In the Studio – Introducing Ally Xu

I believe in Karma and my Muse, so when Karma drops a model in my path and my Muse says “that’s her, that’s her” I have to say yes. It was pure bliss with Nikki a few weeks ago and then lighting hit with Miss Ally Xu. I met Ally online and we arranged a date, she is just getting started with modelling, but is very keen to learn, also has a love of theatrics and costumes…….and brought a whole heap with her. Oh, SO much fun.

I really had no idea of what we were shooting, so I was completely blind, feeling my way through with both no preconceived concept and a new model; just proves how much I have grown over the last year or so. No Doubts, and no hesitation I just jumped in. We played with levitation, some more epic Snow White, we even brought in the Creepy Man (Aka Moth), wonderfully epic cinematic costumes and lighting. We even tried a bit of light painting as well. This girl nailed the brooding evil villain, the strong proud warrior and even the sad little lost girl. I’m sure she would rock fashion as well, but conceptual shoots? Man she was great!

I am sure you will see more of her in the future too…

~ Julz

Winter Outings – Light Painting

Winter means one thing, shorter days and time for light painting with our favourite people Melbourne Light Painting; honestly Dee and Bill Holmer are SO Much fun. This time we met at a new secret location on the outskirts of the inner city in an abandoned building. Bill and Dee had already arranged permission and had gone ahead to clear away most of the debri so it was safe, but we still need to be careful.

So rugged up with lots of warm clothes and jackets, snacks and camera gear we all met just before dark at the gates and then set up, such a large group tonight, but still heaps of fun…..really not much to say, I’ve said it all before, oh and of course the big finale? Flaming Steel wool – orbs, vortex and helicopters.

Nice to have a camera and battery and remote hassle free night for the most part, all went smoothly and got heaps of pics. I also caught up with a few friends as well. I just wish there had been a bit of time for some exploring, have not done much Urban Exploration of late 🙂

~ Julz

White Cranes

I was working on a Conceptual Portrait recently and I wanted Origami white cranes, I asked many people, but no one I knew, knew how to create them. So I did what any self respecting adult does in 2017 – I googled it. It took awhile to find just the right set of instructions, and to wrap my head around them, but I did get it done.

This is the website I ended up using  20170615_110411

Actually I got kind of good and knocked up lots in a short period of time

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And then what did I do with them?JuliePowell_ White Cranes

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This is very similar to the original image before I added the cranes

I LOVE photoshop…..and I love creative conceptual photography.

~ Julz

 

Introducing – Pixel Sisters Studio

I have been hinting at something big being afoot again lately and now I can finally let you in it…..Drum Roll please;

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Desley (Desley Jane Pictures – https://musingsofafrequentflyingscientist.com/) and I have started a new business venture together, creating fun photography workshops for Melbourne based photographers. They say you should go big or go home, right? So we have been extremely busy of late, we have a brand new website – Pixelsistersstudio.com, a Facebook page and an Instagram Account. We are moving all this to a large professional photography studio in Melbourne’s South Eastern suburbs and the first workshop is set for 29th July, this has been a huge undertaking and a big adventure for both of us. Until then I am still running a couple of small workshops in my home studio, but it’s time to go big!

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Our first Workshop is a Floral Fantasy Still Life and Macro, (honestly did you really expect anything else from us two?), but we are planning more workshops with varied themes, including; Desley’s Planner stuff and my Conceptual Portraiture, with lots of other fun stuff thrown in too. We will be catering to all levels of photographer, with an aim to getting beginners off auto and exposing seasoned photographers to different genres.

So if you are in Melbourne, check out what we have on offer and perhaps join us, if you live elsewhere in the world, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, as we will be posting lots of fabulous images and BTS stuff as well.

~ The Pixel Sisters (aka,  Julz and Desley)

 

In the Studio – Glamour shoot with Nikki…

I know I have already done a few posts with Nikki, but we did such a diverse range of styles in one shoot, I felt it only fair to split them up…… Snow White, Tarot and today’s Post is a glamour shoot, some of these shots almost look like they belong in a bridal magazine, not my normal forte at all; but I was really happy with them.

The ballgowns I was given a while back are getting quite the workout, and it was fun to drag the old smoke machine back out of it’s box again too

~ Julz

 

In the Studio – Boho Forest Fairies, with Desley

What makes a huge studio concept shoot even more fun? Sharing it with friends. I had Desley (Musings of a frequent flying scientist) join me in the studio for a Conceptual Boho Forest Fairies  Photo shoot, as opposed to our normal Still Life, which we normally do together. This was Desley’s first time shooting under lights in the studio with models, we had my favourite girls Jess and Mel come in, with dresses, makeup and wigs by Micaela (Glam to Perfection), we refuelled the Smoke Machine, we also got smoke emitters, Floral Crowns were specially made by Desflora. Oh what a day…….three hours in make-up and then three hours in the studio.

While the girls were getting ready Desley and I set up, checking lights and things, while also organising a few bits and pieces………I think I can spill the beans (a little) Desley and I have formed a business Partnership and will be teaching Workshops out of a big Photographic Studio…..Pixel Sisters Studiois about to be officially launched shortly, stay tuned.

