Creative Portraits are a great way to express your unique individuality through makeup, wardrobe or a combination of both!
Jojo, a good friend and sometimes muse got the itch to shoot and always comes with an idea! This time she suggested doing something with cornrows. I did some research and found a bunch of inspiration including the following from Wikipedia:
“Cornrows are a traditional African style of hair grooming where the hair is braided very close to the scalp”
“Depictions of women with cornrows have been found in Stone Age paintings in the Tassili Plateau of the Sahara, and have been dated as far back as 3000 B.C.”
“This tradition of female styling in cornrows has remained popular throughout Africa.”
With this I had enough to envision what I wanted to use for lighting. Jojo enlisted friend Dee Styles to help with makeup and we met at my studio to shoot and captured another unique set using a 2 light setup.
We always strive to create something different when we do these stylized, creative portraits. The result is below after about 15-20 minutes to retouch each image in Photoshop.
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Published in Digital Photographer Magazine
I have been a subscriber to many of UK based Imagine Publishing’s magazines from Advanced Photoshop to my current favorite Digital Photographer Magazine. You can imagine how happy I was when I opened this month’s Digital Photographer Issue 167 and turned to page 12 to see one of my images published within.
This particular image of amateur model Melissa Ann Scott was requested for publication from my image gallery on Digital Photographer Magazine’s website by one of the magazine’s editors.
The flower crown was constructed by my wife Sharon Akey (http://curiosnthings.com) from various flowers purchased at the dollar store. I made the dress from some tulle that I purchased at a local fabric store.
The photo was captured in my commercial studio Akey Photography Studio (ApS) during a portfolio shoot with Melissa. The scene was lit with a single Alien Bees B800 fitted with a gridded octabox. Captured with Canon 5D Mark II and Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L lens.
While I don’t usually wait for Halloween to do creative portraits, there is no better time of year to collaborate with people who like to get dressed up for Halloween’s approach. Seeing my subjects walk into the studio mostly ready to roll fills me with inspiration. It is my hope that the images below inspire you to be creative in your photography. The most recent image in this set was photographed yesterday at ApS (Akey Photography Studio) located in Windsor, Ontario Canada.
If you should have questions on how any of the images below were created, feel free to ask in the comments box.
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