Posts Tagged ‘ Photography ’

Dreams and Goals of Mine

Some people say I plan too much. And I admit I do at times, however I firmly believe in having some sort of direction in life and that involves planning. However, not everything I plan comes to fruition, but thats just life. So what is it that little ole’ me wants out of life? What are my goals for the future? Well if you really wanna know I guess i can tell ya 🙂

My main goal is to become a working photographer. I want to be getting paid for doing what I love. The ultimate dream of mine regarding photography? Working as a fashion photographer, or as traveling photographer for National Geographic. Or hell, why not both? I wouldn’t be complainin’ if I had both jobs! Thats for sure! I also want to write an e-book or two about how to take amazing photos using your regular old digital camera and how to make them look professional. It’s something I think a lot of people would like to learn about, and I get SO many questions as to how I do what I do. This would be an easy way to answer them all! 😀

Speaking of writing, not that I’m so amazing at it ( I need an editor! AHH), but I would love to finish my novel and publish it as an e-book it  for Kindle.  Do I want to  be the next Amanda Hocking? Heck yeah! But this is by far a long shot! 😛 However, I will give it a go and see what happens. That’s one thing I like about my personality, (And yes ya’ll you shouldn’t be ashamed to like yourself 🙂 I’m really not afraid to take risks. You either succeed or you fail, but at least you tried right?

Speaking of books, did I mention I’m opening up my own online bookstore? It will be a collection of used books, as well as used college textbooks at cheap and affordable prices. It’s always been a true dream of mine to own a bookstore. Of course when I pictured it, my bookstore was ya know, an actual store, and I ran a cute little cafe inside that served coffee and baked goods, but hey, this works too! 🙂

Let’s see what else? Oh yes! I want to finish school of course! I want to earn my bachelors degree in business management. I’m not aiming for a specific date to finish, because it’s really expensive and the University I want to go to just raised their tuition! 0_0 NOT COOl! I will find my way though, I always do 🙂

Last but not least, I want to design! I’m a design freak. I like designing clothes, jewelry (Actually just started the jewelry website, so I will be posting that when it’s finished!)and even furniture! So who knows where I will go with all these ideas! Once you start dreamin, and plannin, things fall into place if you work hard enough!! 😉 So never stop dreaming, and plan, plan, plan!!

Well that was my “random rant” for the day! Leave a comment, subscribe, or send me a message! Ciao!

-Rixxi

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Monday’s Personal Photoshoot!

Hello My Darlings!

So On Monday I fianlly got around to doing a personal photoshoot. I was BEYOND excited because I hadn’t done one in so long. I drew inspiration from Elizabeth Taylor’s (R.I.P.) “Cleopatra” for my makeup. I used a really pretty bright green/aqua-ish color (It came in my eyeshadow kit from Ulta, but I removed the plastic that had the names of the eyeshadows listesd! So now I don’t know the exact names of my eyeshadows! Grrrr) as well as a lime green eyeshadow, and heavy black eyeliner. I’m no professional makeup artist, so if I can do it you can to! I Promise! 😀 

In my next blog I will be doing another photoshoot and give you the play by play of what I did and how I did it! Well check out the photos that made the cut below and let me know what you think!

“The Eyes Have it” by Rixi Photography

“Princess” by Rixi Photography

“Tough” by Rixi Photography

I hope you liked my self portraits! I think I’m going to be doing these once a week so I need some ideas! What or who should I be next week?  Put a suggestion in the comment section below and thanks again for stopping by my blog! =D

Peace & Love

-RIXXI

Rixi Photography Portfolio (Continued)

(This is a continuation of my last Photography Portfolio post)

Today I wanted to show ya’ll some of my original photos. I am an aspiring photographer with NO professional equipment. I simply use a $100 GE, 7 megapixel camera that I’ve had for about five years. It’s a dinosaur I know, but I still love it! :D The editing software I use is actually a free software program called Photoscape. I will post the link to photoscape at the bottom of the page for those of you who are interested in using it. It’s really an AMAZING tool! Every aspiring photographer should at least give it a test drive It’s that good! lol.

I really hope you enjoy lookin through my photos and please let me know what ya think! Comment, subscribe, like or share, all are good options :P  Thanks!

RIXI PHOTOGRAPHY

Hope ya’ll liked my photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!

