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Water Splash Photo Sessions

When I got the idea to do "Water Splash" photos their were several obstacles. The first was where in the heck am I going to find a location to do this.  It has to be large enough to photograph models full length running and jumping, able to spray warm water around everywhere, with drains in the floor to remove the water, and relatively warmPlus needed electricity for the strobe lights and place for the models to change and apply makeup etc.


I had a place picked out in Morgantown, a truck car wash building that was no longer being used.  They were going to charge a premium rent for a month but at that time my little business, DLF Photo, was photographing a lot of Big Twelve events and I was making some money.  I had several models I was photographing and had several other models that I was going to ask. Then the pandemic hit and everything went south for next 16 months.  No more jobs from Big 12, no photographing models so I went back to photographing wildlife and landscapes.

Over a year passes and I've kind of given  up about shooting my "Water Splash" photos.  I am at my friend's house, Terry Spitznogle, a full time teacher and a farmer to photograph some young pigs.  After photographing the little pigs I follow Terry down to a section of his farm that I was not that familiar with and we go into this nice big metal building with concrete floor with drains where he works on his large farm equipment.  Obviously my mind starts churning and I ask couple questions.  Does it have hot water?  Yes.  Is it heated? The floors are heated.  If I clean it up can I use a section of the metal building to photograph my "Water Splash" photos.     Yes....  I am a happy camper.   A good friend.



Terry and his dog Riley

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Now I have my "Studio" for the "Water Splash" photos I need to take all the equipment, backgrounds, and props out to the the metal building.  The Studio is about one half hour from my house in Morgantown.  Then I need to test  the strobe lights, figure out how get water to the area I need it and how to spray the the water etc.  But I am excited and ready to roll.

"The Studio" section of metal building

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After moving all the equipment, backgrounds, props and setting up the "Studio" I had to test the lighting, build the water pool and figure out the water spraying to try to get the effect I want. I spent several days with the help of Greg Kullman and Bob Beverly testing different camera and flash settings. With my Buff Einstein flash equipment I had to use low power settings to get short flash duration to stop the action of the water.  Of course I was the testing model, lol. One time I was by myself so I put the camera remote and my hand inside a baggie to fire the camera.

Testing

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After getting set up and ready to go I soon realized I had a bigger problem.  After a year and a half all the models I used before had moved away or had moved on to other things. So my first model was Riley the Australian Shephard dog and her buddy.

My good looking model - Riley

Video of Riley "Water Splash" photo session

Riley and her buddy were great but I was still hoping to photograph some human models and I was running out of time. It was September and even though the water is heated and the floors are heated when you are throwing water on people you don't want it be even slightly  cold.  Actually you want it to be warm to hot.  WVU had started and everyone I knew to ask to be a model was very busy.  Luckily for us Mandy Shaffer agreed to ask her good friend Jennah Roman and they agreed to model during WVU football off weekend. They are both WVU cheerleaders.  Mandy has modeled for us before and is a very nice, attractive person.  On a Saturday morning Greg Kullman, Bob Beverly and I meet Mandy and Jennah at Sheetz and drove out to the metal building on the farm to photograph a "Water Splash" session

Photos of "Water Splash" session - photos by Greg Kullman, Bob Beverly, Dan Friend

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Introduction "Water Splash" photo session with Mandy and Jennah

Water Splash Session

Mandy

Mandy modleing water splash photos

Mandy modleing water splash photos

Mandy modleing water splash photos

Mandy modleing water splash photos

Jennah

Jennah modeling water splash photos

Jennah modeling water splash photos

Jennah modeling water splash photos

Jennah modeling water splash photos

Of course when we were done I let the women spray me.  Only fair thing to do....

Payback time - getting soaked by the models

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"Water Splash Photos"

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Hopefully things will work out in the summer of 2022 and we will be shooting more "Water Splash" photos.