Medusa shoot

I had some time to work with one of the wigs I got from Target today. I also did some more light experimentation, but those shots are so different from these that I am going to create a separate post for them later.

I don’t have a whole lot of preliminary stuff to say about these, because it’s quite late and I’m tired, so I’ll just show you what I’ve had time to process so far. Between this shoot and the tutu pics from last weekend, I have a ton of stuff still to work with, so I may lay off doing any more shoots for awhile until I can catch up.

For this first one, I decided to change the color of the snake wig to match the backdrop and the dress. That’s not something that always works out, but it was easy to pull off this time. I also have a plastic shower curtain hanging up behind me; the creases in it can’t be steamed out, unfortunately, but it still creates an interesting backdrop, and I managed to pull off some cool stuff with it in my light experimentation shots I’ll share later:


Not bad, but I do like the bright green of the wig so I didn’t do this again.

For the second one, I cut up this cheap old Cleopatra hat so I could use the silly-looking snake that adorned it as a tongue. This really didn’t work all that well so I don’t plan on processing any more of these. But the Cleopatra tongue-snake did match the silliness of the wig, so it was worth a shot.


I’m torn on this next one. I love the color but at the same time, I think it might work better and as black and white shot. I can’t make up my mind which one is the real winner. The goggles, by the way, were purchased off Amazon a few years ago, and have been used in several shoots. This dress was an eBay vintage find; it was pricey but it’s great for photos:


I pulled out all sorts of old props and doodads to throw on with the wig; one of them was this bellydancing scarf I picked up somewhere. In this shot I’d flung it around a bit and I liked the way it was moving across my face here:


The sequined gown I am wearing in most of these shots, by the way, belonged to my mother-in-law. It is full-length, all sequins, weighs a ton, and cannot be pulled over my hips to save my life. As a result, I had the whole thing yanked up like some sort of weird miniskirt during the shoot. Also, it is backless with one of those little hooks at the neck to keep the entire top from falling down due to its weight; there was no way I was going to be able to fasten that hook on my own, so the dress is being held together at the neck by a chip clip. Nothing but the classiest for me – YEP.

More pics to come!

13 thoughts on “Medusa shoot

  1. This is all so downright crazy and fun, I am speechless. I am still processing the idea that you cannot get that dress to drop down – your MIL must be a stick. My fave is the bellydancing scarf shot – too ridiculous – it does camouflage the snakes so it is harder to tell what they are. I like the aqua tint of the first one. I will let you know if our Target has the pink. Love the shower curtain. Can you use a hair dyer on a higher setting to slightly relax the plastic?

    • I’m thin but I’m not a cylinder like some skinny women. I am curvy in the hips/thighs but being very small up top leads everyone to believe I am small all over. I my jump shots I always choose ones that are more flattering to that particular area of my body, LOL!

    • Thanks! I was a bit disappointed the makeup didn’t come out making me look less like me – I have such trouble contouring the nose. It’s the one thing I wish I could get right because if I could make it look thinner, it would really make me look less me. Not that there’s anything wrong with looking like me, I just like the illusion to be effective in photos that I might NOT be me. Oh that and lips. I wasn’t as successful as making my lips look bigger here as I’ve been in the past, but that is hard to with dark lipstick since dark colors always make lips look smaller to start with.

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