“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. 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.
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.
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.