Sunday’s shoot was a crazy, fun time.
I had purchased a traditional bowler hat at Goodwill for @ $6.50, some gold leafy twigs at Michael’s and a roll of black black netting on sale 70% off, a small twig wreath and bird nest type of material and a can of gold spray paint. Helen created the natural looking nest and dyed the eggs in tea. She repurposed the felt bowler, reshaped it and embellished it with the leaves. The gold leaves were very fragile, she crushed and glued them to the cap that she fashioned. Sprayed the hat lightly with gold paint and viola!
She cut long lengths of netting, twisted and stitched it into place creating 2 different designs. Twigs were added to one of them.
I also had yards of gauze which Helen fashioned into another hat. (we didn’t get to shoot).
Payton was the first to arrive, we chatted for a few moments before the door bell starting ringing. Soon models were trying on various outfits and the looks were chosen.
A quiet Anisa was the first to arrive. A white theme was chosen and she donned the bird nest hat. But this was an epic “fail”. Ara didn’t have white lipstick and so we all agreed to try the white body paint on her lips. It didn’t work and for some reason and my lighting was off. The beauty dish was sporadically flashing, triggering the other lights although I didn’t even press the shutter. Weird, but I found out the next day that it may have been caused by the triggers dangling. (Jene sits them up on the lights). I’m a far cry from a retoucher and I don’t know how to alter a matte finish to give it a little gloss, but Anisa and I will schedule a re-shoot. Sometimes things don’t work out as you planned. I am totally bummed. I’ll be doing plenty of internet research looking for retouching tips to see if I can improve my level of retouching. The concept was to give her an icy, wintery look. She is gorgeous and I don’t feel like I did her justice.
© Mary Durante Youtt (Photography), Helen Maalouf (Helena Rose Designer/Stylist),
Payton Holbrook (Hair Stylist), Arasy Ara (Make-up), Anisa Laone (Model)
Caitie, rocked two Helena Rose creations.
© Mary Durante Youtt (Photography), Helen Maalouf (Helena Rose Designer/Stylist),
Payton Holbrook (Hair Stylist), Arasy Ara (Make-up), Caitie MacMillan (Model)
More to come…
Designer/stylist Helen set up a Face Book group so that she, Ara (MUA) and I can have 3-way text conversations. I started the project with sending them style boards of where this shoot would be headed. The designers were given free reign to create the hats/ headwear and the MUAs will create color palettes and make-up application techniques based off of them and my concept. I initially set the tone, they took off running with it. Helen shared photos of 4 of her finished creations with Ara and an internet dialog began.
Scouring the internet for swipe photos to give a visual of what collectively will be created. Ideas and images whizzing across our screens. A whirling blizzard. Comments popped up as quickly as they were typed, volleyed back and forth in rapid fire succession. We were brain-storming. What do you think of this…. or that, how about…. My thumbs were not fast enough to get my 2 cents in before they were off on another flurry of images and ideas. I laughed to myself. If this were a 3 way phone conversation, I could have easily interjected. I wanted to add some of the images I came across that mimicked my vision, but didn’t know how to attach them from my phone. That’s when I learned that they were on their computers. Duh…. I hadn’t realize I could use FB’s messenger via my computer. I am so 20th century! I switched to my MAC and could at least type faster using all 10 digits with fewer type-os. But I still couldn’t keep up with the velocity and dexterity of these 20 somethings. They were leaving me in the dust. I was totally amused by their lightning speed. And thrilled that Helen, Ara and I are tuned into each other. For 3 strangers, we are of 1 mind.
And I friggin’ love it. It’s a feeding frenzy, but in a good way.
A little sneak peek of 3 of Helen’s completed hats, I had purchase these materials before
I learned that we would be working together.
A number of her designs will to be created directly on the model
To be continue…
You never know until everyone shows up.
Back Story: Last year I began working with MUAs. (make up artists) I scheduled a MUA and 2 models. Neither model showed. 1 texted me an hour prior to the shoot, she bailed with family issues. the other was a complete no-show. She didn’t answer my texts or emails until a few days later and said nothing happened. She didn’t have the address. It was in the Call Sheet (all the info for the shoot) that I sent her twice and she acknowledged receiving the document. I’m guessing she didn’t bother reading it. Duh…. The MUA had a hour commute, we sat and waited for an hour and then she went home. Mind you these are TF collaborations so she wasn’t being paid for her time or effort. She understood that things happen and didn’t hold me to blame, but I wouldn’t make that mistake again.
My last mega fashion shoot, I had 10 models show up for the wardrobe fitting the week prior, 3 MUAs and 2 Hair Stylists were booked. It was a scheduling nightmare. I had sent photos of the models in the dress they would be wearing so that the MUAs could create a look that would fit their features. I had 4 models scheduled at 11:00, 3 more an hour later and then 3 after that so the work would flow . Only 4 models showed up for the shoot. 6 no-shows. Some arrived later then their appointed times and I had hair and make up people standing around waiting. We made it work and I shot a second look on two of the models.
