The Idea: “Day of the Dead” shoot. Damara Moon and I would get together paint her face in the appropriate makeup and shoot her with some props, like a vintage Polaroid, October pumpkin and whatever else we could find. It was my early days, I was working with what I had… Don’t judge.
The Model: Damara Moon. I mentioned this shoot to Damara and we made it happen. We should have gone the makeup route that I originally thought up. It would have cracked less and gave us more time.
The Experience: It was really interesting to see the supposed acrylic face paint, which I doubted originally, crack up way faster than we had planned. Seriously, though… Use an airbrush and avoid all this cracking crap.
The Rub: Nothing past getting this lovely gal’s face covered in acrylic makeup. She knew what she was getting into. The outfits were her idea, which I agreed with.
The Gear: Working from memory, I shot this mostly with a 50mm/1.8f lens and possibly a 55mm-250mm telephoto at 800 ISO, mostly. I used two cheap continuous lights I picked up from Amazon and a white and black muslin backdrop. I also used some Polaroids and a 35MM camera for this shoot.
View the entire set here.
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