Bodypaint – The Idea
Local model/photographer Leah Taillefer contacted me for a collaboration. She asked me to photograph her after being covered in bodypaint by her boyfriend. Leah’s boyfriend is none other than well-known Windsor artist Daniel Bombardier AKA ENJOY DENIAL. I couldn’t say no to such an artistic endeavor!
Daniel and Leah worked on the bodypaint at Dan’s studio FIVE TEN in downtown Windsor. We would all meet at my studio where I would capture the end result photographically. The day arrived and Leah and I stayed in contact throughout the process. We met at my studio, everything set and ready to roll!
When it came down to planning, especially for a creative studio session, I spent a great deal of thought on lighting. I chose lighting that provides the most variety. Which is to say, the most useable images with the least number of lighting styles/setups. For this shoot, I captured Leah on both white and black backgrounds. We worked toward a series of poses and expressions to produce a collection of artistic images suitable for publishing.
I have Alien Bees by Paul C. Buff in my studio. I employed a single strobe for some of the darker/moody images and a 2-3 light setup for the white background shots. I used my Canon 5D Mark II along with a combination of lenses including the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L, the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 ART and, last but not least, the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS.
I used Adobe Lightroom to manage my workflow and Adobe Photoshop to post-process my images.
Post work began with editing the images from the shoot down to a set of 5. From there the actual retouching began. Each image was loaded into Photoshop and some initial retouching of the model was performed. Once retouching was complete, the model was isolated from the background and background textures applied. Each image was a composite which was then colour graded as a final treatment.
I have included a selection of images from the photo shoot with Leah. Please feel free to comment and let us know how you like these and If you have any questions about the series, feel free to ask.
Model: Leah Elliot
Bodypaint: Daniel Bombardier
Hair & Makeup: Hailey Lynn
Photography/Retouch: Ray Akey