Brittany's Confidence Rules

Brittany’s rules to feeling cute n confident in front of a camera:

  1. Do you follow people who make you feel lousy? Unfollow. You should use your social media to build a community, find inspiration, and express yourself. You shouldn’t use it as a subtle form of self-harm. You owe it to yourself to keep your feed curated with your best interests in mind
     
  2. Fake it til you make it! You gotta tell yourself that u a cute lil mamma even if you don’t believe it at first! Put on some Gaga, a cat-eye, and look your gorgeous self in the mirror. Dye your hair pink. Hike up those shorts. UR CUTE HUN. Put on a glamorous clay mask. Laugh at yourself. Watch 8 seasons of drag queens feelin' themselves and let their confidence influence you. The most important voice that you will encounter every day is your own. Train yourself to be compassionate and loving to yourself! You are beautiful.
    OWN IT ✨
     
  3. Do you have a lewk that makes you feel cute as hell? Lean into that and wear what makes you feel your most powerful. WERK 👏
     
  4. Notice your habits. Do you find yourself judging others by their appearance? You have gotta stop that nasty tendency. We need to use our energy to lift each other up, not tear each other down. Thinking this way, constantly judging others for superficial reasons, will inevitably make us feel judged ourselves. This is a form of projection. Put an end to it. Reframe those thoughts: when you find yourself mentally tearing down a peer’s appearance, find something that you enjoy about the way they are expressing themselves instead. And let them know! Giving out genuine compliments will go a long way for your mindset! Practicing this positive way of thinking will change the way you see the world and others

These are just a few things I’ve learned and have been practicing in my own life since high school. I’ll admit this is not a perfect formula for feeling your best 100% of the time. I know that personally I could be more diligent on weekday mornings and spend more time with myself to feel great about the day I’m about to embark on. There are still areas for personal growth that I am determined to work on, and there is an infinite amount of room for me to grow. But for me, implementing these rules in my everyday life has helped me greatly when it comes to feeling self-conscious. 💕

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The House for Halloween in New Orleans

Halloween is the most magical time of the year to be in New Orleans. By late October, the weather is finally feeling brisk, houses are decorated spectacularly with skeletons and cobwebs, and an enchanting mood sets over the city. Everything feels just a little more dreamlike.

For a few years, I spent my Halloweens visiting a group of friends in New Orleans in their magnificent Victorian-style home on St. Charles Avenue. The house was lavender-colored with huge ceilings, dazzling chandeliers, black wrought-iron lined balconies, and a ghost who, on occasion, left kisses on the downstairs hallway mirror. It was in this larger-than-life house that some of my favorite memories were made, dancing barefoot throughout the night in the hazy smoke of the fog machine to some of our favorite psychedelic songs.

The photos featured here offer a glance into these tumultuous evenings of Southern revelry. I created these photographs by employing a nearly automatic process, which lends itself well to some of the Surrealist imagery to come from it. These images are my memories, bottled and sitting on a shelf for whenever I wish to feel them again. Today I’d like to share them with you so that you too may experience the haunting beauty of those Halloween nights.

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My best friend Rachel Guasp has also created an artful video compilation of one of these nights. It captures the mood beautifully.

You can find more of Rachel's video work on her Vimeo.

Lastly, is a playlist from one those spooky evenings below. I hope you enjoyed a peek into some of my favorite memories. I'm looking forward to making more this year, but this time in San Francisco. 

Until next time!
–Brittany B.

Très Classique! 

Last weekend I took some event photos for Boom! Boom! Burlesque's show Très Classique! Although the fast pace of the event made it challenging to photograph, I had a great time. Here are a few of my favorites:

 Naughty Lola

Naughty Lola

 Roxie Le Rouge

Roxie Le Rouge

I almost never delve into black and white with my photography, but the classic theme of this show gave me the perfect reason to try it. I loved capturing the energy of the these phenomenal performers! 

Femme Puissance

At the beginning of this year, Nicole Touchet of Galerie Touchet approached me about organizing an event in Lafayette to stand in solidarity with the Women's March on January 21st. Our shared goal turned into creating an artistic happening where we could bring awareness to issues we care about while creating a comfortable place for local artists and activists to come together and express our views through art-making. Almost immediately, our new artist-activism group Femme Puissance was named, and we had the concept for our first event on January 21st: Painting Panties for Protection

During the event, Lafayette artists and activists joined together to organize in solidarity with the Women’s March on D.C. by creating protest posters and painting on over-sized undergarments to draw attention to women’s issues. Drawing on the concepts of Dadaism, we aimed to use absurdity and humor to parallel the illogical nature of America’s current charged sociopolitical climate. Whose to say you can't have humor in activism?

The event turned out to be a great success! During the first half of the event, we opened up Gallery 333 to artists and activists to join us in painting the pieces and protest signs as we live-streamed the speakers from the Women's March on D.C. Since it turned out to be a beautiful day, we decided to have some fun and close the event by walking down along the sidewalk to Parc San Souci of Downtown Lafayette to the "Y Lafayette" sculpture to hang up our panties and take some photos together. Along the way, we cheered and chanted "My Body, My Rules" and "Women's Rights are Human Rights". 

Here are some photos from the event courtesy of Olivia Perillo:

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Nicole Touchet and me!

The rest of Olivia's photos from the event can be seen on her Flickr here.

Today we hosted our second day of action as Femme Puissance. We got a group of concerned constituents together and wrote letters to our representatives. Nicole and I also designed a postcard we will be printing soon and giving to people who would like to write their representatives in the future.

Femme Puissance has been a great way to connect with people through activism and artistry so far in Lafayette. Here's to more connectivity to come! <3

Mermaiding

I've recently been modeling for my close friend Kara Doney's senior thesis project. I've been having a great time modeling, and I've gotten better at swimming in the process (although I still haven't figured out how not to get water up my nose). Here are a few outtakes she's given me to share:

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Kara Doney Photography

In between shoots for her thesis project, we have also been trying out my GoPro underwater and having some fun with some more playful underwater shoots. Here's one of the first videos we took using my GoPro:

We had a great time getting silly with these photos:

With every shoot, I'm getting more and more comfortable in the water. For this one, I learned that in order to sink down to the bottom, I had to blow out my breath before going under. The biggest thing is not to panic while you're down there.

By the way, here's what the magazine looked like by the time we were done with it:

 

For Kara's last shoot, I went along to watch even though I wasn't modeling. While observing, I used my GoPro to catch some behind the scenes footage. Naughty Lola is modeling in the video below. She's a total pro: