Neon Lights

The extremely talented hair and makeup artist Michele Rachael came to me with a crazy idea! She thought it would be cool to do a photoshoot using “glow water”… I had no idea what she was talking about, but I thought this sounded like a crazy concept, so we immediately started brainstorming ideas on how to do this. We decided to combine neon paint, glow sticks, glitter, fog, black lights, gelled studio flash, and a baby pool! The end result was some of the crazier images that I’ve ever shot. What made this shoot even crazier is that we did it during an epic thunderstorm, and also that we had an on duty police officer assisting us. When the police officer showed up I gotta say…. I was a bit worried! But he generously offered to assist with holding the lighting and/or fog machine lol. I think his willingness to assist had something to do with painted up fashion models in a baby pool… But I'm not really sure lol… 

Production Info:

Photographed by: Dan Cuellar

Model: Laura Brophy

Model: Nikki Rose 

Agency: MMA/Model Management Agency

Hair & Makeup By: Michele Rachael

Dan Cuellar Photography

Shot on location at Michele Rachael’s back yard…. And… 2nd bedroom… 

How the images were made: 

We did this shoot in Michele’s back yard. We set up a baby pool and filled it with water, neon paint, and broken non toxic glow stick fluid. I wanted the paint and the models to really glow so my main light source had to be the blacklight. Blacklight’s are not very bright and I wanted to hand hold the camera so I had to shoot wide open around f/1.8- f/5.6 and with a high ISO of 1250 to get the exposure I wanted. My Shutter speed was between 1/80th and 1/125th. I used an alien bees B1600 at it lowest power setting of 1/32 with an orange gel as a fill and or back light.  

Setup for the first image

Strobist info: 

Camera: Canon eos 6d 

Lenses: Canon 24-70mm 2.8L USM II & Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens 

Camera Settings

Shutter Speed: 1/80th - 1/125th sec

aperture: f / 1.8 - f /5.6 

ISO: 1250 


Flash unit: AlienBees b1600

Modifier: reflector with orange gel

Power setting: 1/32 power