Saturday, March 21, 2020

LUMIPro Is Excited To Feature The Amazing Works Of Raven (Rayvenous Resident)!

Hello, all you lovely people! With so many of us being stuck at home right now MoMo and I thought it would be a great idea to bring a new artist to the studio! We are proud to be able to feature the works of Raven (Rayvenous Resident). I had the pleasure of sitting down with her recently, here's how it went...

I am so excited to have the opportunity to interview such an amazing artist! So first question… How did you hear about Second Life, and what got you started? 
Raven: I first heard of Second Life from a friend. I tried it for a few weeks and didn’t see the big hype but then I found photography and therefore my passion. 

What are some of the things that you love about Second Life? What keeps you coming back?  
Raven: I love meeting people from all around the globe. I love being able to be myself freely, without judgment. My love for my friends and photography definitely keeps me coming back.

I love your work. What got you started in photography?  
Raven: I met a friend when I first arrived in SL. He was a photographer himself so he introduced me to the lifestyle. After that, it was just an adventure finding my niche. 

I have always said photography is a journey; it is not about being the best, but about where you are going. Why do you take photos? Are you trying to say something to the world?
Raven: My photos are usually a pictation of the mood I am in at that moment. It’s a way of expressing myself and hopefully helping others that may be struggling with the same emotions.

When you decide you want to do a new photo what is your creative process like from start to finish?
Raven: Ha. I’m not sure I have a “process”. It starts with an emotion. Am I sad, happy, feeling sexy, or just in a melancholy state of mind. Then it’s the outfit, the outfit definitely sets the whole scene in motion. Then it’s either shopping through my inventory for decor, backdrops, anything I can find to create the perfect scene (or spending linden which I do way too often lol). Once the scene is set, the moment is captured, I then set out to find the perfect mood-setting song and the title flows from that. Pretty basic, nothing too elaborate, it just starts and ends with emotion. I think we can all relate to that. 

Yes, I think we all can! What advice would you give to new photographers in Second Life?  
Raven: Do what you feel in the moment. Do not worry if others will like it or not. It’s not a journey to be stressed over, it’s a journey of fun, learning, and expressing oneself.

I love that! Do you have any photography inspirations in either Second Life or Real Life?  
Raven: My first inspiration was Mark Steiner, he got me started and taught me so much and I’m forever thankful to him for that. There’s also Abyss Spires, who is a great person and teacher, willing to share any knowledge he has. Others are Dusty Pedroia, Terr Jedda, Lou Shadow and many many others. There are really so many great photographers that inspire me to do better.

So how about we talk about the hud that brought us together, LUMIPro! How did you hear about LUMIPro, and what made you decide to take the plunge and get the HUD? 
Raven: I heard about LUMIPro from Mark Steiner. The ease of use and tools available on one HUD sold me. It was a little bit of a learning curve at first but now I can’t imagine doing my photography without it. The ability to store poses, lighting adjustments, GOBOs (my favorite), and the fact you can use it without having to rez a pose stand (though that’s absolutely an option as well). 

I am glad you love it! Do you have a favorite LUMIPro feature?  
Raven: GOBOs and the projector are my favorite features by far.

TexasRob did a great job with the GOBOs. If you could pick a new LUMIPro feature what would it be? 
Raven: Maybe an impossible task, but the ability to save couple poses, that would be a wonderful feature 

So tell me something else… Maybe share something our readers won’t know. What makes you who you are?  
Raven: The main thing that makes me who I am is that I am true to myself. I don’t try to be anyone else. I love who I am and I want to share that with the world. I never meet a stranger and I am a friend to the end. 

Last but not least what are your hopes for your future in Second Life?
Raven: To continue on my journey of photography. To learn and grow as not only a photographer but as a person as well. I want to experience life in ways I am constricted to in Real Life. After all, that is what Second Life is about, right? It’s a gateway to so many opportunities one may not be able to achieve, for countless reasons, in Real Life. 

Thank you so much for this opportunity to let me shine. To show the world of Second Life my journey and hopefully join me on the path of endless possibilities.

I had a wonderful time hanging out with Raven! I am excited to have her work featured in LUMIPro's Gallery. DJ 4-Play will be keeping the party going for us! I hope to see you all there!

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Photo Contest Time With LUMIPro And The Isle Of Elar!

