Roller Skates and the Beach

I was goofing off and ended up with two scenes that I wanted to share.  First, if you haven’t tried the Vista Animations Roller Skating you must go and try the demo!  I am usually pretty frugal and super picky about any purchases above 250L, and anything above 1000L is really rare, but once I tried these after seeing Strawberry Singh show them off on her YouTube channel, I bought the AO immediately and the additional shoe pack, since I want the ability to change up the colors (yeah, I know, totally a girls and their shoes thing, but I don’t care *laugh*).  I can literally sit and watch my avi skate around with the different animations on the HUD for a good half hour and probably have the goofiest smile on my face while watching.  Try to skate today and I’d be in the hospital, so it makes skating in world even more fun for me.  I then remembered that when I roller skated as a kid I was always blowing chewing gum bubbles, so I had to add that, and then hit Backdrop City to take a skating picture.

 

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See?!  I seldom ever do typing exclamations, but DOESN’T THAT LOOK FUN?!  Plus, Truth outdid himself with the Zahlee hair, in my opinion.  I am almost as obsessed with it, especially for a fun, youthful look.  A ponytail up top with a color changing band and all that hair!  *sigh* Those were the days.  *laugh*

 

Anyway, after the Cool Rider shoot at Gale Retreat I couldn’t resist going back and getting some beach shots.  Although there’s still some snow on the other side of the sim, the beach has a few awesome areas clear, and it really helped shake off the last of the winter blahs.  Most of the pictures are just for my slideshow, but couldn’t resist sharing a couple of cute ones.  They’re the exact same pictures with just different windlights, but they’re a great example of how much a windlight can totally change the feel of a picture.

 

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Other than playing with the WLs (windlights) in world, the only other thing I did was increase the clarity in my computer’s built in software, so this just goes to show how a WL can totally change the feeling to a picture.  I figure there must be others that are learning SL photography as well; when I learn something I plan to share it.

 

In the meantime, I had a lot of fun wandering and hope you enjoyed my non-themed post.  As usual, credits will follow.  I hope you have a happy and healthy day!

 

Roller Skating Credits:

Taken at Backdrop City (City area)

LeLutka Gum Gum Boom

-VA-Vista Animations-Roller Bento AO-V1

WilaRollerPro :: Woman Rollers :: 10 Colors :: {kokoia} (Sold beside AO)

Neve short – watson neutral

*Fishy Strawberry* Running Bra  – Black (Out of business)

Truth Hair Zahlee

 

Beach Credits:

Taken at Gale Retreat

Pose: LW Bento Poses – Dream Lovers (Pose MP)

Luke:

Riot – Billy Bootcut Jeans

..::ILLI::.. Sergio Sneakers (MP)

L&B Swear Oct GG T-Shirt

Action Inkubator Hair – Johnny (MP)

Bre:

Shorts – Ducknipple

Neve Top – Fetch Neutral

Truth Hair – Aislin

A Cool Rider

I’m still in an older campy movies mood and ended up rewatching Grease 2 the other night.  Ever since the song “Cool Rider” has been stuck in my head, along with the scene where she rides with Michael curled around him in reverse.  My brain has this weird obsession with repeatedly wanting to listen to a song that tickles my fancy at the moment until I end up where I can’t stand it for a while, so “Cool Rider” it is for now.  *laugh*

 

I decided to play with that concept, although I went with the singing scene outfit for her instead of the work outfit.  My absolute favorite one is the sunset shot where she’s curled around him from the front; a little more like the movie and so sweet I should be passing out insulin shots to readers.  *grin*  I also went off on a tangent of thinking what it might have been like if he had taken her to the shop while working on the motorcycle, after tutoring.

 

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Inspired by the thought of Michael taking her to the workshop earlier plus the same from a slightly different angle, just because I like that angle too and it’s my post, so I can put extras that I like.  *laugh*

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For once I’m glad that my mind is stuck on repeat, because it inspired what I think is a cute and fun set of pictures.  Plus, I got to roleplay as the beautiful Michelle Pfeiffer for just a few minutes of my life.  *grin*  I hope you enjoyed and I’ll follow up with the credits in case anyone is interested in buying or visiting (a few I collected along the way and have no SLurls for – sorry!).  Have a wonderful day!

 

The riding took place at Gale Retreat (an absolutely beautiful photographic sim I cannot recommend enough if you haven’t been there yet).

The garage scene took place at Comhar with the built in poses.

