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

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!”
Random Fun_003
“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! 😀

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.