Life is an interesting thing. You see, the past year of my life has been absolutely insane. Like, so insane that I basically took a year-long hiatus from shooting any personal stuff as I needed the extra time to situate the situation. I’ve slowly been crawling my way back to normalcy and with that has come a sense of “rebirth” so to speak. I’m happy to be where I am and absolutely THRILLED about the stuff I have in the pipeline down the road.
In the spirit of “rebirth”, I was fortunate enough to be able to team up with the amazing bodypaint/makeup/hair maven Michelle Mink and the gorgeous (on the inside and out!) Emily DeBouver to create something, dare I say…. out of this world. (I immediately regret writing that but I’m too lazy to think of anything better. Eat it. And like it!).
Seeing as how I was really hungover for the shoot (I had a wedding the day before, so sue me! Love you Kris & Mindy!), I was grateful to know that the effort I had to exert was actually pretty minimal! Lucky for me, Michelle was more than happy to pick up the slack and spent the better part of 6 hours meticulously covering our model Emily with an amazing starburst/galaxy/universe theme.
The lighting setup was actually quite simple: One Deep Elinchrome Deep Octa above and to our model’s left provided most of the lighting. I also added a strip box fill behind her to her right (hence why the face doesn’t go completely dark). We didn’t have much time to shoot, so I did both natural light and strobe shots to get the most bang for our buck. The final product ended up using the studio-lit photos.
BEFORE AND AFTER (POST PROCESSING)
As you can tell, my vision of the universe was highly influenced by 80’s sci-fi. (Click the image below to see a GIF of the process)behind the scenes #Photoshop