Grey Day Photoshoot

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Some days are a bit blue. Life gets a bit too much and your outlook matches the grey skies above. I’ve had my fair share of such days, especially as of late. But rather than continuously wallow in my room, I decided to get out and shake off said melancholy. My friend Vania over at VLC Productions had a free night, so I played guinea pig for some lighting and post-production techniques she wanted to try. These pictures are a couple of the results!

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Here’s a behind-the-scenes selfie from the photoshoot. You may think that’s my hair, but nay…if you’ve been around my blog or social media sites long enough, you’ve more than likely heard my tales of hair woes. This is actually beautiful lace front wig I scored for $60 at a local beauty supply store (I pushed the wig back a little to let me actual hairline show through). Now I can galavant around looking and feeling like a proper elven maiden with long flowing locks.

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Sci-fi Photoshoot

Sci-fi HeroineAlas, I’m still holed up with pneumonia over here. This past year has been one of the worst years on record for me health-wise, from a near-fatal car accident to catching some major bugs going around (I’ve had this latest one for almost a month). My immune system is rather shot.

So alas, my days of creating and modeling have been at a standstill. But I just got in some pictures from a shoot I did a couple months ago with visiting NYC Photographer, Richard Scalzo. One of my favourite makeup artists, Dustin of DSL Design and Talent was also on board for the shoot, so it was a fun team to work with. There were a few different looks done (corporate, fitness, etc.), but this one was by far my favourite (bet you can’t guess why…)!
Sci-fi HeroineI got to reuse my old Catwoman suit, donned a pair of light-up cyber glasses from Illumi Nation (which I’ve been eyeing for a potential Ingress Resistance costume I’m designing. Yeah yeah, I’m a nerd), and stepped up to shoot as a sci-fi heroine. I loved Scalzo’s lighting scheme for this, rather reminiscent of the new Star Trek posters. It made me feel like I was doing a promo shoot for a sci-fi movie or TV show. 🙂Sci-fi Heroine(And with Exhibit A here you can see how ridiculously long my torso actually is! Finding tops and dresses long enough is a real joy, lemme tell you.)
Sci-fi heroineFun fact: The gun I’m holding is a prop blaster from the 1980s show, V. I grew up knowing the show from my Dad and enjoying the new series (although good heavens did it end badly when they discovered they were being cancelled. ‘Twas a pity).

Test Shoot – Kyle Matthew Williams

Kyle Matthew Williams Briana photoshootA month or so ago, I finally got to meet up with Kyle Matthew Williams after months of us trying to schedule a photoshoot. It was a hot, muggy summer day in Decatur, but we were determined to shoot. We kept it simple, only one outfit (as we weren’t sure how long I’d last since I haven’t done many shoots since the accident).

A notable thing about this shoot was it was the first shoot where I wore heels post-accident (where I actually walked around. I was wearing heels for Femme Tony Stark, but I was seated or in static poses). It was oddly easy. I’m not sure if this is scientifically accurate, but it feels almost easier on my hip to walk in heels as I’m walking on the balls of my feet and not rolling through my entire foot (i.e. my entire hip socket). I could be completely anatomically wrong on that, but that’s what it felt like.

Kyle Matthew Williams Briana photoshootI’ve had black and white photos of me done before, but not quite like this. It has a wonderfully raw, journalistic quality to it that I’m quite taken with.

Kyle Matthew Williams Briana PhotoshootKyle was alot of fun to work with, quick, but picky with lighting (which I see alot of photographers not take into consideration when shooting outdoors). A kindred artistic and geek spirit, I look forward to working with him again!

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Female Tony Stark

Natasha StarkEnter Femme Tony Stark.
 
Also known as Natasha Stark in an alternative universe known as Earth 3490. (In comic lore, Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four went searching alternate realities for a universe in which the Civil War did not happen, thus avoiding the atrocities that came after. (If you don’t know what the Marvel Civil War is, don’t worry, you’ll find out next year when Captain America 3: Civil War premieres in theaters! 🙂 In the meantime, if you can’t wait that long, check out your local comic store for the comic bearing the simple title, “Civil War.”)

Natasha StarkBut how would a female version of Iron Man look?Probably with the same air of arrogant sex appeal that Tony Stark does. As my makeup artist put it, “Stark looks like he bought a $5,000 Armani suit, went home and slept in it. Then got up the next morning and walked into a photoshoot. All that money, a bit of bedhead, marinated in scotch.”

Natasha StarkAlas, I don’t have Stark’s bank account (or Marvel’s movie financing division either) so I had to settle for a little less on the expensive scale. I’m relatively new to the brand H&M (as a store only recently opened near where I live), but I’m already a fan. They have good-looking clothes for half of department store prices (and less than my usual go-to place, Express). Although, I wouldn’t mind if they started carrying size 0 for teeny gals like me, H&M’s size 2 tend to do the trick.

