One factor I like probably the most about my job is to have the ability to work with massively gifted folks in my workforce. It’s all the time so inspirational to be round them and by no means fails to function an impressive studying alternative.

Regardless of how lengthy I’ve been within the trade or what number of shoots I’ve been lucky sufficient to participate in, there may be all the time one thing to be taught from my friends. Everybody has their very own type, method and expertise so there may be all the time one thing you possibly can decide up, replicate on and switch into your personal factor.  

Make-up artist Andrea Claire is a kind of superb people that I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Fortunately for me our latest shoot wasn’t the primary alternative to work collectively and I hope it received’t be the final! 

For this shoot, we selected fashions Mariska and Mari who we felt each had extremely robust and distinctive seems. They every had an edgy look to them whereas additionally having sufficient similarities to have the ability to look good in a shoot collectively. That is actually vital when pairing folks up for photoshoots as you all the time need to ensure that they give the impression of being good collectively and the pairing isn’t too odd. Sure, we have now to seek out lovely people who additionally look lovely collectively. I by no means claimed to be saving the world however I like my job! Enjoyable on enjoyable on enjoyable! Each Mariska and Mari additionally had nice pores and skin which is massively vital for a magnificence shoot. I knew that I used to be going to go up shut with a macro lens whereas utilizing a GFX 50S. If I had used a mannequin with out good pores and skin, I must spend a very very long time modifying the photographs. As talked about, I like my job however I’d be mendacity if I stated modifying was the most effective a part of my day. 

This shoot’s temper board was primarily based on gentle pastel colours. We got here up with a bunch of reference pictures so we might have totally different concepts on what we might do on the day of the shoot. Andrea additionally ready an entire bunch of sunshine coloured material together with some tulle that we might use to type our fashions, and in addition got here up with some inventive props equivalent to turning curtain ties into hair bands. That is merely one of many many ways in which Andrea makes capturing a lot simpler. Having a proactive, inventive and effectively ready workforce could make the shoot itself a lot smoother and simpler to execute. In any case although with regards to this form of images, it’s actually as much as your creativeness to be as inventive as attainable!

We did numerous make-up seems for this shoot to make sure that the journal would be capable of select which pictures they needed to make use of. Good factor Andrea additionally loves what she does as meaning extra experimentation with make-up is feasible through the shoot. Offering extra pictures than essential to magazines is one thing I typically attempt to do exactly to ensure they’ve the choice to make use of whichever they like.

Gear Listing

Lighting Setup

My plan for lighting right here was to provide one thing that was gentle and flattering. I initially began with an enormous octa since that’s a modifier that reliably produces gentle gentle. Nonetheless, I made a decision that the sunshine was truly too flat and adjusted it to a white umbrella as a substitute. It added extra distinction to the picture however I made positive to have the sunshine pretty near the fashions to maintain it gentle. As for fill, I had a lightweight with a softbox on the opposite facet. This was primarily to replenish the shadows for the reason that major gentle is coming from the facet. I additionally had a reflector within the scene although to be sincere, I don’t actually suppose it did a lot. Lastly, I had another gentle hitting the white wall behind me. I like utilizing this technique as a fill gentle because it turns into an enormous gentle gentle supply and is nice for filling within the pores, making them much less apparent.

Lighting setup above executed with set.a.gentle 3D software program. A unbelievable device for testing out totally different lighting setups.


As ordinary, this shoot was tethered via a TetherPro cable to Seize One. That is particularly vital throughout a magnificence shoot because it permits my make-up artist to see her work up shut. This implies having the ability to verify if there are any undesirable creases round or if the eyelashes are neat and so on. Something that she is ready to repair in individual whereas massively decreasing the period of time I’ll must spend on retouching. With Seize One, I used to be additionally capable of shade grade and add in edits such that the photographs that appeared on display whereas tethering are already nearer to what I envision for the completed product. 

As soon as I used to be executed with the photoshoot, I filtered via the photographs in Seize One. For this shoot, I had outsourced the retouching to Vincenzo Vocale. He did his magic on them, making the pores and skin look flawless but pure. I then took over and ran a bit of Infinite Shade Panel magic on them. It is a device I take advantage of for shade grading. Shade grading is that this enormous sophisticated subject that’s so subjective it turns into complicated quite rapidly. For me, this panel actually helps me see the totally different instructions my picture can take with totally different shade grades.


Once more, I’m actually extremely grateful to the workforce for engaged on this along with me. It was a kind of photoshoots that made me actually comfortable that I truly do that as a profession. Trying ahead to the subsequent one with Andrea and everybody else concerned!

Photographer:       Shavonne Wong

Mannequin: Mari Orlova and Mariska Pretorius (Ave Administration)

Make-up & Hair: Andrea Claire

Make-up & Hair Help: Zoel Tee

Retoucher: Vincenzo Vocale


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