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Artist Spotlight - Yin Shadowz

Hey you!

So I’m excited to announce that I have a new little personal project in the works, it came to me while I was traveling over in the USA for the last 3 months and I’m really vibing what came through.

I have decided to connect in with artists whose work I really love and use my own creative talent of photography, to shoot them in a way that captures the essence of them through what they do in their own art creations and also ask them a couple of questions about themselves and their work.

As an artist, I have found that the way my business has grown is through social connections with people and especially when someone else shares my work on platforms like instagram or facebook (for example), so why wouldn’t I take the time to shine the light on others and share some of the magnificent creativity that is happening on the planet right now!

So I would like to introduce you to someone who actually doesn’t really need an introduction (because she’s freakin epic).. the wonderful Meagan Boyd aka YinShadowz.
Her work is magnificently vibrant, feminine, magical, earthly, wild and tender, and when I was in Los Angeles recently I had to reach out and see if she might be available for a mini photo shoot session and drop in with each other.

It was wonderful getting to co create a shoot session with her, I had the vision so clearly of bringing bright pops of colour and floral elements into the shoot to honour what she incorporates in her own art work and I feel like what resulted was a beautiful reflection of her.

I hope you’ll get a nice peek into the world of Meagan through the following photographs and Q&A.

In Joy xx

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Name:

Meagan Boyd

Starsign sun|moon|ascend: 

Capricorn/Aquarius/Leo

Favourite scent:

Currently my favorites are the essential oils of vetiver, lavender, vanilla, and sandalwood. I also love a really softy jasmine and Egyptian musk. I'm drawn to very natural smells, but I do have a few perfumes I wear occasionally Le Labo's Musk is really good, and I really like a ginger perfume I got in Paris by Roger and Gallet. You can find it at pretty much any drug store in France. 

What you’re listening to on repeat right now:

Devendra Banhart, especially the new album, Ma, Kevin Morby, Angel Olsen, and ethereal stuff too like Bjork, Aphex Twin, Grimes, Cocteau Twins, and super emotional atmospheric music like Julianna Barwick and Richard Skelton.

Did you always want to be an artist, or is it something you merged into over time?:

I think I've always been creative. I loved drawing and painting a lot as a young child. But I think I made a solid decision probably around age 16 that I wanted to be an artist. 

Where have you come from and how have your life experiences inspired you to create the work you do?:

I was born in San Bernardino, which is in an area called the Inland Empire- about an hour east of Los Angeles. I moved to Los Angeles when I was 21 in 2008. I've lived in LA For 10 years, and spent one year in Oakland studying painting at CCA. When I moved back to LA in 2014, I just started working in galleries and submerging myself more in the art world and finding more people who were on a similar wavelength through going to art shows, sharing my work on Instagram connecting me with other artists,kindred spirits and though organizing art shows and events. 

In terms of my life experiences that may have inspired my work, I have always felt a strong connection to nature, and have considered myself spiritual from a very young age. I think I've always been connected to the divine feminine spirit as well, and drawn to magic.

All of these things come out in my work. Throughout my life I've felt intense moments of inter-connectivity with all living things and with nature itself. Dreams, psychedelic experiences, meditation, intoxication, and an actual love for the earth and spiritual feelings while being in nature are also sources of inspiration. 

What do you particularly want to speak to within your work?:

My work speaks in many ways, but what I'm hoping is heard the loudest is that each piece is a bit of a love poem to love itself, to nature, to the earth, the divine feminine, and the inter-connectivity of it all. 


What draws you to use such vibrant colours and the medium of painting to create art?:

I feel very comfortable painting because there is a part of me that is old-fashioned and romantic and I appreciate that its a very ancient art form- basically the creation of images. I use lots of colors and vibrant is how we see colors in the bright sun, which inspires me so much. I love the sun! I love warm gentle breeze rustling through the leaves on a typical Southern California day. I'm for sure a sun worshiper, rainbow warrior.

I enjoy just working with colors that make me feel good and warm. 

How do you know when a painting is finished?: 

I keep going until the balance feels right. 

What does a typical day look like for you?:

A typical day would be waking around 7am after giving my daughter a morning feed (I'm still breastfeeding), and if I'm lucky she will sleep in until 8:30am, so I can either meditate or do some light yoga in the backyard with some iced coffee or a hot chai. If there's enough time, I will be able to fill up my outdoor tub and take a quick soak outside. When she wakes, I normally make breakfast: eggs, fruit, and toast or blueberry waffles for the family.

On my studio days (3-4 days a week), I'll get in the studio and start painting, sketching, in my painter's overalls around 10am and I'll work in there until 2-3 pm if I can. My husband will watch my daughter and I also have a nanny come 1-2 times a week. On days when I don't have help with my little love, I make her breakfast as usual and we all play in the yard for a bit with our dog and sometimes take him for a walk together. Usually we have lunch around 1, something light and easy. When she takes her nap around 1:30, I try to get all of my orders packed properly, labeled, and shipped, and I answer emails throughout the day while nursing or while my daughter plays or watches an episode of Sesame Street.

If we have spare time, I'll hit up the post office to ship off art orders, and run errands, and sometimes go to a park, or Huntington Gardens. A couple times a month my daughter and I normally go on a day trip to be in nature like to Ojai, the beach, the mountains, or the desert (California is the best for that). 

