Commissioned by a client to shoot her fourth pregnancy. After chatting to us she confessed to wanting a classic DarkDaze style image- big production values, over the top colours, strong lighting and a great location, inspired by the Ophelia Fancy Lido Pictures.
We set ourselves a UK Suburban feel, that was also influenced by Desperate Housewives (the LaChapelle trailer) and Edward Scissorhands. So Matt, (art director) and DD (photographer) went out to source locations. Fortunately thats what we found in Falcon Close, Shoreham.
Excuse the bad drawing but this is genuinely what DD sent off to the stylists, Ophelia Fancy,
After a second consultation with the client we chatted over the idea, as this was a pretty bold image and needed her to be 100% behind the idea.
We organised a styling consultation with Ophelia Fancy- ensuring the client was confident (the key to the picture) in the look we had discussed. We booked a great Hair and Make-Up artist from London, and set about sourcing the final props.
On the shoot date, all make-up was completed in our studio, with final tweaks on location. We shot background images for the client to keep, and also a contact sheet of the entire day.
Matt and Tash worked on the lighting, which was made difficult by extremely windy, cloudy weather, but we settled on 2 bowens 500w with straw (yellow) gels, and metered a stop or so under to get the punch to the sky and clouds that we needed. The strobes were just killing the shadows on the face and making the client stand out from the drab background. You can see some of this in the wide shots.
The final print was a 1m c-type print from pro-lab Spectrum, with an A3 archival print of the B/W contact sheet of the day.
Every aspect of the shoot was managed in house- and we can tailor creative images to your own personal budget, if its for a couple, a band, a portfolio or even something jaw dropping like this shoot.
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