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Cassandra Panek of Synthetic Shadows is a suburban Philadelphia based photographer and artist. During the month of October, Panek has been producing a fantastically awesome Halloween-themed portrait series. She has shared some selections from her series, as well as some thoughts on her process, with Persephone Magazine. – Slay

“The Halloween portrait series began with a self-portrait titled ‘The Ringleader,’ and at first it was going to be all self-portraits in different costumes just to get some makeup practice in for the shoots when I don’t have one available. Within an hour of posting it to social media, I had friends calling asking if they could come over for Halloween portraits. Then models, then inquiries from strangers. Some of the subjects did their own styling and makeup and others put their finished product entirely in my hands, but most of them have been fun collaborations with the creative people in my life. They’ve been a fun departure from regular client work, most of which centers around being polished or pretty or sexy, and I’m tempted to not shelve the series until next Halloween, and just keep developing it.” – Panek

Follow Synthetic Shadows at:

Zombie:

Zombie Model Brynna

Model/MUA: Brynna

https://www.facebook.com/NeonRaineZart

Witch:

Witch Model Pesky Suicide

Model: Pesky Suicide

https://www.facebook.com/ohhipeskypie

Vampire:

Vampire Model Sassie

Model: Sassie

https://www.facebook.com/sassieNOpants

Vampire:

Vampire Model Faylin Lynx

Model: Faylin Lynx

https://www.facebook.com/FaylinLynx

Mummy:

Mummy Model  Kelly Meissner

Model: Kelly Meissner

https://www.facebook.com/KellysArtPage

Knife:

Knife Model Cameron

Model: Cameron

MUA/Styling: Cassandra Panek

Viking:

Viking Model Brian

Model: Brian

MUA/Styling: Cassandra Panek

Ringleader:

Ringleader Model Cassandra Panek

Model/MUA/Styling: Cassandra Panek

Clown:

Clown Model Shawn

Model: Shawn

MUA/Styling: Cassandra Panek

And while this last portrait isn’t from the Halloween series, but is instead from Panek’s own wedding, we included it for its themeliness.

wedding portait

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