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Queen of the Iceland - digital art by Renata Ratajczyk

Queen of the Iceland – digital art by Renata Ratajczyk

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Boudoir Fantasy Photo Session Discount until the End of May, 2014.

Pensive Nymph - fantasy art

Pensive Nymph

I am presently offering a Fantasy Boudoir photography session special when you book it by the end of May, 2014. You can schedule your photography session by the end of September 2014. Please book your session now.

This package includes a boudoir photography session for up to 2.5-3 hours in a studio or on location in GTA. For your convenience, I can come to your place to photograph you, if I find your locations suitable for such a session. It also includes up to 12 hours of digital work on one selected image. The session does not include make-up and hair styling, but I can arrange to have the make up artist on the set for an additional charge.

This boudoir photography package is presently offered at a very special price of only $500 dollars (normally just a session is $450 and digital work is $50 per hour).

What is your fantasy? How do you see yourself or would like to be seen? Have you ever dreamed about your past lives and who you once have been? Or perhaps you had a dream about your future, a fantasy about who you would like to become?

Give yourself a chance to live such a beautiful dream now, express yourself and explore your creative, sensuality and imaginary self.

Your beautiful prints can make a great gift for somebody special or just for yourself. We also offer a variety of high quality archival albums.

To book your session now please follow this link.

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Only About 3 Days Left to Receive $100 Discount from a Soul Dream Portrait Photography Session.

 

Dream Fairy

Dream Fairy

There are only about 3 days left to receive a special $100 discount from the Soul Dream Portrait session when you book it by May 15, 2014. You can schedule your photography session by the end of August 2014. Please book your session now.

Here is more information about this fantasy portrait photography package. It includes the photography session and a digital enhancement to create the final artwork.

What is your Soul Dream? How do you see yourself or would like to be seen? Have you ever dreamed about your past lives and who you once have been? Or perhaps you had a dream about your future, a fantasy about who you would like to become?

Give yourself a chance to live such a beautiful dream now, express yourself and explore your creative and imaginary self.

To book your session now please follow this link.

 

Soul Dreams Portraits – A Special Introductory Price Offer Extended till May 15th , 2014.

 

Tender Suffering

Tender Suffering

 

I have extended my  introductory special offer for  Soul Dreams Portraits package  “The Ultimate Fantasy Photo Session“, till May 15th, 2014. Beside a photo session this package includes fantasy digital enhancement work . You may schedule your session till the end of August 2014.  Please see more information about this special offer on my Souldreams website here.

To see some before and after samples of Soul Dreams Portraits please follow this link.

This package can make a perfect gift for Mother’s Day or somebody special in your life. If you are interested in such session, please take advantage of this special introductory price now.

I invite you to try my Soul Dreams Portraits – I offer a special discount till April 30th, 2014

I am very happy to announce that a new website featuring my fantasy portraits, fine art nudes, surreal landscapes and mandalas is ready. This website is just dedicated to my fine art fantasy work.

Fairy Queen

Fairy Queen

I am also introducing a new service called Soul Dreams Portraits. You can order such fine art fantasy portraits to enhance your personal or business image, or as a gift for somebody else.

My Soul Dreams Portraits are custom made fantasy portraits created for you.

Are you wondering who they are for?
Such portraits could be a great idea not only for personal use, but also as business portraits for alternative health and wellness professionals, singers, dancers, musicians, spirituality and wellness related writers to better present your style and personality.

Dream Lake

Dream Lake

You can order a fantasy portrait either for yourself, as a surprise gift for somebody else, or perhaps to honor a person you loved who passed away. Some people might even like to order fantasy portraits for their pets.

There are two options available to choose from. One is working with the photographs you already have. The second package includes photo session and digital enhancement.

I am presently running a special. Please place your order by the end of April, 2014 to receive $100 off from the photo session package. You can schedule your photo session by the end of August 2014.

For more information please visit my Soul Dreamscapes website at: http://www.souldreamscapes.com or call me (Renata) at: (416) 538-1087. I am located in Toronto, Canada.

The Snow Queen – New Artwork and Do You Like Winter?