Cool Rider: SSP – Motorcycle Couples (MP; built in poses, using LeLutka Axis and HD HUD to adjust, as usual)

Bre is wearing:

A&CO – Vintage Sweater Blouse (darks)

Neve Pant – Bootlegger Leather (Heels are built in)

Truth VIP former GG – Reyane (If you’re hesitant to join due to group fees, Truth is super generous with at least 12 guaranteed gifts a year, plus incredible sales, so it’s a group I think is worth it!)

Alaskametro – Makeup from various packs

 

Luke:

RL Motors – Helmet Sculpt (MP Free; in the riding shots, instead of his mesh head, attached to his hand in garage pictures)

GAS – Men’s Shoes Anton

Jack’s – Cargo Pants Leather

L&B Swear Nomad Leather Jacket

Stealthic hair (in garage shots) – Narcotic

 

Cry-Baby Inspired Shoot

One of my guilty pleasures are cheesy 80s and 90s movies, so I have the Cry- Baby movie nearly memorized by now.  I thought it would be kind of fun to live in that world for a bit for a shoot, especially with Luke having a young Johnny Depp vibe (another guilty pleasure *laugh*).  I definitely took creative license with some of it, but used certain scenes for inspiration.  Although I’ll explain the scene that inspired the pictures, I’ll try to leave out enough for those that haven’t watched it and want to after reading about it.

 

If you’ve seen the movie, you know that it starts out at a high school in 1950s Baltimore, and the main background of the story is the usual forbidden love, the Drapes versus the Squares; the juvenile deliquents vs. the “good” kids (similar theme as Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story, The Outsiders, etc.).  The main characters are Allison and Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker; the square and the drape, who notice each other while getting mandatory vaccinations at school.  He often has a single tear falling from his left eye, hence the nickname.  Allison is intrigued by the bad boy that is so different from her unofficial boyfriend and Cry-Baby is definitely interested in the personality behind her square upbringing.  After school that day they end up running into one another outside while Allison is waiting for a ride.

 

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“You’re a pretty little square.  Do you want to hang out with us Drapes tonight?”

 

Later in the movie Cry-Baby shows up at her grandmother’s house (where she lives) on his new motorcycle to see if she’d like to go to a hangout to hear him sing.

 

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Allison to Grandma: “Please?  I’ve been a good girl!  Just one night of happiness is all I ask.”

 

So off they go and of course she ends up singing with “King Cry Baby” after his friends give her a makeover, making her into what his sister calls “a scrape – part square, part drape”.

 

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King Cry-Baby and his Queen

An excerpt of song lyrics from “King Cry-Baby”, Songwriters: David Albert Alvin / Doc Pomus, King Cry-Baby lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

“You’ll be my queen and I’ll be your king
Yeah but if you leave my hive, you’re gonna feel my sting
‘Cause you’re my queen
(chorus: Queen cry-baby)
(Allison) You’re the king
(chorus: King cry-baby)
King and queen
(chorus: Cry-cry baby)
And they’re teens among a big group of teens, so of course there’s making out in the grass and talking.  I went with some different poses for this, so it’s not just the expected or anything that might be PG.  *grin*
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Just a little talking and stargazing

 

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And the G version of makeout hill *laugh*

 

Of course there is a misunderstanding, manipulation, and a bunch of teen angst with tears from them both.  I ran across a themed prop at an event a while back that I couldn’t resist and it ended up being perfect for this.  (For once it worked out well that I’m an inventory hoarder. *grin*)

 

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Drinking tears.  A disgusting and amusing play on the usual teen tear-fest.

 

Later in the movie Cry-Baby gets sent to a juvenile detention center and Allison gets him released with some sexy singing and dancing after Allison becomes all vamp hottie in a low neckline dress, because, you know, that’s what gets a boy released.  *laugh*  That whole scene is a favorite and there was no way I’d capture the over-the-top silliness and sexiness of the beginning of the song and their singing phone call, so I just did a “smoldering” animation of the call.

 

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“Please Mr. Jailer, won’t you let my man go free?
Please Mr. Jailer, won’t you let me man go free?
He don’t belong in prison, though he’s guilty as can be,
But the only crime he’s guilty of is simply loving me.
Please Mr. Jailer, won’t you let my man go free?”
(Songwriter: Wynona Carr; Please, Mr. Jailer lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC)

 

There’s a fun bit after his release, to close the movie out, which I don’t want to ruin, but the last moment is a shot of them together crying happy tears, so of course I had to do that.  Unfortunately the LeLutka tears on Bre didn’t show very well this time and the LeLutka Guy head doesn’t have a tear option, so I used a tattoo, but didn’t figure out until after everything how to tint the tattooed tear drop.  So be creative and imagine adorable glycerin-thick streaks of tears.  *laugh*

 

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I had a lot of fun changing things up (never done blonde before!)  It was also quite a challenge to capture the silly vibe.

