Behind the Scenes of Photographing Stefano Paturi
Guest Blogger Evy Edelman
As most of you reading LaRae’s blog, you’re familiar with the photography aspect of a photo shoot. As a guest blogger, you now get a backstage pass to MY world: Makeup and Beauty Artistry. This most times, includes makeup, hair and male grooming. However, I’ve been known to throw in wardrobe and nails when the occasion calls for it.
A sweltering summer morning/midday shoot, dead of summer in Miami. A day of weather most makeup artists dread. “Humid”, is a 5 letter bad word. The “d” standing for DIE, as in what I want to do when makeup and hair DO NOT cooperate. Which tends to happen here in our “Oh-so-tropical” city the minute you step foot outside. Yet, somehow a serious can of hairspray, a makeup brush and blotting papers become a makeup artist’s best friend. Luckily, half of the shoot was photographed indoors while the second half was captured outdoors. As you will get to see in the Final and “Behind The Scenes” photos below and on LaRae’s preceding blog post.
A photo shoot is somewhat of a puzzle the team must collaborate in piecing together. For instance, choosing what order the looks are to be shot. This plays a big role in how the model/talent is groomed. As you will notice with Stefano, we wanted to make the transition and preparation from look to look fairly seamless. This is when you save the looks/styles that are most labor intensive for later. Notice the first look was clean and distinguished yet we saved the casual wet look with the model and his surf board closer to the end of the photo shoot.
One of the last shots of the shoot was shot at a multi-level parking garage on historic Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. At times wind can be a blessing, blowing the hair just right. However, during this portion of the shoot, the wind was not playing nice. Not only with the hair, but it blew around the lighting equipment and made photographing the look even more challenging.
After your glimpse behind the scenes, you can now see how unglamorous and challenging the life of a Makeup Artist/ Hairstylist can be. However, I was lucky to work with a great team and the final results were well worth the effort!!
Thank you LaRae, Stefano, and Haley!
Until next time!