After some tense missions and Bre spending a lot of time training Eva, Luke got Eva to come over and watch the kids for the night. After some clumsy missteps due to Luke blindfolding Bre to make their evening a surprise, he finally picked her up and carried her to the luxury tree house at the edge of the property. With everything going on lately the tree house had sat unused all of Spring and he thought the little staycation away from all of the daily distractions might be just what they needed.
Bre was glad to get the blindfold off, just in time to enjoy a light picnic dinner among the fireflies outside of the tree house as the sun began to set. She couldn’t resist snuggling up to her thoughtful husband as they watched the sunset.
As night fell they headed inside and went up to the sleeping loft, but were too keyed up to go to sleep. So what does a couple do when they have a night away and can’t sleep? Have a pillow fight, of course!
After wearing themselves out and making a mess out of the loft with their shenanigans, they grabbed the bedding and headed downstairs. Luke started a fire to keep the night chill at bay and they finally began to unwind. It’s fun and romantic nights like this that keep those butterflies in Bre’s tummy when Luke pulls her close.
(Please be patient while I get familiar with this new editing/writing format! Also, if you’ve been following the blog, you’ve seen two posts of Luke and Bre in fighting scenes at The Ohm Sim, and I enjoyed it so much that I decided to make a mini-story to work into Bre’s life adventures. I hope you like them and will stick with me as I get used to writing this version of posts! *smile*)
“Agent Kincaid, I know we agreed on some downtime following the recent extractions you and your husband have done recently, but I need to cut into your time off. I need you to train a new agent for your team in hand-to-hand combat. Not only are you one of the best trainers on our team, but I believe this assignment would be best handled by you, since it involves your sister. Eva was recently accepted and I had the opportunity to get her for our team. I believe that the three of you will make a really strong base for the team due to the family relationships and familiarity with one another. I wanted to wait to notify Eva of her approval to our team and about starting her training until I had contacted you. Please let me know when you are available and I will contact Agent Eva.”
Bre was absolutely floored by her handler’s text. She had no idea that Eva had any desire to be an agent, especially after some of the injuries she saw Luke and Bre recover from following intense missions, but if she wanted to be an agent, thankfully she’d be in this team!
It would take extra work to not let Bre’s concerns for Eva’s safety be a distraction, just like it was a struggle when Luke was on a joint mission, but at least Eva would get some extra training and since Bre knew her weaknesses, Bre could train Eva harder in those areas. Hopefully Eva would realize that Bre wouldn’t take it easy on her and starting with hand-to-hand was going to be a bloody start…
I got to document their painful and bloody training session, although I usually document Bre’s missions. I was so glad that I wouldn’t have to disinfect the mat when they were done!
Just a few rounds in, Eva had proven that she could get a few good hits in, but she wasn’t ready for the real training to start. Bre had to be a bit ruthless and I think it caught Eva by surprise.
Eva still had trouble blocking punches, although she was much quicker to avoid any kicks or sweeps. I was impressed that she managed to land a great hit that immediately began to blossom into a black eye on Bre, but the blood was starting to fly.
I was impressed that Eva managed to keep going until she had gotten some great hits in, even started to block punches, and kept going for a while despite breaking her nose. Bre may have been doing this for a while, but I know that she still hated getting sprayed when a nose breaks. She worked hard to not be squeamish about blood, but apparently there’s a part that’s still girly enough to be grossed out about anything from someone else’s nose getting on her. Wiping her kids’ noses is one thing; getting it on her is another!
I just couldn’t resist taking a picture of the aftermath of the first training fight. Poor Eva could hardly stand anymore, but she showed great promise. Hopefully her next round of training won’t be so bloody.
Maybe I’m a bit morbid, but I think Bre looked kind of badass in this last picture I managed to take. Boxing, blood, and bruises, all without bullets flying. Now that’s something to make an Agent smile a bit…
Since I have been styling Emma to look a bit older than what Animesh is able to grow with, for Emma’s third birthday she got a new Toddleedoo body. There are still a lot of little tweaks to come, as with any new makeover, but it’s allowed for some exciting opportunities for posing and interacting, while Niall remains an infant.
Although I wish I could have kept Emma as a Zooby, I’m really eager to utilize poses and have more interactive opportunities, and look forward to the day that there is a Zooby Animesh youth.
The other night found Luke and Bre back at the Ohm location, but this time during a helicopter extrication after rescuing an asset. Although the third “Angel” was not available, Luke and Bre fought back the assailants long enough for the other team to secure the asset, and I had the chance to take a few photographs to document their tactical work, which would otherwise forever remain unknown.
Unfortunately the enemy had all ready attacked the local police department’s response team, but were able to get away safely as Luke and Bre dangled from the helicopter’s rope ladder, providing cover fire. Near the end, Bre grew frustrated and retrieved her favorite weapon to make sure that the assailants would back off.
