My first shoot of 2012 was a first for me; it was a body-painting shoot, where a make-up artist, Jon Wilks, had made arrangements to do a body painting session with model S_Olivia and I would photograph the results.
I picked Jon up from Swindon rail station and brought him back to my place, collecting our model en-route, and after a round of introductory discussions, he got down to the task of doing his artwork on the models body. We were working to a theme of Wood Nymph, the artwork took on an insect form and utilised S_Olivia’s favourite colour.
By the time the artistry was completed, the light levels were getting quite low, and not wishing to use a flash to light the scene, I set the camera’s ISO to 3200 and accepted that the final images would look grainy. Part way through the photographic part we had to take a break when Harvey, next door’s Bearded Collie, took an interest in what we were doing and started to bark loudly and tried to get over the fence, which meant his owners had to come down and remove him from the scene. This meant that S_Olivia had to cover up to avoid any embarrassment, and brought her newly purchased dressing gown into use.