What goes on a few hours before a photoshoot?
I assess my model’s facial features so I know what prepping products and primers to use on her skin. She becomes my beautiful canvass to start creating. I love to enhance her best features and deemphasize certain areas.
Paige has beautiful green eyes, so I thought I would use a purple kohl pencil around her eyes to make them stand out. When using a kohl pencil, it’s important to use the same color eyeshadow right over it to set it because the pencil can smear and the eyeshadow helps prevent that.
When I consulted Paige about her hair. She told me she had recently gone from a brunette to a blonde. Her hair felt extremely fragile and she told me that it had been breaking off.
So, I sprayed a thermal conditioning protectant heavily over her hair and blow dried the product into her hair.
I then set my curling iron to a very low setting to help me get control over her hair so it would look beautiful for the photoshoot.
I have to think fast during the consultation because I have a limited amount of time before the shoot. I like to put loose braids on hair that has been compromised to hide damaged areas.
I also like taking photos when I’m finished to see how the makeup and hair looks. The camera doesn’t lie and allows me to make adjustments as needed.
When I’m on set, I enjoy taking more photos and seeing if I need to make more adjustments because we are outdoors and sometimes the models need a powder or their lips retouched.
This photoshoot was taken in Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park in southern California. The ranger informed us it was rattlesnake season and to stay close on the trail!
Paige was very brave standing and sitting in places where snakes could be hiding, but we all felt so blessed we didn’t see any rattlesnakes sun bathing or passing bye.
I have a high respect for models. They are willing to go into mysterious terrains, winds whipping their hair in their face, waiting for camera lights to be just right, and at times holding awkward poses.
It’s really fun working on teams and creating beautiful photos. I challenge you to step outside your comfort zone and hire a photographer, hair and makeup artist, purchase some new clothes and have your own photoshoot out in the wilderness.
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Author: Susie L.
Susie Lauri is the lead hair and makeup artist, and a contributing writer for Runwayz Magazine. She specializes in hair and makeup for commercial print and production. She is known for her glamour makeovers including balayage, color, haircuts and styling. When not on location, Susie works out of her studio in Aliso Viejo, California. Find more about her at : www.SusieLauri.com, @susie_lauri_hair on Instagram!