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What is Creative Week?

Every year, I take a week away from my job to do nothing but photoshoots, in order to challenge myself and improve my skills as a photographer. Despite working for the best company in the world, my career is not in photography. This sometimes makes it difficult to find the right kind of time and inspiration to capture what I want.  My annual 'Creative Week,' is a way for me to do what I love without the worry of heading into work the next day.  I can focus on my creativity, and nothing more. Every year I make sure to up the ante, and this year I'll be working with a lot more talent than I have in the past, on bigger productions.

This is my third Creative Week, and similar to those in the past, I will be partnering with the wonderful Miki Sarroca (WingedInfinity). She will be serving as a make up artist, model, and she's done an incredible job of assisting me with organizing these shoots.

Miki - Casual II by Kendra-PaigeThe Fae by Kendra-PaigeEnigma by Kendra-Paige
Lolita of the Field by WingedInfinityEasy, Breezy, Beautiful... by WingedInfinityArmed with Stars by WingedInfinity

The Schedule:

:bulletred: Dark Queen: [Completed]
A conceptual fashion shoot with WingedInfinity to showcase my love for wicked beauty.

Queen of the Undone - Part I by Kendra-Paige

:bulletblue: Poolside Glamour:
This is an experimental shoot, to study make up and glamour styling in a body of water.
:bulletblue: Bridal:
Thrift shops have the best finds, and WingedInfinity found a lovely wedding dress we'll be using for a shoot.
:bulletred: Agency Shots: [Completed]
The first person I ever photographed, Isabelle, will be reuniting with me for Agency-ready photos. The top two are the first photos taken seven years ago, the bottom is the result of our shoot.

At First Glance. by Kendra-PaigeA Lack of Color by Kendra-Paige
Helen of Troy by Kendra-Paige
:bulletred: Make-Up & Styling Experiments: [Completed]
WingedInfinity will be building her MUAH portfolio with me for in-studio headshots with various styles of make up and hair.
Purple Paints by Kendra-Paige
:bulletblue: Poison Ivy:
WingedInfinity has a gorgeous Poison Ivy cosplay, which I'd love to photograph during her visit.
:bulletred: Indian Sarees: [Completed]
I'm collaborating with a talented Miami designer of Indian Sarees, at the gorgeous Vizcaya Museum, with WingedInfinity.
Rupees Sarees by Kendra-Paige
:bulletblue: Modern Horror Concept:
This is a shoot I hope to be able to do, to push the creepy factor. It's going to be in an editorial style.
:bulletred: Steampunk Fashion: [Completed]
This is the largest production shoot of the bunch. Along with Miki, I have the pleasure of working with the gorgeous MeganCoffey, the beautiful Ashley Fernandez, and an incredibly talented MUAH in Miami. Best of all, the wardrobe is by the gifted Karen von Oppen, a clothing designer who has been featured in publications like Vogue Italy. To bring some authenticity to the shoot, I'm renting a train station to use historic locomotives for some Steampunk power.

Faux Winter by MeganCoffeyMint by MeganCoffeyFestive by MeganCoffey
Ashley by RedrumCollaborationBlair Hawthorne in Blue by RedrumCollaboration
S T E A M P U N K S by Kendra-Paige

Photography Tutorials:

Creative Week affords me a chance to put together tutorials for the DA community regarding photography and portraiture. If there is a particular topic you'd like me to cover during the week, I'll do my best to fit into my photoshoots so I can help demonstrate the lessons you're seeking.  Below are my previous photography tutorials.
Let's Learn Portraiture: Natural LightingWelcome to the second installment of Let's Learn Portraiture!  The previous installment was about Model Communication. For this installment, we will be tackling a topic for those photographers who enjoy taking portraits outdoors.
Portraiture with Natural Lighting
1.) Avoid Direct Sunlight
While it can really bring out the color of the eyes and make them pop, having your model stare into the sun should never be on the agenda. Not only is it exceedingly uncomfortable for your model, but it casts very harsh shadows. In most cases, you want to position your model with the sun behind them, or to the side.This will illuminate the hair and offer a nice glow. The issue then is that the subject's face may be too dark (underexposed). To solve this, you can bounce some light back into th
Let's Learn Portraiture: Model CommunicationIn an effort to further give back to the community, I have decided to kick off a series of informative articles called 'Let's Learn Portraiture.'  The goal will be to cover topics related to people and portrait photography.  To start, we will cover a topic suggested by ThomasJergel
Communicating With Your Model

Get to Know Your Subject
Different photographers take different approaches to how they interact with their models, but I've always taken a personal approach.  Learning about your subject's interests can not only make them more comfortable, but it can also lead to more striking images that follow along with those interests.  Communication is key when it comes to interacting with your model, and building a quick rapport is important in order to solidify that.  
When working with amateur models who may not be familiar with posing for the camera, you may often find that they will resort to e

Please comment with suggestions or inquiries on the topics you want to learn!


Creative Week is a week worth celebrating, so I'll be doing a giveaway in each journal update that I do throughout the week. For this journal, the prize is 100 :points: to 3 winners!
:bulletblue: To Enter:
:bulletred: :+fav: this journal.
:bulletred: Comments & tutorial suggestions increase your chances!
:bulletred: Liking my Facebook increases your chances!…
:bulletblue: Deadline:
:bulletred: March 12th 11:59 P.M. Eastern.


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I hope you enjoyed following me this Creative Week!
There will be future updates here on DA, and on my Facebook:…

Thanks for reading! :iconkendra-paige:

Introduction to an annual photography 'Creative Week,' along with a multi-winner giveaway.
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lautte Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013

Thank you so much! ;D
SakuraTenshi101 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
No way!!! Thank you! And Congrats to the winners! ^^
Luffffy Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I liked your facebook page and maybe you could do a tutorial about color scheme like which colors go best with what.
Ningyoplug Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You truly are an amazing photographer! I love your works! Especially the ones set outside, like in a garden or in the wood! :)
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013   Photographer
Thank you so much, that's very kind of you! :hug:
TheAwesomeness0330 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
What tutorial do you prefer? :D If it's anything, I can post a deviation on something. :c
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013   Photographer
I do apologize, but I'm a little confused on what you mean. Can you clarify?
TheAwesomeness0330 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You said you wanted a tutorial on something, what tutorial do you want? :c If I have the skills and knowledge..
AikoSukoshi Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
What company do you work for? :'D
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013   Photographer
Apple. :heart:
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