A few weeks ago I heard about a commercial job that required a specific type of sugar skull makeup, so I called over a model to test out the look and send it to the client. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the job but the makeup was so amazing I couldn’t pass up not doing it for a photo shoot. I called up a great photographer who I’ve worked with before and pitched her the idea and was SO happy when she replied YES!
The anticipation and excitement really build up for me on this project because I had so much behind the scenes stuff to do. It’s hard finding wardrobe for me so I chose to give sewing a try and make my own dresses. Although I am not the best seamstress in the world I am very happy with the way they turned out. I also made two new headpieces for the shoot and LOVE how they turned out.
After two weeks of prepping the day finally arrived. I cannot tell you just how excited I was. I woke up at 2:45 am and was on the road by 4:30. I started makeup application on Danielle Moulin at 5:30, although makeup application was a long one it wasn’t as long as I thought it would be. I broke it up among both girls but I think I still got them both done in about 2.5 hours each.
I had to stop and stretch in between both girls and have a few bites from my morning bagel and coffee but the break wasn’t long. This was the third application of this same makeup for the second model, Kimberly Serena. She was nice enough to let me practice on her when I was doing it for the potential client. The first time I did it I used creams and after three hours of work it was not pretty; so we stopped and she agreed to come over the next day to try it again. That time it turned out wonderfully and I new we would use the makeup for a shoot and she would be one of my models. Both girls were wonderful and so patient during the whole process. I love that in a model. There is nothing I hate more than whining and girls complaining the entire time, it really kills the overall mood of the shoot and makes things unbearable and a waste of time. These two girls were exceptional though. I love them!!
By the time I finished their makeup I was exhausted. I wanted to be done but we still had to get the dresses fitted and pinned to fit properly. I have to take this time to thank my friend Stacey who was so wonderful to stop by and help. She polished the models nails and helped curl their hair AND helped dot the perimeter of one of the models faces. Not only that but she is also the one to thank for all of these behind the scenes photos. I was too busy worrying about makeup and wardrobe that I didn’t even touch my camera until we were at the location and even then I didn’t take many photos. Thank you so much Stacey!!
*On a side note, I’m noticing a change in the quality of my photos. They look a bit dull after I upload them into WordPress. I’m not sure what’s going on but I’m too busy to figure it out and fix it at the moment. So I apologize, BUT if you click on the image you can see a larger version of it with brighter colors. I think the dullness has something to do with WordPress compressing the image so the post/website loads faster? :/ I don’t know.
After 6 hours of prepping we were out the door and on the way to the location. I finally felt I could relax a little bit. This is the best part of collaborating on a shoot with a great photographer. Once my part is done the rest is up to her and Michelle Engberg did an amazing job. The location she chose was perfect! We thought we were going to have to go to different locations to get the shots we needed but this place had it all.
My beautiful “Catrinas” looking so beautiful!You really need to click on this ^ image and see it in all it’s glory. The colors are metallic and they looked so amazing in the sunlight. Ah! I still can’t get over how amazing this shoot was!
This last photo makes me laugh. I took it and showed our little helper the preview and she says, “Oh! That’s so cute!” haha. She is such a doll and I kid you not, she really does help. She is always giving the model advice on how to pose! It’s so cute!!!
Once we got back to Michelle’s house I started feeling sick. I was so tired and nauseas. Klaudia (Kim’s mother), Stacy and Kim were so nice to help me pack everything up. If you’re reading this ladies THANK YOU! You have no idea how much I appreciate all of your help.
It was 11 hours from the moment I woke up to the moment my feet were on my couch ready to relax. It was a very long and exhausting day but so incredibly worth it. I am so excited to see the images Michelle captured.
I can’t wait to do another shoot like this! I hope you enjoyed all of these behind the scenes.
That’s all for now!