One of my favorite magical creatures is the simply fairy. I've always wanted to do a studio session featuring a lovely yet delicate fae but the right model never seemed to materialize. A friend of mine asked me to shoot her daughter's senior pictures a couple of years ago and I saw in that session the look I had been seeking.
I broached the subject of Ari modeling for me and found she had some interest as well. I brought in my favorite makeup artist, Nicole Werner and we did a three-concept session. The session went well, demonstrating that Ari was up to the task and could pull off a host of different looks. She turned out to be a little bit of an actress with a quiet yet attention-demanding presence.
As you can see she nailed a number of different looks - not bad for a first studio session! The amazing thing was how much rapport she and Nicole developed. I guess hours in hair and makeup forge bonds. In the behind the scenes photos I tried to grab every time Nicole stepped in, there was always some subtle interactivity at play.
In truth, it was Ari's amazing large magical fairy eyes that got me thinking that I needed to make this woman the subject of my fae yearnings.
I told Nicole that I wanted to do another shoot with Ari and this time I wanted her to be a fairy. Other than telling Nicole, I wanted her to have full hair as in the shot above, I wanted wings and pointed ears. Nicole did the rest. She came up with the concept that Ari would be a Garden Fairy. Nicole sourced ears, wings, and the dress. I came up with a wand, magical dust, pipe, harp and other props which we would use to create Ari's fairy persona. In addition, I ordered a 5x7 backdrop hoping it would hold my diminutive muse and her wings! We scheduled the shoot around our three schedules and all was well until we had a panic moment. The ears didn't arrive! I was resigned to shoot without the prosthetics but at the last minute, Nicole showed up with a freshly-delivered package containing two ears! The shoot was saved! Ari arrived and got in the chair. I set up the studio and the magic coalesced around us.
We started off slowly, playfully and had Ari chase some bubbles
From the Goblet set, we wanted a mischievous look and Ari, ever the actress delivered it perfectly.
I wanted this image of Ari and here subject the moon to be a little more sinister. We lit her from beneath to make it a ghost-story-round-the-campfire type of feel.
Blowing Smoke was something I thought about from the beginning. a Lord of the Rings prop and some digital smoke made for a nice imbibing fairy.
I call this image "With the sweep of here wand" and it is probably my favorite of the shoot.
Bored on the plane? No problem, open Lightroom CC for iOS and do some quick editing.
I guess I went off the deep end with the effects here but I was really pleased with the green-toned skin and the overall feel of the image.