Kitter LaGore Zombie DOA Photoshoot

•September 26, 2012 • Leave a Comment

So, I have mixed feelings about this shoot, and I have a confession to make.


I made a HUGE mistake when taking these photos….and a rookie mistake at that.  I shot them all in too small a resolution.  I didn’t realize that I had changed the settings on my camera before this shoot, so everything was shot in 2816 x 1880 pixels.  Seems big, unless you’re trying to submit them to a magazine for publication.  Which we were.  And, of course, got turned down solely due to the fact that I could not provide the “high res” versions of the files (because these were as “high res” as they got; the mag had already said yes to the photos up until that point….).  Why am I telling you all of this?  So that you can learn from my mistake.  I already have–every photoshoot I’ve done since then, I’ve made sure to check the resolution  in my camera before shooting.  I just still can’t believe that it happened.


Oh well.  Lesson learned, opportunity missed.  I can either regret it my whole life, or go on knowing that I will never make that mistake again because I learned from experience.



Despite the fact that I made such a huge faux pas (and you’d think after 5 years of shooting, I would know better by now!!), I am still completely in love with the images that came from this shoot, and I would like to share them with you.

Here goes.









More photos coming soon!
Here’s a little hint – the next one involves a puppy! 🙂



Hectic, CALENDAR!!, and CTRF Biography

•September 13, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I feel like I start many of my blog posts this way nowadays, but I’ve been super busy lately, haha.  Got a promotion at my “day job” (I am now the Catering Coordinator), so that’s been a month and a half of training, plus the work that goes with the title.

Did a couple of shoots, but not much lately.  Been working with the amazing Kitter LaGore a lot, so that’s been great!

In other news though, one of my photographs is in the 2013 I Can Has Cheezburger calendar!!  I was ecstatic to find this out a few months ago, and finally got a copy of the calendar in the mail about a month ago.
The photo was one I had taken of a pumpkin I carved around Halloween 2008, so the photo is for October.  Mine is the only photo in the entire calendar that didn’t have a caption plastered over it, so I’m pretty proud of that.  🙂
The calendar also gives me full photo credit and includes the web address to this blog!

Here’s a photo I took of the calendar after receiving it in the mail (mine is the one on the top left)

In other news, the Connecticut Renaissance Faire is having their fall faire soon, and I plan on being a part of it again.  It was a blast working with everyone in the spring, and I’ve heard the fall faire is even better.  🙂  I’ll be a bit limited due to the fact that it’s further away from me than the spring faire was, but I’m going to try my best to be there and photograph it.

Speaking of CTRF, if you would like to read my bio from them, it (in all of its ridiculous glory) can be found here:

That’s all for now–more updates once I get another spare minute! haha


Preview of Kitter LaGore’s D.O.A. Zombie Pin-Up Photoshoot!!

•August 3, 2012 • Leave a Comment

So a couple weeks ago, I did a second photoshoot with my friend Kitter LaGore in an abandoned (but very well-graffitied!) warehouse.

It was zombie pin-up inspired, and turned out so well that Miss LaGore is going to try submitting the photos to magazines  (fingers crossed!).  That being said, I can’t post the final cut of images (many magazines won’t allow it until after the images are published), but I do have a few teaser shots for you to check out.


They give you a good idea of the different locations we were shooting in, and the overall feel of the sets.  🙂




2012 Ideat Village Psychedelic Circus

•July 9, 2012 • Leave a Comment

As previously mentioned, on June 28th, I attended the Ideat Village Psychedelic Circus at Pitkin Plaza in New Haven.  It was FULL of art, talent….and hippies.  Just my kind of event!  haha

Needless to say, the photo opportunities were endless, even after dark!
Here are a few of my favorite shots, and the rest can be seen on my Facebook page here:

Once I sort through the photos I’ve taken at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire (of which there are a TON, and I’ve gotten a bit tired of looking through them….so I’m taking a break, haha), I’ll post my favorites here as well.

Last week, I also did a photoshoot with my friend Kitter LaGore , and I’m going to be doing another one with her either this week or next.  Expect to see some awesome shots from those shoots as well!  🙂





Oh Blog, How I’ve Neglected You….

•June 29, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Holy crap, I’m still alive!!


Yeeeahhhh.  I’ve been much busier than I thought I would be, heh.  Been going absolutely insane editing and uploading all of the photos from the Connecticut Renaissance Faire, been getting ready for ConnectiCon (July 13-15), had a few face painting gigs, been working a lot, and last week I went on vacation (to a lake house), went to a wedding, and went to my great-grandfather’s 100th birthday party.


