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#scoretosettle  *Let's go!*  #USWNT  US Women's National Soccer Team

Argh.. i don't want to jinx it!  Women's World Cup 2015 final! 

go #hopesolo  go #juliejohnston  go #carlilloyd  go #meganrapino  



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United States hope to write new chapter with Women's World Cup final rematch vs. Japan
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um... yeah.. i wish we could have driven up to Canada this year... needless to say they are ext. all of Luxe's soccer club registrations...
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A Look Back
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Here is a new one of  Luxe running in a gown i made on one of the most amazing paths at Mt. Diablo right in our own backyard....

Thought i would share with all my wonderful G+ pals and fellow curators.. especially those at +PortraitTuesday with +Laura Balc and +Tana Teel and all my friendly peeps at   #treetuesday   with +Allan Cabrera +Kim Troutman +Ralph Mendoza +Christina Lawrie +David R Robinson and with the great +Margaret Tompkins and her #landscapephotography  crew.. including +Kevin Rowe  +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Jeff Beddow +Eric Drumm +Doug Hagadorn 

+Style It! Shoot It! Share It! will dig this too.. 

I"m sorry if i missed some people for some reason i could not tag some of the curators!

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lol girl don't get me started on you turncoats from across the pond! ;)  Going to party in El Cerrito tonight to catch the fireworks. so i should be near your neck of the woods +Sam Breach 
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#StyleItMP14  Final for 6th StyleIt! Challenge: Toy Stories
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Here is my final for our 6th and final challenge of the year Toy Stories or should i say my homage to Charlotte Charades. 

For this challenge, our #StyleItMP14  (Style iIt! Masterpiece Project 2014) stylers were asked to spend 6 weeks playing with toys then produce  a final due at the end of the six weeks which should be a masterpiece utilizing tilt shift techniques. (I will be sharing out the HONORS album from the challenge TOMORROW.)

This shot was inspired by my new toy i'm currently in love with and collecting, which are the Lalaloopsy dolls, and my fav doll so far of the bunch who is called Charlotte Charades! I'm holding her in this shot... That's her in my right hand (camera left.) I did my second study using some of the other dolls here for the Toy Clones study here which i also think are especially adorable:
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Charlotte has hot pink hair...black button eyes and wears a red tutu skirt, a black and white striped shirt and mime gloves. She was sewn from a mime's costume! ;) To do this shot i had to recreate her clothes or 'costume.' So everything in this shot is made by me except the shoes and the wig. 

I designed the pattern for and made the shirt out of 4 way stretch lycra and tried to make it big and baggy to mimic all of the lalaloopsy's big tummys and then added stuffing. I knew sewing the striped would be technically difficult as its considered advanced sewing involving lengthy work to make all the stripes match up. Making stripes match with stretch fabric was even more 'special.' After laborious pinning, tracing and calculations i got the majority of stripes on the bodice sides to match and much of the sleeve to bodice stripes matching.

 I sewed the tutu, figured out how to make handmade suspenders (hmm but these still need work.. since they kept falling down in the photo shoot. I used a nylon ribbing but now i will try to find elastic). 

You also can't see it but i'm wearing some super cool fluffy sparkling black leggings which i made with huge bows and some faux fur giant red socks completely handmade with a giant ruffle. The giant hair bows are also hand made out of the same fabric used for the leggings. 

Wig 
Since the wig is cheap and synthetic, i took two days styling it using curlers. Since you can't use any heat on synthetic wigs, i wetted it with water and styling lotion, set it and had to wait two days to get the wig to produce curls similar to the dolls. 

Makeup
While i do have an airbrush, i really thought i wanted to go simple here.. and utilize basic white face paint. I had zero goals but to cover my face just like Charlotte's (she's the only Lalaloopsy with a white face) and HIDE my mouth and nose as much as i could. I also utilize a bright light to sort of 'blow out' my features against the white to again make them hidden or invisible. Then i added on the pink rosy cheek 'circles' and drew on the black 'threaded' mouth under my lips. 

The Eyes..
Finally i needed some button eyes. It's the signature motif with all the Lalaloopsy dolls. While i couldn't squash and stretch out my face like the dolls one thing i could do is make my 'eyes' bigger, so i created this button eyes mask with some supper large button eyes. 