 

 

Here are the credits, both taken at Backdrop City:

Motorcycle and car scenes: Luke: GAS [Men’s Shoes Anton – 8 Colors w/HUD FATPACK], RIOT / Ace Leather Jacket – Black and Billy Bootcut Jeans – Blue56, Action Inkubator Hair Johnny / 1.0, Male Love Sunglasses (Basic Inventory)

Bre in car, motorcycle, and crying shots: REIGN.- Oxfords- FatPack and Ruffled Lace Socks, Dress (store is out of business), TRUTH Lady – Brunette

Car scene: {NANTRA} Bonnie & Clyde 1934 Sedan; Luke: WRONG – Cry-Baby gacha. 3, Bre: Tuty’s Enchanting Beauty AO stands

Motorcycle: Puppet Master Props & Poses (MP) – Easy Rider (built in pose),

Bre: Tuty’s Enchanting Beauty AO stands

 

Singing:

Bre: :: PM :: (closing) Vanesa Leather Pants -Darks-; [ west end ] Apparel – Rebecca – (Maitreya Exclusive Applier), Truth Taja, .:KC:. SAVONA Shoes, Makeup: Alaskametro

Luke as Wade “King Cry-Baby” Walker singing and laying: L&B Gage 3PC Tuxedo Premium Edition, Guitar: Fashiowl Poses – Million Reasons

Bre laying down: :: PM (closing) :: Shelby Dress -7 colors in 1- (black and white)

Posing: [HD] multi bento pose HUD beta (both avatars), The Faery Ring by Studio-Skye (MP, built in poses)

Drinking tears prop with display pose: Vibing (at former event; built in pose — Crybaby Carton; also used: LeLutka Axis HUD, [HD] multi bento pose HUD beta

 

Please, Mr. Jailer and Ending, both taken at Backdrop City:

Bre: Junbug: La Jolie (Ruby), Makeup: Alaskametro, Truth Hair: Taja

Luke: Luke: GAS: Men’s Shoes Anton – 8 Colors w/HUD FATPACK and GAS Men’s Shirt & Tank Marcus – 10 Colors w/HUD FATPACK, RIOT: Billy Bootcut Jeans – Blue56, [Snow Couture]: Teardrops (MP)

Poses: . MILA . POSES // Always Beside You*, [InDiGo] Couple Pose – Hold on to me – [bento]*, /anxiety/ : Lovesick in Pink (Bre calling pose), Valor Poses-Contemplation Pose Pack (Luke calling pose), Prop: Slum Phone Receiver (Free on MP); *available in pose mall at Backdrop City.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dirty Dancing© Inspired Shoot

I found Dirty Dancing© for sale on Vudu and after watching it I started thinking it would be kind of fun to replicate a few of the scenes from the movie.  Some I definitely got a little creative with and poor Luke got bored doing the lift scene while I tried probably every windlight SL has.  *laugh*  I may revisit the concept and go completely creative, and work in the iconic quotes from the movie, but I was more inspired by the dancing this time.  Isn’t it strange how sometimes you are just captivated by a certain aspect of a movie or song?

 

I couldn’t wait to play with the idea of the tree dancing and we had a blast just watching the animations while up on a “fallen” tree.  *grin*

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Luke used Faris_07_Bento_Dance_MOVE! while Bre used Jana_26_Bento_Dance_MOVE!, both from Move! Animations.  There were a ton of great pictures, so it was hard to pick just one, because they looked so darn cute dancing up there!

For this shot Luke wore: {COLD-ASH} Men’s MESH DEAN Chinos (Black), GAS Men’s Tank Top – William.

Bre wore: Neve – Sawyer Top – Neutral, Truth VIP – May 2017, Vinyl – Shinoda Khakis Pak White

 

Then of course we had to work on “the lift”!  I love both of these with the different views and time of day, so I figured I’d share them both.  *grin*  And no, I wasn’t going to bother with the wet look.  I was having too much fun with the WLs.  *laugh*

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For The Lift: :LW: Poses – Dirty Dancing – couples pose (Marketplace)

Luke: {COLD-ASH} Men’s MESH DEAN Chinos (Black); Bre: Neve Top – Everyday – Baby, Truth VIP – May 2017, Vinyl – Shinoda Khakis Pak White

 

I had to give the Love is Strange© shot, although I hope to reshoot this sometime, since some of the positioning wasn’t quite what I was envisioning.  And that’s actually the gym I decorated in our house that this is taken in.  I need to take a pic of the room itself sometime, because I’m kind of proud of it.  *grin*

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For the “crawl” I used the Embody Pose MF LOVERBOY from Marketplace.

