing my glasses on and off in between a few burst shots to check the settings and lighting.  Rather comical, I might add.

I actually have a few with my glasses on that I am going to process later on, but for now, here is one of the many versions I have created from this single image!

Enjoy and Namaste! ♥

#thisishalloweenphotography   #showalittleheart   #heartinmyhands   #halloweenmakeup2014   #halloween   #selfysunday

Death of the Butterfly

Death of the Butterfly

The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins? – Edgar Allan Poe

While walking with +Patti Colston and Paris, we happened upon a dying flutterbee who could not fly due to the tattered wings.  At first we thought we were just fortunate enough to finally get a shot of one being so still, but with further inspection, we realized we were witnessing its last moments.

I got the poor dear to climb up on my finger and placed it up in a tree.  I believed it to be the right thing to do; let it die in peace rather than being swarmed by marching ants.

What an interesting blur…

Sitting on my finger with life coursing just below the surface, the butterfly spent some of its last few moments…

The cycle of life and the boundaries of such things is terrifying and wondrous.

Namaste ♥

#mementomori   #thisishalloweenphotography   #lifeanddeath   #thecycleoflife   #brokenwings

Stand Tall, Even When The Sky Is Falling

Stand Tall, Even When The Sky Is Falling

While out at the Barkingham Dog Park with +Patti Colston and Paris, I happened upon this shroom who was standing up to the adversity of all the crap falling from the sky and I thought it was pretty awesome.

It also sends a message out to anyone in difficult times…

Stand up, keep your chin up, and know that you are strong enough to get through it!

Namaste! ♥

Making Some Changes | Good Changes

Currently, this site is under the “” version of WordPress and set to have the domain expire in about a month and a half.  I have come to a solid decision to take it to a self hosted version of WordPress to give me more control over different aspects of this site.  Over the last year or so, as I finish up with school, I have found that my interests and use for the blog have gone away from solely photographic work, but also that of my artistic designs – thus, another reason to switch.  The current photography motif and URL aren’t encompassing all that I want to offer.

That being said, over the next few weeks, I will be migrating and putting together something worthy of my branding.  Hopefully, it will be a seamless transition, but just in case it isn’t then I am giving you fair warning for the possible hiccups that may occur.

Thank you all so much for following along with my artistic exploits over the years, and I hope you will continue for years to come!


And The Stars Made Love To The Universe

And The Stars Made Love To The Universe

“We are alive
And the stars make love to the universe
You’re my wildfire every single night”

I created this multiple exposure with 3 images – a portrait, fire from burning alcohol, and the night sky (completely embellished because I get too much light pollution in my back yard).  What inspired this creation was the song Empire by Shakira, which I recently heard and felt moved by.  There is a beauty to the composition as well as the lyrics and emotion conveyed in its story-telling.

In school this week, we were focused on story-telling, so this just seemed to click conceptually for me.  I honestly had plans for highly stylized make-up, but once I got the lyrical itch, I had to work this one through to the end.

Enjoy! ♥

All The Best Treasures Are 8-bit

All The Best Treasures Are 8-bit

Week 6 | Final Term

Going back to my geeky, gamer roots for a class project, I used the 8-bit treasure box I purchased for my boyfriend for Christmas over at +ThinkGeek to shoot an object found around the house.

Once shot, I used a time saving action I created using curve masks to dodge and burn.

For the purposes of sharing, I added a little texture and text for shits and giggles.

Enjoy! ♥

#projectlearningexperience #learnandgrowseries