The Shot
I initially intended to go high key with this but i utilized mostly natural light and as it got dark.. i really liked the bright 'stage' light that began to be produced late afternoon through the sliding glass door. To get the tilt shift look, i placed  the camera on one of my ladders to create the 'looking down' perspective the way you would look down on a doll or toy and then maximized the tilt shift and distortion using the tilt shift filter in Photoshop CC. Anyway there are more boring details.. but that's the gist of it.  

Thanks for looking.. it was a really fun challenge and got me playing and having fun like i did when i was a kid! I recommend it for every photographer on here!

I have more outtakes that i may share tomorrow in black and white.. which i think are also cool. 

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Thank you Lane. If school leaves me no time, I might decline, but then I might rearrange the calendar! ;-)
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#StyleItMP14    Masterpiece Project Challenge #6: Toy Stories
Exhibit & End of Challenge (AND PROJECT) party

(To learn more about our Masterpiece Project please visit the following community: ‪https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/103832206131235438171.)
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For our final challenge of the year Stylers we decided to do something festive and fun that would fit right in with the holiday season. This time we asked the stylers to work hard at PLAY! that’s right -- play with toys to create some outstanding Toy Photos!  Challengers had to meet both the thematic as well as the technical requirements of the challenge to finish. They had six weeks to meet all the following requirements including two biweekly studies. They were:

Theme: Toy Stories (Toy photography)
Tech: Tilt Shift 

And the studies were:
Toy Box (favorite toys)
Toy clones (Famous Photos with Toys)

Lets just say there were a lot of TOYS in their lives for the last month and a half.  They got to dig out their old toys… or buy some new... pose, stage, style and shoot! 
We asked them NOT to just take well lit  ‘product photography shots,’ but to bring these toys to life and imbue them with STORY.  We also asked that they learn and/or engage ‘tilt-shift’ technique to give an added dimension of realism to their toy photography. 

We saw legos, stuffed animals, board games, trains, dolls, super heroes, star wars figures, toy cars (even real cars). We saw toys of old that brought back fond memories as well as hot new toys on the market and so so much more.. And boy was it fantastic these past weeks and so much fun! 

Below in this album are the creative and clever results … Please please click through and see what happen with adults PLAY with toys photography style! We hope the results will delight you! You will see teddy bears strolling at sunset or poignantly ‘fishing’, rats cooking in the kitchen, board games with pieces so red and glossy you could eat them, pirate ships sailing the 7 seas, icy Hoth battles, and even toy invasions! 

Enjoy and congratulations Stylers! You did it! You finished the final challenge and finished the project! 

P.S. Note: We will share our final honors album for both THIS Challenge and those  from our music and animation challenge we did last summer next week, which is long overdue! Be there or be square! 

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Study #12: Toy Clones
Loopy Christmas

Here is my 2nd study for the Style It! Masterpiece Project 2014 Challenge #6 ... Toy Clones

For this challenge we were tasked with recreating famous images using  toys! Can you guess what famous image i attempted to copy here? :D 

Below is my beloved toy crush i've been having for the last year  called the  Lalaloopsy dolls. Here is Mint E. Stripes, Mittens Fluff n Stuff and my FAV!  Winter Snowflake! I titled this Loopy Christmas because -- well  -- my 3 year-old can't say Lalaloopsy so he runs around and calls them 'loopy.' hee hee 

They are having just a glorious day in winter wonderland ice skating!

I could go into detail the amount of work that went into this shot but i painted that background on a giant canvas measuring over 5 ft tall since the loopy dolls are 12" high. (This presented tons of challenges with scale and space. How was i going to get enough room to truly shoot these dolls and do them justice? Well i'm not sure if i was successful, but i tried!) The trees are also real and measured each 24" tall which i decorated with homemade snow. That lake they are skating on was also created by me and was a cookie sheet of colored water that i froze and took out for the shot. Hmm.. lets see. what else.. the snow bed Mint E. is sitting on was made out of buffalo snow .. i also handmade that snow ball she is throwing and of course all the ice skates! Skates were made out of cardboard, decorated with silver foil duck tape, cut out with exact knife and adhered to their shoes and boots! :)

  I'm not sure how close i came to the original but i did my best. Anyway I hope you enjoy it, and are having a wonderful winter Friday filled with snow and ice skating. Sadly its sunny here in CA so i can only make this shot and fantasize about a white christmas in my dreams! 

TGIF! 
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Miss-Carriage of Justice: Sign the Petition to Pardon Purvi Patel
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SIGN THE PETITION! & SHARE
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 I don't normally send things out like this but i'm so horrified by this case that i thought i would try to do anything i could to help. 

