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Hard Decisions…


The last few weeks have been about making hard decisions.  Jae and I moved to Salem in the fall and it has been amazing living here… there is such a fantastic, supportive, creative community and we feel quite blessed to now be a part of it.  The flip side of this move is that our financial situation has changed a bit, and my business has suffered from the move.  After much thought and considering all my options, I’ve decided to go back into retail management.  April will most likely be my first month of working full time (not to count my chickens of course…)

Going back to work full time will definitely change how much time I can devote to my photography.  While I will still be taking select commissions for painterly portraits, model development sessions and head shots, I will probably have time for only a few sessions a month.  I will be focusing most of my creative energy on my conceptual Archetype Project and will be devoting the majority of my time to continue to develop this work.

I have a few amazing projects in the works, with some fantastic models, designers, hair stylists and makeup artists and I can’t wait to share in the coming months.  Thanks to everyone for your continuing support!!

I’m going to finish off this post with one of my favorite shots from a portrait session I did recently with Christopher Allen, from Manners Supply Co.


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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!









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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Portraits with Rachel Dashae

I had the opportunity to work with Rachel a few years ago during the annual SOPHA Location Lighting Course, and she was such a brilliant and sweet model to work with.  This year when I saw that she was traveling to the New England area, I knew I was going to have to find a way to work with her again.

After getting in touch and finding out that she had some availability left in her schedule, we were able to confirm a date, and I had to start brainstorming what the heck I was going to shoot with this lovely girl!  I started off with the idea that I would try to include her in the “Sainted” series that I started last year with Ramagious, but as the day got closer and the weather looked like it was going to be gloomy (which was not really what I would need to match the brilliance of the light from the first “Sainted” shots), I had to come up with a Plan B.

Plan B ended up being a crazy headpiece built from some curly reeds I had picked up a year or so ago which had been sitting around my crafting room gathering dust, raffia I picked up at the craft store, bronze antiquing wax, potpourri balls, spanish moss and tiny LED lights on a wire.  After I built the headpiece (which took about 5 hours total over 2 days), It was time to put together an appropriate set.  I had decided we were going with more of an “earth mother” scene, so I took a random beige textured sheer drape (picked up a while back in the clearance section at Target) and a couple strips of Burlap (from a roll I discovered in my crafting room– no idea where it came from) draped them over my evergreen v-flats and created a very earthy looking backdrop.  I dragged my vintage steam trunk over, draped it with a fluffy blanket and some pillows and covered it with a faux fur throw and had a nice little seat for Rachel to pose on.  Finally I draped some black felt on the floor to cover up the light colored wood floor, and threw some raffia, spanish moss reed balls and faux flowers around so it had some texture and interesting details that I could pull out if I wanted.

Theresa Wall Duggan- Earth Mother Headpiece

The Headpiece I created for the Shoot.a very terrible iPhone photo of the set.

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A very terrible iPhone photo I took of the set!

Rachel and I shot for 2 hours and other than a brief stint out in the rain to try out one of my original ideas (as seen in the last image), we spent most of the time shooting on this set and created so many beautiful images.  Here are some of my favorites from the shoot:

Theresa Wall Duggan- Firefly Queen

Firefly Queen






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The Scorpion and the Fox- an editorial tale of trust and betrayal

The following is an editorial I put together for a submission in March… it didn’t make it into the magazine I was aiming for, and I have yet to find another magazine that it would fit… so I figured I’d share it now!  The concept is based on an old Fable that I have seen in many different versions… the animals I based the concept on was the Fox and the Scorpion, but the tale is also commonly known as The Scorpion and the Frog.  I spent a month creating the two wardrobe pieces; one was a russet feather collar for the “fox” and the other was a pleather and wire mesh headpiece in the form of a scorpion’s tail, which was definitely a trick to design and execute something that got the point across, but wasn’t completely cheesy and ridiculous looking.   Makeup artist, Celsa (formerly known as Jayne Riot) brainstormed some amazing ideas with the makeup, to keep it more conceptual and less caricature-ish, and we found two amazing models to pull of the looks: Erin Driscoll (aka Ramagious) and Alexandria Serafini.  They both nailed it, with the feel of each animal, the concept of the fable and their posing/interacting with each other…  here are some of the final images:








What an amazing day we had!  Can’t wait to work with these ladies again!

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Marathon day of shooting with Jayne Riot

This past month my go-to MUAH and I decided we were going to focus primarily on shooting creative beauty with models we hadn’t worked with before… we had 2 days this month to shoot, and we tried to get as many shoots in as we could fit in the amount of time we had to work.  This past wednesday was the last of these shoots, and we got a chance to work with 2 new models as well as one of our favorites, Jinx, who is going to moving out of state in August.

Here are the first couple of edits from those shoots:

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Model: Abby Lee

We really love to cover models in wacky substances, and Abby was a trooper as Jayne covered her hair in gel and gold leaf for this look.  There are now pieces of gold leaf embedded in my kitchen table and bathroom floor!


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Model: Brit D

We really wanted to do something striking but simple for this look.  Jayne went with this bold eye and kept the rest fairly neutral to keep the focus on Brit’s expression.


and finally, one of my favorites from the day… the softer side of Jinx:

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A couple of weeks ago Jayne, Jinx and I went out for a lunch and thrifting date, and Jinx found this lovely dress at Savers… later that evening Jayne messaged me that she wanted to do a beautiful, soft makeup look on Jinx to go with the dress, so, having one more open spot in our schedule, we decided to see if Jinx would join us for one last shoot before she moved to TN.  We were thrilled that we would get to shoot with her again, and that we were going to do something way outside all of our usual work together.  The rest of the images from the shoot were taken by a little river about 10 minutes from my house and they are very ethereal and have a wonderful fantasy element, which will give me the opportunity to play a bit and create some art pieces.  I can’t wait to edit the rest and share!


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