Be Mine Forever – Vampire Photomanipulation Photoshop Composite Art By Reality Reimagined

BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA, the amazing film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and featuring the brilliant performance by Gary Oldman as the titular character, came out in 1992 when I was a Sophomore in high-school.
I went to go see it with a new group of friends that I has just earned my spot among, as they were all a part of the drama program and I so desperately wanted to included among them. They were all older than me, by one or two years, yet I identified with them more than my peers in my own class. We sat transfixed during this beautiful film. We cried, our hearts pounded with pure emotion of love, loss and the desperation to find love again – at any cost. I bought the score by Wojciech Kilar as soon as I could get my teenage angsty hands on it and I listened to it over and over for months. Mainly the “theme” song called “Love Song for a Vampire,” performed by the mesmerizing Annie Lennox.

Go with me on this, because this is an important part of me and it’s hard (in some ways) to share this on the information super highway. This movie, this story, hit so hard with me. Because I saw parts of myself in Dracula. The boundless love for one person, the rage at being betrayed by the God you fought for, the determination to cheat death to only live long enough to find your true love again. I wanted to be loved by someone, so badly, like these characters I saw unfold and this story being their path to finding that love, again. I saw others around me find their loves and I felt so alone. So lost and so different than those around me.

“Come into these arms again and set this spirit free.”

I used to believe that even if it cost my soul as the price, I would find the love that burned in my heart. Even if I had to find that love by going to Hell and back, I would. Because it was what I wanted and needed to find happiness and to be free.

Turns out I didn’t have to go to Hell and back – just college and then I found Bethany and the love that I sought. And years later, I found it again in the smile of a five month old little boy, that loves his father and his father would endure the price of immortality, to let his boundless love, protect him.

vampire photomanipulation art by reality reimagined

Model: Briana Thistle

Costume by: Michelle Pettengill

Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined

Gear: Canon EOS R, RF 24-70 F2.8, Godox Photo Equipment Co. Ltd AD600, modifiers by Strobepro

#vampire #love #song #bramstokersdracula #dracula #art #eternal #life #photography #photoshop #wacom #canon #adobe #godox #strobepro #realityreimagined

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There’s Always A Price: Halloween Gothic Photography Artwork By Reality Reimagined


The Vampire Seer paused for a moment’s reflection and then simply stated, “you – for eternity.”

I don’t know how I managed such a pure gale of laughter, in such a horrific place, but it tumbled from my lips in mocking delight. “I come to this accursed cave that you call home, seeking my truth, my future – and that wisdom has a price of trading my soul for eternity?!” I took one last look at the accursed beast I came to bargain with and turned to leave.

“You’ve already agreed to my price. You did so when you entered my home.” She whispered, calmly.

I was warned not to come here. Bargaining with the beast was not possible and the price was too high. With sickening fear creeping into my gut, like the touch of this horrific web, I spun to face my jailer.

The Vampire Seer smiled as we both realized and accepted our fates. “Your fear is sweet and how it will sustain me for eternity. Approach and receive the wisdom you seek.”

Vampire Seer Artwork By Reality Reimagined

This art was edited live with the subscribers of The Photoshop Composite series contributing their artistic opinions all along the way.  If you’d like to learn more about the series, visit the website at

Model/Costume/Wig: Ember Brennen Sparks

Mask: Hysteria Machine

Teeth: @Wolfgrin on Instagram

Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined

Gear: Canon EOS R, RF 24-70mm, Lumin8 Full Spectrum lighting

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Hela Cosplay Photomanipulation from Reality Reimagined

One of my favorite moments from Thor: Ragnarok and what a joy it was to work with my dear friend Mary again. She has such a grace to her movement and work as a model and actor, that I’m always in awe. Plus she is a great human being. 🙂 Our base image was captured at Shutterfest 2021 and the rest is some time in Photoshop and Blender to pull it all together.
Model: Mary L. Poll
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined
#marvel #hela #thor #cosplay #composite #photomanipulation #photoshop #art #wacom #blender #canon #godox #realityreimagined
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When I was very young, one of my eldest brother’s friends dressed up as Count Dracula for Halloween. As the story goes, I found him in our bathroom putting the last touches of makeup on. He noticed me, gestured and then I screamed and kept screaming until he took all the make up off, so I could see that he was safe and alive and not a monster.
I remember that gesture – it’s the only memory that I have from that experience. He reached out his hand to me, when he realized that I was terrified. He beckoned me to not be afraid, but to approach. I remember thinking “I know you and I shouldn’t be afraid of you – but I’m terrified because you have become a monster.”

Vampire photomanipulation by reality reimagined

THIS is one of the many sources of storytelling in photography: your memories that evoke powerful emotion. During my shoot with Breezy at one point she smiled and for a second I was that little boy again, transfixed and terrified because this wonderful human was transforming (in my imagination) into a monster.
So I asked her to beckon to me and see if I could tempt my fate, once more.

Model: Briana Thistle
Costume design: The Royal Stitchery
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined
Art created with: Reimagined Photoshop Plugin (
Gear: Canon EOS R / RF 24-70 F2.8
Godox AD600, modifiers from Strobepro
(before and after in the comments)
#vampire #darkness #composite #photomanipulation #art #beauty #fear #beckon #storytelling #fate #halloween #myfavoriteholiday #photoshop #wacom #canon #godox #strobepro #reimagined #realityreimagined
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Shutterfest HYPE – Gelled Glamour Photography by Reality Reimagined

So excited to be returning to Shutterfest next week, to not only teach, but also launch two major projects that mean a lot to me. This community of artists has been a home to me for so many years and I am grateful to be able to make a difference for a wonderful group of people.
One of the classes I will be teaching is gel lighting for photography and showing folks how to create images like these featuring an incredible talent!

Model: Gary D Whatley
Photography and Photoshop art by: Reality Reimagined
Gear used: Canon EOS R/RF 24-70mm F2.8, Godox AD600, modifiers by Strobepro
#gels #gelledlighting #gelledphotography #art #strong #powerful #gratitude #photoshop #wacom #canon #realityreimagined
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