As mentioned previously, I ran across some striking portraits on Pinterest, under photography ideas, that I wanted to challenge myself to try with SL digital photography. I attached my trusty LUMIPro lighting HUD and began to experiment. Although it is expensive, if you’re into photography or blogging SL pictures, I think this awesome HUD is well worth the cost and can do some amazing things. Warning, this is going to have a lot of pictures because I wanted to showcase the different colors and how you can achieve incredibly different looks via angles. All were taken with the midnight windlight. Please also note that I used the stylist with my Truth hair to move the hair so that colors could be emphasized, etc. (How in the world did we make do with the old fashioned hair?! Truth spoiled me for other brands by being one of the first to offer the stylist options. lol)
First, I started with the original soft lighting it provides utilizing the butterfly lighting selection.
I then customized the color of the lighting balls (think of poseballs but emit light instead) and moved their positions a bit, to cast the light across the body slightly differently than it usually does with the butterfly lighting option. Instead of utilizing the RGB default that creates the natural soft hue, I changed one to blue, one to pink, and another to purple. I also adjusted the intensity and falloff of the lighting (seriously, this thing is so customizable it’s insane). At first I made pink the dominant right color and a softer blue to the left side, with a hint of purple from lower behind (it actually just pumped up the color of the other two instead of changing the effect).
I wanted to provide a closeup of the first pose to show the difference between the color falloff I had set. If you notice in the first picture, her legs are closer to the normal soft RGB hue, whereas the emphasis of color is focused on her face. Not only did I customize that setting, but I also positioned the blue and pink attached lighting balls on the sides of her face (I always leave them attached and just hide them when taking pictures or not in use, since they don’t have much complexity impact at all). I think the second pose shows how a slightly different angle made the hands and left cheek really pretty.
I then moved the purple lighting ball higher, so it cast a slightly different hue to the pictures and I thought they turned out really gorgeous, so I had to include them. 🙂 Plus, that crouched position shows off the lighting SO well in my opinion. Note how the pink is more of a kiss of color instead of being so dominant, since I brought the darker tones to the forefront.
For the next set I tried one with the pink still at the left side, but then I made the blue and purple lighting balls more dominant, which I think gives a whole different feel to the pictures, despite being repeats of the same poses as previous ones. I also moved the balls around between shots, so some pictures are darker and more striking to me.
I then couldn’t resist a more active shot that shows off how the three colors light different areas of the body and I think color gives it even more impact, but that could just be me and my being proud of my experiment while I had a lot of fun. *grin*
Hubba hubba does that hint of skin pop with the color! And a tattoo with lace never worked so well together. 😉
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my little lighting color experiment and maybe sparked a little creativity in you. Also, I really hope that if you’re into SL photography that you consider the investment into LUMIPro (not sponsored, just really impressed by it), after seeing some of the options it offers. It offers so many options without using harsh WLs or face lights/projectors, and I seriously love that I can share it with others, so when Luke and I take pictures together, like in the apocalyptic Ohm shoot, I can gently light both of us with just a couple clicks.
Have a great day and enjoy your SL travels! 🙂
All but the last were from West End Poses Spring Daisy Pose Collection, although I didn’t use the flower and let my AO shift my hands and head for some pictures. (Note: they moved recently, and I’m having trouble logging in, so I may have the old SLurl. I’m sorry if I do!)
Ohm is a partial sim that is open to the public (please note that it is an adult sim though) and is incredibly landscaped to be an apocalyptic scene with a variety of broken down or destroyed vignettes within the concept. We bought the SH RP Prop Gun – 870 Shotgun with HUD at Man-Pocalypse and couldn’t resist having a little fun with the guns in a little photoshoot at Ohm.
Note: I’m leaving the pictures a bit larger than usual, since they have more detail, are darker, and are scenes instead of closeups.
