Retouching Commissions

Retouching Commissions

Art, Fantasy & Portrait Retouching

In the past month I received a lot of inquiries regarding "if I also retouched other people their work" ; something I was both surprised as happy to receive: I've been doing these kind of assignments for the past year I've been in business and I've had my portfolio up for a while together with that as well. Maybe it was because I never (was allowed to) share more about it or simply me overlooking it in more detail ... Either way; I'm happy to get messages like that. Because I always love doing these kind of commissions! Retouching has become one of my biggess passions over time & I would absolutely love to make this a more prominent part of my business.

In my genre & style; I've mostly specialised myself in (natural) portrait retouching as well as achieving a beautiful fantasy like theme or painterly kind of look. Most of my past commissions have been that as well: turning simple studio photos in galaxy themed promotional material or old paintings or a recent job where one of my dear friends Aeons Of Silence wanted her photos to turn into a fairytale themed setting with a friesian horse (photos below).

If you're curious, you can find my retouching portfolio here & if you have a project you want to work on together with me, feel free to contact me to discuss things!
 


Photos above: Model Aeons Of Silence with Arion
Photos below: by/for Miss FD
Retouching by me

Client Commission: Skull Special & Osipa

Kim is one of my lovely clients who had booked two specials of mine: one with the epic Skull make-up by Kika Von Macabre & a second special with the design of one of my favorite designers Agnieszka Osipa Couture. I'm finally able to share these results which I'm absolutely in love with! Shooting these special kinds of commissions are one of my favorite things to shoot these days, allowing all the creativity and working to the tiniest details possible.

if you're interested in your own session, I'm taking bookings for the summer! Just contact me through the contact form on here & we can work something out.


Credits

Model - Kim
Halo & Chestpiece - Hysteria Machine
Makeup - Kika Von Macabre
Photography - Sheridan's Art

Credits

Model - Kim
Couture - Agnieszka Osipa
 Makeup - Kika Von Macabre
Photography - Sheridan's Art

Mytholon Lookbook 2017

Shooting for Mytholon

If you would have told me a year ago that I would be posting this blog exactly a year later I wouldn't have believed it. But its here and its real & its awesome!

A while ago I purchased my very first set of armor from Mytholon to start my "Arcadia" series. Due to a simple tag and a message shortly after (followed by many weeks & months of preparations); it happened: I was shooting the catalogue and promotional material for Mytholon. For someone in the fantasy industry & aspiring to progress further; this was a dream coming true! Who else can say they shoot elven warriors and mages for a living right?

After a long casting process, I got to work with some amazing new people and some familiar faces: Alain, Peter , Dorian, Gwen & Loes. The entire wardrobe (except for 2 pieces) is provided by Mytholon ; including all the armor, weapons, staff & details. Only the branches crown from Hysteria Machine for our mage & a simple golden crown from Pendulous Threads aren't from them.

It was one of the biggest challenges ever so far, but in the end it all came together so amazingly and I'm so excited to be finally sharing this set with all of you! I had to keep it under wraps for a while ... soon I should have some of the marketing material featuring my work and I hope to share those shortly as well!  For now, I hope you enjoy!

If you're a designer or brand looking for an unique lookbook like this, please don't hesitate to get in touch! My services are available for a wide variety of budgets and styles.

The Goron Chronicles

The Goron Chronicles

Meet Cornish landlord Goron as he is forced to fight for king Mordred against evil forces threatening the kingdom. After fierce battles on the cornish coast, Goron returns as a true hero. Being jealous of his success Mordred sends out Gwenora, a blue witch, to seduce Goron to the dark side, turning him against his own people. Torn between two worlds, Goron ultimately finds the power to confront Gwenora in an ultimate battle.

Will he succeed ?


This has been a project in the making for many months and one I deeply cherish for it's adventure, meaning, challenge & opportunity. It all started when my warrior "Goron" (aka Wim), turned 50 and decided that he had to celebrate this occassion in a very special way. Before I knew it, I was shooting a real life myth at Tintagel castle, many miles away from Belgium in England under his command.

