A Tintype Adventure

At the beginning of August I had the pleasure of taking a workshop at George Eastman House with Mark Osterman, who studies and teaches vintage photographic techniques. My husband and I went to Rochester, NY for 2 days to take the workshop with 8 other participants and learned a bit about the process of Wet Plate Collodion photography, and were given instruction on how to prepare a plate to photograph with as well as how to develop and fix the image. It was such an amazing and inspiring experience and as I now am gathering the materials to add this process to my repertoire, I plan to add the option to have a tintype portrait created during portrait sessions and also as a separate service before the end of December. I am excited to start on the process and can’t wait to share the Fine Art pieces I’m already planning in my head.

Here are a few examples of the images that we created during the workshop!

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Amanda’s Dark Art Portrait Session

A few days before Halloween, I had the pleasure and privilege to photograph a portrait session of a young mother and wife who wanted to treat herself to a session for her birthday.  She told me during our consultation that she loved creepy things, halloween and Rob Zombie…. my first thought was, “YES!!!”  My creative tendencies lie in the direction of dark imagery to begin with, and being able to create art like that for a woman who not only appreciates the art, but wants to be a part of the image is my dream!  We decided to work within a few different concepts, and created a broad variety of image styles.  Here are a few of my favorites from the session!

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Hair and Make Up was created by Lyndsay Simon, of Makeup By Lyndsay, I created the outfit in the last two images, as well as the train on the black dress in the top two images.  The autumnal headpiece was created by me for my Discord Industries Etsy shop.

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Black Friday through Cyber Monday Promotion!

I just want to let you all know how much I truly appreciate your support!  It means so much to me that I have people who are interested in my art and are enthusiastic about the pieces that I create… I love being able to share my creativity and passion with you all!  To show just how much I appreciate you guys, I am offering a promotion from Friday Nov 29th through Monday Dec 2nd on my Etsy page: www.etsy.com/shop/ArtandDiscordStudios and enter BLACK25 during checkout to save 25% off any print purchase.   I’m also offering the discount for prepaid session or print vouchers, just use the CONTACT page to send me a message about what you are looking for and I’ll get you all set up!  Hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving and enjoy the Holiday Season!

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Beauty Test with Erika and Makeup by Lyndsay


Erika is a gorgeous girl who came to our rescue last minute, when the model that Lyndsay, from Makeup by Lyndsay and I had planned to work with last week was terribly ill, and we had to track down a model an hour before our shoot.  Erika had never been in front of the camera before, but she did an amazing job and we had a ridiculously awesome day!  We started off by experimenting with a bit of a grungy rock and roll inspired look, which we transitioned into a bohemian/warrior style because we were having so much fun… it gave me a chance to finally pull out one of the vintage slips I found at Brimfield this summer and I was also able to incorporate the Fire Dragon Mohawk I created a few months ago.  For our second makeup look, Lyndsay created a fun glamour inspired look, and I got to pull out a cute pink dress I picked up a couple of years ago-  all in all, we had a blast and I was able to not only create some amazing beauty headshots, but we got to play a bit with fashion and fine art images as well.  Here are some of my favorites for the day!

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Miss Aniela’s Fashion Shoot Experience on the Framed Show

It has finally been released!!  I am so excited to announce that the Framed Show episode that I was a guest photographer at this past April has finally aired!!  It was such an amazing experience and The Framed Network did such a lovely job bringing it to life in their Framed Show episode.  And now I can finally release all of my images, which have been burning a hole in my hard drive since I finished editing them five months ago.  I am so thankful that I was able to be a part of the show and share the experience with so many other wonderful and creative photographers and especially to have had the chance to work with the incredibly inspiring Miss Aniela!

 

Here are some of my favorite images from the workshop…

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And what an amazing team of people to work with!!  Here are the credits for everyone who was a part of making these beautiful images!

