Photography Spotlight…|Q.L.P

This is a Quick Lil’ Post I have planned on doing for a little while. I am going to ‘spotlight’ some of my favoritest role-model photographers and also introduce you to some less-known photographers who are emerging and well-worth your follow.

So let’s get this thing on the road.

😉 My Role Models 😉

 

  1. Sonja Adcock Photography. Sonja is a photographer based in Pennsylvania. I love her work and especially how she uses light. Her style is soft and she specializes in artistic child photography. You can check her out here.

  2.  Photography by Britton. I probably should’ve mentioned these guys first! They are almost 100% my biggest photography role models. They’re a husband and wife photography team (I’m a big fan of that 😀 ) and they travel all over the place to photograph people. They specialize in (pretty much everything) weddings. Their official website can be found here. 

  3. Brittany Elise Photography. Brittany has a very unique style. I love the type of softness her portraits demonstrate. They really are very unique and I think you should check her out. She’s based in Tampa Florida, and specializes in newborn. Check out her website here. 

  4. Madison Photography. This is another big favorite of mine. I just love how colorful Madison’s images are. They’re so so pretty. I follow her on Instagram and lemme tell ya’–her stuff brightens my feed. Madison’s style is ‘creative, bright, colorful, sharp and airy’. Go check her out here. 

 

And that will have to wrap this part up for now. There are so many others I could’ve spotlighted but this will have to do it for now. I know these photographers will get you motivated to keep being a photographer or at least to enjoy looking at other people’s photography. 😉

 

 

❤ Lesser-Known Photographers ❤

This section hasn’t got very many in it as I only put people down if I really love their work and respect them. Truth is, there are a lot of lesser-known photographers out there. When I day lesser known I really just mean emerging, newer, or not started a business yet. So here’s my list.

  1. Sarah Leana Photography. I will be spotlighting her again just as soon as her official website is up but for now I’ll just direct you to her blog. It’s a newer blog but just so you know she’s amazing! Sarah has been a best friend of mine and my family’s for a very long time. She specializes in senior portraits (she took mine if you were wondering). Go and give her a follow! (Her family is going through tough times right now which I highlighted in this post.) Her style is classic, and you can go check out the rest here. 

  2. Natasha Ann Photography. Natasha is a photographer I found online maybe two or three years ago (I am awful at time, it might have been more recently 😉 ) . I found her through her sister’s blog–but I love her blog! She has a really neat natural style. another thing about her style is that she doesn’t edit much. It’s an unusual thing to see but her quality shines through! You should follow her. She has two blogs–one for everything and the other more specifically for photography.

And that is literally it! I told ya’ I didn’t put very many down. 🙂 There are others but I am not currently following very many yet (I have to find them first!).

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The Big Change…

Hellllooooo!

It’s been a few days…right? Well, here I am! Over the past few months I have been making various changes to my blog. I have been attempting to organize and get things straight.

But when it comes to this blog…one thing has never changed. What’s that?

It is simply…my blog’s name! The reason for that is I am rather attached to my blog name. The Misty Mountain has always been my title and I always have liked it.

But as I make several announcements (which will change my blog slowly) over the next few days…or weeks…there will be a change. If not a few.

The first change is the name. It makes me sad to wave goodbye to The Misty Mountain, as it’s been my title for four years (this blog’s whole life 😀 ). But it’s time.

So without further ado…my new blog name!

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Surprise! And you wondered what happened to Crystal Ice Studio 😉 . So that is change #1.

Keep an eye out for the next changes.

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Art Swirls #3. | Hot Glue Canvas Painting

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Welcome to #3. of Art Swirls!

Today we will be doing Hot Glue Canvas Painting. 

YOU WILL NEED

  • a canvas of any size.
  • Acrylic paints.
  • a hot glue gun +extra glue sticks.
  • A semi-steady hand +good handwriting, or letter stencils.

THE INSPIRATION

 

 

I found the below lovely image on Pinterest, and decided to put my own spin on things. I will probably do one similar to the picture eventually.

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INSTRUCTIONS

STEP ONE~ FIRST DETERMINE A DESIGN AND SKETCH IT LIGHTLY ON YOUR CANVAS WITH A PENCIL. 

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IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THE ‘SHEEP’, I USED THIS MAGNET AS A STENCIL.

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STEP TWO~ NEXT, BEGIN TRACING OVER YOUR PENCIL MARKS WITH THE GLUE GUN. WATCH THE CONSISTENCY OF THE HOT GLUE AND TRY TO BE CONSISTENT IN THE AMOUNT OF GLUE ON THE CANVAS.

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GET RID OF THE ‘SPIDER STRING’S’ AS YOU GO!

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STEP THREE~ NOW CHOOSE YOUR PAINT COLORS AND BEGIN PUTTING THEM ON IN THE ORDER YOU WANT THEM. THE DESIGN IS UP TO YOU. I MADE THE SHEEP PLAIN OLD WHITE.

