“Super Blue” Lunar Eclipse

This week’s “Super Blue” Lunar eclipse will not be a total eclipse sequence for much of the US.  The moon will set before the peak for the eastern half of the US, and just after the peak for the middle 1/3.  It won’t look anything like the photo above.  Prints of the above photo can be purchased here: Lunar Eclipse 9-27-15

 

 

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Self Image: Mirrors- Hollie Oakley

Me: What does the mirror represent to you?

Hollie: Mirrors to me, are a visual representation of the two different personas that I have in my life.  Professional and home/fun.  _DSC2339

By profession, I am an EMT/Medic.  I am gusty, somewhat untouchable, and very little phases me.  It is a profession that exposes me to many different situations that require the utmost in professionalism, and for me to tough my way through situations that are gross, gnarly, and sometimes hectic.  It is my more masculine side.

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Away from my job, I am exactly the opposite, participating in pin-up contests, modeling, and other hobbies that are extremely feminine in nature.  It allows me to show my softer side, and also to fuel my make-up addiction.

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When I look in the mirror, it reminds me of the contrast between the two, and just how different they are.

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Addendum by PBrooks Photography:

Don’t mistake her “feminine” side as soft.  She is still a ball of energy and spunk, and will not hesitate to let you know if you are in the wrong.  It was a ton of fun to do this shoot with a model that I had never met before.  Here is to making new friends.

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Self-Image: Mirrors- Lilith St. Scream

Lilith’s Story: From the Pipe to the Stage

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I am a recovering drug addict and alcoholic.  I spent many years addicted to crystal meth, crack cocaine, and prescription drugs.  I was so depressed and consumed with hiding from reality, pain, and my fear of failing at life.  _DSC2559

I never wanted to look in the mirror, let alone have pictures of me taken.  I hated who I had let myself become.

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I think so often now, addiction is glamorized, or sugar coated.  There is nothing pretty or admirable about being strung out.  All you do is hurt.  You embarrass yourself, and all those who love you.

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Walking away from that destructive lifestyle is why I am still alive today.  I still battle those desires and demons every day, but I choose happiness over hiding.

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I need to daily face my fears head on.  It is the only way to climb the mountain that is overcoming addictions.

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Photographer/blogger’s addendum:    Lilith is currently the troupe leader of the Moonshine Misfits – Mischief in the Midwest .  She is also a certified esthetician and set designer at A. Shines Designs at Stage 1 studio.  She also does some modeling and helps train others in the modeling arts as well.

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Up until about 2 days before this shoot, I had no idea of the inner demons and past struggles that she had been though.  I knew that she had overcome something, but could never quite put my finger on it( I have known her for 4 years).  I am overjoyed that she chose to let me capture the photos and allowed me to share a part of her story.

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If you are battling an addiction please call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline