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Zombie Walk

The Vancouver Zombie walk wa last weekend and so I got to have some fun with my make-up!

I killed myself, Greg (hubby) and two other guys called Aidan and Jacques. I have a couple of photos of how Greg and me turned outand hopefully I’ll get some of Aidan and Jacques in the next few days. Jzcques turned up at the last minute so didn’t really have as much done to him as the rest of us, but I definitely think greg turned out rather Un-Dead indeed! :-) I’m not sure if I have a photo of Greg stomach which is a shame as that was the best bit. I made it look like his stomach was falling apart!

It was a lot of fun and people kept stopping us and taking our photos, hehe! There are now photos on Facebook of me eating Gregs intestines and trying to bite random people who mistakenly got too close ;-)

The photos are from the lovely Joel who was there at the Zombie Walk taking pics of all us beautiful undead. You can see his work on his website. (He doesn’t just do the Undead, incase you’re wondering!)

Lingerie shoot

What a lovely day yesterday was!

Firstly, it was my fifth wedding anniversary (yay us!) and secondly I had a great day down in Surrey, with Clarissa Jorquera as my wonderful “First Assist” make-up artist, doing the make-up for five lovely young ladies on the lingerie shoot for Satin Lillie Creations!

We were down there for 9am, and created individual looks for each model to suit them and the outfits they were wearing. Robyn, the designer and creator of Satin Lillie Creations, was specific about a couple of things that she really did/didn’t want for two of the models. They were easy things to accommodate (“I’d like her eyes dark, her eyes not dark”, etc) and the day seemed to go really well. Throughout the shoot all the models really needed was lip touch-ups, so once we were finished with everyone (and had checked how they were looking on camera), we were able to relax and enjoy the lovely sandwiches, fruit and coffee that Robyn had set up for everyone (so thankful for the coffee since I’d been up since 6:20am, haha!). The hair stylist Dana Demure changed each models hair styles a few times and did a great job, they all looked lovely! Dana went with a 1960′s theme of big hair and curls so we had some serious bombshells on set! :-)

Each model had five outfits each to wear and Robyn had set up a “bedroom” in her back garden using her lovely “sleigh” bed as a prop. The photographer not only used the “bedroom”, she used various areas of the garden (such as the big tree in the middle) as a backdrop. I can’t wait to see the finished results. I don’t really know anything about photography but it did look like a decent professional set-up Tara Cummings (of JuxtaPozin Arts) had going.

Out of the collection there was definitely one piece that stood out for all of us. It was a gorgeous long, white satin dress/nightgown with crystals dotted about. When the model, Aleasha, walked out of the changing area and onto the set everyone went to watch. It was beautiful! Perfect for any bride (could even be used as a classical, lightweight wedding dress!).

Robyn was kind enough to gift to me a lovely robe as an anniversary gift, and there are some pieces that I’m actually going to buy from her the next time we meet up! :-)

All in all a wonderful day. Thankyou to everyone involved!

Engagement shoot

I did the make-up for an engagement shoot yesterday and the photographer, Anna Krasnova, has already processed a couple of images of the happy couple Jesse and CJ.

Jesse said she doesn’t really wear too much makeup so we didn’t go crazy, but I did use false lashes on the outer edges with pink and brown eyeshadow and dark brown liner. When we went outside I had to apply a bit more blush and lippy as the sun was out in force and she looked really pale in the photos. Jesse has a lovely complexion and is a lovely shade of pale anyway, but I did add a little bronzer just to help define her face in the bright sun shine.
I used my Ben Nye cream HD foundations and think they worked beautifully! MAC cream blush looked lovely on her cheeks and a mix of MAC and La Femme eyeshadows on her eyes :-)

To the happy couple!

More pics from Tia Toshazuki

The very talented Tia Hoshizaki sent the rest of the final images from the Yukata shoot.

I wasn’t expecting to receive so many images, so this is wonderful! It might take me a while to decide which ones I want in my actual portfolio as obviously I don’t want too many of the same image, but they are all great photos :-)

What do you think?

