A few weeks ago, I received a message from one of the local models (Gabriella Siciliano) I've worked with in the past asking if I was interested in doing a wintery glamour shoot. Since January is generally my slowest time of the year, of course I was eager to shoot. :) We invited make-up artist, Michelle Maw, to join us as both of us have enjoyed working with her in the past. We all had a general idea of what we wanted the finished image to look like, and set out to create a winter scene in the studio. Good thing we opted for the studio, too, cuz up until the last few days we've had no real snow outside. LOL
Here's Gabby when she first arrived and with Michelle applying makeup. Michelle first did Gabby's hair, teasing and lifting, then poking floral picks here and there. She then added a gray base makeup all over Gabby's upper body in order to make her skin more pale. Then the Ice Queen look started to come to life as the snowflakes and glittery makeup was applied.
The lighting was challenging in that a mixture of ambient light, along with white holiday lights and studio strobes had to be balanced just right. Without one aspect being done properly, the entire winter scene would take on a warm glow which we did not want. About 10 shots in, one of the strobes died. But I have several and simply pulled out another so we could keep on shooting. In the end, we had a handful of images that all 3 of us really liked. This one being my personal favorite. If you like it, I'd love for you to vote for it in The World Open photography contest. Voting runs through the end of March.
Special thanks to both Michelle and Gabby for a fun shoot! Looking forward to doing more collaborative projects with both of them. :)