Natasha StarkI’m always on the lookout for a well-cut blazer on my meager budget. H&M didn’t fail to deliver. I went to simply browse the store’s summer collection only to walk out with not one, but two sharp blazers. (I had to break a few hearts when friends asked where I got the khaki and black leather blazer, only to reply that I had bought the last one.)

“Sometimes you gotta run before you can walk.”

Natasha StarkAlthough they’re not pictured here, the khaki and leather blazer perfectly matches my Express slacks (seriously, it almost looks like they’re cut from the same fabric). It would appear the black blazer also has the same advantage. This pleases me greatly.

Is it better to be feared or respected? I say, is it too much to ask for both?

Natasha Stark“…What are you?”
“Genius, billionare, playgal, philanthropist.”

Natasha Stark

Natasha Stark I’m female.
FE = Iron.
Male = man.
Therefore, I am IRON MAN.
Photography: RBC Image
Hair: Abraham Saucedo
Makeup: Courtney Walters
Khaki Blazer with Leather Sleeves: H&M
Black Blazer: H&M
Arc Reactor: Custom made by Pixelbash Props
White tank top: Forever 21
Black tank top: H&M
Watch: Target
Belt: Target
Pants: Express

En Garde

Swordsman with katana by Bang NguyenSometimes I get to model with props I’m actually familiar with. Back in my college days I was a fencer (albeit not a very good one) both at my home university and abroad in New Zealand. My mother was an incredibly talented fencer trained under Ralph Faulkner (some of you might know him as the master who trained Errol Flynn and Basil Rathbone how to fence). Alas a nasty injury kept her from ever fencing again. Even though that happened before I was born, swords still had a strong place in my household. All through childhood, I grew up around swords, with exposure to different kinds of fencing.

Fencing foil by Bang NguyenBack in 2005, I picked up my first epee in my school’s fencing club, then dabbled in foil and saber overseas. Then, in 2007, I was trained in SAFD (Society of American Fight Directors) stage combat with rapier, whip, and various props.  Alas, I gave up fencing due to it being one expensive hobby and a wish to return to my first love (and better skillset) – kung fu. There are times where I can be a paradox with the body of a dancer, the mind of a martial artist, and the heart of a fencer. Certainly makes workouts interesting!

Fencing foil by Bang NguyenAnd each man stands with his face in the light. Of his own drawn sword, ready to do what a hero can.
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Swordsman by Bang Nguyen(And yes, I am aware that is not how a katana is properly held. But fashion is not known for it’s love of technique.)
Swordsman  with katana by Bang NguyenNever give a sword to a man who cannot dance.
– Confucius

Swordsman by Bang NguyenThere are only two forces in this world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit.
– Napoleon Bonaparte

This was a test shoot with local Georgia photographer, Bang Nguyen, who’s gone on to become quite the professional fashion photographer (and now budding fashion film videographer). Rather than do just straight-up portraiture, we decided to add in a little edginess with expensive fashion (the black leather jacket alone was $1,000, though the brand name escapes me) and a sharpened katana. The real trick was trying to keep the look fashion and not costumer-y. There is still some debate whether or not I succeeded in doing that. But if nothing else, it was definitely a fun learning experience!

Photographer: Bang Nguyen
Hair/makeup: Veronica Hernandez-Zapata

Jacket:
Skirt: Forever 21
Leggings: Forever 21
Boots: Guess Maeve boots via Ebay
Katana: Borrowed from a friend

Femme Noir

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A beautiful woman is a beautiful woman. But a beautiful woman with a brain is an absolutely  lethal combination.

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The way she listened was more eloquent than speech.

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The femme fatale ‘neath the guise of a damsel in distress… Lucky me… she had my number…

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How could I have known that murder could sometimes smell like honeysuckle?

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Pour yourself a drink. Put on some lipstick and pull yourself together.

I had an itch to do a vintage-esque portrait shoot so I paired up with the ever-polite and gracious Brownlee to try some black & white fun. It was a truly lovely evening as his wife helped with my hair (I’m an absolute dunce when it comes to doing anything with my tresses outside of a ponytail) and Brownlee made the most delectable snacks for us to eat. I can’t even pronounce the cheese and smoked meat he put in front of my wide eyes, but I truly felt spoiled. Brownlee is not only a good photographer, but a most excellent foodie.

I also got to meet a new makeup artist friend, Courtney, who I promptly began to geek out with (that’s now my new deciding factor of “oo, you’re a crazy human like me. Come be part of my equally crazy social circles!“) After makeup and hair were finagled into place and lights were set up, off we went! (Though about halfway through we had to do some more finagling of the dress as, alas, it’s wee bit big for me. Thank goodness for clothespins! I imagine I’ll donate the dress back to Goodwill so it can be put back on the racks as a treasure for someone else to find. 🙂 )

Photographer: Brownlee of RBC Image
Hair: Gretchen Jacobson
Makeup: Courtney Walters

Dress: Goodwill
Floppy hat: Gifted (friend bought it at Patagonia in Nashville)
Wide-brimmed hat: Gifted
Gloves: Ebay
Earrings: Ebay

The Elements Photoshoot

Just before my accident last year, I partnered with Vania of VLC Productions to do an elemental-themed photoshoot. It was definitely a challenge to come up with and shoot all 4 looks in one day!