Hello, my lovelies! It has been s while since I have chatted with my favorite people so I thought I would bring you something exciting. LUMIPro has partnered Elar by Dominant Elegance to bring you a photo contest! 

Elar is a beautiful steampunk-themed sim with a BDSM flair! It is quickly becoming one of my favorite places. I thought I would let the owner Shayn Mackenzie tell you more...

"A short history of The Isle of Elar. It was founded by a group of BDSM practitioners that were fleeing persecution because of their chosen lifestyle.  They happened on a small island in the mouth of a dormant volcano. Beneath the island is a labyrinth of steam vents that the city's inhabitants were able to harness to create a city powered by the natural steam provided by the heat trapped within the volcano. The architecture of the city reflects both the founders' love of art and their desire to further their practice of BDSM. Throughout the city, you will find many buildings that beckon for a photographer's eye.  A great deal of time and effort has been devoted to the creation of Isle of Elar and it's intended level of detail. We call ourselves Elarians and welcome your visit to our fine city. We only ask that while here you dress either in Steampunk attire or something equally dressy in nature. We welcome humans, vampires, nekos and those with anthropomorphic avatars."

And now for the fun part... Contest details!

**Contest Rules & FAQ**

1.  Who is eligible to enter?

Anyone.  The contest is open to anyone who would like to join. The only requirement is that you follow our rules and be a member of Dominant Elegance. Entering is free. 

2.  What is the contest time period?

The contest will commence on the March 15th, 2020 and run until April 15th, 2020

3.  How will winners be notified?

Winners will be announced via notice in the Dominant Elegance group and contacted individually upon close of the contest.  The winning pictures will be displayed in the Emporium upon completion of the contest.  Additionally, we will be making a selection of noteworthy works to also be displayed in the Emporium.  All artists with work displayed will be notified prior to the grand opening of the Gallery.

4.  What are the prizes?

First Place:  A gift certificate for a LUMIPro 
Second Place:  3,000 L$
Third Place: 1,500 L$

5.  How will we determine the winners? 

The winners will be chosen by an anonymous panel of five judges.

6.  Where do the pictures need to be taken?  

All pictures need to be taken on the Isle of Elar, including the inside of buildings to qualify for the contest. Submitted pictures that fail to comply fully with this will be disqualified.  This is a great opportunity to explore the many unique places for photography throughout the city.  All photos may contain nudity, but if clothed, the pictures must follow the rules of attire for the sim.  This is a steampunk sim. Your photos should reflect that or our culture of BDSM.  If you can do both, it will go a long way in originality for your photos.

7.  May I rez things for the photos?

Yes, as always, visitors to the Isle of Elar may rez objects, but please remember to pick any items you rez.

8.  May I use post-editing for the photos?  

Yes, you may use any software at your disposal as well as inworld lighting.  Do not think that if you are not able to post edit the photos that you will automatically lose.  We are looking at content as major criteria for the photos.  We are choosing a total of 20 pictures to be displayed in the gallery.

9.  How do I submit pictures?

All pictures will be submitted to the "Isle of Elar Photo Contest" Flickr group.  Please add your Second Life name to the description section of the photo

This contest is going to be a lot of fun! Here are some sim shots to give you a little peek... 

This is just a taste be sure you go check out the sim! 
The Isle of Elar ~ Dominant Elegance

If you have any questions contact Shayn Mackenzie

Also, be sure to check out The Isle of Elar website!

I cannot wait to see what wonderful things everyone comes up with! Until next time... Happy Shooting!

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Thank You Everyone!

The entire LUMIPro team and I wanted to take a moment and thank everyone who has supported LUMIPro throughout 2019 and years past. We could not do this without the amazing people in our community! 

We had a wonderful time at LUMIPro's Holiday event this year. Thank you to everyone who joined us! If you would like to see some of our favorite photos from 2019 go check out the party venue. 

I also wanted to share the contest winners with everyone...

 First Place: Winter Tears by Crys

2nd Place: Ski Trip by Melody

3rd Place: It's Cold Night by Lila

Honorable Mention: Cin Xmas 008 by Cindy  

Honorable Mention: Merry Christmas by Ariella

Honorable Mention: Tis The Season To Be Jolly by Astrellita

They all did an amazing job! Do not forget to contact Samantha Ansar-Buscaylet(SamoanHoneyPot) in world to collect your prize!

