My Style Shoot – 3

It’s the day before my final assessed photo shoot at University and I am just about to pack my kit, (hair and makeup), clothes, face charts etc.

As the makeup is in the style of a famous artist, Piet Mondrian, I have decided to keep the clothing simple; a black body con dress, as this wont detract from the brightly coloured abstract makeup.

Hair

The hair on the other hand I want to be back off the face but I want something a little bit more adventurous than a simple pony tail.  I am thinking of possibly taking inspiration from one of the photos below.  All of the photos can be found on my Pinterest Board for this shoot.

There will be no props or accessories used as I want the shoot to be very simple and stylish. The main focus is the hair and the makeup.   With a sleek, off the face style like one of those above, coupled with the bright abstract colours of the makeup (Piet Mondrian work can be seen below), I believe that the shoot will be very stylish and effective.

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Lighting

I want the lighting to be bright and airy. I don’t want moody shadows. An idea can be seen below and on my Pinterest Board.

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My call sheet for this shoot can be found here:  Call Sheet for 05 05 16 Maddie.

I have a model release form which I will ask Maddison to complete tomorrow. I obviously wont be putting a copy of that onto this post as it has her personal details on it, but a blank copy can be found here: Model Release 2016

Once I have completed the shoot I will post some of the sneak preview images before I start my editing.

Keep reading for more info on how we pull shoots together, behind the scenes photos and post production information. If you have any ideas on what you want me to write about or give step by step tutorials on, please email me at info@makeup-byclaire.co.uk and sign up to my Newsletter at my website – http://www.makeup-byclaire.co.uk.

Claire xx

 

Recreate Shoot 3

My Recreation Shoot on 25th February went really well. I chose 2 amazing models, Maddie and Josh who were absolutely amazing.  I was styling this shoot on a few of Tom Ford’s advertisements which I have loved over the last 18 months and both of my models loved the call sheet and story board which I put together.  I took 2 rather unflattering photos of these amazing models pre-makeup application to compare with my final images.

Further to my previous post on this shoot, I am still absolutely love all of the photos which have come from the afternoon with these two gorgeous models.  Choosing my final images to edit was really difficult. I whittled it down to about 30 images however I had to make a choice of 2 images! This was becoming a nightmare as I just couldn’t choose.  After taking a break for a couple of days I went back and chose a final 6 images as seen below. I decided to discount 4328 and 4408 as Maddie’s hair wasn’t exactly how I wanted it to be. This left me with one final portrait image for the shoot which I called Evening 2 Before. With regards to the landscape images, the image which I chose (Evening Before) stood out to me immediately as the strongest of the 3 images and so I had to choose that image to edit.

Evening Contact Sheet

Contrary to a previous blog post on Editing, I have decided to edit the photos myself. As talked about in my Metallic Shoot 3 post, I took to YouTube for tutorials on how to edit the images in a subtle way and the three most useful and easy to understand tutorials which I found are:

  1. Retouch, Airbrush and Smooth Skin Professionally in Photoshop by Photoshop Tutorials
  2. All About Skin Retouching by Adrienne McNeillis
  3. How to Dodge and Burn in Photoshop by Elena Jasic

I didn’t want to change the photos too much as I am not a Photographer and that proficient at Photoshop however I did want to tidy them up a bit. Here are my two final images chosen with both before editing and after editing.

I will be editing more photos from this shoot and to see the final images, please check out My Portfolio

Keep reading for more info on how we pull shoots together, behind the scenes photos and post production information. If you have any ideas on what you want me to write about or give step by step tutorials on, please email me at info@makeup-byclaire.co.uk and sign up to my Newsletter at my website – http://www.makeup-byclaire.co.uk.

Claire xx

1930’s, 40’s, 50’s and Modern Photo Shoot – Behind The Scenes

On Sunday I took part in an amazing photo shoot with Phil Polinski and a new model, Josie Moran at Red Tin Roof Studios in Wythenshawe.

I really liked the idea of this shoot as I love Phil’s work (Portfolio) and his idea of a vintage shoot really intrigued me.  Most photographers want to do PinUp Style photos but Phil suggested Film Noir and wanted to use some moody lighting as well as changing to another look later on.

The first look we worked on was Film Noir/1930’s Hollywood Glamour.  I created the typical 1930’s style makeup with orange/Red lips and neutral eye makeup with large waved hair. I then changed this to 1940’s and changed the blush, lip and eye colour and curled the hair a bit more.

As we had loads of time left before I had to leave, I changed Josie’s hair and makeup into 1950’s style.  I added winged liner and a second set of darker, fuller lashes and changed the lip colour to a deep red colour. For the hair I created 2 small victory rolls as we didn’t want a typical exaggerated look.

Finally, I had time for one more simple change before I had to leave and so I made Josie look more modern by running oil through her hair to relax her curls a bit. With her makeup I gave Josie burgundy and grey smokey eyes, changed her blush and gave her modern matte Bordeaux lips.

Above are some of the behind the scenes photos and below are a couple of sneaky previews of the final photos.

Keep reading for more info on how we pull shoots together behind the scenes and if you have any ideas on what you want me to write about or give step by step tutorials on, please email me at info@makeup-byclaire.co.uk and sign up to my Newsletter at my website – http://www.makeup-byclaire.co.uk.

