Monday, September 1, 2014

In Flux

We ventured out through the countryside again this past weekend, which did well to clear my head. This summer has been particularly stressful and I've been feeling like the weight of the world has been pressing down upon me. Today marks the end of my summer vacation and with it I have been mulling over the past few months. Although I didn't get out much or accomplish as much as I wanted, I feel like I took some necessary steps and I'm on the right path.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Such Great Heights

Ever since getting re-situated back here in NJ I have been finding it hard to get good outfit photos. New Jersey, like most of you know, is home to suburbs after suburbs where the occasional parks are packed with children, people exercising, etc. As someone who didn't grow up in "Suburbia," its definitely an adjustment to the whole packed-like-sardines type of life. Although I don't mind hearing my neighbors outside playing with their kids while I type this, I definitely find it harder for me to go outside and shoot. I always feel like people will be looking at me strangely or judging me, in which case I freeze up and all the images come out terribly anyway. Its not just outfit photos either. When I was still shooting out in the world I would let the most perfect of pictures pass by if I knew a stranger was within viewing range. Even though its tempting to just take indoor outfit photos because of the ease of it all, going outside is an excuse for an adventure and definitely makes me happier with the photos in the end.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wynwood Walls

Although this summer in Miami may not have been the most exciting couple of months, I was glad to just be back home. Even though I didn't do all that I had originally wanted to, I'm just happy that I had a chance to be back in a place so familiar and comfortable. However, I did get the chance to spend some time in some new places as well. Frequenting the art district of Wynwood for backgrounds in photos was an interesting experience, as I always felt like with each visit I was just seeing more and more.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Cosplay: Eternal Scout (WTNV)

Whats challenging and fun about cosplaying a character from "Welcome to Night Vale" is there is no predetermined look. In many cases, cosplayers research and stare at source images trying to get their costumes as close as possible or purposely altering the design to fit their own vision. But with Night Vale there is much more left to your imagination. "Welcome to Night Vale" is a podcast series told from the perspective of a radio host named Cecil Palmer. Cecil reports on the goings-ons of "a friendly desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and mysterious lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep." If you haven't listened to this podcast, you really should. It has great POC characters, a canon homosexual relationship, music played as weather segments, and tons of dark humor.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Earn Your Stripes

Life these past couple weeks has been extremely hectic. Packing up everything I would need or had newly bought over the summer in Miami, while working out those last minute moving preparations was just the tip of the iceberg. Although I was feeling stressed and like I hadn't fully spent my summer back home properly, I was able to visit Wynwood a last time to get some more outfit photos. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Matchy Matchy

Do you ever have those days where you throw something together and you have no idea if you look halfway decent, but at least you put some clothes on and left the house? Yea that's how I've felt pretty much all summer and I haven't been 100% in love with the outfits I've been photographing these past couple months. But the way I see it- I've been branching out a bit for myself. I can wear any number of fit and flare dresses in flattering colors and put together something I like. Wearing various separates and lots of modern or more relaxed clothing definitely starts to feel like I'm stepping outside my comfort zone. Add on the anxiety of shooting in sketchy public places and I think I should have some type of bravery achievement unlocked.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Florida Supercon 2014

Many of you may have been wondering where I've been lately and my only excuse is that June was an awfully stressful month. With personal anxieties and stresses plus the blood, sweat, and tears I was putting in to my cosplays, it feels like there was either no time or spirit for blogging. But now that FSC has come and gone, I'm in a good place to take this up again with a little write-up about my 3-day con experience. Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures. Since I was in cosplay and because I kept forgetting my camera strap (seriously who does that?) I didn't touch my camera once. I had originally booked cosplay shoots and was looking forward to the event as a way to really get in to that scene, but once I was there my social anxiety kicked in and I was far too sheepish to even ask people for quick photos on my phone. Being a HSP I get particularly overwhelmed with the over-stimulation of convention floors, but I'm hoping that with more exposure to these types of environments I can slowly get used to it. The photos of this post were all taken by my lovely boyfriend, so I apologize for any less-than-stellar compositions and blurred shots..he is a newbie after all.