A photo I’ve been drooling over for a few years now featuring Monica Bellucci Covered in Honey has lived in the back of my mind & Now was Prime Time to attempt it myself.
Monica Bellucci . Original Photo Inspiration by Fabrizio Ferri
The Idea itself, though obviously interesting to look at in a very artistic perspective, was in reality a good learning experience & a perfect Challenge to not create a “Cut & Paste” of what has already been done (ex. posing, lighting, background etc.)
I began rifling through a few magazines & just staring at different outcomes of different lighting formulas. I finally decided to back light the entire Model in hopes of getting a much more intense view of the texture coming from within the honey & a model’s silhouette that might make the photograph a little more dramatic. So that I wouldn’t lose the models entire face, I’d turned her slightly in towards the back light & lit the front of her face with a very dim diffused continuous light.
After testing lighting with the model in place, I then poured an entire Jar of Honey in a bigger measuring cup in order to get a more consistent pour. While filling the measuring cup, we decided to test lighting on the Stream of honey that would later pour over the models face. Between both lighting tests on both model & honey, We were able to find the perfect balance that would grant me view in the lights & darks of the photograph.
Once a myriad of towels were strategically placed & Our model was …ready, We began to shoot & pour ALL AT THE SAME TIME. (OH HAPPY DAY)
The Honey itself is perfect for this form of shoot given its a much slower pour & will easily bunch over instead of thinning out. (it doesn’t hurtthat its practically GOLD either)
Overall!!! I had a BLAST, ..wound up with a shot I’ve been dying to get for years, found a way to set it apart from the Original Bellucci frame that inspired me in the beginning & learned QUITE A LOT about lighting.
Below are a few Successful Frames from “The Honey Shot” as well as other fun frames we wound up doing that day for the sake of lighting, Makeup Experimentation & artistic Concept.
Heather’s Feedback on the Honey Shot Experience : “It actually felt pretty silky and relaxing at first. Once it hit my skin it started oozing quickly. Tennille warned me that I may laugh but to go with whatever I felt. I was surprised at how quickly it oozed into my mouth and I just cracked up. The energy in the room was high at that point. I thought I had messed up the shot but was really pleased when I saw what Tennille had captured.
“It was a sticky mess for the rest of the day but the photos are beautiful. Totally worth it.” – Heather
Thank you Lindsay Vivier (The official Honey Pourer) & My beautiful Model Heather Mctaggart.
& Thank you Holly Jones for your expert makeup advice.