I learned a great deal during the execution of this photo shoot, but before I dive into those details let me explained the concept behind this session. This shoot was simultaneously anxiety-inducing, and exciting.
Hairstylist, Sheereese Cromartie, contacted me and proposed an underwater photoshoot, to which I replied I had no experience doing and I quickly recommended another photographer. I would rather recommend a fellow photographer than undertake a task I have no prior experience with. I have completed numerous personal projects that are suited to, and augment my skill set. Sheereese and I work very well together and we decided on a shoot that involved water, just not entirely underwater.
Once we agreed upon how we would utilize our chosen medium - water - I started a model call on Facebook; Leah Lewis one of the models answered the call. I then reached out to Mara Virginia Wuliger our second model and she was interested and wanted to do the photoshoot. Sheereese reviewed the models’ portfolios to ensure they had the look she was aiming for. I then reached out to Amani Asad, a talented MUA I’ve worked with in the past and she gave me her availability for the photoshoot.
The team was now in place, so it was just a matter of us executing the vision and me capturing the images as envisioned. On the day of the shoot, I inflated a kiddy-pool and filled it with water. I asked Mara to get into the pool so I can test the lighting. After I viewed the first shot, I modified my angle from the top to the side, and I was very happy with the composition but the lighting not so much; I tweaked the lighting until I had the desired result.
When the models were ready with hair and make-up, I took some test shots in the pool; Sheereese who was the hairstylist on the shoot, reviewed the images to ensure we were on track to creating the images she envisioned. With lighting and angles looking great in test shots, I continued with the creative process.
From a post production perspective, I believe this was the first time I was so hard on myself with respect to the final product. I’ve never done this before, but I asked two of my trusted and very talented colleagues, Benjamin Scott and James Thomas, for their feedback on what they thought of my final edit. They were very accommodating and provided valuable feedback; turns out, I really was viewing my images too critically, and with a couple minor tweaks, the final edits were awesome.
While I’m aware these types of images have been done before. I’m a portrait photographer, this was my first foray into the arena of beauty photography, and I’m pleased with the end-result.
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