Photographing Bubble Bath Time
A simple thing like taking a bubble bath can be turned into a photographic project just as many other actions and common everyday things can be too.
This is rather simple requiring not much than bubble soap, a tub and a model. You can capture images of adults; women, men, couples, even children.
A note about children; capture images of their frolicking and mostly of their happy smiles and not much else. Remember that there are laws concerning children and showing skin. There is no need to show other parts except their happy faces while they enjoy the bubbles.
For adults, unless you r image are aimed at adults and wit them in mind, there is no need to show nudity, the hunt of nudity is enough to accomplish the purpose of the project and although you can record image or scenes that are sensual, erotic or plain sexual in nature, you can do this simply by recording images that hint at intimacy without having to record naked bodies plus your photographs will be apt for a much smaller audience if you show too much skin.
Emphasize the fun of a bubble bath rather than anything else unless your interventions are to record images for a different type of theme.
Your goal is to show people enjoying the pleasures and relaxation brought about by a nice hot bubble bath.You can add other elements to make the scene more interesting such as lighting the scene with candles, laying rose petals all over the set up, adding some wine cups or champagne bottle and such.
For kids the ever recognizable rubber ducky is a great prop not to be underestimated much like small rubber balls and toy ships. Encourage your smaller subjects to play with the bubbles and to blow them into the air..
Do most of your images except the ones featuring kids under low light to emphasize the relaxed and calm atmosphere of the situation. Do close ups that feature the model, and the scene but avoid including more parts of the bath area than you need too.
The same goes for images of kids, except low lighting does not go or rather blends with the scene. For these types do use more bright and livelier lighting conditions and pay attention to close ups that include them and the props such as those funny and lovable yellow duckies.
Also have your models look away from you; the idea is to capture images of a quiet and relaxing time alone in the privacy of your own bubble bath. if your models look at you this may become evident in the images and can distract from the theme. This is especially true when working with children.
Flash units can be used but only when using to record scenes involving fun, children. For adults if you are going to photograph using flash then try to use a snoot which directs a narrow beam of light to a specific area instead of illuminating the entire scene evenly. It's OK if parts that fall outside of the main subject area are dark. This only adds to the theme and does not really have any negative effects of the scene.
You should also include some photographs of the bath by itself, especially if you have taken pains to create a romantic, relaxing or unusually elaborate set up.
Also worth noting is that some images can be recorded that only show a part of a person's feature such as the hands, leg or feet alongside a props such as candles, wine glasses or rubber duck and these work just as well in representing the theme as do images featuring the entire subject.
Couples photographed enjoying a quiet bubble bath are very good sellers for greeting card publishers and these photographs are heavily in demand during certain times of the year such as during valentines and for wedding anniversaries.
The rest are suitable to be submitted to various stock photography houses and other sources such as home décor magazines and general publications that deal with family, parenting and lifestyles.
© 2012 Luis E Gonzalez
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