Personal projects are always extremely fun and I had a great time recently when I had the opportunity to photograph Bella, a close friend’s 12-year-old daughter, for a Halloween themed photoshoot.
The wonderful Steffi Bickers was our make-up artist for this project and I think you’ll agree the results of this shoot are pretty special. Steffi and I have worked together on some other projects, but I loved seeing a rather different style from her this time. You can view my full behind the scenes video to get an idea of just how talented Steffi really is!
It was a pure joy to photograph Bella and take her portrait; she is an artistic young person and her experience with dance really shone through as she acted her way through poses. The magic really happens when the subject I’m photographing has talents they can bring to the shoot, whether it’s a skill with dance or maybe a sport, and this shoot was no exception. Bella’s cat and Harlequin costumes were simple and that allowed for her great modelling and Steffi’s make up to take centre stage.
Being Halloween themed photo shoot, it was a great excuse to bring out the smoke machine. Using props like this can be tricky as it’s not easy to control where the smoke ends up, but it paid off and I think the addition of an extra element really took the resulting photos to the next level and added to the spooky vibes I was looking for. All in all, it was a great day and felt like an early Halloween party.
This particular shoot was part of a personal project so we pulled out all the stops but I collaborate with a range of talented make-up artists and hair stylists who can work with you for the look you require. If you are interested in headshots or portrait work I would love to hear from you. You can take a look at all of Bella’s photos and check out my full portfolio here.