Luke is still in the same clothing as before (ever notice that Swayze’s costume designer didn’t have to do nearly as much work than any other character’s? *laugh*), plus the Men’s Shoes Anton from GAS.  Bre is in [hh] (Hilly Haalan)’s Lara Bermuda Shorts, Neve Dixie Neutral shirt, REIGN.- Lola Sneakers – Fatpack, and the same Truth VIP – May 2017 hair.  I also used the [HD] multi bento pose HUD beta I bought at the eBento event a couple of months back to help lift the head a little higher in this and the lift.

 

And what Dirty Dancing© inspired shoot would be complete without trying to duplicate the cover?  *grin*

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For “The Cover”: .::One Moon::.. Dirty Dancing Couple Pose that I found on Marketplace.  Bre’s dress is the Gaall* Marilyn Dress with the -KC- HEDY HEELS, makeup from both Alaskametro & LeLutka, and the same Truth hair. Luke went back to the {COLD-ASH} Mens MESH DEAN Chinos (Black) and GAS Men’s Shoes Anton, along with the ..::ILLI::.. Casual Polo – deluxe.

 

I figured for the cover I’d activate her tattoo layer again, since I left Luke’s on, and they look so good together in this shot.  Today’s trivial fact is that they’re both Celtic with Bre’s also having Druid rune writing along with what I suspect is actually Elven writing.  *smile*  Luke’s are straight up traditional Celtic armband tattoos.  I think this is one of my favorite themed shoots and hope you have enjoyed my Dirty Dancing© inspired theme.  Nobody put Baby in the corner this time, that’s for sure!  *grin*

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wizard Inspired Scenes

I was inspired by the recent magical event and decided to do a few different scenes inspired by the Harry Potter© series.

 

I tried my hand at a backdrop gacha and won the scene from the beginning, where the Hogwarts invitations came flying out of the chimney.  For my purposes, it happened this time for a class reunion and Bre and Luke are preparing for the trip as soon as they started getting the swarm of invitations flying.

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For this shot I used:

The Beginning – Lovely Magic Backdrop – The Bearded Guy

Luas Magic Travel Trolley Classic

Torchi Owl Statue (in the Trolley cage)

Floorplan Leather Couch Set

*SN~ Short Stacked (AKA: Something New Props and Poses store; it’s the short set of books Bre is standing on for them to hold each other)

For Bre, other than the usual info, I used:

L&B (Lapointe Bastchild) Swear Oct GG Tank Top – Womens

TRUTH Zahlee – Redhead

Maitreya – KC – Jacy Sneakers

Neve short – Watson – Lara

While Luke is in:

Stealthic – Narcotic (Unrigged)

..::ILLI::.. Signature Sergio Sneakers (L&R)

L&B *  GIANNIfit* L&B Swear Oct GG T-shirt – Mens

RIOT / Billy Bootcut Jeans – Signature Gianni

 

Next, they travelled to Hogwarts utilizing the built in poses of the backdrop, although not all poses were used.

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KraftWork – The Wizard Express Backdrop

Bre is using:

TRUTH Daphne – Redhead (all other pics of Bre)

LeLutka Axis HUD Face

::GB:: IGNIS Fire / Female Outfit with built in shoes (all other pictures)

Halo – Troubled Tree Twig – Shoulder Pet

While Luke is using in addition to the same hair:

Nishi: Uniform Harry Potter

GAS [Signature – Men’s Shoes Anton]

 

I had some fun using some Quidditch items.  Bre and Luke are using the same items as in the train, except for Bre’s shoulder pet.

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“So close!”
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“Ahhhh!”
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“Oh, I’m gonna get you this time!”

 

Quidditch Pitch Box by Dmaze, modified

Same information as on the train, along with:

::eXpression:: Props – WindChaser Broomstick (Inc: Bludger, Beater’s Equipment, Quaffle, Golden Snitch, built in poses for each type of broomstick)

 

I decided to then finish up this themed shoot, which I’ll probably revisit the theme later on because it was so much fun, by having them do some classroom work and improve on their rusty skills, after years of living among Muggles.  

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Overlooking the classroom set up

 

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First close up of scene decor

 

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Second close up of scene details

 

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“Okay, time to try a spell finally.”

 

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“Oops! I can’t believe the spell went wrong!”

 

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“Hmmm…maybe I got a word wrong in the spell…”

 

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“Oh no! I gave the cup a rat tail instead of transfiguring correctly!”

 

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“Yikes! Thank goodness I jumped back!”

