PCOS, Laser Hair Removal & City Photography, What!?

Anyone who has met me, knows that I carry my camera with me everywhere.

I’ve recently invested in Laser Hair Removal treatments. Ever since I found out I have PCOS, I’ve been more insecure about body hair, more usual than considered normal, especially by a woman, Not that women don’t already have enough pressure to be perfect already. I have scars from removing hair the wrong way for years, and this is me trying to slowly correct it. I’ve decided to treat my neck which is my huge problem area, and since I was already willing to go under laser, I splurged for  my bikini  line as well. Might as well make those summer months a little easier to handle.

This is only my second session, and though it may not be dramatic, I have already seen changes in the way my hair grows back. Laser Hair removal targets the hair follicles by the roots, so you’re advised to let your hair grow out naturally for about 6 weeks and then right before your appointment, shave. Whaaaat, I was so upset when I heard that, not only do I have to let this bush grow out, especially on my face (which makes it hard to look at people in the eyes) but I had to put a razor to my face, something I have never done and didn’t want to start doing. Hair has to be closest to the skin’s surface with the root still in tact, so I sucked it up and went for it.

On my first session, I was a bit nervous, after reading many reviews, I noticed many complained it was painful, some had great experiences, and some had scars after it going all wrong. I guess you can see why I was all over the place. The technician that was assigned to me made everything a bit more easing. I laid out on the table and spread my legs.

As I mentioned, I’m only on my second session, so I have about 7 more to go, so far, everything has been going great, it’s quick and easy and absolutely not painful. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. So, moving on.

After my appointment, I rummaged into my purse, taking out the lens that I almost never get to use, my Canon’s 75-300mm. Since I barely use my Canon any more, it’s sadly collecting dust in my room, I purchased an adapter and use it my Sony a6000 whenever I have the chance to take my time and actually pace my shooting. I love taking pictures of people in their natural state, I love how natural emotion shines through, something you don’t get with posed photography. I may be the creep in the corner ( a real far away corner) but I love the outcome of the candids I get. This couple below us, was super sweet, he was singing her love songs and looked like he was just so happy to be there with her. There was a mother daughter duo on the carousel that I ended up giving my business card to, hey, I’m not stingy when it comes to my shots, I have no problem sharing them, she looked surprised at first and then it turned it to be genuine grateful, which I was happy about.

Not everything was good moods though, some were sad, like the lady in the corner who needed some help. I’ll admit, as a New Yorker, I’m not the most trusting, I’ve seen plenty of homeless people scam their way into coming home to more cash than I make a night. I told myself I would give her a buck anyway, as soon as I made my way around the fence that was holding back, once I did, she was gone.

My walk around Bryant Park was nice and relaxing, I walked into a show store, since I’m such an addict. I walked away with empty hands, I’ve been on the hunt for some nice oxfords, you know the shoe of the working people. I haven’t had much luck, with both the shoe and being a working person.signature

New Artwork| Without a Voice

Sometimes I forget to post new work, so irresponsible of me, I know.

This piece titled ” Without a Voice”  was something I actually did fairly quickly. She was something simple, demure and showed enough emotion without exaggeration. When I was done painting her, I noticed she looked asian, which I was pretty happy with and had no intent on doing. I’ve painted many latinas and women of color. This time I had something new to add to the mix, and this is just the beginning.

If you would like to purchase this painting, please email 2minxinx@gmail.com with the subject: No Voice

City Shooting: Strolling Downtown Brooklyn

Sometimes whenever life gets a little hectic, I try to find the simpler things to bring me a bit of instant happiness. may it be cooking, dancing in front of the mirror, watching a chick flick or having a glass of wine, that escape is always needed. During one my lunch breaks, I had to escape from my window-less office. I took a stroll and brought out my camera (canon rebel t3i) that I named Belle, she’s my baby. Since I usually shoot in color when it comes to my everyday life, whenever shooting still life I like to practice my black and white. And no, not changing the color to black and white after the shot has been captured. The old school black and white, right at the moment.

I bumped into  this beautiful dress in the window, a brick arched alleyway leading to a restaurant that was beautiful lit. I bumped into this house with a nice huge window in the front, but even better than that, the gloomiest tree right in front of it, I felt like it was Amityville’s Horror ‘s home. Creepy!

Tell me what you guys think!

I need to take out Belle out on a date more often.

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Captured By Belle: Stroll Through the Americas

2minxinx2minxinx2minxinxAfter one of my interviews, I had some time to kill until I headed to another. I told you guys I was getting on my job hunting head set. The first interview was eh… Don’t get me wrong, The interview went great, I usually do pretty well on those things, but the actual job itself was pretty much a drag. You know that feeling you get when you just walk into a pyramid scheme. That’s what I got, even though it wasn’t. The company seemed legit, but something about it just gave me a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach. And yes, I did get a call back.

I was strolling through the city, Avenue of the Americas to be exact. I had my camera in hand and a lens I never use. It was time to put this 75-300mm to good use. I noticed that with this lens, I have to have some decent space in between myself and the subject. So now that I had some open space, I was free to shoot as I pleased. When I was younger I used to take my dingy old cameras and take pictures of city life. I’m sure I can find some pictures somewhere. Yes, my editing skills were horrible, my equipment could have been better, but for what it was, it was pretty decent.  This time, I just w anted to get comfortable with the camera in public. Usually in the city, people just look at you as if you’re a tourist. I just kept clicking, tell me what you guys think.2minxinx2minxinx

Captured By Belle: Sylas’s Baptism


This must be baptizing season, not that I’m complaining. This is when I get some nice action, or should I say Belle, my canon gets some action. Long time friend, who I barely see, but should really make some more time for her, because she’s such a sweetheart Stephanie, hit me up because her adorable looking son was ready to rock all white for the big guy upstairs.

I have to admit, I took more than 500 pictures for this event. A bigger family usually means everyone wants a personalized touch. One thing I didn’t mind at all. Plus, since I have  met Steph’s family a long time ago (we met in 3rd grade and officially became friends in 7th grade) getting them to pose, was super easy. A task I usually have a hard time doing when it comes to large groups, since usually someone doesn’t tend to grasp the concept. Everyone was so great and attentive. The main big guy for the day Sylas, was a different story, since he was feeling a bit feverish (awwww) it was a little tough to get him smiling. But that doesn’t mean he didn’t look adorable as every with that little pout of his, I mean, look at those cheeks!

I sent Steph options in color as well as black and white, though the colored ones were super cute, I feel like black and white did just enough justice, for the day. I’ve include some of my favorites in this post, since I would never over load you guys with 500 pictures at once!

I hope you guys like!love, m

If you are located in the NYC area and are interested in having your or your family photographs taken by a self taught photographer, please feel free to email me at 2minxinx@gmail.com with the subject: Photography. I am very budget friendly and quotes can be discussed via email.

 

In His Tee in Black and White

I couldn’t resist bu to make this one in black and white.. I think I like it better than the colored one!

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Credits:

Body Painting, Photography, Editing: myself, 2minxinx

Model: Kat

Captured by Belle: Tristan at 3 Months

IMG_4274.w IMG_4290.wLook how handsome my nephew Tristan is looking these days!

He’s such a little character at 3 months, and that flirty smile that he does, ugh.. I’m in love!

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