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May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.
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WATER
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I want to be like water. I want to slip through fingers but hold up a ship.
                                                                                                                – Michelle Williams

I am in pure love with how classical Vania made this photo feel; from the pristine shapes flowing into the water currents to the cool blue-grey hues. It harkens to a Pre-Raphaelite painting or perhaps a watery Maxfield Parrish (while oodles of fun, there was lots of runaway fabric that kept getting caught in the current and oh that water was COLD!).
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EARTH
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The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.
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FIRE
Alas, our fire experiment didn’t work out so well. (We were trying to do a sparkler scene at night to mimic fire. Unfortunately, it didn’t come out. But it was a learning experience!). In the meantime, here’s a portrait Vania shot of you as she was testing the lighting. Not a bad portrait for having just spent the previous half hour jumping about on a trampoline!
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Inspire Magazine Photoshoot 3 – Masks and Glitter

jraglin_secretspring_321_lo I had the privilege of shooting with Jerrica again for Inspire Magazine in Atlanta in November of 2013. We dubbed this the “faerie geisha” shoot. The hair and makeup sessions were a lot of fun (even if I was cleaning up glitter from where I was shedding it in my room three days later)!jraglin_secretspring_080_lojraglin_secretspring_317_lojraglin_secretspring_335_lo
BEHIND THE SCENES
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It ain’t a photoshoot with me til there’s derp face. Ta-dah! 🙂

PhotographyJerrica Raglin
MakeupDSL Design & Talent LLC
HairBirminghams hairgawdstylist

Scar Photoshoot – Contact Sheet

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My scar photoshoot, while originally inspired by an article on disabled models, was also inspired by Coco Rocha‘s new book, Study of Pose. (Coco is one of my personal role models and utmost inspiration for modeling. It’s because of studying her growing up that I honed the craft of dynamic posing. She is the dynamic model of all models. It’s amazing to see the ways she poses in clothing and expressions, even characters she delivers while most models tend to have the same blank expression and wooden posing. She’s a good-natured soul to boot who actually cares about other folks, especially young girls in the fashion industry. )

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You can check out Coco Rocha’s book here –>http://www.amazon.com/Study-Pose-Poses-Coco-Rocha/dp/006232814X

You can see my photoshoot here –>http://theladynerd.com/?p=538

You can read about the accident that almost cost my life here —> http://theladynerd.com/?p=512

UPDATE:

I posted one of these pictures on my Instagram and Coco responded! (Forgive me, I’m still new to Instagram, so having a celebrity or someone I admire respond is pretty rad. 🙂 ) 10407791_878049438914326_6605686856830486037_n

Scar Photoshoot

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Inspired by an article featuring disabled models, I set out to do my own photoshoot documenting the injury that almost cost me my life. my first photoshoot since the accident. It’s a deeply personal project, so it’s a bit different from my normal, fashion-esque or derp-faced costume shoots. I went out on a limb with this one, but tried my best to keep it thought-provoking, yet tasteful. It’s an artistic documentation of my accident scars, along with some of the emotions I’ve felt along the way. I dedicate this series to every one of you out there that has scars.

We survived.

(I set out to create an evocative (but not sexy) photoshoot. It was quite a challenge. (Not to mention for mobility. These pictures were taken a few months ago when I had just started using a cane, so I was still quite wobbly on my feet. But I was determined to get these pictures and wasn’t going to let my disability stop me. It was a bit of a nervewracking process as I don’t tend to reveal much of my body on camera (I lean towards the more modest side of things), but still needed to show the majority of the scar. I finally came up with the solution of wearing a long-sleeve, high-cut leotard to both cover and expose the right parts.)

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Every scar I have makes me who I am. Imperfection is beauty.

(That is, in fact, a scar on my left eyelid. My friends have been calling it my ‘superhero scar’ or my ‘chic/fashion scar’ due to it’s placement. In person, it looks like I’m wearing light red eyeliner fashionably on one eye. Fitting for The Lady Nerd, no?)
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From every wound there is a scar, and every scar tells a story. A story that says, “I survived.”

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“My scars tell a story. They are a reminder of times when life tried to break me, but failed. They are markings of where the structure of my character was welded.” – Steve Maraboli

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Our scars remind us of our past. They do not define our future. (I was determined to stand for this photoshoot on my own two feet. No walker, no crutches, no cane, no help. Just my own God-given strength.)

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“A famous explorer once said: The extraordinary is in what we do, not who we are.” – Tomb Raider

As the conclusion to my photoshoot, I leave you with one of the more daring things I did – to balance myself on my cane. I don’t know what on earth possessed me to try this, other than the sheer curiousity to see if I could. But I was able to hold it for the mere seconds long enough for the camera to capture it. Even though I’m only 4 months out from the accident, I’ve learned one very important truth – that the only disability in life is a bad attitude. My handicaps will not silence me.

Photographer: Trent Chau