COSPLAY.............. ~MAD MOXXI~

As kids, we all loved to play some form of dress-up or 'pretending'. We all know for ladies, it was not only that, but also playing in makeup! For people like Alex (in the scrolling pic), old habits don't  die hard. Huh? What? You may ask, "hold up, why is she painting her face white?" Well my friends, you're about to embark on an incredible transformation. The only difference between what we did as kids and what Alex does is, now, as adults, there's a fancier word for it: ..................................................................COSPLAY! 

Introducing..........*drum roll*...........MAD MOXXI!!!  For those who don't know, in another realm, Mad Moxxi is the host/MC of colosseum-style matches of what's called "The Underdome". Little is known about her other than she is, in fact, an unapologetic sadist and created The Underdome to keep herself occupied until she finds a new husband. The amount of fun I had with this shoot...............man, we tried so many different things. First we started with some shots in the studio.

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Then, we headed to one of my favorite sites for some real fun. Check it out!

When I was in 6th grade, I fell in love with anime and comic culture. I waited until high-school to wear my first costume & it was one of the best experiences I’d ever had. Putting on these costumes give me an extreme amount of confidence in myself. I decided last year to make my first costume, as opposed to buying one. Mad Moxxi is the second costume I’ve made from scratch. She was a challenge because I’m not a seamstress, so the jacket took a lot of trial and error. I’ve wanted to gain the level of confidence necessary to put on the makeup and the costume. I plan to continue to grow and make more and more costumes. Cosplay has truly become my favorite pastime and passion.
— Alex Adams

Let your FayetteFLOW!

A journey it was indeed, arts of all kinds-from hoop dance, juggling, to acro-yoga; not to mention the underground vibesgroovey beats by multiple DJs #LIT!!! Last Sunday (April 24th), as a family, we decided to go check out the FayetteFlow event at Gulley Park. Here's the experience:

Hoop dancing & juggling lessons

Yoga

My wife, daughter & I stared as individuals learned the ways of yoga. This free event was put on by Sacred Somatics & Funkee Beats to help grow and unite an already amazing community of beautiful artists in the NWA area. The event went on into the night past 10pm. Something magical happened toward the end. When night fell, it provided the most potential for GREATNESS! "Why?" you ask. Two words. Long..................exposure. Over the years, long exposure has become more and more popular amongst the photography realm. If you haven't tried it, I recommend you do. Like, immediately! Below, I share a few images with you from that night. All I used to create these wonderful pieces of art was my Nikon camera and my tripod. Having a shutter release helps, but I only used a 2-second timer so I wouldn't get any camera shake. After, I let the natural moves of the artists take over with their lights and fire. I just captured the moments. Enjoy!

Oh, and then Sherri, my wife, decided she wanted to sit in a creek along the trails.......soooo I snapped a photo of that as well. Ha!