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Late Thanksgiving Post!
Here in the Philippines, we don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving, but I consider it a good reminder that we do have so much to be thankful for.
I am thankful I’m alive, and that I’m in relatively good health.
I’m thankful for my parents, my family, and friends who have supported me and put up with my weird/awkward/out-of-this-world activities. XD They’ve been there for me when the pressures from life become a little too much for me to handle, and they pressure me just enough to get me to do my best.
I’m thankful for my sponsors, without whose generosity I would probably not be able to do what I love. They’re the ones who cover for most of my wardrobe and wigs and things, and I wouldn’t be able to have all these fun photoshoots without them!
I’m thankful for all the photographers I’ve had the opportunity to work with. The “newer” photographers who I’ve grown with, and the “older” photographers who’ve shot me even though I considered myself so unworthy!
I’m superduper thankful for all my followers across the social networks that I use! In Facebook, where I’m most active. You guys give me great feedback. :) In my dress-up Tumblr, where I’ve received such sweet messages. In YouTube, where people have been commenting and messaging me. I know I haven’t been as active there, and some of my followers actually message me in FB and Twitter, asking me to go back to posting! I swear, I’m prepping stuff for 2014. XD In Twitter, where you guys put up with all my disjounted thoughts and random musings. In Lookbook, where I’ve only just started posting again. And even the followers of my dollie blog in Livejournal, you’ve all been such sweethearts. Thank you, all of you! ♥
I’m also thankful for the people who told me “no” when I was much younger. The ones who told me I wouldn’t go very far, the ones who bullied me in elementary school, the ones who told me that weirdos like me have no place in society. Because of you, I’ve grown stronger, and I’ve followed my dreams.
I’ve got plenty more to be thankful for, probably way too many to fit in this post. XD But suffice it to say that I do appreciate every single kind word, every opportunity, every sponsored item, every silly message, and every conversation (whether a quick one or something that lasted hours). Every “no, you can’t” that attempted to bring me down, and every “yes, you can” that made me push myself even more.

Thanks, you guys. ♥ I have so much love and appreciation for all of it!
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Photography by JR Madrasto
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Late Thanksgiving Post!

Here in the Philippines, we don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving, but I consider it a good reminder that we do have so much to be thankful for.

I am thankful I’m alive, and that I’m in relatively good health.

I’m thankful for my parents, my family, and friends who have supported me and put up with my weird/awkward/out-of-this-world activities. XD They’ve been there for me when the pressures from life become a little too much for me to handle, and they pressure me just enough to get me to do my best.

I’m thankful for my sponsors, without whose generosity I would probably not be able to do what I love. They’re the ones who cover for most of my wardrobe and wigs and things, and I wouldn’t be able to have all these fun photoshoots without them!

I’m thankful for all the photographers I’ve had the opportunity to work with. The “newer” photographers who I’ve grown with, and the “older” photographers who’ve shot me even though I considered myself so unworthy!

I’m superduper thankful for all my followers across the social networks that I use! In Facebook, where I’m most active. You guys give me great feedback. :) In my dress-up Tumblr, where I’ve received such sweet messages. In YouTube, where people have been commenting and messaging me. I know I haven’t been as active there, and some of my followers actually message me in FB and Twitter, asking me to go back to posting! I swear, I’m prepping stuff for 2014. XD In Twitter, where you guys put up with all my disjounted thoughts and random musings. In Lookbook, where I’ve only just started posting again. And even the followers of my dollie blog in Livejournal, you’ve all been such sweethearts. Thank you, all of you! 

I’m also thankful for the people who told me “no” when I was much younger. The ones who told me I wouldn’t go very far, the ones who bullied me in elementary school, the ones who told me that weirdos like me have no place in society. Because of you, I’ve grown stronger, and I’ve followed my dreams.

I’ve got plenty more to be thankful for, probably way too many to fit in this post. XD But suffice it to say that I do appreciate every single kind word, every opportunity, every sponsored item, every silly message, and every conversation (whether a quick one or something that lasted hours). Every “no, you can’t” that attempted to bring me down, and every “yes, you can” that made me push myself even more.

Thanks, you guys.  I have so much love and appreciation for all of it!

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Photography by JR Madrasto

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Split Personality on LOOKBOOK.nu

Ever since the first time I tried on a split wig, I thought I looked like an idiot in one. It was a pink and mint split wig, and maybe I looked nice in it to other people, but I’ll never know, because I sold the wig as quickly as I could. I tried again with a pink and lavender split, but it still looked bad.

The first split wig I got along with was a chocolate/milk tea split. The colors were more natural, and though milk tea-colored wigs normally look bad with my skintone, the chocolate brown helped to anchor it down. That was my first split wig success story.

This wig is actually sponsored by GLW, because I placed in their GLW Model Search in 2012. It took me forever to shoot with it, and it got phased out. I feel really bad about that! D: but we’ve sorted it out, and I’m shooting something else for them! ♥ ♥ 

I was really hesitant about this particular wig, because teal isn’t exactly my top choice for a wig color. I agreed because I felt like it would be a good challenge. I’m still trying to see if I can make it work with my other stuff, but this is what I’ve managed to come up with, so far. :D Less cutesy, and more leg. Split personality, maybe? /shot

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Photography by JR Madrasto

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The Little White Dress
People keep talking about the Little Black Dress (LBD) and how it’s an absolute style essential. I don’t deny that - I actually own 7 LBDs in varying degrees of formality - but I feel that the Little White Dress deserves some loving, too.
White clothes are often avoided because they’re giant stain targets. If you’re careful, though, your whites can go pretty far. I decided to dress this up by adding glittery pumps and a clutch, with an updo. It could be dressed down with a denim jacket and sneakers, too.
Yes, I know that white isn’t exactly the most forgiving color in terms of creating illusions of curves or defining shape, but the LWD comes in so many styles and cuts that there’s bound to be at least one out there for you. It’s a lighter, breezier option. (Can you tell yet how much I adore white?)
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Photography by Life Dawn
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The Little White Dress

People keep talking about the Little Black Dress (LBD) and how it’s an absolute style essential. I don’t deny that - I actually own 7 LBDs in varying degrees of formality - but I feel that the Little White Dress deserves some loving, too.

