On a chilly 18th of November Jennifer and I along with Krista met down at Morning Star Creative Group's studio in Renton. The plan was to bodypaint a sort of neon looking something something concept. You can see a BTS here:
However this particular brand's line of neon paints weren't up to the standard we wanted. Jennifer sat down giving the tell-tale expressions "look at this shit" mixed with some hair pulling. "Let's start over with something else," I said. Never mind the last 3 hours, it was great practice.
And so it went. We erased the neon and went black.
This darker concept was thrown together in just a couple of minutes of discussing possible ideas. There's nothing wrong with winging it. In photography, you've absolutely got to have the ability to overcome all obstacles because it will happen. Someone doesn't show, someone gets sick, a light breaks, a lens gets dropped (or kicked), a battery runs out, a studio gets double-booked, a bodypaint product is sub-par, the possibilities of what can go wrong are endless as the universe. One thing I always convince myself of is to always be willing to experience whatever happens but to remain the "cause point" on the scene (as opposed to the effect of the obstacles). If you are genuinely willing to experience anything, then these things don't phase you much and your mind works much better about creating solutions.
The next interesting tid bit that made this shoot interesting was that it was all done on a point and shoot camera with a fixed 23mm lens, my second portrait shoot with this camera, the first occurring just a couple hours earlier. While I had my other camera to hand and snapped a couple photos, every photo that is published as of now, was shot with my new (to me) P&S, the Fuji X100S.
While that camera isn't cheap, running around $1k today, it isn't my usual DSLR with 5 lenses. With the Fuji, the zoom is my legs. One thing I rather enjoyed was the ability to sync at very fast speeds far exceeding the 1/250th of a second which most cameras are strapped to. While this doesn't mean much indoors, at least for what I was doing, I can only imagine that when it isn't freezing outside and I get out to shoot in some sun, will I then realize the possibilities of subduing said sun with 1/1000th and above speeds.
Anyway, a last minute paint concept, a point and shoot camera, a little imagination and here we are with another fun shoot that turned out pretty nice. What do you think? Have you any crazy stories about things that happened on a shoot which you overcame?
Epic expression of the day:
Krista's first bodypaint shot last December.