I had a great opportunity to work with Justine one last time before she headed off to the big city to boost her career. There is always something wonderful about shiny latex, and taking latex pictures can be a challenge.
Latex is great under flash photography, under continuous lighting the shiny sometimes does not work out the way that it needs to work out with the light reflecting off the model so you get the super shiny highlights.
One of the interesting challenges of lighting this is to ensure the backdrop stays white, and that the colors pop all the way through the outfit. In the end I used two barn door spots on the background, and then two 30-inch soft boxes for the model to make sure I got something shiny. I do tend to use a four light setup, one set of lights for the background and one set of lights for the model.
To make sure I got the shiny on the latex I used a latex polisher and silicone based lubricating gel. The latex polisher was an excellent touch to make sure I got the shiny look and feel while the lubricating gel was all about getting into and out of the latex while giving it that wonderful wet look that is essential to taking good latex pictures. The stark white background was used for the shoot so that I could get the colors to pop off the outfit and give additional texture and vibrancy to the colors.
I am still learning how to do amazing latex pictures, but what I find the most interesting about shooting latex is the phenomenal costs associated with purchasing the outfits. Latex models are also a breed apart when it comes to working with the materials. Some of the best suggestions I got on the care and feeding of latex was from the models I work with. In all this is a fun project to work on, and while I wish I could show you much more, I am still plagued by people trolling through Smugmug looking for naughty pictures, so much of what I do has been locked off and is no longer publicly accessible.
The Gas Mask fetish is one of the more interesting fetishes out there, part punishment play or breath play, or used in horror movies to make people tons more scared. Some of the vintage Soviet gas masks make for awesome horror movies like the Reeker, a really grade B horror movie. Depending on your take, the isolation of facial features makes the gas mask an essential part of horror and in some cases BDSM. As far as fetishes go, it is something that reaches all the way though BDSM, to Horror, and in some cases even into the Steampunk communities.
It is also good for helping your model remain anonymous depending on what they do for their day job. The Gas Mask is an element of design that can be interpreted through at least three community lenses that I know of, and there are probably more. If you have a gas mask it is always a good idea to wipe it out with soap and water at the end of the shoot so that it remains clean. If you want to keep it shiny use silicon oil rather than a petroleum product as petroleum will eat through the rubber. They can be pretty expensive depending on what kind of mask you purchase. The cheaper ones are the more common, like the Israeli and Russian common masks. Some of the hardest to find are those like the ShMS Gas mask that has an other worldly alien and quite scary look and feel to it. If you want to do fetish work with a gas mask go with the regular ones you can find in most army navy stores. But if you want something really special like the ShMS Gas mask your best bet is Ebay, and around 100.00 dollars when they are available. If you are short on funds, or just want to try it out, you can generally find gas masks at the army navy surplus store for 20 to 30 dollars.
Below is one of the regular gas mask girl galleries that I have online. Standard setting of the white background, standard studio lighting, I used CL lighting rather than flash because I really wanted to control the reflections in the eye windows of the gas mask. Usually the flash will flare off the plastic eye covers and I wanted to get what I was seeing. The camera was set for 100 ISO at 1/125th. The floor is painted black but I wanted to use the highlights off the floor as well in composing the image. Overall it was a fun shoot and follow back on the gallery link to check out the other stuff.
I really ended up liking Polly quite a lot; she is a very capable and very cool model to work with. I think the thing I liked the most about working with Polly was that she was very relaxed in front of the camera, and seemed to know what I wanted to do, almost as I was doing it. Working with a top flight model when you are still learning how to get a model to pose for what you were looking for. If you are starting out as a photographer taking pictures of models, it is always going to be much easier to start off with a top model who knows what they are doing. They can help you learn a ton of stuff along the way, and actually help you understand posing.
Posing is not an easy thing because there are literally “so many moving parts”, hands, hair, lights, shadows, highlights, motion, and classic versus more modern poses. Photographers have to keep a running tally of interesting poses in their head, it is always going to be much easier if the model is also up to date on what they know to help fill in your gaps in knowledge. If you get a chance to work with Polly or any other very good model with a lot of experience as you get started, your photo shoot will look and feel a lot better.