Colour Pop Photoshoot

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On the day of the shoot I finished last minute preparations like face charts and mood boards and I set up my hair and make up station at my house. I also bought some large A1 sheets of mountboard in four different colours which I pinned up on to a wall in my spare room. These were to be used as backdrops for the model to stand in front of during the photoshoot. I had also pre painted two full sets of stick on nails in the ombre theme to stick on my model for two different looks. I picked my model up at 5:15pm and brought her back to my house to prepare her for the shoot. Everything went to plan and I was really happy that my model has an ethnic background and she has very large lids to work on which showed off my make up really well. She also had lovely plump lips and clear skin which is great for the look I am trying to gain. The wig fit perfectly and her make up looked just as I had planned in my research and face charts. The photographer arrived at about 6:15 pm. I had chosen this photographer in a rush as I had no other options and my model was only available on this date. Unfortunately she was only an ametuer and had only taken a college course in the subject a few years back so I was a little nervous about how the images were going to turn out! However we went ahead and shot the look for about two hours until I felt we had enough images to work with and edit. We changed the look after the first hour which meant mainly just changing over the set of nails and adding glitter to the eyes. We struggled quite a lot with getting the correct lighting as my photographer didnt have any proffessional equipment apart from her camera. We tried different techniques like shooting outside but none of us were proffessionals so it was really hard to know if we had the right shot ready for editing. I looked through all of our images and I was happy that I had a few I could work with and use for my portfolio. I dropped the photographer and model back off at home after taking off her make up and wig.

What Problems I Encountered and

How I Over Came Them?

The main problem I encountered for this shoot was finding the right model and photographer who were available at the same time. I had enrolled onto some casting websites like model mayhem and star now but I was unlucky in my findings. Either I was unavailable when the photographers were available or the other way around. I had arranged my model to come on Tuesday 2nd April and this was the only date she had free during the Easter Break as she also had University and work commitments. I had chosen my model due to her ethnic background which I felt would work really well against the bright coloured wig and make up design. This decision meant that I was left on the day with a model and no photographer. I do have a friend who has briefly studied this subject and has some of the equipment needed for a photo shoot. However I was really wary about my final images looking un proffesional for my portfolio and I really needed my photographer to work with me to create high quality industry standard images. Unfortunately I wasnt left with any option and my friend willingly came along to help me. We struggled heavily with getting the lighting right. I referred constantly to my research and artistic direction and I could see that there were only a hand ful of images I could possibly work with to create my desired image. Looking back I can understand the importance of choosing a well experienced photographer, this reflects in the way my photographer has captured the model in comparison to my natural shoot. Aswell as me giving the model direction, the photographer at the natural shoot also had experience and knowledge of what will look good and how to use the right lighting and angles to capture what I wanted. having put a lot of effort and spending money on this look, to have it photographed to a standard I wasnt completely happy with was very frustrating, but unfortunately this was influenced by my lack of time and other commitments. If I had the time I would organise this shoot again.

After the shoot I was also faced with the problem of where to get my images edited. I asked around a few graphic designers and posted on my make up page for any volunteers. One editor replied but with a cost of £30 per photo! I thought this was a little extreme and being a student it was unfortunately an unrealistic price. Luckily for me the photographer I had worked with for my natural shoot came forward and said she would edit the images for free. This was fantastic as I knew she was skilled in this area and I felt I could trust her with my photos. While she was editing she advised me that most of the shots were out of focus which would look really bad when they were printed off large, she worked on all the ones she could taking away blemishes and cropping where needed. She also told me that some of the images were quite heavily shadowed due to the wrong lighting used and that it would be hard for her to adjust this without taking any of the colour out of the image.

The edited images are still not up to the standard I initially wanted but I am happy I have atleast one image I can use for my portfolio. I have learnt from this experience that choosing a photographer and editor with the right experience and knowledge is essential and that it makes my job a lot easier.

Did The Images Turn Out As I Expected?

Would I Change Anything?

