Although I would love it if you watched the video, it shows no where near as much work as was put into this shoot. Some of this is embarrassing but I love reading about people's mistakes and how they overcame them. So here are mine.
I bought the costume last November, thinking I would be able to shoot the next week, edit easy peasy and be done in a month. Right.
I booked the first model several times over the course of 3 months but she flaked every time. I'm actually quite happy, as Laura turned out to be PERFECT, easy going, and an overall better model. Laura was kind enough to shoot with me twice, as I was hesitant about the poses I picked out. We kept some, threw out others and added new ones for the second time around.
For the WWI shot, I first tried to make the Notre Dame ruins by hand or find realistic models used for game tables. Turns out no one buys them anymore and thus I had no luck finding one. I attempted to make it out of sticks and foam The results should make you happy that I am a photographer and not an engineer.
The best day of shooting was probably going to the Aviation museum to photograph WWI planes for stock. I'd never seen such old planes and I even got to sit in a 747!
Onto the train shot. Oh lawd. This picture took SO much more work than it looks. Originally, I thought I would be able to finish this in a week. Turns out it took three weeks, plus tears and a loss of 6 pounds due to stress. Everything in this picture was hand made. No stock images were used.
The structure of the train was built by my boyfriend. I made a first version of it but it looked so bad I asked him if he could do it (thank god he's an engineer). I can't build anything without it looking floppy, bent, or like it's going to collapse any second (usually does). I couldn't even give his justice with my fail painting skills.
The robots were just wooden anatomy dolls painted silver and manipulated a little in photoshop to make them look more "roboty".
The flying bits of metal were made out of egg shell painted with silver. I first tried it with broken mirror bits, but the pieces were too flat and ended up looking like glass. I like the results of the egg shell as they are curved similar to a robot's head, arm, etc.
I edited the train image 18 times over the course of 50 hours until I was happy with the results.
Thank you all for being so patient. I would never be able to endure an 8 month ordeal without all of your support. Even more importantly, thank you to my family and friends who continue to help me regardless of how stressed or neurotic I become. I love you all.
Salient-PhotographyFeatured By OwnerJul 15, 2012Hobbyist Photographer
That's a lot of effort into a series of photos but the end results are SOOOOOO worth it. You are way too talented to only be 20. I wish I hadn't waited so long in my life to figure out what I love to do. Then again, when I started out we hadn't even heard of a gigabyte. Also, I love that you started as not wanting to take mirror pics. That cracks me up. My nieces do that all the time and are always bored. Well, I guess you're a great example of what someone can do with that desire to not be bored or the same.
Thanks! A lot of people are surprised at my age... but considering how many hours I've put into practicing the last 5 years it would add up the amount of time some people spend by the time they're 40, lol. and yes, I was mostly inspired by boredom
Well you know what they say... better late than never! A least you found something that really makes you happy!