I believe that some of the best memories are messy and that’s why when it was time for “Baby Declan” to turn 2 and become “Toddler Declan”, we went straight for the mess.
BEHIND THE SCENE
The background: I chose the background for this session because of the cleanliness of the before shots with a beautiful white on white look. It was also the perfect canvas for painting on. For those of you who have been in a professional studio, I am certain you have seen many backdrop set ups that involve stands or wall mounts. Although I have both of these available to me, I always opt for safety and in this case, I cut off the piece of backdrop I needed from my roll and attached it to the wall and the floor using gaffing tape. I did a fair spread but I did not curve too much because I knew that he would rip a hole in it.
The props: After a little debate, the paint we chose was Crayola’s non-toxic washable finger paint in the primary colours of red, blue and yellow. I purchased mine at Walmart but you could always order them from Amazon. He wore an entirely white onesie because I wanted the colour to really show!
The lighting: The lighting for this was actually fairly simple. In this case we used my AlienBee’s 400 with a 7ft parabolic umbrella and diffuser pannel. We had a reflector close by but for the most part, the light was perfect.
During the session: It’s very important to note that safety is ALWAYS my first priority. As mentioned above, I did not use background stands for this session. I also had an assistant close by and mom to run interference! Once you have the paint really spread out, it can become VERY slippery and I wanted to ensure there was always someone there to catch him if he slipped. If you attempt to do a session like this, please ensure you consider the safety measures you need in place. This goes for everything, you need to have someone (preferrably two.. one for each side) ready to jump in if anything goes wrong, like a slip OR to prevent him from running around the studio with his paint covered body.
The outcome and final notes: This was an extremely fun session and definitely on my list to do again! You’ll note there are a few photos with me in them. I had my husband step in as my assistant to get images of Declan and I playing in the paint. You’ll also notice I was wearing my favourite paint covered overalls! Make sure you have something to wash the baby with after because otherwise you WILL get paint everywhere. We had a lovely “tub” to use and got him all cleaned up before heading home!
Here is the outcome of the session, enjoy!