Home D.I.Y. "Studio"

A year ago when I moved from my brother’s to my sister’s house, I had to find new ways to photograph myself without my trusty bathroom (since the bathroom at my sister’s is smaller). During this time, I’ve kept a wall blank in order to use it for full portraits and while that was fun, there was some problems that came along: my mom staying in the same room during her surgery which required another bed in my room which took up my blank wall and now a corner that I used to keep readily available is covered with a shelf to help me organize all my arts and crafts.

Backdrop: Glitter Wrapping Paper & Red Cellophane Dress: Target Earrings & Rings: Forever 21

Backdrop: Glitter Wrapping Paper & Red Cellophane
Dress: Target
Earrings & Rings: Forever 21

My self portraits are going to be a forever thing for me I feel, even when I’m old and cringey looking and they’re going to forever evolve and change as I have/will. So because my walls ended up being all covered, I had to get a little more creative.

Ultimately, my D.I.Y. studio has become my new favorite thing to do. In the image above, I taped my sparkling glittering christmas themed wrapping paper on my dresser: It’s wide enough to take a headshot with. Then I taped the red cellophane onto the top of the dresser, just a little further from the glitter material, so i could play around without worrying about it falling on me.

These are my favorite moments, when i’m testing myself on how creative I can be in a space that isn’t ideal. I wish I could say I have my own studio space but I don’t. So I make do with what I have.

Backdrop: Wrapping paper from Dollar Tree Earring: Shop Miss A Jacket: Hand me down from my sisters Skirt/Dress: Pivoine LLC

Backdrop: Wrapping paper from Dollar Tree
Earring: Shop Miss A
Jacket: Hand me down from my sisters
Skirt/Dress: Pivoine LLC

Fast forward six months later and I’m completely in love with this set up for myself. I would probably find a blank wall to tape my wrapping paper onto for client/model shoots but as for now, I love this. I got smarter this second time around and was able to transport my mirror closer, therefore giving me easier access to see my posture.

** I PHOTOGRAPH ALL MY SELF PORTRAITS WITH NATURAL LIGHT OR LEDs

Random fun fact because I haven’t updated since Jan: I wanted to be a hairstylist and nail technician when I was a little girl (along with vet and robotics programmer), you may say I was obsessed. I stopped towards freshman year of high school when my older sister and mom told me that it wasn’t realistic and threw all my passion into Photoshop.

Speed Retouching

Hello everyone,

I know it's been awhile since I last updated this lovely blog but I'm currently crammed with homework and work. I did, however, make a video update on my youtube account which you can see below. It's a super speeded up process of how I do my basic editing but I just wanted to showcase that once you get the image right, lighting, make up, hair and all that sort, there's only a little more to add on for the final results.

For some reason when anyone reads or hears you mention retouching, they automatically think that you change body proportions. You don't, well I don't at least. I do my best to stay true to BODY PROPORTIONS and that's because I, myself, struggle with my own body type. Why would I put anyone through that too? Anyways, I love retouching for my own personal reasons, just putting this out there that when I do retouching, I get rid of acne and color discoloration as you will see in the video. Then I also love adding volume to my volume-less hair. 

Thank you for checking back with this blog. I promise I'll do better to update after I finish my semester. For now, check my updates (if you want to) through instagram.