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.

 

A new week~
So… it’s almost Monday. I don’t think I’m ready. I feel overworked and very stressed. :( Juggling my schedule has proven to be quite a challenge, but I’m managing to get by without compromising work quality (I THINK).
I haven’t gotten around to scheduling new shoots, but it’s gotten trickier in the last few weeks. ; A ; SOON, I HOPE HUHUHUHU
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Photography by Life Dawn
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A new week~

So… it’s almost Monday. I don’t think I’m ready. I feel overworked and very stressed. :( Juggling my schedule has proven to be quite a challenge, but I’m managing to get by without compromising work quality (I THINK).

I haven’t gotten around to scheduling new shoots, but it’s gotten trickier in the last few weeks. ; A ; SOON, I HOPE HUHUHUHU

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Photography by Life Dawn

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Project: Siren Song (update 2 - hair)
I originally wanted to do long, loose waves for this project, but realized it would cover up the top part of the bodice of my gown. Since there’s supposed to be a bit of beadwork there, I don’t want to cover it up with my hair.
I decided to go with a more 60’s beehive look so that my shoulders and neck are left bare for accessorizing, and my gown won’t be covered by hair. My real hair is definitely not long enough to do this, so I’m using one of my favorite wigs for it. The headband’s temporary, I’ll be making a headdress to match the beadwork I’ll be doing on the dress. I just wanted to show where the bump starts. 
Currently loving the bangs flipping away from my face, and the tendrils near my ear that frame my cheeks. I’ll be doing a different update for the makeup sometime. :)
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Did you miss Project: Siren Song (Update 1 - gown)?
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Project: Siren Song (update 2 - hair)

I originally wanted to do long, loose waves for this project, but realized it would cover up the top part of the bodice of my gown. Since there’s supposed to be a bit of beadwork there, I don’t want to cover it up with my hair.

I decided to go with a more 60’s beehive look so that my shoulders and neck are left bare for accessorizing, and my gown won’t be covered by hair. My real hair is definitely not long enough to do this, so I’m using one of my favorite wigs for it. The headband’s temporary, I’ll be making a headdress to match the beadwork I’ll be doing on the dress. I just wanted to show where the bump starts. 

Currently loving the bangs flipping away from my face, and the tendrils near my ear that frame my cheeks. I’ll be doing a different update for the makeup sometime. :)

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Did you miss Project: Siren Song (Update 1 - gown)?

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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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I mentioned a couple of posts ago that you’ll be seeing posts about my wigs in this blog. Here’s one of my favorites, so far! I consider wigs as investment pieces, because they can bring so much to the table in terms of working with your look!
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lolistein:

1 Wig, 4 Looks, featured on Gothic Lolita Wigs’ blog.
Had fun shooting this set! Twintails wigs can be very versatile, you don’t have to wear it the exact same way everyone else does. XD
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Photo credits: Pat Santos
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I mentioned a couple of posts ago that you’ll be seeing posts about my wigs in this blog. Here’s one of my favorites, so far! I consider wigs as investment pieces, because they can bring so much to the table in terms of working with your look!

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P.S. You guys an comment on my posts! There’s a DISQUS box on every post’s page. :P

lolistein:

1 Wig, 4 Looks, featured on Gothic Lolita Wigs’ blog.

Had fun shooting this set! Twintails wigs can be very versatile, you don’t have to wear it the exact same way everyone else does. XD

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Photo credits: Pat Santos

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