Here are more photos from the shoot with Aurora and Genevieve. See Part 1 here.
The idea for the shoot was to have two models – one Asian and one Caucasian - and have slightly over-the-top asian makeup based on the style of Chinese opera makeup. We shot on location at the Spectral Theatre, which was a great place for the shoot. We used both the stage and dressing room areas. I loved the creepy sci-fi and horror props that were stored in the theatre, which inspired more ideas for future shoots!
Stephanie is an adventurous model who is also a circus performer, fire eater, belly dancer, actress, traveller and photographer (and more!). She wanted to get some photos with her new LED hula hoop, and I wanted to try out a lighting setup. So we got together for a shoot! The makeup and hair styling was done by Catriona Armour Makeup Artist / Hair Stylist. I have worked with both Catriona and Stephanie before and hope to do so again soon.
Here are some of the photos:
I’d love to spend some more time shooting Stephanie with the LED hoop – as well as the fire eating & spinning – maybe this summer!
Here are some photos featuring glitter eye makeup by makeup artist Tessa Mitz, and models Oksana Bach and ScarlettS. We started the shoot in the studio using a couple different hand painted muslin backgrounds. One was a European-looking village scene and the other was a moonlit beach. I wasn’t sure if these would look too cheesy, but I think they worked and gave a different look than a seamless paper background. I’m always interested in different ideas for studio backgrounds!
After the studio session, we moved to a small Vancouver park to finish the shoot. A lot of my photography is done in the studio, so it was great to have the opportunity to do an outdoor location shoot with natural light.
Here’s a slideshow with Scarlett’s photos:
The music for both the videos is by Remote Spaces from the “Silo” album.
I usually work in the studio with strobes and controlled lighting, so I wanted to try something different and used only natural light and a reflector for this shoot. I loved just having the camera and the model to work with, and not worrying about the strobes, stands and umbrellas. Tessa helped out with the reflector to fill in shadows and brighten up the model in shaded areas. Without all the lighting gear, we could move around quickly to wherever the light was good and the background was interesting.
The shoot was during the evening “golden hour” before sunset. The light was beautiful and worked perfectly. We had to move quickly though because the light changed rapidly as the sun was setting, and it also started to get cool and windy.
The location was an older industrial park near Main and Terminal in Vancouver. I love the decayed and worn textures of the buildings – lots of faded, peeling paint and rusty metal. We also went to a more modern area with glass and bold colours to work with.
I used Lightroom 3.4.1 and Photoshop CS5 for the post-processing, trying out several different styles and colour schemes. I’m looking for some feedback – which ones do you like/don’t like and why? Thanks!
The Día de los Muertos sugar skull shoots have resulted some of my post popular photos. I’ve been fortunate to work with very talented teams – the models, makeup, hair and fashion styling have been amazing! I love the photos and proud to have them in my portfolio.
I will be doing at least one more for the autumn season, and probably some others in the future because they have so many creative possibilities! Click on the image below to see more photos from the Summer Sugar Skull shoot.
Here are some images from a recent collaboration that I did with makeup artist Meghan Thomas and actor, model, dancer Genevieve Clements. I have worked with Meghan many times and it’s always a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with such a talented artist! This was the second photoshoot that I did with Genevieve. As an actor and dancer, Genevieve has great expression and body awareness, which makes her a wonderful photography model to work with.
In preparation for the shoot, I read up on the Greek myth of Medusa (in Wikipedia of course!) and found out that she had two sisters, both also Gorgons – monsters with snakes for hair and the power to turn anyone to stone with their gaze. Her sisters were immortal, but Medusa was not, and was killed by Perseus by chopping off her head. The winged horse Pegasus sprung from Medusa’s blood. Pegasus was the offspring of Medusa and the god of the sea Poseidon. In ancient times, Medusa was monstrous in appearance, but later was depicted as beautiful (except for the snakes).
In this shoot, we wanted to invoke the symbolism of Medusa – a combination of feminine beauty and snake imagery. We did two different sets – the first was shadowy with a dark background and lighting to show the body painting work. For the second set, I used a handpainted background featuring ancient Greek columns to go with the Greek myth theme. Here’s a photo gallery with more images from the shoot.
a body of words and the systems for their use common to a people who are of the same community or nation, the same geographical area, or the same cultural tradition: the two languages of Belgium; a Bantu language; the french language; the Yiddish language.
The concept for one of my recent photoshoots was “language.” Languages can be written using alphabets, characters or hieroglyphics. Some languages are spoken but not written, others are only written. Many languages have been lost and no one knows what might have been said with them. Music is a language. There are programming languages, symbolic logic and mathematics. But languages can also be non-verbal: gestures, body language, sign language or facial expressions.
Here’s another definition for language in Dictionary.com:
8. any system of formalized symbols, signs, sounds, gestures, or the like used or conceived as a means of communicating thought, emotion, etc.: the language of mathematics; sign language.
Languages can be chemical – pheromones or the genetic code of DNA. In the short story “The God’s Script” in Labyrinths: Selected Stories & Other Writings, by Jorge Luis Borges, an Aztec priest searched for a divine message in the spots of a jaguar.
I’m intrigued by the idea that one language could express ideas that cannot be expressed in another. There is a visual language used in photography that communicates ideas and emotions that cannot be expressed by words. Is is possible that anything can represent anything else if we know how to translate or decode the message?
The Day of the Dead festival originated with the ancient Aztecs and was dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl, the queen of Mictlan, the Aztec underworld who keeps watch over the bones of the dead. Her husband is Mictlantecuhtli, was the Aztec god of the dead, Lord of Mictlan. The celebration continues today in Mexico and parts of the United States.
Mictlantecuhtli - Aztec God of the Dead
This is the second Dia de los Muertos shoot in a series. The first was In the Darkenss of Winter and the next two are in planning stages.
Do you have some favourite Day of the Dead images or makeup? Share the links in the comments section below!
Most anime and manga characters have freakishly large eyes. We thought it would be fun to do a photo shoot with large anime eyes painted over the model’s eyelids. Using some anime images as reference, makeup artist Mika did some very cool work with model Candy. Mika posted a video on YouTube with more info on how she did the makeup. Candy also brought along a bunch of different outfits for the shoot.
It was challenging for Candy because she had to keep her eyes shut most of the time. It was strange for me because after a while I forgot that the anime eyes were not real. When I’m photographing people, I pay special attention to their eyes – the shadows, highlight and focus. I did the same during this shoot and the eyes, as abnormally large and cartoonish as they were, started to seem real – as if they were looking at me and my camera! Candy did a great job modeling and I had to keep reminding myself that she had her eyes closed the entire time.