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STEP FOUR~ STRENGTHEN AND DEEPEN THE COATS OF PAINT AS YOU GO UNTIL SATISFIED WITH YOUR WORK. MAKE SURE THAT THE PAINT IS EVEN. ALSO MAKE SURE ALL THE HOT GLUE IS PAINTED OVER EVENLY. AND YOU’RE DONE!

 

 

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Writer’s Block// How to Escape the Scrape

A new writing post has emerged!

The last one that was similar to this was 5 Reasons You Should Keep Writing. 

Today we’ll be talking about writer’s block.

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Your inspiration is non-existent. You don’t feel like writing…or maybe you do and can’t think of anything to put on that blank page (or screen 😀 ). Congratulations!

You have writer’s block.

Now that I’ve diagnosed your writing problem (which you most likely have already diagnosed 😉 ) and also given you a deceptive blog post title…we may proceed!

What??! You gave us a deceptive blog post title?

Well, yes I did. You see…there’s no one way to fix this problem. I can’t just give you tips and say “This one will totally work for you!”. Because…every person is different and what works for me may not work for you. Yay, aren’t I encouraging?

While that may sound like bad news…guess what? It can also be very good news! Putting it positively- your solution may be right around the corner waiting to be discovered. So see, it’s not hopeless!

Ideas to destroy this beast…

  1. Remove anything and everything that’s distracting you from your presence. We have so many things in life that could potentially distract us from the one thing we want to do right now. I know for me personally- I go from writing a school assignment to just- not. Whether that means I’m checking my email or doing somethin’ else- It’s distracting me from writing. So. GET. RID. OF. THOSE. PESKY. DISTRACTIONS. ONE. BY. ONE. !
  2. Find a book to read that will get the imagination flowing. If you’re trying to write something in the fantasy genre, maybe read something in that genre. For instance, my current project is a retelling of The Little Mermaid. I keep on reading the original story to get the creative juices flowing. 
  3. Find a new angle. Were you telling the story first person? Try this out: tell the story in second person. Or you can take another character vital to the story and tell it in his/her perspective. If you’re struggling to put those first words on the paper…think about a way to make the story opening something totally different than what you’d intended. Was Willemina a princess once? Why not turn her into an ugly young woman afraid she’s never going to be realized for the princess she is? Now–true, this may just ruin the story. But there really are limitless possibilities. And it’s always possible you assigned the character the wrong role. 😀
  4. Make a pinterest storyboard. This may not be for everyone. But I can attest to loving this. Sometimes images inspire the mind when nothing else can. They visually transport you into the realm you’re writing about. They help you envision what you were trying to write. If you want an example of one you can check out mine for my dystopian story Watchful here. I love doing this, and it’s especially helpful to look back on when I’m stuck or uninspired. 
  5. Story Prompts. I’m not sure when this became a ‘thing’. But I just started getting into it. One thing I used to worry about was the possibility of plagiarism. Not anymore though. Because, I have discovered that different minds think differently. And while, yes, we sometimes tend to think similarly—you’d be surprised at what I come up with VS what others come up with. So don’t worry! Story prompts are an amazing way to help you step it up. Why not try angling what you have of your story into a prompt to enhance the plot? Or start your story with a prompt!
  6. Write. There is a way that may make you upset. It’s called writing. 😀 You’re not going to beat this writer’s block without doing some writing. Most of the things I’ve suggested up until now–have been ways to get the writing juices flowing. Because I don’t want you to think that the solution is NOT to write. True, you may need a little break. You may need to go outside where the air is clean to think about it. But the solution isn’t to quit writing indefinitely until you’re inspired. That’s a sure way to either never write, or when you do–to go back off it just as soon. 
  7. Try listening to epic music. I wouldn’t recommend pop or anything where the beat is louder than the words. If you’re writing a romance novel…imagine the scene while you’re playing some soft, sweet music. Try instrumental. If bigfoot is about to stomp on littlefoot…then play something tense. Will littlefoot be trod underfoot? 🙂 I personally love listening to movie soundtracks for epic fight scenes and the like. But you may need something smooth and calming. I do too, sometimes. 
  8. Make a writer’s schedule. This is one that I’m awful at, but really need to try. If you pace yourself so that you’re writing at a certain time for a certain amount of time- it may help. Put it in a place in that busy schedule where it’s not so likely to be loud. Make it fit at a ‘smooth’ part of the day where your work load isn’t there to bother you. 

 

I hope this was helpful to you! Keep writing!

Have you tried any of these?

Name a way not listed that’s helped you in the comments!

A you a writer, or more of a reader?

