Red Hot

I love rich red backgrounds.  To get extra saturation of your colors try adding like colors, red on red, blue on blue ect.

The background is a 4 ft x 8 ft Styrofoam painted panel.  I laid the panel down and troweled on thickened glossy house paint.  I left the lid off the paint on purpose to thicken it.  I painted red and purple at the same time and didn’t care if they merged together.  Because it’s glossy certain lighting setups reflect back.

Looking at the image I’m trying to re-engineer the shot.  It looks to be a small soft box, a 42in x 72in scrim jim in front for the face and 2 white 4×8 reflectors on both sides of the model.  Red gelled 7″ reflector with grid for background light.  For close ups I would generally put a angled reflector in front of the model to reflect up and fill in the eyes.  I try to keep it from reflecting up and hitting her neck though.

The left raised eyebrow  and great makeup really make the shot.  This is when a professional makeup artist makes a difference.  When a model does her own makeup I feel they don’t do their eyebrows bold enough.  Butterfly lighting really shows off her great bone structure.

Makeup/Hair by Danielle Dettore

Wardrobe Salvation Army, $10

2 comments category: Backgrounds,Beauty,Styling

1 haastaa May 10, 2010 at 8:15 am

Mary,
I love this!!!!

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2 Matt K May 8, 2010 at 9:03 am

fantastic! I am really loving the posts!

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