When an idea for a conceptual mermaid came together, I was so excited to get in the water and start shooting! It all started with the headpiece, a simple starburst halo headpiece paired with a flower crown that I’d sprayed gold. From there, my imagination ran wild! I was so lucky to have found Sonmari through my model call, and knew she would be the absolute perfect gold mermaid! ♥ I had the best makeup artist to create such a stunning mermaid look – the one and only Sigi – who is such an absolute rockstar! The shoot went better than I could have imagined, with Sonmari looking incredible and so relaxed in the water with this gigantic golden tail sewn with the amazing seamstress skills of my mum. Topped off with a gold clamshell top and some golden temporary tattoos, I can safely say I was over the moon with the final result!
Thank you to the amazing team who helped make this shoot come together – you are all incredible! Sonmari, you are a true natural in the water, an proper land mermaid! Sigi, your makeup just brought everything together, and your brilliant enthusiasm to get in the pool for touch ups and helping with lighting was just above and beyond awesome! And to Meghan, who always brings laughter to the party, is a fantastic light holder and gets the best behind the scenes footage! And in this instance, we got some brilliant bloopers too!
Check out the behind the scenes video here!
Photographer: Dana Cato – FireFlight Photography
Mermaid Model: Sonmari Erasmus
Makeup: Sigi Shaw – Sigi Makeup
Assistant: Meghan McCabe
Headpiece, top & tail: Dana Cato