Behind The Lens | Beyonce Inspired Headpiece

Thank you so much for all the love I have been getting from these images! Here is a bit of the behind the scenes on how I created the 'Black is King' Inspired headpiece and shot the photos!


Black is King was one of the most creatively inspiring films I have seen in a really long time so I could not resist creating something powerful from what I saw. Specifically the Beyonce headpiece done by Neal Farinah.



Designing The Headpiece


I don't like asking people for things, so if I can do it myself, I probably will.

The hardest part about making this headpiece was honestly the BRAIDING TIME. It took two seconds to make but 8 hours to assemble. If you are not a fast braider I would recommend just buying pre-made braids on Amazon. I found a good one here. The only difference is that you spend $20-30 more. This entire DIY headpiece cost me about $15. So it's up to you, it's either you sacrifice your time, or sacrifice your money.


Here is the entire process of how I made it!


Shooting the Photos



As you all now by now, I don't have a photographer anymore so I have to take the photos myself. When it comes to setting up, I use a backdrop stand vinyl backdrop. There are tons of colors on Amazon and I usually get them for about $20 a roll. Some people have asked me what is the difference between using a wall and just getting a backdrop - less work! It is way faster to just stand in front of a wall and pose than set up an entire backdrop and props. Oe advantage of the backdrop is that I am WAY less anxious about shooting because no one is stopping to stare (#anxiety #imayneedtherapy). Plus the final result is usually a lot more cleaner but harder to edit. I can make a separate post on how to setup the backdrop like a pro but lets save that for next month! #backdropgang


Editing your photos

Be original, show off your style, and tell your story.”


Editing is where you can let your personality shine through. To make a long story short, I use Lightroom presets and Photoshop to do everything that goes into my editing. Presets just make it a lot faster to color-grade photos but sometimes don't do enough. For instance the photo below is a lightroom preset only and the photo above is lightroom + photoshop. There is a clear difference in what I have added and what I have removed. Photoshop gives me the opportunity to clean up the backdrop and add things that I think make the image look better.


Look at the sweat in the photo down below photo CHILE. Photoshop and lightroom are a great way to get rid of it all! Here are some of the tutorials I use : Here is the tutorial I use




Question for you!

I have realized a lot of you want more content like this and I have thought of possibly creating a Patreon where I produce stuff like this every month on a subscription basis. Different templates, pdf's detailing step by step and where I pretty much get everything from backdrops to wall locations to fabric to equipment. SO I am curious to know how people feel, would you rather have a subscription service of new videos and photos and presets each week/month OR would you prefer one time purchases detailing all the tools I use when creating my images including all my Lightroom presets.


Let me know in the comments down below!




Hi, thanks for stopping by!

I'm Cynthia! If I haven't said it enough times, thank you for your support! I'm a little girl who grew up in Nairobi and never thought creativity is something that would get me this far! I hope you enjoy the new look!

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