How I got the shot.
For this halloween we have decided to play with some props and create something mystical and deathly without getting too much into gore and blood. I did not want to create another halloween bohemian-witch shot, my goal was to create fashion edge with a mystical flair. That is why Kalina is wearing modern romper. Alexandra Loughton Makeup Artist did amazing job with makeup and hairstyling.
Some of our props came from Michaels (foam shoulder sculls, plastic crown sculls, headband base, foam orb, glue gun), skewers are from Superstore, candles are from Salvation army, and gold paint is from Home Depot. Sergey Akhankin spent couple hours making the crown using YouTube tutorial; foam sculls needed to be cut and their inside part removed to be able to position them on model's shoulders, then he used glue gun to position the candles, and then some candle wax was applied on top to make them believable.
Unfortunately candles made the shoulder sculls to heavy so they started to fall off, and we had to come up with creative solution at the set (see photo #2).
We used our hand-painted canvas backdrop; one bare bulb light was behind me pointed backwards for a fill light, another was feathered with octobox on my right side between me and the model.
As you can see, we did not risk burning model's hair by lighting the candles, so I took some photos of the burning sculls afterwards and replaced fire from them to the final image.
One of the main challenges was lighting up the orb and choosing the right colour for its glow. Keep in mind that it's supposed to illuminate model's hands and body, but not hit the backdrop.
Hope you find it helpful!