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 ;-)