Model: Annabelle Lyttle (lavender dress)

Dress: Daniel Feld

Hat: Anya Caliendo Couture Millinery Atelier

Earring, bracelet, ring: Clara Kasavina

Shoes: Stylist’s own

Hair: Numi Empire

Makeup: Nadine Vendryes

Stylist: Leonid Gurevich

Stylist’s assistants: Marina Gurevich, Michelle Ortega

Model: Ploymanee S. (white dress)

Dress: Leonid Gurevich

Leather harness and mask: Jade Chiu

Rings: Clara Kasavina

Shoes: Uta Bekaia

Hair: Numi Empire

Makeup: Nadine Vendryes

Stylist: Leonid Gurevich

Stylist’s assistants: Marina Gurevich, Michelle Ortega

Model: Maleen Rike Johannsen (red dress)

Dress: Alex Teih

Hat: Raquel Livia

Earring, bracelet, necklace: Clara Kasavina

Shoes: Kilame design by Pamela Quinzi

Hair: Kisha Marie

Makeup: Chifumi Nambashi

Stylist: Leonid Gurevich

Stylist’s assistants: Marina Gurevich, Michelle Ortega

Hosting photographer:  Natalie Dybisz/Miss Aniela

Event Director:  Matt Lennard

Website:  www.fashionshootexperience.com

Project Manager:  Catherine Jolley

Assistants: 

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Brent McCombs

Dirk Bergner

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and of course thanks to Melissa Niu and the Framed Network for such a fantastic opportunity!!

 

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Playing Princesses

Every year my sister Erin and her four amazing children take a trip from their home in North Carolina up to Massachusetts to spend the summer with my parents. Every year I have only gotten to see them a couple of times due to my crazy work schedule, however this year I was able to set aside a day every week that I could go hang out and spend time with my family! It was so great to see them so often and spend some real time playing and hanging out with them all. I decided that on my last visit I wanted to do something fun with my nieces Julia and Noelle, who are adorable, energetic young girls! I made them each a long tutu (one white and one pink) as well as a small lace crown and we had ourselves a little princess and fairy photo session! The girls were so much fun to work with and we created some beautiful images! Here are a few from the day… I can’t wait to do some more portrait sessions like these!

 

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Upcoming Events: Framed Network, Boston Tattoo Convention and Ladies Night Out

There has been so much going on this past month, I have been away from the blog for a bit, but I have so much to share over the next few weeks! First, I have a few upcoming events coming up in the next couple of weeks to let you all know about!

I am really excited to announce that August 27th, the Framed Network will finally be releasing the Miss Aniela Fashion Shoot Experience show that features the incredible adventure I had with five other amazing photographers in the Hamptons this past Spring.  Our two day adventure was spent in a gorgeous mansion at Water Mill, filled with surreally beautiful decor.  Our gorgeous models Annabelle Lyttle, Maleen Rike Johannsen and Ploymanee S. were styled by the incredibly talented Leonid Gurevich, with hair by Numi Empire and Kisha Marie, and makeup by Chifumi Nambashi and Nadine Vendryes. It was such an inspiring two days and I can’t wait to see what the show looks like!  Here is a trailer to keep you entertained until then!

 

Next weekend I will be at the Boston Tattoo Convention at the Hynes Convention Center. The Convention opens Friday August 30th in the evening at 4pm and will be open 12pm to 12am Saturday and Sunday, then 12pm to 9pm on Monday… its going to be a long crazy weekend, and I’m going to be selling Fine Art Prints, Headpieces and other Discord Industries accessories, while my husband Jae tattoos at the Always and Forever Tattoo booth! If you’re at the convention, make sure to stop by the booth! I’ll also be wandering around taking some event photos and I’ve got some appointments available for mini-sessions during the day and evening Saturday and Sunday-  Get in touch this week if you are interested in booking one of those sessions!

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Also, on Thursday September 5th, I’ll be the special guest vendor at Pour Richard’s Wine & Spirits monthly Ladies Night Out event. I will have more fine art prints for sale and will have some other pieces of work on display, including some of my latest experiments in photography, creating Vintage style Ferrotypes and Tintypes! I will be there with makeup artist Lyndsay Simon, discussing the portrait session process and how professional hair and makeup add to the experience! Stop by for some wine tasting, appetizers and fantastic conversation!

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Creating a Classic Romantic Ballerina Tutu!

I’m always looking for new ways to add to the wardrobe I have available for clients to use during our portrait sessions and I’ve been pondering adding a series of tulle skirts to my selection to provide some more fun, romantic options for softer looks.  I finally decided a couple of weeks ago that I was going to create a beautiful 6-layer Degas style classical ballerina tutu for my first attempt.  I found a fantastic Tutu tutorial on Youtube by Anjou Clothing (who happens to be from Maine- it’s awesome to see such beautiful work from a fellow New Englander) and I chose to make an attempt at creating something similar with some of the tulle I purchased online in February.