Life has been absolutely insane, so I apologize for not updating sooner.  I JUST NOW finished uploading the last of the CTRF photos to the CTRF Photographer’s Facebook page, so that’s out of the way.  I’m extremely pleased with how they turned out.  🙂



Oh!  Almost forgot!  Last night, I also went to the Ideat Village.  Basically, New Haven hosts the International Festival of Arts and Ideas every year, but people weren’t happy with how commercialized and mundane it has become.  From this unhappiness was born the Ideat Village, which occurs about a block from the IFAI, and showcases bellydancers, stilt walkers, hula hoopers, BMX stunts, a fire show, and more.  This was the first year I had ever even heard of it, and I had a blast.



Expect to see photos from both the Connecticut Renaissance Faire and the Ideat Village in the next couple of weeks!! 🙂




May Synopsis…

•June 5, 2012 • Leave a Comment

As you might have guessed by previous posts, the month of May was absolutely insane for me.  Every weekend (at least one weekend day, at least) I was photographing the Connecticut Renaissance Faire‘s Robinhood Sprintime Festival.  It was the most AMAZING experience.  I made a ton of new friends (who are some of the most talented people I’ve ever met), networked a TON, and overall just had a blast.

On the days that I wasn’t working (at the sub shop, which is my “day job”) or at CTRF, I was face painting.  I’ve been getting so many gigs and it’s been great.  On top of all of this, my brother, my best friend, and my father all celebrate their birthdays in May….oh, and let’s not forget Mother’s Day.  Haha

In the next few months coming, I’m going to be attending Connecticon, I have at least 4 more face painting gigs booked, but not too many photography opportunities.  Although, that might change, considering I have an entirely new network in which to make that happen.  Photographing the CTRF was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, to be honest (probably second only to my decision to move to Connecticut).

Photos from the Faire will be up here within the next month or two.  Time frame is so long due to the fact that I have at least 5,000 (not exaggerating) photos to sort through, edit, and upload to the CTRF Photography Facebook page first–oh, and if you’re wondering, I am now one of four administrators on that page!  If you want to see the photos I’ve taken before I post them here (and many more there than there are here), click on the link above, or click here:  CTRF Photographers




That’s about it for now.
Wish me luck with editing, hah!




Please Pledge $1 for My High School English Teacher’s KickStarter Project!!

•May 25, 2012 • Leave a Comment

If you read my blog.
If you like my blog.
If you know me.
If you like me.

My high school English teacher wrote and recently published a novel.  He has been a major influence on my life, and is someone for whom I have a great deal of respect.  Right now, he has a KickStarter project that I find absolutely amazing.  He wants to turn his novel into a graphic novel….but with photographs!  I’m super psyched about this, and would love to see it happen.


I, probably like you guys, don’t have a whole lot of money to spare, but I still pledged $5 because this idea is awesome.  You can pledge as little as $1.00, just by clicking here:


I did it.
Now it’s your turn!  😀






Connecticut Renaissance Faire – First Update

•May 22, 2012 • Leave a Comment

As followers of my blog will probably know, I am one of the volunteer photographers for the Connecticut Renaissance Faire (in Guilford, CT at the Guilford Fairgrounds at 1 Lovers Lane).  As a sidenote, if you would like to attend the Faire, the last four days to come are May 26th, May 27th, June 2nd, and June 3rd (I’ll be there the 26th and the 3rd).


Just wanted to give you guys a little update on it–it has been absolutely AMAZING so far!  I’ve met a TON of amazing people, and the Faire itself is a blast and a real joy to photograph.  For those of you who have attended a renaissance faire before, the CTRF is pretty small-scale.  It’s a soft set (meaning the structures aren’t there year-round) and takes up a pretty small amount of space, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in talent.  The actors are some of the best I’ve ever seen, and all of the vendors create some of the most beautiful, skillfully crafted, and affordable(!) pieces I’ve ever seen at a faire.

Aside from the faire itself, the people I’ve met (including all of the actors, vendors, and other volunteer photographers) are some of the sweetest and lovely people I’ve ever known.  I’m talking instant best friends, haha.  Not only that, but everyone there is just so TALENTED!  They’ve been inspiring me to be creative and MAKE things….which isn’t always that good for me, considering I’m too creative for my own good, lol.



As for photos, it’s probably going to be a little while before I have the time to upload them here.  Between my job and actually attending the faire, I’m already behind on editing, much less uploading to where I NEED to be uploading the photos.  If you would like to see the photos, however, you can see them first on the CTRF Photographers Facebook page (appropriately titled “CTRF Photographers”).


