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Summer is over…

I will spend my autumn and probably winter editing through all my selects from the past 3 seasons of underwater photography for an art book that I will create.  So many fabulous models’ images to go through in what I consider to be an arduous task: the crème de la crème.

I will solicit the help of my husband (my biggest fan and critic) along with another photographer’s critical eye for the final cut.

Here are a two more images of Katie, from the last day’s shoot.

(Janel Carlton deigner)

2 piece gown Sequin Hearts purchased at TJ Maxx

If I’m not blogging for a while, it means I am doing the “work” portion of creating.

 

Mary

 

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Define work…

If you spend a day in a pool with 2 lovely models and a talented MUA Kim Gainer, can you call what you do work?  YES, it’s harder then you think.  Most are not experienced underwater models or free divers, some don’t even swim.

This was my third time working underwater with model Vettriano.  We shared a few laughs with “new to underwater” model Che about her first attempt.  The allure for these models is to add something unique to their portfolios.  So Che wanted to try.  Her 5’11” frame made working in the deeper end a cinch.  In the beginning, she had difficulty, puffing out her cheeks when holding her breathe.  She also forgot that she couldn’t wipe the water from her eyes because of the make-up.  Kim was on hand for touch ups.  She created tropical fish looks for the eyes.  The colors popped because of Che’s beautiful skin tone.

I used a royal-ish blue satin for the backdrop.

 

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Vettriano
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MUA Kim and model Che
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Che started to feel more comfortable towards the end of our session.  She even slipped in a smile.  And is up for another shoot.

Praying for sunny days so I can schedule more models…

Mary

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Hats off to the team

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.

 

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© 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…

 

 

 

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In the midst of chaos…

comes creativity.

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
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A number of her designs will to be created directly on the model

To be continue…

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The models…

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.

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

 

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It takes a village…

and this village happens to be in the world of fashion

I’m far from an event or fashion photographer, but I went behind the scenes and in front to shoot Wednesday night’s Art Day Celebration along with Life Preservers Project fundraiser at 1OAK in Chelsea.  Founder of Art In Motion and Ford model, Monica Watkins is a woman of substance with a passion for art and a zest for life.  This comes in the form of helping children feel empowered and she has teamed up with several organizations to enable her dream to become a reality.  Martine Longchamp’s Diakonos Orphanage in Haiti will once again be the scene of an art workshop this July with the addition of a number or neighboring children.  So many people have given with generous, open hearts and wallets to make this happen.  The list of people and vendors is long and Monica is ever so grateful for all that they have done.  Hosted by; award-winning photographer Marc Baptiste, Ford Models Monica Watkins, Guadalupe Tomic, and  Heather Ann Burton, America’s Next Top Model Winner/ Click Model Dani Evans, Supermodel Ernesto Araujo, Steve Azor of Tripp TV Channel 28, Erin Gabriella of Makeover Nightlife, Leora Edut of The Art Of Beauty Experience, Shana Pederson and Laura Trevino of Life Preservers Project, Etienne Deyans of Tapis Rouge and designer and co-founder of Pastry Shoes and star of ‘Run’s House’, Angela Simmons.

The event featured 3 clothing designers: Bernie Martin of Catou Wear and Charles C Dieujuste, Sathya Balakumar and Jensen Martin.  Hair and MUA’s, designers and the models crammed the small room in the basement of the establishment.  Curling irons, lip brushes, eye shadows filled the tables as the models were transformed for the show.  MUAs hands applied the steady lines and lashes to perfection.  To say it was abuzz with motion is an understatement.  Racks of clothing, suitcases, folding chairs and models crowded the floor space, leaving little room to maneuver around.  Here is just a snippet of images that I took:

 

 

 

      

   

 

 

As time drew closer,  the pace quickened, the designers steamed and fitted their apparel to the models and queues were set.  A practice run-through was called then it was back to the basement for the final touches.   I waited upstairs, shooting the generous patrons in the club and later as others entered before the fashion segment took place.  In today’s tight economy, people still give so generously of their time, talent and money for a worthy cause.

On to the speeches, heart felt gratitude and the fashion segment of the night:

A gaggle of photographers and videographers were set up on the stage, each of us vying for the best position.  A little jostling and bumping trying to not get any elbows or heads in our shots.  It was difficult as most of the guests were also snapping away on their iPhones, iPads and point and shoot cameras…  The crowd was loving it, I don’t doubt that many of the ladies were wondering where they could get their hands on the outfits.

The clothes were amazing and make me wish my weight was on a 5’10” frame and that I was about 30 years younger.   ;-(

 

 

 

 

 

     

The real party started after the fashion show, prior dinner plans took me away from the scene.

Mary Durante Youtt

www.mdyoutt.com

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