Secret Garden Shoot

There’s a competition on Craigslist that has a couple of themes that you can choose from. One of them is “Secret Garden”, so I got together with Melanie Madill and came up with something. The images I’ll be sending to the competition admins are untouched but I decided to have a play around with them before putting them up on here. They’re a little cheesy, especially since I basically pressed a few buttons in Picassa, hehe ;-) Let me know what you think:

Secret Garden Shoot

Secret Garden

About.Me

I completely forgot that I have a page with about.me! It’s basically a one page introduction to you or your business/service  for anyone that comes across it. I’ve linked it on Facebook and LinkedIn and I put my web address on it as well as some info about me being  Vancouver based Make-up Artist looking for projects to collaborate on with people :-) You can add several links if yo have various business or websites, which is handy. Not for me. But for someone, I’m sure.

It’s a good little promotional tool and it’s really quick and easy to set up. The difficult thing is trying to figure out exactly what to write, haha!

If you’re self-employed then it’s not a bad little tool, and since it’s free, what are you waiting for?!

Model Mayhem for Newbies

For those who don’t know, Model Mayhem is a site where Photographers, Models, Make-up Artists, Hair Stylists, etc can create a profile and make contact with others in the industry. You can find a photographer to do test shoots or a hair stylist to complete the look for a photo shoot…

A couple of weeks ago I created an account  to try and find people to collaborate with and I’ve already had a few offers of TF (Time For Photos/CD) to do some test shoots with people. There’s a couple of photographers that have asked to stay in touch as I wasn’t in the country when they wanted to shoot, and there’s an agency represented model that I’m shooting with next month.

There are different levels that you can sign up for. The basic package is free but then you can pay to have the bigger packages that let you put more images into your portfolio and contact more people, etc. You’ll have to go to the website to see exactly what they have available as I can’t remember, haha! To sign up you need to have a minimum of four (4) images to put into your portfolio and then it takes a couple of days for your profile to be approved/denied. You pick your level i.e. Experienced/Very Experienced/New, etc) and then write a little blurb about yourself saying what you are looking to get from Model Mayhem (paid work/ TFP projects, etc) and maybe a bit about your experience or training. Once you’re approved you can look for people in your area that you might want to work with and if you have a project you’d like them to work with you on you simply ask. You could even introduce yourself to those you like the style/skills of and let them know up front that you’d love to work with them if something comes up!

There are also loads of forum posts, competitions and places to post images to get critiqued or ask for advice from others on MM. It seems to work well for TFP projects as, like I mentioned, I’ve already made a few contacts but I don’t know if it’s any good for getting paid work.

If you’re on MM and get paid work I’d love to hear about it…

Goth Shoot with Photographer Anna Krasnova

Although yesterday was a busy day it was a lot of fun!

The goth themed shoot went well, with Melanie Madill as model, Anna Krasnova as photographer and myself as make-up artist. There was supposed to be a second model, but she had to cancel a few days ago, not sure why. We had time for two looks, but then I had to leave due to prior engagements but I left them a few bits and pieces such as lipstick in case they needed to touch up during the last bit of the shoot.

The images were mostly headshot style as Anna was focusing on her lighting and composition. We all took bits and pieces for props, clothing and the like (including a blond wig that Anna brought with her and Mel was dying to get her hands on, haha!). We didn’t have a hairstylist and none of us are particularly skilled with hair so I gave it a go and we kept things simple and used a lot of hairspray to keep things where we wanted it, hahaha (poor Mel)! Anna sent me a couple of images this morning and it looks like they had a go with the wig after I left :-) I’m not gonna put up the images she sent as she says they’re by no means the best fromt he day, so you’ll just had to wait for the final products that she’ll send once she’s finished post-processing ;-)

Craigslist.ca is good for something, haha!

I have a photo shoot organised for March 31st and it’s all thanks to Craigslist :-)

I regularly go through the jobs and gigs sections of Craigslist to see if there are projects being advertised that are looking for a MUA. I apply to some. Some reply back, some don’t! Yesterday a lovely lady called Anna replied with regards to a Goth themed shoot she wants to set up on a TFCD basis and all of that sounds right up my alley :-).

Provisionally, we’re doing the shoot in the morning of the 31st with either one or two models depending on if she can find a second model.

Also, there’s a make-up competition being advertised on Craigslist with a fantasy theme. I have until the end of April to enter a look and then they decide who gets through to the next round which is a 30 person live event with models and photographers. Everyone is competing as individuals and I think as groups (you get put with certain photographers for the day to create the best images possible). Not clear if you use your own model at this point or if the models apply and are chosen as well. I guess it won’t matter until I get my submission in and find out if I make the grade, haha!