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Art Swirls 2. {three inspirations}

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Welcome to Art Swirls 2. ! I am excited to do this one today because I hunted for a few drawings on Google and came up with two drawings to try freehand. I didn’t measure anything at all…just used the good ole’ eyeballs. 😉

Image 1: Chip (beauty and the beast)

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Reference photo.
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My sketchbook take. 

 

Image 2: Cala Lilly

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My sketchbook take. 

 

Image 3: Silhouettes (taken from one of Walter T. Foster’s art books.)

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Reference photos from the book.

This one had more room for creativity. I sorta’ just chose a bunch of random objects to draw, and some from memory. This is what I came out with.

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My take. Haha. I know…isn’t that face thingy goofy? And I do believe I created a rare type of bird! 🙂 

I did the drawing of Chip as a ‘promo’ art for the live action Beauty and the Beast. Anyone else hoping to ‘be their guest’ this March?

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~Emmaline

 

Etsy Shop| An Update

Hello!

I promised to post updates, didn’t I? Well, I did…and so I’m here! Just to touch base a little with y’all,–the past two months have been spent busily- and (I HOPE 🙂 ) productively. I spent them brainstorming and experimenting various product ideas. As a result, today I have pictures to share! YAY.

Note: the pictures I’m sharing are not complete projects. They are still in progress. Here’s a mini list of what I’m about to share:

  1. An earring. (from the jewelry department)
  2. A headband. (from the headwear department)

Yep, it’s not much. But it’s what I’ve got for now…*smile*.

 

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Product# 1: Silver bell earrings
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Product #1: Silver bell earrings
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Product #1: Silver bell earrings
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Product #2: Denim braided headband
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Product #2: Denim braided headband
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Product #2: Denim braided headband

 

There are many imperfections in the products…I know. But this is just stage two. There won’t be these imperfections in the finished products. In the headband photos my little sister had to hold the sides of the headband so it wouldn’t fall off. That’s because I haven’t actually attached the piece that holds it on the head! But…I promised updates- and I want to give y’all a taste of the process step-by-step.

And yes, in the earring photos…there is a WIRE sticking out of the top of the earring! 🙂 And NO, there will most certainly NOT be that wire in the finished product.

Sorry there isn’t more. There are more products, but they’re not quite picture worthy yet!

Thanks to my lil’ sis Ellie for sitting so patiently as I tried to figure out some of the settings on the camera.

Thanks also to my big sis Hannah, who’s graciously offered to allow me to use her camera to practice photography and take product photos. I am very grateful.

 

What projects are y’all working on?

Do you ever want to start a business from home?

Do y’all know of any articles I could watch to improve my product photos?

 

~Emmaline

 

 

The Way of Extinction

Good afternoon!

On this chilly morning…chilly? REALLY? It actually feels COLD today! Oh joy. I have been long awaiting the end of summer. I love fall and the winter best of all. Especially winter.

Reasons I don’t prefer Summer…

  1. It’s hot, and no one smells remarkably good.
  2. It’s full of allergies for many people.
  3. I can’t really drink tea with as much enthusiasm, because it’s HOT.
  4. Add hot chocolate to the list. 🙂

Things I DO love about Summer…

  1. Swimming.
  2. Lemonade.
  3. Flowers.
  4. Water gun fights.
  5. Running.

But Winter/Fall trumps all…

  1. Snowball fights.
  2. Tea, and other hot beverages.
  3. Jumping in leaves.
  4. Mums/ fall flowers.
  5. Sledding.
  6. Dumping snow on people.
  7. Snowmen.
  8. Boots…BOOTS!!!!
  9. Crazy fuzzy socks. 🙂
  10. etc. (Meaning I could go on…but this post is actually supposed to be a writing post!)

 

Welcome to another installment of E’s Creative Writings! Specifically to another one of my novels…The Way of Extinction.

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So happy with this cover!

Genre: Dystopian, elements of Sci-fi, young adult, christian fiction.

 

Synopsis

The world has come into rapid decay. Only a few of us are left…

Landice… has been entrusted with a unique and difficult task. To find the man who must be her husband. Difficulties and stakes are high. Landice is one of the last women alive, and she is a Follower of the Way. Meaning, she is not permitted to marry a man who is not of her faith.

Bane…is in a precarious position. A Follower of the Way and a FM. His family has been killed and he is constantly watched. But he was entrusted by the Bishop with two tasks: seek God, and seek God in his choice of a wife. But it’s not that simple, because no one knows if there are even any women left in the world.

And so their quests move them in different directions…can faith and determination throw them together?

 

Excerpt

(my apologies, the excerpt isn’t in good order right now. I will soon update this post in E’s Creative Writings.)

!COMING SOON!

 

What projects are y’all working on (hopefully not as many as me 🙂 ).

What’s YOUR favorite season of the year?

Is it getting colder where you live?

Can you tell I like dystopian novel writing? 🙂

~Emmaline