I know I haven’t been posting much lately compared to the past couple of months. I’ve had some things going on in my personal life over the past few weeks that have kept me offline.
One thing that I do to recharge during a particularly difficult, stressful, or even just busy time is take a step back and allow myself a creative distraction. Oftentimes I’ll lose myself in a book, for instance, or head outdoors to photograph nature. Lately I’ve been trying to teach myself Lightroom and better my Photoshop skills, so this week I decided to try a couple of self-portraits for practice editing.
Here’s a few of the shots! I still have so much to learn, but this was my first time playing around with Lr presets so I’m happy to be practicing. This was a much-needed few moments outside focusing on nothing but my camera.
I’ve been reading far more books than I’ve been reviewing lately, so I thought it was about time for me to share one here. Yesterday morning I wrapped up Unfiltered by model/actress Lily Collins.
This book is a chronicle of Lily’s life experiences. She hits a variety of taboo subjects in the hopes that sharing her experiences will help those facing similar challenges. Lily wants young women everywhere to realize they are not alone. She boldly shares about her lifelong struggle with eating disorders, her history of toxic relationships, and the insecurities that plagued her throughout her adolescence.
It’s clear that Lily tried to make Unfiltered as personal as possible, even including old family photos and other snapshots from the experiences she mentions.
An inspirational or relevant quote from Lily is featured before every chapter. I foresee myself flipping back through these quotes just for some positive reminders!
It takes courage for anyone to open up about their most personal thoughts and experiences, nonetheless someone who already faces public scrutiny as a side effect of their career. I applaud Lily for allowing her writing to be candid and herself to be vulnerable.
You can order a copy (on sale!) here.
I spent my Saturday morning at Bob DiTommaso’s studio in Rochester. We worked with a makeup artist to create and shoot black light makeup looks. I’ve been to a few workshops of his and so far this was my favorite experience. Check out my favorite shots in the slideshow below!