I'm a pretty avid chef, and I cook dinner most nights around 6:30. My daughter sometimes "helps" me with that. She'll sand on a chair and hand me potatoes or add cut veggies to a salad. After dinner, I always give her a bath and then we read in bed from about 9:30-10:30 or 11. My daughter normally passes out in bed with us by 9:45 or 10 and then I will read till 11.

Then the cycle restarts!

if you could have infinite resources to do whatever you wanted to do in life, what would that look like?:

I'd do a few practical things like perhaps buy a larger home and hire a full time nanny, and an assistant to help with my work. I'd love to have a larger studio and paint on a much larger scale. I'd also love to have the space to make sculptures, and a space to experiment with sound and installations.

It would be great if we could host an artists residency once a year and help struggling artists around the world, especially women artists. I'm really inspired by my artist friend, Swoon, she founded the Heliotrope Foundation which helps communities heal after natural disasters. Its a non-profit which artists help raise money to help these communities rebuild. I'd love to take a page from her book and create something similar if I had the resources. 

What other artist do you follow? What is it about their work that speaks to you?:

Currently my favorite artists whom I follow on instagram are Swoon, Alison Schulnik, Sabrina Bosco, Kendall Mann, Arrington De Dionyso, Elena Stonaker, Deedee Cheriel and Husmann and Tschaeni. They all make work that feels very natural, magical, and transcendent. 

What advice do you have for budding artists on their creative journey ahead?:

My advice is to keep going, no matter what obstacles may be along the way.

Making art and sharing it is vulnerable and can feel embarrassing at times, but that is something everyone needs to get over. Share it with everyone you can, experiment with every style that speaks to you, or invent your own. As soon as you find your voice, do it over and over again until it's perfected and work as much as you can.

Write about your work, know your work, show it anywhere that allows it to be on exhibit. I also recommend reading the article on Vulture by Jerry Saltz "How to be an Artist". It's a really motivating read for any creative person. 

Fierce Mystic

I'm so excited to share this shoot with you!

As an entrepreneur, you are the face of your business.

Do you have some hang ups on paying for a professional photoshoot for your website?
When you find the right photographer, that can truly capture the essence of who you are, and what you are about...
it can seriously help out your social media marketing, and let potential clients know that you are truly serious about what you are offering.


I'm lucky enough to be able to work with some of the most incredible women offering all sorts of amazing things!!!
Some of them to date have been:
Yoga teachers, Sexual Empowerment Leaders, Business Coaches, Poets, Permaculture Queens, Meditation Instructors, Women's Group Holders, Designers, Therapists, Painters, Graphic Artists, Witches, Singers, Escorts, Doulas, Relationship Coaches, Dancers... and more!

They value my creative approach and trust that I will try my absolute best to capture the realness.
The person who wants to shine so brightly, and share their gift with the world.
No one wants an ugly, dry photo of themselves as their calling card!


Courtney Halsted approached me for a branding shoot for her business.
A woman after my own heart, she has been the creator of many successful ventures around liberation, connection, sexuality and authenticity.
Now she has set to the task of growing her labor of love "Fierce Mystic", which focuses on helping "those who want to connect to their deep juicy sexuality, Orgasmic pleasure, stand in their power and use their sex for both their greatest spiritual awakening, and the awakening of their intimate partners."

This is where I came to in help bring her epic vision into a visual reality!


Courtney and I have been in the same community in Melbourne for a while now, but had never had the opportunity to get to know one another properly.
From the get go we were like two peas in a pod, chatting away about a whole range of topics that we met eye to eye on, while we traversed across Melbourne to two locations we had decided would suit her vision to a tee.

It was one of those times where you know you've spontaneously made a true new friend.
These times are my favorite!
When work merges into social connection, into heart felt bonding.

I honestly feel that our ability to be really relaxed around each other, equaled an amazing outcome of our shoot together.

Here is a link to her facebook page for now, as her website is still in the works but will be released soon!

And you can see some of the photos from the shoot below.



I am so grateful for the work I do, and hope to expand my offerings in photography and beyond too, as I move forward in my life.

but for now,

In Joy xx

Aleira

Weekend Getaway

Yes it's true that most of my photography is based around concept shooting, feminine empowerment and portraiture, but I'm just seriously all about capturing moments.

So when I was approached by Fern to shoot some personal photos of her, as well as some of her family, I was so excited as couple/family photos are something I have been interested in!

Fern invited me down to a special little Victorian coastal hideaway for the weekend with her partner Alex and their gorgeous little girl Phoenix.
It was a great opportunity to spend some quality time together and make sure we had enough opportunity to shoot, as the weather was changing dramatically from stormy to bright sun around that week.

I honestly feel like I am blessed by nature every time I go out on a shoot, as the weather could be super erratic either side of any given location shoot day, but when I head out it almost 100% becomes the most pristine and perfect conditions to shoot in!
(so this is me giving my absolute gratitude to the forces that be, thankyou thankyou thankyou for blessing me!!!!!).

So on the day of our shoot, we were met with the most magical velvet breeze, sun popping in and out from behind fluffy white clouds, and an absolutely breathtaking cotton candy sunset.
Fern was so happy with how the photos turned out, and I was too.
Here are some shots from our time together (there were some beautiful nude photos of Fern too, but those are going to stay a secret).
 

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I'd love to do more lifestyle photography, so If you are thinking of capturing the essence of you and your love, your little family, or are interested in a one on one session with me and based in Melbourne, Byron Bay areas, please don't hesitate to get in contact.

In Joy,

Aleira xx