Classiest Star Wars Themed Weddings by Nazli Erden

With just a week to go until the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I thought a fun post about Star Wars themed weddings could be fun. Don't worry I won't post the lame ones with crappy lightsabers. Here are some awesome ideas for lifelong fans who want to add a touch of nerdiness in a classy way.

Photo by Tec Petaja 

Photo by Tec Petaja 

Photo by -Chantal Andrea Photography

Photo by -Chantal Andrea Photography

Photo by - RED WHITE & GREEN PHOTOGRAPHY

Photo by - RED WHITE & GREEN PHOTOGRAPHY

Photo by - Caca Santoro

Photo by - Caca Santoro

Indian Bridal Photoshoot - BTS by Nazli Erden

Couple of weeks ago we've done a photoshoot for Aruna's Touch, a Canadian makeup/henna artist and an online jewelry boutique.

Here is our behind the scenes video. I hope you enjoy!


Monday Inspiration - 15 IDEAS FOR Winter Wedding FAVORS by Nazli Erden

 

(I really can't stay) But, baby, it's cold outside
(I've got to go away) But, baby, it's cold outside
(This evening has been) Been hoping that you'd drop in
(So very nice) I'll hold your hands they're just like ice....

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One of my favourite ways to battle the chilly winter season (even if there is no snow yet!)  is poring over gorgeous images and inspiring ideas. I also had a winter wedding so I wish I've seen these before. Check out these brilliant ideas for wedding favors. I am sure guests won't leave behind these seasonally-appropriate favors.

Have a nice cup of tea and enjoy!

Who can say no to this?

Who can say no to this?

Lip balms

Lip balms

Mugs!

Mugs!

Cookies!

Cookies!

Get cozy!

Get cozy!

Love this one!

Love this one!

Maybe some warm wine and music for the night...

Maybe some warm wine and music for the night...

Tea is always a good idea!

Tea is always a good idea!

Little candles!

Little candles!

Start the Fire!

Start the Fire!

Key chains!

Key chains!

Sugar scrub!

Sugar scrub!

Thanks for popping by!

Thanks for popping by!

Ornaments!

Ornaments!

Can't go wrong with s'mores!

Can't go wrong with s'mores!

Why Do I Look Fat in Photographs? by Nazli Erden

                                                                Photo by Anne Geddes

                                                                Photo by Anne Geddes

You already now that you are a hottie! But lets's face the fact... Even if you are totally happy with the way you look in the mirror, just to see an unflattering photo of yourself can ruin the day! Don't worry you don't have to read silly things about how to be skinny and starve yourself to death. You just need to know how to get photographed.

1- Say No!

If your photographer is shorter than you and if she is not Annie Leibovitz , never allow yourself to get photographed from below. It is always better if the camera is slightly above you. Don't forget that angels can be your best friend and your worst enemy.

2-Hands on the Hips!

If you want to look narrower from the front, always put your hand on your hips and create some gap by crossing your thighs over each other. It also helps to make your arms look toned and your waist look a little smaller.

3- Turn Sideways!

Have you ever heard the old Hollywood Red Carpet trick? : Position your body 45 degrees and put the arm closest to the camera on your hip. Then plant one foot slightly in front of the other, point your toe to the camera and place your weight on your back leg. Sounds complicated? Than just remember to angle yourself to the camera for a more interesting composition rather than standing straight on. 

4- Sit pretty!

If you happen to be on a chair or a couch when someone comes at you with a camera, sit up straight and cross your legs at the ankles - your thighs and calves will look slimmer.
 

5- Loose it up!

If you think "posing" is the best way to look hotter and skinnier, you are wrong! Loosing up and having a little fun will almost always make for a more flattering snap. Since you’re not trying as hard, there will be less room for error.
 

Thank you stylcaster.com

TOP 10 WEDDING TRENDS FOR 2016 by Nazli Erden

1-Green Weddings

We’ll see more green and natural elements in 2016. I think it's time to return to our beautiful nature.


                                               Photography:Kristen Weaver Photography

                                               Photography:Kristen Weaver Photography

2-Peach is the New Black!

As a shade of orange peach is a trending colour in 2016 for spring weddings. Match it with mint or pink if you want to add a touch of romance to it. 

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3-Envelope Liners

Great way to add a personality to your big event! 

4-Feathers, Feathers and more Feathers!

I know we've seen enough feathers in Gatsby Themed weddings in 2015 but this time it's different.Get ready for more chic and modernized feather elements in 2016 weddings.