Also if Santa didn't bring you a LUMIPro for the holidays there is still time to get one! To learn more about what LUMIPro can offer check out this blog post.

Friday, December 20, 2019

LUMIPro's Holiday Party & Giveaway Is Here!

Hello LUMI-Lovers! We are working hard to get all the finishing touches for Sunday's big event! So this is going to be a ''drive-by'' blog post with all the important details for not only the party but the contest! 

First the contest...

When I first decided to host the contest I couldn't decide on the number of winners or prizes... Well, I finally did! 

1ST Place will win 3,000 lindens!
2ND Place will win 2,000 lindens!
3RD Place will win 1,000 lindens!
Honorable mentions will also win gift cards!

We extended the deadline for the contest to 11:59PM SLT on the 20th. There is still time to enter! For all the details check out this blog post.

Now onto the big event!

The party is Sunday, December 22nd starting at 6PM SLT! 
DJ Pina Colanda will be spinning some amazing tunes for us!
Come dressed to impress or in your favorite holiday attire.
We will be having a flashmob gallery! If you have specific photos you would like to include please send up to 4 on a notecard full perm with the aspect ratios of each photo on the card. Each person can submit up to 4 photos. Please put them all on a single notecard with your full name, and submit them to Samantha Ansar-Buscaylet (SamoanHoneypot) by 10AM SLT on the 22nd. The LUMIPro Team will also be picking some of our favorites!

BUT WAIT... There's more!

We will be giving away a gift card to a random winner every 15 minutes from some amazing creators! Here they are:

We are so excited to celebrate the holidays and great photography with you! Bring the whole family! (Sorry no child avatars due to NSFW artwork) The land will open right before the party. I hope to see you all there!

Here is your ride!

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Tis The Season....

*** She walks into the room carrying boxes filled to the brim with decorations. As she sits a box on the desk a Christmas bauble rolls to the floor and she nudges it under the desk with her red heel. With a smile, she turns her attention to you. *** 

Well, I only dropped one! My favorite time of year is upon us... To celebrate I thought we could do a photo/advertisement contest! Heres how it will work...

All people who submit entries MUST be LUMIPro owners.
All work submitted MUST use LUMIPro. 
Photo editing is not required, but it is encouraged! 
Contestants can submit an unlimited number of entries.
 All entries must be submitted to the LUMIPro Contest Group by December 18th. (Extended through the 20th)
The subject matter of entries needs to be holiday or winter season related.
Please make sure that entries are downloadable from Flickr. 

I love our holiday contest during the Christmas season the most! I can not wait to see what everyone comes up with! 

What about the prizes you ask? Well, to be honest, you guys always come up with so many wonderful entries I cannot decide how many winners to have. I can tell you there will be lindens and gift cards up for grabs if your photo is chosen!

Oh, and I have one more announcement! We will be having a big winter extravaganza on December 22nd! There will be great music, giveaways, and of course a flash mob gallery! More details will be coming soon so get out those cameras and save the date!

Well, there is a lot of work to be done so until next time... Happy Shooting!

*** Shooing you out with a wink she turns her attention to the decorations. ***

Saturday, November 16, 2019

LUMIPro's Gallery Features Tiya Aura!

Good morning LUMIPro enthusiasts! Today we are excited to bring you s gallery show featuring the work of the amazing Tiya Aura. The show will be today (the 16th) at 1 PM. While we all wait I had the pleasure of sitting down with her for an interview...

I am so excited to have the opportunity to interview such an amazing artist! So first question… How did you hear about Second Life, and what got you started? Tiya: I was watching a TV show many years ago. While watching it, I was amazed at how these people, who were playing the game took it so real. I got talking to my friend about it and just for fun, we decided to try it. I guess like everyone else who plays Second Life we got addicted the first day on it. What are some of the things that you love about Second Life? What keeps you coming back? Tiya: I was a massive horse breeder and an auctioneer. Designing great horses and selling them was such a buzz I was totally addicted and made great Money. Meeting some amazing people also was fantastic, even though I don’t Breed horses anymore I still have all the friends I met while doing it.

