Witch Hazel Portraits and Gallery Event

By on 4-02-2009

The idea for this started just like every one of my Halloween shoots. I just wanted to shoot Halloween related stock and just started going down the list of things I could possibly shoot. Mary and I decided that she would make a great witch… we were right!

We went to a local Spirit Halloween store and found all of the fixins for a witch: fake chin, fake nose, special glue for the fake parts, wax for missing teeth, makeup and a witch hat and gown. Prior to the shoot, we went to the library and checked out some books on theatrical / studio makeup to help us since we were new to the whole make-up and prosthetic thing.

In the studio, we simply placed an Alien Bee 800 with a white shovel background reflector pointed at the black seamless background paper behind the witch and used a medium softbox as the key light.

While shopping my Halloween Collage at the local Gallery’s Choice art gallery in Downers Grove, IL. The owner approached me and wanted to know if we would be interested in doing a portrait session. Something similar to “Get your photo with Santa or the Easter Bunny”,but a bit more of my style. Dark and Haunted! We decided to go ahead with it! Check out some of the results!

One of the images was chosen as iStock’s Free Image of the Week. This file was downloaded over 35,000 times by the iStock community!

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