Just a Night Away

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.

Kissed by the coastal sunset

Sometimes a look says it all.

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!

They may be in a set of cute couples pajamas, but the little spoon wasn’t sweet and adorable when she managed to land a few good hits on the big spoon!

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.

Luke’s Credits:

Hair: Vango. – Jonny (Browns)

Shoes: ..::ILLI::.. Sergio Sneakers

Clothing: .epoch. – richard jammies – shirt – BLACK, pants – black, couples graphic HUD

Bre’s Credits:

Hair: Truth – Ambriel (Former group gift)

Shoes: Reign – Lola Sneakers

Clothing: .epoch. – yoni tshirt – black, pants – black, couples graphic HUD

Poses:

First picture: [west end] Poses – It’s you I Fell Into (adapted via [HD] multi bento pose HUD)

Second picture: [west end] Poses – Forever (not the one on MP) (adapted via [HD] multi bento pose HUD)

Third picture: Luanes World Poses – Pillow fight couples pose

Last picture: Luanes World BENTO Poses – Made To Love (Facial expressions via LeLutka Evolutions HUD)

Treehouse: Trompe Loeil – Kelsin Treehouse

Color Experiment Via LUMIPro

A little guide to SL photography…

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.

Bre Color Model Experiment A Original Butterfly

 

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).

 

Bre Color Model Experiment Pink and Blue

 

Bre Color Model Experiment Pink and Blue Closeup

 

Bre Color Model Experiment Pink and Distant Blue

 

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.

 

Bre Color Model Experiment Pink and Purple Closeup

 

Bre Color Model Experiment Pink and Purple

 

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.

 

Bre Color Model Experiment Dark Distant Sitting

 

Bre Color Model Experiment Dark w Pink Highlight

 

Bre Color Model Experiment Dark and Blue Closeup

 

Bre Color Model Experiment Dark Standing

 

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*

 

Bre Color Model Experiment LW Poses Be Fearless

 

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! 🙂

 

Pose Credits:

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!)

The last pose is the Luanes World pose named Be Fearless.

LeLutka Evolution Makeovers

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:

 

LeLu Evo Makeover 3 20_007

 

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.)

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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!

 

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“We are simply meant to be…” – The Nightmare Before Christmas

 

Country LW 3 30 20 L and B_011
Wranglers – a country girl’s kryptonite

 

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!

 

 

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Diversion – Book Lover Poses      “If you find a girl who reads, keep her close…date a girl who reads because you deserve it.  You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable…If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.” – Robert Pattinson

 

 

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:LW: Poses – Heart of Gold, female pose with prop 1    “Charm is more valuable than beauty.  You can resist beauty, but you can’t resist charm.” – Audrey Tatou

 

 

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Built in pose in the barn  “I don’t need to flirt.  I will seduce you with my awkwardness.”

 

 

Bre at Luannes 3 24 20_193
*~*HopScotch*~* Brooklyn 5    “The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd.  Those who walk alone are likely to find themselves in places no one else has ever been before.” – Albert Einstein

 

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!

Niall Part 1

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.

 

Blarney Stone LW Give Me a Reason and Arden Poses Gent2

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Ireland_016

 

They spent some time visiting some castle ruins out in the country, as well, where they could talk privately.

 

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Ireland_052

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(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.)

 

 

Bre and Luke’s Fall Trip

Aunt Eva took Emma for the weekend, so Luke and Bre took off to explore Luanes World’s non-fantasy side.  It was so beautiful; full of Fall landscape and romance.  It was easy to take way too many pictures.  If I don’t list a specific pose, which I’ll attach the MP link to, then it’s one built into the furniture set out on the property.  Not all of these made it onto Flickr, but please check those out again via my Flickr this time, because I added a pretty quote for each uploaded picture.  If you have not been to Luanes World, I highly recommend exploring.  If you join the group, you even have rez rights and a group gift periodically.  There’s even a path to the left from the store with all sorts of whimsical fantasy landscaping.

 

Luke and Bre at LW Never Change Pose_001
LW Pose: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/LW-BENTO-Poses-Never-Change-BOXED/16673021

 

Luke and Bre at LW59_001
“One day someone will walk into your life and make you see what George Strait was talking about in all those love songs.”

 

Luke and Bre at LW EMOZIONE Couple Pose Stolen Kiss10_002
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/EMOZIONE-Couple-Pose-Stolen-Kiss-BAG/17542592

 

Luke and Bre at LW Dream Lovers4_001
LW Pose: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Meli-Melo-Bento-Poses-for-LW-Dream-Lovers/16675548

Luke and Bre at LW36_001
“I still need to feel wanted by you.”

 

Luke and Bre at LW43_001
Loving you changed my life

 

Luke and Bre at LW55_001
“Every time I’m with you, I feel so complete.”

 

Luke and Bre at LW8_001
Snuggle Time

 

Luke and Bre at LW73_001
Kiss her like you’ve forgotten any other mouth that your mouth has ever touched.

 

Luke and Bre at LW45_001
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – F Scott Fitzgerald

 

Luke and Bre at LW79_001
“I will freaking love you every single day even when I want to punch you in the face.” – Christy Aldridge

 

Luke and Bre at LW6_001
Now we just need some marshmallows

 

Luke and Bre at LW23_001
Fall means cozy snuggling and fire pits

 

Luke and Bre at LW20_001
Your love keeps me warm

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.

 

Skating and Gum_009

 

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.

 

Skating and Gum_137

 

 

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*

Dirty Dancing Cover_001

 

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*