Now the Boho Forest Fairies did not come without it’s share of issues, the original outfits (ratty tutus and corsets) were not used as A) Jess had a fabulous outfit she brought with her, B) Jess also fell in love with another dress she wore for part of the shoot and C) none of the corsets and most of the dresses would NOT fit Meellisa and her ample bosom…in fact I only have one dress that fits this girl, and she didn’t bring any backups…oops! We also could not find any fairies wings I particularly liked (they were all covered in feathers……fairies have dragonfly wings, not angel wings!),  so I resorted to shooting without and adding them in Photoshop on a few.

This was also my first time working with smoke emitters (AKA Smoke bombs – but we are no longer allowed to use that word)…oh dear, lucky for me Desley and her cool hand luke persona were there. We tried one in the studio (with ALL doors open), there was a LOT of smoke, but what we didn’t count on was it falling apart, poor Mel got a slight burn on her arm (nothing major) and a big chunk of it fell on Jess’s wig, which Desley quickly snatched away; getting her own minor burn 😦  before Jess’s wig went up in flames, a few minor scorch marks, but Jess was all OK. And it stinks! I mean really stinks. Luckily the weather was good, so we ended up going to the local park to play with some more smoke, the late winter afternoon sunlight hit the smoke in the most beautiful shafts of light……….so dreamy.

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Not much else to say, so I will just post a few pics………I took SO MANY!!!

And here is a few behind the scenes shots……..I really must remember to take more!

~ Julz, xo

Share Your World – 13th June, 2017

It has been a huge weekend on so many levels, so I will try and keep this brief today, but I didn’t want to miss Cee’s Share Your World. I feel like I am juggling a lot lately and it is only going to get busier…but more on that later

What do you do when you’re not working? If you are retired, what do you that is not part of your regular daytime routine? I do have a 9-5 job, but when I am not there I am working, either shooting, creating, Still Life or product photography in the Studio, working on new concepts, doing more training (whether pulling apart a fabulous piece of art to see how it’s done, YouTube videos etc), or creating art. I rarely stop, but when I do it will be to spend time with family and friends, or to travel. Occasionally, just occasionally I might veg on the couch with a book or a movie.

What would you do if you won the lottery? Quit my 9-5 and do all of the above full time, really ramp it up 😛

What makes you laugh the most? So many things, I laugh all the time, usually at myself

What is your biggest pet peeve with modern technology? When it doesn’t work………seriously do not get me started on this, that and people on their phones while trying to order coffee, food etc……….so rude.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful I survived the weekend, I am still tired, but excited with so many possibilities. There has been so much going on behind the scenes, that I still can’t tell you yet, but soon, very soon. I spent a wonderful day with Desley on Saturday with two wonderful models;  Jess and Mel. Introducing Desley to my world of Studio Concept shoots………oh dear I think I have her hooked……..seriously we had such fun, just wait til you see her pics too; gorgeous!

Saturday night I spent with friends in an abandoned warehouse for some more Light Painting action, then up again Sunday for another Photo Shoot. Monday I spent all day working on images and collaborating on new endeavours, can’t wait.

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This week, wow I have so much editing to do, more planning for upcoming projects, as well as another Workshop on Saturday to arrange and then run…see? I never stop 🙂

Well that’s it from me, til next time have a great week…

~ Julz

 

In the Studio – Tarot with Nikki…

Pretty much any model who graces my studio gets a request to shoot a Tarot Card or two, newbies no exception 🙂 some of the darker cards are now all done, and I am working on some of the lighter ones.

The Star

Loss, Theft, privation, abandonment, also possibly hope and bright prospects.

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Temperance

Economy, moderation, frugality, management, accommodation

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The World

Assured success, recompense, voyage route, emigration, flight, change of place

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Justice

Equity, rightness, probity, executive triumph of the deserving side in law

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I am beginning to get quite a collection now, it is exciting to see it all coming together, but still so many more to go.

~ Julz

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge – Buildings

Cee’s challenge this week is Buildings, check out her page, she had me at the Lighthouse 🙂 Personally I’m not one for architecture, but I do adore an old building or even better a crumbling and decayed building…..so much history and the stories those old bricks and boards could tell.

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I know some people are creeped out by walking through these old ruins, but not me, I find them fascinating and I know I am not alone.

~ Julz

In the Studio…Snow White

This actual shoot was a bit of a two parter, I set all this up and had a model no show, frustrating, but what can you do? Then Karma handed me Nikki…I love how things often just work out they way they are supposed to. She was wonderful and so easy to work with. So we actually did a few different mini shoots, as we worked them all quite quickly…the first of which is Snow White; but more of a Grimm Fairy Tale than a Disney Classic 🙂

Keep it simple, but elegant, let the story paint the picture…

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To be honest apart from initial set up I really did nothing to the images, the smoke machine was shot on set, and I cleaned up a few marked on the white background (impossible to keep clean).

~ Julz