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Photographing Fairies

Updated on February 27, 2014
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What would be the first thing that pops into your head when you read a title such as "In The Land of Elves & Green" ?

Knowing that it would be a photographic theme would be a good start since we know that elves do not really exist except in the mind of fictional writers and a few Hollywood movie producers and "The Lord of the Rings" movies are a good testament to this.

This project is much more simple to accomplish that one may think at first. Needing not much than a outside locations with plenty of vegetation and preferably over head vines and such.

The best ones would offer a series of sunny spots alongside shady ones. you may also need some other props like "elves" ears, some artistic makeups, long flowing robes, some costume jewelry and so on. But the project can be scaled down considerably yet pretty much achieving the same intended representation.

Do you remember the Batman movie where a character by the name of Poison Ivy was present played by Uma Thurman. In this role she was featured as wearing a green plant like material and always surrounded by her army of green ivy leaves, vines and other plants. Not she wasn't made to look like an elf but the theme in the movie closely fits an elvish one.

Well, this is pretty much what you can accomplish by simply using some models who are decorated with leaves and surrounded by vines.

The best scenarios are those in which your models are adorned with real leaves or very good fake ones. She is posed against a backdrop of vines and other plants and the photographs are framed to include her and some of the surrounding green materials.

Don't think that you have to follow the "Poison Ivy" movie theme, or that it has to be a lady. Almost any human model can be decorated in such fashion and the theme still applies.

What counts is how closely the make up and the "leafy" attachments are placed upon the model and how true to life they look and appear.

You should go towards the mysterious and exotic spectrum of the theme featuring models with physical characteristics such as the ones we have come to expect and thanks to Hollywood.

Your models can be dressed in green robes or silk looking ones and if you really want to emphasize the elvish theme then here is where you would rely more on the "ears" and other pros customarily associated with the fictional character. Just keep in mind that you do not absolutely need them.

The photographs will be made or broken as they say depending on your creativity and the capacity of the models to display a sensual yet intriguing look both in face and body.

Another variation is to have you models wearing nothing but the green leaves, whether real or fake and to ensure that the leaves are positioned just right so as not to deviate into an adult theme by showing nudity.

You can shoot close ups of the face and full body ones as well. So long as the scene is an appropriate one and the models have been done correctly and the light is just right; showing enough of the scene but not so bright that it trows an unnatural looking shine upon what is supposed to be a rather shaded area, then this should be enough to get the project just right.

The best set up as far as the light is concerned is to use a good flash unit alongside a good reflector. This has the effect of illuminating the subject appropriately but not overly and yet, leaving another side with a slightly less of an illumination factor.

Just place the flash unit at a forty degree angle to the subject and the reflector on the opposite side at the same forty degree angle.

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      Richard-Murray 5 years ago

      my pleasure:) the first is a good one

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      Luis E Gonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Richard Murray: Thanks for the insightful comment. I personally like the first image

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      Richard-Murray 5 years ago

      when I think of elves I think of the roman empire, the druids, the vestial virgins. Europe before Rome moved east and before Christianity became the dominant religion is best remembered in modern day culture through the Elf lore.

      All of a sudden in western europe, no roads were free for trade and travel anywhere, no resources were shared en large, aqueducts were closed, no more cultural acceptance as christianity deemed every other religion false. so, I think western europe and then eastern europe with the fall of nova roma really romanticized the roman era in elf lore, mixing it with other older local socieities and cultures.

      I like the second picture best.