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  • Writer's pictureGareth Partington


Updated: Jan 16, 2021

Back in October I really wanted to create a new dark interesting portrait for Halloween. In my head I wanted to create a seething mass of blackness, where the model would be oozing black goo and make it very illustrative… but this wasn’t quite how the shoot turned out.

I set up my camera and lights and I was working in my usual studio any where mode, with speed lights and modifiers and reflectors.

It started out as a self portrait just trying to figure how I wanted to light the portrait but I couldn’t really get in the right mind set for it, even though I had created some nice light.

Luckily Emma came home and offered to be the model for this shoot and so the application of the black make up began.

I really liked the way Emma was applying the makeup and the idea changed, as soon as she stepped in front of the camera I realised this portrait was going to have a more somber tone to it.

It didn’t turn out to be the gruesome image I had imagined but a sadder more intimate portrait, that I turned out to love.

Funny isn’t how sometimes you set out with one thing in your mind and end up creating something completely different. This is why I love been a creative.

Thanks for reading and if you too would like to pose for a creative portrait then please drop me a message, comment or give me a ring. I’d love to hear from you.

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