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.
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.
To add contrast the odd rose and butterfly was placed to complete the look.
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.
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.
As featured in PHOTOSHOOT Magazine
Photography and Set: Jane Kelly
Nail Artist and Set: Amanda Hawtree-Taft
Makeup and Model: Mair Jones
Studio: Natural Light Spaces