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
I’ve only done one other runway fashion shoot for the ArtInMotion charity event held in a club in the city. Ford Model, Monica Watkin’s charity benefiting a Haitian orphanage . There were numerous designers and dozens of photographers. The photographers were crammed onto the tiny stage in a club environment. Trying not to elbow each other was a challenge. The front row of shutter pushers were crouched down under the lenses of the photographers behind us. The designers had some terrific creations and the models strutted their stuff.
A text from HMUA, Nicole Pigott asked if I was available for a fashion shoot the next day. The scheduled photographer had gotten a paid gig and apologized for the short notice, but $$$ takes precedence, because we all have bills to pay. A quick look at my calendar, yup! I met and worked with Nicole on a fashion shoot when model, Kimber DG needed me for House of Sadia‘s 2017 spring line fashion shoot. That’s also where I met model Caitie one of the runway models for this shoot.
Femmebot hosted a fashion show at Ave ~ Clifton, NJ, on October 20th.
I had no idea what the venue looked like, how the runway would be lit, how many models or photographers would be there until I arrived. I was the only one. I am a far cry from an event photographer but always willing to help someone out when I can.
Ready, aim, shoot!
“Wear Confidence” is the motto of Femmebot owner, Tina Setia, who opened her second store at 494 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, NJ. Her flagship store is at 201 E. Ridgewood Avenue in Ridgewood, NJ
So if you are looking for some fun casual wear that can go from day to evening, you should take a peek at their fall styles and support your local businesses. Visit Femmbot’s website to see what, where and when their next event is.
Tina Setia (back center) with her bevy of lovely models.
and watch the magic take place.
I had shot Vettriano a week ago and again this Sunday. Although she gave it her all, the first shoot showed a lot of tension in her mouth. It’s not easy to relax your face underwater, think about the pose and hold it as your body naturally floats out of position. But she is an actor so she totally understood and wanted to give it another go. The other issue is that without my glasses, my models are just a blur underwater. It wasn’t until I review the images on my computer that I could see the problem. Plus this time, I used goggles – wow, I could actually see her clearly. (what a novel idea).
I instructed her to put her hands on her face, exhale, go under and feel what she does with her mouth. The difference was amazing. My biggest problem with this shoot was selecting my pics from the dozens of great images that we created.
A third costume change into the wonderful flowing skirt, designer Janel created for me and we were done for the day.
I wish the summer wasn’t ending so soon. Just when I seem to really get going, it’s time to stop. I have 2 more shoots scheduled next week and a possible one this week.
Maybe I’ll spend some time in photoshop and alter the color of the gowns when autumn rolls around. This was a quick fix. I will go back and stay within the lines. I just wanted to see whether it would work or not. I’m not very adept at post editing. But learning something new is always a good thing.
Mary Durante Youtt