Just a quick post of images from a recent shoot we did with some local models. We were able to work with all these models on the same day in the space of a few hours. It was a lot of fun working with so many in a short span of time while also using just a few locations in the same area in creative ways. A few of these shots are okay, and a few I’m really pleased with. I absolutely learned a great deal, and can’t wait to do another shoot like this again.
Models: Shinel, Crystal, Kyla, Kelsey
Make up: Rena Lee
P.S. While uploading these images to the Web, I noticed some issues with various photo-sharing websites. I’m sure I’m not alone in noticing these things, so I’m going to do a little research and come back here to talk about it more later.
Recently I was talking to a client about prepping models for photography. The client did not have a lot of experience with models or the behind the scenes of a photo shoot with make up artists and hair stylists. It reminded me of some questions I saw posted once by some young, inexperienced models on a forum. I thought it might be helpful for models, folks who hire models, and anyone who is going to have their photo taken to hear what one photographer has to say about getting ready to be photographed.
A lot can be done in post processing to touch up skin, hair, clothes, but if you do some prep work beforehand it saves your photographer a great deal of time and could, therefore, save you some money. It can also improve the quality of your images.
- Clean your fingernails. Dirty nails aren’t hard to retouch, but it’s one of my pet peeves. Don’t ask me why! I dislike cleaning up dirty nails.
- Show up to hair and make up with a clean face and clean hair–no products at all. This gives the stylists a clean place to start and makes the process go much faster.
- If arms/legs are going to be photographed, ask the make up artist to tend to these areas to cut down on retouching time later. Often, make up artists only work on the model’s face, so be sure to ask!
- Go a little heavy with the make up, especially the eyeliner. It depends, of course, on the image you are trying to get, but camera flash and studio lights can really wash out make up color, so laying it on a little heavy in real life translates to just right in the images. Again, it depends on the image, so talk to the photographer first. And we’re not talking about clown quantities here, just a little heavier than you would normally wear.
- Shave your pits and use deodorant that won’t leave white residue on your skin or clothes. Cleaning out armpits is a little too personal for me.
- Iron and de-lint clothing, especially black clothing!
- Clean and polish shoes.
- Clean your teeth! If you really love your photographer, have your teeth whitened prior to the shoot, but this isn’t by any means a must. Definitely brush and floss, though.
- Prior to the shoot, get plenty of rest and drink lots of water. This will help prevent red eyes and puffy eyelids that will need to be retouched later, and will help you enjoy the shoot a lot more.
This is the list I give my models when they ask how to prepare for a shoot. It’s worth it to ask your photographer what they prefer, and some won’t care at all about any of this. It depends on the shoot, as well. For example, for a gritty urban shoot, I won’t want polished and clean shoes and I may want the clothes rumpled. If you’re a model or just having some photos taken, take a moment to check with the photographer to help the photo session go more smoothly for everyone.
After Jai’s great shoot, we shot Violet. For her shoot, we used a hot light and Fox used a black reflector to create an edge to the light, making it look like Violet was standing in a spotlight. Lesley Nardini, our fabulous MUAH, gave Violet heavy era-inspired make up, channeling Anna May Wong. Violet wore a vintage-inspired dress in a purple-grey shade.
The shoot was great! Violet is a super-sweet person and gave us great dramatic images. Her flawless skin was perfect–with the lighting being as harsh as it was, it picked out every little flaw, but since Violet is flawless, we had no problems. I love it when my models make my job so easy. 🙂
Below are my favorite images from the shoot. In Jai’s shoot report, I displayed the images in a slideshow. Do you prefer the gallery view or the slideshow? Comment below and let me know!
We recently had a big day of shooting at Studio Morrison (thanks so much, Morrisons, for use of your space!). Superstar make up and hair artist Lesley Nardini was good enough to come all the way to North Portland to help us out with two very different shoots.
Shoot #1: Soft.
The concept was simple: softness, warmth. The lovely Jai was good enough to let me drape her in brown and red handspun yarns (spun by me, I’m so talented). Lesley did a soft, warm make up palette and pulled Jai’s hair up into a high bun, accented by a yarn “bun” hairpiece (also made by me, because that’s how I roll). We took advantage of some great natural light coming through the window and produced photographs with warmth, softness, and a just a touch of the exotic. Jai was amazing! Her poses were fluid and graceful, and there were times she looked like a dancer from a foreign land. Just perfect.
Here are some of my favorites from the shoot:
Shoot #2 was very different in look and feel. I’ll post that one soon!