I am so very lucky to get to work with someone who totally outdoes me on the creative styling spectrum. It's just a matter of time before my HMUA, Megan, gets swooped up and transplanted to LA. But for now, I'm totally hanging on to her.
All I had to do was show up, and the girls had already been working on hair and makeup for hours. I have seen Megan work with a lot of hair- real and fake, and I could've sworn she had used fake hair on Lillian. It had that crimped look like synthetic hair. But no, it was completely real and hand crimped to look like this.
This was the first look we started with. I was fortunate enough to win a coveted Silver award on this image in competition. We had beautiful natural light with a huge silver reflector, but I would say the key to this image was all in retouching. I typically do quite a bit more retouching than usual for my editorial work. Girls, if you're reading this, NO ONE has perfect skin. There are always problem areas along with makeup's natural wear and tear that need to be retouched. I am super picky and would rather spend more time on an image than to have it look smoothed out. Look for that detail in the skin!
Next, we moved on to these looks. The crazy part about Megan & me collaborating is that we have really different ways of preparing for a shoot. I like to show up and rely on my brain and experience to get me through. I'm rarely prepared. Megan, on the other hand, will have an entire mood board and prepare for weeks. It's a miracle, but somehow we always end up getting really cool results this way.
At this point, during our last look, I was getting really worried about the light. I was using natural light for this shoot, and each look change took a good amount of time. As you can see, the images are grainer, but I think they turned out gorgeous with the low light. A really moody, contrasty look.
What are your favorite images from this shoot? Comment and let me know.