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Artwork #2 for the month of March? check! A little down to the wire, but I think this one is done as well. I may play with it a little more though. It’s part of the Sea and the Stars series I’m working on, but it’s also inspired by my reading of a beautiful and magical book last summer called The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. She didn’t know it, but in writing that story she directly influenced this piece most obviously and heavily, the series that I didn’t really know I was working on, and also reignited the spark of my creativity that had become bogged down with stress and everyday life. And for that I can never thank her enough. All that aside, The Night Circus is an EXCELLENT book and I recommend it to anyone and everyone! You can find it here. And you can read more about the wonderful Miss Morgenstern at her website, here.
I would love to here your responses to this piece and impressions! Let me know in the comments! :)
Cheers!

Artwork #2 for the month of March? check! A little down to the wire, but I think this one is done as well. I may play with it a little more though. It’s part of the Sea and the Stars series I’m working on, but it’s also inspired by my reading of a beautiful and magical book last summer called The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. She didn’t know it, but in writing that story she directly influenced this piece most obviously and heavily, the series that I didn’t really know I was working on, and also reignited the spark of my creativity that had become bogged down with stress and everyday life. And for that I can never thank her enough. All that aside, The Night Circus is an EXCELLENT book and I recommend it to anyone and everyone! You can find it here. And you can read more about the wonderful Miss Morgenstern at her website, here.

I would love to here your responses to this piece and impressions! Let me know in the comments! :)

Cheers!

Your Tell Tale Heart
A collaborative piece between myself (the visual) and my dear friend Kaylin (the written). To read the whole poem and more on Kaylin and her art, go here!

Your Tell Tale Heart

A collaborative piece between myself (the visual) and my dear friend Kaylin (the written). To read the whole poem and more on Kaylin and her art, go here!

A Berry Chilly February Food Challenge

This month for the Photographer’s Connection Just Shoot it! Challenge, I was challenged to get creative with food photography. Maybe it’s how ridiculously cold and snowy it has been lately, but my creative inspiration came from frozen fruit and flowers. It sort of evolved from there into snow AND champagne. And freezing the flowers did not work at ALL like I imagined. And ultimately I wanted to do this shoot mid afternoon, but then only had time to do it well after sunset. BUT, I still really really like some of the shots that I ended up with. One of my goals was to arrange the fruit creatively but to also pay close attention to the details, which I think I did improve on. My other big goal was to really focus in this shoot on not overshooting and on getting the shot right and in correct focus as quickly as possible (partially because, hello, snow inside with the heat quickly turns into a watery mess), because this is something I know I need to work on in my photography in general. 

So, what do you think? Do these photos make you want to run out and get some delicious fruit for your next ice cream or cocktail? Or possibly just go out and play in the snow?

The What and the Why of it: Magic in the Everyday

Hello all!

As some of you may know, I am really focussing in 2014 on building Lusicovi Creative into a fully fledged, bona fide business. This means learning and implementing everything that goes into being and running a business: taxes, marketing, invoicing, budgets, branding, etc, etc, etc. It’s a long road, but I am determined and I have found a ton of amazing resources! So to that end I have been thinking a lot lately on the what and the why of my dream photography business. Why I am doing it, and also why anyone should choose to hire me to do their portraits (as opposed to anyone else out there with a camera). Something along the lines of a missions statement, and what I want to do with and for every client that is unique and special and well worth time and money. I have a lot of thoughts, but this is what I’ve come up with so far. Since I do not have a fully fledged website yet or a page on which to put this, I thought for now that it could make a nice home right here on the blog. 

So without any further ado, 

The What the the Why of it: Magic in the Everyday (a mission statement…of sorts)

I believe in magic. Not in the sense of wands and wizards and spells, but in an everyday sort of magic. I believe in the magic of people. Of what they can do and achieve with passion and love and determination. Of how they can connect with people and the world around them on a daily basis. I believe that there is a powerful type of magic in human connections, that emotions are how we connect, and I believe in capturing that magic.

A piece of art, whether a painting, a song, a story, or a portrait, is a preserved memory of the most magical thing on earth: people. Across space and time, the most important thing about artworks (including portraits), is their ability to preserve that magic and to connect two people. 

Photography captures light, yes, but the camera also captures much more. Portraits capture love, caring, devotion, joy, determination, silliness, imagination, and all the magic of being alive. They capture time, they tell a story. They are magic, they are memory, they are art.

