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

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

Continuing The Good Work

Continuing The Good Work

As a fun look at things of then to things of now, I hunted down the images from the last time I had a tattoo session back in September of 2012 and some cell phone shots my boyfriend, +Robert Hacker, took for me at this most recent session on May 10th, 2014 yesterday so I could compare.

It seems like a life time ago and yet it also feels like only yesterday (figuratively speaking) that I started this very special conceptual piece on my back that will one day slide down my half sleeve.

After this last session, I will only have some color retouching (fish and other odds and ends) and the background left before we start the long journey of the bicep and shoulder.

I am looking forward to this. Andy, my tattoo guy, is awesome and the fact that he has hybridized the world of tattoo artistry with an art gallery makes it so much sweeter too.

I sometimes feel that my life could be road mapped on my canvas, but the stories they tell need me to decrypt the symbolism behind each one; when someone asks what one of them means, I get to tell a story about my life and I think that is pretty cool.

One day, all the chapters will be there to see and that is exciting as well!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and mom-to-be’s out there and I hope everyone enjoys this and the rest of this wonderful Sunday! ♥


#tattooed #tattooinprogress #thestoryofmylife #itswrittenonmyskin

#welcometomyworld #delirium #deliriumtattoo

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.

If you are interested in checking out more images or submitting your own, check out:

Enjoy! ♥

Kefka Palazzo Production Video | After Effects

Kefka Palazzo Production Video | After Effects

This is a video I created with image stills of the products, materials and gear used to create the Kefka Palazzo photoshoot.

The self portrait images are of my own creation as is the video, which was produced in After Effects and Camtasia Studio 8.

I needed to beef up my After Effects skills some because I need to use it for my portfolio class, so this seemed like a great time to try out some of the composition creation effects I have learned from

Opening Music is from Overclocked: Final_Fantasy_6_Cantata_for_Dancing_I_Mors_ego_sum_mortis_OC_ReMix

Additional music is Final Fantasy VI – Kefka’s Theme (Zenji Dubstep Remix) at

I hope you enjoy! ♥

#aftereffects   #adobe   #video   #behindthescenes   #bts

#themakingofkefka   #kefkapalazzo   #makeup   #makeupartist