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Give as a Gift – How to Work With A Makeup Artist

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Christmas is coming – it’s the time for giving. And for only $9.99 you can give an aspiring photographer great tips regarding production so that every shoot is fun and seamless! Communication is key regarding any type of relationship, and one with a photographer and a makeup artist is no different.

Section one: Scheduling your first shoot

A perfect start to get the look you want, how to prepare for it and what to discuss to make the shoot day flow easily

Section two: Terms for Makeup and Hair

Helps you understand makeup and hairstyling terms to get the look you want quickly and easily. This is also great when working with clients.

Section three: Lighting and Makeup/Hair

How to discuss lighting with your team so the makeup, hair and wardrobe all look flawless in the photos. How to set up and all work smoothly together.

Section four: Best Products to have when no makeup artist is present and how to use them.

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This is a great time to discuss whether the photographer (YOU) will be giving the makeup artist a CD, or prints, or both. You really do need to discuss this beforehand so there is no miscommunication or false assumptions. You should also discuss if you are both wanting to submit this to a particular magazine to get an editorial published. Makeup artist and model portfolios are a standard 9×12 and photographer portfolios are 11×14.

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Creating a Makeup Effect – One Model Place

diner_shot_with_hedleyPhoto by Matt Barnes, Westside Studio

Hi Everyone, I love creating different looks, hence I really love my career as a makeup/hair/spfx artist.

Although I have been involved in a number of great projects over the years, one of my recent favorites was a greaser-style shoot with the rock band, Hedley. Besides working with Hedley, one of the things that made this shoot so special was a top notch team including Matt Barnes (photographer), Courtney Boyd (producer), and Dwayne Kennedy (wardrobe stylist).

There is a lot that goes into the production of a large-scale photo shoot. Time is money and the shoot must run smoothly. Communication is very important, so budgets, looks, location and scheduling were all discussed at a pre-production meeting for this shoot took place. At the end of the day, we needed to put together a well-executed shoot and produce something awesome.

At the pre-production meeting, Matt Barnes explained the lighting, how the shots were going to be organized as well as what looks he liked for us to go with. From my end, I relayed to the producer my requirements that all of the models come with clean, dry hair, no makeup and no nail polish

The theme for this photo shoot was very “Greasers” inspired. Once learning about this, I researched a lot of 50’s looks that would compliment the concept. I also needed to go with great looks that could be done in the shortest amount of time with lasting power as there were 3 locations and some of the shots were outdoors. I watched the movie “Grease” for reference. On the shoot day, Dwayne, the models, Hedley, and Courtney all got organized. Since all the shots were group shots and everyone was a “hero” (no background talent), it meant we all had to work well and quickly as a team. Dwayne would take certain models and dress them while I started on hair. Read more…

Enjoy!

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Top 4 Mistakes Photographers Make Working with a Makeup Artist

Natalia Zurawska has been a professional makeup/hair/spfx artist for the last 10 years. Having had had the opportunity to work with some of the most amazing international photographers, Zurawska has learned a thing or two from her experiences. That being said, Natalia has shared some top-notch feedback with us. Take it away, Natalia!

Many common errors can easily solve a lot of time, money as well as frustration so that every shoot is fun and seamless – no pun intended. So here are 4 of the ones I’ve noticed most in my time working with Photographers.

IMG_221. Lack of Communication

Communication is key to every relationship and a lack of it causes unnecessary stress and frustration. Creatives are a great way to build teams. A creative is when a photographer, makeup/hair artist, model and sometimes wardrobe stylist get together and collaborate on a photo shoot for their portfolio. It is also called a TFP – time for prints.

As a photographer, you are the boss. Decide what kind of shoot you would like to work on and who you would like to work with that is perfect for the job. Discuss ideas, additional expenses if they are needed and email everyone to keep them in the loop and set up a date. Also discuss if you provide prints for free or just digital files.

 

IMG_212. Lack of Scheduling

It is really important to find out how long it will take to do a particular hairstyle or makeup look. Also, some makeup artists just do makeup, find out if they do both makeup and hair or if you will need a separate hair person as well as an assistant if you are using more than one model. Having people standing around creates a lot of chatter and lack of focus. Make a schedule for the day of the shoot so that everything is neatly organized. This way everyone knows what is expected and runs smoothly.

3. Lack of Details

Sometimes shoots are outdoors. Make sure to let everyone know this so they may dress appropriately. If you are shooting out of town, make sure everyone has a way to get there if they don’t drive. Ask if anyone has any allergies. There are many little details like this that may be overlooked and yet make a huge difference when shooting.

IMG_044. Lack of Good Treatment

As a photographer it is up to you to provide food if it is going to be a long day. Water should always be handy. If it is cold outside, having a heater or warming gloves makes a big difference. Treating everyone well, creates amazing results and lasting relationships. Always pay on time and provide any additional expense money up front or on the day of the shoot. The more fun and positive the atmosphere, the better the experience for everyone.

I hope you have enjoyed these tips! Happy Shooting Everyone!

 

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How To Stand Out from the Crowd and Excel in Production

Hi Everyone,

My name is Natalia Zurawska and I have been a professional makeup/hair/spfx for the last 10 years. I have had the opportunity to work with some of the best producers and directors in the country and did I ever learn a lot.

1. Arrive on time.time

Every minute in production means money and the bigger the production, the bigger the budget. Be respectful and be early. Upon arriving introduce yourself and find the production manager who will give you a call sheet – sometimes they are emailed the night beforehand. Make sure to have a printout. The PM will then take you over to the director that will explain how the day will go, your location etc.