The first step in the process is to pleat all 6 layers (of 128″ long) of the tulle, so that it is a neater gather at the top of the skirt.  I spent a few hours a week or so ago hand pleating the tulle as she instructs in the first video (its a 2-parter), but hadn’t had the time to sit down and actually sew the 6 layers together.  Finally I had some time on Monday to make the attempt to put the whole thing together. I cut out a piece of fabric for the waist band (I used a random piece of blanket edging I had lying around from a box of gifted craft items), and started the process by beginning to sew the first layer of tulle… about 3/4 of the way through my bobbin thread snapped and I lost all my pleats… I was horrified and realized that I had too much tension on my thread… so after making some adjustments, I set aside layer one so I could revisit the pleating and started on layer two.

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Layer two was going fine until I finished, I gave myself a few feet at the end of the stitch so I could adjust the gathers, but it wasn’t enough room, as the tulle had bunched up significantly more than I’d anticipated… I lost about 6 pleats, so after re-pleating and restarting the stitch, I managed to save the layer before I lost any more.  I was better prepared for layers three, four and five, and although I had some glitches, I was able to work them out with minimal hassle.  At this point I realized that in my haste last week, I neglected to pleat layer six… So, needless to say, I decided that creating a four layer tutu would not be a bad first attempt, and setting aside layers one and six, sat down to start attaching the tulle to the waist band.

Pinning the bunched up tulle was a bit tricker than I had anticipated, and adjusting the gathered pleats to be even, sit relatively flat and also be the correct length for the waist band was a bit more time-consuming than I had expected.  The first layer was easiest to add, since I didn’t have to worry about the other layers getting in the way, but beyond the pinning process, the sewing went much smoother this time around (I only had one tiny glitch where the tulle from an under layer was sewn into the waistband along with the layer I was currently sewing).

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The final part of the process was adding the black satin ribbon waistband, which in retrospect, I should have pressed in half first before sewing it on, but was too distracted to get out the iron at the time.  The waistband ended up being a bit ripple-y, due to the softness of the layers of tulle and the fact that I didn’t iron the ribbon, but it is easily covered by wrapping the excess ribbon around the waist, so I’m not too worried about it.

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After about a total of 5 hours of work, I ended up with a lovely romantic black tulle tutu, that will be about mid-calf on anyone over 5’7″ and floor length on anyone shorter… it is a beautiful addition to my wardrobe and I can’t wait to get someone into it!

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I hope to get a dress form soon, so I can take a better (not iPhone shot) picture to post in a gallery of wardrobe options… stay tuned for my next wardrobe additions which will include similar ones in pink and white, as well as versions for little girls (so we can do some ballerina and princess sessions in the next few months)!

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Gold Leaf Makeup with Isabella and Lyndsay

Last Tuesday I had a chance to work with model Isabella Capri and makeup artist Lyndsay Simon once again.  While we started the day not really knowing what direction we were headed in, after a bit of brainstorming, we decided to start with a basic concept of doing something “Metallic.”  Now, I have a habit of collecting random things (some might say “hoard,” but I believe that eventually I will find uses for all of my treasures) and so I gathered up all the random metallic items that might be included in a makeup and hair look with that theme… included in the assortment was gold ribbons in a number of styles, vials of gold microbeads in different metallic finishes, glycerin with gold and bronze pigment to create liquid metal, and gold leaf that I’ve had laying around for the last year or so.

Lyndsay ended up deciding that gold leaf was the most interesting option we had, and mixing this with a few different metallic pigments, including a beautiful rose/gold metallic powder, she began creating what would be an absolutely amazing look!  She even got crafty and decorated a pair of lashes with the gold leaf to complete the look!  For wardrobe, I had a gold pleated dress I had picked up from H&M last year which has been laying around waiting for the perfect look to be paired with and we decided that it would be the perfect compliment to the makeup Lyndsay was doing.

I was so excited about the session that I couldn’t wait to get started editing, and had my first image completed the by the following day!

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After a busy week, I finally had time to complete the rest of the editing from the session and I am excited to share the results today!

Isabella has such a beautiful profile… I’m obsessed!!  This really showcased the beautiful gold leaf work that Lyndsay did, as well.

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Gold leaf has such an amazing texture… it is one of my favorite things about it! Because of this, I love to add it to my encaustics and my headpieces/accessories whenever I get a chance!

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I am in love with this image, partly because it took us so many takes to get it right!!  I generally have a hard time with asymmetry (thanks to the left brained voice in my creative process), but I really enjoyed the challenge of finding the balance in the look and this captures it so well.

