We had a first at Infocus recently - a model on stilts! Plasterer's stilts, to be exact, although you wouldn't know it to look at our gorgeous model and talented seamstress Kayla, who had an amazing costume to cover the "nuts and bolts" of it all. And nuts and bolts there were, with seemingly endless parts and items that needed to be added and layered to create the final effect.
In case you're wondering, she is Enira, Banshee Queen from the online game Lineage 2. No, we'd never heard of it either, but a quick Google search will tell you Kayla's costume is amazingly accurate and includes all of the tiny little details.
Kayla required a dedicated support crew to help her get into her costume, including her mum Sue and boyfriend Elliott. Both were so helpful during our session, adjusting this or that when required. We found that Elliott could duck down to ground level behind Kayla while we were shooting, in case required for minor tweaks, and we couldn't even see him back there! The entire ensemble is really much larger than it appears in these images...until of course you put a "normal" sized person beside Kayla!
Our biggest challenge was height. Shooting from ground level, with the camera at 5-6 feet up, and Kayla reaching nearly eight feet, made it difficult to get all of her in the shot. We found that with the addition of a ladder we were able to capture the whole dress and headpiece in the shot, without distorting the angle too much and feeling like we were peering down from above on Kayla.
Do you have something weird and wonderful you'd like to be photographed in or with? Call us to discuss your request...as long as you're eight feet or shorter, we can fit you in the studio!