Shadows, Snakes and Studio Photography

Having a makeup artist friend when you’re a portrait photographer is pretty much a golden ticket. Not only is she talented, she’s gorgeous. So, when I had an idea for a dark, Medusa-inspired photoshoot, who else would I ask to be involved other than my gorgeous makeup artist friend, Katherine, who has three pet snakes? Although I’ll soon be creating a whole new website and blog for my photography work, I just couldn’t wait to share a few of the final photographs from this one.

I built up my ideas for the shoot over a few days and, seeing as this was my vision, she gave me free reign on her hair and makeup. Big hair, tight curls, dark eye makeup, green contouring on the face, neck and collarbones, pointed, long black nails. I knew the lighting setup I wanted, I knew the poses I wanted to capture, I knew the snakes were gunna play a huge role. I was so excited and for good reason too – it turned out to be my favourite ever photoshoots.

Although colour was a massive focus during the shoot, I fell in love with the darkness of black and white. Here’s a few of the final black and white images!

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They say never work with animals… man, those snakes were hard work but they were worth it. I absolutely loved this session with Kat and she’s just as over the moon with the final images as I am.

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Good evening, my lovely readers!

I’ve been feeling super creative lately, but because I haven’t had a lot of free time outside of work, it’s instead lead to a lot more to the reviewing of some of my older work. Compromise.

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A collection of images I particularly enjoyed working on focused a lot on angles. Inspired by Pep Ventosa, I chose a target (something simple such as a tree or a fountain) and slowly circled it, photographing it periodically.

I would shoot between 20 and 30 images focusing on the same object, that I then merged in Photoshop into one final result. Each photograph, although entirely focused on one central point, has a different background and this is what leads to such randomised and interesting backdrops when the editing has finished.

It creates quite a ghostly and surreal result, and one I really enjoyed creating. Enjoy!

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Three simple focal points: a statue, a tree and a fountain.

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-Morgan