9 Best Tips for How To Work with A Makeup Artist – For Up and Coming Photographers

My name is Natalia Zurawska and I have been a professional makeup/hair/spfx artist for the last 10 years.   I absolutely love my career. I have worked on hundreds of photo shoots and would love to share some of the best tips I have learned over the years, so that every shoot is fun and seamless (no pun intended) and a great experience every time.

When you are starting out, there is much more than good photography that needs consideration. Networking, open communication, building and keeping relationships is essential as well as working as a team.

Here are the best tips:

  1. When you are starting out, creative are essential.  A creative is when a photographer, model, makeup/hair artist and/or wardrobe stylist get together and work for TFP (Time for Prints) – for their portfolio – no pay however this is great for building/keeping relationships as well as practice.
  2. Be open about communication from the get go.  Some photographers charge for prints, just not shooting time.  Be clear if you will be charging for prints, or will be giving a disc or link with the makeup artist, model as well as wardrobe stylist. Discuss any additional expenses at this point as well such as parking costs or additional pieces that need to be bought such as wigs as they are non-refundable because of hygiene reasons and if you will pay, split the cost or if the stylist has any on hand.  Discuss expenses with the wardrobe stylist as well.
  3. Scheduling a photo shoot requires quite a bit of attention to detail. Decide if only one model will be used or more.  If you are using more than one model, stagger the schedule as this way no one is just sitting around.  Some makeup artists just do makeup, some stylists only do hair, and some do both.  Figure out if you prefer to use one artist or two and ask how long it normally takes them depending on looks.
  4. Learn simple beauty terminology.  Just like I know what a ring light is and know how to do appropriate makeup for such lighting, it is equally important to know simple makeup and hair terms.  The majority of photographers are male and knowing the right terminology makes a difference in getting the desired results.

    An example for makeup would be – matte – no shine.

    For hair – tendrils means curls framing the face.

  5. Plan ahead – meet up or discuss by email with the team about what kind of shoot you would like to work on involving photography, makeup/hair looks as well as wardrobe style.  Send a photo of the model as well.   The wardrobe stylist should meet with the model in advance for a fitting to make sure the clothing fits.  If you plan on shooting in Black and White, make sure you let everyone know, since colored items show up differently.  The term “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words” rings so true.  Send links by email of images.  Pinterest.com and other social networking sites are also great for this.  Make sure to email everyone – cc location, time to make sure everyone is in the loop.  Let everyone know how many hours you would like the shoot to run as well as how long it will take to get prints, disc or download link.  Try your best to stick to it.
  6. If you are shooting on location, make sure you ask first or get a permit, so the shoot doesn’t get cancelled.  Also, make sure to let everyone know the location so they are able to dress appropriately.  Bringing a heater (if it is cold outside), generator (to plug in hair tools as well as steamer) is important.  The more comfortable everyone is and the easier it is to do the job, the better.
  7. When you are starting out, getting professional models from agencies may prove difficult.  A great way to start is to use social media such as Facebook, as well as great websites such as One Model Place and make sure to relay this information to the wardrobe stylist.
  8. Keeping water bottles on hand and a few munchies (ask about dietary allergies and preferences). Music is also great for creating a fun and pleasant atmosphere.  It may cost a little bit, however it is well worth it.  It is all about building and keeping relationships.  Word of mouth spreads really quickly and the more positive it is, the better it is for gaining great clients.
  9. Having a few key products in the studio can really help save a lot of time as well as money on Photoshop.  Such products include a translucent pressed powder. It is great for preventing shine especially for grooming men.mac_select_sheer
    I really like the ones by M.A.C as well as Elizabeth Arden.
  10. Hairspray is great for smoothing away fly aways.
    My favorite hairspray is the 24-hour fine mist by Tresemme. It smooth’s, holds and can be brushed through easily to re-work into a different style.
  11. Clear nail polish is not just great nails but for stopping a run in pantyhose, applying on fake jewelry to prevent an allergic reaction.
    I love the Multicare Base + Topcoat by Revlon
  12. Having a blow dryer on hand is great for drying out stains as well as using the cool shot button to prevent sweating under hot lights.
  13. I really like the one by Conair.

I hope you have enjoyed my tips. Happy shooting!

For more tips, get Natalia Zurawska’s e-book, “How To Work With a Makeup Artist – For Photographers” on Amazon.

To see Natalia’s work, check out her website at www.colourchameleon.com

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Can shorter people pursue a modeling career?

Pursuing a modeling career is daunting when you don’t have any contacts from the industry, especially if you’re not entirely sure if you’re model material. Women the world over look up to the models they see in magazines, strutting along the catwalks in London, Paris, New York and Milan, and advertising clothing, jewelry and perfumes in televised commercials, and they dream of one day being up there themselves.