Claire xx

Pure Management Networking Day

On Saturday Sheryl Sword and myself attended a Networking Day with Pure Management at Primrose Mill Studios in Preston.

There were 3 makeup artists, 5 models and 4 Photographers.  Primrose Mill is absolutely beautiful inside. Unlike many other studios set into old mills, Primrose Mill is really light and airy and has many large windows on all 4 sides of the studio giving amazing light.

 

Kayleigh Dawson was the first model that I worked on, giving her hair a bit of a curl and natural, beautiful makeup.

Next I worked on the beautiful Regan Brennan giving her a natural makeup, followed by a more smokey eye and red lip.

Finally I got to work with a young model called Chantal Blakey. Her makeup had already been done by another Makeup Artist but she had gone home and Chantal wanted me to change it to a more subtle look.  I changed the colour of her foundation, blush and contour and blended her eyes for a completely different take on the original look.

Below are some of the behind the scenes photos and also a couple of sneaky previews of the final photos.

The talented Photographers were: Susie White, James Scrivener, Mike Ellis & Ashley Barnard

Keep reading for more info on how we pull shoots together behind the scenes and if you have any ideas on what you want me to write about or give step by step tutorials on, please email me at info@makeup-byclaire.co.uk and sign up to my Newsletter at my website – http://www.makeup-byclaire.co.uk.

Claire xx

Eyeliner Storyboard 4 – Behind the Scenes

Thursday was an amazing day at University. My model, Georgia arrived bright and early and there was only myself booked into the studio for a shoot.  If you’ve ever been in education you will know that this rarely happens and we frequently have to fight for time in the studios.

My aim in the 4 hours which I had booked with my model was to create and shoot 7 different eyeliner styles from the Spring and Pre Fall 2016 Fashion shows and show how they can be worn by real women rather than on the catwalk.

On Wednesday evening I arranged my 7 different looks into an order so that they would be easy to follow on from each other with a minimal amount of removal.

After some difficulty on Thursday morning getting my camera to take photos properly, Carl our Photography Tutor changed the settings on my camera for me and off I went to create magic for our class magazine.  I set up the studio with a basic Paramount Lighting set up and used a grey background as I didn’t want lots of colour to distract from the eye makeup. As you can see below from my test shots and behind the scenes photo, the lighting looked great and so off I went………

Full edited photos will be shown once the pictures have been submitted to the magazine for my article but for now here is a sneak peak.

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Keep reading for more info on how we pull shoots together behind the scenes and if you have any ideas on what you want me to write about or give step by step tutorials on, please email me at info@makeup-byclaire.co.uk and sign up to my Newsletter at my website – http://www.makeup-byclaire.co.uk.

Claire xx

Recreate Shoot 9 – Lighting

For this shoot I was quite sure that I knew the style of lighting I wanted to use and also how to set it up. I wanted the lighting mainly on the two models with minimal shadows. With this in mind I knew that I would have to have a light at the front of the models. I also wanted there to be a soft evening glow and so I wanted the reflectors in front of the models with a light rebounding off the reflector casting a glow.

Another great lighting set up which I really liked the look of in the online photography blogs which I have read (Saved to my Pinterest Board – Here) is back lighting. This adds depth to the shot and also lights the model’s hair.  Two of the examples from my Pinterest Board which I wanted to use are below.

For the actual shoot we used a very similar set up to the above as you can see below.  Its only taken me 18 months but I think that I’m finally getting the hand of photographic lighting and the effects it can have.

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For more info on my next 16 shoots which are taking place over the next few months, please keep reading.

If you have any makeup or hair related topics which you would like me to discuss or create a blog post on, please email me at info@makeup-byclaire.co.uk

Thanks for following and my next shoot is  Pinup Style so Ill post behind the scenes photos and and what happens at a location shoot.

Claire xx

Photo Editing – aaaaaarrrrrrrgh!!

As part of our modules we have to produce contact sheets of all of the photos taken.  These are small photos, usually 24-30 photos per page. These show all of your photos together so that you can then choose which ones you like and which ones you want to discard. I found a great example of this on murraymitchell.com and it can be seen below.

Contact Sheet

Once we have our contact sheets and chosen the images we want in our portfolio, we then need to have a before editing photo and then we need to get creative on Photoshop and Picasa.  I have bought Photoshop Elements 11 for my PC and my husband has the full Photoshop on his PC however I am not the best at editing photos!  In our first year we had a full semester on using Photoshop and I have bought a couple of books on using Photoshop and still the whole thing baffles me!  I’m obviously not meant to be awesome at everything!!!!

With this in mind I have set out to contact Photo Retouchers and decided to use Purple Port as I am a subscribed member and you can look at reviews from other people.  I did a basic search for people with at least 2 reviews and came up with a list of people.  After checking out their pages I decided to contact Richard Colvill, who is a creative director / retoucher as I really like the look of his work.

Richard got back to me very quickly and I’m going to have a conversation with him regarding editing all the photos for my portfolio, not just the ones for this semester.

Keep reading for more info on how we pull shoots together behind the scenes and if you have any ideas on what you want me to write about or give step by step tutorials on, please email me at info@makeup-byclaire.co.uk and sign up to my Newsletter at my website – http://www.makeup-byclaire.co.uk.

Claire xx