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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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Vintage Hollywood Glam

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.

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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.

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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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A mega production in the wings…

The photoshoot is scheduled and a talented team assembled, my excitement grows.  Along with my excitement comes this anticipation.   I often wonder if it is self doubt –  and if that’s indeed what it is, where does it stem from?  Pre-shoot jitters?  Or is this just part of me pushing the envelope, moving out of my comfort zone that creates these feelings?  I consider myself to be somewhat talented with a good eye for composition and a creative flair.  My fine art photography has sold when I was exhibiting, I’ve won international photographic competitions, I get a lot of accolades from peers, I understand my strengths  and I work to overcome my weaknesses by learning from mistakes.

Once the noseam paper is in place, the lighting tested, adjustments made and I pick up the camera and focus on my model, those nagging thoughts fall to the wayside.  I think I equate it to waiting for the curtain to rise, but we’ve had no auditions, no rehearsal.  Just a group of strangers with a common goal, coming together to create.

The first thing I do even before reaching out to the players is develop mood/style boards of swipe images.  This project is haute couture Vogue style hats and head pieces.

I met with my 2 designers and gave each some materials that I had or purchased and gave them free reign to create.  Their designs will drive the direction of the shoot including the type of faces the MUA will create.

It is my job to orchestrate the shoot.  I set the tone, I give direction to models, most I will meet the day of the shoot…  I reviewed their portfolios, their level of experience varies but it’s their willingness to be a part of my creative process that seems to make things gel.  I am trying to establish a rapport, to build an ensemble, a team.

Working with me is a collaboration, a labor of love, with no money exchanging hands in hopes of building portfolios and having the work you’ve done appreciated so much that the next photographer / client will pay for your services.

Ara, is  Metro NY/NJ based MUA having trained at Media Makeup Academy, New York.  She worked with a photographer friend of my husband and came highly recommended when I was looking for a make-up artist.  She’s worked with me a number of times and I have come to rely on her to understand the look I’m trying to achieve and she delivers – flawlessly.

Helen, is a world traveling designer/stylist who saw my casting call and reached out to me. Not only is she creating hats/ head pieces, she is also playing the role of stylist on set.  I wish she would put her roots down in New York, but then she would probably be so busy with paid work, that I’ve never get to work with her again.  She has given me a sneak peek at some of her creations and fueled my enthusiasm to new heights.

Fatima, is a metro NY/NJ designer.  Her portfolio is more ethnically based, with vivid colors that caught my attention.  but this is a chance for her to create freely.  Some of her head wrap designs will be created directly on the model, and will give me a glimpse of a couple creations on Friday.

If only artists were given grants, sponsors or stipends to live on so that they may wile away their hours creating.  They could work at fulfilling their dreams.

A lot of time goes into a photoshoot,  so much more then the nano second it takes to turn a magazine page.

Yeah, sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear
Sing with me, just for today
Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away
Dream on
Dream on
Dream on
Dream until your dreams come true… (Aerosmith)

 

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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