The aim of this project was to create and image which really showed off my colour knowledge skills whilst still lokking proffessional and fashionable in its over all look. I wanted the final shot to look as though it would appear in a high end quirky magazine for media and other creative subjects such as dazed and confused and Pop. Looking back at the type of images I had found in my research I believe I hit this goal to a certain extent. Without boasting I genuinely feel my ideas, styling and overall direction has the potential to make It into this genre, yet other factors (lighting, equipment, photographer choice ) had a direct impact on the final quality of my image.

My initial research shows the start of where my ideas where heading. I wanted striking close up images where the colour really popped out of the page. With this as a starting point then went on to practise and experiment with different products and potential techniques.

To put it bluntly I can honestly say that my final images do not have enough development and unique input from my initial research. I keep referring back to my time limit and struggle to fit everything in which unfortunately was again the case for this look. Apart from my wig I had no face chart or idea set in place even on the day of my shoot. I feel the look I chose wasn’t to the best of my make up ability and it doesnt show off my individual creativity as well as it could.


My Natural Make Up Shoot!


On the day of the shoot I picked my model up from her job at 5:00pm in Manchester City Centre, This was an easier option as public transport would have taken her over an hour to get back to my house. I had previously set up my hair and make up station at my house and I had filled my car with petrol and entered the adress of her work and for the photographer in my sat nav. I asked my model to have clean hair and no make up as this would make the whole process a lot quicker and easier.

We arrived at my house about 6:15 and I encountered no problems whilst preparing my models hair and make up for the shoot. I hadnt decided on a specific hairstyle as I hadn’t had chance to meet my model before the shoot and so I wasn’t sure what length or thickness I was working with. I ended up improvising but I was really happy with how it turned out. My model was extremely to work with and apply make up to and She was very happy to help wherever possible. I was also quite nervous about wether the clothes I had purchased for my model would fit properly, I purchased the clothes for my model the day before from HnM, my model was only a size 8-10 so I couldnt fit her into anything I already had. Although I had purchashed the clothes in the size she told me she was, I am aware that different stores have different sizing guides, however they fit her quite well and we set off to the photographers house.

When we arrived at the photographers, around 8pm, I introduced her to my model and I showed her the images I had collected for my research to give her some direction with the shoot. I had worked with this photographer before at weddings so I knew she was god at photographing and editing natural images and I was confident she would provide the right type of images I was looking for. The shoot went really well and my model really got into it. It came quite natural to her to pose in the correct way nd I was happy that her positioning didnt look too forced. I stood behind the photographer to see the images as they were appearing on her camera and I was getting more enthusiastic as I realised how good the images were looking. I shared this exctement with the model which helped with her confidence.

We changed looks after about twenty minutes and then again after another twenty minutes. The photographer talked me through everything she was doing, the types of lightig she was choosing and why and she showed me some shots every few minutes. This was really helpful and I realised just how important it is to have the right photographer and how indepth the lighting and equipment is in this field. We left the photographers house around 9:15pm and I dropped my model back off at home. I took the models clothes back to HnM the next day.

What Problems Did I Encounter On The Day And How Did I Over Come Them?

My photographer had adviced me that anything fluffy and textured around the face would help contrast with the skin making it look smoother and more flawless. My model had very naturally straight hair and I had decided to back comb it to create this effect. Unfortunately no matter how much I back combed her hair it would continually keep on going nack straight and flopping on both or one side. I took my comb and hairspray to the photographers house but unfortunately I ran out of hairspray on the second look. Luckily the next look required the model to wear her hair down but I know in future to take more back up products with me incase this ever happened again.

I originally wanted my model to have some full length shots as I wanted the final images to replicate a photoshoot used in a magazine for a fashion look. Unfortunately which I didnt realise, the photographers back drop only went down to floor level, it didnt allow my model to stand on top of. This meant that we could only get 2/3 shots from the waist upwards. At first I was a little disapointed but then I realised closer images are probably more appropriate for a make up portfolio.

Did The Look Turn Out As I Expected And Would I Change Anything?

