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Now Is The Best Time

Now Is The Best Time

Hi fiercelings, Have you ever been asked one of those ice breaker type questions? For example, I was asked in a group recently “what is your favorite season?” I said something about Spring, Summer, Fall, essentially anytime but winter. Spring is fun because everything is […]

Eat Your Artistic Vegetables

Eat Your Artistic Vegetables

Hi fiercelings, Back in this post I came up with an analogy that practicing your craft is to being an artist what chopping and cutting vegetables is to being a chef. Simply put, you have to practice or to put it another way you have […]

What To Wear For Your Photoshoot

What To Wear For Your Photoshoot

Congrats! You booked a photoshoot…now what?

Don’t worry, I got you!

The most important question of course is what should you and your loved ones wear? Which is why I have put together this little post to help you with my best tips and tricks.

My best and fiercest advice for fierce photoshoots!

1. Most importantly: Wear what makes you COMFORTABLE. This is the most important thing I tell my clients when they ask me what to wear. If you are uncomfortable in what you are wearing it will translate to photos even with the best photographer. Do yourself and your photographer a favor by wearing what makes you comfortable!

2. Wear something you can move around easily in. As a photographer, I try to give my clients lots of different shots with different settings, backgrounds, and poses. This means I will ask you to move around. Of course, I am mindful of the ladies that are wearing short dresses or skirts but I recommend that whatever you wear you can bend over and sit down easily in.

3. Colors! Generally, I request that at least 1 person in a photoshoot be wearing white of some kind – top, scarf, watch, shoes, etc. so that in post processing that can be the basis if I need to adjust the coloring. However, do not let this hold you back! A good photographer can get the coloring that makes you look the best regardless of what you are wearing and I do love for clients to wear bright colors so that the pictures we get really POP! With that said, I do think white is flattering on all skin tones and complexions. But, if your favorite color is red, blue, or green, go with the color that reflects your style.

4. Wear complimentary colors. If you are doing a photoshoot with your significant other or family I do think it is best to keep complimentary colors in mind when it comes to groups and to not be wearing anything that blatantly clashes. If sister wants to wear a tye dye t-shirt and brother wants to wear camouflage that may not be the look we want. Choose complimentary colors and colors that have the same value!

5. Seasonal. If you are taking photos in the fall chances are the style right now is neutral and warm colors. If it is the spring or summer time the current trend is probably florals and cool tones. I am all for letting your photoshoot reflect what season it is but also, what would make you happy to see in your picture frames year round? This is again why I recommend wearing white when in doubt because it works well for all seasons.

At the end of the day, your photoshoot is meant to capture you as you are so relax and have fun!

stay fierce,

alexandria

alexandriafierce

Fierce Beliefs. Fierce Ideas. Fierce Art. Fierce Life.

Photographer, Blogger, Artist, Entrepreneur

Email me at alexandriafiercephoto@gmail.com for photoshoot and wedding bookings

7 Things That Happen When You Practice Your Art Regularly

7 Things That Happen When You Practice Your Art Regularly

Hi fierclings, The past few weeks I have been in a deeply creative spell which I have mostly embraced. This creative high tide ( remember what I said about inspiration being a wave, so you better learn how to surf in this really old post from 2015? […]

The Best Habit For Artists

The Best Habit For Artists

Hi fierelings, I’m sure like me you’ve read all the advice about having a blog. Publish something at least once a week. Sounds easy, right? The blogs that you follow? You check their published dates and you notice they publish multiple times a week. So, […]

Ross Family Photos

Ross Family Photos

Hello Fiercelings,

A sweet friend of mine hired me to do some some family photos of her son’s 1st birthday party! When I say I have photogenic friends I am not kidding. Enjoy the fierceness!

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Beyond in love with this family shot

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Brother love
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Everybody

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Precious family

These cuties were a joy to capture!

fiercely,

alexandria

alexandriafierce

Fierce Beliefs. Fierce Ideas. Fierce Art. Fierce Life.

Photographer, Blogger, Artist, Entrepreneur

Email me at alexandriafiercephoto@gmail.com for photoshoot and wedding bookings

 

Writing Tools

Writing Tools

Hi Fiercelings, I’ve found myself thinking about writing and going back to the basics. Remember highschool? In Oklahoma, it is required that highschool students complete a class on Oklahoma History. So in 9th grade I marched off to a co-op for an Oklahoma History class. […]

Birthday Bash X5

Birthday Bash X5

Hi fiercelings, On a personal note, my oldest daughter, Isabelle, turned 3 this past Sunday. She had a shared birthday party with her four cousins because all of them have July/August birthdays. My mommy brain is turning and processing the fact that my baby is […]

Artistic Entrepreneurship

Artistic Entrepreneurship

Hello fiercelings,

“We don’t make films to make money, we make money so that we can make films.” ~ Walt Disney

I found this lovely Disney quote while listening to a podcast by Jeff Goins. He recently came out with this book, Real Artists Don’t Starve which I have devoured! This, in a nutshell, is what artistic entrepreneurship is all about. How can I make money with art? How can I devote myself to my art? How can I enable myself financially to get paid doing what I already like? How can I have the freedom financially to create without it being a waste of my time?

