Monday, September 29, 2014

Back to the Beginning Ordering

It has been a wonderful weekend for me and my family. We decided to go with an unplugged weekend with grandma and it was the best decision. We were able to focus on each other. We played a lot of games and just spend good old family time together. 

Now that the fun and games are over, it is back to reality. I have been taking inventory and preparing for my next shoot. I have a lot of the props but am missing a few things. I have placed to order today and hope it will arrive by the end of the week. As for right now, I will be busy getting both of my models out. They need to spend some time getting to know each other before the big day. 

I am a full believer of teamwork. It is really difficult to work as a team with a total stranger so they will spend some time out and about before we start shooting. I have two big plans for them so this will be super important. 

Bye for now. See you again with an update on my prop order on Thursday. 

How was your weekend?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Writing Dark Stories by Rayne Hall

I am not quite sure why, but most of the neighborhood schools will be off for an extended weekend. Don't get me wrong, I love spending time with my girls so we will make the most of it. We will be spending much of the time with Grandma and there is a lot to prepare. Instead of doing my usual photography post, I have a little something extra special to share with all of you.


Writing Dark Stories

By: Rayne Hall


I know I am a photographer and writing is really not my thing but you know what, it totally is. I many not write with paper and pen and get published as an author, rather I tell my stories through light. My photography tells many stories. Before I begin my creative process, it usually starts out short stories. They are not nearly as good as a published author, but it is my mini stories that get me thinking. My stories end up helping me create my photographs. It is this that got me reading a lot of creative writing books. When I got the opportunity to read and review a book helping with dark stories, I jumped on the opportunity. Not only did it help me with my creative process, but it was totally in my niche.


Writing Dark Stories is a really amazing book that guides the author starting from the beginning. One suggestion this book gives, it to start off writing with something you are emotionally scared of. A good example the book gives is with a phobia. If an author chooses a phobia and then embraces it, they will have a great idea on how to make it creepier and scary because it is real to them. The next few chapters talk about how to take a scattered idea, channel it and make the most of it. If this is not great enough, the chapters end with some practice exercises to help get the most out of this book. 

This book goes on and really helps with other important skills. including opening and closing a story. Some other great tips and ideas are different villains as well as great creepy locations. The best way to end this book, is with marketing ideas. We can all use a new perspective on marketing. 

If it would not get to boring, I would go into every chapter and let you know how much help Writing Dark Stories will add to the life of an author. If you are an author however, I would strongly suggest you pick up Writing Dark Stories. Even if you are not, any type of creative person can really benefit from this book. With each page and each chapter, it really changes your whole thinking.

My Personal Experiences:

I know I am a photographer but like I previously mentioned, a lot of my work has to do with writing. I am not an author and from the looks of it, I will never be one, but I can always improve on my writing skills. For example I am currently working on music and death. I am not scared of music and I know music will not hurt me but, if I had to do this over, I should read about people who fear music. It would be very beneficial for me to even try to interview a person who has a fear of music and try to put that perspective in my work. 

There are so many different ways in how Writing Dark Stories has changed my work and I only just read it. I am really looking forward to seeing my photography as well as writing improve in the future. 

In addition to spending time with my girls and grandma, I will be going over some of the suggestions in the book and putting them into play. I cannot wait to see you all next monday. Back to photography. 

Do you kids having off this weekend?
How do you plan on spending it?

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Monday, September 15, 2014

100th Post

This is so exciting for me because this is my 100th post. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to blog for this long. 

I am not about to forget all of you. You have made my posts all the more enjoyable. Writing the posts and taking the photographs is only part of the fun. It is all of your support and feedback that encourages me to keep on writing and creating. 

This has been a wonderful year so far and I cannot wait to see where the next 100 posts will lead. 

To recap some the past 100 posts, here are my highlights:

Bag of Legs:

Nope. No one knows who left them or where they came from but with more then 3 left at the dumping sight, we can assume there is a serial killer on the loose.

mysterious bag left chained together only to discover a bag of severed legs

the chain mysteriously falls off the mysterious bag  but the severed legs have yet to be discovered

oh my the bag falls over the some of the bloody severed legs have fallen out

now all in the open the blood starts dripping off the severed legs so we can assume the kill was very recent

And lets not forget the head guy. 

Head Menagerie:

Just thinking about him makes me sick. He is not like most killers. He has no type and kills at random. Although most of his killings are from the younger age group, by the looks of it, he has killed at least one older women. If not caught, who knows aha the future will bring? 

a whole bunch of severed heads carefully preserved without a trace of who did this or where they came from

From this gruesome killing, it was off to the concert series. 

Death Through Music:

I know. Who knew music can be such a killer. Then again just listen to the different genres and the title says it all. I have only touched upon two killing genres but there is more to be discovered. If you don't way to take my word for it, check out youtube.

I stared this musical exploration though…

Death Metal:

Just take a look at the title. it kind of says it all. Here is how my interpretation came out. 

poor girl strangled alive by her love for death metal

This poor little lady did not even stand a chance against this killer guitar. Look how it even went for her vocals as that is what makes death metal what it is.

If that was not enough, rock n' roll comes into the picture.

Rock n' Roll:

It may sound like a nice genre, but if you think about it, rocks can make one good weapon of choice for killing.

this poor concert singer got killed for her love for rock n roll

Although we did not go with a rock, we still went with the roll. Her twisted little body dangling from the guitar. 

And now we are back tracking to the beginning  The beginning where it all started. My next photo shoot will be all about the actual concert and then we will have some fun in the dressing room. 

With all this excitement and action in only 100 posts, I cannot wait  to see where the next 100 posts will take me. 

Thank you all for your support.