If you know me and my photography, you know that I adore COLOR.
So when my client came to me about an idea she had about doing a Holi powder shoot, I was excited. A little skeptical, because I had never done a portrait session with messy powders, but I was excited to be taking part in something colorful, fun and different.
What is Holi?
Celebrated primarily in India and Nepal, Holi is the Hindu celebration of spring. The festivities involved for this particular holiday are one of the very reasons for its awesomeness. Each spring, Holi celebrators take to the streets for an explosive bout of revelry that involves spraying one another with handful of colored pigments and perfume. Color, color and some more color!
Tips for a Successful (and Fun!) Holi Powder Session
- First it is important to pick a location that will ‘allow’ this colorful mess afterwards. Although this powder is washable and a good rain will just wash it away, you don’t want to leave a mess just anywhere.
- Keep the powder separated in clear plastic bags to make sure you know which color you want to pick.
- Wear light colored clothing… (white is best) so that the colors really POP!
- Have a talk with your client prior to the photo session to explain the rules or throwing the paint, especially if children are involved.
- Once you start throwing the powder there is no turning back.
- Be respectful.
- Make sure you keep your mouth closed.
- Go for the face only if it’s acceptable with the person you’re about to throw it on.
- Don’t smear it, but throw it.
- Start light with the throwing… then go big
- Go for it… don’t be scared and have a FUN!!!
[Side note: Important to bring wipes, and towels or a change of clothes for the ride home!]
BEAUTIFUL, COLORFUL IMAGES that are WAY fun
We hope you enjoyed this colorful session as much as we did! Please feel free to share links to your colorful sessions in the comments section below.
Marylie Labonne is a mother of two beautiful children who are truly the loves of her life. She began her photography journey 3 years ago, learning quite a bit on her own, and also by majoring in Photography at the University of Texas. She desires every day to become a better person, mother, and photographer and is thankful for her faith and family. You can view more of Marylie’s fun and inspiring work on her website or follow her on Facebook.