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Finally, one for the wardrobe… Isabella kept reminding me of an Egyptian queen or priestess with her lounge-y poses and this dress… I felt that this captured the elegance and feeling of power perfectly!

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Thanks for taking the time to check out my work!  Hope you enjoyed viewing them as much as I enjoyed creating them!

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Preparing for your Portrait Session

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Here are just a few simple things that will help you get ready for your Glamour or Fashion-Styled Portrait Session with Art and Discord Studios: 

Skin: Proper skin preparation is incredibly important for an image!  If you would like to get a facial prior to your session, try to schedule it a week beforehand, in case you have residual redness.  Also, make sure the few weeks before your session, you wear sunscreen if you are going out into the sun!  Sunburned skin looks dry and leathery, and is generally not how you want to remember yourself!  If you have tan lines, you might want to use a self-tanner to even out the tones… it doesn’t need to be perfect, but the less drastic the difference, the better it will look.

Drink plenty of water the 24 hours before your session, and stay away from excessive alcohol consumption as it tends to dry out the skin and emphasize lines and dark circles.  Make sure you get enough sleep the night before and prior to bed use a gentle exfoliant to give your skin a fresh glow.

That day, come with clean, well-moisturized skin.  Lastly, make sure the clothing you wear to the session is loose fitting and does not have tight elastic so it will not leave marks on your skin.  Be aware of undergarments, socks, pant and skirt waistbands as all these items can leave indents if they are too tight fitting.

Hair: Wear your hair as you would normally wear it.  Be aware that if you are planning any drastic changes to your hair style, you should give yourself a few weeks before your session to get used to it.  If you need a trim or your roots touched up, do it about one week before your session.  Come to your session with clean, dry hair and we’ll take care of the rest.

Nails: Feel free to get a mani/pedi before your session, but make sure you don’t come to your session with chipped polish… if you’re not a mani/pedi kind of gal, then clean, shaped, unpolished nails will do just fine.

Glasses: If you wear glasses regularly, you may prefer to wear them during your portrait session as well.  Be aware that they can create some difficulties due to the reflective nature of glass.  They tend to cause distortion when looking at the eyes, or reflections which cover the eye.  If you choose to wear glasses for your session, it might be a good idea to see if you can borrow empty frames from your optician that are the same as your  own glasses– so you’ll feel and look like you, but we won’t have all of the issues that come with putting glass in front of your beautiful eyes.

Wardrobe:  Bring lots of clothing options. I generally recommend at least 5 outfits.  They can be any assortment of casual, formal etc. Dress in colors you feel you look best in and that represent your style. White clothing is excellent for soft portraits, and darker colors are fantastic for adding drama.  Bringing layers is always a good so you  have more options, since we can remove layers and create even more outfit combinations.   Avoid striped tops as they tend to not photograph well,  and realistically its not a bad idea to avoid strong patterns in general, since they have a tendency to overpower the eye and are not as flattering in most images.  Make sure your wardrobe fits well and is comfortable.  Coordinate your outfits from head to toe, hats, belts, scarves, jewelry.

Shoes: Bring a few different styles of shoes, and make sure you have a couple that are basic and will never go out of style.  Bringing at least a nice dark heel and a white heel will cover all the bases, but feel free to bring some fun options as well.  Of course, we can always work with bare feet!

Props: I encourage you to bring any props that inspire you.  Bring items that represent who you are and the things you are passionate about.  Bring anything that helps you to tell your story.  A few examples would be: your favorite flowers, jewelry which was handed down from your grandmother, musical instruments, tools of your occupation.. the sky is the limit!  I will have a small assortment of props for us to use, but ones that have special meaning to you will often read better in the final images.

Music:  The right soundtrack can make a huge difference in your mood and your ability to let go and have fun.  Please feel free to bring your digital player or cds so we have can set the perfect atmosphere for your session!

 

When you feel prepared for your Portrait Session, you will find yourself so much more relaxed and excited for the day!   The entire experience is all about you feeling beautiful and pampered, so if you aren’t worried about whether or not you remembered everything, you’ll be much more able to focus on enjoying the day!  If you have any questions or concerns about what to bring, you can certainly feel free to contact me anytime for advice– even sending me photos of outfits you’re thinking of bringing!  I love to see what direction clients are heading with their session wardrobe so I can brainstorm a few unique options for sets and concepts that we can throw in the mix!

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