This look was supposed to show that I can apply a no make up look aswell as the more complicated looking make ups I have in my portfolio. I do struggle sometimes being able to stop myself from applying more and more make up but this type of look is essential for me to gain commercial jobs in the industry. I think I started on the right track in my research and I did have a few ideas in my head that I think would have worked really well. However due to the amount of work I have and other commitments I found myself really struggling with time to practise these ideas or put them down on paper. Due to this severe lack of time I ended up really rushing this look and I actually went onto the shoot without any face charts down on paper.

One thing I was confident about was my contouring skills. I had spent quite a bit of time looking at different contouring techniques using liquid, cream and powder by different proffessionals. I really wanted to show the structure of the face in this shoot without applying too much make up. However, apart form being happy with the base, on the day of the shoot, I still hadnt practised the hair and I had only attempted the make up on myself. I believe I bought the right products for this look as I wanted some raw earthy colours to compliment the natural theme. The green and purple pigments I used were a perfect colour but I feel if I applied them slightly differently ( applied it more sparingly and close to the lash line instead of over the full lid) I could have created a more natural and raw looking make up. To sum this look up I do think I could have done a better job when I look back at what my aim were. I took a lot of time worrying about the styling, the model choice and the hair rather than getting deep into what the make up should be. If I had enough time I would probably try this look again, or arrange another shoot with really minimum make up. However, the looks still show very commercial make up which will definetely gain me work in the industry when I am self employed so in a way I have achieved some of my expectations. I am also quite satisfied that I have some much more natural looks from previous bridal shoots that I can slip into my portfolio aswell.

My Picasso Inspired Photoshoot

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On the day of the shoot I picked my model up at 8:45 am. I started to prepare my model at my make up and hair station which I had set up at my home the night before. This process went according to plan and the model looked exactly as I wanted her to. As my model was required to wear a dress I packed a large coat and gloves for in between shoots as we were shooting outside. I also had quite a lot of equipment and props to pack so I checked and double checked again before we left. We set off to Leeds at 11:30 am, I had filled my car with petrol and typed the location in my sat nav the night before so not to cause any delays. On the way to the shoot I realised I had in fact forgotten one of my props which was a lollipop so I stopped at a service station and bought one. We arrived at the park around the same time as the other Make Up artists, models and photographer and we set to shooting straight away. We had previously met with the photographer and exchanged emails and he was extremely helpful and knowledgeable on the area and what looks we wanted. Initially I was very nervous about how the look would look altogether as it is very abstract and random but I prepared my model and stood her in the position I was looking for. The photographer and I collaborated both our opinions and I feel we worked really well together and I stood behind him as he took the first shot. As he passed me the camera to show me how it looked I was overwhelmed with happiness as the image looked ten times better than I had hoped. This gave me so much more confidence for the rest of the shoot. We shot in two locations, the first in a wooded are of the park which added to the randomness of my idea because the model looked almost out place. The second was at a small castle area which gave an urban / edgy look to my images. I changed the props around according to what I felt fit best with the back drop and pose. Unfortunately my model had work at 4pm so we had to leave at this point, however I was so happy with all the images I had gained that we didn’t need to stay any longer anyway. I dropped my model back off at home at around 3:30pm.

Problems I Encountered On The Day and How I Over Came Them

As my model had such long heavy hair, the curls didn’t turn out as bouncy and high as I wanted them too. I took hairspray and a back comb with me to keep trying to add volume but unfortunately the hair fell quite a lot. It was also very windy on location which meant her hair was blowing about and getting untidy so I had to constantly step in to remove any stray hairs and keep it looking as smooth as possible. I did borrow some dark brown extensions to add to the models own hair to try and keep the hair full underneath, yet when I picked the model up I realised they were much darker than her natural hair colour. However, as I held them against her hair I decided it looked quite nice to have a few darker streaks coming through underneath. Overall, although the hair wasn’t exactly as I imagined, it still fitted in perfectly with the overall image so I am not disappointed. Although my chosen model works unsociable shifts and this wasn’t really an option, I have learnt that in the future It is necessary to have a practise run on the actual model I am using as I may have been able to overcome this hair problem earlier.