If you’re into a cool photoshoot or want to enjoy the awesome landscaping of a destroyed town, I definitely recommend checking out Ohm. I joined the group (I don’t know if it’s necessary for rezzing, but did just in case), and was able to even rez poseballs as needed. Most of the posing was done via the HUD that comes with the Shotgun, which is currently 400L at the event. A bit expensive for our usually frugal budget, but it has some handy animations for photoshoots (even walking and running aimed animations [!], although those didn’t photograph so well, so I didn’t include those lol), and they look so good that we’ll definitely be having some fun photoshoots with them again. Plus, it comes with a drawn version and the slung behind the back version, as well! We had a lot of fun and took way too many pictures while playing with windlights and angles. 🙂 Before I go, one little tip if you’re interested in doing one of these style photoshoots. Invest in the LUMIPro HUD, available on the MP. It’s expensive, but can be used with other avatars as well and super modifiable to fit your needs, and has way better lighting than face lights. I almost always use it when using alternate windlights than CalWL or another bright WL. Just add the HUD, attach the light balls (adjust if desired), pick a setting, and then click hide. There are different styles of light angles built right in or you can move the light balls around to get the look you’re going for, plus you can even change the colors they emit (which I’ll be showing in my next post, where I did a little color experiment that I saw on Pinterest that photographers have done in RL!). Anyway, I hope the tidbits are handy and you have some fun exploring while wandering SL during lockdown. Stay safe and healthy! 🙂
Credits for this photoshoot (please note that both avatars have had makeovers with LeLutka Evolution heads and went BOM, so the credits for what their staple items are on the contact page, just to make things easier, and I’ll update it as appropriate):
I’m a little delayed with getting this written, since I’ve been sick, but during the Skin Fair I decided that Bre and Luke both needed LeLutka Evolution makeovers. Partially because, you know, the newest technology so I have to get it lol, but also because it would make me fully learn BoM, to then help Luke and my friends switch over. I’ve done a lot of tweaking since the first pic, right after I got the main parts set up aaaaand I got used to the animations HUD (I swear I need to buy a magnifying glass for the static facial poses!). So, first round, not my favorite and a particularly unhappy looking one:
Luke got updated from Guy to the Evolution Skyler while Bre updated from Simone to Evolutions Erin, with updated Maitreya and Signature Gianni put on and Bakes on Mesh (BoM) turned on. His beard is one of the added features with the head and out of a selection that LeLutka generously provided, he liked this one (and the sideburns almost meet the hairbase completely, so he was really happy with that). I was stoked that I could still use my applier tattoo despite having BoM active, because it’s my favorite and the designer hasn’t switched to BoM yet. Poor Luke has no tattoos yet, since no BoM ones are hitting his Celtic open-my-wallet bone. (**Update: with a few missed clicks, Luke got to add his tattoo back on despite the designer not having it as a tattoo layer!) *grin* I had to change to a brighter red haircolor to match my wild RL dye job, of course (too bad it wasn’t that easy to change colors IRL! lol). He also got new glasses since the old ones don’t work well with the new “skeleton” of the Evo head.
After a bit of work on their shapes and a super handy guide on MP we looked a bit more like “ourselves”. (Naria Panthar also has some great tutorials regarding BoM over on YouTube if you are a visual learner.)
And what do you do once you’ve had makeovers? Go to Luane’s World and take sexy pictures, of course! *grin* She changed the regular sim over to Spring and there are so many hidden treasures in her landscaping that it is a must see destination, in my opinion!
Since I refused to take off my new overalls from Addams (and an old Sn@tch lucky board system layer top now that we’re BoM!), he went country with the Rebellion cowboy hat. It took some head movements and perfect timing to get a good picture with both wearing cowboy hats, so over to short hair (I’m a Truth addict, so it was probably harder to decide on which hair to change to than taking the picture lol). I used LumiPro on both avatars for the lighting (seriously look into it if you want to take pictures; it’s totally worth the cost and if the other person accepts the light balls that you can position and hide, you can light up both of you with the perfect light without face lights making the nose so prominent *grin*). For the barn pose we used: Ardent Poses – Entrapment, with Ardent Poses – Always for the standing one, tweaked a bit with the [HD]multi bento pose HUD beta v.1.41 giving a little help for our head tilts.
Once he logged off and I couldn’t sleep, I headed back over to Luane’s and took a bunch of different pictures. I had been looking on Pinterest at photoshoot ideas while on bedrest and went a bit wild trying all the different country ones I found that I had poses to accomodate. And if you don’t have an overwhelming amount of poses to try in your inventory, Luane has a ton of items with built in poses scattered about!
It was so hard to pick favorites to share, since I had so much fun. *grin* My top favorites are definitely the tractor and tree pictures, for sure. If you like any items I didn’t provide SLurls for, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments and I’ll share them ASAP. I just don’t want to overwhelm and look like a sponsored post, because this is all me (except for Luke obviously). Luane has lots of poses at the mainstore landing spot and tons on MP, like the Heart of Gold I used, so her poses are in my top recommendations.
Between being sick, makeovers, BoM, and working on improving my photography, I’ve avoided sorting my inventory really well. *grin* Oh, and one awesome tip, if you’re interested in some freebies during this crazy time of self isolation and quarantines, check out The Stay at Home Club SL. It’ll help bloat that inventory further and designers have been super generous!! Stay safe and healthy!
We decided to change a little bit of our second life and created a little storyline to go with it. Hopefully you enjoy the fun story to go with our little surprise…
Luke received an urgent call from a childhood friend of his in Ireland and after some brief discussion, Emma was dropped off to stay with Aunt Eva for a few days while Luke and Bre took the first flight out to see his friend in person. Sadly, Luke’s friend had just become a widow due to a car accident and was unable to take care of their young baby by himself. He reached out to Luke for advice and the comfort that only a longtime friend can give.
After spending time with Luke’s friend, until the traditional family and friend casseroles and visits started, Luke and Bre wandered around Dublin for a spell while talking about his friend’s situation.
They spent some time visiting some castle ruins out in the country, as well, where they could talk privately.
(So that this post doesn’t become super slow loading due to being picture heavy, I’m splitting it into two parts, but posting both today.)