Usually our commercial photography work starts with the client, and we develop a concept to fit the specifics of the project. Every once in awhile we get the chance to work in reverse. This project started by experimenting with paint on glass, and was similar to watercolor painting. I decided after completing the painting that photographing through it and leaving only certain parts of the body exposed would be an interesting approach.
In collaboration with Erin Hendley of Face Makeup Artistry, we created the beauty image above, highlighting her absolutely amazing work as a makeup artist. Be sure and check out more of Erin's work if you haven't already seen it! The final image ended up being a fantastic promotional advertising image for both Face Makeup Artistry and our photography studio. Thanks for reading and scroll down for 'How it Was Made.'
How Was it Made?
We first created the painting shown in the foreground. The photo shoot itself presented challenges in both shooting and post production.
With the shooting, we had to place the painting in the front of the frame in order to properly light our subject, and avoid unwanted reflections or shadows. Next, separate lighting was used on the background. All together it took six flash units to light the final photograph.
In order to get both the background and foreground into focus we had to use two photos, using rack focus blending, compositing, and a variety of blending modes to achieve the final look. View more fashion / beauty photography from our studio here.