Black Tape Project – Round 2 – Ophelia Lai

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Our first Black Tape Project experiment was a huge success so we decided to tempt fate and try it again. LOL!

BTP Round 2 – Jim Vaughan, Bryana Doyscher, Ophelia Lai and Mike McCarthy (Left to right)

Knowing the second time around exactly how much work was involved we planned a little more and improved on the space and materials and invited one of my all time favorite models, the one and only Ophelia Lai, to join my very favorite MUA, Bryana Doyscher, along with my good friend Jim Vaughan to assist for the afternoon.

Bryana watched a few videos and together, she and I must have gone through a couple of hundred photos looking for inspiration for the tape work. This time, we decided to incorporate gold sheet vinyl for 2 reasons. First, the black tape can actually be a challenge to work with and unless you use the really good stuff, it doesn’t stick as well as one might think. Of course, if you do use the really good stuff, it sticks a little too much and becomes uncomfortable for the model. Yikes!! Second, I couldn’t find gold colored tape. And I know the 3M rep, so if we couldn’t find it, it doesn’t exist. 😉

We were sort of going for an egyptian theme / styling for this shoot and I think the team pulled it off perfectly!

The sheet vinyl actually worked very well and ended up helping to reduce the time to apply the tape from over 5 hours for round 1 to less than 3 hours for this round with Ophelia.

We also wanted to make it a little more of a “fashion” style shoot than a fitness session just to shake things up from the first round. After all, why do something a second time, just to do it the same, right?

One of the reasons I love shooting with Ophelia is that she has such great camera awareness and her poses flow like water through a waterfall. Endless and beautiful. She’s a true joy to photograph. Also, a couple of the images from this session were recently published in a special edition of DEZIRE Magazine as an extra bonus. 

Watch for round 3 this spring! Bryana and I already have some cool ideas for some new colors and patterns. Hope you enjoy the results!

Black Tape Project – Round 2 – Ophelia Lai
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