Candida Valentina

The Fandom Nerdlesque: Infinitease Promo Photos - 2019

The time is finally here! For anyone who has been following me on Social Media the last few weeks you have probably heard me teasing these series of images. For you and those who may not have known alike you are all in for a treat.

I was contacted by my friends over at The Fandom Nerdlesque (who if you don’t know are an Atlanta based collective of nerd-themed burlesque performers from all across the country) asking if I wanted to be a part of the marketing push for their upcoming Marvel Themed Show (being performed at the time of this blog post on Friday and Saturday THIS WEEK..HINT HINT…TICKET LINK AT THE END OF THE POST…HINT HINT).

After some very brief talk of concept, we decided that the end goal was to emulate the famous Marvel MCU posters that have been coming out regularly. It wasn’t until we were on set going through photos that I thought about using some various forms of compositing to create artificial backdrops for each character.

Jet Spiegl - Matt “Daredevil” Murdock


Final poster design by Evin from Apologue Media. He did a FANTASTIC job of throwing everything together into an amazing final product. Be sure to throw him some love as well!


Additional poster design by Kali Fornication (You can see her link above under her Thanos photo).

Get your tickets here!

For a peek behind the curtain as to how the sausage was actually made, keep reading below.

I’ve done some experimenting with various forms of compositing over the last few years. For more of an expert’s view I would make sure to check out the work of Renee Robyn or Clinton Lofthouse. Anything I have learned was very much learned by watching both of these amazing artists at work.

The first part of the recipe was making sure that the subject of the photo was lit properly. In the case of these Marvel photos I needed 4 lights. A Key in a 3’ Octabox, a fill in the form of a 12” beauty dish, and two 3x5 softboxes as rear kickers.


That setup lent itself to a photo like the below.

by using content aware fill you get one of the following photos below.
One worked better than another:

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Spoiler alert, it was this one that worked much better.

Spoiler alert, it was this one that worked much better.

Afterwards I roughly followed this tutorial from DIY Photography to mask the image

Click the photo above to read an in depth article that I assure you is WAY less scary that it looks.

Click the photo above to read an in depth article that I assure you is WAY less scary that it looks.

After masking its then just a matter of sourcing an appropriate background, and then adding any needed tweaks to it to fit the image at hand, and then several hours of refinements…the process of which I don’t have photos of because I didn’t think to take them.

If you would like to see a more in-depth step by step, let me know. I’d be happy to work something together!

Mundane Monsters - 1 – Ghost (and The Occult - An Art Show)

I was invited by the great Artetak to be a part of one of her ongoing art shows earlier this year, and unfortunately I wasn't able to attend. So when I heard that the next theme would be The Occult, I for sure had to reach out and see if the invitation still was available.

I went through a few different concepts, and wanted to make sure I did my friends who were members of various Occult organizations and trades (and myself being sort-of Occult-adjacent) right. I didn't want to offend by any means. 

I originally wanted to draw some sort of connection between the occult and science (and how the religious right can blur the lines between the two). But after some hard thought on the matter I felt it to be a bit on the nose. 

However during my brainstorming session I got the idea of a ghost doing laundry, which then evolved into the idea of a ghost doing a series of very mundane tasks. Below are some of those images: 

I had a blast shooting this series, and after some further thought on the matter I think I'd like to expand it into an ongoing project involving other sorts of Monsters. Maybe turn the whole collection into a book or something in the future. 

The final images that will be on display at the show will be below. I encourage you to come out and see them in person, as the web versions really don't do this justice. 

8610 Roswell Rd. Suite 140
Sandy Springs 30350

Big thanks to Kate for inviting me to show some work, as well as to the great Roux La La (Designs by Roux) for styling and modeling as the ghost-est with the most-est. 

Candida Valentina - Bump in the Night Goulesque

Cosplay Day(s) with Hysteria Machines and Solar Wolf Cosplay

The following photos (and there are a LOT of them) were taken over the course of a three weekend period.

I was invited by the HM crew and many of the members of Solar Wolf Cosplay to document some costumes that will be making their debuts at conventions near you soon!

Persephone Phoenix -  Arno Dorian.
MUA: Quianna Nall
Costume: Solar Wolf Cosplay

Persephone Phoenix - Hotline Miami.
MUA: Quianna Nall
Costume: Solar Wolf Cosplay

This set also spawned what I think is my first piece of "fan art" if you want to call it that. Big thanks to Evin over at Apologue Media for the content appropriate edit!

Maisi Morningstar - Felicity Smoak
MUA: Quianna Nall

Maisi Morningstar - Jace Beleren
MUA: Quianna Nall
Costume: Solar Wolf Cosplay + Alice in Chains Cosplay

Quianna Nall - Maeve Millay
MUA: Quianna Nall
Costume: Quianna Nall

Fritz Krieg - IL Duce
Costume: Fritz Krieg

Désiré Évoquer - Harley Quinn
Makeup and Costume: Désiré Évoquer

Solar Wolf and Sean Luke - Blues Brothers

Persephone Phoenix - Inuyasha
Quianna Nall - Kagome
Makeup: Quianna Nall

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