BTS: Insult to Injury

BTS: Insult to Injury

“I’ve wanted to be the light one, the simple one, the sweet one. Last night I learned – or perhaps was reminded – that I am none of these things. I am powerful.” -Michele Gardella Golden as the light which filtered through autumn leaves, her wounds wept for the pain callously dealt. And you add insult to injury. Behind the Scenes! Kelsie, the lovely lady in these photographs creates absolutely gorgeous ink illustrations.  One of the themes that runs through her drawings is a fox that has been struck by an arrow. A photo posted by Kelsie (@__seasonpoem) on May 27, 2015 at 1:25pm PDT I hoped to pay tribute to this theme in the shoot with her!  (Over the summer I worked on this arrow and have been dying to finally use it in a photo!)  These photos represent the pain we feel from wounds dealt by those closest to us.  Kelsie managed to communicate the emotions quite effectively. As always, have a delightful...
Accused of “Photoshop”

Accused of “Photoshop”

I use Photoshop on all of my images *gasp!* Honestly, that’s no secret, one look through my portfolio and you’ll see that I use Photoshop on all of my photos.  In fact, its one of my favorite tools to create little worlds of fantasy.  So why did it sting when I was accused of using Photoshop on one of my latest photos? (On multiple platforms!) Because I hadn’t “photoshopped” the area of the photo I was accused of. I felt hurt that I had been accused of being deceptive, of trumping a “manipulated” moon as the real thing.  I also felt discredited.  (That being said, I do see how someone might see it as an editing mistake and I do not wish to slander anyone who saw it as such.) A few nights ago, September 27th 2015, I sat out to watch an incredible natural event: The Supermoon Eclipse!  It was breathtaking, and my camera did the scene little justice.  That being said I wanted to take a few photos to take advantage of the surreal moments. In this photo, I was accused of placing the moon in between the trees and being careless enough to forget to mask the branch back over the moon. The very thing that makes the photo look fake is simply purposeful placement. I used the Stargazer App to locate the exact spot where the moon would rise, and set everything up before the it had even hit the crest of the horizon. The photo below was taken very shortly before the concept photo.  The branches can be clearly seen in front of the moon, by moving my camera...
The Color Red

The Color Red

The color red.  To me, red is unabashedly bold.  It is the first color that catches our eye.  It has the longest wave length and bounds toward our attention first like an eager student in class.  It is the color of life in our veins, the blush on a face, and the petals of a rose. “Red protects itself.  No colour is as territorial.  It stakes a claim, is on the alert against the spectrum.” – Derek Jarman It is passionate, it cannot be quiet.  What if Red, in all of her vibrancy, wished to be calm and subdued.  What if she wished to be a color not her own? Red searches for other colors.  Red finds Blue. Red finds Green. Red finds Yellow. Red wishes to change her color. For this shoot I really did paint myself completely red.  Head to toe.  It was quite possibly the most uncomfortable experience of my life.  Not only was it 85 degrees and dreadfully muggy… but the paint was so sticky and icky that little bugs kept getting stuck on me!!!!  Also, I looked positively terrifying and can only imagine what any passerby must have thought of the spectacle! https://www.facebook.com/Aleahmichelephotography/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/-si-tu-savais-/...
BTS: Mermaid Tail

BTS: Mermaid Tail

**I’ll start this post with a disclaimer.  There are many other ways to create a tail, my choices were based on the materials I know how to work with, a low budget, and experimentation.  That being said, it was huge learning process and the next time I make a tail I will know far better/more efficient ways to create it!** Materials: Black Neoprene Gold Spandex (Swimsuit grade) Flippers Fabric Flower Petals Hot Glue 2-3 Gold/Pearl Fabric Paint Bottles Illusion Fabric in Nude   1) Create Neoprene Base Rather than purchasing Neoprene by the yard, I used an old scuba suit.  I cut the inner seam and sewed both sides together.  A simple way to figure out shape, sit on top, line up the bottom with your ankles, and trace your shape with white chalk.  Leave 1/4 inch extra along all seams for sewing. 2) Create Spandex Slip Cover Line up two sheets of spandex with the pattern side in.  Lay the neoprene base over-top and carefully trace around ( I used a red washable marker).  Place pins on the inside of the line.  Cut 1/4 inch away from the line all the way around.  Use the line as your sewing guide.  With stretchy materials, sew everything twice for strength but NEVER sew the top or bottom if you are not using stretchy thread! 3) Flipper Covers You may use either a Monofin or Flippers for this step.  Place the Flipper/Fin on the backside of the spandex, trace with marker.  I left extra fabric at the end and fluted the ends so that they could pull on like socks.  In...
The Mother Daughter Bond

The Mother Daughter Bond

“A daughter is a miracle that never ceases to be miraculous.” The mother-daughter bond.  Few things are like it.  It is a bond of beauty, vulnerability, and love.  A short while back, Kristen contacted me about shooting a conceptual mother-daughter series.  She wanted to capture the preciousness of her relationship with her daughter Ruby in a portrait that would resemble fine art. The photo she hoped to emulate was a soft vintage photograph. This is the kind of shoot a photographer dreams about. To prepare for the shoot, I studied the poses of vintage photographs and old paintings.  I sketch out poses with the goal of emulating and learning from the beauty of the pose, while leaving room for individuals to make it their own. The light couldn’t have been anymore perfect or magical! These photos also represent generational love and the miracle of life.  For Kristen and James, little Ruby, living up to her name, is precious as a gem.  She was a miracle baby born at 24 weeks and weighing only 1 pound 8 ounces.  Surpassing all odds and shattering statistics, she proved that especially a life so tiny is a gift.  For Kristen, a woman who had always dreamed of being a mother; and who, as a little girl, lined up her dolls pretending they were her children; Ruby was a lifetime longing come true. Kristen explained that 7 years ago today, September 11th 2008, her water broke at 22 weeks.  Kristen, James, and the Doctors feared they would loose her. “The Dr’s told us that I should just get up and walk around to not prolong the inevitable. They had no...
The Shore of Luminescence

The Shore of Luminescence

Darling, brilliant is the light that has carried you back to the surface. These waters are silver and the shore is gilded in gold.   There are moments when you are the light in a darkened place, and others when lights encompasses and dances around you. Has your situation ever been illuminated for you? Behind the Scenes Kristy, the lovely lady in these photographs, is one of my dearest friends.  She is such a light to be around.  I desperately wanted to take some photographs on the beach but had an overwhelming feeling that I was inconveniencing the group of people I was with.  See, it was still at least an hour before the light would be right on the beach… then add on shooting time.  Thankfully everyone was extremely gracious! If you have ever tried shooting photos at the beach, you know how harsh the light can be, even in the evening.  Unless its cloudy, there is typically only an hour in the morning and evening where the light can be glorious.   When we set out it was still extremely bright.   So we searched the island’s edge for a section in shadow.  Not too far down we found the loveliest of nooks!  It looked like a secret beach… but that’s for another post.  On out way back (and slightly discouraged) we found this magnificent patch of light! Once we hit the beach it looked as though the water was liquid silver and the shore was composed of golden stones. *Editing Hint*  When shooting a back-lit scene, make sure you are shooting RAW.  By doing so you can pull...

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