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Body types. It’s not something that we can do much about, but we should take care of what we have.

I’m NATURALLY skinny. You can tell at a first glance. However, I am NOT anorexic.

A lot of people can’t believe that I am this skinny, even though I have been pretty much my whole life. It’s something that I get really self-conscious about without realizing it, especially when people first meet me. I wish when people first met me, they don’t comment on how skinny I am, but rather judge me on my personality instead. My sarcasm can handle being judged because I allow my personality to be what I want it to be.

I’ve had people ask if I go on diets or if I’m anorexic and that bothers me. I try not to get defensive because then they might think I’m lying, but it’s sad that people think I actually TRY to make myself become this skinny.

There are times I will try my hardest to eat … A LOT. But no matter how many attempts, I can’t gain that weight. It’s just how I’m built. I can’t eat a whole lot, because my stomach simply can’t handle it. I’ve never done anything extreme with trying to gain weight, nothing dangerous or anything like that, but I wish I could actually gain weight.

If I could choose, I would not want to be this skinny, but I can’t do a whole lot about it. I’ve learned to live with it, but the thoughts still creep up from the back of my mind when I’m not looking.

I know this is one of those subjects that people ‘preach’ to others about, however I’m not trying to do that. I’m just throwing out my opinions. Nothing more, nothing less.

I think we forget that a lot of body types come naturally,

There’s pro’s and con’s to every body type, but you just need to remember what the pro’s are to your body are and embrace it~

xoxo Dana

Just thought I’d share some goals for this weekend’s posts because I’m so booked I won’t have much time to actually take some photos’ and sit here reading all your posts for hours. Yes, I wrote and planned out my posts two days early before I actually AM posting them JUST to make sure I meet the whole “minimum-one-post-a-day” routine! ^^”

Summer has been around for about a month for the university students who finished early (like myself), and it’s quite weird to have almost 4 whole months off! That’s a lot of time to occupy! I figured doing photoshoots, blogging (no, not Vlogging), and documentation would keep me in check when I’m not working.

Thankfully, I have friends, like artsy-hipsters, whom like myself come across concepts to attempt. I’m hoping to cover as many areas of shoot’s & types of photography that I can! So far here’s the list:

  • Long (double) exposure
  • Fashion
  • Editorials?
  • Magazine layouts (promotion)
  • Make up
  • Scenery
  • Forestry
  • Macro
  • Beach
  • Shadows (Black & White)
  • Vintage
  • Group shoot
  • Lookbook
  • Dancing (bboy, ballet, ect)

It’s a cruddy list, I know. But, I am trying. I’ve done a few, so I don’t see what’s stopping me from trying them all! If there’s anything you know of, or want to recommend, feel MORE than free to leave a comment below! (Any tips or feedback is also appreciated & welcomed with open arms)

Here’s some collages of what I have done so far that I”m beyond happy with! (iPhone behind the scenes!)

xoxoDana

-Edits 500+ photoshoot photos for 3+ hours-

-Realizes there’s no natural light to take photos for a post-

-Goes to bed-

-Stares at the ceiling-

-Guilt arises. Sneaks out of bedroom to get laptop & write a post-

So that’s how we came to this point. 2:02am. I’ve been posting everyday since I started this blog. I can’t help but feel unfaithful if I don’t post. Because if I forget ONCE, that’s all it takes end up not blogging at all.

Thank you Hamda for telling me you’re a faithful follower! This is for you hun =)

About 2 days ago, on my 19th birthday, me and my artsy friend Brem did a photoshoot (white lace & forestry concept). It turned out better than I expected. I really loved the results.

(Not this photo. This was a personal fav for both of us, only the curve was touched.)

When going through the photos, she asked if I could just touch up her skin in 2 or 3 of them before posting. This made me pause.

… Touch up … the photo … the actual subject … the actual PERSON!? WHAT?!

I’ve NEVER done that (well ONCE, but for a Skills Canada competition). Sure, I’ve finally become comfortable with using photoshop to edit in terms of just adjusting the curve and changing the exposure. But actually making slight changes on the model?! No way!

Now, I might sound really childish, but I truly believe in natural beauty. I shoot in natural light and I’ve never bothered to change anything about the people I photograph.

I figured only professional photographers do this, but I would try to stay away from it as much as I can. To me, Brem is such a beaut on her own. I didn’t see any reason for it. This all links back to the Imperfect Insecurities post.

I’ve accepted that Photoshop is a tool, if not an extension of my Nikon. It’s meant to help ENHANCE the beauty of the photo’s I take.

… However, I always think of the billboard models.  A strong example is the Dove photoshop time lapse commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hibyAJOSW8U

I get this feeling that once I start learning to edit and do touch ups on my actual subjects, I won’t be taking photos the way I do now. I’ll always be in the mindset that says “Oh, no worries. I can just photoshop that”. I REALLY don’t want it to come down to that. I like keeping my photo’s as raw as I possibly can. Yes, I admit I edit with settings built into my camera and tinker around with filters on photoshop like sephia and saturation, but I would rather keep it like that.

I know, I must seem like such a hypocrite, it’s okay if you think I am. I’m just very confused by the concept of actually altering natural beauty. Everyone is photogenic. Why not show it naturally?

What are your views? If you disagree, let me know. I would love to hear what you think.

This is a very slow process for me to grasp and work with, but I am; slowly. Well, I think I now have both this unfaithfulness off my chest as well as this topic! I can possible sleep peacefully for the next 4 hours before getting ready for work! Good night wonderful bloggers! Keep blogging away!

xoxo Dana

 ©Bri.Photography

I’m sure you’ve all experienced that movie moment in real life, right? Where that moment feels like something directly out of a big production film, so perfect it’s almost unreal. It’s like the setting was created as a set specifically for this moment, and the cameras are secretly hidden, filming what you do, your movements, emotions and all.

This is just yet another reason why I enjoy taking photo’s so much. You really never know what’s in store for you! The possibilities are endless, and that just leaves so much room for creativity, spontaneity and potential! This is one of my favourite photos of this trio because of the natural expressions and the poster-like feel. Black and white was just a beautiful plus to give it even more sophistication~

I have the most beautiful (and handsome aha) friends in my life. I’m glad they are so willing to let me take their pictures and volunteer to let me have a couple photoshoots with them! They really aren’t afraid of my camera, so what more can I ask for?

You can check out my lovely model’s blogs too~

Jordan: http://cestnaturel.wordpress.com/

Hamda (one on the right): https://lola455567.wordpress.com/

Lamia (one on the left): http://lazygal101.wordpress.com/

Xoxo Dana

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