Friday, March 16, 2012


   model - Aria     photos - Zorian     styling - Aria     

Crochet trimmed peasant dress, whimsical Daisy flower crown and a filigree necklace, 
ready and waiting for Spring.
Natural light photos.  Sun light reflected from a building into the shade.  A beautiful location.

   Peasant Dress - vintage,  rings - vintage, ebay,  Daisy Flower crown - La romantica,  
Filigree necklace - La romantica    

Friday, March 9, 2012

Say Hello to Spring Say Goodbye to Bugs

    When Spring arrives, so to do all the flying, crawling, stinging, biting beasts.

Burt’s Bees to the rescue. 

100% Natural Herbal Insect Repellent.  
Castor oil
Rosemary oil
Lemongrass oil
Cedar oil
Peppermint oil
Citronella oil
Clove oil
Geranium oil
Soy bean oil
vitamin  E

I have used this stuff for 10+ years and it works.   It works in the jungle.  
It works in the woods.  It works at the beach.  It works!

When, I do a photo shoot, there is nothing more frustrating than a model 
swatting at flying beasts and frantically slapping mosquitoes while jumping around 
like she’s walking on hot coals.

Burt’s Bees to the Rescue.  This is an oil, not an aerosol spray, so you rub it in like a lotion.  
It smells like lemon oil.  It is all natural.  It is the best.   

Secret - -  Some insects are attracted to the Co2 from exhaling.  
The cure is Lilac Fragrance oil.
Lilac fragrance oil masks the smell of Co2 to insects.  I put a dab of Lilac Fragrance oil 
on my neck and it does the trick.  No more bugs flying up my nose or in my eyes. 

Lilac essential oil is unbelievably expensive.  It is only made in France, 
to the best of my knowledge.

I found this Lilac Fragrance oil on Etsy.  It smells just the way it should, to mask the Co2.  
It is the purest I could find.  I am sure there are others that work as well. 

   photos - Zorian   

   Question:  What is a Natural insect repellant that works?

Answer:  Burt’s Bees Natural Insect Repellent, combined with the Lilac Fragrance oil.  

Natural light photos.  

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Tip for getting rid of Dirt

     model - Aria     photos - Zorian     

   When I shoot outside I get covered with dirt, sand, leaves. sticky burs and junk.  
So does  my camera.

I read, Edward Weston's book, The Day Books, and he recommended 
using a paint brush to get rid of dust, dirt and sand from the camera while shooting.  
This is one of the best tips that I have put into use.  The paint brush gets rid of 
the dirt that clings to the camera and ultimately gets on the memory card and 
inside the camera,  if it is not attended to immediately. 

It is a very simple and cheap cure for this problem.  
I have tried a few brushes and this is what I find works best for me.

The paint brush is:
8.5 inches/215.9mm   Long
1.5 inches/38.1mm  wide
Nylon or synthetic bristles  2.25 inches/57.15mm  long

Bristles should be very springy.  That is what gets rid of the clingy sand and dirt very easily.

If you want the handle to be shorter, to put in a small bag, cut it to fit.  
Personally I like a longer handle so that I can find it easily
 in my camera bag, while shooting.

Warning:  do not use this brush, on the lens glass or on the sensor it will definitely scratch glass. 

This brush is designed to clean the outside of the camera, 
limiting the dirt that tries to get inside the camera.  I always clean the outside of the camera
 before I put the camera back into the camera bag.    

Nail polish - OPI,  Hawaiian Orchid

Friday, March 2, 2012

Snow Blogger

     When I found a blogger that makes me smile    : )    
every time I look at her blog  . . .
and does it in knee high snow, 
at -25 degrees C,
I felt the need to share this with all. 

She is Magic,  the undefinable quality!

Zorian xoxo