Challenge Recap: Lauma & Favorites from Year

Shekinah Shazaam Photography · December 24, 2017 · Blogging, Challenges, Photography · 0 comments

After 12 months of challenges, we’ve finally reached the end. (Unfortunately I couldn’t post one last month because the model had to reschedule and I didn’t have a backup plan because of how busy I was with work.) This month I’m going to show what I had planned for November. I wanted to really show some of the decay of all the trees around in winter, so I started researching different characters that could portray this. I found Lauma, a Latvian “atmospheric” goddess who is similar to a dryad in that she is usually near trees & nature. This challenge is “have the subject match the background.” I made the branch prop that frames her face, but also allows dimension as it fades into the background of the woods behind her.


In addition I’d like to pick my favorite 3 from the year.


1) Bionic Beauty – This kicked off my Archetype series and is still one of my favorite self-portraits to date. I loved making the moodboard, scouting out my location, setting up my flash, using the wireless capabilities of my camera for the first time, & the overall mood communicated with this.

2) Itzpapalotl – I had such fun doing long exposure/painting with light for the first time. The image I had envisioned before doing all of the technical set up is exactly what I wound up with and that brings me immeasurable joy. It was also fun collaborating with friends on this and sharing my excitement with them.

3) Lauma – This was the most impromptu of them all, because I was in a bad photo rut and wasn’t feeling inspired. I love how this turned out!

This year has been great in terms of really trying to portray different themes as well as shooting beautiful people. I’m very glad I decided to do this year long challenge and really have some strong photos to add to my portfolio.


Until next year.


May the light be with you.







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