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Why you shouldn’t count chickens…

It has been a crazy past few weeks since my last post, and I am glad to finally be sharing a bit of it with you.

So, firstly, it does appear that I was perhaps counting my chickens a bit early in my last post as the job that I thought that I was mostly guaranteed, did end up falling through. I am sad that I will not be joining a company that I respect, but I am also trying to see it as a positive opportunity to reassess what I’m doing.  Though I am still looking for a full-time position to help pay my bills, I feel that I need to reassess my art business and how I can make more of a living through my creative endeavors.  I am so grateful for all of the people that support me and my art and my heart sings with joy every time a comment is left on an image on social media or I get a message from someone that I’ve never met saying how much they love my work and look forward to seeing it online.

I have thought many times about starting a Kickstarter campaign or doing something similar on one of those crowdfunding type sites and I’ve always hesitated because it focuses too much on just accomplishing a single goal. However my work is continual and the projects that I’m working on intertwine in so many ways but can also be quite separate that I think it would be very hard to set a useful or understandable goal.

It was brought to my attention that there is a new platform which has recently started and which has some pretty amazing artists already using great effect, including musician and writer Amanda Palmer who had also successfully used Kickstarter to produce an album when she left her record label.  I was intrigued because it has a very different, but perhaps more traditional mindset in supporting the arts.

The platform is called Patreon and the principle is that artists generally tend to produce continually and often are hindered by finances from producing as much as they would like. Traditional patrons of artists and musicians would offer them a monthly stipend in order to have access to the artist in ways that others would not. They would benefit from the artists work either directly or by association and the artist would produce work for them and also be able to create the works that they themselves were passionate about.  Patreon takes this concept and modernizes it. Patrons can donate per creation or monthly amounts as low as one dollar and will have access to the artist in different ways, from the viewing of exclusive content, gifts of prints or postcards, video content, behind the scenes, tutorials, and so much more, with each artist creating their own set of rewards and offering different types of access based on the amount of financial support.

So, after doing my own research, I’ve decided to give this idea a shot. My social media content and all the images I create will still be available to see for free. However, because I know a lot of people that enjoy seeing my work can’t necessarily afford to buy it and can’t necessarily afford to hire me to create work for them, I want to offer a different way for people who enjoy my work and feel that it adds something to their own lives, their own way to be a part of how I create and offer them a way to help me create more.

I’ve been in the middle of this Archetype Project for the last year, and I thought when I began it last January that I would be much further along by now. My end goal is to create a book with at least 25 images and hopefully to be able to coordinate a gallery show of all of the images. The main problem that I have run into, however, was that I wasn’t getting enough paying clients or prints sales to buy supplies for all the wardrobe, sets and props I make. I couldn’t afford the insurance that would give me access to locations that require it, and I couldn’t afford to rent lighting and lenses that would take the work to the next level.  It has slowed down the process which has been incredibly frustrating;  I have concepts swirling in my mind and no way to bring them to life to the degree that they deserve.

Beyond the Archetype Project I am obsessed with creating images in the old methods, such as by using Wet Plate techniques to create tintypes and ambrotypes; I love my Polaroid and Holga and the images that film produces which require so little post-production; and I am starting to explore the realm of video to add another element to my creative madness.  All of these areas of my work would be able to expand as well.

So, what it comes down to, is that while I don’t need the best equipment, wardrobe, sets, locations, etc, even the wardrobe I rent, or thrift or create takes money, sets and props can be made inexpensively and items reused for different purposes again and again, but the base elements still cost.  I estimated that each Archetype image I create has cost me between $200 and $500, between all of these elements, and its not sustainable, which makes me fear for the future of the project and my work.  This is where Patreon and my patrons will come in.  By donating monthly, even just a dollar, it will help me to bring all of the parts of these images together so I can bring the idea to fruition.  The money will help me to pay for business costs, and studio rental, supplies and wardrobe, and, if there is enough, I will be able to pay the wonderful people that donate their time to help me bring these images to life, which would be the most wonderful thing I can imagine.

So, if you dig my work, if it brings any hint of enjoyment to your life, if you look forward to seeing new images pop up in your social media feed, then please consider a small donation through Patreon.  If all the people that love my work donated a dollar each month, I would be able to produce and share so much more!

That being said, of course, I will have some more time for commissions, so if that is something you are interested in, please email artanddiscordstudios (at) gmail.com

And to conclude, here is a fun spring-inspired beauty image I shot last month with the always amazing Lyndsay Simon from Makeup by Lyndsay, Nathan Prescott who can be found at Trephin Salon in Boston, and beautiful Salina Jade, who is represented by Maggie, Inc.

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Happy International Women’s Day!

      Today is International Women’s Day, which intends to bring awareness to the oppression and inequality of women globally.  Personally, I think it is insane that in a world which is so advanced in so many ways, that antiquated belief systems which support the idea that any human being is lesser than any other still exist.

      As women especially,  it is important that we support each other, and help lift each other up.  It is always my greatest joy to create images which show the immense variety of beauty that exists in the universe, and some of my favorite sessions are portraits that reveals both inner and outer beauty for a woman to see in herself.  Celebrate and share yourself, your inner and outer beauty, for all the world to see.

You are amazing and you deserve for everyone to see it.

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Beauty with Heather Schofield

A couple of months ago, I had the pleasure of working with Makeup Artist Heather Schofield of HS-Artistry at The SOPHA in Manchester, NH.  We brought in two models neither of us had worked with before and had a blast creating some fun beauty shots!  Lavanyai and Kira were great sports and I am excited to share my favorite shots from the day with both of them!

Kira:

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Lavanyai:

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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

Ian Gavan

 

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

 

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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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Warwick City Park with Andrea C.

Two weeks ago, I finally had my first beach shoot of the season with Andrea C., from Model Club, Inc. and Celsa of Variant Shades Makeup.  It was a blazing 90+ degree day, with no clouds to be seen.  Luckily for us Warwick City Park’s beach had a ton of shade, so we were mostly able to avoid the sun.  We were able to use  a couple of beautiful swimsuits from local swimwear company Sea Love Swimwear (the black and the turquoise suits) and I was able to find some fantastic net tops and bottoms for coverups.  Overall, the heat and sun were worth braving for the images we created that day!

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Thanks to Celsa for snapping this BTS shot. That’s my awesome husband, Jae on lights.

 

Here are some of the final images!

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Thanks to everyone who made the day possible and braved the elements to get these amazing shots!!

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Beauty with Isabella Capri and Lyndsay Simon

This past week I was able to get together with two talented ladies that I had never worked with before.  For this Test shoot, we decided that some straight up beauty head-shots would be most beneficial for everyone’s portfolio and with a rough idea of at least starting the day with a look that was somewhat ethereal, we dug in and got started!  Isabella is a young, up and coming model who has absolutely gorgeous skin and beautiful features!  Lyndsay, from Makeup by Lyndsay, was brilliant with her makeup application, fantastic with collaborating on new ideas and is such a fun, positive girl to be around!  We had a blast all afternoon and was able to get 3 complete looks done, and truthfully, it was hard for me to choose what shots I wanted to edit because there were so many great images!  Here are a few of my favorite shots from the day!

 

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