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I'm very excited to announce I've officially become a part of the ILoveHatePhoto.com team! Ed (the creator/owner/amazing photog) just featured our LA themed shoot on the site today and introduced me, and my first article will go up this coming Friday. I'm honored Ed brought me on as their Makeup & Hair Specialist, and can't wait to contribute to this amazing photography site!
Here is our LA shoot with Wolfy:
My bio is now up on the ILHP site!
I'm happy to announce I have some new portfolio pieces on my site! Two photo shoots, both featuring indie rock star Ro Danishei, aka Wolfy. Not only is she an amazing model, she's also a really cool person, and I'm so happy I had the opportunity to work with her. The artists involved in these shoots were incredible, and I felt so inspired to work with them. I've credited everyone involved in each gallery featured.
Because I believe in updating my work often, I've taken some old pictures down of a shoot I did a few years ago. Now they can live here in my blog so they don't go to waste. This shoot was done in Hollywood, photography by Michael Viyera, model, my good friend Erin Darling.
Since I have a lot of new portfolio pictures coming up on my site, I'm going to be "retiring" some older pictures. It's not that I don't like them, it's just that the further I go in my career, the better my skills get, and the quality of my work gets better-yay! The things I don't like about some older pictures have nothing to do with the incredibly talented photographers, or beautiful models. It's all about the nit-picky things I see in my own work, and know I can do better on. That being said, I'll be posting old photos in my blog so they can still live on my site. Here's the first batch, this shoot was a lot of fun, and SO 80's. Photography by the lovely Amy Opoka, and Erin Darling modeling.
This is a shoot I worked on while I was still in Cosmetology school. I was still picking up costume design work at the time, and this is the only shoot I've done both on makeup and styled. It's an Audi commercial, my talented friend Mario London did the hair.
I always love doing natural hair and makeup for portraits and head shots.
Soon I'm going to be adding some new Portfolio pictures to my site! I'll post a few previews here, but some I can't post until they are published-which is really exciting! I can't wait to have my work published in a magazine, and to be able to put all my new work on the site. Two of the shoots I only did hair for, and another I did both hair and makeup. I feel so lucky to have worked with new photographers, stylists, models and makeup artists! I'm going to be adding photo credits for everyone who collaborated on these once they are added to the portfolio section of my site. Here's a sneak preview of what I've been doing...
Growing up I was always inspired by film and music. Every week I want to write about what has influenced my passion for doing hair and makeup. This week I want to share something I've loved since high school. My mom was a French teacher and always incorporated film into her classes, so as a teenager I got to watch quite a bit of French cinema. One of my favorite movies was Le Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg), starring Catherine Deneuve. In my opinion, Deneuve is one of the most classically beautifully film actors, and she still looks amazing today. Le Parapluies de Cherbourg was filmed and set in the 1960s, which has always been a constant source of inspiration. The colors in the film are so saturated, and Deneuve looks impossibly fresh and innocent. Here are some pictures from the film, I think they speak for themselves.
I've done some work as an independent contractor for a really cool company called 1906 Studios. I'm a hairstylist for their bridal team, and I wanted to share pictures of a beautiful bride named Nicole. My very talented colleague Jen Castelo did her makeup, and these pictures were from her bridal trial. Her wedding was this past weekend so I didn't want to bother her with taking pictures. She was such a sweetheart, and a very low maintenance bride, so we had a great time working with her and her bridal party.
These days I'm "basic" for saying this (doesn't the internet just ruin everything?), but I love Fall. I hate the heat, which is silly when you live in California, so I welcome the cooler, overcast weather every year. Fall always reminds me of being a kid and going back to school, but instead of buying new supplies to put in your backpack you get to buy new beauty products to put in your purse!
Here are are a few of my favorite things I've been enjoying this fall!
1. Jonathan Silky Dirt I'm a huge fan of this brand, and the Silky Dirt line. The Shine and Define Creme can help tame fly aways, prep an undo, or help you master the perfect ponytail. It's great for guys too, and if they prefer the matte look they can use the Silky Dirt paste that comes in a jar.
2. Yogi Caramel Apple Spice Now I know this is something to assist people who are dieting, but I just like the way it tastes! Yogi Tea always tastes amazing because they blend different herbs, spices, and even fruits together to make yummy flavors. If you're a fan of apple cider, you'll love this tea.
3. Burts Bees Lip Crayon I get so many compliments whenever I wear this product because it looks so natural. It has a matte finish, and is moisturizing while still having great pigment.
4. Dr. Martens These shoes always seem to come back in style. I had three different pairs when I was in high school, and got rid of all of them. Of course, come my late twenties they're hip again. I decided to jump back on the bandwagon and invested in a pair of classic black ones, and they sure are a bitch to break in.
5. PTR Pumpkin Enzyme Peel This product has been reformulated a few times but I still like it. It's a pretty intense enzymatic treatment, rich with vitamin A, and exfoliates with alpha hydroxy acids. This isn't for everyone, and if you have sensitive skin I'd recommend getting a sample before purchasing it. It's great for people who want a preventative anti aging product, but also have issues with acne scars and uneven texture.
6. Rachel Roy EOS Collection This cute little bundle delivers yummy flavors of everyone's favorite lip balm. A blend of oils with shea butter and vitamins provides moisture and smooth lips. Who doesn't love a completely natural product that tastes great as well?
7. Joni Citrine for November Julep I like this color for my toes (I typically keep my fingernails plain because of the work I do). It's really sparkly, and Julep's nail polish is so opaque, you can get away with one coat if you're in a rush.
Here are some of my favorite looks I've done this fall!
My little sister has really wavy hair, and she wanted a look that would go with her natural texture. Now she never has to style her hair, and if her bangs get unruly she can wet them down, comb them to the side, and she's good to go!
My friend Adrienne needed a root touch up, but wanted to do some fun, semipermanent colors for her birthday! The result was total mermaid ombre. I balayaged the blonde with Kenra lightener combined with Olaplex, and bumped her base.
Jessanne just needed a root touch up, but this time we did a gloss and incorporated Goldwell's Ellumen to brighten the red.
In the spirit of getting ready for Halloween, my photographer fried Amy Opoka and I, decided to do a Black Swan themed photo shoot. We shot at the Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio, and did both a Black, and a White Swan look. Amy sent me a sneak peek from the shoot and I'm so excited to see the rest of the pictures! The beautiful German goddess Lea Gotz (most recently seen modeling for Addidas) posed as our swan, and was so delightful to work with. I also had a lot of fun making the feather head pieces she wore, and they were super easy to make!
Before setting out to party with my friends I had two clients, who actually wanted pretty similar looks. The whole creepy/gory/beautiful look is always popular, and it was so much fun to do something different for a change. Here are the looks...
Today I'd like to share some photos I took of one of my best friends, Adrienne. A while ago, when I didn't have too many professional pictures in my portfolio, we decided to do a photo shoot for fun. I did her hair and makeup and she let me use her super fancy camera to take pictures. I have zero photography experience, but I have a sense of what I like and think looks good. Any professional can tell that the pictures are certainly amateur, but I was really happy with her makeup, and she totally rocked it out. We had a great time with it, so here they are!