I don’t think I was fully prepared for the weather on the day, I live 90minutes away from the chosen location and It was very sunny and calm at my home when we set off. However when we got to Round hay Park there was still snow on the ground and it was really quite windy. Although I provided my model with the right equipment to keep her warm I forgot about myself in the madness of it all. I ended up being very cold and uncomfortable during the shoot. Luckily one of the other make up artist came over prepared and leant me a pair of her gloves but I must consider that this will not be the case on all shoots and I must prepare for this in the future. I learnt that not all make up location shoots are glamorous and warm.

On the day of the shoot I was extremely nervous about how the images were going to turn out, although I had done all my preparation and research, I hadn’t had the opportunity to meet with the photographer and look at his style or how professional his images were. I was so concerned that I wanted my images to be a really high quality and I was nervous about them looking amateur and unprofessional. I soon realised after meeting Mike that this was not the case and that he certainly knew his stuff. I was surprised to learn that he had taken some of his own time out to come to the park previously to look at what locations we could individually use for our required looks. This was very reassuring and it was clear that Mike was heavily intent on pleasing me and he was extremely easy to work and communicate with. I have definitely gained future connection from this shoot.

It was very windy on location and as the images I had printed off were stuck on card and then onto wooden sticks they were unfortunately blowing about quite a lot or falling off. We over came this problem by positioning my model against the wind so that if the images blew, they would do so onto her face rather than curling away. It was also a lot easier to avoid any wind in the second location as we were sheltered by the castle walls so we took advantage of this and shot most of our looks here.

I had initially styled the model to wear a chunky jewelled necklace, however on the day the necklace became tangled and the other make up artist or myself unfortunately could not get it undone. We had to shoot without the necklace which was slightly upsetting but I know for next time to either take a spare or try and fix any problems like this previously.

I had prepared some stick on nails for my model to wear, I had decided on a colour that matched best with the necklace and the styling but unfortunately I could not use them as my model already had some nails on. I had asked her to come without any but she must have forgotten. Luckily for me the nails she had on were bright pink and worked perfectly with the whole image and the other colours I had chosen. I might even say they were a better match then the colour I had chosen myself.

Did The Look Turn Out As I Expected and Would I Change Anything?

This look came about through trial and error. I sat in front of my mirror looking at my research, my inspirations, and how I could create my own unique twist on the look. I kept referring back to my research on picasso and the definition of Cubism which was that “objects or features were broken up, analysed and re – assembled in an abstracted form.”

When I came across my idea I knew instantly that this would enable me to create the professional looking, fashion inspired, random image that I was stressing so much about achieving.

It wasn’t until after I had decided on this look that I realised it had been done quite a few times before in different ways already and therefore wasn’t quite as unique as I had initially expected. However this did not put me off because I knew my look would be different depending on other factors like the location and styling.

Although I had practised this look on myself previous to the shoot I unfortunate did not have the chance to put the whole look together or make any necessary amendments so I was very nervous about the overall look. I was worried that If it didn’t turn out as I imagined I didn’t really have any time to do it all again. However the look came together perfectly.

If I could change anything I would attempt at photographing the features from different angles instead of just straight on, for example the profile of a face and then photographing the final whole look straight on. I believe this would probably fir in better with picassos personal style. Although this idea is stretched quite a lot it is still primarily heavily inspired by picassos look and I wanted to use this opportunity to really expand my creativity and produce a look which would be completely different to any others I have in my portfolio. I feel I achieved this and I absolutely love the images.