Often the dream dies when the girl realizes she does not have ‘the look’ of the most successful models in the business though. I’ll let you in on a little secret: Most models don’t have ‘the look’ in their everyday lives. They have stylists, make-up artists, people from Rush Hair, personal trainers and dietitians on hand to help them maintain their looks. Yes, they tend to be statuesque and slimmer than the average female, but models don’t look perfect all the time. In fact, it’s not the job of a model to look perfect, they’re there to sell the product they are advertising.

Fashion Steps Out event

So if you think you’re too short or your face isn’t interesting enough or you don’t believe you are sexy, think again. Firstly, models are confident in what they have; that’s what makes them sexy. Secondly, even models have flaws in their appearance, and there are tech wizards who work behind the scenes and airbrush these flaws out. Even Miranda Kerr’s photographs on the runway get doctored.

If you think you have potential to be a model, then it doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks. Pursue it. The most famous and successful models are not the ones who appear the most beautiful or perfect; they are the ones who were ambitious and fearless enough to not take no for an answer. If you’re shorter than the average model, work it to your advantage and find your niche. Believe in your capability to captivate an audience’s attention.

Only you can hold you back from the modeling career you want.

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Traveling Model Brynn Turns Passion Into Full-Time Career

Picture of BrynnBrynn OMP Model #194702 has modeled for over seven years, and got her start in the business right here on OneModelPlace.com. She has been very successful ever since.

“I discovered OMP from a peer of mine that had just found the website as well. She knew that I was looking to get into modeling and thought it would be a great networking tool. Boy, was she right! It’s been six years now and I can’t believe how far it has taken me. OMP has given me the ability to reach photographers outside of my area. I am a full-time traveling model and it puts me right where they are. This site made it possible to quit a retail day job to live my passion, being a working model!”

The Virginia resident developed artistic ambitions at a very early age. “I have always been creative, and as long as I can remember I’ve had a camera. As I got older everyone told me that instead of being behind the camera, I should be in front of it. Since I started adding photos of myself onto OneModelPlace.com, it has just grown from a tiny little hobby to my passion and full-time job.”

She describes herself as a good all-around model. “I love to be silly and have fun, but I’m very dedicated and committed to my craft. I think I’m very lucky because I started out working closely with some very talented photographers, and they helped me grow in every way possible. I also love pushing myself to new heights, finding that one thing I haven’t done yet and blowing it out of the water.”

Brynn starts to prepare for each photo shoot from the first email that she gets from the photographer. “I get all of the details that I can right away; wardrobe, concept, place and time. I often browse through photos to get ideas for how to portray what the photographer would like to create. The night before I make a list of all of the items I will need to bring and since I mostly do my own hair and makeup, I confirm the look with the photographer.”

During shoots, she relates that, “Models have to put themselves in a special world where no one exists except for who they put in it. Modeling isn’t just about poses; it’s about baring a piece of you for everyone to see by expressing different emotions and telling a story.”

For this brunette beauty, the rewards for modeling are much greater than the challenges. “It’s not easy work, and the touring is really rough; sleeping in hotel after hotel, missing holidays and birthdays, long days and early mornings. But honestly I love the constant travel and meeting a wide range of people. Modeling really is my passion. How many people get to live what they love to do everyday?”

Brynn has some insightful advice for models just starting out. “Research! Get references for photographers that you have never worked with before, and if time permits meet with them over coffee first. That will get you both more comfortable for the shoot, and the awkward stage will wear off faster. Also, expect to shoot for trade or TFP or TFCD (time for prints or a CD of images) at the beginning. You can’t charge right off the bat because you don’t quite know exactly what you’re doing yet.”

She also has a constructive suggestion for photographers that will make all models happy. “Models get thirsty and hungry; the day of our shoot we’re normally so busy running around getting ready that we forget to bring snacks. Water and some crackers or pretzels at the shoot is greatly appreciated.”

Brynn’s plans for the near future are to continue traveling full-time for assignments. But this motivated model is also starting business college soon and plans to open her own “green” consulting firm. “My goal as a model is to go as far as I can without regrets. I don’t want to ever look back on my life and say, ‘I wish I would’ve just gone for it.’”

See more images of Brynn on her OMP Portfolio.

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Stock Tips: Hiring OMP Models for Stock Photography

Legacy Images Photography OMP Member #78597 has contributed a series of helpful articles on howOneModelPlace.commembers can get in on the lucrative business of stock photography.

