SUNDOWN













1st look dress off brand/vintage | 2nd look gown off brand/vintage | 3rd look vest off brand/thrifted | bra off brand | pants Gap | boots thrifted/modified | wig off brand

A fun little shoot for the end of summer at my favorite location. Nothing too fancy since I played around with styling and ideas a few hours beforehand, unlike how I usually have everything laid out days in advance. Also, no more shooting here for a long time, I swear. I had two shoots here of other people, but a summer self portrait session that lasts until sundown feels like a tradition.

It grew dark so suddenly and the last photos look much brighter than it was by that time. I ended up shooting somewhat in reverse for the lighting, since I made the first photos darker. It was perfect to test some ideas with lightness/darkness and overall exposure in camera and post production. Sometimes I feel like I'm too picky about making the exposure *perfect* or exactly how it was in person, so I wanted to try something different. I really like the darkness in the first one and the grain in the ones I brightened up.

For wardrobe, I finally broke out my vintage sequin gown. I should've played with sequins in the sunlight now that I think about it, but I'm happy I finally shot in it. The bridge piercing is fake, made up of glass beads and strong eyelash glue. They never came off on their own, although at one point I accidentally picked one off. Eyelash glue does not fuck around. I actually really like how I'd look with a bridge piercing, only for temporary looks. Another temporary look is with that fabulous wig, which wasn't even a dollar, haha. It's weird seeing myself in it.

Eyes
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Coastal Scents Hot Pots in Brownstone
Sugarpill pressed eyeshadow in Bulletproof
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black
Eyelash glue and glass beads (fake bridge piercing)

Lips
Dior Extreme Lipstick in Incognito

Nails
American Apparel in Hassid
American Apparel Matte Top Coat *


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