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!!!
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.
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!