I started 2015 with a self-assignment.
I reached out to my Facebook connections and got a hold of Nikkal Feyrouz, a professional belly dancer who happens to have boa constrictors as pets.
I had seen her posting featuring her snakes on Vyper Vixen on Facebook so I thought first about a location or setting.
If you’ve never seen bamboo from up close, you should know they grow in thick clusters.
In some places it is so thick, you can barely walk inside the growth.
That means it’s dark within the growth so lighting is essential but problematic.
I couldn’t maneuver my light stands into position once inside the bamboo growth.
It was a battle.
Picture fighting an enemy using a long spear inside the stand of bamboo.
Keep in mind, I couldn’t hack away wily-nily with a machete.
After all I was at a public park.
Props are important in any photo shoot.
Sometimes ‘live’ props aren’t the easiest to manage as I found out.
Snakes do their own thing like cats.
If I had to do this shoot over, I would probably get more snakes and have someone specifically dedicated to handling them.
It was difficult to try and get them in place and hope they stayed where I wanted them.
Peter Phun Photography
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