I read somewhere that dogs are somewhat color blind—maybe it was from Facebook “news” or perhaps during one of my late night internet rabbit holes. But how sad is that, right? Apparently, blue is the only color that is a true blue to both humans and our canine companions.
Why am I bringing up dogs? Though I love them and think they are always effortlessly adorable, their vision predicament reminded me of an Instagram reel that I did when I first rolled out a few of Ruby’s photos. It was a classic “what you see versus what we see” comparison. To the viewer, you see Ruby, a girl who’s beautiful and bright, styled to the nines against a basic white background. Aside from Ruby, one would assume the photoshoot to be nothing quite spectacular or unique. But in a quick change up from video to the finished photos, you see an array of colors jumping out from your iPhone. It’s like they were invisible until you put on the magic pair of glasses.
Well, I’d love to say that our studio is magical—blessed is a better word for it. But what we did to create all those colors came from a series of gelled flashes. I was definitely out of my element with this one, so being that he’s more technology inclined, I relied on Joel to lead this photographic experimentation. RGB (red, green, blue) creates CMY (cyan, magenta, and yellow) light. Yes, we are going back to Art 101, kids, and thinking in terms of color opposites. Confusing is putting it lightly, but once we got the hang of it, it turned out to be pretty fun with brilliant results!
See for yourself below and tell us what you think! If you’re a photographer, have you tried something similar? But before you scroll, we mustn’t forget to thank everyone involved!
Model: Ruby Bjlame – Like her name, she sparkles with her vibrant beauty, kindness, and bold personality.
Photographer: Andrea Knepper – Oh hey, that’s me! 😉
Lighting Expert: Joel Knepper – What would I do without you—truly?!
Hair: Alayni Caprio – If I want to talk magic, I think of this hair magician. Follow her on Instagram @hair.by.alyani or book an appointment with her at Portfolio A Salon in Boalsburg, PA.
Makeup: Lexi Rickard – When you don’t see her modeling for Lock Boutique, she’s the owner and makeup wizard of Northeast Beauty & Co. She just moved into a beautiful studio with a big window. We’re all after that gorgeous light in the biz! Follow her on Instagram @northeastbeautyco or visit her website, northeastbeautyco.com
Wardrobe: The jacket and pants are from shein.com
Props: Thank you Eric Brinser, the theater director from Bellefonte Are High School, for letting us borrow a few colorful phones from your production of Bye, Bye Birdie!