From the Hairy Photographer’s archives. A look back to see what I was photographing on this day in history.

Body-painting Photo Shoot


Silver Lady
Body-painting Photo Shoot

This time back in 2010 we we putting the finishing touches to a portfolio for a special customer, Zakhia, who had enlisted the services of tattooist Hefin Absalut Hughes to paint her silver and decorate her body with Celtic swirls.

Zakhia was an absolute dream to work with in the studio.  Totally confident with her body and able to pose with the grace and poise of a dancer – which happens to be her chosen career path.

Below are some of the double page spread layouts from her album.  Next week we will look at some of the lighting and camera techniques used in the creation of these shots.

Album Page layout Proofs (double page spreads)

Image files are compressed for faster loading over the internet and therefore cannot truly represent the tonality and quality of the finished printed portraits.

By |April 29th, 2013|0 Comments

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Mermaid on the rocks

120427-6815This time last year we were right into swing of our mermaid project with lots of would-be mermaids turning up at the studio following a promotion on Groupon.

One of the most popular settings is this wave breaking over the rocks shot.  The background was made using several stock images onto which we merged the subject, who had been photographed against a “green screen” background.


By |April 27th, 2013|0 Comments

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Little ballet dancer

On this day back in 2010…  there was rather a lot of Ballet going on in the studio.  I love the concentration on little Neve’s face in some of the shots in this montage.balet2010

By |April 25th, 2013|0 Comments

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Blue mermaid

120424-6599On this day last year…  we transformed the lovely Andi into a mermaid.

First I created the fantasy underwater scene using four different stock images: The shafts of light bursting through the surface; the bubbles, the coral and the ripples for overlaying the subject.  These were assembled in Photoshop using different blend modes and varying degrees of opacity.

The mermaid tail was provided by an artist on the Deviant Art web community and warped into the right shape using the Transform tool.

Andi was then photographed in the studio against a black background using a main light from above and a kicker either side from behind her.  It was then a matter of masking off the legs to blend the torso with the tail.

Finally a Hue Saturation layer was added and set to “colourize” to achieve the blue tint.

This was one of several fantasy scenes we used during our mermaid project.  There will be more to follow.

By |April 24th, 2013|0 Comments

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Something fishy…

csjOn this day four years ago, something fishy was going on in the studio.

Every cat in the neighbourhood knew it too – even though the fish oil supplement we were photographing was intended for dogs!

The product shoot was being carried out for Bodfari based CSJ Ltd., who provide performance dog food to the owners of working, competition and show dogs all over the world.


By |April 23rd, 2013|0 Comments

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