Flowers in the Stream

As can be expected in one of the most biologically diverse countries on the planet, Colombia has beautiful forest locations for photoshoots. On this June afternoon, the conditions were just right: sun dappling through the trees, good water-level and temperature not too cold. Perfect for a romantic scene.

The team and I had walked twenty minutes along a muddy track with equipment, and I was yet to hear complaints. I was in luck. Nobody moaned to the mean photographer for the surprise trek.

Once settled beside the stream, Valeria (the makeup artist) got to work with Carol (the model) whilst I scouted the shady river and lined up the shots. This was easy, as I had been there before and already knew the best locations. Prior reconnaissance is a boon to all and makes you look like you know what you’re doing.

Eventually, the make-up was done, and Carol looked fantastic. The hat added a great finish to the look. “Jump in then,” I said (in Spanish (my version of Spanish)). The scene merged before our eyes in all its splendour, ready to be captured. I jumped in too and sat, water up to my waist.

Knee-deep beside me, Eduardo stood holding the Godox flash, and I hoped the mosquitos wouldn’t make him drop it into the water. Perhaps I should’ve give him a good spray-down with repellent beforehand, I thought.

The flowers were thrown into the water and photographed in different positions, then later adjusted in Photoshop to make them bigger and more prominent.

It took us less than ten minutes to get the shot. Fortunately so, because a few minutes later the rain came lashing down, such is the changeable weather in a tropical climate.

Later in Photoshop, I noticed how many mosquito bites were on Carolina’s thighs. She didn’t complain at all, which is all part of the professionalism of a good model. Still, repellent is a good idea. Yes, there’s a spot cleaning tool on Photoshop, but let’s not be mean here, okay.