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Yukata Shoot in Lynn Canyon, Vancouver

I forgot to mention the shoot I did the other week with photographer Tia Toshizaki, model Akane Nishiya and stylist Ayaka Konno.It had a Yukata theme (a lighter, summer version of a Kimono) and Tia wanted it to be fairly dramatic with regards to the make-up. We went through some images, just to be sure we were on the same page as to just how dramatic is “dramatic”, as different peoples level of crazy is different from the next, haha ;-)

Tia drove us all up to Lynn Canyon where we thought we had limited time due to the warnings on the posts saying that they closed the gates at 6pm. We got Akane ready before we left for valley, and Tia had scouted the area a little while on a previous shoot a few days earlier, so we found a nice area and  she started shooting quite quickly. We moved on to another area, shot for a bit then changed Akane into a second Yukata for a different look then rushed back to the gates as it was very very close to closing!

As we were heading back to the gates, we noticed that there were still a lot of people, not only milling around, but actually heading into the valley. So, we decided to risk it, nip inot some trees and do a bit more shooting before we left, haha! Such dare-devils, hahaha!

It was nice to be outside for a shoot, and Tia was rather well prepared with a small sheet for us to put things on the ground while we shot! I also used a few fallen trees as tables, and some broken branches to hang my smaller bags from, haha (back to nature and all that, eh! ;-))!

After the shoot Tia mentioned that if would be around 4 weeks until she would be able to get around to looking at the images she’s taken that day as she had a very hectic time ahead of her. I said that was absolutely fine and I was expecting that kind of turn-around, so I was suprised when she sent me a couple of great images several days ago!! Way to go Tia!

Pre-shoot Meeting

A beautiful day and what do I get to do?… a three hour round trip on the the bus and skytrain for a pre-shoot meeting down in Surrey! It was worth it though, haha! :-) The meeting went well and then I got to sit out on our 23rd floor balcony for dinner ;-)

Basically what happened was that I met with the designer/maker of the lingerie that we’re shooting for (Robyn at Satin Lillie Creations)  and we went through some photos and magazine clips to see what kind of image she is thinking of for with each model (there’ 5). It’s one thing me as the Make-up Artist to think “oh I know what would look good” and another thing for us to be in agreement as to what the client was thinking and what I can advise! Robyn said she has no idea about make-up, but she still had some ideas on how dramatic she wants to go and what styles she does or doesn’t want for each of the models (sophisticated/young and innocent, etc).

It was a good meeting and I came away having seen photos of the models (five of them), the clothing that will be worn and an idea of what the designer is looking for. For the actual shoot I’ll have Clarissa Jorquera there to help. She’s nearing the end of her make-up course at Vancouver Film School and is extremely talented, so it will be lovely to have her with me for me day! (Yay for Clarissa!) :-)

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!

Rise of the Glitter Horn, from Ziggy

Another short video from Ziggy (aka Edgar Villegas) Some of the make-up was done by me and there are some shots in the beginning where I think he did his own. I’ve seem him with make-up a few times and he does it really well (and really knows what suits him!)

It does contain a little nudity, so those of you with a sensitive disposition may want to look away ;-)

Eddy has a channel on Youtube under “Ziggyproductions films” if you want to check out his other videos!

More Images from the Photoshoot with Ian Redd Photography

Ian sent me some more of the edited images from our shoot.

Clarissa’s look was inspired by the 1920′s, but I personalised it a bit too. She has such a great face, with perfect big, sleepy eyes for a dark, 20′s smudged look. It’s basically black on the lids and smudged all the way around the eyes, then a bold shimmery red almost right up to the brows. There’s a few bits and pieces blended in too, but I liked the strength of the red against the black so I didn’t do too much blending at the edges to keep it quite sharp. Top and bottom lashes from MAC (absolutely gorgeous and great quality!).

I borrowed a friends waistcoat to add a little edge and pull the piece together :-)

What do you think ?