• Does your makeup pack a PUNCH?

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    Have you wondered if the new Urban Decay ELECTRIC palette really lives up to it's name?

    First let's address what you might be thinking right now. Why is a photographer, of all people, reviewing this palette? Fantastic question. I happened to be the one who did the makeup for this particular shoot (see image above)! So I was able to see first hand how it applies to the face when under a strobe lighting. Most of you will be wearing this outdoors (so I decided to apply little swatches to my forearm in the sun to show you all). If you haven't gotten this palette yet and are currently reading this blog, you might be still debating on purchasing it right? No fear! I will show you exactly how it applies and give you some detail on the strength of the color and what are the best ways to get the most out of this palette!

    LET'S BEGIN:

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    What I noticed right away was that the color wasn't super strong when applied to a bare arm. The color was very soft and would need multiple coats to even come close the the below image (unless you wanted a softer look!). Primer isn't cheap, though you only need to apply a dab to your eyes to make more of a statement with these pigments (it will last longer than you think). Why would you want to pack on the color (and waste this beautiful palette) when it would be easier to just apply a little primer and save more color! It's a subtle difference, but when primer is applied first, the color was is lot stronger!

    *WARNING ON BACK OF BOX*: Slowburn, Savage, Jilted and Urban are not intended for use around the immediate eye area. This means 4 of the 10 eye-shadows are marked as not safe for eyes. Although they are marked safe in European countries. I think they made this disclaimer just to let everyone know they had not tested those particular colors on the eyes. I think they wanted the palette to have multiple uses, not just for shadows.

    Try this look the next time you use this palette! If you do, please tag me on Instagram! #amandawphotography

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    Here's an image I took using the pigments Thrash, Slowburn, and Gonzo. I then lined the bottom of her eyes using Milani Cosmetics 05 Aquatic Style, Shadow Eyez 12 HR wear pencil (http://www.milanicosmetics.com). This makes her eyes sparkle a little more and collectively bring the colors together.

    Overall I am very satisfied with the Electric Pressed Pigment Palette (a little pricey, about $49.00 but well worth the color). Keep a look out for Sephora's coupons, I got mine 15% off using a coupon from an email I had received. I see myself using this on future shoots as well as on myself! Grab yours at Sephora or online at urbandecay.com

    Have you done any makeup looks using Urban Decay's Electric Palette? I would love to hear your thoughts and how you used it!

     

     

     

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  • Ready for summer!? 6 suits to suit your look!

    Yes, spring is upon us! But you know what that means! Summer is just around the corner! Here are some of the best places to get some summer bathing suits for your style! (You'll thank me later!) 

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    Photos above by Amanda Wilson Photography! www.amandawilsonphoto.com

    Looking to keep spring with you well into summer? Look no further than these suits! 

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    For that nice elegant touch...the classic black with peach floral touch!

    Floral Clash High Waist by Free People. $68.00 www.freepeople.com 

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    Looking for a bolder floral look? Try this suit on for size!

    Prima Rose by Betsey Johnson. Top $62.00 Bottom $54.00 www.betseyjohnson.com

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    Okay, so you want to keep a bright look with a boho-chic hint? Try this sexy piece! Feminine and sassy!

    Doesn't hurt that it also is Pantone's color of the year this year too! Score!

    Macrame One Piece by Free People. $264.00 www.freepeople.com

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    So your a basic and classy black lover? No worries! Here is a suit just for you! 

    Crochet Monokini by Free People. $148.00 www.freepeople.com

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    Alright. You want to be a little daring while keeping that basic and classy look.

    Try this color blocking suit with just the right amount of black and blue! 

    Mandalynn Heat Wave Swimsuit by Nasty Gal. $130.00 www.nastygal.com

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    So you've thrown all caution to the wind and want something with some color that's in your face!!

    Try this color blocking suit with purple and blue mix.

    High Cut Flora One Piece by Free People. $246.00 www.freepeople.com

    6 suits. 3 styles! Which one is your favorite!? 

    Bring on SUMMER!

     

     

     

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  • What inspires you.

    What inspires you as a photographer or artist? Have you stopped to consider all the things that influence your work? Artists are constantly inspired by the music they listen to, the people they encounter and even the places they visit or have yet to visit.

