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Sugar Skull Inspired Makeup

This photoshoot was about phobias, fears and the subconscious mind, featuring the body painting artwork of Meghan Thomas (Megs War Paint) with model Claudia Rylie.

The body painting included UV fluorescent paint as well as non-UV paint. To capture both types, I used black lights mixed with strobes. To make the UV paint glow, I used six 40 watt fluorescent black light tubes, and a 400 watt UV cannon. I surrounded Claudia with the black light tubes, and positioned the UV cannon to the right of the camera, in front of the Claudia.

I also used strobes to light the fog and Claudia's face or highlight the body painting. The strobes were White Lightnings with grids and reflectors, triggered with CyberSyncs.

To see more photos from this shoot, check out this set on Flickr (Warning: some of the photos are marked as "moderate" on Flickr due to partial nudity). Here is a video slideshow from the shoot (Warning: partial nudity - not safe for work).

Spooky

Click to view video slideshow (Warning: partial nudity)

Soundtrack: Dreamland 2011 by Crock

I have worked with Meghan many times and love her creativity and artistic skill. Claudia was a great model to work with, especially under the challenging conditions of black light body painting. There was about 4 hours of body painting before the shoot, then a variety of unconventional lighting set-ups, many requiring her to to be very still due to the slow shutter speeds required for the UV photography. I love the moody look of the photos that worked well with theme of the mysteries of the mind!

 

 

 

 

 

 
This photoshoot was about phobias, fears and the subconscious mind, featuring the body painting artwork of Meghan Thomas (Megs War Paint) with model Claudia Rylie.

The body painting included UV fluorescent paint as well as non-UV paint. To capture both types, I used black lights mixed with strobes. To make the UV paint glow, I used six 40 watt fluorescent black light tubes, and a 400 watt UV cannon. I surrounded Claudia with the black light tubes, and positioned the UV cannon to the right of the camera, in front of the Claudia.

I also used strobes to light the fog and Claudia's face or highlight the body painting. The strobes were White Lightnings with grids and reflectors, triggered with CyberSyncs.

To see more photos from this shoot, check out this set on Flickr (Warning: some of the photos are marked as "moderate" on Flickr due to partial nudity). Here is a video slideshow from the shoot (Warning: partial nudity - not safe for work).

Spooky

Click to view video slideshow (Warning: partial nudity)

Soundtrack: Dreamland 2011 by Crock

I have worked with Meghan many times and love her creativity and artistic skill. Claudia was a great model to work with, especially under the challenging conditions of black light body painting. There was about 4 hours of body painting before the shoot, then a variety of unconventional lighting set-ups, many requiring her to to be very still due to the slow shutter speeds required for the UV photography. I love the moody look of the photos that worked well with theme of the mysteries of the mind!

 

 

 

 

 

 
Here are some photos from a recent shoot with Blanche MacDonald student makeup artist Hannah Journey. The beautiful makeup was inspired by the sugar skull imagery from the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos. Thanks also to Carole Méthot, tadalafil who is also a makeup artist, for the awesome modeling work!

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