“Lemon Tart” was created during her second-ever concept session, says Lauren DelVecchio, CPP. The plan was to make an all-yellow image, one in a series of color-themed images she’s challenging herself to create. “The key is to photograph it the way the color makes me feel.” For this session, she’d wanted the model to have yellow lashes, makeup, and hair, but things didn’t go exactly to plan. The makeup artist couldn’t find yellow lashes, and though they used yellow extensions, the model’s natural blond hair was visible in the shots. DelVecchio asked the model to give her some playful, silly poses, and that’s when she captured the fish lips look. She only liked about five images from the entire session, she admits. “But I refused to consider the idea a bust, and the fish lips photo really made me smile.” LAD Photography is based in Farmingdale, Maine, and specializes in wedding, seniors, concept, boudoir, and fitness photography.
CAMERA & LENS: Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens
LIGHTING: A Paul C. Buff AlienBees B800 with a large rectangular soft box was camera left and within a few feet of the model as the main light. An AlienBees B800 with an octagonal soft box served as the fill light. And within a few feet of the model, a large silver reflector was under the model’s chin.
POST-CAPTURE: DelVecchio used PortraitPro Studio to change the eye color and smooth the skin. She used Photoshop to digitally color the hair, skin, and eyelashes. The Liquify tool extended the volume of the curls. She composited the neck and body of one image with the face of another image. She also composited citrus leaves into the hair, digitally painting in strands of hair to cover the leaves, and she cloned the center of the lips to extend the lipstick to the inner lip.