If you have missed this in the news,  Indiana resident, Purvi Patel, is the first woman sent to jail for miscarrying. She has been sentenced to 20 years!  

Article about the case: 
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/01/magazine/purvi-patel-could-be-just-the-beginning.html?_r=0

 Nearly everyone including the right wing and pro life groups believe these laws should NOT be criminalizing pregnant women and also don't believe Patel should go to jail. Many also see this as a case about racism and class since many of the women being targeted and prosecuted by these laws are immigrants and 'women of color.'

 If you are pro women and believe this is a miss-carriage of justice, please SIGN this petition. They have almost 20K and need 80 k more.
And please SHARE THIS POST to your streams and with every WOMAN you know using the hashtag #pardonpurvipatel
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An Indiana feticide case opens a new legal door to prosecuting women who try to have abortions.
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Yay! +Sam Weinstein i know.. i know.. 
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A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes
Happy Friday 13!

Well today is my birthday and many  MANY  years ago me and my sister +Lynn Langmade  were actually BORN on the 13th of March on a FRIDAY!  So today is my birthday, and I can’t help thinking about my own mother (who has passed and also gave birth to twins on this day) as well as giving birth to my own daughter, Luxe. 

Today is bittersweet as it’s my birthday yet, my daughter is GONE for the first time in 13 years. (She got accepted into honors orchestra and they have taken a ‘band trip’ to play at Disneyland  this weekend! Luxe is far far away) I’m excited and happy for her.. but also really missing her on this day and a little sad that she is growing up so fast! 

Here is Luxe as Cinderella that I just shot the last couple of days in honor of the Cinderella 2015 movie première …I WISH she could stay this way forever. I hope she has an amazing fairytale time at the Magic Kingdom and returns home safe! 

Happy Friday & Happy Friday the 13th! 
(it's about time i posted around here ;)

Lane


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Miss Lane. All you can do is prepare them for life when they come of age. Make sure she has a good educational foundation and she obviously knows a bit about photography. All young ladies are Cinderella,"once upon a time." That's what parents "do"... preparation.
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#StyleItMP14   Challenge 6 HONORS Album 
Style It! Masterpiece Project 2014

As we wind down our Style It Shoot it Share It Masterpiece Project for 2014 it’s now  time to share out the top shots for our previous or last challenge (Challenge 6,Toy Stories). 

Theme: Toy Stories (Toy Photography)
Tech: Tilt Shift


For THIS challenge which concluded just last week, the Stylers where tasked to create some great images utilizing toys as subjects as well as tilt shift techniques while also telling a story. We encouraged them to go beyond regular product/catalog photography and really make these toys come alive. 

All the finals from the challenge were just great, and to see all the submissions for this round please visit this album:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/109415081471489461426/posts/WyxWy6oRZop)

Yet we must pick just 4 for honors selection. This was so hard to do as there were more than 4 that deserved honors recognition, BUT there are just 4 spots in the album: Those that deserve special recognition are: 

1. +Carla McMahon  A wonderfully creative and colorful toy masterpiece by Carla which expertly captured the joy of toys  in a fantastic parade while also masterfully utilized the tilt shift technique. 

2. +Eve A   A gorgeous  and somber photo-real toy shot with a warm color palette capturing a cuddly  teddy bear as he goes for a stroll at sunset. 

3. +Marilyn Benham  A stunning and crisp real life landscape with excellent til shift,  that makes you want to reach in, pick up one of those cars and play with them. 

4. +Nora Hoffman Liberty More than any shot in this Album Nora worked so hard to truly create a toySTORY. We get all misty eyed as we look on at Nora’s  Woody remembering his long lost love! 

Congratulations to all four of you honors winners.. it was a fun fun challenge and you all did  awesome work. Well done across the board the the whole Style It Masterpiece Project Community! 

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well done to all!
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#fivedaybwselfiechallenge   5 Day Black and White Selfie Challenge
Day 1: Fetish

I was tagged by the super talented +Stefan Riss  to play +Paul Howard's #fivedaybwselfiechallenge  last week. I didn't have time to begin the fun right before Christmas but i do now! Yay! Thanks so much Stefan!

Here is my first black and white for day one! I could have made some red or black lips and desaturated the skin to an alabaster, but I  have a particular fetish for bringing out the middle in black and whites. Boy do i love me some silver... so  i though i would explore the mid tones during one of my 5 days! 

