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2014 Acacia Fairy Photo Shoot

First off, let me just say that I am thrilled about how this year’s “Acacia shoot” turned out. I hope you will agree that the photos turned out amazing! We met our model at a mutual friends wedding and immediately knew that she would be perfect for a fairy type shoot. Despite having no modeling experience she totally knocked it out of the park! What you see here is only a small sample of the TONS of fabulous images which is pretty exciting!

Model looking over shoulder

Model in golden light with acacia branches

A few notes about this shoot: Hair and makeup by Lena Chavez who is so wonderful to work with and does beautiful work. Our model Thera designed and made all of the clothes you see here. Amazing, right?

Unlike previous years we kept this one out of the studio and shot outdoors in front of and in the branches of the tree, and surrounding areas.

Model in cream colored romper

Model wearing blue patterned mini dress

Sultry posed model wearing a blue printed mini dress

Beautiful woman with sprig of acacia flower

Woman posed with tree branch and yellow flowers

Outdoor Portrait of a woman in a colorful dress

The pictures above are a mixture of my favorites, and the models favorites. Definitely looking forward to working more with these to make some fairytography art, like this!

mimosa fairy

Costume Makeup From Blush School

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays and it’s right around the corner! To help get you into a spooky mood here are a few photos from one of our shoots at Blush School of Makeup this summer. The students presented costume and theatrical makeup and there were a lot of very scary looks! Are you ready for Halloween?

dark angel halloween makeup rotting corpse halloween makeup A Clockwork Orange inspired makeup for Halloween creepy halloween makeup Scary Halloween makeup idea creepy makeup for halloween

The Digital Background

My preference when shooting is to use a background or location that provides the look that the client is looking for. However, sometimes it’s just not possible to shoot with the background you want, and that’s where Photoshop comes in to save the day!

Last month I was lucky enough to spend a few days with some of the current students at Blush School of Makeup in San Francisco. The school had hired me to come in and take some beauty shots showcasing the students work. The set up was pretty basic which was fine since most of the students and their models did not have a clear vision of what they were looking for other than they were excited to have pictures for their portfolio, and the limited time I had with each student would not allow for multiple background changes.  But there  was one makeup artist, Elizabeth Rogers, who knew exactly what kind of shot she wanted and told me all about it. I love it when that happens! Seriously.

We took a few minutes together before the shoot and she explained that she was looking for her model to be on a yellow, “glowy” backdrop. Keeping this in mind we brought out her model and got down to business.

model on white background

The “before” shot: a basic white background.

model on photoshopped glowing yellow background

The “after” shot. Yellow glowing goodness!

I think Elizabeth did a really great job on the makeup – her model photographed beautifully! And I am really glad that she came to the shoot with a clear concept of what she was looking for in the end result. With a little time spent in Photoshop I was able to digitally create the background she’d envisioned, even though we had been limited to a white backdrop during the session.

While we are on the subject of makeup artists and digital backgrounds, I wanted to share another set of before and afters from a shoot a few years ago. I hosted a day in studio with a bunch of different models and makeup artists to work on beauty shots, and extreme make up shots. One of the makeup artists, Arianna Paine, thought it would be fun to do a “sexy construction worker” look and had brought a yellow hard hat with her. Model Miyouko was game, but I didn’t have a realistic city scene on had to shoot on. No problem! We snapped a few pics and turned this:

woman with a hardhat

Into this:

cityscape and woman with a hardhat

Arianna got the end result she was hoping for, and we all had a lot of fun!