For this Sunday’s shoot. I wound up scheduling 5 models for this shoot, which is a tad overly ambitious for 1 MUA in a day… originally I thought of only one look per model thinking I would get only 3 designs in a weeks time from each designer of with 1 look each, After showing them the material, their excitement grew and so did the number of their creations. 5 days before the shoot, I contacted another MUA who had been interested in working together. Waiting anxiously for him to confirm today.
Since I am working with 2 designers and 2 MUAs I wanted to make sure I have models to shoot. The make-up takes the longest time. I will allot @ 50 minutes for Ara to work her magic on the first look. Originally, my idea was to shoot 2 different hats/headpieces and dresses with the same make-up. We’ll see how it goes and who shows up.
© Victor Travina
© Mary Durante Youtt
Top: Janelle, (photographer unknown) , Anna © Victor Travina,
Middle: Caitie © Mary Durante Youtt, Anisa (photographer unknown)
Bottom: Marielle (photographer unkown)
As my husband reminds me, things always work out…
An advanced shout out to the addition to our team:
MUAs: Ara and Payton (keeping my fingers crossed)
Designer/Stylist Helen (who has been traveling the world for 14 months (1 month, 1 country) and Designer Fatima
If you click on their names it will take you to their links.
4 days ’til shoot day… and counting.
Mary Durante Youtt
If you don’t take chances, how will you know if you will succeed? You don’t! So I am pulling together another fashion shoot but the main focus is on hats/headpieces with a “Vogue” fashion feel in mind.
Tuesday, I met with a young designer, Fatima. I gave her some ideas of what I’d like her create and some materials that I had on hand or purchased at my local thrift shop. Some of Fatima’s creations will be wraps and turbans. She was excited to work this paper that I had. The paper was used in a shipment I received years ago instead of foam peanuts, I loved it and have saved it for years waiting for an opportunity to use it for something beside an overlay for wrapping paper.
Friday, I met with Helena Rose, a designer/stylist from Australia, who travels the world, creating and working with fashion photographers, models and HMUA. Her portfolio is strong. Her personality is vivacious.
I’ve worked with Ara, my go-to make up artist. She’s talented and so easy to work with.
Click on their names to take you to their websites.
I’ve a number of interested models with 3 scheduled (so far) for next Sunday’s shoot. With Fashion week coming up in Feb, a lot of fashion models are busy with calls, fittings and just trying to get to strut their stuff on a notable runway.
New York is a hard town to break into for any industry. Fashion is no different. Most designers have day jobs in their fields. Some are pattern makers, others work for designers in hopes of getting their work seen. Working directly with photographers is another avenue to success because in collaborating we are also networking. And the final credited images hopefully will become part of several portfolios and websites.
- 90 lbs of beauty
- a heap of talented MUA (make-up artist)
- a dash of photographic technique
- 30 gallons of warm water (reserved)
- 1/2 gallon of whole milk (reserved)
Blend dry ingredients, mixing in some flair
Click the shutter until desired outcome
Add water as needed for effect
Then add milk
My underwater photography sessions ended in September when the cooler weather entered the scene. It was time to come indoors again. It took a little scheduling magic to finally get a shoot date that worked for my model, Charlotte, make up artist, Ara and me. After having a beautiful baby in May, Ara was ready to start up again in Nov. Charlotte is juggling graduate school, dance and modeling in her spare time.
I had a few concepts that I wanted to create and having worked with both Charlotte (underwater) and Ara before, I knew that I would get what I was looking for. They did not disappoint.
What I like about Ara’s work is that she isn’t only about beauty make-up but theatrical looks which includes using latex, blood and gore. She’s so talented. Charlotte is simply beautiful (inside and out) and so easy to work with. She strives to bring a bit of magic to any shoot. What a wonderful collaboration with these lovely young women. They make it look easy.
Standing Rock, I am standing with you in solidarity. Tomorrow November 15th, I will be a part of a greater cause. I will be counted among others who believe in saving this planet. NO DAPL. I will not be silenced by my government. Lives are at stake and I thank you for the sacrifices that you have made and continue to make to save mother earth.
To my friends, I urge you to call your state representatives and tell them that the Army Corp of Engineers must stop construction of the pipeline that will run through native American lands and under the Missouri River. Urge them to open this discussion with President Obama to look towards renewable, sustainable sources of energy instead of fracking and drilling fossil fuels. We have seen the devastating effects of oil spills and the striping away of mountain sides.
I will be at 26 Federal Plaza, NYC tomorrow 4:30 – 6:30pm in front of the Army Corp of Engineers Building. PLEASE join and make your voice heard. NOTE: Assemble at the fountain in Foley Square – 111 Worth Street South (end of Thomas Paine Park)
Our water and lives are at stake. The infrastructure and our aquifers are in danger.
I’ll just have a tall glass of ice cold oil, please. Said no one EVER!
Pilamaya, lila pilamayaye (thank you very much in lakotha/dakota)