Okay, I'm gonna be real with you for a moment: for all the vampire-themed shoots I have done before, with the dripping blood and the pale models, I was so under-prepared for this stream it wasn't even funny. Well, it was a little bit. But I was equally as determined to power through it. If I could make a shoot for a stream just using the things around me, then I can definitely apply that to shoots with actual clients.
So once again, I was working with the multitude of dolls I have on hand. But this time, I was going to be wrecking them, turning one into the vampire and one into the victim. With a multitude of paints and craft tools, I set to work.
It was easy enough to create a victim: one of the dolls I have purchased previously had sadly lost her head during a clean up, so I started on her. A few splats of paint to look like blood, as well as tears in her dress, and it was done.
The vampire required a little more detail and a steadier hand. Again, the same mix of colours, red and brown, were used to cover her in blood, as well as detailing with black over her eyes (thinking more 30 Days of Night vampire, rather than your typical sexy True Blood or Vampire Diaries one), one her neck for bite marks, and white on her lips for those vicious canines vampires are well and truly known for. A tube bandage was used for her dress, and her skin had been marked previously with an upside cross on her chest one night a few months ago, when I was feeling particularly edgy.
Lighting (once again) consisted of my LEDs, as well as a random lightbulb portable light I picked up from the local pound shop (though, weirdly, it was not actually £1... grumble grumble). All images were shot on my Sony a77ii on my Sony 35mm f/1.8, and edited in Lightroom CC 2019.
To say this was made up on the fly, I was quite impressed with the final images. They are dark, gritty and grisly. Which I am all for. I love it. But I would love to tap into much, much darker shoots with the same prompt. I'm sure I could do a lot more with the prompt of "vampire" with more planning time. Having a working life with a chronic illness is no joke, because the tiredness is reeeaall.
Check out the stream on my Twitch channel here: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/452283090
Next week's prompt is Naga, which a serpentine creature with varying humanoid features. This is going to be interesting!