An artist never stops growing, improving, learning and experimenting. I am constantly pushing myself to develop my craft and technique because challenges are what keep you driving forward. Putting words into action, I recently shot with photographer Patrick Mackey to create a series of beauty images. The purpose of the shoot was to try new techniques in a setting where only your creativity was the limit.
Our model was the lovely Cristina from London Model Management and together this is what we created…
I focused on keeping the skin looking fresh and added a softly bronzed contour to bring dimension to Cristina’s face. I blowdried Cristina’s hair using my H2d hairdryer and ran the irons over it for a sleek slightly ’90s look. Nails were painted my favourite nude shade by L’Oreal “Rose Paradise“.
In black and white this translates to:
The next look I created featured a white graphic liner design. Graphic liner is one of my favourite things to play around with on editorial shoots and what better time to practice than on a beauty shoot where precision and symmetry is everything.
I also like the graphic liner I did for this editorial which featured in Cellophane Magazine earlier this year.
Then for something totally different, I decided to use some gold leaf for the final look.
Working with gold leaf is never an easy process. It is extremely time consuming and precision is a must along with a lot of patience and a sense of humour. However when you get it right, the end result is always worth it.
These shots are now in my portfolio and serve as a reminder to never stop challenging myself and most importantly, to enjoy the ride along the way. Shooting beauty with a fun team is a great way to do both.
Hope you enjoyed this post. As always, feel free to leave any comments or questions below!