White clothes are often avoided because they’re giant stain targets. If you’re careful, though, your whites can go pretty far. I decided to dress this up by adding glittery pumps and a clutch, with an updo. It could be dressed down with a denim jacket and sneakers, too.

Yes, I know that white isn’t exactly the most forgiving color in terms of creating illusions of curves or defining shape, but the LWD comes in so many styles and cuts that there’s bound to be at least one out there for you. It’s a lighter, breezier option. (Can you tell yet how much I adore white?)

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Photography by Life Dawn

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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 Green Fairy

I can’t believe that I haven’t shared this here! The Green Fairy concept was where this all started for me. The photos you see here are from the re-shoot, where I managed to complete the items on my “ideal items” list, dress/wings/specific contact lenses/wig/elf ears. I obtained these over the span of about two years, and got to re-shoot with some awesome photographers!

I’ll probably share the photos from the first shoot sometime, though looking at them makes me cringe just a little. My photographer did a wonderful job, but I had the facial expression range of a fish and no idea how to pose back then. >_<;;

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Photography: first three photos by Pat Santos, bottom photo by Benjo Beringuela of Shutter Panda Photography

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Hoods, Hot Rods, and Hellcats!
Here&#8217;s a little sneak peek at the shoot we did in support of Hoods, Hot Rods, and Hellcats! I&#8217;ve been wanting to do a pin-up shoot for a long time, and I&#8217;m so glad that I finally got to! What makes it even better is that it&#8217;ll help someone else, too. :D
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Hoods, Hot Rods, and Hellcats!

Here’s a little sneak peek at the shoot we did in support of Hoods, Hot Rods, and Hellcats! I’ve been wanting to do a pin-up shoot for a long time, and I’m so glad that I finally got to! What makes it even better is that it’ll help someone else, too. :D

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Photography by JR Madrasto

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Ice Queen (shot by Kat Langomez)

I joined a spokesmodel search last year, and made it to the final round. We were required to submit a new shot, so I ran off and dragged Kat to shoot. XD

I wanted to try something different from my usual looks, so I decided to expose my legs and shoulders (which still feels weird to me, btw). After Kat showed me these shots, I was happy with them, BUT I felt they might be too risque to enter in the competition.

Some of these pics haven’t been posted on my page yet, so here’s a first look at them! :D I wanted to do a slightly different take on the “Little Black Dress” thing, and I think it worked for me. :P

What I found really funny, though, was the attention my legs received. It’s like, “Guys, they’re legs. You have legs too.” XD

At this point, I’m still figuring out which dresses/outfits/concepts to shoot next. Maybe there’ll be more of my legs? HAHAHA

'Til next time, loves!

Cheers,
Vanessa

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Photography credits: Kat Langomez 

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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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A New Beginning

This is my first legit shoot for 2013, and I am extremely happy with it. These are just some of the shots that Life (yes, that’s her real name!) took, and I am definitely excited to see the rest!

CONFESSION: I was supposed to use one of these shots as my entry in dolldelight’s model search.

I’ve dropped out of the contest, not because I don’t have a presentable entry, but for personal reasons. I looked at these shots and realized that while we were shooting, I wasn’t thinking about the contest. I was doing this because it’s something I love. I work with the photographer to try and produce the best possible shots. I do it because this is the art that I choose.

I personally believe that our efforts deserve more than to be entered in a popularity contest. I understand the value of an artist’s effort, and I don’t think any form of art should be judged according to its popularity, but rather, by its quality. (the entries in round 1 look good, don’t get me wrong. Check them out yourself!)

This shoot marks a new beginning for me. A renewed appreciation for photography, and for my chosen art. I made it my new year’s resolution to do at least one good shoot every month, and I think this is an excellent start. I’m ridiculously excited to shoot again, and I am already preparing for February’s shoot. :D

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Photography by Life Dawn
Special thanks to Monique Falcon for lending me the corset ♥ ♥ 


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The &#8220;Jewel of the East" shoot that I got to do with Caz and Luisa is still one of my favorites, to this day. This was a special shoot (for me) because I got to collaborate with two people whose work I admire, and got styling help from a friend whose style I also look up to.If you&#8217;re interested in hiring Luisa to be your photog, shoot her an email at louiseannemanuel@yahoo.com! You can also commission Caz over at her page, Amadeobeloved. &lt;3 They are both very talented, and it was an absolute pleasure working with both of them.&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;-Photo credits: taken by Luisa Manuel&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;- 
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Jewel of the East
Some of the photos from my shoot with Luisa! The makeup was done by Caz. Click the photo to see the rest of the photos.
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The “Jewel of the East" shoot that I got to do with Caz and Luisa is still one of my favorites, to this day. This was a special shoot (for me) because I got to collaborate with two people whose work I admire, and got styling help from a friend whose style I also look up to.

If you’re interested in hiring Luisa to be your photog, shoot her an email at louiseannemanuel@yahoo.com! You can also commission Caz over at her page, Amadeobeloved. <3 They are both very talented, and it was an absolute pleasure working with both of them.

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Photo credits: taken by Luisa Manuel

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Jewel of the East

Some of the photos from my shoot with Luisa! The makeup was done by Caz. Click the photo to see the rest of the photos.

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