I've been really bad with photography stuff lately. Just been so lazy since the holidays hit. I told myself this year I'd be better, but it's taken me a bit to get back into the swing of things. I do have a lot of ideas though, and actually went out and did a snow shoot recently. Hoping to do at least one shoot every month.
So back to this wonderful Halloween series I did. I have 5 images to talk about, and then I will have written about all 31 photos from this series. So if you have any interest in reading about each image and seeing some behind the scenes/extra photos check out my last few posts.
Freaky Creature Friday
The last freaky creature of my series is actually getting a movie made about him. There's also a documentary about a case with two girls trying to kill their friend because of him. It's Slenderman!
Slenderman or Slender man, I couldn't really figure out a definitive answer as to how it is spelled when I looked it up. Either way, Slenderman is depicted as a very tall skinny male figure in a suit, with no face or hair, white skin, and long arms. He also sometimes has tentacles coming out of his back, and can make these appear at will. Slenderman first came from a story on a website called creepypasta, which is a site that shares scary stories.
On creepypasta it states that Slenderman resides in the forest nearby suburban areas, and preys on children. It is unsure what he does once he's taken someone, as there's never any body left behind. He also enjoys stalking people who get overly paranoid of him. Though the story originated on a fictional story site, people have actually claimed to have seen him. The documentary I discussed is about two girls who believe that Slenderman told them to kill their friend, so they actually tried to.
Slenderman became so popular on creepypasta they actually created a jump scare game about him. The game involves having to collect notes in the forest at night with just a flashlight to light your way. You have to avoid running into Slenderman and collect all the notes to win. It's basically pitch black except for the little light your flashlight creates, and the flashlight can die when used too much. I first heard about Slenderman because of this game.
One of the reasons I decided to do Slenderman in my series was because I find the no face appearance to be pretty terrifiying, (plus it wouldn't require a lot of crazy makeup or effects). The real main reason was, however, that I happen to have a very tall skinny friend who enjoys wearing suits. So it was pretty perfect. Luckily this friend, Donny, has no problem modeling for me, and I actually think he enjoyed himself quite a bit during this shoot (there was even talk of doing a Slenderman series called "Slenderman wearing Hats" lol).
Creating the slenderman appearance was fairly simple. Donny already had a suit so I didn't need to worry about that. I had planned to use a white morph suit to help create the faceless appearance, but it turns out white morph suits aren't as popular as other colors (understandably), and that morph suits are more money than I expected. By luck though, it turns out morph suits also make morph masks, meaning just the head part of the suit. Honestly the head part was all I really needed, the suit would make this fingers look less realistic anyway, and I could always photoshop his hands whiter. And that is actually what I did.
We shot in the woods by my house, and surprisingly didn't run into anyone to question why I was hanging out with a random guy in a suit in the woods. The morph mask also came in handy since it meant he could easily put it on right when we were going to shoot. With a little help of some white smoke bombs and a "note" I had made to look like the ones in the game, the Slenderman shoot was completed, though the final photo did not have any smoke in it.
Detail note shot
This concept came pretty easily when I was deciding what to do for the supernatural days. Ghosts are one of the first things that I thought of when planning this series out. I decided to go for a period styled ghost mainly because of this cool room at Batsto Village. I had been wanting to use the room for something ever since I saw it, and felt it would work perfectly with this concept. This was actually one of the easier photos to plan out, because I also had the perfect dress in mind. I had found this dress at an antique store's yard sale event they were having. I got it for like $15, if I remember correctly (I know it wasn't a lot). Along with the location, this dress was also something I wanted to shoot with but did not have the right concept for yet, until this series. I was saving the dress for my friend Hannah, because I knew it would fit her and because she's taller than the other friends I have whom it may have fit. The dress is long, so the more height the model had the better. I like the idea of having flowing hair inside where there is no wind, I feel it's very ghostly and beautiful, so that's where I came up with how her hair was done. Her hair was a wig that was actually a lot more yellow in person, so I had to edit it to make it look a more natural color and match the tones of the surroundings. In the end I kind of wish I had done her hair in a way that would match her outfit, but I did not have a period styled wig or the hair styling knowledge to create that look.
We shot this the same day as all the other Batsto village pictures. The location is one of the few rooms that you can actually go into at the village (went you aren't on an actual tour). It looks like it was once a store, not shown in the picture is a store like counter with various objects. The room is a part of my favorite building in the village, which I've taken many pictures of the outside of but this is the first time inside.
We waited until no one was inside looking around, and I set up my tri pod and Hannah floated around the room as "ghostly" as she could lol. Ali helped with various dress and hair flips. It was pretty comical seeing Hannah walking around before the shoot in this period dress and wig cap on, I'm sure the few people walking around were very confused.
