I had been speaking with body painter Angela O’Neill-Whiteley for nearly 6 weeks in regards to collaborating with her on a couple of her painting concepts prior to the actual shoot.
If you’ve been following my work at all, you likely know I’ve shot with Lenore (Zebra Lady) and body painter Inesa Manaj and I’ve been excited to work with body painting again ever since.
We arrived on a Saturday morning at my studio at 10AM. I’ve admired Andrea’s modelling work for some time and although we both know a number of mutual acquaintances, we only managed to meet for the first time at this shoot.Angela and I kept the concept a secret from Andrea until she arrived and when it was revealed, Andrea was just as excited as we were about the whole Borg / Star Trek theme.
As my assistant for the shoot, Gary Hillier, and I started setting up one of the most elaborate set’s I’ve ever tried to incorporate into a shoot, Angela and Andrea got down to painting. The set itself took nearly 4 hours to set up and light. Fortunately, the painting took only slightly longer. Interrupted only by a break for lunch to discuss the shooting concept – and for this I need to apologize to the pizza guy. I’m sure it’s a delivery he won’t forget. You know who you are. 🙂
Back to work. Running behind schedule and with heat in the building failing for some unknown reason, we tried our best to help Andrea keep warm by setting up temporary electric heaters. Although they failed miserably to keep up, Andrea was a sport and did a fantastic job making me believe she wasn’t cold. Despite the shivering.
Angela was wonderful and an incredibly talented painter. I expect we will be working together again very soon. Can’t wait!!! 😀
The entire 4 hours + of painting were captured in time lapse for compilation as a video. Watch for a future BTW post in the near future.
Hope you like the samples!