This year seems to have been especially hard on us and many of our friends. So many people seemed to lose the ones they loved; whether that be human or pets. Not a month went by where at least one of our close friends didn’t go through the painful heart break, and after losing our first fur child Charlie in April we have a new perspective on the pain this causes. This Day of the Dead we decided to give honor to Charlie, for all that he taught us while he was alive and after he died. Dia Day Los Muertos is a 2 day celebration in which the pain is subsided as we honor those who have left us. Nov 1st it typically Dia De Los Angelitos (Day of the Little Angels) honoring children who have died. Since we considered Charlie our child we felt today was the best day to honor his life. Mr. Boo, this one is for you.
We’ve had clients participate in Dia De Los Muertos style creative photoshoots as well and hope more come include some of this traditional celebration into their fall photoshoots.
Here’s to a wonderful Dia De Los Muertos to all who are celebrating. Today, Nov. 1st is All Saints Day and we wanted to share some images from our session with a body painted Jenn A LaMode and artist Paula RR. SLISP will be celebrating All Souls Day, this Friday Nov 2nd, at Old Town San Diego’s Dia De Los Muertos paying homage to the dead amongst the living. Hopefully we will have some photos to share of our day of the dead fun.
Jenn A Lamode wanted to do something sexy, creative and different from her other sessions with Some Like It Shot. So I gave her the ultimate challenge of letting body paint artist Paula RR & myself take full artistic control. Nothing is better than when work feels like play. After some brain storming on a creative body paint concept we chose to go with a Dia de Los Muertos theme – but not the traditional kind….clearly.
I already had an aqua sombrero that had never been photographed, and it was just screaming “pick me, pick me”, and so the hat was a must. After a few days Paula shared her creative peacock idea, without a doubt it was given the go.After Jenn had her family photos at the park, grandma came and picked up her girls before the real fun began. Paula started working her magic. It is my opportunity to catch up with clients while Paula is focused working.
As Paula got closer to being finished I set up my lighting outside, using the back of our neighbors’ wall for a textured background. I know, I am being a minimalist by not having some amazing set up in a multi million dollar studio, but I am pretty happy with the results even in such a simple place with no gawkers and I don’t have to charge clients a million dollars for a studio. Without Holland I find that setting up lighting and testing it alone can be a challenge…behold, my pre-model model.
Just a couple days before the photoshoot we came across some skulls at a yard sale $2 each, I knew they would be a perfect accessory! I don’t dare get rid of props, the second I do I know I will need it. Our collection is random and weird… and awsome.Our sombrero finally got its 5 minutes of fame as Jenn showed off her eyes. It was a fabulous way to end a photo filled day.
Here is a video of the Dia De Los Muertos celebration we went to in Old Town San Diego
Don’t play with fire, kids. This is a job for a hot Fire Tamer, Mama Meg West, who had creative body paint photo session during our Circus Themed photo day! Her side show act “Girl On Fire” Included a little Chihuahua flame named Winston, not in this blog but will be featured in an artwork image later. Did you know that Earth is the only planet a fire can burn, thanks to our little friend Oxygen. That blue/violet color is created as the heat sucks up fresh oxygen and suffocates the blue until it turns red/orange/yellow at the tips of each flame.
Paula worked her fabulous flame art around Meghan’s body; she was HOT!
Body Paint artwwork by Paula RR firstname.lastname@example.org
We didn’t want to overwhelm our viewers with a full body shot, that would be too hot to handle. So Holland provided a warm up, first look into her eyes … don’t worry you won’t turn into stone (but I can’t guarantee you won’t melt).
Mama Meg West made the room glow, and with the extremely hot weather we’ve been having here in San Diego lately we definitely had our fire extinguisher handy.We leave you with a sexy circus joke,
“Did you hear about the fire at the circus? …it was IN TENTS”
It isn’t uncommon for artwork to be performance pieces or intangible items. With the help of Paula Remele-Rusconi, a fabulous body paint artist, we were able to create something magical for a mom -to-be.
After brainstorming some, Paula & I came up with the concept of using the American Sign Language sign for MOTHER to be incorporated into body paint art depicting the concept “Mother Earth”. Paula painted mom’s face to be Earth since that is closest to the sign MOTHER/MOM.
Paula then included the astrological sign for the Mom-To-Be near her heart, and the astrological sign for her baby on her tummy. Any astrology guru’s out there? Let’s see if you can figure out what their signs are.
Being pregnant and getting body painted for your maternity photos is extremely fun but doesn’t go without some challenges. Bathroom breaks are not as easy as usual :) but we will hand feed you drinks as needed through a straw – look ma’ no hands!
After painting the finals details, we were ready to take photos!! I chose a deep black background to give the feel of being in space.
Something perfect for their walls!
Some like creative body painted maternity photos
Some like to incorporate ASL (American Sign Language)