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First Time Magic – Fashion Photography by Reality Reimagined

This was the first time that Yashenia stood in front of my camera and within SECONDS I knew that she was going to produce a lot of beautiful imagery. Quick to move through various ideas and shapes, each with a full commitment to energy and presence; so incredibly rad to be a part of.
 
When I cull down a photo shoot I typically use Adobe Bridge to view the images and make selections. My practice is to keep my finger on the number 4 key and tag images that have merit (for various reasons) and that is the main pass I will make through the entire set. However when an image leaps out at me with that elusive mark of “wow that one is rad” I hit the number 5 key.
 
This image? I couldn’t hit the number 5 key fast enough. Her eyes. Look at her eyes and the challenge there. What do you see in her eyes that prompts you to hit the number 5?
 
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined
 
#fashion #photography #art #beauty #parachutedress #aliceandrewsdesigns #canon #allure #designer #wacom #godox #strobepro #oniricglows #realityreimagined
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Death & Rebirth – Phoenix Rising fashion photography by Reality Reimagined

Speaking of a weekend that is about death and rebirth…
 
I have always been fascinated by the stories that have been around human society for ages, that dwell in the realm of life and death. Whether it be a deities in various religions, the lore of societies long gone or just the simple examples we see in nature every single year – we have come to understand the power of rebirth.


 
This image represents that in a small way to me; the spark of creativity coming from the myth of the Phoenix. That was the spark that occurred to me when I first saw this stunning design from Alice Andrews and realized the threads that I could follow that would parallel my own journey as well as resonate with others.
 
Visit Alice’s Facebook page to see more of her amazing pieces that you can rent and rebirth your own imagination.
 
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined
 
#phoenix #rising #dress #parachutedress #beauty #fashionphotography #art #fashion #photography #photoshop #canon #godox #wacom #aliceandrewsdesigns #realityreimagined
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Phoenix Rising – Fashion Photography by Reality Reimagined

Look to the setting sun of a week now gone and a weekend of possibility. Excited to share more of this series of my wonderful friend Janelle, wearing a new design by Alice Andrews!

Model:
Janelle McCain
Wearing:
Alice Andrews Designs
Photography and Photoshop art:
Reality Reimagined

#fashion #photography #parachutedress #phoenix #goldenhour #art #beauty #allure #phoenixrising #canon #godox #oniricglows #aliceandrewsdesigns #realityreimagined

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I’m learning that as a photographer, my creative voice (and my knowledge) does not have to be confined to the genres that “I’m known for.” I’m learning that I can stand behind the work and knowledge I possess, even if the genre is something relatively new to me. I’m learning that I have wisdom and art to offer, that has great value even if the subject isn’t holding a sword 🙂 Such is the case with this series of images I have been recently creating featuring the beautiful designs from Alice Andrews.

I found Alice a few years ago when I set out to photograph my first parachute dress. I wanted something unique, I wanted a lot of color options and designs to choose from and I needed the pieces to have the feeling of fantasy that was triggering in my imagination. Her closet of pieces fulfilled every-single-one of those needs and expectations. When I rented the first design from her and took it to the Imperial Sand Dunes in southern California, I knew that I had found the fantasy that I sought. It was that thread of fantasy that gave me the courage to say, “this is technically the fashion genre. And I don’t give a flying fuck about putting labels on this, so I can appease the masses, say I do fashion and wait for their cowardly judgement to decide my fate.”

I shot what I saw in my mind and completed the journey in Photoshop. I have continued to do precisely that, ever since and any labels I put on my work is to make it easier for folks to find me and what I have to offer. In an ever expanding world of education for the photography industry, I understand the merit of being cautious about whom you seek knowledge from, especially when that knowledge comes with a price point. However I also am seeing a trend of educators warning the masses “don’t believe what you hear from folks who aren’t actively working in the genre and are known for it.”

I am finding more reasons to disagree with this stance. Our art, our passion for it, our execution of it and our results can speak for themselves. We don’t need to prove ANYTHING, beyond those measurements – first. We don’t need to show a bottom line of massive dollars in the bank, to prove we have a spark of creativity in this new genre. We don’t have to show tear sheets of hundreds of publications, name drop the famous people we know, to prove our value in the chosen genre. We don’t have to hide our insecurity behind bullshit rules or measurements of success like degrees and other ridiculous fallacies. The work, the art, the passion and the drive to see it exceed all expectations – that is the first measurement. Yes the dollars earned for the work is an important measurement. But let me ask you – if you just earned a $2k sale, but it’s your first one – does that mean you don’t know what you are doing? We want to see proof in sustainable dollars, before we accept the wisdom. We want to see the proof that someone has become stagnant in a system that doesn’t change, so we can find the numerical proof that it’s worth it.

I would rather learn from someone that tells me “I am obsessed with this new genre and am learning all I can about it!” than learn from the person that says “I’ve been doing this for 10 years and have made boat loads of cash – don’t listen to the others, listen to me if you want to go to the next level and make money.” That is part of the passion in my heart and soul behind my work and why I was elated when Alice sent me two new prototype designs and gave me the time I needed to experiment and learn. I have wisdom, art and value to offer to you all and I’m not going to let labels or an industry predicated on arrogance, fear or proof, stop me from finding ways to share it with you all. The work and the human behind it, will speak for themselves.


Model:
Elley Ringo
Wearing: Alice Andrews Designs
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined
#fashion #photography #art #dress #parachute #beauty #composite #photoshop #canon #wacom #godox #strobepro #aliceandrewsdesigns #realityreimagined #knowyourworth
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Poses to scare the employees at a Tire Center || Fashion Photography by Reality Reimagined

This is PRECISELY the pose/expression I’m going to take at the tire center today, when they argue with me about warranty policy.
 
My hope is that a 43 year old, slightly over-weight man doing this move, will frighten the fellas so much that they will give me what I want – in record time.
 
Seriously – my friend Elley is amazing. More on these beautiful dresses and the amazing designer behind them, in tomorrow’s art adventure on the socials. For now, it’s time to drive to the tire center.


 
Model: Elley Ringo
Wearing: Alice Andrews Designs
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined
 
#fashion #dress #parachute #photography #art #beauty #photoshop #composite #photomanipulation #photographybackdrop #dance #movement #canon #wacom #strobepro #godox #aliceandrewsdesigns #realityreimagined
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