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Creating a makeshift 'pool' studio

June 9, 2018

Recently I've been quite busy with client work and music projects (which is wonderful), but I also feel it's important to take time out to create just for the sake of pursuing and idea that excites the soul.  


I'd purchased a small blow up pool but it had been sitting in the garage for weeks.  Finally I made time to make something materialise.  Mackenzie (pictured in the images) was willing and able to help out and it all aligned (pun intended).  I had lined the pool with a white sheet (to hinder the blue reflection of the pool and add a soft texture), half filled it with water (including some hot water from the kettle), and added a little headrest under the pool so her head didn't fall back into the water too much.  It's absolutely necessary to have an assistant for this kind of shoot, as you're busy up on the platform above.  Thankfully Macca's Dad was also on set (in my front yard).   


Things to think about when planning a 'pool' shoot:  


* Make sure the model is not in the water for too long

* It is helpful to add hot water for the model's comfort in cooler months.  

* Having a nearby hot shower for post shoot

* Have a supply of towels on hand

* Have an assistant to help you

* Reflections from trees above can help add interest in the image, but avoid direct sun on the model.  

* Supply a headrest so as to avoid the model sinking into the water. 

* Light, natural fabrics can help to add movement and interest.  (I used Mousseline fabric ($5.99 from spotlight).  

* Be mindful of where the pool will drain afterwards.  

* Be mindful of your own safety

* Consider what 'background' you want to create, and possible unwanted light reflections from the 'pool'.  Play around with different coloured sheets.  Black for a more mysterious look, for example.  


This image is not part of the new personal series on seasons that I am producing, but I loved the simplicity and the feeling the image gave me when I looked at it, so I thought I'd share it with you.  


"The balance of maintaining strong boundaries whilst retaining a soft and loving heart" 






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