The day of my first photo shoot I was very nervous and I felt sick in my belly, wondering what I went and got myself into. I never been on set of a shoot before and I haven’t really done much makeup for anyone or anything at this stage. I was so worried I won’t be any good or be able to pull this off but it was all too late it was shoot day the model was arriving and I had to be ready. I may not have had much self confidence at the time but I didn’t let it show and I didn’t let on it was my first gig. Although I didn’t get paid for this gig I got paid with experience and that was worth every moment.
Leading up to the shoot I did my research spoke with all the team members regarding their desired outcome and what they where looking for in the over all feel of the shoot. I explored the theme took note of all the colours and dresses the model would be wearing and got to work on designing a couple of looks for the shoot. I shared my ideas with the group and some face charts to show them my train of thought. They loved my ideas, I was ready for the big day.
Shoot day! The model arrived and I sat her in the makeup chair, she was so tall but so welcoming (even though it was my house) she made me feel at ease and I started to prepare the skin ready for my creativeness. A pinup feel for a pinup fashion label Sarsparilly. Once I prepped the skin I got to work on the eyes then the foundation/base and the lastly the hair. All ready to go we head to location where I meet for the first time in person the designer and the photographer both was so welcoming and encouraging. The shoot went to plan the model looked amazing in every dress and the hair and makeup complemented every dress. Touch ups and dress changes where very interesting to be at an old train station with others coming along watching what you are doing was a great experience.
I learnt so much on the first shoot that I appreciated every minute of it. I felt very short against the model but I have come to realise I will feel short next to any model and that is ok. I learnt that my makeup skills speak volumes and I learnt that I loved being on set creating images that can last beyond a lifetime. Creating and capturing the feel of a scene is one unique experience. Working with a team was encouraging and exciting all at the same time.
The makeup look I ended up going for was very retro 1950’s in keeping with the label I was working with. I used soft pinks on the eyes and cheeks with a strong winged eyeliner to go. I used a pink lipstick that was strong to make the lips pop. The foundation was kept to match the models skin and was dusted lightly with a setting powder to remove the shine. Hair design was a tight wavy curl to match, this created a beautiful frame for the model and a base for when we used hats.
This day showed me that anything can happen and dreams can come true. I loved every minute of it and was very excited to keep going. I hated waiting for the images but they where worth the wait. I guess the hardest part of being a makeup artist is waiting to see the images when you work on a photo shoot. To book me in your next photo shoot contact me for booking details and prices.
Dreams can come true!