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Carmilla by Lillyxandra Carmilla by Lillyxandra
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This costume was created out of my comic-con depression. You can read my depressing progress HERE

It has been 5 years since my sister, Mary and I have done a photo shoot together. Both of us have grown in our fields of expertise, Mary as a photographer and myself as a costume designer. It was exciting to plan another shoot like the ones we did when we first started years ago. Only this time around we are bringing years of experience to our collaborative effort. Although both of us have developed a different style, working together came effortlessly. Our thought processes are very similar so we hardly needed to communicate to bring our ideas to light. Mary found the perfect graveyard with tombstones and mausoleums dating around early 1800's. She asked her friends; Stylist, Myra Truong, Lighting Technician Samuel Mongeon, and Scientist Matt Kardash to assist with the photoshoot.

For this shoot we went for two different styles. The day shoot being a classical rococo graveyard scene then transforming at night into a surreal nightmare. In order to achieve these two looks we switched up both the costume styling and photographic methods. The necklace is by the amazing jewelry designer Bionic Unicorn!

Working with Mary was a breath of fresh air and a bit nostalgic. We have both come a long ways from taking photos in our parents back yard.

If you'd like to see more photos for this set visit Mary's Flickr Account.

Photoshoot Location

Mount Royal Cemetery - Montreal - Canada

Photographer
Mary Elam


Lighting
Sam Mongeon

Assistants
Matt Kardash
Myra Truong

Model
Lillyxandra
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:icononcanora:
oncanora Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
Oh my god sooooo perfect ♥
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APerfectDarkness Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an amazing dress, one of my very favorite Firefly-Path dresses! :D
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AlexeyBleach Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
So cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute!!!! :heart: Amazing!!! :rose:
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:iconspringbirdy:
SpringBirdy Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Student General Artist
How did you do that makeup? (if you did it)
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:iconskysaphron:
Skysaphron Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this is really well done! and you look beautiful! :D
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:iconunkn0wnfear:
Unkn0wnfear Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wooooooah!! She's a super cutie O___O
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:iconunkn0wnfear:
Unkn0wnfear Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait.. thats you!! You're a super cutie!!
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Sephirayne Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Love this shoot. This photo in particular is one of my faves of the set. Your eyes are so striking in this.
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Isisa Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm kind of envious you can make a costume 'on the fly' so to speak, wish I had more drive to do that. It's probably been asked before, but do you make your own lace? I love how it always compliments your pieces, as well as the dye work :)
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Drucila Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
You look breath-taking, it's a gorgeous picture ♥
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camilla3501 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
Beautiful!!!!!
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:iconironicgiant:
ironicgiant Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Fantastic!
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:iconst3rn1:
st3rn1 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
you're so beautiful! *___*
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Elizelda Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Student General Artist
Love this shot, everything is so clear and vibrant. You look so gorgeous.
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:iconcj-db:
CJ-DB Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011   Traditional Artist
Great job and very pretty. :love: The eyes are very successful. :icongreatjobplz:
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FlockofFlamingos Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I LOVE how you made the lips so pale. When I was looking through the photos, I was trying to put my finger on what exactly so... strange... about the outfit, then I realized. It's really the lips that give it that... disturbing kind of sense.
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Lillyxandra Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I find if you put all the emphasis on the eyes it makes it look a little more doll like :) I covered my lips with white eyeshadow
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FlockofFlamingos Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I agree! It kind of makes you look porcelain when your face is all washed out like that, but your eyes just pop out.
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Crimson-Werecat Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful, everything about this picture screams BEAUTY to me!
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ZombieLolitaPrincess Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
pretty ^_^
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:iconbijoyuna:
bijoyuna Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Is seriously love these new contacts.
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:iconisiiac:
Isiiac Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
waa so beautiful!
love the photo
and your dress is amazing...like always!*-*
amazing carmilla!
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:iconmizziestarr:
MizzieStarr Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THIS DESERVES A DD! :love:
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:iconsacrossanct:
sacrossanct Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful pic, Gorgeous Model ^^
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:iconradthorne:
Radthorne Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
Excellent outfit, and beautiful portrait!
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DorianaMarasoiu Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautiful colours! Very nice pic!
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:iconmjasan:
Mjasan Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Gorgeus! :D
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:iconfoxsorceror:
foxsorceror Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
Wow! So COOL!
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GladiatorM88 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
I have to say everything EXCEPT your expression is amazing. It is black soulless and chilling. The outfit implies love and caring, while your face and eyes belittle that message to a rather unnerving point. As you said that the topic is more along the lines of morning i did not get that at all from the picture. I got a more sadistic and cruel feeling. Your expression ruined it, in my honest opinion. The eyes say "I WILL KILL YOU!" not sorrow or compassion.
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Mews-Woofs Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the eyes truly magestic how it beams out
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:icongaysnail:
gaysnail Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011   Traditional Artist
Just reread Carmilla last night~ :'3 This picture makes me unreasonably happy.
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:iconotherdruid:
otherdruid Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely! I really love how you look! :meow:
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:iconnc018:
nc018 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
You're so pretty! :D
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xYamakunx Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Very beautiful dress! And you as well!
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:iconani-eimi:
Ani-Eimi Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:la: This is beautiful! :+fav: :heart:
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Unkn0wnfear Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O___O It's a super cutie!!! Yaaaaaaay! *clings* :3
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:iconson23:
Son23 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
those eyes...
so big and beautiful
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:iconshaheeda:
shaheeda Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... You look just like a doll<3
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:iconponetium:
ponetium Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great!!!
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:iconilionej:
Ilionej Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow! I just can't find words to describe how amazing this is! :wow:
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:iconmischievousblade:
mischievousblade Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous~
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ConnallRobotnik8 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Do you truly have a pale complexion? :hmm:
I kid. Sorry! :XD:
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:iconpyrzern:
PyrZern Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my, you're like an Aristocrat/Victorian doll.
I believe you have just brought Shinku doll from Rozen Maiden to life.

*Fav*
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bunnybabe15 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
absolutely beautiful! the costume is so detailed and the photograph is very clean and clear. all around georgous
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:iconlonekid87:
LoneKid87 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Simply Stunning. So happy that you and your sister worked together on this, needs to happen more!! Amazing work
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:iconclevella:
clevella Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow! You're like a character from a movie. If you were, that is a movie I'd love to see.

Peace!
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:iconh4rdc4ndy:
H4RDC4NDY Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
So cool! I love how the red goes with the color of your skin and the eyes are so beautiful!
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:iconcindy-ella:
Cindy-Ella Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Nice done!
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TePeYoLlOtL Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
jebus     those eyes, are beatiful
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Samantta Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist
You have finally finished the costume ^_^
Lovely that you and your sister have done this together.
Hope to see more.
XOXO
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