5-Show off that Leg!

A high leg slit design is perfect for modern brides who want the traditional floor-length dress with a touch of fashion-forward detail! Perfect for looking sexy and sophisticated!

                                                                                         Berta

                                                                                         Berta

6-King's Tables

There are many table configuration options for wedding receptions this year but nothing sets the stage for sophistication like a super-stretch king’s table.  

                                Featured Photographer: Bryce Covey; Floral Designer: Joy Thigpen via Brides

                                Featured Photographer: Bryce Covey; Floral Designer: Joy Thigpen via Brides

7-Photo Booths

I know they are everywhere! But what makes a photo booth even better? Letting your guests have their own editorial-like photoshoot! So get creative and check out these amazing backdrop ideas.

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8- Headpieces

A headpiece is a popular way to adorn your hairstyle and make your wedding looking much more stunning.

                                                                        Jane Baltzer collection 2016

                                                                        Jane Baltzer collection 2016

9- Custom Cake Toppers! 

Laser cut cake toppers are a fun way to personalize your wedding cake. 

10-Getting Ready Shots!

It’s probably going to get a little crazy in the morning of your wedding day! Those are the best moments for you and your family/friends . Make sure your wedding photographer gets a good shot of your cute shoes before you scuff them up on the dance floor. 

Top 5 Tips for Photographing Fashion Week by Nazli Erden

Hello everyone! It's the fashion week season! After New York and London next destination is Milan for fashion gurus and all the other weird looking street stylers. (Don't you just love them?)

While I was sipping my coffee and thinking about writing something about fashion weeks, I stumbled upon some good tips for my fellow photographers. Here are the ones I kindly picked and collected for you:

1-Know Your Equipment and How to Use It! : Choose your lens wisely based on your needs. Consider renting a lens or two, if your current one doesn't provide the speed and focal range you need. Don't forget to set your white balance and other camera settings appropriately.  Always have multiple flash cards and make sure your battery is fully charged.(I try to use 32 GB memory cards for runway so I don't have to worry about changing it in the middle of the show). Bring a monopod for better results. 

2-Feel the Light! : If you are shooting backstage, remember the key for better pictures is using the light creatively. Either go for photojournalistic images or close-ups with a strobe, lighting is the most important element. It's a busy place so you need to be prepared for anything, if not with gear, then at least with skills.

3-Details! : Fashion week isn't just about runway shows and the final look. Keep your eyes open! It's the little things that will make a difference. Try to capture details for your images to stand out.

4-Learn Your Lesson! : Don't forget to learn about the designers, models, stylists and celebrities who are in attendance. Know the models' names and introduce yourself. You may see them multiple times. If they are comfortable with you, you will get a better shot. Always try to capture the designer before or after his/her show. Try to get a press release to be aware of which celebrities are expected at the shows. 

5-Go Outside! : Shooting at backstage or runway might be really stressful sometimes. Go outside (if you aren't already) and get a little fresh air. Oh look! Another unusually outfitted blogger is waiting to have his/her pictures taken. Go for it! Have fun!

Get ready! by Nazli Erden

 

The big night is coming!

WHAT IS RAW?

RAW:natural born artists is an international independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights independent creatives in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair & makeup artistry, photography, models and performing art.

RAW's mission is to provide up-and-coming artists of all creative realms with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity so that they might be seen, heard and loved. RAW educates, connects and exposes emerging artists in over 60 artistic communities across the United States, Australia, Canada and the U.K. through monthly showcase events. Join us in celebrating the work of these artists.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

RAW events are multi-faceted artistic showcases. Each event features a film screening, musical performance, fashion show, art gallery, performance art and a featured hairstylist and makeup artist. These artists are all local, hand-picked talent who have been chosen to feature at RAW.

RAW events feature a cash bar for cocktails while you enjoy the night. Dress code is cocktail attire, so dress the occasion and get ready for an artistic circus of creativity!


Tickets are on sale http://www.rawartists.org/toronto/bold/?artist=281842 Hope to see you guys there :)

What do I do and How I do it? - part 2 by Nazli Erden

As I have mentioned in Part 1, drawing women is my passion. What inspires me is the boldness and mystery some women have. Maybe that’s why I usually start by drawing the eyes first, because they reflect all the emotions. But before grabbing my pencil, I always browsing photographs in online magazines, and fashion books to get some inspiration.  Sometimes it takes longer than the actual drawing process. 

