Trickster Dreaming, Part I // creative session

This is the first part of the second session of my Urban Indigenous Women Series. I am doing one creative session for each season, and each session is autobiographical in nature while focusing on the theme of what being indigenous in the city can be. In this session, I am featuring a female trickster figure in the dead of winter. For me, in this series, Trickster and Winter means change, personal growth, fear of personal growth, inner sleep and the inert ability to change when confronted with change.


As with all creative sessions, I strive to learn something from them when I shoot. The challenge with this session was studio lighting. I booked a studio (the lovely Sevenstar Studios) and used a mix of natural light and studio lighting.  I faced some challenges the later on in the evening it got – natural light having a blue tone to it, and the “natural” studio lighting a warmish orange tone, and that was definitely something I had to learn to combat.

Did I meet my goals in this studio challenge? Yes and no. It was an amazing opportunity to try this, and it gave me some solid knowledge and ideas for my next personal creative session, which is coming up soon. I was aiming for a darker edit, a darker look, in studio, but I now have some ideas how to work that in the next session. I was successful in that I learned.

I also broke up the session into two parts, as the styles were so different. This studio was crisp and clean and sitting, and the next part is more sweetmoon in nature – outdoor, natural light, and more my style.


Model: Trudy John

Hair: Sasha Couture

Makeup: Lana Garcelon

Studio: Sevenstar Studios

Mukluks: Nappa Half Mukluk Boot, Manitobah Mukluks

Earrings: Beads, Rhymes & Life

Mask: TomBanwell, Etsy

Black Fur Jacket: Better Off Duds

Part II coming soon… 



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  • Angel ChartierJanuary 22, 2014 - 6:31 PM

    you are a great photographer and I like that the model is not thin

  • Saleema EmJanuary 23, 2014 - 6:06 PM

    I think you did great!ReplyCancel

welcome tho.

Welcome to the blog, showcasing the latest sessions and adventures. In case you missed it, I'm Tenille, Dene photog, living in Treaty Six, YXE. Feel free to lose a couple hours creeping around, and drop a line if you have any questions.