This Saturday I am really looking forward to a photoshoot. My first business, Belle’s Wish (hair and makeup artistry) has been going for several years, so this is nothing new to me. Just like a little kid at Christmas though, I never get over the excitement. It’s like prepping for a school ball and presenting something special with other beautiful artists, all in one great package. After the hours I’ve put into making a gown, I now have a chance to show it off in a way that does it justice.
It starts with the gown itself. Everything is checked over to make sure there are no errant threads, everything is smooth and hanging just right. It’s a lot of time and love to make a project, and a small detail out of place would be a shame.
Next is finding the model. I see this as a wonderful way to showcase the many versions of beauty in the world. Something I make might look stunning on a golden-haired petite young lady best, or be more suitable to a dark-skinned almond-eyed beauty with long legs. Every person I have worked with has brought something new and unique to my creations.
Then there’s the planning with the makeup artist. I’m lucky enough to have the skills to do this job myself, but I still like to plan ahead. I figure out what sort of look would best suit my model, as well as setting the tone for the shoot. If it is a complex design, I practice it ahead of time as well.
Logo Credit: Roisin Kelly. Check out her work if you haven’t already! http://www.rkcreate.co.nz/