Burning the magic midnight oil
By Intern Krystin
I wasn’t sure what to expect when we were setting up for the Ethereal photo shoot with the model, Marlene – even though Jacki had shown me pictures and styles of things she wanted to capture. I feel like what was captured was far more beautiful than some of the inspiration.
It was a cold night at the Studio but the laughter and inspiration kept us warm. Marlene is a naturally stunning young woman and I was excited to get this shoot going! The studio space utilizes multiple back drops in a small space to create a multitude of different outcomes. It’s really neat – you wouldn’t think that much beauty can come from such a small space but it is really diverse!
Our photo shoot started with a basic white/see through backdrop and Marlene in a stunning vintage lace gown. We then added hand cut butterflies that nestled around Marlene’s gorgeous smile. I may be bias because I helped make the butterflies, but it was my 2nd favorite part of the night (the first being glitter, but we’ll get to that). I love looking through the unedited photos because of the goofy faces Marlene makes but Jacki was able to capture great beauty in these shots!
After the hand cut butterflies, we moved on to these lifelike red butterflies that you could wire to clothing. The red was so vibrant against the lace dress and the white backdrop! It was stunning. At this point, we hadn’t made it very far down the shot list but our energy was still high! We had over 60 shots to get done and 4 or 5 shoots to finish in one night. We were work horses that night, but for good reason.
There was a fairy tale feeling in some of our next shots. Some of the props included flowers, crowns, apples and my favorite – Pixie! Pixie is Jacki’s chihuahua who loves to help out. When we broke out the red velvet robe, Pixie was the star of the show. She wanted to cuddle the robe and looked very adorable doing so! Marlene looked fabulous in the robe as well, but we all know Pixie is the star.
After the fairy tale world, we worked on some boudoir photos. This is really where the diversity of the studio shows since we used the floor, three hard backdrops (gray, brown & pink) and several lace/sheer backdrops all in a very tiny space! My favorite part of the boudoir shots were with the blue lace shawl/overlay. It was just as vibrant as the red butterflies and perfect against Marlene’s skin tone. You can certainly see the inspiration and appreciate the art in the final product. They are beautiful.
My favorite part of the night was the last shoot. Finally we got to play with glitter. At this point it was 2am, we were all having giggle fits, pixie was asleep and our stomachs were rumbling, but we were all too excited to shoot and get to play with glitter! As I said, Marlene is naturally gorgeous and when you add glitter, it only gets better! There was so much glitter everywhere, in our hair, clothes, mouths and all over Marlene. There was even gold leaf involved! This was my favorite part because of a) glitter but also b) that the shots we got were up close and personal. I love that they were intimate without being sexual. You really get a sense of intimacy and magic, which is oh so hard to capture.
I rolled into bed around 330am (well before Jacki and Marlene I’m sure), covered in glitter and still having a fit of giggles. Mostly though, with a sense of accomplishment that we conquered the shot list and completed at least 5 shoots of ethereal, fairy, magical and inspirational photos. It’s a time I won’t forget!