The life, style, and derp of a small-town girl. Dress-up misadventures, crafting frustrations, and little obsessions can be found here.

This blog is full of my face. You have been warned.

 

Wrapping up here, we’re missing Mark Uguu-nyan/@coffeebugg today, and looking forward to shooting with you sometime!

Wrapping up here, we’re missing Mark Uguu-nyan/@coffeebugg today, and looking forward to shooting with you sometime!

Behind the Scenes - Lolita Fashion shoot
I haven’t had the chance to wear lolita for quite a while, so this was a welcome change. I’d almost forgotten how exhausting it can get to dress up in so many layers of frilly, poofy girly-ness, and doing it more than once can get really tiring. I was reminded how out of shape I’ve gotten when I was defeated by a faulty zipper, just because I didn’t have the strength to wrestle my way in or out of the dress. OTL
JR shot me again, and I wanted him specifically for this shoot because he was the one who’d actually pushed me to get into lolita fashion years ago. I have always thanked/blamed him for it. I’m picking out the top shots in a bit so that he can work on them. XD
And yes, I am a strawberry unicorn that is a pastry-looking clip on my head.
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Photo by Billy Añonuevo
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Behind the Scenes - Lolita Fashion shoot

I haven’t had the chance to wear lolita for quite a while, so this was a welcome change. I’d almost forgotten how exhausting it can get to dress up in so many layers of frilly, poofy girly-ness, and doing it more than once can get really tiring. I was reminded how out of shape I’ve gotten when I was defeated by a faulty zipper, just because I didn’t have the strength to wrestle my way in or out of the dress. OTL

JR shot me again, and I wanted him specifically for this shoot because he was the one who’d actually pushed me to get into lolita fashion years ago. I have always thanked/blamed him for it. I’m picking out the top shots in a bit so that he can work on them. XD

And yes, I am a strawberry unicorn that is a pastry-looking clip on my head.

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Photo by Billy Añonuevo

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Tired from shooting for @dolluxe / @gothiclolitawigs. I’ve had a headache all day, but I’m glad we pushed through. <3 can’t wait to get the shots, I haven’t worn lolita in a while. >_<

Tired from shooting for @dolluxe / @gothiclolitawigs. I’ve had a headache all day, but I’m glad we pushed through. <3 can’t wait to get the shots, I haven’t worn lolita in a while. >_<

Behind the Scenes: Curiouser and Curiouser

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I got to shoot with Mark U. of Coffeebugg Photography back in July! I loved getting to shoot in lolita again, I didn’t think I’d missed it this much. Mark was pretty game for my silliness and derpy poses, so I think we got along pretty well. XD

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There’s Mark, explaining the effect he wants to his photography assistant. I was just derping around. Kinda glad the straps were kinda covered by the wig, I hadn’t noticed that they were a bit lopsided. D:

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This is the first time I’ve shot with a lighting setup that was constantly being moved. And this would be the nth time that Mark has accidentally had the flash pop while he was looking right at the bulb. XD

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And here I am, channeling my inner Disney Princess. Couldn’t help it, that ladder was too perfect for my Belle moment!

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Mark and his assistant were setting up stuff so that we could shoot in that part of the warehouse. It was actually pretty fun being in a dusty storeroom, but I did have to remember that my dress was still dominantly white. D:

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Then Mark let me fool around with his TLR! <3 Look at that stupidhappy face! Been wanting to collect all sorts of cameras, but I haven’t had the chance to start yet. :(

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I am still genuinely surprised when people express interest in having me as their model. I dance a lot, I prance all over the place, and a lot of the time I make these unexplainable faces. XD but then again, as long as the shots come out well, I don’t think any of us are complaining!

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Behind-the-scenes photos by Billy of The Bonus Stage
Wig from Senbazuru Shop

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The Less Glamorous Side

I was going through my hard drive, trying to organize my photo folders. I stumbled on a folder of outtakes from one of my favorite shoots, shot by Luisa Manuel. My awesome makeup was done by Caz Buss of Amadeobeloved. Everything came together so nicely, and I loved all my shots.

I normally post “nice” photos from my shoots. That’s usually what everyone sees on my page, and I rarely put up my awkward outtakes. Here’s a sample of a “proper” shot:

That’s what most people expect to see when I say I had a photo shoot. What happens between the proper shots is this, though:

Yes. I turn into the most awkward creature ever. Awkward pose, awkward face, awkward EVERYTHING. And it gets progressively worse as the shoot goes on.

Awkward face is awkward. This was unintentional on my part. Sometimes I like making faces at other people who are at the shoot, too. I am very easily distracted.

I end up goofing off when I can’t think of any more poses.

So, what’s the point in me showing you all of my derp faces? 

A lot of people tell me I look glamorous/refined in my photos, and some people seem to believe that I never have bad moments caught on camera during shoots. Here ya go, y’all. Awkward faces everywhere, from yours truly. XD

The next time you see someone’s glamorous, fixed-up shots, you know that there are probably a bunch of unflattering photos of them that may never see the light of day. XD

Love,
Vanessa 

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Photography by Luisa Manuel 
MUA: Caz Buss 

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