I was scrolling on Pintrest and came across some amazing images of people posing and dancing with exploding white powder. I thought to myself "I CAN and I WILL do that." Feeling inspired, my fiance Natalie and I headed to my studio armed with bags of plain white flour. After hours of experimenting, we came away from the shoot laughing at our now grey hair and smiling with joy at the fantastic images we just created. Of course there were a few things we learned that we wish we knew beforehand. So I created a list of tips to help you be prepared.
Follow these simple 7 tips to make the most of your FLOUR photo shoot:
1. Outfit: Wear something form fitting that flatters your figure. Solid colors are best. Body suits look really great. Wear something close to the color of your skin to get the illusion of nudity... or hey, just go naked!
2. Be OK with Getting Messy: Flour will go everywhere. For 30 minutes, embrace the mess and live in the moment. Clean up will come later.
3. Earplugs: Again, flour gets EVERYWHERE. If you are sensitive about your ears, bring some earplugs to wear to prevent flour from entering your ears.
4. Bring a Friend to Help: Natalie and I discovered that we could make really cool images by taking turns throwing flour at each other. While Natalie posed for the picture, I stood out of frame and threw flour at her. This really helped because she could concentrate on her pose or dance move, without worrying about what to do with the flour since I was in control of that part. If you can bring a close friend or partner to help by throwing flour, you'll get even more variety out of your photo shoot!
5. Clean Up: Flour is extremely messy. Please bring a towel, washcloth and bottle of water to help you clean up yourself after the shoot. You'll also want that washcloth available throughout the shoot to wipe the flour off your face in between takes.
6. Bring a Change of Clothes: Be sure to bring a clean change of clothes for after your shoot. You'll also want a plastic bag or equivalent to place your dirty clothes in.
7. Shower Afterward: As much as you clean up at the studio after your shoot, you'll probably still have flour in your hair and other places and you'll want to head straight to the shower.