Sunday Bloody Sunday
I knew I had to do a photo in this series involving a pumpkin. Halloween = pumpkins. I already did the photo with the fake jack o lantern, so I wanted to do a photo with a real pumpkin.
The concept behind this photo was a dark play on the idea that people smash pumpkins on Mischief Night. In the photo, the pumpkins have taken revenge by reversing the roles. Definitely the most gorey of the bloody photos in this series. This image seemed so simple in my mind, but when I actually went to edit it I started to have issues. Taking the photo was easy though. My best friend Steph modeled, though she really didn't have to do much lol. I had her lay down on the basketball court in my back yard and I poured bloody on her (she wrapped a plastic bag around her hair to protect it from getting blood in it). I had her wear the ugly sweater I had bought for the "Scream" photo. I figured since no one would want to wear it in public might as well use ruin it with some fake blood. I positioned the blood the best I could in a way that I thought resembled how it would splash if a pumpkin smashed a person head... Sick I know. After taking the shots of Steph, I took pictures of the pumpkin on top of the spilled blood.
Editing this photo ended up being tough because, well, I've never seen a head smashed by a pumpkin (thankfully!!!) so trying to make something look realistic when you have no idea how it looks in real life is very hard. I did my best to make it work, but it's not a perfect edit. Still I think the photo came out preety good. I called it "Smashing Heads", which is a play on the band Smashing Pumpkins.
The final movie I picked for this series is one I love called Fido. I feel like most people don't know this movie, but for people who love Halloween and zombies and the 1950's, I highly recommend it!
"The film takes place in a 1950s-esque alternate universe where radiation from space has turned the dead into zombies. This resulted in the "Zombie Wars", where humanity battled zombies to prevent a zombie apocalypse, with humanity the ultimate victor. The radiation still plagues humanity, as all those who die turn into the undead, unless the dead body is disposed of by decapitation or cremation. In order to continue living normal lives, communities are fenced with the help of a governing corporation named ZomCon. ZomCon provides collars with accompanying remote controls to control the zombies' hunger for flesh so as to use them as menial task servants." - Wikipedia
As I'm pretty sure I've said multiple times, I love the aesthetics of the 1950's, and the aesthetics of this movie is great. The scene I ended up doing from this movie is not the one I originally wanted to do, but the idea had to be changed due to model availability/costume size. The number one thing really needed to make this photo work was the worksuit. The zombies in the movie all wear the Zomcon worksuits with a logo patch on it. They also wear collars with a light on it, when the light is lit, it shows the zombie's hunger is being controlled. So I needed to recreate this costume in order to properly portray the movie.
I was on the hunt for a worksuit for a few months while shooting the other photos. I got lucky and one of my model's dad's had an old one. It however did not fit the original model I had planned to play the zombie. I had another friend who it did fit however, and I was able to change my plans. The scene I ended up doing I mainly picked because I like getting the chance to use kids in my work, since I rarely do. I knew my old boss's daughter would totally be up for modeling again for this series. The scene involves a minor character (the head of Zomcon's daughter) walking her now zombie dad, like a dog basically. Photo below.
With the jumpsuit, a bit of gray face makeup, a belt made into a collar, a scarf, an old dog chain, and some photoshop and I was able to recreate the scene.
Trick or Treat Tuesday
The final photo, I felt it only right I end the series with a self portrait. It was my first self portrait in a long time so it felt really good getting back into it. With Halloween falling on the miscellaneous theme day I had freedom to do any Halloween themed photo I wanted to do. I decided to do one based around Wednesday Addams, because A). I love her character, B). I have a dress the resembles her outfit and C). I've always wished my last name was spelled ADDams, instead of Adams lol.
Didn't take much to get into character since I had that dress, all I really needed was to put my hair in braids. I wanted to do something with the skeleton I had bought last year, so I decided to do a photo of Wednesday hanging out with a skeleton, since I figured that's totally something she'd do. I wanted to do a photo of her and a skeleton sharing a black umbrella in the rain. Apparently though we do not own a black umbrella, so I had to borrow one from my grandmom. Gotta put that on my list of props I need to get.
Trying to get the skeleton to pose/strand the right way, while also trying to hold an umbrella and use my remote to take the picture was not easy. I used the edge of my pool as a seat to try and prop up the skeleton and used the water on the cover of the pool to splash some water droplets on me and the skeleton to make it look like rain. Our four month old puppy running around outside jumping on me while posing didn't help the picture taking process lol, but I managed to get some shots I liked. In post I photoshopped the background to look like a graveyard, because it was more Wednesday-like than my backyard.
So that's the end of my Halloween series. Hope you all enjoyed it, I definitely had a lot of fun creating the photos!