Lashes

Andi

Andi, July 2010 Workshop

Once you start shooting models simple things become a big deal.  Take great eyelashes for example.

Great full bottom lashes are especially hard to come by and Andi has them to spare.  Andi’s a great test model because she can do her own makeup.  She definitely has a preference on how she wears her hair but that can gradually be worked on.  Most girls have one way they like their hair and that’s it.  You basically need to force them to change it during a shoot.  I find that eventually they like some of the changes so much they start changing it on their own.

This was shot at my last workshop in front of my east windows and I love how her eyes look like kaleidoscopes.  I love what I call a “busy” eye.  If I was a new photographer just starting out  looking for a studio, windows would be a must.

Horizontals really break up and add variety to a website especially a makeup artists website.  If you have or want to build relationships with makeup artists images like this would be greatly valued in their book.  My book size is 9×12 but some makeup artist books are 11×14 so you might want to check with them.  I love working with makeup artists but sometimes I just want to do some simple shooting and don’t want to be obligated to obtain portfolio quality images for their book.  New models are great to test with because any and all images add to their book.

Clean makeup looks are highly valued to makeup artists, especially during their initial book building stage (even if they don’t know it).  It’s easy to get carried away with all kinds of themes when starting out but I feel my most valuable work is my simplest.

F2.8 640 iso 200  lens 85 1.2

1 comment category: Beauty,Comp cards,Headshots,Makeup artist,Photographing models,Workshop

1 Stephanie August 9, 2010 at 8:40 am

Mary, your blog posts are like treats, first thing I open in the morning 🙂

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