 

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“Let’s try adding a bit of this to the mix and see if this goes safely…”

 

Used:

.random.Matter. – Magic Shop – Transfiguration Books

[Kres] Wizards work (décor items)

[Merak] – Hermione’s Bag

DISORDERLY. – Santa Magic (suitcases)

MadPea Potion Bottles

SPELL : Magic Floating Teapot

*~*HopScotch*~* Brooklyn Poses (Bre’s poses during spell casting)

Park Place Home Décor Desks and Chairs, poses built in (old hunt item)

MadPea Spellbound Walnutweave Wand (Bre)

MadPea Spellbound Hornspike Wand (Luke)

*!R.O!* Whiskey BENTO Pose (Luke)

WRONG – Rue GACHA. 6 (Luke)

 

I’m sorry this post was so picture heavy, but I got so inspired I couldn’t stop staging scenes with this theme.  Sometimes you just have to let that nerd/geek flag fly! 😀

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh! 🙂

(And yes, it should be spelled with the letter “d” and not “t”, as “d” is the masculine.  We in the US have often made the mistake of calling the Saint by a woman’s name.  That’s today’s trivia.  *grin*)

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The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!  I have a personal and business blog that I previously used to publish my SL adventures on, but decided to create a dedicated site for my Second Life travels.  I hope you’ll wander a bit with me through the creativity within SL.

 

Unless otherwise noted, Breana has the Bento Maitreya Lara body, hands, and feet, with LeLutka’s Bento Simone head, On a Lark Thistle Ring, and usually Earthstone’s Countess Eyeglasses and Hello Dave nail appliers.  The madeover Luke (for those of you that have followed from the other blog; if you are new here, I drag him around for most of my adventures and photo shoots) has the Bento Signature Gianni body, hands, and feet, with the Bento LeLutka Guy head, On a Lark Thistle Ring, and usually Rebellion’s Savant Specs.  The Lelutka Axis HUD and (HD) Multi Bento Pose HUD Beta are often used in pictures, as well.

 

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Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

 

My First Official Blogger Box

This was originally blogged over on my personal/business site, so I’m making it my first post on my new SL dedicated blog.

 

I’ve been using Second Life photography as a creative outlet as part of my recommended PTSD therapy.  I am slowly getting better with editing, staging shoots, and uploading to Flickr.  It actually had a secondary benefit recently!  One of my favorite pose designers, ~X.T.C PoSes~, sent me a blogger’s box of poses they’ll be selling at The Chapter Four event in SL tomorrow, March 4th, for the ten days that it is open.  It included a whole set of female poses, the Sweet as Candy set, and one couples pose, Peaceful Silence.  It was totally unexpected and incredibly exciting, so I rushed out into the Grid to get creative.  After a ton of pictures, I finally picked ones taken at our recently renovated home/landscape and Backdrop City, and dragged Luke into most of them to make little scenes.  I’m really proud of my first “professional” set of SL pictures and my editing, so I decided to blog them instead of just adding to Flickr.  If you’re on SL, I’d definitely recommended checking out the company and consider joining the group.  Their bento poses work with very little adjustment, even with Bre in a Maitreya body and Luke in Signature’s Gianni.  If you’d like to look at the photostream, please check out my Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/gp/124931994@N02/pqbZ6A.  And yes, I have been in a bit of a Boho vibe and am totally obsessed with my Celtic and Elven combo body tattoo I bought at an event recently.  *laugh* (**Edit: By the time this site goes live, the event will be over, but please check out their store for excellent poses and keep an eye out for these poses to hopefully pop up in store soon! -Bre**)

 

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The above were all taken at home.  They are poses 3, 5, 4, 1, and 2, respectively.  (Note, the 4th pose has two hand positions and this is the first, and is also my favorite shot out of these *smile*.)

 

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These were taken at Backdrop City and thankfully I could drag Luke along to up the ante of the sweet poses.  They are poses 5, 3, and a second take on pose 3, respectively.

 

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This is the couples pose, Peaceful Silence, that we took at home.  Note that they are poseballs, so it was super easy to move them into place over the lounger, so the limbs could hang over.  I wasn’t so sure how to set the scene for this one, so I titled it as requesting at least a five minute massage please.  *laugh*  The exhausted look to the pose seemed to call for the dark windlight and filter.

 

All in all I had an absolute blast and was so honored to get to do this, especially when it’s so therapeutic for me, as well.  It’s also a huge bonus to save money from buying more poses, so I can spend it on props for setting some scenes.

 

**Although I didn’t have this blog up in time for these poses to get purchased at the event, I still stand by my statement that you should definitely check the store out!  Here’s their marketplace HERE and then the in world SLurl here.