Aging is something none of us likes to do and seeing how he dealed with it was so absolutely amazing and so inspiring. We called it "dealing with a midlife crisis the good way" and its definitely I'm aspiring to do now as well once I hit those dreaded life-marks!

It all started many months back when my dear friend Saida (you all know her as Ophidia) asked me if I would be interested in shooting her father with the rest of the family in a "Game Of Thrones" styled setting for his birthday. Needless to say, the answer was a big yes and wheels set in motion.

Before I know it, I found myself at their home discussing the details as no effort would be to much: we where going to England, Cornwall to be specific, to shoot the project. Together with me was Kika, who was going to be our makeup mastermind who was invited as well. Fast forward, a purchase of armor later (last-minute) & a bunch of preparations we headed off to Cornwall for an entire week to shoot the series.

It was amazing. Every second of it.  Even though I was also really nervous. I had no clue what to expect, what the locations would be, how I would be able to pull off the story over so many days ... not to mention, would I be able to bring it all together later? What if the shots didnt match up? What if the story didn't unfold? What if I couldn't pull it off technically? What if the weather was bad?

There where so many things yet once we where there, car loaded to the roof with costumes and props, it all started. We shot it over about four days time, ranging from "our backyard" in Fowey to the iconic place Tintagel. Standing at the edge of cliffs watching over what I only have been reading about with my obsession for the celtic & arthurian mythology (I grew up with "mists of avalon" as bedtime story, over & over again).

Shooting it all was breathtaking, in the end. I had so much fun. I pushed my boundaries. Became a hairdresser on the job (I shaved a viking mohawk hairdo on him!) and shot my first fantasy family portrait. I never shot a project this big, this complicated and this intense. And it was awesome. Receiving a call yesterday that they loved the shots was one of the coolest moments of my life, followed by being able to share these results with all of you!

I hope you find this story of "how someone deals with a midlife crisis at 50" equally as inspiring & I hope you love the shots. Below you can find the "outtakes" that they didn't select for the story, but which I'm allowed to share. This was the coolest job I've ever done and I hope more will come over time!

*Find the behind the scenes here*


Credits

Goron & Family (Wim, Daisy, Nando & Saida)
Makeup - Kika Von Macabre
Armor (Leather & Steel), Weapons & Chainmaille - Mytholon
Cloaks - El Costurero Real
Photography & Post-processing: Sheridan's Art
 

Break The Glass

Sometimes you need to break & shatter a little bit before you can see the pressure point that made it all happen. Or two. Or five. Or all over your artistic soul. In the end it doesn't really matter though because it's there. So now what?

It's something I'm struggling with a lot lately.  A day or two ago I reached out on my Instagram about my feelings (or the non-existence off it) as I've been battling something that is not an artblock. I was battling something that goes way deeper and more personal. I didn't "feel" my art anymore. Everything I looked at, new and old that I've created; only showed something like a canvas that all looked the same over and over again. It was hard. It still is hard. I feel like I've lost who I am, what I love and am passionated about and the ability to put those tiny fragments of my soul in each and every piece I create (except for a short few months, I'm still looking back on those because thats where it started to happen and it made me launch *this* thing.

It's fine though. Really. It is. I just realised that. After finally allowing myself to break under all these pressure points and literally looking at all these tiny pieces on the ground in my head. I didn't "lose" myself. I've just grow so much in such a short time as a person but due expectations from personal goals and focussing on the theoretical & administrational side of my business; putting my clients first (with all of my love & attention) and making sure all of that went fine. I'm still living "the old me" and trying to "fit the old me into the new me".

As artist, you grow as much as your artistic style does. A lot. It can be in a short time or a long time; it can be an amazing new insight in a technique. Though if you don't upgrade your vision of what you do with what you have learned, it doesn't work as great because after a few times ... it becomes repetitive.

And you know whats funny? I learned this because right now I'm sick. I had to cancel a reveal today as I'm afraid to contaminate them & a really epic blossom shoot saturday as I couldn't find the materials and I don't have the energy or vibes. However, tomorrow I nééd to be in the studio as it's a big production that involves a two people coming from far, already scheduled for ages ... re-scheduling would be too hard & considering it's a paid job. I just needed to do it as well. We realised that after a 1,5 hour skype call. Sometimes, you just need to push through the pain & crash later with a few liters of green tea and the bioshock collection in front of you.

