Shooting Beauty

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…


The first look was soft and natural. Well defined brows and neutral tones on the lips and eyes.

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:

Reminds me of a Calvin Klein ad!

Reminds me of a Calvin Klein ad!

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.


Great pose and lighting set up makes for a strong shot!

I also like the graphic liner I did for this editorial which featured in Cellophane Magazine earlier this year.


Model Woan Ni is one of my favourites and it’s always a pleasure shooting with her. Thank you for letting me get graphic on your face Woanster!

Then for something totally different, I decided to use some gold leaf for the final look.


The finale! In order to bring balance to this shot, I added stronger metallic gold eyeshadow along with liquid liner, a few false lashes and a glossy berry lip.

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.

You can view more of my beauty work here and read up on other editorials I’ve worked on here and here.

Hope you enjoyed this post.  As always, feel free to leave any comments or questions below!


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