Make-Up and Hair

There is no role more misunderstood than the role of make-up and hair person on a portrait shoot. It’s the first line a client hopes to cut, it’s the last thing *I* want to cut….

These guys make me look like a hero every day! There is no one who has EVER come back to me and said that their time with a great make-up/hair person was wasted time – and I have some GREAT make-up and hair people. Here’s the bottom line. When people appear on television, they don’t question that process – they get a layer of base, male or female, before they go on.

Studio lights are bright. Well, my strobes are BRIGHTER.

Bright enough to stop time – to catch you mid air … bright!!!

Editorial Portrait of a Fitness Trainer on a gray background is captured by Matt Peyton Photography in a New York Studio

Editorial Portrait of a Fitness Trainer on a gray background is captured by Matt Peyton Photography in a New York Studio

Skin is semi transparent.   That’s where pigment, blush, ‘going pale’ etc happen.  Bright lights can create shine, create artifacts.

Hair… wanders.   A stray hair that wanders into a well made up eyelash can be almost impossible to touch out… as can a lock firmly attached to a glossy lip.

What I’m looking for in a portrait is perfection.   Perfection you can feel when your being photographed – perfection I can see when I’m retouching you – perfection you value forever when you are using your images.

 

Fashion Image Created for Raul Penaranda Studio On Location by photographer Matt Peyton in New York. Photography advertising and lookbook assignment.

Fashion Image Created for Raul Penaranda Studio On Location by photographer Matt Peyton in New York. Photography advertising and lookbook assignment.

I have a variety of make-up artists on call to fit every job.   When shooting individual sessions in the studio – I generally book them for the day and differ costs across the whole shoot.

Men get off light – my photo assistants and I can generally prep men in a few minutes to be “camera ready”.

For many women there are decisions to be made up front.  “Do I arrive camera ready, or showered but not made up”.    The answers depend on how much time we have to spend together, your desires with regard to make-up and etc.   It’s a discussion!