Anabelles Wigs

I came across this it whilst researching other Make Up Artist who have used colourful / pastel wigs in their work. I find that through blogging and social networking sites, it is quite easy to find where the MUA has bought there products and materials from. This particular site was used by Karla Powell for one of her recent shoots so I decided to buy mine from here hoping it would be of good quality for portfolio use. The wig is £27.99 plus postage and packaging but buying it is a much safer option for me as I am under tight time constraints. I am pleased to say that my wig arrived two days after I ordered it and its very good quality. The colours are as vibrant as they are described on the internet and the wig itself is smooth, straight and comes with washing instructions. I have tried the wig on myself and I am confident it will fit my model well. I have taken some images below.Image

Final Fantastic Man Images…..

A couple of months ago i posted about a photo shoot I took part in for a male editorial shoot for a competition with ID magazine! Well I got sent through the final edited images yesterday and I am in LOVE with all of them! I think these will definitely be going in the portfolio.

Photoshop me thin!


A few weeks ago I learnt some really beneficial tips for Photoshop. The aim of my WBL lesson was to look at how I could edit some of my final images ready for portfolio use. I have previous experience with this program from my Graphics course but that was over three years ago and things on there seemed to have changed quite a lot. It was so interesting to learn how to clean images up including blemishes, out of place hairs and glitter and changing the brightness. However for me the  tool I find the most interesting on there is the liquifying tool. This allows you to completely change the appearance of someone’s body shape, as you can see in my images below, my model was thin to start with so there isn’t a dramatic change but it does allow me to see how the press and photo editors change celebrities appearances in the media.







Other useful tips for my portfolio are…..

Re-sizing my images- this is useful when printing my work as certain printers will crop sections of my work if they don’t print in that size. This is done by clicking on images, then image size, and changing the width and the height appropriately.

Change the resolution- For a website it is best to change the resolution of your image to 72, this is so other people cannot copy the image and pass it off as there own as when they print it will be too pixel-ated. For my portfolio, I can change the resolution up to 402 which will make it a crisp clear image even when it is printed big.

Re-touch- Using tools such as the spot healing, cloning and skin smoothing, I can take away any imperfections on the face which will save me money in editing and help my images look more professional whilst hopefully complimenting my make up.




Colour POP!

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For this colour pop image I want in my portfolio, I want to use bright ‘poppy’ colours that will jump out of the page when you look at it! Like the images I have collated I have tried opposite to create something similar on myself as an initial practise.

I used powder eye shadows ( all from Mac) for my first attempt. Initially I worked on top of the make up I already had on and the colours don’t ‘pop’ out against my already quite orange complexion. I decided then to take my make up off and start again with a much paler base and no blush or bronzer to take away from the eye make up. This worked much better! I was scared to put too much product on and I think it is essential to watch where you are placing the colours and how they all work next to each other. I kept my warmer colours on the top of the lid and my cooler at the bottom and this seemed to work well. I also kept my colour mainly on the top of the lid and only a thin line under so not to distort the features too much. I didn’t really consider any colour theory in this practise so I may do this next time and compare. I would like to try using some cheaper palettes I have seen as they have brighter colours than the ones I used.

My aim was not to create pattern, ( I have found that without the use of black to outline a pattern it can end up looking unfinished and wishy washy). Instead I wanted to create splashes and bursts of colour without much blending or particular place.

As many of the images I have collected I chose not to add any eyeliner, I did not try to this so I cannot compare too as I am already happy with just using mascara on a look like this and I was worried about ruining the look by adding too much! I think black will stop the colours from jumping out at you but I will attempt this on another practise.

Another technique I attemptedto create was a glossy eye! This is simply created by adding a layer of clear lip gloss at the very end of your look. I did find it quite hard to blend without smudging the shadow in any way but I love the effect it gives so I may attempt this look again! The image would have to be photographed up close to see the shine and the gloss would have to be placed on just before the image is taken as it runs very easily! However for photographic this isn’t much of a problem.

Finally I attempted this colour pop look with greasepaints. Again these worked really well and I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. The good thing about these greasepaints is you can get intense bright colour, however they are hard to blend into each other which is why I chose to create a more structured look. These products are quite wet looking but I do not think that is a bad feature. I think for this product less is more so I would like to try again keeping the make up very minimal.

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