Now before I continue there is something important I want to (re)tell: as I said before here, I was/am battling some serious issues regarding my creative flow. I don't feel it anymore. Nothing excites me. I don't "get" my light & posing, retouching doesn't fill me with joy. It has become bandwork; neverending; administration is suffocating me & I have so much on my head & heart to make things work. It's not cool & its been going on for a few months increasing in strength. There was just so much going on & my heart couldn't take it anymore.

When I was in the shower, minutes after the skype call I realised something important: I was excited. I felt these amazing little butterflies I always felt before a production when I'm overthinking the "how" and "what" . Posing? Styling? Light? I was covering all that in my head. I was thinking on how to tell the story. And I am excited for it. I'm sitting here with some painkillers against my headach and the first little nibs of food after a rough night yet (I barely ate past day+ because I was so nauseous) . And I am looking forward to tomorrow. Somehow. I don't know how I will get through it, but I will be on set & I am looking forward to it. For the first time in ages.

On my Instagram, someone commented I "should wait for the storm to break the glass" . Maybe, poetically said, I should just become the storm myself. Life isn't a fairytale but I believe that a big part is something we have in our own hands. Mostly: how do we deal with the situations thrown at us? I think thats what the universe has been trying to tell me. Back in England, I encountered a robin twice very close by. The first time when I was shooting on set with beauty Ophidia & I was feeling happy. Simply creating something. The second time was a few days later, after I heard I needed to pay my rent for july (new appartment) in advance & it messed up some plans I had (it was a big bite of my finances I had ready for a series of big projects). That was the "last drop" as we call it and I had a little personal tantrum outside (I did had the most epic view ever though, there are worse places to throw a little tantrum ... haha). And just when I took that deep breath & asked myself if I was doing something wrong myself; the robin appeared in front of me. Inches of where I was sitting, looking at me. For a minute we where just there and it felt like such a sign from above (I'm a sceptical believer in such things) ... it felt so real. Being home now, trying to get things straight, reading my cards the same happened. And now I'm here. Writing this down. Realising, sometimes you don't have to wait for the storm as it's just another excuse. Sometimes, your life is all in your hands and its up to you on how you deal with what life gives you. And I've been doing it all wrong for so long.

I'm still upset I'm sick & nauseous, I'm upset I had to reschedule & I have such a pile of work ahead of me and a household to run. But I can choose to do it and just go for it. Not with the idea of the neverending routine I am in (and thats killing me) but I can look at it from a point of view it's just another day in the life of a freelancer & I can create my little adventures myself. Be it going out with a friend, creating time to game, taking time with family, book a budget trip for a few days. Working on my shoots from scratch & push myself. There is so much I can do. And it shouldn't include feeling the dread of a neverending work of line like a 9-to-5-job I hate & never want to do (and have created for myself) that will kill me. I was stuck in the past & refusing to give up things & ideas I had in my mind.

Being an artist can suck, as we think so much. On the other hand, if you do it right, you can look at life like it's a lifetime series project you can tweak, redesign & revisit. Make moodboard for (you can dump) and revamp. Thats how life is in the end. And we, as artists, can decide how we approach it & make it something beautiful.



 

Unified

Forndom has been on repeat for the past 3 or 4 days now. While I just have an hour of music on my Spotfiy from them, it resonates deeply within my soul. As often, I find myself in music & how music is often a representation of a remembrance of a certain time or place in my life. I would have music on repeat for hours & days straight and indulge myself in it. It's happening again now and I'm slowly seeing the pattern in it.

I'm about an hour and a half away from packing myself up and leaving to the Netherlands tonight to meet up with Richard & prepare myself for my very first groupsworkshop (and right away one that's international too). I'm currently in a haze of reality. Everything feels surreal, like a switch has been turned on or off and a new chapter has been creeping up for the past week and suddenly launched itself full force at me.

