Leigh Righton, Photography

Colour Droplet Portraits

Sometimes I get requests from clients to do something special for their shoot and I’m asked to get extra creative in some way.  Along with the freedom to explore and experiment is also the possibility of a disappointing outcome. But as all creatives know (if you’ve prepared your client) it’s worth the risk for those magical moments when everything just clicks.

I had this concept rolling around for some time, but couldn’t think of the right image to test on.  So it sat collecting dust in the back of my mind.  When Erin (from last week’s post) approached me and was looking to do something artsy and different, it actually didn’t occur to me immediately that this idea and Erin were an obvious match.  A few days before our session I finally made the connection, and it just made so much sense! It seemed like the idea was just waiting for her.

The Process:

To create these images I printed out a few portraits of Erin, I placed a casserole dish filled with water on top of the print, and used food colouring droplets to create these beautiful swirls of colour around her.  I photographed the combination of the two from above and could barely keep my finger firing the trigger fast enough. The movement of the droplets in the water was so rapid it made for so many incredible compositions.  Deciding on which colour combination and composition was a whole other ballgame.  This was so much fun to do I could hardly convince myself to stop after hundreds of images.  I am so happy with the results and am excited to finally share them.

Photography: Leigh Righton

Makeup: Christine Jairamsingh

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