The low down on latexWritten on May 18, 2012 Categories: For other photographers, Washington Fashion shoot
Ever go into a Sherwin Williams and ask them if it were safe to throw latex paint on a naked girl? Welcome to my world! Now two years ago not only would have asking a total stranger such a question seemed strange to me, but these days I almost constantly find myself in some type of new and adventurous situation, but back to the story. So while I was there I asked one of the guy employees, “What’s the best paint to get to throw on a naked body?”
The guy looked at me for a second and asked me to repeat “that last part”. I bet that was the first time he heard that kind of request at work! He regained his composure quickly and helped me select the appropriate brand of paint. To make his decision he asked me questions like “how the paint will be applied” and “how long it will stay on”. He was a big help and I walked out of the store a happy customer with a funny story to share with our fans on our Facebook page. Come to find out that one of our fans knows the guy from the store and had already heard the whole story!
If you’re wondering why I was in the Whidbey Island Sherwin Williams harassing poor innocent employees it’s because we had seen a post by Cat’s Meow magazine advertising that their upcoming issue had a latex and pasties theme and I thought I could kill two birds with one stone, and get to throw paint on someone! For those that have never heard of Cat’s Meow it’s a very slick publication featuring new and upcoming models, photographers and others in the creative industry, very worth checking out!
This is a little backwards, but the first set we actually did that day was against our new brick Candy Stick Background from Backdrop Outlets. I wanted it to look like she was standing in a dark alley under a street light. I positioned one of the Einstein lights with a standard 7 inch reflector on a boom right over the models face and an Alienbees with a softbox to the side of her to open up some of the shadows.
The result was an evenly lit face and chest area, which is what I wanted the viewer to notice first. The rest of the body, though still visible, was in a deep shadow. It was one of the first times I had attempted low key lighting such as this, and while I’m still no expert I did capture the feeling I was trying to impart, and I’d love to hear your thoughts!
The wardrobe was found when Miss C and I went shopping at Lover’s in Burlington, WA. I always love going there, and the fact that Cold Stone Creamery is right across the street has nothing to do with it! There are always really cute outfits to choose from and anything from leather to lace. We needed a pair of skin tight pants to go with the top that Miss C already had (bought from Lover’s earlier) and of course we found exactly what we were looking for.
Thats all for now dear constant reader, I have to thank Miss C for coming over and letting me splash her with paint, thanks so much!
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