OMP ModelI have used models from OMP for several of my stock photography shoots. I typically give the models one of two options:

1. The option of compensation up front for a signed release (these are paid-for images and I may or may not provide a CD of the shoot to the model, depending on the rate that I pay the models)

2. The option of trading images with them. I will divide the shoot in half and if the model is willing to shoot a specific genre with me (i.e. business images) and sign a model release, then I will shoot the other half of the shoot with whatever images they want for their portfolio. This is a very popular option with models because part of my offer includes a CD of the entire shoot and I offer to edit a selection of images for use in their portfolio.

In conclusion, OMP is an excellent place to hire the talent needed to achieve the great ideas you have for solid stock images. Good luck with your stock photography career!

See more images by Legacy Images Photography on his OMP Portfolio.

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Q & A with Tim Jahns About Elyssa Online Magazine

Tim Jahns OMP Member #4467 is a longtime OneModelPlace.com member from California. He has collaborated with Elyssa OMP Model #18537 for the past several years, and their images together are impressive to say the least. Their early shoots led to a serious collaboration for magazine and book projects featuring professional wardrobe and styling, unique locations, and other elements. The result is the magazine Elyssa: The Model as Muse, which can be previewed and purchased in both print and digital formats at MagCloud.com.

: What is the process and program used to create the magazine layout?

Tim Jahns

Tim Jahns: My designer, Chris, uses InDesign as the graphics program that fits well with the requirements of Magcloud’s production. I don’t own that software and don’t know how to use it. He created a few cover ideas and some page layouts using images I gave him. He would present me with options for individual pages, two-page spreads and so on. Then I’d suggest modifications in the arrangement of images or text, and it would go back and forth like that until we had something that was powerful in its design.
I wanted to have strong design and variety in the magazine, with verticals and horizontals that could be in different arrangements — framed on the page, or bleeding off one or more edges, or spread across two pages in different ways — and using text in creative ways too. There’s not that much text, but I wanted to have a mix of small type in columns or unique placement as well as large excerpts from the text that have more visual power on the page and comment on the images in some interesting ways. The layout has to serve the images effectively but also have an artistic quality of its own.

OMP: How did you choose the photos and content?

Tim Jahns: That was a big challenge, narrowing down the choices. I tried to select the images I thought were the strongest while also having variety from the straightforward to the artistic or edgy. Many of the images were already in the final mix for the book, but I also thought the magazine could have a different spin to it, so I chose a number of images that might not be in the book. I wanted to show interesting images from the many shoots I’d done with Elyssa, so there weren’t too many shots from one location or look. I also wanted to show different moods and styles. At the same time, I had to keep the length manageable so it was within certain guidelines for the Magcloud production, both the number of pages and the fixed size they require.

For the text, I wanted to keep it pretty limited but still give readers some insight into my thinking about the images. I selected passages from the longer book text I’d written over a period of weeks, something that was still in need of more editing. Then I chose certain passages from that text to highlight in larger type here and there, to emphasize certain ideas about Elyssa and the work.

OMP: How do you plan to market the magazine?

Tim Jahns: Besides selling it through Magcloud, I hope to market the magazine through some online systems like Amazon, plus camera stores and other retail markets.

OMP: How does the MagCloud system work in terms of sales and commissions?

Tim Jahns: Magcloud has a base price, which is the cost of producing the magazine through them — a cost per page. There’s an option to do both a print version and a digital version. The digital is much less expensive. The markup is a decision for the publisher, so I can decide how much profit I want from sales there. They list magazines by category, and in this case I listed it in the Photography section.

OMP: What other advice do you have for models and photographers who want to publish their own magazine?

Tim Jahns: Think of it as a showpiece, something to be proud of and display as a representation of your best work. You can give some magazines out to friends, professional contacts and potential clients as a unique portfolio or promotional piece. Whether you sell a lot of them or not, you still have a nice print production that you can show off.

Read carefully and know all the details of the magazine production before you get too far. The best way to produce a pdf for the Magcloud site to print is using InDesign software, and I think the results can be even better if you have a professional designer create the pdf you will print from.

OMP members are invited to preview Elyssa: The Model as Muse at Magcloud.com

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Talented MUA Natalia Zurawska Collaborates to Create Amazing Images

Natalia Zurawska

As many of our members know, a makeup artist is a very important member of the creative team during a photo shoot. Their expertise and ability help photographers bring a vision into reality. Recently, the talented Natalia Zurawska OMP Member #250579 had a chance to showcase her skills during a photo shoot with photographer Matt Barnes, entitled “Rural Relations.”
“The shoot was extremely fun and adventurous. The models Sarah Jane and Joe Ring really put on a great show! Lots of fantastic acting, wardrobe and props, which were done by Matt.” Says Natalia.

