Jungle Fever

I realized when I posted these photos on my Instagram accounts that my photography Instagram (@vivianapodinaphotography) still says I’m participating (PROCRASTINATING) in the r/WeeklyPhotos 52 week challenge. However, I haven’t looked at that challenge since March. The year isn’t over yet and I’d really like to catch up and finish the challenge with everyone else, so in an effort to have no more “zero-days”, I’m going to challenge myself to finish this challenge.

That said, I didn’t go into these photos with the intent of them coming out how they did at all. I was simply happy with another great makeup look and wanted to capture it in photos.

I added freckles to my face with an eyebrow pencil, a makeup trend and trick that I feel adds more dimension to an overall look, but especially so in photography. One of my favorite photo aesthetics is that of Claire Luxton, who uses her Photoshop skills to hyper-intensify gorgeous details like freckles and gem-colored eyes to bring out her subjects. I used her photography as reference and inspiration while editing, and brought out my faux freckles in this series.

I watched a few of her videos on Youtube to see how she edits and I combined a couple new tricks from her style of editing with my own. I’m very pleased with how these photos turned out and I think I might have to do some Twitch streams again in the future of my photo-editing because this was honestly so much fun.

I use myself as my subject matter for portraits about 95% of the time, but I’d really like to expand that and test myself and my skills in bringing out other people’s personalities and stories through my photography.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

This year has absolutely flown by! Today is Thanksgiving and I have so many things to be thankful for this year.

Firstly, I’m thankful for all the people in my life who helped lift me up, believed in me and in turned helped me believe in myself, and pushed me to be the best version of myself.

I’m especially thankful for all the new people who’ve entered my life and shaped it in ways I didn’t know were possible. I’ve had incredible experiences with and because of you all and I am truly blessed to have the privilege of having you in my life.

I’m particularly thankful for my new work position. The sheer love, support, fun, and creativity I’ve been allowed to experience here is more than I could’ve hoped for. Knock on wood, but I’m happy to get up for work every morning and happy to bring my cheery ass in and spread positivity. It’s amazing what a supportive environment can do for your mental health.

That said, myself and Bullseye are wishing each and every one of you a wonderful Thanksgiving day!

Juanes – Unplugged Tour 6/14/13 @ Royal Oak Music Theater

It’s not that I don’t keep my promises. It’s just that I deliver them a little later than expected sometimes.

That said, I’ve finally found time to sift through my Juanes concert photos and choose my favorite to share with you all. When I heard he was coming to the Metro Detroit area back in May, I made a commitment to go see him live, and I took my mom along with me because even though she actually hadn’t heard of him before, she likes Latin music – and going to concerts by yourself isn’t fun. We both had a lot of fun. She ran away from me before the concert even started though to get beer and I didn’t see her until it ended. I was in about third row for the majority of it, and by the end of it, I had squeezed myself to first row. 

I got some pretty good shots I think, thanks to my d7100 and my lens. There were a lot of shaky ones though, much to do with being squashed in so tight (body against body, for real, it was hella hot and I was sweating bullets) and having to raise myself on my tippy-toes to get the really good ones. I might be 5’7″, but when there’s like 12 other heads ahead of me and the floor slopes backward, it’s tough. But I managed to get my photographer game on with the blog in mind. 

Please enjoy these hard-worked-for photos and check out Juanes here. His opening act and duet for my favorite song, La Fotografia, was Raquel Sofia

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