moonlight bride

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"There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights."

-Bram Stoker, Dracula

    It has been awhile since I have done a shoot for the pure enjoyment of photography. I had some expired 35 mm film from 2007 and I decided to capture many of the images through that format (which you can obviously tell the film apartment from the ones taken with my dslr). I have been experimenting much lately with more nudity, bareness, horror-inspired, and indoor shooting with my photographs. Listening to the original Dracula soundtrack while shooting inspired me beyond words.  I hope to be doing more projects like this, including shooting a short film horror within the year and writing a few short scary stories.

 

i headed west

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   I hadn't been out of the Midwest in quite awhile. Most of my trips recently have consisted on places less than a days drive, or even simply day trips. I have missed the feeling of being far away from home, in a different time zone, and being able to see the stars at night. We traveled to the Rocky Mountains the end of July, and I couldn't have been happier that I went. 

   I stayed for awhile in Estes Park, which is home to many tourist attractions, taffy stores, and right by the Rocky Mountain National Park. I did some hiking, went up to the Continental Divide, and drink lots of Colorado craft beers. We drove to Boulder for a day and I found the most amazing second hand book store (where I purchased "Valley of the Dolls", which I have yet to finish). 

   Later in the week and many hours away, we headed deep up the mountains to Silverton, a tiny high elevation mining town. It was raining as we arrived, and the mountains were completely covered in fog. It was so beautiful and reminded me of the misty mountains from "The Hobbit". The town was everything that I wish of when I become tried of city life at times; it had mainly dirt roads, old-fashioned saloons, and the ability to see the whole town from the main street. I've always known I have a soft spot for small towns, and staying there reassured that feeling.  

Taking this trip to the mountains made me long for graduation. The time is coming so soon where I won't be tied to one location anymore. There is a whole world out there I could call my home. 

string of pearls

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It has been quite sometime since I took self-portraits. I mean, actually dedicate time to simply photograph myself in a theatrical sense. I forgot how much I missed doing this, I used to photography my outfits almost everyday a few years ago when I first starting blogging, and I feel I should take more time to do so. I packed up my camera bag and headed to Hotel Savoy today, which the employees are so kind and always let me photograph there, and headed down my favorite hallway.

I found the veil and dress I am wearing at a thrift store in Kansas. I feel like it might have been some short of Bollywood costume in the past, but I fell in love with the pieces when I saw them on the rack. Honestly, I have been wearing a lot of black and neutral colors lately, but I couldn't wait to wear this dress out and about. I was very inspired by the pieces I was wearing, the worn walls in the hallways, and the chilly haunted feelings I was get being in a room at the Savoy alone.