Monthly Archives: December 2013

Blue Rose

Blue Rose

This was always a shoot on the move. From the initial idea based on the dress, I decided it needed more and began to create a headpiece from some artificial blue roses I had lying around. As I was constructing it I was listening to Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue’s “Where the Wild Roses Grow” and suddenly a new concept came to mind based on the song.

After an aborted shoot due to bad weather and the MUA having to cancel, we rescheduled for a Friday afternoon. Unfortunately there were storms coming over and I didn’t get the lovely golden backlight I had hoped for. Most of the SOOC shots were poorly exposed or I missed the mark with the speedlight. I was going to have to pull something out of my hat in post!

After an initial cleanup in Lightroom where I adjusted exposure and lens corrections, I brought the images into Photoshop for my normal post production workflow. I actually have a batch process set up for the first four or five steps of the video but I don’t show that in the video so you can see exactly what I do.

This my first bts video and recording of my methods so please be nice! It’s a little long because I’m a little slow. Unfortunately it doesn’t show brush sizes but I’m sure you’ll work it out. The colour toning and texturing is a little different to what I normally do but the basic process is the same. Anyway hope this helps someone!

Model: Catherine Hargraves
MUAH: Irima Vee