“Let’s float a model out into the middle of a lake on an airbed on our Glencoe Photography Holiday and make it look like she has just woken up and doesn’t quite know how she got there…….”
Sometimes I hear myself saying things to my partner and don’t quite comprehend the complexities of what I’m saying at the time. On paper it sounds so simple, in reality, it took a lot of trial and error to get it right and do this shoot justice.
The first phase of our testing was me heading off to our local lake with the airbed in hand, I couldn’t ask a model to do something I wouldn’t do myself so it only seemed right. I’d thought ahead and bought a pump that connects to the car cigarette lighter, pumped it up and threw it in the lake. After floating around for a good 30 minutes or so, I got back to my car and couldn’t work out how to deflate the airbed! I genuinely had to phone Rhian whilst stood by my car and ask her if she knew.
It was all well and good me being confident it would float, but to allay any fears on the day I knew I needed to do a dry run with our model Bernadette Lemon. So 6am the following morning we headed off to our local lake again and did a test shoot.
The hard part done, we were all confident it would float, we set off to Glencoe with confidence that this shoot would work. We’d tested tying a string around the airbed to stop Bernadette floating away on the test shoot and ensured that would work when we covered the airbed with a fitted sheet and through a duvet onto it. I knew this shoot was going to require us to get in the water for the best shots, so a quick trip to the camping store provided us with a set of waders to ensure we could shoot without getting soaked.
In Glencoe everything went pretty smoothly, I’m not going to lie, having so much expensive camera gear around and sometimes just above the water filled me with a little bit of fear, but good planning and plenty of testing at home meant we knew what to expect on the day.
Floating a model out into the middle of a lake on an airbed for a photoshoot in the Glencoe mountains…. It’s just another day of being a photographer! If you’d like to take part in a shoot like this then have a look here.