I may try to get 1-2 new selfies in during these 5 days but most may be reworkings of older files! 

And with that i tag my bff and bay area neighbor +Sam Breach (if somebody already hasn't) 't play along with me Stefan, +Carla McMahon, +Marilyn Benham and more! 

According to Stefan, Paul's Rules are simple:

1. Has to be in black and white, or some variation thereof. Toned, straight, grainy, I don’t care. But black and white.
2. Fresh photos, old photos, doesn’t matter, but not previously published in black and white. Something about this photo has to have a “new” aspect to it.
3. One per day for five days.
4. Nominate someone, don’t nominate anyone, doesn’t matter.
5. Feel free to say no.
6. Just came up with this one: if you accept, post ‘em where you like ‘em. G+, Facebook, Ello, Tsu, Instagram, doesn’t matter, any or all of them. Tag me so I can bother you about them though.
7. It can be any kind of selfie you like. I mean, I don’t even have to really SEE you as long as you’re in it somehow.

Enjoy! 
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Oh my +Sam Breach​ hope you feel better soon, that is agony. Hope your back is doing okay, that usually accompanies it. Positive thoughts for a quick recovery.
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#StyleItMP14   Challenge 5 HONORS Album 
Style It! Masterpiece Project 2014

(Please note our 6th and final Challenge Finale Party and Gallery Reveal Album for Toy Stories will be tomorrow HERE (my page) at 6PM PST. IF you like what you see here, come back tomorrow to see the wonderful Toy Photography produced by these amazingly talented photographers and artists)

If you are interested in learning more about the project or joining in, please visit our community here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/103832206131235438171
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And so as we wind down our Style It! Shoot It! Share It! Masterpiece Project for 2014 with our last challenge gallery exhibit tomorrow, it’s about that time to share out the top shots for our previous or last challenge (Challenge 5, Prometheus Portraiture). 

Theme: Prometheus Portraiture
Tech: Makeup Prosthetic

For THIS challenge which concluded the week before Halloween 2014, the Stylers were tasked to create a portrait of a ‘monster’ which included a practical tech component with it as well. The ‘monster’ aspect could be nearly anything.. but most importantly something that wasn’t real… something that we see in mythology and fairytales. The practical was they also had to do apply their own makeup on the subject and include at least one prosthetic. The prosthetic could be almost anything that was not just painted on but applied or adhered with some sort of adhesive to create a seamless and photo-real makeup look. This was no small task… many o Style It! Challengers buckled under the pressure  or the ‘fear of the unknown’ but the group that finished learned a brand new skill and took their portraiture to the next level. 

All the finals from the challenge were just phenomenal, especially given the knowledge that many of them (men included) had never picked up a make up brush in their life (please visit this album to see all the finals of this challengehttps://plus.google.com/u/0/109415081471489461426/posts/VJXybDSTy3e)
however the 4 honors included in this album went ABOVE and beyond to create astonishing complete makeups  that produced some magnificent  portraits below here for their portfolio.  So please, without further ado, take a look at the masterful stylings of 

1. +Stefan Riss :  Stare into the eyes of Prometheus himself.. and behold the brooding even ‘tortured’ Frankenstein peeking out from his hood as created by Stefan. The make up work here is just mind blowing. Stefan worked so hard on this.. and created a searing character  with a scarred and  even deformed’ face  barely held together by stapled prosthetics. Stefan could have gone the  bright and bloody gore route but instead what he produced was much more subtle (in monochrome), yet profound and disturbing.  This is what the masterpiece project has been all about.. learning new skills and PUSHING your work to the edge! 

2. +Connie Buser : Now jump to the vivid pastel-saturated portrait and its gorgeous fairy queen created by Connie. She manage to utilize the salient characteristics of a classic pastoral -- with cool inviting hues, classical pose and expert processing -- to make you believe in pixies and in a world or time long ago  where such winged creatures could not only exist but reclined in a lazy repose on a spring afternoon.

3. +Mari Luukkonen  In stark contrast to the pastel portrait, is the stark monochrome WICKED stylings of Mari. Mari made the perfect gothic shot here complete with beautiful blacks and silvers, a black feather headdress,  a black crow, a dark forest , black claws and …what no dark and spooky image can be without….. SECRETS. The moment your eyes lay on this SHE has you! 