The Snow Queen or Winter Queen

The Snow Queen or Winter Queen

Here is my recently created artwork “The Snow Queen” or “Winter Queen” inspired by so cold and snowy winter this year and by one of my favorite stories – The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen.

I remember as a child listening to this story read to me by my mother. Do you know this story? If not, it is really worth reading. It is a story of two children Kai and Gerda and the Snow Queen or Winter Queen.  She kidnapped  Kai to her cold palace and changed his heart to ice. The tears of love of his friend Gerda melted the ice in his heart and saved him. They were able to return together to their hometown, but in the meantime they noticed they become grown up. So they must have stayed with the Snow Queen much longer that they have realized. In this journey they have discovered how much power love really has and that it can remove huge obstacles.

The Snow Queen is this story was described as very beautiful, but also quite mean and cruel. I guess it was also personalizing how Andersen have seen winter and he was certainly right that winter can feel to us this way.  This year in many part of the world in the North hemisphere, particularly in North America, winter is extremely harsh,  so certainly it seems to live to it’s full powerful and cold image.

But is it really only so malicious and serious? Not really. Think about how beautiful the world often looks in winter.  The fresh white snow makes it also looking more peaceful, ethereal and encourages people to rest and reflect.  This time of the year can also be very good time to create new things and to dream about the future.  Winter is also sometimes playful and creates conditions favorable for many activities not possible to do during warmer months when the snow is absent.  That’s why particularity many children and sports enthusiast love it.  Because of winter’s playful nature, I have chosen to depict my Winter Queen as more joyful personality.

How do you feel about winter? Do you like or hate it? Are there some special things you like to do during this time of the year? Please feel free to comment here and share this post with your friends.

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To see more samples of my work please visit my website at: http://www.lightvisionart.com

Pensive Angel – #1 – Digitally Enhanced Work.

Pensive Angel - partially cropped from the original, client's eyes masked to preserve his privacy.

Pensive Angel – partially cropped from the original, client’s eyes masked to preserve his privacy.

Today I would like to feature a recently created digitally enhanced artwork I have done on request by one of my clients. He was actually photographed by another photographer – Iwona Michalczewska, based in New York since the client himself also lives in this city. It was not convenient for the client to come to Toronto to be photographed by me.  With the permission of the photographer, he asked me to digitally enhance his fine art nude portrait.

In the past this client has purchased one of my limited edition artworks called “Gaia” and he wanted himself to be depicted in a very similar surroundings, but as an angel.

Pensive Angel - Original before retouching and enhancement. Eyes masked on the picture on client's request.  Image cropped from the original.

Pensive Angel – Original before retouching and enhancement. Eyes masked on the picture on client’s request. Image cropped from the original.

Together we have chosen his photograph, which I felt worked best for this project. I needed to enlarge the images a bit, since the final artwork was supposed to be 16×20″ fine art print.  Then I did some retouching and masking of the original background. I have also decided to change the wings to other kind, which I though would work better.  My next step was adding a halo of light around my client’s head. I have also added a sparkle to his sword, so it would look like reflecting a light of some distant star.  Finally I have added a big moon, or perhaps a planet in the background as a finishing touch.

Here is another picture showing more of the picture. The final artwork presents full body shot and client standing inside a galaxy of circulating starts.

Here is another picture showing more of the picture. The final artwork presents full body shot and client standing inside a galaxy of circulating starts.

What you see here is only part of the artwork since it was full body frontal nude and I don’t want to show such on this blog. My client has given me permission to show this image to you, but he wants to remain anonymous and not recognizable, so on his request, I have covered his eyes on the picture with a black band.

If you could see the whole artwork,   he is kneeling in the middle of a  galaxy and part of his body is hidden in the mist rising from the dancing stars.  The composition of the picture is very similar to the original “Gaia” image, which has inspired my client to ask me to create this artwork. But even if the composition and background are similar in both images,  the final artwork looks very different and original.

Gaia - Original Image I have created and which has inspired the client to ask me to create a somehow similar artwork for him.

Gaia – Original Image I have created and which has inspired the client to ask me to create a somehow similar artwork for him.

I am attaching “Gaia” picture as a reference, so you can see what I mean.

As you can see, I can not only photograph you, but also digitally enhance pictures you already have, as long as their quality is good enough and you have the permission of the photographer to have it done.