Set in a remote location, the photo shoot is focused on a pot-bellied bumpkin and his corn-fed coquette. The precocious Sarah Jane and the provincially patrimonial Joe Ring were styled by Matt himself.

Hair and makeup were done by Natalia, and to create the look, she used Climate Control Hairspray by Tresemme, Face Atelier Foundation in #6, M.A.C. lipglass in Pink Poodle, Big Beautiful Eyes palette by Benefit, and nails were by O.P.I in “I Pink I Love You” and “Big Apple Red.”

Judging by the final photographs, we can say that the goal of the shoot was accomplished, which was “for people to think… be perplexed…”, as explained by Natalia. To view more images from the photo shoot, visit mattbarnesphoto.tumblr.com.

To see more of Natalia’s work, visit her OMP Portfolio, and you can get makeup tips on her YouTube Channel.

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Model Talk: Travel Tips for Models on the Go

By Tiana Hunter OMP Model #18098

As most models have discovered, traveling is a major part of the job. In addition to allowing models to accept more assignments, it also gives them the chance to make people across the country aware of their work.

The more people are familiar with you, the more work offers you are bound to receive. Working with photographers in different cities gives your portfolio a variety of locations and styles, and also can be very profitable since you are new to each market and therefore will be more in-demand.

traveling tips for models

When traveling, the biggest suggestion I can offer is be organized – I cannot stress this enough! Personally, I have different folders in my email inbox for each city. When I am contacted by a photographer, I respond to their offer and then move the message to the corresponding folder of the photographer’s city/state.

Then, when I am planning to travel, I put up a notification on OMP, and also individually email each photographer who has contacted me in the past. Being organized makes it so much easier to inform them of my travel plans. In addition, you can post notices on message boards to promote your trip.

Another good idea is to organize what you are thinking about bringing with you and pack only what you need. When traveling, mobility is very important. I pack light because whenever I am in an unfamiliar area, I want to be confident that regardless of cancellations or problems I will be able to get around and take care of myself. I know it is tempting to pack everything you have, but it is best to limit yourself and really consider what will be used for each job. I make a list of everything to take so that I am sure not to forget anything and be caught unprepared.

Here is a list of essential items that models must take care of before any trip:

Go online to get the best deals. One way to save money is to compare prices between airports. Most big cities have several airports, and you may find a cheaper fare depending on where the photographers are located.

Write down the exact addresses of your shoots, and ask ahead about the travel time you need to plan on between each shoot.

Make arrangements ahead of time. You will want to calculate how far the hotel is from your first shoot of the day, as well as how far it is from your last shoot of the day.

Print out maps for the various areas of the city you will be working and staying in, as well as a map of the public transportation system if available.

I usually ask for 3-5 model references from any photographer I have not worked with before.

Have the numbers for the local police station handy. If traveling abroad, you should also look up contact details for the U.S. embassy. Also, call ahead to your hotel and ask the receptionist about the neighborhood that the hotel is located in to ensure your personal safety.

Gather the contact info of cab companies in the city, as well as the local Greyhound station and Amtrak station.

It is always a good idea to contact other OMP members in the area and introduce yourself, so that you are on familiar terms with other people in the area in case of an emergency. You can also ask local models and photographers for suggestions on where to stay, places to eat, and areas to avoid.

The most important thing to remember is you can use the resources and contacts available on OneModelPlace.com to not only make your travel plans but ensure the best possible experience while on the road.

Happy Traveling!

Tiana Hunter is a professional model working in the areas of artistic, commercial, fashion, and glamour, and she is a photographer as well. To see more of her work check out her OMP Portfoli

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Tech Talk: Anatomy of a Fashion Jewelry Shoot

By OMP Tech Correspondent Don Becker of dbCreativeImages.com OMP Member #155

In a class I taught for students in the professional program at our school, the assignment was to “create an attention-getting advertisement for jewelry using a model.”

For this assignment, I was to be the primary photographer, and three students were my “assistants,” but participated in creative decisions and also shot the finished setups along with me. We had three hours of studio time for this assignment.

As part of their learning process they set up the backgrounds, placed the lighting, helped meter for correct exposure, and actively participated in the creative decisions as to lighting, jewelry selections and placements, and model poses.

jewelry shoot

The jewelry was obtained by raiding my wife’s collection, and approximately 30 pieces were selected to be considered, which included some matched sets but mostly random items that looked somewhat similar. Of course, in a real situation the client would have very specific pieces that they would want to have highlighted. If the pieces were photogenic, the photographer’s team would likely have a relatively easy time coming up with interesting and dynamic images. If not photogenic, well, then the photographer would need to get creative with the lighting, the placement, the backgrounds, and anything else they might be able to come up with, in order to make the final images “eye-catching.”

