Viewing entries tagged
makeup artist

A Nightmare Before Christmas

Comment

A Nightmare Before Christmas

My good friend and make-up extraordinaire Matt Goodlett, Mattgoodlettmakeup.com, asked me to photograph him and his make-up team for a haunt industry party to celebrate the end of the haunt season. Matt manages the make-up team for The Devil’s Attic, a local award winning haunted house. Of course, a haunt party for a haunt make-up team is not only the perfect opportunity to but almost necessarily a time to flex. Matt did a wonderful write up on the demon themed make-up on his site so be sure to check that out. So how does one photograph demons?

My approach to photographing make-up/body paint concepts is to highlight the theme with lighting and/or environment while being sure to clearly present and focus on the make-up. After all, with these types of photos the make-up is of paramount importance. I want the lighting and environment to enhance the theme without drawing attention away from the make-up itself. With demon make-up I wanted to avoid the usual accompaniments such as utilizing red, heavy shadows, or editing in fire. One they’re cliched and two, in the case of heavy shadows and fire, I believe it draws attention from the make-up. What I wanted, was a bit of chaos (thank you Warhammer 40k).

Rebecca - Subject/MUA

Rebecca - Subject/MUA

Chaos in a portrait, at least in this case, to me means movement. The challenge is that motion blur or movement must balance with showcasing the make-up. I decided on using a one second exposure with the modeling light of a Profoto B2 gelled blue behind barn doors to give ambient light for the motion. I manually trigged a Profoto B1 in a beauty dish with a grid at the end of the exposure, and subject movement, to freeze and capture the subject clearly. Took a bit of trail and error to get the subjects movement right and to trigger the B1 at the right time but we got it in the end.

Portia - Subject/MUA

Portia - Subject/MUA

Also, sorry but not sorry about that title.

Matt - Subject/MUA

Matt - Subject/MUA

Comment

Makeup Inspiration Challenges

Comment

Makeup Inspiration Challenges

Over the past two weeks my friend and amazing makeup artist Matt Goodlett, MattGoodlettMakeup.com, has taken part in makeup inspiration challenges issued by another local makeup artist. I've worked with Matt on several occasions and regardless if it's SFX, beauty, or anything else there's never been a time when he hasn't absolutely nailed the look for the photo. So when he asked me to photograph the makeup for these two challenges I quickly accepted as I knew he would kill whatever look he was going for. But even after having worked with him multiple times before and seeing him work on other ideas it's still incredible to see how quickly and skillfully he draws from a source photo and creates something beautiful. 

Mandarin Duck Challenge

Matt did a great write up of this challenge on his site here that I suggest you check out. Photographing this one was fairly straight forward, Matt knew how he wanted the photograph to look and I knew how to get that look. This was more or less a simple clam shell lighting setup with a gridded beauty dish as key and a silver reflector for fill. Using a gridded light with a reflector can be tricky but it does create a beautiful light when done correctly. If I had to do this one again I would probably try an even tighter grid on the beauty dish for an even more directional light. The beautiful Kaylynn Nyree was our model here who I suspect you'll probably see doing big things soon. 

Drawing Restraints Challenge

This challenge, to me, seemed a bit more complicated. No colors, no defined shapes, white background, and a ton of possible interpretations. Going into this shoot I wasn't quite sure what Matt had planned. I thought we might go with a high-key look but after seeing the makeup Matt was doing I knew that wouldn't quite work. So white was out but I also wanted to avoid a pure black background as well. With the makeup as dark as it was I was worried that the model would get lost in so much blackness. Luckily the room we were shooting in provided a solution. Behind the model was white shelving which, when tilting the key light up slightly, is barely discernible but enough so as to help separate the model from the background. 

Lighting this was a bit more complicated as I wanted to, of course, not only highlight the work Matt had done but help bring out it's character. For the face, a 24"x24" softbox provides soft, beautiful light but it's a small source so it quickly gives way to the harsher rim lighting from the 10"x36" stripboxes behind the model. This contrast between the softer and harsher light matches the contrast between the the chaotic nature of the body makeup and the more controlled beauty makeup on the face. Our model, Bec E. Bien, nailed the looks and helped create one of my new favorite photos. 

I love being a part of these challenges and seeing Matt's interpretations of the inspirational photo as well as all the other makeup artists who participate in these challenges. Their approaches to the same subject are all different yet equally creative and well done. Be sure to check out more of Matt Goodlett's work at his website MattGoodlettMakeup.com and pop over to my Conceptual gallery to see more work we've done together.  

Comment