My Style Shoot – 2

Having had a discussion with my two Tutors for this subject, Vicky and Carl, I have come to the conclusion hat this piece needs to be more of a ‘showstopper’ than a general ‘my style’ picture.

With this in mind, I have looked at all of the subjects which interest me and also what I take inspiration from to create a new makeup design for this last Photo Shoot.

I researched flowers, historical eras, catwalk trends, and art and fashion. The subject which really stood out to me was fashion and as such I began to look at different designers iconic clothes and their styles.  The 3 books which O looked at first are:

Whilst I found the books fascinating, they were directed at the photography side of the project rather than providing me with fashion images.

I turned to the internet next and researched iconic fashion from different designers such as Dior, Chanel and YSL.

YSL grabbed my interest straight away as I love their colour block dresses from 1960’s. I have attached a copy of my screen shot below for your information on the images which inspired me.

Iconic Fashion

After conducting even more research I discovered that the dress was inspired by an artist called Piet Mondrian.  As I began to explore more of his work I made a Pinterest board dedicated to Piet Mondrian.

One of the things which captures my imagination with Piet Mondrian is the simplicity of the lines and the blocks of colours. He was obviously influential enough to inspire YSL with the above iconic dress in the 1960’s.  Examples of his work can be seen below.

This is a concept which I am going to explore further over the next couple of weeks as I have also discovered another 3 amazing artists, Pablo Picasso, Bridget Riley and Lerdinand Ledger who all inspire me. I would love to create 4 different prices of work, each one inspired by one of the above artists.

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

My Style Shoot 1

This is probably the hardest shoot for me as we have to choose our own personal style. Over the years I have developed my makeup to create the style that my client is looking for, whether it is natural, bridal, evening, sculpted, smokey, or more avant garde.

With this in mind I have had to think a lot about what my style is and I will have to say that when clients say to me “I’m going out, do what you want” my signature look is smokey eyes, sculpted cheeks and either nude or bordeaux lips.

I really love the modern smokey eye with is very smudged both on the top and bottom of the eye teamed with either of the light or dark lips. I’m not into the overly sculpted face as I personally think that it looks really fake and so my sculpting and highlighting is more natural and flattering to the wearer.

I have created a Pinterest Board to show my ideas of ‘My Style’ here  The Model Release forms and record card for this shoot can be seen here.

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Claire xx

 

 

Metallic Shoot 2

For this shoot I have decided that I want to create 2 different images if possible. Firstly a metallic smokey eye with gorgeous makeup then I want to change it to a more avant garde look. The ideas for this shoot can be found on my Pinterest Board – Here

A few of my favorite inspirational photos are:

As I am looking at doing a metallic shoot, I believe that they would look best shot in a studio so that I can take advantage of the lighting to enhance the metallic properties of the products used.

I want the photos to be head (and / or shoulder) shots like above and so I am going to tie the hair back. I will also put the model in a strapless top as I don’t want any clothes on view in the picture.

For the lighting I want the model looking directly at a key light so her whole face is lit up. I don’t want any or little shadows on the face at all.

With regards to posing I like the look of photos 2 and 4.  Photo 2 will show off the metallic highlighting and for the 2nd look, photo 4 will show off the eye makeup.

I have sent the call sheet and the map to the Model Agency – Jadore Models.

Call Sheet for 24 03 2016 Mettallic – Texture          Fielden Campus – Map       Fielden Campus – Transport

I cant wait to get started on this shoot as I love metallics.

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

Metallic Shoot 1

My next assessed Shoot is on 24th March and is proving to be a tricky one.  It’s more coming up with an idea which I am finding difficult as I have already done many assessments using texture and metallic.

My dilemma is whether to keep the makeup beautiful and add some metallic shine like the pictures below or go full on metallic and glitter!  I’ve done quite a few Avant Garde pieces over the last 2 years and so I’m inclined to keep the makeup beautiful and add some shimmer.

I really like the idea of the minimal look makeup with metallic eyes and I am more swayed towards silver/gunmetal than coloured metallics and definitely want to do texture as well but have decided to do glossy eyes and wet look as different shoots. For this assessment it will definitely be metallic as I love a bit of bling!

I have various options with regards to metallic products including glitter, cream pigments, powder pigments, liquid pigments, gold and silver leaf, eye gloss and lip gloss.  I could also use mirrors, tin foil, paperclip, pennies and sweet wrappers. As I want to keep the image stylised rather than avant garde I will probably go for metallic eyes, powder on the lips and if I have time, darken the eyes and add liquid or gold leaf for another look.  I will be testing the look of all of these products over the next couple of weeks so please follow this blog if you want to see the results. For a look at my ideas board – click here

With regards to the hair and costume, they won’t be seen at all by the camera as I want really tight shots like the photos below and so I will scrape the hair back into a pony tail and have the model in a strapless top.

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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Claire xx

Eyeliner Storyboard 3 – Call Sheet

After booking my model for my Shoot on Thursday  (Georgia from J’adore Models) I have sent over the Call Sheet for the shoot to the agency via a Dropbox Folder. I find that this is the best way as J’adore Models have their own folder in my Dropbox with all of the call sheets, information sheets, maps and transport info and finally a folder for each model with their edited photos in.  As I book my models in advance, I find that after sending the call sheets via email they end up asking me for them again the day before the shoot and so this way they have access to everything in case I am working and can’t resend anything!

A copy of my call sheet for this shoot can be seen here – Call Sheet for 03 03 2016 7 x Eyeliner Looks

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

Recreate Shoot 8 – Behind the Scenes

Well today’s shoot with Madison and Josh was pretty amazing. I had great feedback from my Tutor who said that Id created a flawless base with beautiful eyes and choice of colours.

Both Josh and Madison were a pleasure to work with and I can’t wait to do another shoot with them.

This is just a little extra post to show some behind the scenes photos as they are rarely seen in the industry and it’s something which I have been asked about previously.

As you can see from my work station, I am fairly tidy however I must confess that I do work mainly out of my Zuca Bag and pouches and so it leaves me with space on my station to spread out a bit. By the end of the session my work station didn’t look half as tidy!!!

You can see Madison and Josh before they have been made up and also our session in the studio with Carl, our photographer and Tutor.

Hope you enjoy the pics and as you can see, we all love what we do for a living and so have a great time at these shoots as well as producing some great images.

I will be choosing the final 3 images to edit next week and I’ll keep you informed of the progress.

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

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