A lot of months ago I had a second opportunity to work with the fantastic ballerina Nini De Vet
and MUA Bonny Goyvaerts
. The idea behind the shoot was to do something clowneque, work with more extreme make-up and explore classical dance poses.
As you might imagine it was more difficult than expected. The shoot itself was easy. What do you want, great MUA with an I for detail, even during the shoot, and a model that has perfect control over her body.
Developing these pictures was something else. My initial approach didn't turn out the be a success. Then I tried several approaches, before stumbling on a mix of what I learned from Scott Kelby
and Frank Doorhof
In the end it was easy. Getting these whites is simply done by duplicating the background layer in screen mode and using the paint brush and opacity to control it. Where needed I added a layer in soft light with neutral grey fill. Here also painting with white to illuminate and black to darken. For the eyes I again added a layer in screen mode and painted in the whole eye. Opacity around 30-40%.
Simple, …. But it took me a while to get there.
We kept the make-up on for the performance pictures. It was a super opportunity to have Nini for this. Ballerina's are used to work hard, do a sequence over and over which helped me a lot to discover the potential and try a few setups.
I hope to do some more shoots like this in the future.