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Woodlands Flower Fairy Nail Photo Shoot

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Woodlands Flower Fairy Creative Nail Photoshoot published in PHOTOSHOOT Magazine

When the amazing Amanda Hawtree-Taft says… let’s get together for a ‘woodlands flower fairy nail photo shoot’… well, of course, I said YES!

As soon as we agreed on the rough outline for the photo shoot, it was time to start planning.  Our Pinterest board soon filled up with our minds and fingers going into overdrive, with ideas for makeup, hair, costume design and props.

Location

This shoot would have looked great outdoors in the middle of the woods but we opted for a professional studio with space and more importantly studio lighting.  The studio we used took place at the Natural Light Spaces in Weedon, using the infinity space area.  This is such a great studio to work at with oodles of space, which was great as Amanda had bags and bags of garden shrubbery from her garden and probably the neighbours!  Trish (owner) was a great help (as always) helping to set up which lights and equipment needed.

Set 1 – Flower display Infinity area

For the first set, Amanda and I dressed it the floor with white fur for Mair, our model.  We thought it would be nice for her to lay on something soft rather than a hard floor (see how thoughtful we are).  We placed the vast array of shrubbery around Mair’s head and upper body… much to her amusement. 

Woodlands Flower Fairy Nail Photo Shoot
Getting the set ready
Woodlands Flower Fairy Nail Photo Shoot
Getting the base foliage in place

To add contrast the odd rose and butterfly was placed to complete the look.

Woodlands Flower Fairy Nail Photo Shoot
Adding flowers and butterflies

Lighting

Using a beauty dish for the lighting, pointing straight down onto the model, as we only concentrated on her face, hands and upper body. This worked really well, with the only challenge being that for some of the shots, I had to stand at the top of a stepladder to get the angle I needed. That was interesting, given that I am not great with heights! Anyway, I managed not to wobble or fall off and got the shots I wanted. The camera settings used were: ISO 125, f11, 1/160 and 85mm.

Set 2 – Portraiture

For the second set, we concentrated on the look itself, so I used Tri-reflectors and a large beauty dish for some portraiture-type shots. Trish, the owner of the studio, helped out with the lighting tests. The camera settings I used were: ISO 100, f11, 1/160m and 85mm lens.

Woodlands Flower Fairy Nail Photo Shoot - Natural Light Spaces
Tris (Natural Light Spaces) Testing out the lights

Editing

Editing the images took some thought, as I knew what I wanted in my mind’s eye but needed to work out how to achieve it.  Using Adobe Lightroom to organise my workflow is a must and to copy and paste styles and edits (a great feature). I then moved the images to Adobe Photoshop to tweak and finally used some of the exposure pre-sets, until I achieved the look I was aiming for.

Woodlands Flower Fairy Nail Photo Shoot published in PHOTOSHOOT Magazine

As featured in PHOTOSHOOT Magazine

Woodlands Flower Fairy Creative Nail Photoshoot published in PHOTOSHOOT Magazine
Woodlands Flower Fairy Photoshoot published in PHOTOSHOOT Magazine
Woodlands Flower Fairy Nail Photo Shoot published in PHOTOSHOOT Magazine
Woodlands Flower Fairy Photoshoot published in PHOTOSHOOT Magazine

Credits

Photography and Set: Jane Kelly

Nail Artist and Set: Amanda Hawtree-Taft

Makeup and Model: Mair Jones

Studio: Natural Light Spaces

Jane Kelly

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