That’s about it for now–“like” CTRF Photographers on Facebook to see all of the first updates! 😀




Interview with Ashley Holloway

•May 17, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Ashley Holloway is not only one of my best and oldest friends, she is also an outstanding photographer whose work I greatly admire. She has recently been gaining a bit of attention, and I was struck with the desire to interview her.

(all images in this post are copyright Ashley Holloway and used with her permission :))


Renae:  To start, how did you become interested in photography, and what kind of background do you have with it?

Ashley:  I have been interested in photography ever since somebody gave me a disposable film camera at a very young age. I always thought it was so exciting seeing the results that came in the little paper envelope after getting them developed. I started working seriously with photography in high school, although I really developed my present day style while attending college at USF, where I graduated with a BA in Studio Art. I took all kinds of different art classes while I was there, but I really focused the most in photography, as I felt it was my strength in the art world.


R:  How would you describe your present-day photographic style?

A:  My present day style is a mix of romance and dreams, although sometimes with a slightly darker and more isolated feeling. I’m heavily inspired by editorial fashion photography, fairytales, Nature, and Julia Margaret Cameron, among other things. I usually work with a shallow depth of field and often my images are slightly desaturated or B&W to achieve a softer and more dreamy feel.


R:  When did you start to use Photoshop as a tool in the finished product of many of your photos (especially the more dreamy ones), and what kind of editing process do you normally go through?

A:  I began using Photoshop in my first digital photography college course. I had never really had access to it before.  That’s where I was introduced to Lightroom and Photoshop and taught how to use them effectively. Most of the post-processing I do on my images to get my “look” is achieved in Lightroom on the RAW image. Adjustments like contrast and saturation mostly. In Photoshop, I retouch skin and if necessary get rid of distracting elements. I also dodge and burn, as well as do some selective adjustments with adjustment layers.

R:  And while you’re editing (as I know it can sometimes get tedious when editing large batches of photos), do you have any music playing or do you do anything specific to help keep you motivated?

A:  Usually the pictures keep me motivated! But I usually sit in my bedroom, where my computer is, with all of the lights off and my IPod earbuds in and the music blasting. I usually have the internet pulled up in the background so I can take little breaks, and not keep staring at the same picture for too long. Usually this is when somebody will sneak up on me and scare the crap out of me! I am not kidding, I get into my editing “zone” and I’m feeling so comfortable, and it’s like breaking from a trance when I’m interrupted!

R:  Haha, I hate it when that happens.  So, although I (personally) already know a bit about what you use, what kind of camera and equipment do you use?

A:  I actually use the same digital camera body that I’ve had since I graduated high school: an Olympus E-500. Instead of upgrading bodies, I’ve just been upgrading the lenses (although I do really need to upgrade one of these days). The lens that is on my camera 98% of the time is my Olympus 50mm 2.0. It’s pretty much my dream lens, and as I’ve told people before it’s like a child to me. Sometimes I use a reflector, although that is very occasional. Basically if I have my camera, my 50mm, a model, and some styling I’m good to go!

R:  I know that sometimes you use make-up artists and hair stylists for some of your photos—how did you get started with finding them, and what is a photoshoot like with and without their help?

A: I usually source makeup artists and hair stylists from Model Mayhem, but sometimes they contact me because they like my style. I just had to reach out there and see if anybody was interested in my work and would be willing to work with me. I’ve really only worked with two different hair/makeup artists, although I have a few more shoots planned with different ones. I really like working with a makeup/hair artist as they sometimes bring different ideas and contribute some great flawless work that the model or I might not be able to pull off on our own. I really like working with Chelsea Perez, for example, because we really work in sync and she contributes great ideas and we have a lot of fun. If I don’t have somebody doing makeup and hair, the model usually does it themselves. Sometimes, that’s perfectly fine, however then you don’t have somebody help you make adjustments while you’re shooting! I really like working with at least one other person besides the model, because it’s an extra set of eyes making sure everything looks good. It’s also somebody to hold a reflector or to block some light for you if needed! We all work together to make a shoot come out as amazing as possible!

R:  What is your favorite person and/or thing to photograph?

A:  I guess I don’t really have a favorite person to photograph, as long as I have somebody that works with my style and that is enthusiastic about what we are doing, then I am extremely happy! But favorite photographic elements? Forests/trees, pretty girls, nature in general, dead branches, vintage dresses, the Golden Hour, and kitties. If we have at least one or two of those things, then usually things will turn out well!

