This was not the photo I had planned to do originally. For over a year now me and Brianna have been trying to put together a totally different bloody shoot. Both concepts involving Brianna getting bloody, but the original relied on many other factors. I thought we'd be able to do the shoot this year and I'd use it for my series. However we were dealing with more than just me and Brianna's schedules, so planning it didn't get to happen in time. I had to come up with another concept we'd be able to get done in time for my halloween series. Which is where the Bloody Mary concept came from.
For those who aren't familiar with Bloody Mary. The legend is that when you say "Bloody Mary" three times in a mirror a ghostly woman is conjured. In different variations of the legend she can be either good or bad. Some say she will reveal your future, others say she'll show you your future husband's face, others stories result in Bloody Mary attacking the person.
"The Bloody Mary apparition allegedly appears as a corpse, a witch or ghost; can be friendly or evil; and is sometimes "seen" covered in blood. The lore surrounding the ritual states that participants may endure the apparition screaming at them, cursing them, strangling them, stealing their soul, drinking their blood, or scratching their eyes out." - taken from wikipedia
I had a few different bloody concepts I was playing around with in my head before I decided on the Bloody Mary idea. Of course I came up with the idea after finding the perfect mirror for it...which I decided not to buy because I had no use for it and need to stop buying big shoot props every time I find something I think I may use eventually. When I went back for the mirror, it was gone :( Luckily I had a back up plan. Brianna had actually found this awesome frame a while back, though it was framing this really odd / creepy knit picture thing. We ended up burning the creepy photo and keeping the frame for photoshoot purposes. So I ended up using the frame for this photo. The outfit I literally bought the day before the shoot from goodwill. Brianna did her own make-up cause she's awesome at it.
We did a few different poses, some with my other friend Steph modeling as a person who called Bloody Mary. Those photos, however, proved to be a harder thing to edit due to the angle. It was difficult to make it look realistic, especially in the amount of time I had to edit it. In the end I decided on this pose, with the straight-on angle, as it was easier to edit, plus I liked the concept of her breaking the glass.
This week's Movie Monday photo is from the 70's.
I decided on The Exorcist partially because it was one of the scarier movies from the 70's and one of the only ones I really recognized and knew others would know, and partially because Ali really wanted to portray Regan lol.
There's so many iconic scenes from this movie that it was tough to pick which one to do. In the end it was between the levitation scene, the green throw up scene, and the stairs scene. I decided on the levitation scene because A). I just love doing levitation photos, B). The pea soup throw up scene woulda been messy and C). The stairs one would of been dangerous, especially since Ali's pregnant. Luckily it was early on in her pregnancy, so portraying a young girl was not an issue lol.
My parents' bedroom was the only real option for shooting location, since they are in the process of redoing the walls I didn't need to worry about any colored wall paint/wallpaper, or any hanging decorations. Plus the bed has a bed frame that I was able to make look a little like the movie (sadly it doesn't have a end of bed frame though)
Ali's nightgown was originally white and we dyed it blue. The wig was an old ratty one my parents had from halloween years ago. The priest collars we just made with paper. Putting Ali and Mark together can be tough when it comes to shooting because they just make each other laugh. I did manage to get photos without them smiling/laughing though lol.
Trick or Treat Tuesday
The concept for this trick or treat Tuesday was inspired by an avenged sevenfold music video for their song "A Little Piece of Heaven". The song is kinda messed up but I love it lol. In the end of the music video there's a zombie couple drinking the brains out of a severed head in the classic "couple shares a milkshake" look. So I decided I wanted to do a similar photo and I decided to have the zombies have a 50's look and be drinking a brain milkshake together.
This shoot was really exciting to do because we got to do it at a really cool location. The Pop Shop is a cafe/creamery that has the structure/decor of a 1940's - 1960's diner including 1950's style leather booths, 1960 inspired faux wood and metal tables, and a 1940's soda fountain. Now if you know me, you'll know I love shooting 1950's stylized photos, so this place was a dream. Plus the food there is fantastic.
I really wanted the shoot to have a real diner location, I felt that just shooting at my table at home would make the photo not look as complete and well done. So I decided to email The Pop Shop about possibly shooting there, since I already knew it had the look I wanted. I was thrilled when they emailed me back saying they'd love to have me come and shoot! They even let us use the party room, which is another dining room they have complete with booths, tables, counter, etc. It was perfect because we were able to shoot without worrying about interrupting any customers getting food in the main dining room.
Once we were able to figure a day that worked for me, the pop shop, and the two models, we attempted to find a makeup artist. Makeup was going to be very important with the shoot, since we were creating zombies. Unfortunately no one was free to help us, so it was going to be up to me to figure the makeup out myself. I got lucky and one of my friends Sarah was off that day, so she offered to come along and help with the shoot. So me and Sarah attempted to create some zombie makeup with the halloween makeup and regular makeup I already had. I was actually really pleased with what we came up with. It could of ruined the whole look, but we were able to make our models look like zombies lol. The two models, Hannah and Adam, were real champs letting two completely non makeup savvy people put makeup all over them.
So after an hour of makeup, we all piled into the car with my camera stuff, props, and lighting equipment and headed to The Pop Shop. Having that dining room to ourselves was a dream. I really loved how the pictures came out, Hannah and Adam did fantastic. The main photo I wanted to do for the series, was the milkshake photo, but we took tons of other shoots all over The Pop Shop. In order to create the milkshake photo, I had the models sit in one of the booths and we set up the milkshake. I had been kindly given a fake brain from another fellow horror lover friend Josh. I placed the brain on this crazy dish thing I had bought a while ago from a thrift store. The brain was then topped with whipped cream, some fake blood, and a cherry that The Pop Shop provided us with. Due to the whipped cream melting so fast, we had to redo the milkshake a few times throughout shooting, eventually switching from whipped cream to shaving cream to keep it from getting messed up so fast.
After we nailed the main shoot, we took all these other awesome shots. We eventually moved to the main dining room to use the counter area, (the one in the party room did not have stools). After shooting I treated everyone to some food and we went home. Overall it was a really fun day and a really successful shoot. The Pop shop even used some of the extra photos to advertise their Zombie Trivia night they were doing. Moral of the shoot, never be scared to ask, definitely glad I did because the location was perfect!
Final photo below follow by extras, I plan to edit even more eventually!
The Pop Shop has these cute little sailor hats you can color, so I asked Sarah to color in two for the shoot!
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