Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Hoda Amel Abdalla

I love, love, love Hoda's style.

Hoda Amel Abdalla is a photographer from California and is currently booking new talents for her Chicago book. We found each other via model mayhem, had a chit chat at Starbucks, and created our first photo shoot together.

I decided to try a few new things and get creative on the faces of Eve Rydberg, Clara Wong, Sarah Ferriby and Rhea Fernandez. I'm really pleased with how these came out. I did both nails & makeup for all the shots.
Laila Rojas was the stylist, Malachi Artese provided the eyewear.

More pictures coming VERY soon, but here's a sneak peak:

I used 'Gold Leaf' for the first time. I like the effect!

Just kept it simple with Clara and created a bold, red lip for her.

For Sarah, I kept it light and used white eye shadow, white shimmer, and blocked her brows with white Ben Nye paint.

I wanted to try a little color on Rhea. I loved how the turquoise and green popped on her eyes.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Christy Lynn

I loved working with Christy! She cracks me up too :)

Here are a few shots we created together with model Veronica Vides of Agency Galatea. Her skin was SO fun to work on, a makeup artists' dream.

We worked on a bronze/golden look for her. I worked with MAC Iridescent Golden Bronze Loose Powder on her cheeks & nose for contouring, Make Up For Ever Liquid Dewy Foundation in #18 Camel, Benefit Cosmetics Shimmer Eye shadow in 'High Roller' and MAC Bronze Shimmer lipstick mixed with a Ben Nye cover all wheel to give her a subtle, illuminated glow.

Friday, April 22, 2011

We Are All Human

When it comes to art, or life in general, no one is better than the other person. Every one has their own style, their own form, their own sense of self.

So there is no such thing as "I am better than you." Some may have more experience than others, some may be better equipped at certain jobs, but no one is 'better' than another person. We are all human, we are all sinners, and we're all going to die.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Fashion Editorial with Escalante

Here are a few shots we did last weekend playing around with different concepts, outfits, models, and ideas. The rest of the shots were sent to an editorial magazine for their Summer Issue.
Longest weekend EVER but so worth it.

Photographer: © 2011 ESCALANTE
Wardrobe: Ruben Lopez for Claudia Kleiner
Hair & MUA: Andrea C. Samuels
- Veronica of Ford
- Eliana of Ford
- Annette of The Rock Agency
Location: The Blackstone Hotel; Chicago, IL

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Stan Malinowski

This past Sunday, April 3rd, I was able to work with one of the most amazing photographers in fashion history. Just google his name and you can see Stan's amazing work yourself. Stan is full of smiles, sweet, nice, and gets straight to the point when he's shooting.

The stylist, Ruben Lopez, informed me of the shoot and the whole team brought their A Game. The shoes, jewelry and designs he brought to set were absolutely one of a kind, full on couture, high fashion madness.

Here are a few Behind-The-Scenes photos shot by myself, Ruben's assistant Crystal Mendez, designer Paul Sisti, and random camera phone shots from other people:

The jewelry pieces were absolutely stunning.

These heels were 10 INCHES. OMG.

Stan & his assistants were setting up lights and equipment.

This was the first look I created for model Katie. Simple, clean, with a hot pink liner on her lower lash line to match her hot pink heels.

This was the first look I created for model Joni. I was really inspired by these thigh high gold boots Ruben put her in for the first look. I created a heavy, smokey brow that extended down to her nose, a dash of gold glitter underneath her brows and topped it off with a classic matte black lip.

The first looks completed before they hit the camera.

Joni was giving sooooo much life to the outfit. She worked every single angle possible.


The second look was inspired by Shu Uemera's new spring line. I wanted to try pastel colors for a fresh, spring look to balance with the outfit she was wearing.

These pictures don't do any justice to how absolutely stunning the dress was in person. It was so vibrant, ornate, and beautiful. Katie did a suberb job of showing off the garment while giving a very classy, elegant, regal appeal from head to toe.

From another angle...

The TEAM working on Katie's third look created by JuJu LaCour

The third look inspired me of The Joker meets Alexander McQueen. I blocked Katie's eyebrows and extended the smokey eye outward to give her an 'evil' appearance. She looked like a COMPLETELY different person.

This was the 4th and final look for the models. Makeup artist Christie was working on Joni for the remainder of the looks and we worked it out until 2am!!

The final outfits were created by designer JuJu LaCour. He is TALENTED.

Pictures coming sooooon!!