R:  Haha, gotta have the kitties!  What has been your favorite theme that you’ve photographed thus far?

A:  Kitties for the win! That’s such a hard question! Every shoot I’ve done is a favorite and I have sentimental value in all of them! If I had to choose a specific theme though, it would probably be shooting my “Black Magic” series with Ali Pruitt. We had SO much fun doing it, and we used this amazing sheer vintage gown that I bought from Etsy. It was inspired by the idea of a crow that had lost its feathers and become a young woman, or at least that’s the general idea of the story that I had rolling around in my head. It had most of my favorite elements named above actually, except for the kitties. Sadly, we didn’t have any of those on hand.


R:  What equipment is currently on your photo wishlist, and why?

A:  SO many things are on my if-I-won-the-lottery wishlist, such as the new Olympus OM-D E-M5, some pricey Olympus glass (specifically the 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 and the 45-100mm 2.0), and the more manageably priced Olympus 14-54mm F2.8-3.5. I’m also up for trying some external flash modifiers, because I really need to make more use of my external flash.  I’m planning on buying a used Olympus E-3 or possibly a new E-5 in the future though.

R:  If you could describe the last year of your photographic life in 3 words, what would they be and why?

A:  Surprising, Inspiring, and Accomplished. I feel like I JUST graduated from college, I can’t believe it’s officially been a year now! During that time, I feel like I’ve gotten so much done, and yet I find myself surprised how much I’ve grown during that time. I was finally starting to break out of my shy shell in my senior year of college, due to an internship, and now I’m photographing almost complete strangers, so that’s pretty surprising. The attention that I’ve gotten has been surprising too! It’s inspiring and exciting that somebody can relate to my photography, and essentially me, enough to want to be a part of it!

R:  What kind of future do you see yourself having with photography, and what kind of goals are you currently working towards?

A:  I would really like to make photography my livelihood eventually, whether it’s in portraits, fashion, or art. But right now, my big dream goal is to be a published fashion photographer. That would make me super excited, especially for a publication like Teen Vogue, which is a magazine that I feel like my style really works well with. Being published anywhere for fashion would make me very excited though! 


R:  Where can people find your work online and contact you?

A:  I’m all around the internet! These are the main pages I keep up to date though:

Facebook page:
Model Mayhem:

I’m also always checking my email, so you can be ensured a fast response:

My Facebook page is always updated first though, so that’s the best place to keep an eye on my work!


R:  I know you have a show coming up—when and where can people come to see your work, and can you tell me a little bit more about your show?

A:  I have a solo show coming up from June 11-22 at USF’s Centre Gallery titled “Dream Land.” Included in the show is a selection of my work from the past year focusing exclusively on female models ranging from 6-23 years old. There will be a little over 20 images shown divided up among different series. It focuses on the idealistic fairy-tale world that my “characters” inhabit, but also reflects on themes like isolation, narrative, and Nature. If you were to walk into my show without ever seeing any of my work previously, this would be the perfect introduction.

R:  Is there anything else you would like to add?

A:  I’d like to thank you for conducting this interview, and I want to encourage anybody who is interested to check out my work and if local, come check out my show! The gallery holds a reception on the last day of the show, June 22nd, to wrap-up, and there will be food, beverages, and pretty photographs of pretty girls! Sounds like the perfect night, right? And also, if you have any questions about pretty much anything, I’m always up for answering them! So, email me, message me, leave a comment, etc! Thanks for reading!



I’m Not Dead!!

•May 8, 2012 • 2 Comments

Hey guys!
Just wanted to update you a bit.

Life has been a little crazy lately–on Sunday, I painted faces (yes, I’m a part-time face painter too, haha) at the Milford Duck Pond Race, and the two weeks before that were all about me painting my friends’ faces and using the photos for my visual portfolio for the day of the race. I have photos to show you from it! 😀






In other news, I was on “Better Connecticut” for work yesterday. So that was neat. I got to make a sub on TV, lol. It was….kind of exactly what I expected. Nothing too glamorous, but cameras and lights everywhere, strange TV sets, and people putting a microphone on me between commercial breaks. In total, I was on TV for about 4 minutes, haha. Fun stuff.

Coming up in the next few weeks, I will hopefully be interviewing two of my friends for the blog, and I will definitely be photographing the Connecticut Renaissance Faire in Guilford. Super excited for that!! I’ll definitely be there on May 13th (this Sunday), so if any of you guys want to come out and visit (and have me take your photo!), feel free! 🙂

That’s all for now–more updates soon, of course!


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