What I've Been Up To...

I've been quite disconnected from my blog and social media lately. A lot of things happened, I've been busy but I've also been pensive, planning, thinking…You see, when I decided to follow a creative path I went down this road of self discovery, not knowing where it's going to take me, and it's been quite interesting so far. Aside from photo projects, I've been working on a bunch of other things, that I'll list and talk about below.

1. My office and Studio. 

It's been a while since I've had my studio. I've pretty much reorganized my whole house around it, and I kept changing furniture and optimizing since. My most recent endeavour was renovating my office. It's still a work in progress, but I realize I never posted photos of my studio so it's about time I gave you guys a tour.

Something I'm really proud of is my makeup station and especially my custom-made makeup mirror.

2. Makeup

Oh boy, where do I start with this? I did mention before that makeup is my new hobby, but it really took a whole new dimension lately. It basically all started this summer when a photographer friend, knowing that I had some makeup knowledge, asked me for help with a project. It all worked out great, so this fall she came to me with several other projects, and even referred me to another photographer, and I started working with him as well. Initially it was easier stuff and natural makeup looks, but then she trusted my newb skills with more complicated creations. I even ended up doing a body paint. I've been posting more about this on my Instagram.

So ya, that kept me busy, looking for tutorials, products and practicing. I can say I've been through a very unexpected and ad-hoc makeup school. YouTube "University" rocks!

Makeup was definitely not part of my business plan, but going down the creativity path meant going down a road of self-discovery. And in doing makeup I've found something that I lost long time ago, that freedom of creativity and expression that I had when I used to draw and paint as a kid. Photography is different. You either capture what is, or if you try to create something new, you need to plan, organize, shoot and then edit. It's a process. Makeup is much more instant. The face is my canvas and I am once again the painter. I definitely want to pursue the makeup path further. I am a photographer, I have a studio, I love beauty retouching…I'll see where this will take me. I can't wait to create some beautiful stuff! And when I say I can't wait, I'm talking about the delivery guy…I did a bit of a dent in my credit card ordering makeup products this Black Friday, but I'm sure it's going to be worth it!!!!

3. Retouching

So this makeup conversation brought me to retouching. That's my old love: Photoshop <3<3<3. If I wish for something this Christmas is for 50 hours days so I can do everything I have in plan. I'm working on a retouching section on my website so I can start actively offering my retouching services. 

So stay tuned. I have a lot of cool stuff planned.