I did a post recently about MacArthur Park, I was lucky to have the superb weather for this shoot with Blade Whittaker. We shot on the edge of a small lake, we had also done a brief session in the studio, but the weather was too gorgeous to be inside. I had this idea in my head for a particular shot, which failed spectacularly, but there was such a fun story…I had to share.
I had been given a wedding dress from a bride, who had me under instruction to ‘trash the dress’ after her marriage failed. I had grand plans, Blade spent a few hours in hair and makeup, pearls and diamonds (fake of course) were stuck all over her face, pale ice-queen makeup and hair, I wanted her to stand knee deep in water and then fire a blue powder canon at her. Now I have never used a powder canon before and was not quite prepared for what happened next. We had the shot all ready, cameras all focused, (I really should have had mine on a tripod), I fired the canon, SO LOUD! I terrified a duck in the lake, at first I thought I had hit him with the plastic cap, but he was all good just startled, all the other birds were equally unimpressed and must have thought I was coming after them with a gun! The blue powder gloriously shot out and was immediately captured by the slight breeze and missed my target, it was also over so quick, I never got the shot!!!!!!!!!
Sadly I got nothing, zilch, zip, nada :-(, just a slight haze of blue in the bottom corner! Oh dear, well I learnt something for next time. The dress was quite trashed from not only all the mud, but trying to get it clean!
P.S. Will follow up with another Lady of the Lake post soon.