The Corpse Ballerina Project

The Corpse Ballerina Project

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Halloween is a time for all things gory. I was pleased to hear from Raymond Razer, requesting my services for a corpse ballerina themed photo shoot, that would take place in a theatre. That sounded like fun to me!

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The model/dancer on board for this photo shoot was Kaitlin Chapple, whom I have worked on many occasions since my career as a makeup and hair artist began. Kaitlin is not only a beautiful model, but also an exceptionally talented dancer. This combination of talent resulted in these amazing photographs that truly capture the freedom of dance.

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We were lucky enough to have Stephanie Burlton with us, shooting behind the scenes shots that were later composed into this awesome video. Click the video link to view.

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As a makeup artist, my task was to make Kaitlin look like a rotting corpse….but still look beautiful. Contradicting requests, right?

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To get the ball rolling in the beginning of the shoot, Kaitlin styled herself as a rag doll. I tied a baby blue ribbon in her hair to complete the styling for this look.

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Once Kaitlin was warmed up in the freezing cold theatre we were working in, we were able to strip her down and paint her body. I had to make her arms, back and chest as pale as I had made her face. I added a hint of a grey tone into a pearl foundation, to enhance the “dead” look.

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These images were later showcased as photographic pieces of art. I really love these images and am very impressed with how they turned out.

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