In this case, the client (me) wanted the jewelry to be highlighted against the smooth bare skin of the model. We had the beautiful model Dasha wear a tube top, showing bare arms and shoulders, to better emphasize the jewelry. Three different combinations of jewelry were selected for the initial trials: a shiny black necklace with black earrings; a set of gold, pearl, and crystal ring, bracelet, and earrings; and a gold cross necklace with multicolored jewel insets and with a gold ring, also with multicolored jewels.

These images were to be semi-closeups, to better see the jewelry, but even so the far backgrounds made a significant difference. We found the plain white paper background to be overly bright, and the black background to be too dark, so settled on a black background lit with a Norman monolight, which provided a medium background with multi-shadows — this seemed to work well. The key light was an AlienBee monolight in a 60 inch round softbox, providing large soft lighting, with egg-crate louvers in front to make it more semi-directional. A third moonlight was used with a 40-inch umbrella as a fill light, about 1.5 stops below the key light.

The final exposure used was 1/125 s at f11, ISO 200, with the camera in the manual exposure mode. (Note: In the studio, I almost always use my camera in the manual mode, setting the exposure as determined by hand metering and confirmed with the histogram.) Initial images were examined, and it was decided that the ring and cross images provided the most impact for the advertisement. A variety of different positions of the jewelry and the model were then photographed, and then we were ready for the final step, post-production.

Part of the purpose of this exercise for the students was to emphasize how important the post-production is to the final image. In the vast majority of cases, whether for fashion, for advertisements, even for portfolio work or everyday professional work, no matter how perfect the model, the lighting, the expression, and the exposure, a skilled Photoshop™ or other image enhancing software person can make the image better! Of course, some images require a lot more work than others, and the photographer has to decide what level of post-production effort is called for based upon the final use(s) of the images and the fee involved or the importance of the image to the photographer.

To see more of Don Becker’s images, visit his OMP Portfolio.

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Flapper culture: The Great Gatsby look

Great Gatsby lookFull of glitz, glamour, ornate details, and a true style all its own – what girl wouldn’t want “The Great Gatsby” look? Whether you are looking to enjoy a casual Gatsby themed garden party or don your most glamorous look at a fabulous cocktail evening, there are plenty of ways with ModCloth to add a flapper-esque flair to any look this spring/summer.

  • Details, details, details. Epaulets, pearls, rhinestones, and sequins were highly used during this time period to add glitz to an evening outfit.
  • Slender silhouettes. While you could still see a full skirt, long hemline, and high neck, the robe de style dress featuring a drop waist and straight cut was the most popular style.
  • Haute headpieces. To top off the entire look, add a whimsical & decadent headpiece from 1920′s Great Gatsby Fashion at ModCloth. You can even DIY a fabulous headband with ribbon, feathers, and gemstones!

Here is another neat bonus ModCloth offers everyone: The ModStylists team can put together a look-book specifically for you! You can visit the ModStylists here: ModCloth ModStylists

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Career Advice: How to Become a Successful Commercial Model

By Aaron Marcus OMP Member #131667

Planning your Shot

Since the shots for your composite sheet don’t have words, make sure each photograph itself tells the story. Even better, create a photo that shows more than one story.

If you want to present yourself as a mom and a businesswoman, the photo might show you walking up the steps to your house wearing a business suit, carrying a briefcase, while your child runs to meet you. Take your time and be creative in thinking of different scenarios for your shots.

Carreer Advice for modelsMagazines are a great source of ideas. Find the magazine that will feature the look you want. For example: Parents Magazine is great for shots of parents and kids. For business images, look through investment magazines.

The ads can give you information on how to style the shot and what props are needed. Props are items placed on the set to make the ad look real. For example, if the ad is supposed to take place in an auto garage, tools, oil cans, towels, grease guns, and auto parts would be appropriate props.

The most important thing to keep in mind is to make the photos look like ads. Do not pose for the camera. Show a wide range of expression for the different photos.

Having strong pictures for your comp will give you your greatest chance for getting work.

Aaron Marcus PortraitAaron Marcus has been a full-time actor and commercial model since 1986. His credits include “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” HBO’s “The Wire,” and “The West Wing,” and ads for countless brands. Aaron has also been cast in numerous TV, movie and theater productions.

Excerpts from this article are taken from Marcus’ book “How to Become a Successful Commercial Model.” To learn more about commercial modeling visit: www.howtomodel.com.

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