Future Forest 2017

A few photos from Future Forest 2017, where I had the privilege of making a few paintings and setting up a black-light art installation!

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Circuit Witch & Dreadful Kreations

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I’m really excited about these photos, and I’m glad I finally got around to sharing them! These ladies are super talented! More to come soon 🙂

Model/MUA: Circuit Witch
Photographer: Shannon Sabra Creative
Dreads: Dreadful Kreations
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Photo assistant: Amanda Brown
Dress: Pandora Deluxe Latex
Wrist Cuffs: LS Seven
Goggles & Collar: Cyberdog
Make-Up Brands: Jeffree Star Cosmetics, Makeup Monsters Cosmetics, Sugarpill Cosmetics​, Kryolan Professional Make-up Contacts: GEO Animation Violet CP F6 from PinkyParadise – Largest Circle Lens Store
Boots: Transmuters (discontinued)

Speed-retouch | Self Portrait

Every photographer has their own process. Mine has very little to do with the actual photography part. I like to spend as little time in-camera as possible, and make the real magic happen in post.  I wanted to show the progression of a single photo from start to finish, so I made a time-lapse screen capture of my editing over the course of several hours (condensed to 3 minutes for your viewing). Enjoy!

I treat a photo like a half-finished painting: softening every detail, painting in the shadows and highlights, adjusting every colour accent, and overlaying gritty textures. Here is a before & After look:

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I understand that some photographers would prefer the original, raw version of this photo. But art is just an opinion, isn’t it? Thanks for reading!

Self-Portrait | Lavender

I felt a spark of creativity last night and decided to set up the studio for a self portrait. It’s been a while since I used my camera for something creative and personal and I was excited to use some outfits from long lost shoots. I had a really great time editing this photo and actually made a time-lapse video of the edit process, which I’ll share here shortly.

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Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley of the Incas

Our third day in the Cusco region was amazing. We traveled through the sprawling mountains of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visited Ollantaytambo (a small town at the base of an old military stronghold for Manco Inca Yupanqui, leader of the Inca resistance), and we watched a wonderful demonstration of the colour dying process for Alpaca sweaters in Chinchero.  This shot was taken in Ollantaytambo.

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Off to Peru

So tomorrow I embark on another adventure, this time with my parents and my long-lost travelling sister! I couldn’t be more excited to go out into the world again after a relatively dull winter. Dust has been accumulating on my camera for a few months now and it’s about time I had some amazing experiences to document with it, and share with you here! We’ll be visiting Cusco and Lima, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. I can only hope that I’ll get some breathtaking photos of the landscapes, history and culture there : ) Stay tuned for pictures!

Wearer of many hats

I was excited to finally set up a studio space in the corner of the apartment. I snapped a few quick pictures of me and some objects I use on the daily, and this was the strange, but kind of cool, result. I was inspired by the American Ultra posters, and did not intend for this to be representative of anything religious. I didn’t really plot it out, but now I’ve decided that there are 6 symbolic references in this photo. Colored pencils (art), harmonica (music), journal (writing, expression), camera (work), pipe (leisure), Pippin (love, family) and the Temperence Tarot card (balance and will-power). I also added a moon because, well I’m just more of a moon person.

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A Florentine Museum

My neck was sore from walking around, gawking at the ceiling art. And my eyes were tired from squinting and adjusting to the tiny intricate details and then huge murals stretching from floor to ceiling. Everywhere that you look, the art, history and beauty fills your head. I only wish I could have stayed in Italy for a while longer to let it all sink in.Ren-museum-florence-2

Snapshots from Prague, Czech Republic

Prague took me by surprise, it was stunning and old and filled with lovely architecture and statues and churches. I did enjoy my evening in Prague, and it may have been one of my favourite nights! We stopped in first at this stunning church (cathedral? basillica? I’m not sure.) But I do know that it was gorgeous. The stain glass windows alone were taller than my church at home. They stretched in themed colors from the floor to the ceiling. During our visit, the sun cut perfectly through a pink and purple window on the right of the church, casting these amazing little light shows on the right wall of the building. It was breathtaking.Germany-Czech-19

Then we had a little walking tour down around towards ‘old town’ and stopped at the John Lennon wall, I made sure to draw a little heart and peace sign on the way by. In old town, I got a tattoo (eep!) and that’s probably about when I fell in love with the city. On my way home from the tattoo parlour, I stopped with a traditional Czech crepe and watched a talented street performing group called the “streetles” play for a few hours on the cobblestone square. It was like a dream.

The rest of the time in Prague was really nice and relaxing. I met many people from all over the world here, and definitely took advantage of the cheap spending here. I definitely suggest you stop by if you’re on your way through Europe. Prague is a magical place!

Snapshots from Holland (Edam & Amsterdam)

When we first arrived in Amsterdam, we jumped on a coach and headed for Edam, and adorable little town dotted with cheese shops and bakeries. The views were stunning, flat landscapes, blue skies and green meadows galore. The air even tasted fresher here : ) As a group, we all took a bike ride around the town, stopped to photograph a windmill and then headed back towards Amsterdam. On our way back, we stopped at clog-making shop and watched a demonstration. I had no idea a clog could be made in less than 10 minutes, but it can! Then we tasted some cheese (accompanied by some sips of wine) before heading back to the city.

In the city, we visited the “I amsterdam” sign, which was literally crawling with tourists. I ate the best waffle of my entire life just beyond the sign, it’s on my top-five European foods list. Me and a fellow Canadian traveler, Stella, went for a stroll through the streets of the Red Light District and then settled in to a cafe for some beers and “treats” for the evening. Amsterdam is a beautiful city and I’ll definitely be back!

Wickham, New Brunswick

My parents have a beautiful river-side camp in a Wickham, NB. I haven’t had the chance to spend a lot of time there this summer, so I’m glad I got to squeeze in one more night before I leave for Europe! I brought my camera along for fun, here are a few snapshots from the day. I’m still adjusting to the dslr editing process on my iPad, so don’t judge me for the color balance in that last one 🙂 These came out sort of faded and offset, like authentic vintage film photography. I don’t hate it!