I gave myself a budget for the three big events going on right now: Hair Fair (sims 1, 2, 3, and 4), Designers United 4, and Project Donate with Unicef. I shopped until I dropped, and came out with some amazing items! I’ll be working them into my outfits for a long time to come, I expect. Here’s a starter:
I feel so springy in this outfit. It’s a shame that it’s almost autumn, eh?
I greatly prefer in-world photography to photosphere and green screen style shots. I’ve done all of it on this blog, and I’ve concluded that it’s heaps more fun to have a 3D background with which to interact. It gets me out and about in Second Life and lets me focus more on the shot composition and outfit than my skills in Photoshop.
It’s not easy; finding ideal angles and environments and matching appropriate poses takes me so long that I wonder at how anyone else does fashion blogging more often than a few times a week. I am no mistress of the in-world snapshot, but at my skill level, I am a perfectionist.The sad part is: I’m also lazy as hell.
One of the cheats I like to use to speed up my photo sessions and take the guess-work out of finding attractive backgrounds is the photoble (which, so far as I can tell, is a made up word for Second Life). A photoble is a set–often a compact room or diorama constructed in such a way as to seem like an actual place. The most valuable photobles come with built-in poses, sculpted furnishings or props, and baked or shaded textures. All it really takes to make a successful photoble or set are a few walls and nice textures (take my earlier post for a good example). I’ve even made my own.
Today’s shoot took place in a Mudhoney photoble that looks like a luxurious dressing room. It comes with a number of Glitterati singles and couples poses built-in. I used one of them for my first shot perched atop of the pouf:
The best props and sets will allow you to use your own poses and customizations to make it your own. We all get sick of seeing the same items and shots on the fashion feeds; this is another way to keep the reader from assuming they’ve seen it all before (even if they have). For the rest of the shots I experimented with, I used poses by On the Cover.
Now that I think of it, I wish I had begged designers all over the grid to send me review copies of their own backdrops and sets. Not only would I take selfish advantage of their generosity (look who’s being honest!), but I’d love to take more of my blog pics in sets like this! They’re convenient and attractive while still giving the realism of being in a physical setting (when I don’t blur the hell out of them like I have here, right?).
All Dressed Up:
One of my favorite current fashion trends is the use of military themes in jackets and tops. It makes a chick feel more tailored, badass, and creative. I lucked out when cocoro Lemon of COCO sent me her new Military Cardigan. To be honest, it took me two full days to come up with the right outfit to match it! I hope to get a bit more out-of-the-box with colors and combinations as time goes on; I really wanted to keep the black and gold theme this time.
I’m keeping it fun with my favorite hairstyle from Exile, one of the rockin’ dresses from Emery, my go-to Maitreya boots, and some super fun torn stockings from Kitties Lair; that store packs a few surprises for the fashionista.
I think I’m ready to go to the club. Who’s coming?
What I’m Wearing:
Do you ever get started on a snapshot and then realize something feels… off? Do you ever come back to a look you’ve put together previously and want to add or subtract an element that just doesn’t fit? I went through that today, and I happened to take photos along the way. I wonder what you think about the choices I made.
1. In my first take, I wanted something fierce and dramatic, so I chose the Tres Blah Hiccup Vamp skin to make a statement. Maitreya’s Dylan hair softened my face, but after taking a long look at the result, it just felt awkward.
2. My second time around I thought I could gain some blogger points by throwing in some nerdy glasses and wild hair. I dropped the theatrical skin and chose the luscious red Curio Elf mouth instead. Even so, this look was not for me. Someone more creative can probably pull this off elsewhere!
3. Third time’s the charm! I was out shopping and picked up the sexy Maitreya Esprit heels and Mika hair from Friday. I dropped the geek, and went for chic. The final touch was switching taped hands for prim nails (which you can barely see at this angle, but they’re glitter rd if it matters). I kept all the other elements I’d chosen earlier in the day.
Bam! Instant sex.
What do you think, did I choose the right look?