Ginger Hair, Ginger Life

I had a brief dance with blonde for two weeks this month but alas, decided it wasn’t for me.

So I’m back to ginger in full force and my makeup game was STRONG yesterday so OBVIOUSLY that means I whipped out the camera and took some new shots.

Luci stopped by and “guarded” me while I was shooting, so I got a couple shots in with him too.

I particularly enjoy the last picture in this set, but it just reminds me that I really need to invest in a backdrop. The garage door is a great white canvas most of the time. But sometimes I really just want a plain, untextured background. It’s on my to do list.

Enjoy :)

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Danielle x Pinup Portraits

Today was pretty exciting creatively. I asked my coworker Danielle a while ago if she’d be interested in being my muse for a photography shoot and after seeing my recent pinup style pics, she said yes.

We both did her makeup, although she let me do the contouring and such. I enhanced contouring in Photoshop to give her face more of that pop! But to be honest, she didn’t really need it anyway. She has the right kind of planes and angles to be a proper model, IMO. Anyway, here’s a few shots from today.

I used my 50mm portrait lens, ISO 400, f 1.8, exposure range 50-80.

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Anointed

While I’m sharing selfies, I have a handful of relatively new ones that I haven’t shared.

The one I’m sharing tonight was taken a few months ago, in the summer, prior to me switching my hair to Pravana vivids yellow, orange, and red. I’m wearing a crystal crown headband I made, which I nearly never wear in real life because it’s so heavy, it tends to slip and fall off my head, regardless of the fact that I tried to make it anti-slip.

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Canaries

I was momentarily SO happy because I thought it was Thursday and I thought “OH LORD, IT’S THROWBACK THURSDAY” and then I hovered over the time on my taskbar and it told me it was Wednesday and I was sad.

I’ve done a lot of things in the past in terms of fashion that I thought were cool and different at the time, but in retrospect are kinda embarrassing.

In 2012, I used to wear these birds in my hair. I swear.

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Detroit Grooming Company: Part III

I had a really hard time choosing this last photo. But ultimately, I feel like this embodies the old world aesthetic of DGC.

The mirror perfectly frames this shot and gives the viewer a better idea of the company, in my opinion. In case you haven’t grasped it by now, they’re all about being local, handmade, embracing that rustic hardworking appeal of Detroit and turning out quality products. I really liked the old school shaving applicators, as they reminded me of being a little kid again and playing around my dad’s and grandpa’s, pretending I was shaving too. That’s the thing about this classic, old school stuff – it evokes memories you might have forgotten and brings a genuine smile to your face.

One of the other things I enjoyed about their booth at DIY was that they really paid attention to making their displays look vintagey, organic, and rustic, and it played up their products really well. (+10 points, guys)

You can have awesome stuff, but if you don’t display your products right, you’re missing half the equation for success. True story. Trust me, I went to school for this.

Don’t forget to hit them up on social media. Website, Facebook, Instagram << click ’em!

And that’s it for the mini series folks! Hope you enjoyed it and thank you again, Detroit Grooming Company, for allowing me to photograph your merch and sending so many viewers to my blog, that WordPress specially notified me of a boost in views. #yousdabest

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Detroit Grooming Company: Part II

I had to photograph the beard oil. Obviously.

Not only is “beard oil” something that sounds fun to say, but the packaging and individually wax sealed bottles are really aesthetically pleasing and the first thing I noticed when I stopped by the DGC booth.

Also, I can vouch for the scents being sweetly satisfying. They have four, Corktown, Downtown, Mackinac, Orchard Lake, named after locations in Detroit and Michigan, and they each have unique fragrances. I really liked Orchard Lake (orange + vanilla) and Corktown (cedarwood + vanilla + tobacco) which if I remember correctly, reminded me of my favorite Restoration Hardware scent, Belgian Linen.

If I had a beardo boyfriend, I’d make him use this stuff. Honestly.

As a reminder, hit them up on their website, Facebook, and Instagram by clicking each here.

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