All your mental armor drags me down
We can’t breathe when we come around
All your mental armor drags me down
Nothing hurts like your mouth

Bush – Mouth (Bush – Mouth Official Music Video)

I’ve had this childhood song in my head all week long.  First, I enjoyed this American Werewolf In Paris remix a lot, but the whole Razorblade Suitcase was generally played to death when I got home from school in high school.

When I shot this image on Sunday, during my This Is Real, This Is Me series, I saw this one and knew I was going to put it with this song.


I Destroyed His World With Booger Cheese

I Destroyed His World With Booger Cheese

It was actually more funny than the title implies, and +Rachel Tine and Benny made the day super spectacular.  We began with an insane drive to Sanibel and out to Bowman’s Beach, and that is when the real fun began.  This little guy was definitely more adorable and full of more character than I could have hoped for.  Even my munchkin wanted a brother after meeting him!

Mamma, you are raising him right!

This, however, was not the look of the wheels turning when I mentioned that my burger and fries were covered in booger cheese (Blue Cheese), but this one was a shot I just loved.  I think it was one of those brief moments when he actually stopped moving (sort of).

Since I still have some time to kill before I get to see these darling puddin’ pops again, I am just going to have to make use of all the wonderful candid shots I got of them during our day at the beach.

Rachel, I hope you enjoy!


BTS: The Make-Up and Hair of a Classic Flapper in a Modern Era

The Make-Up and Hair of a Classic Flapper in a Modern Era

So, I guess it has been about 1.5 weeks since I said I was going to post a tutorial/BTS of the flapper look I created for the last Selfy Sunday Project I participated in.

The inspiration was Clara Bow, and this is how it went:

1. The first thing I had to do was blow dry my hair fresh from the shower;
2. Next, I had to roll the hair, which meant tons of heat treatment spray and hairspray;
3. Once the hair was properly rolled, I had to comb it all out and shape it slightly – then spray again.
4. I had to leave it until the end because I didn’t want to knock anything while I applied the make-up.
5. The make-up began with SmashBox’s Photo Finish Primer, upper lid primer and under eye primer.
6. Now, it was time to block out the brows so I brushed them and smoothed them until pretty flat and then used a normal Elmer’s clear glue stick and waited for them to set.
7. Once set, it was time to use concealer over them to block out the dark color of my brows.  This can require a few coats.
8. Set the concealer between each coating to help.
9.  I selected a shade 2-3 levels lighter than my actual skintone since flappers went quite pale, and I was also quite liberal in the application since the era was about being “made-up”.
10.  Before going to the eyes, I set the foundation and did a quick outline of the new brows with a cake brow powder (BH Cosmetics).
11. Next, I filled them in with the cake powder and accented with a little brown cake powder as well.
12. Now, I started off with Benefit’s Stiletto eye shadow for the lid.
13. Once that was applied, I used BH Cosmetic’s palette and used a gray in the crease and brushed it to the outer brow.
14. After that, I took the charcoal black and patted/pulled it from the outer corner of the eye towards the brow.
15. Next, I used a lavender in the inner corners and pulled it up towards the brown and then blended.
16. Under the eye, I pulled the charcoal from the outer to the inner corner of the eye and gently patted the lavender from the inner corner to the outer for a more dimensional look.
17. After that, I blended the colors and added a matte white to the brow bone to create a nice contrast between the smokey look and the brow.
18. Before applying the lashes, I made sure to get a little liquid black liner on upper and lower waterlines.
19. Time to attach the false lashes with some simple lash glue.
20. Once they set, it is time to outline the lips.  For that, I used a dark wine color and created the exaggerated cupid’s bow.
21. I used a Lancome plum shade to fill it in and added a slight clear gloss to the center of the bottom lid just for added effect once in front of the camera and lights.
22. For the cheeks, I knew that I needed a slightly rose color for the apples, but wanted to use a rust bronzer for the contour.  I used a larger brush and made a gradient effect to the cheeks.
23. To finish off the cheeks, I added a slight shimmer shadow right at the top of the brow, just under the outer corner of the eye, to create a nice highlight.
24.  Now it was time to poof, fluff, and attach the hair appliances (head piece).
25. Last but not least, it was time to add the hand made jewelry; and

The look was complete.

Below, in the link, is the album that has a bunch of images of the steps I followed, but since I didn’t want to set up my DSLR for such a lengthy application, you are stuck with cell phone images.

I hope you enjoy! ♥

This is Real, This is Me

This is Real, This is Me

This is real, this is me
I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be now
Gonna let the light shine on me

I thought I would go with a no make-up, “real” shot of me.  No major enhancements to much other than a slight dark circle clean up, eye sharpening, tones, and cropping.

I think I have a hard time NOT taking portraits after 2 years of doing them for various projects.  At least I don’t feel the mandatory need or pressure so…

Well, I can be just me!

Happy Sunday! ♥

This is Me – Demi Lovato


Warped Into Clarity

Warped Into Clarity

High dive into frozen waves where the past comes back to life
Fight fear for the selfish pain, it was worth it every time
Hold still right before we crash cause we both know how this ends
A clock ticks ’till it breaks your glass and I drown in you again

Cause you are the piece of me I wish I didn’t need
Chasing relentlessly, still fight and I don’t know why
If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy?
If our love’s insanity, why are you my clarity?




Upon glancing inspection, I look like you;
We walk, we talk, we go through life,
and do the things we do.

If you spent the time to get to know me, you would see;
I have cracks in places where experience has bruised me.

Strolling along, we all see our share;
We see the ugliness of the world,
and we learn from the shining rays of experience.

If you spent the time to get to know me, you would see;
I may have a million little fractures, but I am just me.

~Shantha Marie Fountain~


Wake Me Up

Wake Me Up

So wake me up when it’s all over
When I’m wiser and I’m older
All this time I was finding myself
And I didn’t know I was lost

Avicii – Wake Me Up (Official Video)

Mr. Boomer is one of those doggies that ages like Sean Connery (lol); he gets more distinguished looking each year.  I was literally humming the Avicii song as I was taking shots of him in the yard, and it popped back into my head when I was adjusting the levels before posting it this morning.

Enjoy and happy Friday! ♥