“Mama said, don’t give up, it’s a little complicated
All tied up, no more love and I’d hate to see you waiting
They say it’s all been done but they haven’t seen the best of me-e-e-e
So I got one more run and it’s gonna be a sight to see-e-e-e“
Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes
This post kind of just happened organically. I didn’t really have any idea of what I wanted to say but I’m laying here at almost 6am knowing I have to be up in like 2 hours and I feel the need to start writing. Mostly because the idea hit me for the words to go with an idea for a picture that I’m hoping to shoot today.
As you know by now if you pay any attention to my writing that’s not my normal method of operation. I write then figure out a shot to go with it. It’s not often the picture comes first. This is just one of those times where it did and it led to what I hope ends up being a good idea.
It all started with idea for this shot. I’ll get into for a minute before I carry on with the main point. Anxiety released the High Hopes build for this month’s round of TMD and while I could have gone with the standard Lucky in it and just mimicked the video. I chose to mix it up a little bit. Bringing in my lovely alternate half to put a bit of twist to the scene. While I hadn’t originally planned it leading into this the way it does now, it proved to be a pretty convincing decision at 5am this morning. So here we are rolling with it. Let’s hope I don’t massively screw this up.
It’s safe to say I have met my fair share of females in my time in Second Life. Most importantly none of them are the same. Ever. I have learned more about failing in that regard than just about any other way in my life. They’re all different and all tick in very unique ways. Sure there are overlapping traits and similarities but that’s as far as it goes.
Normally I’d say how males are at a disadvantage with the range of products geared towards us. While that is true, I’d prefer to focus on what some of the women I know personally and some whose work I’ve admired from a afar have done. Now I’d like to preface this by saying this is no means an end all be all list of the only people I view as good. These are just ones who have stood out to me over the years I have been around and while it may sound crazy have in one way or another pushed me to try different things.
To keep from this turning into some kind of rankings list we’re going alphabetically because then it’s just A-Z and no one can try to claim I’m playing favorites. Sure I have favorites, even out of the list, but that’s not the point of this at all. I draw plenty of inspiration from things that the guys do, but more often than not the ladies are the ones who really make you go hmmmm I wonder. I’ll keep these mostly short but I’ll give you plenty of links to click too.
Aleriah: I sort of knew of her before I knew her mostly thanks to Flickr and then a dash of Brennan. I have watched her grow as photographer and even listened to something I’m sure most of us do. Questioning our own skill. I’m glad to see she never settled on being stuck and continued pushing into new territory, learning and growing more in the time I’ve known her.
Aria Christen: I had the chance to cross paths with her many moons ago and even then her work would blow mine out of the water without question. It’s safe to say that is still the case to this day. Each shot stands strongly on it’s own and the detail and crispness is something I’m still trying to accomplish.
Brandi Monroe: I can’t say we’ve ever crossed paths let alone interacted but I have most certainly admired not only her skill in the scenes she lays out regularly but also the poses that she creates. I can admit to having more than a couple of those and I don’t regret it one cent. I can only imagine the time involved in creating each of these, because for myself it would be probably a week for just one.
Daeberethwen Arbenlow: I think the best way to start is I’ve probably watched every single tutorial video that she’s done, at least 5 times to make sure I had it right. They were and are an invaluable asset to anyone who’s looking at taking pictures in SL. If you haven’t seen them, go, do it, do it now. On the flip side of that her photography is stellar. There’s always something I wish I had the ability to pull off that she does.
EXIS/Eva Pappas: What else is there to say but if I could ever shoot a scene like she does, I would probably just call it a day right then and there. The depth, color, and attention to detail in almost every shot I’ve seen since following her is near unmatched. I honestly don’t even have enough words to put to it.
Harlow Heslop: I remember in my earliest days diving into blogging and Harlow, you were one of the first blogs that came across, along with another coming up, and I have to say I used whatever tutorials were available, read what you had to say, and even have your windlights to this day. We’ve hung out a few times and you have always come across to me as genuinely caring about anyone you’re around and that is rare in this day and age. You still continue to do amazing shots and I truly wish you nothing but the best on everything.
