Results of the First Shoot
The first test shoot got us very excited, but the scales just didn’t look right. I knew we could do better. I played around a bit in photoshop to do some color grading and light skin retouching to see if we were headed in the right direction and to create guides for the next real shoot.
After a few weeks of back and forth, thinking about how we could improve on the look and feel of the images, we tried it again. This time, Nikki had found a much better body paint and we utilized Pinterest to find more interesting images of Medusa from which we could draw inspiration.
Surprisingly we couldn’t very much in the way of what we were doing, so that made us feel good about all the work we were putting into this.
In the time between shoots, I had also acquired some new wardrobe pieces including an authentic Japanese kimono and a black corset. In addition to the Greek goddess costume that I had in the wardrobe, I had all the different looks I wanted to shoot.
Trying It For Real This Time
On the day of the shoot Nikki and I were both excited but we still had to do some pre-work.
My first concept was to have Medusa sitting in front of a mirror, but seeing her reflection as her beautiful self. I got the set ready and we photographed Nikki in the Greek costume without makeup first. These images would serve as the reflected image in the composite. Once we had those images done, it was time to start makeup.
It took Nikki about an hour or so to put on the makeup and we started where we left off, getting the mirror concept finished. After that we shot more portraits utilizing a bit more contemporary posing.
Changing outfits into the corset and black leggings we continued the shoot just like I do with all of my sessions. Nikki brought a black trenchcoat with her that worked perfectly with the styling. I even had an authentic spear that we used as a prop.
Lastly, for a little bit of fun, we put Medusa into the kimono and gave her a curling iron. I wanted a funny image of Medusa trying to curl her hair and having a hard time. It came out WAY better than I thought.
So what do you think? The goal was to provide personal branding images and modeling headshots for one of the most iconic creatures of all time. Did we give Medusa what she needed?