Yesterday I had an amazing lecture in a castle nearby Brussel about pricing & marketing with four other photographers. For the first time in my life, I was able to fully embrace myself for myself and on stage in all of my "self". I've always been hiding my weirdness, out of shame & the feelings of judgement. Me in my bright yellow cyborg Mitmunk leggings and my purple-teal-yellow-winged bagpack with huge cicada earrings by Cu Nature. Calling myself a business owner & freelancer, European qualified photographer and professional educator. Two things I never thought I would achieve yet always desired to have. To be able to feel & know myself, to become "someone" that is more & not fading into no existence like I always felt.

Yesterday I had to get up at six to be back in Antwerp on time after having a late meet-up for one of the coolest jobs ever. Also one of the coolest I will ever have in my entire career. I will be out for an entire week traveling with a family & people dear to my heart.

I'm sitting here trying to bring these feelings down into words. It's something .. strange, something I've always felt for as long as I can remember when spring was slowly creeping up. It's that thing in the air & it always felt there, but never it was *there* for real. Today, this time ... it all seems to fall together. It's been an incredibly rough time for me, 2017 so far, despite all the awesomness. Yet at the same time I constantly felt my sixth-sense-reassurance all would be fine. It has helped me through most of it, with the worst falling my on beloved boyfriend who is the most amazing human I've ever got to meet and share my life with so far. Having someone who can handle who I am, with all my emotions and outbursts in all shapes and sizes, who can admire the idea of an ambitious girlfriend and has no issues with it that she runs a more or less successfull business ... It's something unusual. He's been my everything in my life I've realized. Together with my parents.

And these here of course. Everything reading, following & sharing. Yesterday someone came up to me after the lecture & she told she came specifically to meet me & see me speak. After googling me. ME. This "Laura-is-almost-26" photographer. I've seen people speak about me & my work and what I mean for them, that they admire what I do & how I inspire them. Directly & indirectly. I've had messages and emails about it. It's something ... insane. I hear clients talk about my blogs, I see people refer to old blogs in conversations and how I inspired them.

It's easy with social media to only see the awesome. For me it's been a struggle to accept this because I didn't feel I was good enough as a person. I still struggle with it, but at the same time I've been able to accept *this* personality I am. I found peace, somehow. After all these times & years. And it's one I feel more ready to embrace then ever before; because I'm doing being sad over what I (didn't) get & got.

I found myself. And it's fucking awesome.

A Client Blog

There was a while I didn't blog at all & then the time happened that blogging came on a second place in the chaos. But like it often goes: I fell sick (damn flu!) and I'm catching up on all those tiny things I always wanted to do but never got around too because sitting still is something I just cannot do. One of the things I wanted to do was finally catching up on my client blogs once & for all. I can not always show everything and when I can, I only try to show the best in my portfolio. But on this blog I can show it all.

Here are most of the clients I've had the honour to photograph in the last few months (and I am allowed to share) with all of you! There are many more but those have mostly been shared on my facebook and/or blog already or are from before the time I had my own studio & worked from home out. Its still amazing to see them together like this so maybe one day I will make an entire 2016/2017 one-year-in-business-blog!


Model - Kasia
MUA - Kika von Macabre
Mask/Halo/Chestpiece - Hysteria Machine
Claws - Arma Medusa
Photography - Sheridan's Art


Model - Antigone
Mask - Hysteria Machine
Photography - Laura Sheridan's Art

Model - Kim
Halo & Chestpiece - Hysteria Machine
Photography - Sheridan's Art

Model - Heidi
MUA - Kika von Macabre
Headpiece - Hysteria Machine
Photography - Sheridan's Art

Model - Gizzy Lovett - Photography & Model
Makeup - Kika von Macabre
Head- & Shoulderpiece - Hysteria Machine
Photography - Sheridan's Art

Model/MUA - Fairytale Prince
Crown - Hysteria Machine
Collar - Renaissance Attic
Armor - Mytholon
Cloak - El Costurero Real
Photography - Sheridan's Art

This was a special day! Check the blog for the full story & the other shots I've made with her.

Model - Lady V
MUA - Kika von Macabre
Hand Jewelry - Arma Medusa
Photography - Sheridan's Art