    Where else might our creativity stem from? What does it mean to you and your work? Take a moment to think of all the things you have encountered over the years that makes you tick. As an ode to creativity today, I will share a few of my inspirations with you. Maybe something I share with you today will end up being a staple of inspiration for yourself. I welcome everyone to share your favorite inspirations too!

    #1 Audrey Kawasaki - Audrey Kawasaki is a Los Angeles-based painter, known for her distinctive, erotically charged portrayals of young, adolescent women. Her works are oil paintings painted directly onto wood panels, and her style has been described as a fusion of Art Nouveau and Japanese manga. "Audrey Kawasaki." Wikipedia.  

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    #2 Lara Jade Photography - Lara Jade is an internationally acclaimed fashion, portrait and commercial photographer.
 Lara’s most compelling quality is the ability to colour her images with strong elements of romanticism, fantasy and a hint of darkness. Seamless Photo. "Lara Jade." Seamless. Seamless Photo LTD, n.d. Web. 12 Mar. 2014.

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    #3 Elie Saab -  (Arabic: إيلي صعب) (born July 4, 1964), sometimes known simply as 'ES', is a Lebanese fashion designer. His main workshop is in Lebanon, with additional workshops in Milan and Paris. Wikipedia. "Elie Saab." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 03 June 2014. Web. 11 Mar. 2014.

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    These are just three examples from different mediums that I currently drive inspiration from for my work. Now, what three things inspire you at the moment?

    Amanda

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  • Pantone Color of 2014

    What do you all think of the new Pantone color of 2014?

     

    I am quite excited about this color. I think it is beautiful and I can't wait to integrate this color into my photography this year!

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  • Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014!

    The common questions that are asked when the year ends tends to always relate to your new year’s resolutions and what you accomplished this past year? I never have stopped to think much about it to be honest. For my first WordPress post, I will discuss this past year and what I hope to accomplish in the New Year! I will be writing a combination blogs on fashion, art and photography.  For my first WordPress Blog post I wanted to make it something more than a few words; something that would give my audience an idea of what I will be posting and will be a source of news for current trends and behind the scenes for my photography.

    To get started I wanted to touch on what I accomplished in 2013! I accomplished my first year in photography school. I am about to embark on my second to last semester in a few days’ time. It has definitely been a year of learning about what makes me tick and gaining skills in the one thing I have always loved to do. It has been a struggle though staying creative when you are being taught to be very technical. Although this semester I will be taking a fashion course, so I should be able to enjoy this semester and feel comfortable in what I am shooting. Along with accomplishing my first year at photography school, I decided to take a trip to France and Scotland this past summer to improve my portfolio (which I feel I did accomplish) I will dedicate a separate blog post to my trip (as there was too much to discuss here). I don’t want people to get intimidated by a short story for my first post! HAHA I will mostly post more imagery (even more images from my shoots that don’t make it on my website or Facebook) but for my first post I wanted to just have a nice introduction to this aspect of my website!

    Now onto 2014! I have quite the list of what I would like to accomplish this year, although they aren't my resolutions for this year per say. I have just 3 New Year’s resolutions for myself but as for my photography career I have a few things I would like to see come true. I would like to see myself travel to Japan (it has been 5 years since my last visit). I would like to go for pleasure and to inspire my photography. I would like to keep up this blogging to keep my thoughts on track and to get in touch with my fans. I want to graduate this year with my bachelors in fine arts with a concentration in professional photography in August. From there I would like to move to Los Angeles to intern for a company in the fashion and entertainment industry. Personally I would like to write in my personal journal more. I find it really relaxing.

    Last but not least, I would like to start to build a team of professionals to join me in creating images for this year! I believe it will be beneficial to have familiar industry professionals to attend each shoot session. As time progresses you get to know each other and what to expect during a shoot so things run smoothly. Sometimes having different people help each time becomes a bit nerve-racking and can alter your results. The best thing a photographer can do is provide a constant quality that people will expect from you each time you shoot. As it was once said to me “You are only as good as your worst image.” I believe that to be true. If you have many brilliant images and one bad one, that one image will stand out for the wrong reasons. Here’s to a New Year and happy blogging!

    Thanks for reading and I look forward to blogging again soon!

    Amanda