I love the opportunity to play and try new techniques. This shoot allowed me to have a go at something a little different.
I have seen lots of photographers I admire particularly using prisms, crystals or other materials to refract light and give different effects in camera. I had actually just finished watching a webinar where Emily Soto used tulle over the lens to add softness and texture to parts of her images.
I had already had a bit of a play with Percy using these sort of techniques (back in this blog post), where I used a cut glass perfume bottle and red cellophane. I had a bit of a hard time trying to scrunch the cellophane in the right direction, so there was a bit of an “ah ha” moment when I saw Emily using a small square of tulle secured with a rubber band (sometimes, I’m just a bit slow and also like to do things so they are more difficult for myself).
So when I had a shoot organised with Yael and Belle, I decide this was a perfect time to try white cellophane again. I shot some images without just to make sure we had options, but then tried out the cellophane. It still needs to be a tiny bit scrunched to get the refraction, but you also need to be care not to overdo and and get too much. Some images were well over the top, but I do like the effect still and so some have more than others.
I had already decided I wanted soft, flat lighting for this shoot so used my ridiculously large (for my space) octa softbox feathered away from Yael and Belle, bouncing off white poly reflectors.
Yael/Miss Meow facebook (Montreal)
Lingere by Hips and Curves
MUA – Trixi Jones
Hair – Johnny B Goode
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