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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 ?

Love Is Louder

This image of Megan was used by Ian Redd on his Facebook fan page to help promote the “Love is Louder” campaign that he’s doing the whole of this year.

Basically, if you donate (he suggests) minimum $20 to the Kids Help Phone charity he will do a small “Love Is Louder” shoot with you  for free :-)

From the website:

“Kids talk to Kids Help Phone when kids don’t know who to talk to.

There for kids, day and night

To reach a Kids Help Phone professional counsellor, kids, teens and young adults, from any community in Canada, can call or go online 24 hours a day, 365 day a year.”

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First images from Ian Redd Photography

Yay! :-)

Ian Redd sent me the first edited images from my test shoot the other week. This is Megan, the lovely actress who stepped in at the last minute when my first girl couldn’t make it (a massive thankyou to Megan for that!!):

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The first look for Megan was a simple, classic cat eye (inspired by the 1940′s/50′s), heavy contouring of the lid with a taupy brown and a bit of natural lip stain on her mouth. I filled in her eyebrows a bit but messed them up a little too as I like the contrast between the clean winged cat eye and the messy hair of her brows. I also used very long lashes from MAC ( I foget which style/number) on her top lashes.

The second look was slightly inspired by the 20′s, dark eyes and pouty cupid bow mouth, but I winged the smokey eye out a bit to suit Megans face and gave her a messy red pout. There’s red over her eyelid and into the inner corner of her eyes for a slightly vampy addition, and added lashes just below her bottom lash line at the outer corner for extra drama (again from MAC, Yay for Pro Discounts!! ;-) )

Whilst doing more research about what kind of images to put into a make-up portfolio, I came across a post that said to stay well clear of “headshot” style images. These probably come under that catagory (which makes sense as Ian is a popular headshot photographer), but I think they’re nice images to start me off, and the whole shoot experience was great practice. Of course, I’ll continue to find more projects to work on and continually add to/change my portfolio (both online and hard copy).

More images still to come of Megan and of Clarissa :-)

Rising Unicorn: Alethea

Eddie from Ziggy Productions has put out another video from the Rising Unicorn collection.I’m so glad Eddie’s put together a video for the fairy as she was stunning out there in the cold damp forest of Stanley Park in October, climbing trees and jumping through streams, haha!

Her make-up was really simple. It ws clean beauty with nice long lashes, some gold leaves glued to the outer edge of her face and gold spotted around her eyes and on her lips. You can’t really see it in the video though, but I don’t mind so much, she still looks lovely :-)

This is the fairy Alethea:

Photoshoot at Ian Redd Photography

I organised a photoshoot (or test shoot) with Ian Redd at Ian Redd Photograhy here in Vancouver and I think it went well :-)

One of my original models backed out at the last minute due to work but Ian sent out a casting call on his Facebook page and a lovely young actress called Megan Barrett answered. My other model was Clarissa Andrea, a friend of mine who I just knew would be great for the looks I wanted to try. Everyone was fantastic! I’m so thrilled to have been able to work with them and hope I get to do so more in the future!

The idea for the looks was kind of inspired by the 1930′s but with a vampy twist, if that makes sense, haha :-) I had to change some things to fit my new model Megan, but she looked great. She has a natural “beach babe” look to her so it was fun vamping her up a bit with a black and red smokey eye and messy, pouty lips. I did two looks on Megan, the first being a simple winged liner and stained lips, the second being the smokey eye.

Clarissa had one look that we shot, then I added a bit of colour to her lips but kept the rest the same. I’m actually still not sure about the red lips and maybe should have left her with pale lips, but, you live… you learn! I borrowed a fantastic waistcoat from a friend at work (thanks Augustine!) for Clarissa to wear. It complimented Clarissa’s “cool/edgy” vibe and looked great in the photos with her skinny jeans and brown boots.

What happens now is that I get a CD with the photos on it and I get to choose the ones I want processed to be used on my website, in my portfolio, etc. Ian put a couple of the images up on Facebook already and I’m so pleased with them. I’ll put some images up on here as soon as I have them processed and what-have-you, then you can see everything for yourselves.

Yay!