To see more of my digitally enhanced fine art portraits,  please visit my Photo Illustration Gallery and  Fantasy Portratis and Fashion Gallery.

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I would be also always happy to hear from you, so please comment on this blog and let me know what you would like me to write about. You can also contact me via phone or form on my website.

The Work Renata Has Done on Digitally Enhancing Photographs for Ms. Amanda Edwards for her Co-Birthing Book.

Here is one of the illustrations Renata has digitally enhanced for Amanda's Co-Birthing book.

Here is one of the illustrations Renata has digitally enhanced for Ms. Amanda Edwards’s Co-Birthing book.

I was recently approached by Ms. Amanda Edwards from England, who is presently working on her co-birthing book.

She has chosen me to work on enhancing photographs for this project.

Ms. Edwards already had photographs ready, which were taken by a local photographer, and wanted to have them digitally enhanced.

She has envisioned stars shining from her models’ bodies symbolizing the merging of energies of the parents and their soon to be born baby.

I was very happy to work on this very interesting and spiritual assignment.  I  suggested that perhaps it would be a good idea to enhance the backgrounds as well to intensify the mood of the artworks.

Here you can see both of the finished pictures. The client was very happy with both commissioned images.

I asked her to tell me about the experience of working with me.  Here is what she said:

” I had some birth photos of mine enhanced by Renata. As we live in different countries, we never actually met, but we were able to work via email. We managed it successfully and Renata reproduced exactly what I asked her to do. She was generous with her time and expertise and nothing seemed too much trouble in producing exactly what I had in mind. I would be happy to use her again on future projects.”

I also very much enjoyed working on this project and felt honored to be selected to cooperate on it. I hope to be working on more projects for Ms. Edwards and on other photo-enhancing assignments in the near future.

The second illustration Renata has digitally enhanced for Ms. Amanda Edwards's Co-Birthing book.

The second illustration Renata has digitally enhanced for Ms. Amanda Edwards’s Co-Birthing book.

To find out more about Ms. Edwards and her work, please check one of her websites at: http://www.awakentoheal.com/love2birth.php

She is a Spiritual Counsellor, Registered Acupuncturist, Active Birth Teacher and the Founder of the Co-Birthing and Love 2 Birth.

The photographer who photographed these 2 models is Julian Temblett-Wood and his website is at: www.temblettphotography.com

If you have any project you think I can help you with, please contact me via this blog or my website at: www.lightvisionart.com 

My “Persephone”Artwork is Featured on the Cover of the “Body Soul & Spirit” Magazine

My “Persephone” artwork is presently featured on the cover of the “Body Soul & Spirit” magazine – their Spring/Summer 2012 issue.

I really like how this cover has turned out. I am attaching it to this post. To see more info about the Body Soul & Spirit magazine, please have a look at it here .

The publishers of the magazine also organizes the Body Soul and Spirit Expos. One of them is coming to Toronto  soon from May 25-27, 2012, the other one will be held in Calgary over this weekend – April 20-22 and this spring two more shows will take place in Edmonton and Ragina. For more info about the upcoming shows please visit this link

The Persephone  artwork is also available as fine art archival print and stock art from my Light Vision Stock Archive or please contact me for more info.

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Lady in a Veil

Here is a sample of one of my older artworks – “Lady in a Veil”, which I have now enhanced in computer. I have made it slightly darker, as it was taken at night.

My idea behind this artwork was to show a lady, which seemed to appear as a ghost from the past era.

Originally this artwork was created in the darkroom by sandwiching 2 colour negatives when I was still a student at the Ontario College of Art (OCA – now called OCAD).

I used to love to spend hours in the darkroom printing my black and white, as well as colour images.  Often quite surprising images would appear.

At this time computers were much less powerful and I was not using them yet to enhance my work. I always liked very much painterly effects and I was trying to create them in the darkroom, or later by painting by hand on my prints.

This artwork is available as limited editions archival prints.

Another version of this photograph was also printed on canvas and painted by hand using colour pastels. It is quite unique looking and one of the kind. I still have it and perhaps it will one day become a part of a museum collection. I certainly hope so.