Elle Bulgaria Water Editorial

Elle Bulgaria Water Editorial 2016 - Lindsay Adler Photography

I'm thrilled to share images from my most recent editorial that appeared in Elle Bulgaria this month!

For this shoot I wanted to create an elegant water themed beauty editorial that would focus on dewy skin with both rich and golden tones of makeup and rich blue tones in the background.

To get the water effect I set up a kiddy pool in the studio and lined the bottom with textured and reflective plastic board to create unusual patterns beneath the water's surface.

At times I kept the water still, focusing on capturing beautiful reflections off of the model's face, other times I had assistants splash the water to create movement and energy to the shots.


Elle Bulgaria Water Editorial 2016 - Lindsay Adler Photography


I loved the teal and blue tones of the water (created by the plastic colored surface below), and I wanted to play up these saturated tones. For this reason I added a blue gel and teal gel to the scene creating a colored rim light on my subject's face and giving blue undertones to the shadows.

One of the challenges of the shoot was achieving flattering angles for my subject's face. When a person lays directly on their back, often there is distortion and unpleasing results to the skin. Furthermore, when the subject was posed to the side, I had to balance how submerged her face would be and how much of the background I would include. I wanted to keep the shots clean, elegant, and focused on the gorgeous textures of her skin, hair draped across her face, and dewy drops of water clinging on her skin.


Elle Bulgaria Water Editorial 2016 - Lindsay Adler Photography


I worked a variety of angles and absolutely loved the professionalism of my model, Puck. Though the water often become cold and I'd ask her to submerge part of her face underwater for extended periods of time, she stayed focused and professional.

In the end, the results were exactly what I was looking for in this summer beauty editorial! The model's skin was absolutely glowing thanks to the talents of makeup artist Griselle Rosario, the beauty of my subject, and carefully placed lighting.

I LOVE the shots and am excited to finally be able to share them with you here! For this shoot I invited students from New York Film Academy to watch the creative process behind the scenes so they could see an editorial come to life.


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Canon 70-200mm 2.8

Canon 180mm macro

TetherTools TetherPro Cable

Adobe Lightroom CC

Rosco Gels

Spider Holster

Spider Hand Strap 

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Profoto D1 Air 500W x3

20'' Profoto Beauty Dish w/ Grid

Profoto Air Remote

Profoto Zoom Reflector

Creative Team

Hair and Makeup: Griselle Rosario

Manicurist: Nails by Mimi

Model: Puck Loomans at Supreme Management

Retouching: Tetyana Mykhalska

  • stillsandvideo

    Lindsay, your work is always creative and powerful but this just might be my favorite series of yours yet. Just beautiful in every way and so representative of your attention to detail from start to finish. Bravo!

  • 今天真冷,哈哈!

  • Pat Perigo

    Love it I think your outstanding Im an Associate Professor At the Art Institute of Phoenix! I use you & your materials to teach in several of my classes . we have your Creative 52 e book in my Portfolio II class Out standing job! Thank you for your creative genius & ability to break it down into digestible pieces! I have over 30 years of Post Production work in the High-end color separation industry. Which means I started using scanners & scitex, early Macintosh & compositing for art directors. A very long winded way to say that’s how I transformed from analog to digital. You are a fresh breath of air & I appreciate your work! will teach about you in my Photo History II class! By the way we are a commercial Photographic program we just also use foundations in the arts to inspire great creative results!
    -Pat Perigo, MFA

    • WOWOOW! What an awesome honor. I absolutely love my job, and I love to share the passion I have with others. I love the line between “art” and “commerce” and how I can use visual story-telling to help a brand achieve its goals. Its a pretty fun exercise to test my abilities. Thanks for including me — I’m truly honored!

  • 受教了!呵呵!

  • Michael Dirlam

    The gift you have Lindsay is not only the art of what you do, but the greatest gift is putting everything you know out there for the world to see, hear and take from your personal experience. Thank you, truly, for paying your gift of creativity forward!!!

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  • Paco Hassam

    Hi Lindsay, I’m in shock, amazing shoot, I have a question: What’s underneath it blue?

  • Attila Hangyási

    Hi Lindsey!
    Thanks! It was a great experience to see how the Miracle was born!
    Congratulations! I’ll follow your work! You have a new fan. I! 🙂