CLAIR DE LUNE for ELLEMENTS MAGAZINE
Jai Mayhew Photography
Styling - Edith Henry
Makeup - Kelsey James
Hair - Nancy Rankin
Models - Lily & Cristen @ The Dragonfly Agency
I have such love for this shoot! Not b/c all the technical aspects are perfect (looking back I see several things I wish I had done differently), but this shoot was a work of love. I built the set by stocking up on white curtains at IKEA (God bless cheap) then stringing thin ropes across my studio in an L shape and tacking them into the walls. I threaded the curtains onto each line and put down black seamless paper to create a floor I could get messy with. After light testing (a large soft box was aimed towards the Left and acted as my main light then a fill light was aimed towards the right to soften the shadows) I started throwing handfuls of tapioca powder all around (at which point my black kitten snuck into the studio, darted into a pile of it and trailed it ALL over the rest of the studio. for months afterwards I would find white paw prints in places I didn't even know a cat could go.) and smearing it with a broom to get that textured effect.
Edith, the wardrobe stylist, did a truly amazing job with bringing this concept to life. She brought in a few pieces (vintage tops, a white tutu skirt, etc), but most of the wardrobe was hand sewn onto the models the day of the shoot. The makeup whited out the girls faces and we smeared their arms and legs with the flour. The hair was an artistic endeavor by Nancy, she worked bits of linen and white hair and fabric into the updos to create something truly wonderful.
Looking back I wish I'd added negative fill to each side to deepen the shadows on the edges and create a natural vingette. I wish I'd shot at a lower apeture to create more DOF and blur. But mostly I wish I'd taken more pictures b/c this was a never to be re-created moment that I still love to share. I hope you enjoy!