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Kara Markley Sterling  Model: 📸💃🏻✨ Celtic Musician: @loneravenmusic 🎤🎻🍀 Personal: @theravenlonewolf 🌙 🐺 🔮 ✉️: kara.booking@gmail.com 🤝 DM/Email for rates & collaborations!

Traditionally, the Banshee was said to only keen for the prestigious, old Irish families: O’Neill, O’Brien, O’Grady, O’Connor and Kavanagh. Over time, the folktales have expanded to include any people of Celtic heritage. #mythphotos
Photographer: @jamessterlingphoto
Dress: @reminisceshoppe

If, by some misfortune, you happen across a ghastly figure, pale and cold in the twilight, washing bloodstained clothing at the river’s edge... you have met the Banshee, and she speaks only of death.
This is the newest installment of my #mythphotos series with @jamessterlingphoto, featuring a very famous character from Celtic folklore. Most commonly known for her piercing shriek, the Banshee has a rich history in Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and can appear in many different guises. The Scottish lore often describes her as a washerwoman, and I wanted to bring that image to life.
Photo: @jamessterlingphoto
Dress: @reminisceshoppe

As the days shorten and the veil between realms becomes thinner, the creatures of the night venture out for a dance... Photographer: @jamessterlingphoto
Dress: @reminisceshoppe
Flower Crown: @outrageousbabes

I say farewell to summer with a certain acquired fondness, but every fiber of my being yearns for the darker half of the year. 🎃🍁🍂 As one final nod to these sunny days, this is a recently edited photo by @jamessterlingphoto from a past shoot for @reminisceshoppe, featuring their boho summer dress. Necklace by @bellaanela.

ENDED!! Thank you for entering!!! It’s time for another giveaway!!! Thank you so much for over 2,100 followers! You will win one 11”x17” high-quality print of your choice from my Valkyrie photo series by @jamessterlingphoto. You can see the full images recently posted on my page. To enter, you must be in the United States, and please complete the following steps:
1. Follow these accounts: @kara.markley
2. Like this photo and tag 3 friends.
3. Like your favourite Valkyrie photo from the series and comment a ⚔️to let me know which one you want to win!

That’s it! The giveaway will end next Saturday, September 1st, at midnight EST. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on Sunday, September 2nd! Best of luck, and thank you for your support! 😘

This is a wonderfully dark Victorian-inspired outfit that @jamessterlingphoto and I were commissioned to shoot this past Halloween for @reminisceshoppe. Featuring my fiddle, which is approximately 200 years old, so surprisingly appropriate for the theme! My band is: @loneravenmusic

Photo: @jamessterlingphoto
Outfit: @reminisceshoppe
Wig: @uniwigs
Flower crown: @outrageousbabes
Location: @germanvillage588

I saved this image to post last in the #mythphotos Valkyrie series, because it is my favourite. The goal was to capture defeat, which is not a theme @jamessterlingphoto and I often get to shoot. In my mind, this is a scene from Ragnarok, as I can’t imagine a scenario in which the Valkyries would not be fighting alongside Odin in the final battle. Photographer: @jamessterlingphoto
Scaillemaille: @itisknown
Dress: @armstreetcom

The Valkyries go weaving
with drawn swords,
Hild and Hjorthrimul,
Sanngrid and Svipul.
Spears will shatter,
shields will splinter,
Swords will gnaw like wolves through armor.
Photographer: @jamessterlingphoto
Scaillemaille: @itisknown
Dress: @armstreetcom
Hair rings: @regalrose

Hail, day!
Hail, sons of day!
And night and her daughter now!
Look on us here
with loving eyes,
That waiting we victory win.

Hail to the gods!
Ye goddesses, hail,
And all the generous earth!
Give to us wisdom
and goodly speech,
And healing hands, life-long.
- The Poetic Edda

Photographer: @jamessterlingphoto
Scaillemaille: @itisknown
Dress: @armstreetcom

If you are enjoying our #mythphotos Valkyrie series and haven’t already done so, please check out the @mythpodcast. I am not affiliated, but I recommend it wholeheartedly! I listen nearly every day, and I can’t imagine not having it as part of my morning routine. It is a tremendous inspiration! Photo by @jamessterlingphoto. Scaillemaille by @itisknown. Dress by @armstreetcom.

Valkyries are usually portrayed as beautiful warrior women assisting dead heroes on their journey to Valhalla... but this is only one facet of their character. Their name translates to “choosers of the slain,” meaning that they can not only select those who journey to Valhalla, but also those who live or die in battle. This gives them a significantly darker edge. Photo 1 of 5 in my latest #mythphotos series.
Photographer: @jamessterlingphoto
Scaillemaille: @itisknown
Dress: @armstreetcom

The way this armour fits the body is so powerful, yet also incredibly elegant. Surprisingly comfortable, too! I am often asked if the outfits I wear for photoshoots are uncomfortable, and most of the time they truly aren’t. Historical clothing has always felt very natural to me, and I grew up with a wonderfully talented seamstress for a grandmother who had me in historical dresses from a young age (much to my delight)! Photo by @jamessterlingphoto and scaillemaille by @itisknown.

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