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13 July 2011 @ 12:45 pm

Yeah I don't really like this. We spent hours in makeup only to have it STILL not look like the example picture I gave which left us with 5 minutes to shoot so the pose and expressions are infinitely boring - she wasn't a model so she was really intimidated by the camera. That said, her bone structure is EXCELLENT, I just love the shape of her cheekbones and jaw and nose. It's not overbearing, just very clean and refined. I do actually like the colours, the yellows and the reds - again just very subtle.

If I were to shoot this again, I probably would have worked it that I spent less time in makeup to achieve a slightly less refined look so I had more time to shoot and get a story going. I'm learning that my retouching can achieve a better result than a student makeup artist - professionals are another story but I shouldn't have to spend THAT long in makeup. Also I think with headshots like these, where I don't have access to nice clothes I should just shoot them in a deceptive way that makes them look nude because the cheap clothes bring everything else down

And to only have ONE usable shot... yeah, as a whole I consider this shot a massive failure and if I wasn't so persistent about sharing everything, I wouldn't have shared it at all.
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Joshblueymcphluey on July 13th, 2011 11:16 am (UTC)
wow, I'm surprised that you picked out her splotchy chest as being a redeeming feature! I've actually evened out the skintones A LOT and my lecturers still thought it should be done some more
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Joshblueymcphluey on July 14th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)
haha I try not to XD they kept on telling me that all skintones had to be warm and natural and I was like "NOOOOOO BUT THAT DOESN'T EXPRESS MY EMOTIONS AND THINGS"
fouroux: [SPN] die last auf meinen schulternfouroux on July 13th, 2011 11:13 am (UTC)
if so much make-up is used, I'd have liked a face that is more... suitable for make-up? I know this sounds weird, but her lips are so thin and her mouth is generally small. the lipstick doesn't work at all. a bit of a turn-off imo :c

I should just shoot them in a deceptive way that makes them look nude because the cheap clothes bring everything else down

this. definitely.
and now that you mentioned it, I can't seem to stop thinking "the shot is trying to hide the clothes". hummm.
Joshblueymcphluey on July 13th, 2011 11:20 am (UTC)
yeah well in all honesty, this set, this set and the next one that I'm going to post were all done as part of a collaboration between the photography students and the makeup students at our tafe. So these people had only been training for a couple of months and the girls in the shots were actually taking the course - not specifically chosen models :/

So yeah, kind of the whole intent of these shoots was to highlight the makeup (which was hard when the makeup is one of the weaker parts of the shot)