I’ve always loved well retouched high-quality portraits and I used to go to a photographer for getting those kind of shots. Since I own a camera and enjoy learning to become better with my editing skills. I therefore wanted to share with you these beauty-portraits that I took and edited by myself. Moreover, I will talk briefly about the products I used on my face, my camera equipment and the software I utilize for these pictures.
I rarely wear makeup but when I do, I like to keep it simple and focus on the lips or on the eyes. For both looks I used:
For almost all my pictures I shot with my beloved Sony Alpha 6000. It is such a good and simple camera that offers great quality. The lens that was used for these pictures is the Sony 50mm 1.8 lens. I also like the buttery background and good bokeh that it gives you at an aperture of 1.8. What I don’t like is how the lens handles blacks when it is wide open (1.8). But I am happy with it overall.
By the way, I made use of ordinary lights. Nevertheless, I am planning to invest in some studio lights. And I was standing in front of a plain wall and the wall covered in a golden satin fabric.
Finally, when I do heavy editing, I always go for the good old Photoshop. I remove a few skin blemishes and highlight the parts of my face where the light naturally hits. And no, I don’t smooth the skin out or use filters because that is the lazy way of editing skin. I’ve seen a couple of photographers do that and still have the energy to demand a lot of money for the work.
Aside from that, I created the beautiful brownish gold color tones with Lightroom.
I finally jumped onto the Leo print bandwagon because animal prints are trendy right now. Maybe, you have seen insta girls and fashionistas wearing dresses, skirts (mini – maxi), blouses and swimwear in that particular print.
When I was younger, I think 13 or something like that. I really disliked the Leopard print because I found it tacky and ugly. Also, the print was associated with sex in the 90s – 00s. Even underwear in that print was considered indecent in that time. The bad thing was, that I was conditioned by society to think the same damn way. Which is very stupid, because at the end of a day it is a piece of clothing that has animal prints. Also, isn’t it crazy that people think they know about people’s sexual habits/sexuality due to a certain print?
Sure, some will say that you are what you wear. But I am convinced that people just enjoy the print and can wear whatever the fuck they want to wear. If you wear band tees, that doesn’t mean you are a rock chick. Maybe you enjoy the band or you simply like the style of the T-shirt. And, there is nothing bad about it. So, I hope that we stop judging people unconsciously for the choice of their clothing. Okay – enough with the rambling. 😉
How to style the Leo print trend
Since the Leo print is a statement piece, I would always go with colors like white, grey, black and beige. A Leo skirt can be paired with a white or a black T-shirt or top of any sleeve length. The tops can be plain or have minimalistic prints. A top or a blouse with prints looks good with a button down midi skirt in beige or in light brown. Furthermore, you can wear any shoe you love, I would opt for white sneakers like Allstars Converse chucks or black sandals.
Last week I celebrated my birthday. And I want to thank my Mama and the universe that I can experience life with all its ups and downs. And this brought me to the idea to talk about my past passions.
Age 27 was a time that thought me many lessons because I’ve experienced a lot of failures. And, I am glad that I experienced those obstacles to become stronger mentally and emotionally and cope with the future. Furthermore, I am happy for the woman that I’ve become/can still become because I am constantly learning. But I am still the hopeless romantic girl and the daydreamer that I’ve been since I can remember. This means that I accept myself and I don’t want to ever give up these characteristics.
Lately, I want to be more in touch with my roots. My roots are what you can consider your ‘old self’. Which stands for something I enjoyed doing in my very early childhood. I think that time defines you and shows you your real passion because as a child you did what made you fun and you weren’t so influenced by your parents, friend and others. Also, you didn’t do what was cool or trendy at that time.
As a little child and a teenager, I loved drawing portraits of my family and people in magazines. Sometimes, I drew anime cartoons too. Furthermore, I like to sing to good vocalists and write my own sort of poems and song texts.
In conclusion, I just want to spend more time drawing, singing and writing. You know connecting to your true self and practicing your passion is a life goal.
Do you have things that you enjoyed in your childhood?
Whenever you feel stuck, especially mentally. I think it’s time to travel and explore new places. You don’t have to visit a foreign country to escape from everyday life. You can literally drive by car to the nearest city that you have/haven’t been to. I am very sure you would see its beauty! Also, in every city, you can explore the nature, the exotic plants. In addition, different cafés, good restaurants, and places to just hang out. Don’t forget that every place you plan to visit always has its own personality and attitude.
We didn’t drive far away and visited a few locations in Germany that are not so far away from Frankfurt.I hope you enjoy the pictures of our little trips.
Gratitude means being thankful. Also, it helps you see your situation in a different way.
In times of Social Media, we tend to compare our lives to others and forget that we already have everything that we need. We are so caught up wanting what others have that this could possibly lead to dissatisfaction and even to unhappiness. Sometimes, I am guilty of comparing myself too.
And to be honest, anybody can practice gratefulness. The fact that you wake up every day and experience life is a reason to be thankful! Also, I am very sure that you have people who love you which is the most important thing in life.
Being healthy is another reason to be grateful because once we fall sick, we then wish to recover as soon as possible and tend to forget how good life was before the sickness.
Now, I want to show you the way I practice and stop comparing myself.
SHOP THE LOOK:
Why you should be grateful
Healthy habit – a positive mind is a healthy mind
It grounds you – even successful people need it
Can prevent you from depression
You focus on the things you have
Because the most of us have a roof over our head
You let go of things that you currently don’t have in life because in the future you could have it if you really want and work for it.
Reconnects you with family
You have a positive outlook on life
Keeps you motivated because you have something to ‘fight‘ for
How I practice gratitude / How you can practice gratitude
Whenever I feel down, I just write all the things down that I have. Like for example my family, friends, being healthy and much more.
I help and give people compliments. Because it makes me feel content and people feel valued.
Try to write things down in a journal that you have in life like family, friends, people who helped you or even compliments from a stranger
Try to eat healthily and do sports so that your body can stay in a good condition
How to stop comparing yourself to others
Detach yourself from anything that could make you unhappy like: Social Media, friends, Family who always put you down or give you the impression that you aren’t good enough.
Instead of looking at what others do and feeling bad. Try to change that energy into building the dream life you’ve always wanted.
Finally, remember people only share the highlights of their life.
To put it in a nutshell, we’re unfortunately capable of comparing our lives to ‘dream lives‘ BUT we are also capable of enjoying the things we have if we practice gratitude daily and change the view of a situation.
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