Photographing in my very own neighborhood.... - West Seattle Conceptual Photographer

I am so grateful to live where I live, in the great West Seattle. My “studio” often lies within just 3 miles or less from my place. How lucky am I?

The closest spot- Inside my apartment building.

First we can get ready at my tiny space, and walk outside the door for a few images.

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I love alleys.

These first few images are just a walk across the street from my place and then we just wander through all of the alleyways and use a number of really cool backdrops. They might be surrounded by garbage cans or cars, but you would never know it.

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Schmitz Preserve Park.

This is one of my favorite places on earth. For real. Old growth trees, not a lot of people, slight witchy vibe. It’s about 2 miles away from me.

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Alki Beach.

We all know I love some water. Alki Beach is about a 4 minute drive from my place. I am full of gratitude for these beautiful photo spots right in my backyard.

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More than Human - Seattle Mermaid Photographer

What an honor to watch these beautiful strong females to morph into something more than human. Watch with me…..

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Learning and growing from your old work- Seattle Fine Art Photographer

There is so much to be learned from your old work.

My artwork is like a diary for me. Looking back shows me how far I’ve come and where I want to go. Sometimes it can be totally embarrassing, and that’s ok!

Looking back on my old work helped me learn WHY I do this. I didn’t know 7 years ago. People would ask why I did what I did and I would struggle with the REAL answer although it was inside of me.

Here is some photographs from about 5 or 6 years ago, I will dig deeper for another post!

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Double Exposures - Dawndra's way.

You guys, there are a few different ways to do this. I do my double exposures in post and I use Photoshop. The simpler the image the better. Keep in mind using a simple background is helpful. Usually, double exposures work best as profile shots if your doing a portrait. Remember- always break the rules.

I lay two images on top of each other in PS - and then either using SCREEN mode or NORMAL mode and turning down the opacity until it looks right. I take out any distracting stuff on peoples faces with the clone stamp. The hardest part (for me) is finding two images that fit!

I know that you can get way deeper and more complicated than this, believe me! But this is my simple process.

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