Dia De Los Muertos Portraits

chris crisman dia de los muertos portraits

Halloween may only be a day away, but one of the more interesting ways to party is to observe Dia de los Muertos, or day of the dead. As a way to celebrate and remember those who’ve passed, Dia de los Muertos is celebrated throughout Mexico and in other cultures around the world. As part of our Unforgettable San Antonio tourism campaign, we spent a day in the studio shooting these made-up marauders. We even have the behind the scenes stills & video to prove it. Keep reading for the full story…

chris crisman dia de los muertos portraits

chris crisman dia de los muertos portraits

Our Unforgettable San Antonio project afforded us the unique opportunity to meet or create dozens of characters for the final composite shots – characters that we spent almost two weeks in the studio capturing earlier this year. Our Dia de los Muertos paraders were a group that we had the creative freedom to let our collective imaginations run wild and make special.

chris crisman dia de los muertos portraits

After all of the hard work and styling that went into the models, we would have been foolish not to shoot as many options with our perfectly styled characters as possible. Thinking on our feet, and after a quick trip to source some interesting backdrop materials, we were ready to make portraits.

chris crisman dia de los muertos portraits

chris crisman dia de los muertos portraits

We knew the light had to compliment the mysterious nature of our subjects, so we opted for a combination of a gridded octabank and 10° gridded flash head to really focus in our light and create a dark and deliberate mood.

chris crisman dia de los muertos portraits

Ultimately, these images wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible artistry of our team of stylists on this project. We owe a big thanks to special effects makeup stylist Lawrence Mercado, hair & makeup stylist Alyssa Garcia, and our prop & wardrobe stylist Bonnie Markel.

Best of all, we recorded the whole day in a time-lapse – and this isn’t your normal day in the studio. The cameras started rolling long before we left our rental house in the AM and kept rolling until the final wrap beer after the day was done. It may not be as spooky as some of the Dia de los Muertos portraits, but it’s certainly an interesting take on a day at work for us.

Questions? Comments? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or @crismanphoto and /crismanphoto!

4 replies to “Dia De Los Muertos Portraits”

Comments are closed.