Learning Something New | Photography

It’s safe to say that it’s been a challenging year as a photographer.

I didn’t create as much as I wanted to this past year. In a way, it was because I ended putting more of my energy towards sewing and my designs than I did my photography. It’s not that I had no interest in making time for it, it’s that I almost found it draining.

In a bad way.

In the past year, I’ve experienced everything from models flaking to ghosting to escort issues. These are all quite new to me despite having done photography for a few years now. It’s only since changing scenery and deciding to photograph others again that I’ve managed to experience any of these. What sucks about it is experiencing it all within a one-year time span. Is that even normal?! I’ve pretty much hit that point where I don’t even know if a model will show up the day of the shoot. It’s never been like that before, but I suppose things change and I must be ready to make adjustments when it calls for it.

Each time it always left me completely gobsmacked. I honestly don’t know what it was that I was doing wrong. I always felt like my correspondence to models were filled with plenty of information and was as professional as possible from the very beginning. I provided links, examples, and even all of the photo shoot info in one message so that the model didn’t have to scroll through all of the messages. I even aim to answer all questions before questions are even asked leading up to the photo shoot. Isn’t more information better than no information? I won’t lie. It does upset me whenever it happens, and I do have to ask myself why it happens. I know better than to blame myself. All I can really do is try and prevent it from happening in the future.  Learning as I go…

I did work with some beautiful beings before leaving my old setting. So leaving on a high note there left me with high expectations here, I suppose. It’s not to say that I didn’t work with some beautiful creatures since. I have. It’s just been few and far between but I’m still ever so grateful for their creativity.

Am I still pursuing photography? Yes, of course! I just think that where I want to be with it is going to take a bit longer than I had originally hoped for when it comes to photographing others. I might just focus more on my self-portrait work and working on improving my art. It’s a productive stress, but at least the concepts will be worked on instead of collecting dust in the back of my mind.

I do hope that I can work with some creatives this year. I believe that I can create some really awesome work with really awesome beings. I just need to find those who are just as passionate, if not more, about creating as I am.

Patience is a virtue, right?


Goddess Provisions: Creative Vision Box (January 2018) | Reviews

With the new year comes the desire to try something new. I’ve recently discovered Goddess Provisions and wanted to give them a try. Goddess Provisions is a monthly subscription, providing vegan and cruelty-free full-size products.

This month’s box is called the Creative Vision Box.
The box contains:
– Custom Mason Jar exclusively for Goddess Provisions
– Vision Tea by Numi Organic Tea
– Silver Eyes Notebook by Denik
– Motivate Serum by The Hippie Homesteader
– Focus Chocolate by Addictive Wellness
– Dark Circle Rehab by Pacifica Beauty
– Dalmatian Jasper Crystal
– Free 30-day trial with Yoga International.
– Spiral Spectrum Mini Mystic Moon Calendar*

I haven’t used my mason jar yet, but it’s in my cupboard waiting for its time to shine. It’s cute and perfect for making sure you stay hydrated throughout the day. On the front, it reads ‘Raise Your Vibration with Love & Gratitude.’ A perfect reminder for when you’re just having one of those days.

I’m a coffee and tea person, so receiving any type of tea makes me a happy camper. As someone who often drinks English Breakfast Tea over any other, it was a nice change to try Numi’s Vision Organic Tea. It contains guayusa, lemon verbena, cinnamon, spearmint, hibiscus, rosemary, ginger, and nutmeg. For me, I could taste the ginger more. It didn’t bother me, as I’m a ginger-loving fiend.

Denik’s Silver Eyes Notebook is perfect for jotting down those random ideas to remember for later or to just fill it with silly doodles. I’m not sure if I want to use mine. I have this terrible habit of collecting journals and never using them because they’re too pretty…

The Hippie Homesteader’s Motivate Serum is the first thing I used after opening my box. The scent was nice. I found the rosemary in it to be a little too strong, but it was pleasant enough that I still wanted to wear it. The label on it is says ‘Conquer the World.’ Wearing this, I kind of feel like I could…or is it because I just ate…?

The Focus Chocolate by Addictive Wellness contains Cordyceps, Siberian Ginseng, and Lion’s Mane, all of which will help in keeping you focused. YouIget four pieces of this. I broke one piece into a bunch of tiny pieces. I’ve had dark chocolate, but I don’t think I’ve ever had raw chocolate, so it was a new experience. The first piece kind of threw me off with the bitterness, and I wasn’t too keen on the aftertaste. However, the second piece was better. I think I just had to get accustomed to it properly enjoy and appreciate it.

I haven’t had the chance to try out the Dark Circle Rehab Correcting Creams by Pacifica Beauty yet. I don’t use concealers too often, but I’ll have to try it out soon and shall report back with the results.

The stone that I received this month was the Dalmatian Jasper. It’s a grounding stone that helps you to focus on your goals and to attain them in a more structured and enjoyable way.

I found this subscription to be a great chance to be introduced to different companies with a good cause.

For instance, Denik is a company looking to give back to the world. Apart from helping to support a variety of artists, they are also a company that’s helping to make education possible around the world. For every notebook purchased, a portion of the sales is put towards building schools. You can learn more about their cause here: http://denik.com/art-for-good/

Numi’s Organic Tea also aims to help… They donate a portion of their sales towards providing clean drinking water for farming communities around the world. You can read more about their impact here: https://numitea.com/impact/

Addictive Wellness donates 5% of their sales to environmental groups. More info here: https://www.addictivewellness.com/pages/giving

No complaints with this month’s box. I’m already looking forward to getting next month’s box.

*Do note that my box this month did arrive with a Mini Moon Calendar. It’s not technically included in this particular box. It was an add-on because of a Coupon Code they were offering at the time. It is, however, included in their Solstice Priestess Box.

– Lee x

New Year. New Shop. New Things.

The new year is upon us!
With the new year comes a perfect reason to try something new, change old ways, or start fresh.
I’ve decided to start this year with a new shop. I feel that it’s a bit more organised than my last shop.
More photos have been added.
Due to my overflowing wardrobe and in an effort to clear out some things, I’ve started adding some of my wardrobe pieces in the shop. These items were made for photo shoots. Some wardrobe purchased will come with a signed print.  I’m also working on adding accessories to my shop soon.

To kick off this new shop, I’m offering FREE Shipping to all orders made between now and 31 January 2018 11:59P PST. Just use the code: FREESHIP at checkout.

New shop here: http://www.leeloola.com/blah/shop/prints/

– Lee x


Model. Wardrobe Mistress. Sometimes Photographer.

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