Become A Patron of Caryn Drexl Photography


So! I have signed up at Patreon!

For those who don't know about Patreon it essentially allows people, namely artists, musicians and the like, to find people who would like to pledge money to help support their work, basically becoming their patrons. Everyone can set it up differently, with different levels of pledges, each having no incentives or perks, or many. Creators can ask to get pledges per creation, or per month, and patrons can even set caps on how much they're willing to spend per month, so they don't end up being broke helping others out.

At first I was super hesitant and weird feeling about, I don't know why, but after a lot of waffling I figured it wouldn't hurt. Even if only a few people sign up, it's still something. And something is something! (Aren't I deep?)

I did hit a wall of sorts when it came to incentives, so those might end up being modified at some point. It's also hard to know what i'll be able to manage, so i'm not offering a lot of monthly incentives at the moment. If anyone has any insights or suggestions on that i'd like to hear them! (Like say you might pledge 20$ a month if it included a vial of my tears. I'm not going to do that, you're weird for wanting it, i'm just saying let me know if you have any such suggestions!)

Doing it the way I am also means there are things that only patrons will see, or things that patrons will get first dibs at. I'll be doing behind the scenes posts, sneak peeks at upcoming shoots, putting images there before anywhere else, offering patron only giveaways and sales, first crack at one of a kind mixed media pieces as well as limited editions for sale, stuff like that. Sorry to those who can't take on being a patron, but i've got to give them something!

And while i've been super quiet this past year photo wise, i'm taking the summer off from school to focus solely on shoots, mixed media pieces and non-photo based side projects. So once i'm done with this semester in about 2 weeks i'm aiming to kick my productivity into over drive, meaning there will be a lot going up on patreon first.

And that's about it. Let me know if you have any questions, or again, suggestions!

Nothing ever goes as planned!

I've settled into North Carolina........ kinda. We found it hard to find a place when we were still in Florida, and this area doesn't ever have a whole lot rental wise at one time, so we made the decision to do a 3 month lease at a small apartment while we looked, leaving behind some non-essentials, as well as most of my photo/studio stuff.

After almost 6 months, a whole lot of ups, downs, and one serious house related heartbreak later, we're still going month to month at the apartment. And since we're entering winter we're not super hopeful we'll find something until next year.

AND I still don't have a dog either. =( That might be even worse. It has been more than a year since Rowan passed away and it's getting more and more difficult to live a dog free life.

That said, as frustrating and anxiety ridden as this whole thing has been, I love being here. The mountains! The weather! (Well, the summer was very Florida-esque, but given that there are 4 seasons and it left when it was pretty much supposed to, I'll live with it!) All the old houses and downtowns! Proper downtowns! Florida can suck it!

I mean, it's not perfect, but I feel more at home here. I couldn't ever really say that about Florida.

While I do have my camera with me at least, lets just say my general emotional state has left me lacking in the motivation department, especially when I don't have all my props and stuff. Plus I haven't figured out yet where outdoors I could shoot without getting shot, you know what i'm sayin'?

BUT! That doesn't mean I haven't done anything! I've been working on more mixed media pieces, including dolls! Here are pics of the few i'm completed so far:

Penny, mixed media, art doll, surreal photography, public domain images, porcelain doll, vintage, heart, lungs, bones

This is Penny, and she's still available. If you click on the image you can go to her listing on Etsy and see more images. Or, you know, purchased, it feel compelled to. (Patreon patrons can get her at a lower price, fyi!)  She was time consuming, but I really loved doing it. And miraculously I managed to NOT bleed all over her! (Needles, man!)

I have 3 other dolls similar to her, I call them her sisters, and while I've started the second, Cada (can you guess where that is going?) she'll be even more time consuming. Definitely won't be available until sometime next year.

And this is Betty, who has already found her home:

Betty - mixed media, art doll, bat mask, public domain, images, black and white

You can see more pics of her (here)

I've already purchased a few more busts, so there will definitely be more like this as well. They don't take as much time so it's nice to work on them when I need a break from the full body dolls. I just keep facing the problem where the bits and pieces I want to use on them are with my props in Florida. That's not irritating at all.

Using test bits I've had sitting around for a while I've been creating a few new mixed media pieces on fabric and paper, but I haven't 100% completed them yet or taken proper pictures of them. But here's one decent shot from my phone of one of them:


mixed media fabric photo print, big eye, portrait, glass tear drop

I'd wanted to get this, and another, up in the shop in time for Christmas, but thanks to school (end of the semester fun times) that's not going to happen.

So yeah. That all pretty much sums up the last 6 months for me. Hopefully something gives soon. I've learned that I don't do well without stability!

So long, Florida!


After many, many years of trying, and a few close calls (like those few days in New Hampshire) I have finally, successfully, gotten the hell out of Florida!

It wasn't without it's hiccups though. Finding a place long distance, even with a short trip up here, proved difficult, so my partner in crime and I settled for a short term lease in an apartment, which required leaving some stuff behind in FL with family for the time being. And that includes almost all of my photo related clothing, props and furniture.

So, instead of being able to spend the summer both here in the foothills or up in the mountains, shooting all the artsy fartsy ideas that have been piling up in my head, i'll instead have to settle for simpler shoots and/or mixed media projects. Which isn't bad, I already had some mixed media plans I wanted to work on, but I was feeling a bitch itchy before the move, so now it's even worse. Especially with all my things so far away! And of course our next move will coincide with my next semester starting. I obviously suck at shooting during semesters.

But it is what it is. And all I have to do is go outside and feel the difference in temperature, or go on a short car ride and see the hills around me or mountains in the distance and i'm reminded that the part of me that's been so unhappy and unsettled for so long is finally feeling some ease. The wait will be worth it in the end.

The Beginners Guide to Selling Prints on Etsy


My blog posts are all grown up!

After lots of encouragement, emails, comments and finding that I kept having more and more to share, I sat down and created this. (When I should have been doing school work, preparing to move, and sleeping.) With The Beginners Guide to Selling Prints on Etsy i've taken the content from my posts, expanded on them by quite a lot, took better, and more appropriate, pictures, and made the content much more coherent and stream lined. And, yes, slapped a price tag on it, but the blog posts are still intact, and free, and a girls gotta eat!

While it'll be available here on the site soon, for now you can find it HERE on, of course, Etsy.

Now, off to that sleep stuff.

2014 Year In Review (Finally)

2014 was brutal, in multiple ways. Cancer and heart failure and sick animals and then my beloved dog Rowan, puppy love of my life, died. *I* was healthy, but when everyone around you is ill it doesn't feel like that matters.

Photo stuff wasn't easy either. Nothing was basically. But! I learned a lot, and pushed myself in new ways, and I can't even say i'm disappointed. (Like, I learned that shooting a kid that I wasn't related too isn't that bad! I might even do it again!)

Now it's 2015, because I kept putting this off, but so far it seems like things are improving. *knocks on all the wood* People are getting healthier, and i'm packing up my shit and getting the hell out of this swamp state. The mountains have been calling and i'm finally answering. WooHoo!

People seem to love the blog series I did on selling prints on Etsy, which is nice. Glad I didn't go on forever for no reason. (You can find the 1st part HERE>)

Anyways, the images:



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