Peace & Love

-RIX

Rixi Photography Portfolio

Hi my darlings! How is life treating you on this gorgeous Sunday? =)

Today I wanted to show ya’ll some of my original photos. I am an aspiring photographer with NO professional equipment. I simply use a $100 GE, 7 megapixel camera that I’ve had for about five years. It’s a dinosaur I know, but I still love it! 😀 The editing software I use is actually a free software program called Photoscape. I will post the link to photoscape at the bottom of the page for those of you who are interested in using it. It’s really an AMAZING tool! Every aspiring photographer should at least give it a test drive It’s that good! lol.

I really hope you enjoy lookin through my photos and please let me know what ya think! Comment, subscribe, like or share, all are good options 😛 

My Portfolio

 

 

 

Alright my darlings! These are not my only photos however I don’t want this post to be too long and drawn out so I will upload more of my photos later on in the weak! Hope ya’ll liked em!

Peace & Love

RIX

How to Take Awesome Self Portraits

    

       So you’re a frequent user of Myspace, Facebook, or some other networking website. We networking site users know all about how important it is to have awesome portraits of ourselves. Let’s be real, that picture is what the whole entire virtual world will come to know us as. Do you really want a bad profile picture representing you out there? No? Then go ahead and read the following steps below, and learn how to take some awesome self portraits of yourself that you can use in the virtual world, without being embarrassed!

1. Get a camera, in my opinion the photo is only as good as the photographer. You don’t need a two-thousand dollar camera, with over twenty million different settings to get a decent picture. All you need is a common, household digital camera that you can buy at any outlet store that sells electronics. I would say that any camera with 7 megapixels or more will do just fine, if you have any less, you might risk the quality of the picture.

2. Figure out what you want to look like in your picture. Do you want to portray your creative side? Want to look like a sparkly vampire? A pinup girl from the 40’s? Or maybe even just a normal person? At this point, you should let your imagination take over. Pretend that you’re seeing the picture of yourself already in your mind. What do you see yourself as? What are you doing? This step is very important! If not the most important! I like to call this step the brainstorming step, or “picture storming” step.

3. After you have figured out what you want to look like in your self portrait, don’t forget to take a few things into consideration. More dramatic looks convey easier in photography! It’s something that I’ve learned simply by years of practice. It’s easier to take a picture of myself when I have on heavy makeup, interesting or somewhat large pieces of jewelry, and wearing clothes that I wouldn’t normally wear everyday! However, being au’ natural, and looking like yourself is just as easy! You might have to work the camera a little more, but you can do it! Also, don’t forget to keep in mind of how you want to be lit up, you know ‘lighting’ concepts? Do you want the lighting to hang above you for an interesting, and mysterious look? Do you want to stand out in the sunlight and have it bounce off your pretty, glowing skin? Lighting is key to an awesome self portrait. The best way to figure out how to use lighting? Practice, practice, practice! Go outside, (Morning and evening are usually best for those sunshine shots) stand directly in the sun, or maybe stand under a tree, turn your face, turn it back again! Do they look different? There are so many variations of how you can use lighting in your self portrait. The best thing to do is just play around with it, until you find what you’re looking for! One last thing to take into consideration, and that is your background! Your background is extremely important when taking self portraits. I have seen so many amazing self portraits on Myspace and Facebook, but when I examine the portrait closer, I could see things behind them that I wasn’t probably meant to see! (Dirty laundry anyone?) Why not try a colorful wall? If you don’t have a colorful wall to use as a background, try throwing a sheet (or blanket) behind you, or even go outside and look for some nature! Got a tree? Stand next to it! Trust me, good backgrounds make a world of difference!

4. The next step in taking awesome self portraits once you have established the look you’re going for, the lighting concepts and a background you can live with, start snappin’ away! Here’s a little secret, most people have an angle that suits them best! The slightest variations in our skin, features, etc, actually make a big difference when taking pictures! My best advice? Move your face a bit in each pic you take! Position your body in different ways. Smile, smirk, raise an eyebrow, raise one shoulder, raise the other, put a hand in the air! Are your pictures looking different? Good! That’s what you want! Take as many pics as you need to feel satisfied.

5. The final step in taking awesome self portraits is editing your pictures, if you choose to of course. You know how all those photos of celebrities in magazines look so perfect? Like their skin is amazingly, smooth and almost inhuman looking? Here’s a secret; it is! Most photos in magazines, promotional photos, CD covers, movie covers and so on, are edited. If you’re looking to edit your photos you can buy picture editing software such as Photoshop, or Adobe Illustrator, but if your a poor, starving, college, kid like me, you can download picture editing for free! I myself use Photoscape. Just go to http://www.Photoscape.org and download it for free. If you want to learn all about what Phoscape can do, skim over the website and honestly just play around with the software. The more you practice with the software, the better will become at using it!

-RIX