Kynne Llewellyn: We’ve never met, never spoke, but she creates some incredibly vivid detailed scenes that you just cannot scroll past. Every single time I go through my Flickr feed it’s impossible to miss. The creativity and time that goes into each one, I could only guess at but she’s doing it right, without a doubt.
Liv Haalan: I’ve followed her work for well longer than I can remember right now. I have always been impressed with the variation from bigger scenes with multiple small parts to the simpler scenes with a more avatar focused shot. Either way they turn out amazing.
Lulu Zeplin: She started out blogging absolutely raw shots from SL and I remember them well. They were better than any edited shot I could pull off. She has since come back to doing some blogging and even started her own series of shots based on podcasts which I’ve found quite intriguing. I hope you continue to push further and carry on the legacy of someone close who’s keeping an eye on all of us from afar.
Oakley Foxtrot: I mean, how do I sum this up? The detail, styling, realism of the shots that she creates are damn near unrivaled in my mind at least. Like those mentioned above and below she is a master of her craft and definitely shows what a combination of talent and hard work can become. I don’t think I can put it better than that.
Strawberry Singh: Berry, I’ve met you many times, you’ve done photos for me, and those that I know and never once have I come away from it feeling like I was just another customer. You are as friendly and caring as you are talented and there is literally no way for me to quantify the influence you’ve had on myself but I am sure many others as well. Thank you for being you and for showing the widest variety of photography.
Lastly, Portia Pexington. Thank you for opening the Pandora’s Box in my head and getting me to pick back up on something that I didn’t think I was really any good at. While our story has many twists and turns in it, you were nothing but encouraging, helpful, and loving throughout the time we spent creating together. While that chapter is closed, the memories and photos will last on as long as I do.
I’d like to close this by saying this list is by no means a who’s who or anything like that. These are the women I’ve admired from a photography standpoint and I’d be lying if I said it’s not a small sampling. There are so so so many amazingly talented people in our Second Life. Maybe I’ll get around to a round 2 if this ends up going well. That being said I hope to someday cross paths with even some of the people mentioned that I haven’t. Being a hermit on a platform most of the time is probably not good right?
“Had to have high, high hopes for a living
Shooting for the stars when I couldn’t make a killing
Didn’t have a dime but I always had a vision
Always had high, high hopes“
Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes
Pose: oOo innocent_one ~ Olaenka Chesnokov
Head: CATWA HEAD Catya v3.2 ~ Catwa Clip
Hair: Magika – Hair – Olivia ~ Sabina Gully ~ NEW @ Magika Main Store
Head Applier: L’Etre – Heidi Skin [Pearl Tone] ~ Dam1710 Resident
Eyes: Avi-Glam. Dramatic Eyes – Shadow ~ Kendra Parfort
Eye Makeup: IDTTY Faces – CATWA Nova Eyeshadow [PACK 1] ~ Melissa Hindrabar
Ears: [MANDALA] STEKING_EARS_Season5 – Kikunosuke Eel
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1 ~ Onyx Lashelle
Skin Applier: L’Etre – Maitreya Body Appliers [Pearl tone] ~ Dam1710 Resident
Nails: Hello Dave – Nail Appliers – Black Tip French – Neutral (M) ~ Maia Gasparini
Tattoo: DAPPA – Impact Tattoo. Maitreya Applier. ~ KarlosGuerrero Resident
Sweater: RKKN. Jess’s Sweater White/Maitreya ~ Keon Xenga ~ NEW @ Shiny Shabby (Mar 20-Apr 15)
Necklace: RKKN. Jess’s Pants Black/Maitreya ~ Keon Xenga ~ NEW @ Shiny Shabby (Mar 20-Apr 15)
Earrings: RKKN. Jess’s Suspenders/Maitreya ~ Keon Xenga ~ NEW @ Shiny Shabby (Mar 20-Apr 15)
Glasses: Sleepy Eddy_Boston Glasses 019 (Black) ~ Metro Moonwall ~ NEW @ The Mens Dept (Apr 5-Apr 28)
Building: anxiety %highhopes ~ Max1ma Resident ~ NEW @ The Mens Dept (Apr 5-Apr 28)
Backdrops: Rowne.Street Style Star – Fashion Week RARE ~ GACHA ~ Fashionboi Landar
Road: ROOST – Grey Plain – Urban Road Kit ~ RoostHomes Resident