4. +Amy G  And finally we conclude our honors album with Amy’s  creepy clown. For this shot, Amy deftly worked in that space between creepy, dark, tragic sad and even childlike. The genius of this work lies in the ‘flawed’ makeup--the contrast between the bright red clown collar and that faded red clown nose and muted face paint. When we look into those penetrating eyes of a child,  there is so much story there and we don’t know if this clown is sad, haunted, wicked or charming. We don’t know but we want to know more!  

Congratulations to all four of you honors winners.. it was truly a fantastic challenge.. and I was so humbled to work with this group and have my image next to yours!

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Study #11 Toy Box (Favorite Toy)
Strawberry Scrumptious: Nothing Ever Smelled So Sweet! ;) 

Here is my submission for this week’s Style It Masterpiece Project Study – Toy Box! For this week’s study we had to dig up or select a favorite toy, shoot it and write about it for our final challenge of the year. Tilt shift is also the tech were working.. to try and give our shots a 'model' or mini look and feel..

This is my toy. You probably don’t recognize her EXACTLY, but something looks oddly familiar about that green hair or that little bump nose and the oversized head?? Well... here is Lime Chiffon.. one of the original TWELVE Strawberry Shortcake dolls released  in 1980 – a doll and franchise that I went absolutely mental over when I was 10 years old.  And I wasn’t the only one.  Apparently Strawberry Shortcake was a FAD for all girls.. and in fact it was one of these first ever ‘toy crazed’ phenomenons that happened. Every girl this age wanted one of these dolls… SS was sooo big that she even had her own TV special! Other ‘toys’ that took off and took the world by storm in a similar manner were the ‘rubics cube’ care bears and even the cabbage patch doll.  But the Shortcake gang was the first really of these toy phenomenons

When looking back on it, I wondered what was so cool to a 10  year old that I just had to have them? I mean there was Barbie right? She had her whole world.. and Ken and even sports car and a Dream House? So what was up with the Strawberry land gang. What made her such a hot property? 

Well for starters.. although it sounds like pennies, these dolls were not cheap. I remember that I couldn’t’ t get one with my allowance unless I saved for it for weeks. So I was always begging my mom for them.  But then there was so much more. Here was a toy or doll that wasn’t’ just everyday Jane,  but she was a dessert or a treat!  And unlike the boring blonds and brunettes of Mattel’s ho hum word, many of the dolls had NEW colored hair and were dressed in vibrant fruit colors. Yes colored hair! Lime chiffon here had green hair.  Lemon Meringue had yellow.  Raspberry Tart had purple and on an don. And then.. the whip cream on the top was that they SMELLED. Yes!  Do you remember those markers that smelled like blueberry or cherry? Kenner had the genius to SCENT the dolls. It just doesn’t get any better than this…. A doll modeled after sweets that also smelled like a treat that just came out of the oven? Hmmmmm…And then of course it was the FIRST fantasy world created for dolls.  Truly… Strawberry Shortcake lived in Strawberry land.. and all her friends lived their too.. They each had their pets or ‘sidekicks.’ Strawberry Shortcake had custard the kitten and Lime Chiffon here had Parfait Parrot! Each doll had their own ‘friend’ and all of them lived in their cute little fruit houses with their adorable little dessert stores. Even the villains of strawberry land were scrumptious.. including sour grapes and the fiendish PURPLE PIE MAN! MWHWHWHW! And of course you could buy and collect them ALL! The sky was the limit! 

Now everything I’m writing here probably sounds so familiar… I mean we have all seen the Bratz phenomenon, and the monster high dolls.. and even the lalaloopsy… BUT! It really all started here way  back in 1980. All of these toy phenomenons and doll phenomenons, were modeled after the original Strawberry Shortcake brand which has proven to be a winning formula for huge sales and toy crazes ever since! To this day, doll and toy collectors pay premium prices for anything Strawberry Shortcake and anything vintage Strawberry goes for the big bucks.  It makes you wonder what took the toy world SO long – all the way until 1980 --to figure it out? 

I don’t know.. but I look back on my childhood and I’m so grateful they did. And if you want to get on my good side.. or need to get me a gift for xmas? Look no further than eBay and Strawberry Land. Getting a rare used collectible Strawberry shortcake doll or piece would make my holiday! (hint hint ;) 

I hope you enjoy the Holiday colors in this shot.. i deliberately selected one of the dolls (my favorite) that would be Merry BERRY for the season! 

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