|Makup Artist and Stylist, Jacks Von Liria|
had the chance to help makeup artist Jacks Von Liria with a project by creating
a series of photographs he wanted to use on his website. He reached out to me and asked if I would be
interested in helping him out by doing a few headshots, portraits & profile
images for his various online uses.
Since he wanted Black & White photos I volunteered. I was in the middle of a B&W theme so timing
was perfect. We agreed to a trade. I would shoot his images, and he would do the
MUA job for one of my shoots.
is a local makeup artist and hair stylist so he wanted photos with more of a
fashion vibe. He would bring 2 models
and his website designer. The plan was
straight forward. Since the shoot was
B&W would work on a fashion grey sweep using a single Elinchrom D-Lite 4
studio strobe equipped with an Elinchrom 27” beauty dish reflector. The idea was to get a balanced, offset light with
moderate to strong shadows. Everything
was to be photographed using my Nikon D600 with the AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8
ED-G lens. Camera metered in at ISO 160,
f/11 & speed at either 1/100 or 1/125.
arrived on time and Jacks immediately started making up the models, Caroline
Nauth (if you’ve read my blog you know I’ve worked with Caroline several times)
and Crystal Kay Velez. While Jacks was
getting the models ready to go I played around with Caroline photographing her
against a grey wall and showing Jacks website designer, Shonn Piersol, how the
control light with a camera. Fun
stuff…ok, fun stuff for a photographer.
I also photographed both on the grey seamless and got some good photos,
although they were not part of the series.
models were finished and away we go. We
did a number of settings for Jacks. He
did a good deal of directing since he had a vision in mind what he wanted and I
took it from there. We did multiple
arrangements with Jacks alone, Jacks with Shonn, Jacks holding his MU brushes, the
models, and the models with Jacks, etc. etc.
I photographed standing up, sitting down and moving around. I constantly moved the light around as well
to get different shadowing. I arranged
the group multiple ways to get the desired effects. This was working great. I was a bit concern that the sweep wouldn’t
be wide enough, but it ultimately wasn’t a problem. Jacks was wearing high end attire on so
things were looking good.
|Shonn Getting Into The Action|
|Jacks & Shonn|
Jacks changed into very high end casual styled clothes and I did a series of
head shots. These also turned out really
well. He has a very expressive face with
works very well in B&W. As with the
group shots I took a good deal of guidance from Jacks since he had a look in
mind and then I posed him from there.
And after about 3 hours, it was a wrap.
It was a fun time with the entire group, I got to meet a model I’ve
wanted to meet, met a new friend in Jacks, and got to meet another local Indy
business man who also did well in front of the camera. It was a wrap.
|Caroline, Jacks, Crystal & Shonn|
- Remember Steve, makeup takes a long time, especially if you throw in hair. I've got to find something constructive to do while I have this time to kill. The new studio will help with this,
- Talk to your client. Jacks had a very distinct look in mind for the photographs and if I just took over it wouldn't have worked out,
- Take advantage of barter deals such as this. The following weekend Jacks returned the favor and did an amazing MU job on Caroline (again) for another one of my shoots,
- Try something new. I've not shot a group fo 4 in studio, so I thought this would be a bit of a miss, but with simple posing, positioning and shooting angles it came out great.