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Behind the scenes photo diary of today’s shoot

Today I was doing hair and makeup for a student of the Melbourne institute of fashion. For something a little different, I’m going to show you a behind the scenes look at my day.
  
I travelled very light today as it was a single hair and makeup look and I only ever pack the tools I need. 

    
 The makeup look was meant to be very clean and glamorous with a bold lip and the hair was a loose wave with a nod to old Hollywood.  

  
I curled all the hair with a wide barrelled tong and pinned up the curls while they were warm to keep the curls in place and then started on the makeup.

  
While we were shooting in a bar on Brunswick st, the preparation was done at the Melbourne fashion institute. The view was amazing and i was very grateful to have good natural light to use for once.

  
Then we travelled to the shoot location. My client had booked out the lovely polly cocktail bar on Brunswick st. After setting up the equipment, it was Showtime.

  
Throughout the course of a shoot, there’s lots of fiddling involved to touch up the clothing and makeup for each look and to make sure it looks fresh.
Today was a lot of fun and I’ll be looking forward to seeing the finished product soon. Hope you guys enjoyed my little photo diary of today’s hard work.

  

The last year in a single shot

Photographer in all five shots is Kynan O’meara

Samantha Morrison is the model in the featured image, with hairstyling, wardrobe styling and makeup by MOLOTOV PIGTAILS hairstyling and makeup.

Models appearing on the bottom (left to right):

Annika lammers (styled by hair self, hair and makeup by MOLOTOV PIGTAILS)

Dylan peck

Laura Kinross and Laura Rose, with wardrobe styling and accessories by Michelle Chorny from Pokkerdot Lane.

Yana martens. Hairpiece by lady petrova.
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Photoshoot with Jess Mm and Mark Hillyer!

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Photography: Mark Hillyer
Model: Jess Mm
Make-up/hairstyling: Molotov Pigtails Hairstyling and Make-up.

This was a really fun shoot to undertake. I initially drew inspiration from Andy Warhol’s iconic portraits of Marilyn Monroe, though what resulted was a little more special.

Jess is an absolutely gorgeous model and very fun and easygoing- in short, amazing to work with. Mark likes to think outside the box. Together, we deviated from the original plans and decided to make this more bubblegum editorial. Something surreal, yet still tangible and identifiable.

The make-up took a ridiculously long time as I had to colour match the contours, highlights and foundation in an airbrush to a bizarre shade of bubblegum. Jess looked sunburnt until the eyeliner was applied near the end of the application. Glamorous. However, she was an extremely good sport as I styled a waist-length wig into a pseudo bob and fiddled with the base colour until it looked right.

Thanks so much to both of you for your extreme patience and creativity that you added to a half-baked concept I brought in to you both.

What do you think of the shots? let me know below.

xx

Folio shot: Kitessa- Mad Dame’s free photo day, December 2012

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Model: Kitessa
Photographer: Mad Dame
Mua/hair: me (Kate molotov)

So these shots are part of a series taken by the amazing Mad Dame on her studio’s open day late last year.

The model, Kitessa, was absolutely a joy to work with: professional, punctual, great fun to be around (which I think translated in the shots very nicely) and very naturally beautiful.

These shots were a lot of fun and there was definitely something liberating about messing up a face full of makeup considering how delicate a process it usually is!