I just can’t seem to get away from trash! The background here is actually a dumpster dive, yep, got in it. When they deliver furniture it comes wrapped in heavy plastic, like painters plastic drop cloth. It’s shaped like the furniture so I just cut it at the seams so it will lay flat. I spray painted the plastic with orange and yellow spray paint. Splotchy works best. The spray paint WILL chip off and make a mess so I just keep it for a couple of shoots and throw it out. There is a new spray paint from Krylon called Fusion that might stick better, you’ll have to check it out.
The main light is a gridded beauty dish. It doesn’t look like I was using my tri flector. I don’t think I owned one yet. If I shot it again I definitely would use one. I like a small pupil with as much eye color as I can get. I used a yellow gelled strobe behind her. I love gelling like colors for greater saturation. So yellow on yellow, red on red ect.
The orange mesh fabric is a roll of 30 inch wide rafia type material with a wired edge that you can shape. I bought mine at Christmas but I think you can get it year round at places like Michaels Crafts. It’s used for wrapping around gift baskets and such. I think it’s 10 yards for $6. I’ve also seen it in white, green, purple and red. My favorite is the purple.
This image was from a test. The way I work for testing is quite different than most. I have the makeup artist do what they want and then I match them. I never know what i’ll be doing that day. I literally make it up on the spot. So I match the mua versus her matching my idea.
My preference for makeup is always less is more. Show off the model not the makeup. It’s hard for a makeup artist to have restraint while testing. I’m generally looking for a makeup artist who wants to work on a more commercial book.
Pretty sells and always will…just sayin2 comments