I couldn’t wait to work with Hector. The photoshoot was scheduled for 10 September 2012. Much of his work is focused on burlesque which I figured would add some interesting vavavoom to my portfolio. That said, he also does quite a few figure nudes focusing on effective lighting techniques to create state of the art images. I also noticed some fetish-style work such as use of fishnet hosiery, spiky heels and chains which he captures so creatively. Then I found out later that he is a lecturer at a local college in Dublin teaching photography. Now that figures!
We captured some beautiful low-key nude images. First Hector used one strong light on one side and gold reflectors on the other to create some warmth as I posed. We then experimented with a white chiffon material wrapped around my body which complimented well with my tan. And then I was adorned in a gorgeous bright jade green one lying down on the floor, followed by a vibrant violet one with which we focused on my back. Then back to no material, I was made to lie down on the ground which was merely covered with a sheet. Although I had to keep getting up and down as I was freezing each time I touched the ground, it was all well worth it! Hector managed to create an illusion of extending my legs through shooting from clever angles. I also loved how the low-key lighting emphasized the silouette of my curves as well as muscle definition. Those sessions in the gym have certainly helped!
I soon got accustomed to lying down on the cold floor. But now it was time for me to lay some chains on my naked body! I was to wear nothing but a pair of very high PVC platform boots and very high PVC gloves which practically reached my armpits, whilst gripping and wrapping the chain around me. Normally, Hector “warms” the chain up on the radiator but had apparently forgotten or overestimated the day’s temperature but oh well, it was still fun! It is the end effect which counts and it certainly turned out well with the low key lighting.
The final set was a more lively one. At the beginning of the shoot, we rummaged through the dressing room finding what sort of outfits would be interesting and “burlequey.” I liked the red military peaked cap with the matching cute black Napoleonic bolero. Hector suggested that the outfit went well with a pair of red velvet waist-high knickers for a quaint 1950s effect. And he was right! So here I was back to smiling again in front of the cameras with higher keyed lighting. This time, though, it was not for the cheesy glamour model look but for a more refined pin-up girl appearance. And I really loved the results! Perhaps this is something I might like to explore along with my numerous basques, suspenders & stockings and corsets I own which are sitting in my drawers waiting to be worn.
We decided to call it the evening, as I had to meet friends for dinner. It was such a fun shoot, and we didn’t realize time had gone by so quickly. I know I will be back in Dublin soon and when I do, I will definitely look Hector up. And for those happening to be there for the odd few days or so, I would recommend working with him. Whilst friendly yet professional and with sound knowledge with lighting, he also produced the images within a few days which I was very pleased about. The clothed and implied photos are available on Facebook.
Thank you so much, Hector, for your time and the beautiful images we produced. I look forward to working with you again soon!
To find out more about Hector Heathwood and his awesome work, check out his website: www.hectorheathwood.com