So what magic do you want to preserve? Let me make your story, your love, your magic, into a beautiful piece of art.

Call now to book your creative portrait session. 

Since I was lucky enough to get to create both the cover artwork and cover design for I Is Dead, I have several great images that we took in order to create the cover image. I had one of the most enthusiastic models ever, and he was great to work with! The brief we worked off was to depict the main character, Ai I, in an alleyway illustrating a particular point in the novel where he is bemused, rundown, and questioning his own identity and reality. Tom did an amazing job depicting the mood, so we ended up with plenty of images. We chose the best for the cover image, but I wanted to share some of the outtakes as well! 

To download I Is Dead by Thomas Sabel, click here.

I Is Dead by Thomas Sabel, cover artwork and design by Lusicovi Creative
"Shipping clerk, Ai I the Third, is thrilled to join a cell of the Committee of Reality in the spread of the Truth. With the aid of his Intuitor, Ai becomes a loyal worker for the Committee, even at the cost of losing his home, his family, and his identity. Only when he discovers the Committee’s diabolical plans, does he react only to discover that without an identity he might as well be invisible. Or is all this delusions of paranoia?"
Click here to download the ebook now!

I Is Dead by Thomas Sabel, cover artwork and design by Lusicovi Creative

"Shipping clerk, Ai I the Third, is thrilled to join a cell of the Committee of Reality in the spread of the Truth. With the aid of his Intuitor, Ai becomes a loyal worker for the Committee, even at the cost of losing his home, his family, and his identity. Only when he discovers the Committee’s diabolical plans, does he react only to discover that without an identity he might as well be invisible. Or is all this delusions of paranoia?"

Click here to download the ebook now!

An embarassingly long time ago, my friend Kaylin held the first reading for her soon to be novel, Tell City, at this excellent bookstore downtown called Indy Reads Books. We had a great time getting everything together for this and all in all I would say it was a resounding success! Here’s to many more Tell City adventures and successes! :) 

visit www.facebook.com/kaylinrboyd or www.kaylinrboyd.wix.com/author for more on the fabulous Tell City and Kaylin R. Boyd!

Wow, I am so behind on this blog! Thank goodness for snow days where I can catch up! Back in early September, I met this super awesome author with tons of energy, excellent ideas, and a similar love for Neil Gaiman. She is writing a novel, called Tell City, and was looking for an artist to create some cover art and marketing materials. We also did some portraits of her so she could have some professional shots, and basically had a grand old time creating the apples for the cover and marketing images. We have quickly become great friends, and I am so grateful to have this girl in my life! She is an excellent friend, a great creative inspiration, and wise beyond her years:

"Remember to Dream, for it is one of the most important parts of being alive and being human." 

For more about Kay and to stay up to date with Tell City, visit www.kaylinrboyd.wix.com/author & www.facebook.com/kaylinrboyd

There are a couple of things that I just can’t get enough of in portrait photography: genuine love and laughter, and new creative ideas that are a bit of a challenge. This engagement shoot with my lovely aunt and her wonderful fiance had the best of both of those! They were concerned about getting portraits done, and I tried to assure them that it’s the love and the joy that truly makes for great engagement portraits, and I am just the one lucky enough to get to capture that joy. I don’t think they were convinced, but I’d like to think these photos speak for themselves. :) Plus, they knew they wanted to incorporate Vegas into their shoot (because they are fun and awesome like that). So, Vegas engagement photos in Indiana in winter? Challenge accepted. We had a great time turning their kitchen into a makeshift Vegas table, and the photoshop work afterwards was a delightful little challenge. Gosh I just have the best job in the world. :) I am so excited to get to do some photos of their wedding this weekend, so stay tuned for more photos of this gorgeous couple! :)

More creative portraits. Some images from this shoot will be incorporated into artworks someday. But these are some of the fun creative photos we ended up with! Tons of fun and some really excellent photos to work with. :) 

The Charming Julia: creative portraits round three. Cannot get over how beautiful and fun my cousins are! And we got so many adorable photos out of this shoot. It’s times like this when I get to edit so many gorgeous photos that I truly love my job and feel incredibly lucky. :) 

The Enchanting Regina: round two of this “just for fun” creative portrait session from over a year ago with my cousins. They were all impressively good at this and we had a ton of fun!