I live for summer, days that I can immerse myself in underwater photography. Its like entering into another realm, where a calmness surrounds and envelops you in its sanctuary.
I shot Haleigh again, she is fantastic to work with and yes, it is work, even though she makes it look effortless. Haleigh is a performing artist/model who is aware of her body movement and poses. Her scuba and free diving experience is a big plus because she is so comfortable underwater. I rarely have to give direction, except to remind her in the beginning of the shoot to relax her mouth. Her enthusiasm is matched with her innate desire to create.
As a scuba diver, she has an underwater housing for her Sony a6000 and she let me shoot with her camera all day. The a6000 I believe is a step up from the Sony NEX7 which I was interested in getting a few years ago. Something to consider.
We played around for a few hours with a lunch break and a basking in the sun break after the third wardrobe change. I had a lot of wonderful images so we called it a day. I still have raw images to go through but I couldn’t wait to post a few of my favorites.
To change things up a little, I decided to go in for the close-ups.
More to come, the summer has just begun.
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.
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.
MUA Kim and model Che
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…
Marielle has the soft, classic beauty of a starlet. I decided to play around a little in photoshop to enhance the look that would recreate that sultry era of the silver screen.
Photographer: ©Mary Durante-Youtt, Designer/Stylist: Helena Rose,
Make-up: Arasy, Hair: Payton Holbrook, Model: Marielle Kehoe
I’m pleased with the way they turned out.
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.
© Mary Durante Youtt
© Victor Travina
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