Finished drawing.

Finished drawing.

After I find ‘the one’, I start mixing and matching with other photographs to find the right composition. Once I feel the composition is complete, I begin to draw. I use pencils, graphite pencils, blending stumps and gel pens to draw my illustrations. Once it's complete I scan the image and enhance it with Photoshop. I think coloring part is my favorite, because as a photographer who had worked in fashion industry, Photoshop means everything to me. Being able to give life to my illustrations digitally is like playing in Disneyland. 

After coloring.

After coloring.

For an emerging artist, like me, the hardest part is to find your own style. I think I am in the middle of that process and I am still trying to reach that moment when i finally can say 'yes! this is it!' But then again trying new styles, new mediums and new subjects is what I want to do for a little while longer. I think I don't want to lose that feeling that a child experiences in Disneyland, wandering around with curiosity and a hunger to have fun.

What do I do and How I do it? - Part 1 by Nazli Erden

I’ve been asked many times how I create my illustrations/drawings. I guess this is something most artist’s get asked. That’s why I created this post so you can get an idea of what I do and how I do it. I also want to show you my first figurative drawing so that you see why practice is highly important. But I want to save it for the end of the post :)

                          My first colored pencil drawings.

                          My first colored pencil drawings.

I think many artists use their art as a way to express themselves, have fun or even as a therapy.  Throughout my life, I was never a person that can easily open up to people. Which is why art is the only way I can express myself truly. It allows me to forget about my fears and just focus on the present.  So is yoga, which I also love doing… :)

 I was born as a daughter to an artist. I grew up in his studio, smelling oil paint and the paint thinner. I’ve always believed art is in my veins and no matter what I do it will always be part of my life. However drawing was the last thing that came to my mind. After trying so many times I’ve decided that I don’t have the talent. (Maybe that was the reason I became a photographer first.)

Then one day I became pregnant… Pregnancy gave me the most important thing that I’ve been missing all this time. Patience… So I decided to try once again. But this time I kept on trying, trying and trying everyday. Practicing everyday, even for 20 minutes, was the only thing that made me better.

After so many hours of errors and experimentation I found my ‘eureka’ moment. That was when all the magic started to happen, drawing and creating were naturally becoming a way of life for me. Nonetheless, I am still learning a lot every time I start a new drawing, and I always tell myself; If you work hard to do your best work…no matter what industry or career you’re pursuing, people will not be able to ignore you.

    After so many hours of errors and experimentation... It took me nearly a year (with a baby in the house) to get here.

    After so many hours of errors and experimentation... It took me nearly a year (with a baby in the house) to get here.

Why fashionportraits/illustrations ? Drawing women is some kind of passion for me, which I guess it’s because of my father’s paintings. Since I am so used to seeing a woman’s face or body on the canvas, I can’t think any other object to work on. And fashion is something I am familiar with since I was a child. After graduating journalism, I studied Fashion Photography, and as a photographer fashion was the best field to express my understanding of aesthetics.

          My first figurative drawing using watercolors and pencil. I came a long way after this one.

          My first figurative drawing using watercolors and pencil. I came a long way after this one.

 

 

I AM RAW by Nazli Erden

 

Good news! I am so excited to be part of RAW - Natural Born Artists. My first show will be in Toronto in September 11th. I would love to see all of you there! Please buy a ticket and join the fun! I will be posting details in my next posts.

RAW:natural born artists is an independent arts organization, for artists, by artists.
 
They're an international community made up of creative individuals across the globe.
 
Their mission is to provide independent artists within the first 10 years of their career with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity.
 
They welcome all genres of art including independent film, fashion, music, visual art, performing art, hairstylists, makeup artists and more.
 
They encourage the creative success of the many visionaries and storytellers of our generation.

RAW currently operates in nearly 60 cities across the United States, Australia, Canada and, now London!

See you in Liberty Village! by Nazli Erden

Presented by Cirque Du Soleil, Varekai and Voted TOP 10 Outdoor Art Fairs to attend in Toronto in 2015 by BlogTO- two years in a row!

I will be one of the vendors on June 13th Liberty Vilage Art Crawl. Just stop by to say hi and check out my new products designed with my illustrations. You can find leggings,tote bags, skirts and so much more... Keep in mind that you can use your credit card :) 

60 amazing artists and designers featuring works of art, photography, fashion, pet fashion, sculptures, woodworks, metal works, home decor, handbags.... Live Djs and Food Truck on site!

Come and support your local artists!