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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 ;-)

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!

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!