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! ♥

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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! ♥

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Searching For My Wonderland

Searching For My Wonderland

“Be what you would seem to be – or, if you’d like it put more simply – never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.” ― Lewis Carroll

For this week’s +Selfy Sunday, that had no specific theme, I chose to take the opportunity to meditate after working on a class project at the beach, while searching my self for calm and peace, I decided to use that good energy to shoot my image.

I love being able to find my center and the quite empty, early morning beach with hard waves breaking was the perfect place to start the day.

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Enjoy! ♥

School Work – Week 4 | Final Term | Food Meets Design

School Work – Week 4 | Final Term

Food Meets Design

This week, for my class photography project, we were focusing on food photography and typographic design. We were charged with shooting food and then either writing the recipe or ad text to complete the image. For me, I decided to use a recipe for my favorite energy juice that I drank before I started my Sunday homework marathon.

Since practicing yoga, gyming it up more, and working towards a more balanced trinity of mind, body and spirit, I have found raw or clean eating to be key.

I am kind of glad I had an assignment that allowed me to showcase it! 

I hope you enjoy! ♥


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