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Stella Grace in a Minnie Mouse floaty

Artistic entrepreneurship is all about owning your employment with your art. Sometimes you can end up feeling greedy when people criticize your prices but you don’t charge what you charge because you’re greedy. You charge what you charge to represent monetarily how much you are worth and so that the money earned can help enable you to keep on creating. You can’t create your best work when you’re stressed about money. You might be the most expensive person in your industry and that’s okay because your work is valuable. No one criticizes the price difference between a used Honda and new Mercedes because we, as consumers, recognize paying a premium price for a premium product. Consumers are becoming savvier and are willing to pay more for artistic work.

Money is ultimately a tool for the artist to keep on creating. I make art or provide an artistic service, you pay me for it, I use that money to keep creating and to make a living. As artists, we love our craft and have passion for it. We don’t do it for money, but we make money from it so that we can keep doing it.

fiercely pursuing artistic entrepreneurship,

alexandria

alexandriafierce

Fierce Beliefs. Fierce Ideas. Fierce Art. Fierce Life.

Photographer, Blogger, Artist, Entrepreneur

Email me at alexandriafiercephoto@gmail.com for photoshoot and wedding bookings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Living Natural

Living Natural

Hi Fiercelings, Over the past few years I have become really passionate about living as natural as I possibly can. You might call this being crunchy. You might call me a hippie – I would consider that a compliment! You might call me a health freak. […]


My Diary

Childbirth & Creativity

Childbirth & Creativity

Hi Fiercelings,

Childbirth is a rite of passage for women, I believe. One of the most obvious and striking differences between men and women is the woman’s ability to conceive and bear new life. This is not to condemn or pass judgement on women who are or have been unable to conceive. Barrenness has historically been regarded as something extremely tragic and I mourn with those who have experienced it while being extremely grateful for my effortless conceptions.

 

The rest of this blog post is going to be about the correlations between pregnancy, childbirth, and how they are informative of the creative process.

Anything worth doing in life is hard. I just wrote life in the previous sentence without any hard work but to even get to a life a lot of work has to have occurred. Being pregnant is hard and I say that fully recognizing that I have had two easy and non-eventful pregnancies. In spite of having easy pregnancies I would never say I loved being pregnant. I love the finished product of my pregnancies but being pregnant isn’t exactly a walk in the park. Delivering a child is hard and yet, ironically, I look back on my births as joyous events. Why? Because that pain brought two of my greatest creations. This is what the creative process is like. When I see a painting I have made on my walls, I don’t think about all the negative feelings I had when I was actually creating that painting. I see the painting and appreciate it but I know back when I made the painting I thought I had ruined it at least a dozen times. But of course, I look at my paintings now and think how pretty they are and how I should paint more.

Creativity is like giving birth. It’s labor. It’s hard. It takes time. Inspiration is essentially having an orgasm. It’s fun. But for it to fully develop into a new life, it must be carried for months, and then it must be delivered. Or perhaps inspiration is one of those first real kicks that you feel when you’re pregnant. It’s a jolt. You feel it and think wow this is really happening. The sonograms you saw before were cool because you saw the baby but now you’ve felt the baby. That’s what inspiration does, it lets you feel it and feelings are exciting. Feelings are a motivating force. When you have an idea for a painting or a song you think “oh this is a good idea” and you might pursue it. But for that idea to bloom into that painting or song you have to actually sit down and work on the painting or write that song. And sitting down and doing the work can be hard. We procrastinate about it. We say, “never mind that wasn’t a good idea” and give up. You say you want a baby, but then you wind up in a hospital or are at home in the middle of a painful contraction and you think why am I here? How did I get here? I’m never doing this again. I literally thought these thoughts at least a dozen times during my first labor. Pain is one of those things that it’s hard to really describe unless you are currently experiencing it. Being in labor in many ways is not as hard as our society thinks it is. Movies and television shows portray it either in a comedic way or in a horrific way and I wouldn’t describe labor in either of those terms, especially the latter. But we will put up with pain and labor for a good cause and having a baby is the best reason to put up with some pain. They’re magical. And a little pain for some magic is worth it. This is what happens when we create, we want some magic but in order to bring a work of art to life it must be born and birth is painful.

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My second bundle of magic

How many times do we think as artists this isn’t good enough? Or I should just give up? What we are really experiencing is that doing art despite all our natural or learned artistic abilities is challenging and laborious. We hit this bump on our creative road and think I’m a fraud, I’m not a real artist, when in reality this “bump on our creative road” is birth pains. This is really a contraction and contractions lead somewhere if you breathe with them. The common phrase, “no pain, no gain” comes to mind and is spot on. The only way to have a bundle of magic is to labor and the only way to have a work of art is to labor. Don’t give up. Breathe with it.

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fiercely,

alexandria

alexandriafierce

Fierce Beliefs. Fierce Ideas. Fierce Art. Fierce Life.

Photographer, Blogger, Artist, Entrepreneur

Email me at alexandriafiercephoto@gmail.com for photoshoot and wedding bookings