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Behind the Scenes: Banished Mermaid

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Nov 07

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Fitting a Ton Into One Day

You will probably notice watching this behind the scenes video that it seems like this was 3 completely different photo shoots, not one. That is because it is 3 different shoots. We have found over time that we love to shoot one big conceptual shot, and while we have everyone together it is great to do some secondary images. You never know what you are going to get with these, and sometimes they turn out better than your original idea.

We were shooting for an amazing mermaid image we have coming up, and the shoot involved a ton of props and styling. Originally we were going to make the entire mermaid costume out of fabric before the shoot, but it seemed like it was going to be impossible to make it look realistic. We decided to shoot the model nude, and then add the effects in post. We also did a photo shoot with just fish today that will wind up making the bottom part of the mermaid.

In all it has been a long and wonderful day. As of typing this I have been working for almost 17 hours today. These are the kind of days that get me going and make everything worth it. Coming up with a concept and busting your ass until it becomes a reality!


Here are a couple outtakes from today’s shoot!

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  • Aaron Nace

    The zoom at the beginning is so shitty, I love it!

  • Aaron Nace

    The zoom at the beginning is so shitty, I love it!!

  • Braxton Klavins

    I am trying to understand the way you all work because I am interested in getting into this type of photography.
    What I am confused about is why you take so many different pictures and poses when you only use 1. I guess I have to wait and see with the final image.

  • Jeremy Ferguson

    i’ve never seen anyone get SO into spraying water! whatever you do…do it all the way! m/

  • Isaiah Vaba

    I almost didn’t click on the video until I read this comment.

  • Jake Scott

    thats the MVP(Most Valuable Photo) of all the pics.

  • Jake Scott

    thats the MVP(Most Valuable Photo) of all the pics.

  • Stephane Pironon

    Love shooting using water, always crazy shoot with cool results!! Fun is a key in success ^^ Cool check from Paris!

  • Mattia ‘Tia’ Merlo

    Spray that water, yeah, spray it! XDD

  • Erik Jorgensen

    Gotta shoot coverage..imagine setting all that up.. hair make up sets fog water spraying..only to get back to your computer and not have the right angle or pose or facial expression.

  • Erik Jorgensen

    Phlearn Pro Water Spraying Tutorial

  • Erik Jorgensen


  • Aaron Nace

    Haha, I was playing the part of a giant scary wave that will be in the final photo. Yeah, it was ridiculous.

  • Nick Bedford

    I actually laughed out loud. GOLD

  • Dianna McDonald

    I love mermaids! Can’t wait to see the final piece. I would love to see a tutorial on this as well. :)

  • gemwindowsanddoors

    Many thanks for such a write-up. I undoubtedly cherished reading it and talk about this it to my friends.

  • Paul Frocchi

    Hey Aaron, newbie here. Can you tell me where this series and others from your BTS can be seen?
    FUN stuff!!

  • vic

    video was deleted. please repost :)

  • Jay Belleza

    Video is broken. :(

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