Today’s images are from another comp card studio shoot recently, with Ania Saletis. What I want to focus on in today’s post is the use of a hair/make up artist for a shoot. Its the first time I’ve hired out for one on this type of shoot. Usually, the model’s budget is tight and will choose to do her/his own work. Personally I have a hard time including those images in my portfolio because things don’t look very good.
For those new studio lighting, one of the many issues you’ll deal with is the softness of light and the specularity of the model’s skin. Good make up can help with both these issues. A reduction in specularity is an increased in perceived softness of the light. For this shoot I hired Shannon Darsow, one of the Twin Cities more recognized names in the business. Not only is she a talented hair/makeup artist, she really knows how to calm the model and help set a great tone for the shoot.
Shannon Darsow can be found on MNCREATIVE and her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Now some of you might be asking, “Alec, can’t I just fix this all in photoshop?” Yes, you can and will retouch in photoshop, but the quality of the retouching is ENHANCED by the quality you start with. As always, photoshop can take you far, but only so far. So, there is a trade off in the look/feel you want for the images and the cost/complexity of getting that look.