Maleficent (part one of two)
D800, ISO64, 25mm F4.0 1/80sec
I present Maleficent!
When I saw Marika wear this costume at a Halloween party, the first unconventionally loud words out of my mouth were, “WE MUST PHOTO THIS!”
We assembled a small and efficient team of nerdy photoshoot ninjas, picked a date, and before we knew it we had crafted the above image! Something I couldn’t have done on my own. I wondered why a bunch of skilled professionals would dedicate any substantial amount of time and resources towards a shoot like this. It’s cold, wet, the day is long, and you haven’t slept. There’s no money in it, so why?
As the photographer, you are the captain of this boat, and to keep it afloat everyone needs to feel involved. They need to know that what they are doing matters. If they feel that, then going above and beyond the call of duty becomes second nature. And if you go above and beyond for someone, you give them permission to do the same for you and others.
A few examples of things I did on the Maleficent shoot and try to do on all my shoots as a rule of thumb is:
- ALWAYS show the model the shots, Show them that this awkward pose actually looks awesome!
- ALWAYS let the person holding the light stand (in the water), know why it matters, how it makes the picture better and if you can, show them! (**see below.)
- ALWAYS lead by example!
- DON’T ask anyone to do anything you yourself are not willing to do. (demonstrate)
- DO go out of your way to make people comfortable and welcome.
- ALWAYS respect the model’s limitations. Let them know what you hope to get, but above all, make sure that they are comfortable enough to communicate when they can’t.
- Also, FOOD. Always food! Bring it, buy it, or order it. Food is a multiplier, making any good day better. (beware a food-less set
Super thanks to the super small yet efficient team of photoshoot ninjas!
Marika of Kink Engineering: Costume creation / MUA
Vudu Juju: Talented talent and awesome nerdy nerd.
Ego Assassin: Dress making geniuses
Me: Photographer, pusher of camera and keyboard buttons.
Always budget more time then you think you need for make-up. There’s a lot of work and skill needed.
We’ve arrived on location selfie! Things we discovered, Inflated horns are surprisingly difficult to fit in a car.
Diagram of how we pulled off the shot. I knew I wanted to look like the light source was coming from her staff and that we wanted her lording over the lake so… Marika selflessly sacrificed her dry feet to the photos gods that day. note* (Lighting a scene to look like an in camera object it doing all the works is called motivating the incident in cinema #TheMoreYouKnow)
Maleficent is sad because, a lot of people may not know this but latex does not retain heat at all! So the moment she took the jacket off she would have felt pretty naked to the elements.
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