I love your work. What got you started in photography? Tiya: I had some friends who would ask me to do profile pictures for them. Then some other friends said try Flickr. I had never heard of it. So I took a look and was amazed at all the artist that did great artwork I was blown away and thought I need to learn this and so I did ( Best thing I’ve done so far in Second Life ) I have always said that photography is a journey it is not about being the best, but about where you are going. Why do you take photos? Are you trying to say something to the world? Tiya: Hard question to answer, I guess it’s the love of what you can do with the lights and your avatar and seeing the finished picture. As you know some pictures can take hours, you have to fix your fingers, fix your face, body limbs, etc. For me, it’s relaxing and it makes me feel good creating something that other people love, also it makes you feel good and there isn’t a better feeling than that.

When you decide you want to do a new photo what is your creative process like from start to finish? Tiya: Oh, this is easy ( I am laughing here ) I go shopping and see something I like. Usually, the moment I see it, I get an idea for a picture... I see a finished picture in my head so I have to get the pose correct do my lights, a certain way. I think most of us do this. Something just clicks in your head. I think I am lucky because I am an artist in RL so it's easier for me to know what I wish the finished picture to be. They don’t always work lol What advice would you give to new photographers in Second Life? Tiya: Buy LUMIPro !!!!!!! I am glad you love it as much as I do! Do you have any photography inspirations in either Second Life or Real Life?
Tiya: No, but I did mention I am an artist in RL, which is why I love doing pictures In SL. To me, it is an extension of my RL I draw sensual couple pictures and I do portraits. So to be able to alter your avatar into a sensual position or do a great face shot is awesome to me.

I would love to see some of your real-life work sometime! So how about we talk about the hud that brought us together, LUMIPro! How did you hear about LUMIPro, and what made you decide to take the plunge and get the HUD?
Tiya: My friends were using the LUMIPro while taking pictures ( I was watching them) I was like wow how are you doing all that ( lights etc) so they explained all about the LUMIpro. I was very lucky because a great person I know then went and bought me one for a gift, he had to then teach me how to use it, poor guy, lol A teacher is definitely helpful. Do you have a favorite LUMIPro feature?
Tiya: I love you have poses built-in, that's awesome and I love using the projector and the lights. There is so much you can do with the lights, it’s great fun to play around with. If you could pick a new LUMIPro feature what would it be?
Tiya: I would love it if you could fix your hands and body and face via the hud, instead of having to have a different hud on fixing poses. But apart from that, I think it's Perfecto.

So tell me something else… Maybe share something our readers won’t know. What makes you who you are?
Tiya: Well I am called Brat in SL, and I earned that name lol My friends say I am driven, outspoken and I don't give a crap about what I say, which is correct because I don't lol If you don't want the truth, don't ask me a question, because you may not like my answer. I am very honest and I love nothing more than to help people. I am just me, I've nothing hidden I am an open book... I love nothing more than laughing :) Last but not least, what are your hopes for your future in Second Life?
Tiya: I hope every picture I take gets better and better. There are some stunning artists out there and my hopes are that one day I will reach the level that they are at. I still have a long way to go, but hell I am enjoying the journey.

I had a wonderful time interviewing Tiya! I hope to see you all at her show today at 1PM. You will not want to miss it!

Here is your ride!

Monday, October 21, 2019

LUMIPro's Spooky Winners Chosen!

Hello to all the LUMI-enthusiasts out there! I want to thank not only the amazing photographers who submitted their work but everyone who came to the party. We had a great time! I wanted to take a moment and share the contest winners with you all here on the blog...

1st Place - Forever 21 Prize: 5,000 Linden

2nd Place - Rhys Prize: 3,000 Linden

3rd Place - Astrellita Prize: 2,000 Linden

3rd Place - Kaylahny Prize: 2,000 Linden

Honorable Mention - Lestat

Honorable Mention - Kn0ck 0ut

The winners for this contest were chosen by 3 anonymous judges. We had so many amazing entries they picked two 3rd place winners as well as honorable mentions! Amazing job everyone, and congratulations winners! 

To collect your prizes contact me, Samantha Ansar-Buscaylet in Second Life.

If you didn't get a chance to stop by the party you can still check out all the spooktastic on display at LUMIPro's World Headquarters (2nd Floor).

Until next time... I hope everyone has a spooky and safe Halloween!