Create your Own Mermaid Photoshoot at Home

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Create Your Own Mermaid Photoshoot at Home


While the Country remains in lockdown and we can't open the studio its a great time to have some fun with some creative composites. I can talk you through how to take the image at home, you send it to me and I will create the final image for you. This blog post shows you step by step how to create your own mermaid photoshoot at home.

kitten watching mermaid in bowl



Light and Background


The first step is to find yourself a well lit area in your home or outside. Make sure there are no harsh shadows on your mermaids face. With not enough light your image will come out looking grainy and poor quality so this is really important for a good final result. Natural light is better if you can find an ideal spot for you mermaid photoshoot at home. Next you want to think about the background. It needs to be plain and in contrast to your mermaids hair and skin colour if possible. You can see from the pull back image below I have simply stuck some black fabric to the wall. You could also use a bed sheet/towel etc but it needs to be large enough to cover behind your subject fully.


mermaid pull back image



OK so now you need to find something for your mermaid to lean over to create the 'swimming' position. In my studio I used a large toadstool but you could use something like a stool or pouffe. Laying over the stool facing the camera, ensure the background is actually behind the mermaid once they re in position. Now ask them to pull upwards and place their hands as though they are on the inside of the fish bowl. Try to think about where the hands naturally would be if they were in the fishbowl. Both hands would be on the same plane and slightly in front of the head. Pulling upwards is also important so it looks as though they are swimming slightly upwards. See the pull back image for positioning. Note also that a smile isn't always necessary. A curious look works just as well here.




You can style the hair however you like it. If your mermaid has long hair I think its fun to wear it down so we can create the look of it floating in the water. Try to make sure hair is off the face and the majority of it is behind the subject. If you imagine she was swimming forward the hair would naturally flow behind in the water. Another fun thing I like to do is to create some movement in the hair using a fan (see image below). If you don't have a fan you could also use a hairdryer to blow the hair backwards although you'll probably need a second pair of hands for this. If the subject cannot hold the pose whilst you do this you can always ask them to relax and take separate pictures of the hair. If you send me all of them I can pick the best and use them to layer up the hair in the final image. You will notice that the hair in the top pull back image does not resemble that in the finished image. This is what takes the time, building it up in photoshop to create the final product.



There is quite a lot to remember here but don't worry if you cant remember it all. Try to get a well lit basic pose first and make sure the face has an expression you like as this cannot be changed in editing. If you're struggling drop me a message and i'll try to help. You can always send me a few images and I can pick the ones which will give you the best results. Camera phone pics are fine as long as they are good quality.

How to Order


Once you have got an image/s you are happy with you can send me them via messenger or email. Once I have received them and confirmed they will work, payment can be made by bank transfer for £5 (details will be sent at the time). Please put your name as a reference and I will get to work straight away. You can contact me via the website here, or via my Facebook or Instagram page. Please remember there is a great deal of work that goes into each of these images and therefore the offer price of £5 will only last whilst the studio is closed.


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