This is the first personal shoot for my 2017; a year I hope to have time to shoot more personal work than I did last year.
We broke the ice with Emma Jacobson, whom I shot whilst experimenting with coloured gels a few years back, and trialled my pair of still relatively new Broncolor Siros L 800 monolights.
The premise was simple, throw the girl and some flowers in the water and play with the lighting. Last time we did this we used natural outdoor lights, but this time for a real glamour effect (albeit more artificial) we shot indoors this time in my garage. To add a hint of drama, we first added coloured food dye in the water, then ran to the local supermarket to throw in some basic flowers, some glitter and other random sparkly stuff in the mix.
Unholy Clothing provided the amazing lingeries pieces for Emma, and this was a great combo for our look and feel.
Finally - Pratik worked his magic again, particularly on the blue image. Which elevated Emma's gorgeous skin to yet another higher level.
The main issue we faced was the fact that I lack a professional work studio at home, although don't bag it out - we call it the "Easton Chang Centre of Art and Technology, Faculty A" - in reality it's just a single car garage.
Being an abnormally cold day (in Australian summer) we had to inflate the pool in the garage to prevent freezing Emma in the cold. But we couldn't close the garage door completely with the pool in, and there are frosted glass doors which together spilled a lot of natural light inside.
I wanted to look our scene entirely with my modifiers, without interference from outside. The powerful Siros were pumped up to compensate, and along with it's fast-freezing flash speeds we managed to capture the dynamic watery effects you see here. The trick to making water look almost jelly-like was to ripple the surface whilst freezing the motion completely.
I hope to play with this strong and really beautiful lighting formula more in the near future!