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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!

Giveaway


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! www.facebook.com/kendrapaigeph…
:bulletblue: Deadline:
:bulletred: March 12th 11:59 P.M. Eastern.

Winners


:iconluffffy: :iconsakuratenshi101: :iconlautte:

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

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
AMG I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!


Thank you so much! ;D
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SakuraTenshi101 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
No way!!! Thank you! And Congrats to the winners! ^^
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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.
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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! :)
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Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013   Photographer
Thank you so much, that's very kind of you! :hug:
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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
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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?
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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..
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AikoSukoshi Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
What company do you work for? :'D
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Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013   Photographer
Apple. :heart:
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AikoSukoshi Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Oh thats amazing. ouo
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SakuraTenshi101 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh! I totally forgot about the comment! I liked your facebook page and faved the journal! I will be back with tutorial suggestions!
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Aurasio Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
A tutorial on perspective and composition, perhaps ?
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013   Photographer
I can definitely work on that! Thank you.
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ninja1589 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Perhaps a tutorial on colors? I love seeing awesome colors in photographs, it might be interesting to do a tutorial.
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Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013   Photographer
Colors could definitely be an interesting topic. Thank you!
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ninja1589 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!! I would love to participate in creativity week with you!
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AvisCelox Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think a tutorial on conveying a theme or mood in your portrait would be helpful. I don't really do any portraits but I think such a tutorial would be helpful for art in general.
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Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013   Photographer
Very good idea, thank you! I'll definitely work on that.
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SkyEyes Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a great idea. I also pay the bills with a great career, but isn't photography. I should schedule a week a year as well.
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Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013   Photographer
Thank you! Your work is lovely, so I think this kind of creative vacation could only do you good.
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mxhl Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist
do you have gothic/cosplay photographing tutorials? it would be nice if you have it!
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013   Photographer
I don't, but I could definitely work on some! Thank you for the idea!
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:iconmxhl:
mxhl Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist
looking forward for it! your welcome~!
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babbuleone Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Hi :)
added your giveaway here: [link]

Davide, #We-share-contests
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013   Photographer
Thank you. :hug:
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babbuleone Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
you're welcome :hug:
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Riemea Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How exciting! This is a truly wonderful idea :love: Best of luck for your Creative Week! :)
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Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013   Photographer
Thank you, love! I appreciate it. :glomp:
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:iconriemea:
Riemea Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're always welcome :heart:
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RocioZero Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting idea~ I think more artists should something similar :3
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Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013   Photographer
Thank you, I think so, too! At least those that may be distracted by other things like work / school, etc.
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Rovely Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
faved~ thank you ouo
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Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013   Photographer
You're welcome, good luck!
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TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
A creative week sounds like a wonderful idea... Though I just know that if I took a week off, I would squander it with things I didn't need to do... x)
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Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013   Photographer
Haha, it's definitely a danger. That's why it's important to do a lot of planning ahead of time. I've been planning out this week for over a month now.
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TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Oh wow, that's certainly dedication! XD
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KidiMaster Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student
good idea!
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:iconkendra-paige:
Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013   Photographer
Thank you. =)
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ThomasJergel Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have actually wanted you to do a shoot with Megan Coffey for a long time. XD
Since I found both you and her here on deviantART, I have thought that your excellent photography and your way of working and communicating with your models and her charismatic presense in just about every photo would make a killer combination. :)

Best of luck to you and your projects. :)
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Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013   Photographer
Haha, what a small world! It's going down this Thursday! I'm sure we'll work together again in the future, I absolutely adore her look and she's a sweetheart.

Thank you, as always, I appreciate your comments! :hug:
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mangafox23 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for holding this giveaway!! Your pictures are stunning and my favorite one is the 3rd picture of the 1st row.
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Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013   Photographer
You're welcome, and thank you! =) Hopefully my new photos will be even more stunning!
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Wodenphoto Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
what a cool idea. You've got quite a busy week ahead of you but it sounds phenomenally fun!
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Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013   Photographer
Thank you! I'm going for a 'work hard, play hard' attitude this week. I'll be exhausted by the end, but it'll be worth it!
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Wodenphoto Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Most definitely!
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eBulwiaseK Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't like this kind of photography but this photo is really good. :) [link]
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Kendra-Paige Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013   Photographer
Ah, thank you. I know portraiture isn't for everyone.
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eBulwiaseK Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know. I really love landscapes. That's all. I sometimes think about being in place which I'm just seeing on the photo. It's wondeful. ♥
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lautte Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
I've liked your page under the name Laura Chase! :D

Thanks so much for holding this giveaway!
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