The Monster Photo Session

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Justin Loewen and I have started a long-term conceptual photography project which consists of turning a song into a photograph, or a series of photographs. Our first photo session was based on the song The Monster by Eminem and Rihanna. Kelly modeled as the innocent girl in the bed, and Justin modeled as the monster. I did his arm makeup after instructed how, by a friend who’s much better at it than I am. There were 110 shots once the session was over, but I’ve chosen twenty of them to edit and now show off. People tell me I need to make the photos “darker and moodier,” because apparently the monster is infecting her? Okay, he might be, but I didn’t find that to be the theme of the session. I focused on their friendship, and how close they are. And that’s why these photos don’t necessarily have a dangerous or dreadful vibe.

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From a recent conceptual photo session. Based on the song “The Monster” by Eminem.
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The way they’re holding hands gives me the idea that he’s inviting her to join him on an adventure.
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I wanted her to smile a wide smile, the way she’d react if she hadn’t seen her best friend in a long time.
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I’m friends with the monster that’s under my bed.
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The only praise I want to hear is “Eminem would be proud.”
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I feel like this is exactly his perspective.
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I love how vibrant her smile is when she’s talking to her best friend.
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Also, my room was a pretty fabulous place to take these photos.
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I’m quite excited for our next photo session.
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I wish I had more “beast and girl” friendships to photograph.
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I may just re-edit these multiple times, just because I want to.
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Have you already admired the sticker on my wall?
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Another one from his perspective.
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Kelly as the innocent girl, and Justin as the monster.
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This one is my favorite of them all.

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One Reply to “The Monster Photo Session”

  1. Interesting concept. I do agree that you could work on your lighting to create the initial mood that your title suggests. Then create a contrast by the interaction between the girl and the ‘monster’.

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