FYI - I'm about to go full snob. One of the best parts of 2019 for me was meeting Olivia because it meant I finally got to do some goth themed photoshoots and not just with people who think goth is something to dress up as for fun. I wear all black and have done since I was 15 but I'm not goth-goth. I can't be fucked doing the makeup but also I don't know how and I'm content with just saying I'm a goth grandma now. My body makes me feel like a grandma. A couple more years I might look like Robert Smith. I too don't brush my hair some days. I also couldn't grasp how cyber goth was a thing. That was just weird to me. Back to the story though.. I tried to find some alt-models the year before and got nowhere while trying to explain to people that having a tattoo on your leg doesn't make you alternative. There's more to being alternative than a tattoo, good luck finding a person who doesn't have a tattoo these days. It's an attitude, fashion, music, lifestyle..nobody even had coloured hair. What I wanted was someone like me (who had turquoise hair and misses it badly) but pretty and photogenic. When I think alt-model I think of Rebecca Crow, Cervena Fox and Shelly d'Inferno. I developed a huge lady-crush on these badass women when I saw them at the Perth Tattoo Expo and that was what I was looking for. Then I met purple-haired Olivia.
A few months back she asked me if I'd be interested in being the photographer in a Killstar themed photoshoot. Like I was going to say no! I said straight up this is your shoot though so make sure you know what you want to do pose wise and I'll focus on the lighting. Which I failed at. A few days before the shoot my triggers suddenly decided to stop working. I'd been using them just the week before on some smoke stock photos I was making. So the shoot was spent using the pop-up flash on my camera as a trigger for the actual flash which was a giant pain in the ass because if I stood in front of it by even a millimetre the damn flash wouldn't go off. Some some photos are natural light and others are with the flash. Thankfully by the time it was dark I had caught on to what was happening and I remembered to stay behind it.
Since the shoot was a witchy theme I wanted to have a go at adding some sfx to the photos and hopefully not make them look too tacky. This is where the smoke stock photos came in - I wanted to create my own shapes to use rather than find stock photos online. I spent about 12 hours on one photo trying out a few things and by the time I finished it looked like I spent 20 minutes on it. I hated myself for wasting so much time.
And that's it. What do you think? Feel free to leave some comments below!
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