Getting out of your consolation zone is nice for creativity

Getting out of your consolation zone is nice for creativity. It not solely will get the guts pumping however also can get the mind considering.

I’ve been working with a brand new shopper, who’s a incredible artistic herself and her transient was for ‘a riot of coloration’ for Mardi Gras costume items. My shopper additionally preferred the thought of utilizing paint. Initially, I stated let me assume on it, because the considered throwing paint round in my studio was giving me coronary heart palpitations.

The setup

The extra I considered it, the extra I used to be intrigued by the thought. Plastic-backed paper painters drop sheets might maintain the paint and create a clear white background. They’re additionally low cost and fairly massive. We used 4 9-by-12 foot sheets doubled in thickness and likewise had a big white bedsheet hanging behind and a big plastic drop material beneath on the bottom.

Eradicating all the things from the studio that could possibly be harmed in the course of the shoot (garments racks and props) and masking all the things left with extra drop cloths. Wrapped my speedlight (I normally use it as a rim gentle) in a plastic bag to maintain it protected. For the principle lights, I used two Bowen strobes, one with a 47.2-inch octabox and a 16.5-inch beauty dish, safely out of hurt’s method.

The mannequin’s consolation zone

Let me simply say right here you want a mannequin who has a way of journey, and enjoyable and doesn’t thoughts getting messy. My longtime buddy and mannequin Jess (Miss Fairy Floss), is simply that sort of particular person. I considered nobody else for this job and she or he jumped on the probability.

Jess’ outfit was easy and we saved it low cost, so we weren’t involved in regards to the garments being ruined. A easy white tank prime and shorts. We ordered rainbow knee-high socks and suspenders to match our theme and an excellent low cost white wig (which was then thrown out, because it couldn’t be saved!)

The paint

To maintain issues considerably managed we purchased paint in squeeze bottles and tubes, which we might artfully ‘throw’ at Jess and the background whereas holding it on the backdrops. These additionally grow to be further props within the shoot. We used solely major and secondary colours and used acrylic paint for cleanup and security functions.

The shoot

Fortunately the day of the shoot was fairly sizzling, so getting messy after which cleansing up was not a difficulty for the mannequin. Certainly for the precise shoot, we had the air con on.

We first shot all of the headpieces towards the plain white background after which added the paint. Then reshot the items, packed them up, added extra paint and actually let Jess have some enjoyable getting messy.

The cleanup

All in all of the cleanup didn’t take too lengthy. Wrapping up the drop sheets and put within the garbage. Jess hosed herself down in entrance of the studio to take away a lot of the paint after which showered and altered to eliminate the remaining. The garments had been all soaked in chilly water, however by no means got here clear!

Behind the scenes

I put collectively a behind-the-scenes video on my YouTube channel for many who is likely to be desirous about a little bit sneak peek.

Tip: Need to know if you’re on the finish of the shoot? When all the colours have blended collectively and turned brown!

This photograph shoot was nowhere close to as unhealthy as I feared. It was a great deal of enjoyable and we captured some wonderful pictures. So getting out of my consolation zone was nice — not solely creatively, however it supplied lots of enjoyable.