2. Be aware of your surroundings.

I cannot stress this enough. Equipment, props, as well as people are constantly being moved around. It can be really easy to knock something over, bump into someone. Paying attention is crucial.

3. Be organized. organized

This seems like common sense, however with the fast pace on set, it is very easy to leave behind props, equipment, makeup and more. Having a little basket if you are wardrobe stylist, a little pouch for touch ups if you do makeup and hair is key for not laying articles around. If you borrow something, please give it back.

4. Be respectful.

This is very much common sense. Everyone looks the same on set. Make sure to introduce yourself. Working with your department as a team creates great energy, and will make others want to work with you again. Staying quiet is also crucial as any noise really does disrupt takes. Listening is also very important.

5. Go the extra mile. india

If you are shooting outside, bring warming packets for gloves and share them. Ask about food allergies and ask what people like to eat if you are craft. Having a smile, strong work ethic and great attitude does wonders. I always like to follow up after the shoot and email the team to keep in touch for future work. Appreciation is a very great quality to have.

I hope you have enjoyed these tips!

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All the best,

Natalia Zurawska

Makeup/Hair/SPFX

 

 

9 Best Tips for How To Work with A Makeup Artist

Hi,

My name is Natalia Zurawska and I have been a professional makeup/hair/spfx artist for the last 10 years.  I absolutely love my career. I have worked on hundreds of photo shoots and would love to share some of the best tips I have learned over the years, so that every shoot is fun and seamless (no pun intended) and a great experience every time.

When you are starting out, there is much more than good photography that needs consideration. Networking, open communication, building and keeping relationships is essential as well as working as a team.

Here are the best tips:

  1. When you are starting out, creative are essential.  A creative is when a photographer, model, makeup/hair artist and/or wardrobe stylist get together and work for TFP (Time for Prints) – for their portfolio – no pay however this is great for building/keeping relationships as well as practice.
  2. Be open about communication from the get go.  Some photographers charge for prints, just not shooting time. Be clear if you will be charging for prints, or will be giving a disc or link with the makeup artist, model as well as wardrobe stylist. Discuss any additional expenses at this point as well such as parking costs or additional pieces that need to be bought such as wigs as they are non-refundable because of hygiene reasons and if you will pay, split the cost or if the stylist has any on hand. Discuss expenses with the wardrobe stylist as well.
  3. Scheduling a photo shoot requires quite a bit of attention to detail. Decide if only one model will be used or more. If you are using more than one model, stagger the schedule as this way no one is just sitting around. Some makeup artists just do makeup, some stylists only do hair, and some do both. Figure out if you prefer to use one artist or 2 and ask how long it normally takes them depending on looks.
  4. Learn simple beauty terminology. Just like I know what a ring light is and know how to do appropriate makeup for such lighting, it is equally important to know simple makeup and hair terms. The majority of photographers are male and it really helps to know as to get the desired results.An example for makeup would be – matte – no shine.
    For hair – tendrils means curls framing the face.
  5. Plan ahead – meet up or discuss by email with the team about what kind of shoot you would like to work on involving photography, makeup/hair looks as well as wardrobe style. Send a photo of the model as well. The wardrobe stylist should meet with the model in advance for a fitting to make sure the clothing fits. If you plan on shooting in Black and White make sure you let everyone know as well as coloured items show up differently. The term “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words” rings so true. Send links by email of images. www.Pinterest.com  as well as the internet are great for this. Make sure to email everyone – cc location, time to make sure everyone is in the loop. Let everyone know how many hours you would like the shoot to run as well as how long it will take to get prints, disc or download link.  Try your best to stick to it.
  6. If you are shooting on location, make sure you ask first so the shoot isn’t cancelled or get a permit. Also, make sure to let everyone know so they are able to dress appropriately. Bringing a heater (if it is cold outside), generator (to plug in hair tools as well as steamer) is important. The more comfortable everyone is and the easier it is to do the job, the better.
  7. When you are starting out getting professional models from agencies may prove difficult. A great way to start is to use social media such as Facebook, as well as great websites such as www.modelmayhem.com, www.onemodelplace.com or www.modelmanagement.com. Ask for sizes and make sure to relay this information to the wardrobe stylist.
  8. Keeping water bottles on hand, a few munchies (ask about dietary allergies and preferences as well as music is also great for creating a fun and pleasant atmosphere. It may cost a little bit, however it is well worth it. It is all about building and keeping relationships. Word of mouth spreads really quickly and the more positive it is, the better it is for gaining great clients.
  9. Having a few key products in the studio can really help save a lot of time as well as money on photo shop. Such products include a translucent pressed powder. It is great for preventing shine especially for grooming men.MAC1570-2
    1ElizabethArdenMineralPowderFoundationI really like the ones by M.A.C as well as Elizabeth Arden.
    www.maccosmetics.com
    www.elizabtharden.ca
  10. Hairspray is great for smoothing away fly aways.f4e43ba2029b672a_022400005225My favorite hairspray is the 24-hour fine mist by Tresemme.  It smooth’s, holds and can be brushed through easily to re-work into a different style. www.tresemme.ca
  11. Clear nail polish is not just great nails but for stopping a run in pantyhose, applying on fake jewelry to prevent an allergic reaction.revlon-multi-care-base-and-top-coat-05-ounce_2325_500I love the Multicare Base + Topcoat by Revlon www.revlon.ca
  12. Having a blow dryer on hand is great for drying out stains as well as using the cool shot button to prevent sweating under hot lights.conair-comfort-touch-hair-dryer-enI really like the one by Conair. www.conair.com

 

I hope you have enjoyed this little introduction and happy shooting!

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