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There's an old saying in photography, "fix it in post," which definitely works some of the time but most photographers absolutely agree - it's better to capture it correctly the first time instead of relying on Photoshop.
However! There are some cases where reality can only take you so far, for instance, these paper maché hair pieces seem to float perfectly over the model's heads, and yes that's real! Yet even reality needs a touch-up.
Hair piece Origami by Steven Robertson and Janae Johnson, Makeup by Paula Dahlberg, Custom Neck Pieces by Michelle Boucher.
What about the Neck Pieces?
These colorful necklaces are not a product of photoshop, or some high fashion store. You could buy these at any local office-supply store. Though you'll have to assemble them yourself! Created by genius wardrobe stylist Michelle Boucher out of simple Post-It notes.
The background colors
Three Models - Three Neckpieces - Three Paper Maché headpieces.
The extraordinary lengths we went to in order to create these images should not be underestimated! First, famed hairstylists Steven and Jane had created paper macehé sculptures that they precariously transported to the shoot and pinned to the model's heads! Yes, as you will see in the following before-and-after images the sculptures are real!
I shot the backdrop in a way that it was full on black. I did this because I didn't want the white paper to be lost in the background. It allowed for a simple background-swap in Adobe Photoshop... well, I mean, not super easy but not rocket science.
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Photographer Jake Garn