By Mark McConville
SPOOKTACULAR pictures have captured the ongoing Zombie apocalypse after one photographer turned children into the undead.
Creepy snaps show the bloodthirsty youngsters approaching the camera with deep open wounds showing and piercing eyes standing out on pale faces.
Other eerie images show a Zombie ballerina perching on her toes before crawling towards the photographer as she contorts her body.
The haunting photographs are the work of professional photographer Amanda J. Alvares (33) from Newman, California, USA.
“I am huge Halloween enthusiast and long-time Walking Dead fan,” she said.
“Two years ago I had my first Halloween mini-session and one client had her children come as zombies and the rest is history.
“You see portraits of adults and children with a dark twist – possibly zombie, possibly undead, but unsettling none the less.”
Amanda, who took the shots with a Canon 5D Mark IV, explained how she creates the Zombie look to achieve the perfectly gruesome results.
“The process begins with a base make-up on the model/client,” she said.
“I am OK with make-up but I have the clients pay an actual make-up artist to do that part. Then I photograph them in a creepy believable environment.
“After the photos are taken I edit them in Photoshop extensively to tweak the base make-up to make it look how I want and add my crazy eye effect. I prefer to not add blood in post editing, but in some cases I have to.”
She can run into some problems if the client doesn’t feel like becoming a member of the undead.
“Sometimes the client isn’t really in “zombie mode” or the make-up isn’t exactly where it needs to be because we are rushed,” she added.
“I love the challenging of creating a highly modified version of came straight out of camera. I try to make them feel real and keep the image clean and sharp.
“People are usually in shock and are confused. Some react with awe and some can’t stand it. It’s honestly not a style for everyone.”
Amanda’s base make-up artists are Mackena Dean and Jewlya Hayward. Her clients are responsible for their own wardrobe and styling.