Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Valentine's Day Inspired Shop Update

Most of the day I spent photographing more new items that will be headed directly into my shop. Here are a few newly listed dresses, all listed today.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I've Been Hibernating

Like a bear in the winter, I too hibernate. Here in sunny California, I have to no reason to hibernate. Instead, it's more my lack of motivation to leave my house. I guess it's good that I can remain so entertained staying home. It is about time for me to get out of here. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe.

I've also already given up on my "blog daily" resolution. I gave up on that one fast. I guess, I don't enjoy it,enough to make it daily. So, I am not going to push myself to do something I don't enjoy. Instead, I will just write whenever I feel like sharing something or to give shop updates or photography updates.

Sunday, I had a great time with my mom and dad. We made it to another Flea Market. This time it was in Long Beach, Ca. I still prefer the Pasadena Flea Market but, it was very fun exploring more rows of dusty history. I managed to find 25 vintages dresses to add to my Etsy shop. So far, I have added 8. The others are still waiting their turn.

Another thing, I have noticed, is I buy almost all small dresses. I don't always do it intentionally. It just seems like the small ones are the easiest to find. And, I tend to purchase things I want and if I can't fit, I sell it. I am going to try to be more conscious of sizes next time.

To see these dresses, visit my Etsy shop... Little Orphan Fannie. By the way, all of these here are size small. I am sorry, I know, I know... I need different sizes.

I took the photos of this pink dress, right as the sun was setting and it's so strange how it has a completely different background color than the rest of the photos. They were all taken on the same day(yesterday), all by natural light coming in through the window. It's neat to see the variation. I can almost tell what time it is in all of the photos.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Light My Way

Here is my first finished self portrait of 2011. I was reading the first chapter, of Lewis Caroll's, Through The Looking Glass and as I was reading my imagination was finally coming alive.

" 'But oh!' thought Alice, suddenly jumping up, 'if I don't make haste I shall have to go back through the Looking-glass, before I've seen what the rest of the house is like! Let's have a look at the garden first!' She was out of the room in a moment, and ran down stairs -- or, at least, it wasn't exactly running, but a new invention of hers for getting down stairs quickly and easily, as Alice said to herself. She just kept the tips of her fingers on the hand-rail, and floated gently down without even touching the stairs with her feet; then she floated on through the hall, and would have gone straight out at the door in the same way, if she hadn't caught hold of the door-post. She was getting a little giddy with so much floating in the air, and was rather glad to find herself walking again in the natural way."- Source

It was this paragraph that inspired me. I knew I wanted to create a photo of myself using my unfinished staircase(which most of the time, drives me crazy to see!..and crossing my fingers, will soon get new flooring.) I wanted to attempt to be weightless, like Alice, as "she floated on through the hall".

I didn't plan this shoot very well and I never really do. They come very spur of the moment. Earlier in the day, yesterday, I had been shopping with my sweetheart, David. We were on a mission to find him a new office chair and to peruse through a thrift store or two before heading home. I was feeling slightly disappointed because I didn't find anything of interest at the thrift stores and I knew, if I came home empty handed I was going to be in an incomplete mood and bored.

I didn't want to go home. All of a sudden, I was feeling very creative and in the need to purchase something! A true shopaholic I am. So, I convinced David to make one last stop, Wal Mart. Now, I had a mission, I wanted a photo prop and I wanted to use it when we got home.

Lately, I have been intrigued with leviation photography, and any kind of surreal or "trick" photography. A month or so back, I attempted a few and loved creating them. So, last night I knew, I should try my "Alice" inspired photo.

Once, I get the idea, I am in a mad rush to make it happen. Once, I got home, I quickly found a dress I already had, threw it on, along with some white children's tights. My hair was left as is from the day and I had no makeup on. I grabbed my camera, my tripod and my sweetheart David. I had him help me with the setup and for a little physical support.

David and I don't always work well together. His patience was on it's end, so, I finished with more poses and props on my own. After taking all of the photos, I reviewed them and got to work. In the end, I photoshopped about 15 to 20 images together to create this photo.

The photo wasn't quite what I had invisioned but, it usually isn't. I visualized it being in color but, decided it was better in black and white. I wanted to attempt a different pose that just didn't work out. My lighting was alright. I almost achieved the mood I wanted. I needed to plan, and think this through. I have a list in my mind, for the next time. Everything, I need to work on and new challenges.

For now, I'll go along with it and hope for the best. I will definitely be attempting more of these in the future. Hopefully, I will have an assistant or a model or even better, both. Thanks for reading and viewing!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Rain, rain, go away! I want to go outside and play!

I have been trapped indoors because I haven't wanted to venture out into the rain. I understand that I am a wimp due to growing up in California my whole life. Usually I don't mind the rain. But, everytime, last month and now this month, when I have a photo shoot planned(without rain) it seems to rain. So, I am just frustrated with the rain.

Tomorrow, if I feel daring and if it's still raining I think I will go take some pictures in it.

Instead of going outside today. I snapped a few shots of my pets:) I didn't photograph all of them just the ones that were near me. What can I say, rain makes me lazy!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone!

Here's what I did today. I had fun trying to touch the sunlight coming in through my bedroom window and I added a few new items to my Etsy shop, Little Orphan Fannie.

I also, had fun photographing my newest vintage find, the 1930's peasant blouse. It might be an item I keep for myself. I haven't decided if I will be adding that to the shop or not. I'm in love with it. It's so beautiful, delicate, sheer and has red embroidery(my favorite color). I haven't tried it on yet, so that may be the deal breaker.