This year got off to a cracking start and was all about starting afresh! I’ve rebranded my blog with a new logo courtesy of Brandwave Marketing. What do you think? I relaunched a fantastic brand back to QVC, Polti the Italian steam cleaning brand (more on that in another post coming soon), and I had a great day shooting new pictures for all of my sites with photographer Darren Shaw and make up artist Pamela Moss. That was all in between making packed lunches, soft play, nursery runs and cleaning the house of sick bugs. Ahhhh January…..
In my line of work of Presenting and Voice Over’s you have to keep everything updated, your pictures, websites, voice reels, show reels, CV’s etc. The problem is it can be expensive, fortunately I have become pretty good at editing my reels from home but pictures are another matter. So when I saw that Pamela was after models for a test shoot I wondered if she might be up for doing something for a presenter. Thankfully she was! Test shoots are often free, bar any expenses, as everyone is getting something out of it, the photographer, make up artist and subject all get to add new looks to their books. It’s a great way for you to get promotional head shots if you are on a budget.
So I thought I would show you a little from behind the scenes and the end result. Before the day of the shoot I needed to figure out what I was going to wear, this can be another expense so I gave a brand that I really like a buzz to see if they would possibly loan me a dress or two for the day. Fever London is a really cool brand that is very much vintage inspired. You should check out their site, particularly if you love a 40’s or 50’s silhoette. They very kindly loaned me the two dresses that you will see coming up.
Pamela and I discussed ahead of the shoot what looks we wanted to try out. I mentioned I wanted to try a bright lip which she was up for and after looking at my previous pictures suggested we try my hair up as it’s a look I haven’t had in my pictures before. Here’s what she had to say…
”To create Katy’s look I used Ilamasqua’s Skinbase foundation all over to create a flawless base. I then applied MAC Vanilla shadow all over the lid, followed by a slightly winged eyeliner using Jouvert Cosmetics gel liner topped with lots of Mascara. Next I highlighted and contoured Katy’s face to showcase her wonderful cheek bones and applied a pinch of MACs Dainty Doll blusher on the very tops of her cheeks. I wanted to keep Katy’s face fresh and modern so I kept powder to a minimum only lightly dusting Chanel loose powder on the nose and chin. This look is all about the lips so lastly I lined her lips with MACs red lipliner and applied MACs Viva 1 lipstick which has to be one of my all time favourite red lipsticks. This look is a modern take on a vintage classic and very simple to recreate at home.”
So onto the shoot, when you’re used to trying to get a bit of colour on your cheeks while hoisting a 2 year old under your arm and tying your hair up with the hope of hiding the petit filous that’s been smeared in it, getting your make up done is a real treat.
Time to have a go at some head shots….Darren has a lovely calm laid back approach so I felt instantly at ease shooting with him. I had already had a good look through his portfolio and knew how good he was so I knew I was in good hands.
Quick hair change and into the Fever London Red Chelsea SS Dress, available here. Every girl needs a cracking red dress don’t they?
Next up I wanted to get some lifestyle shots. So armed with props I had brought from home we set up a kitchen scene to create my ‘domestic goddess’ look! This dress is also from Fever London and is called the Myanmar Fit and Flare dress, available here.
Gotta keep the whispy bits at bay!
We managed to get a lot done in just over half a day, 5 outfit changes, two hair styles and even a few meringues to boot, not to mention 100’s of shots. But which ones would make the cut? The thing about photo shoots is you generally only see the end result. The lovely edited, airbrushed perfectly posed picture. The truth is you have to take a lot of shots to get a few good ones. Unless you are Gisele Bundchen, then I’m pretty sure every one is perfect!
So here are some the pics that survived the delete button….
I was so close to sharing some of the ones that didn’t make it with you, but then I remembered how the internet has a way of holding on to pic’s even when you decide at some point to delete them. There were some crackers with my eyes half closed, face gurning and a few epic fails of poses that would have made you ‘lol’ but you’ll just have to take my word for it that they were baaaaad.
A huge thank you to Pamela and Darren for a great shoot and a fun day. Another big thank you to Fever London for lending me the fab dresses.
Check out all of their sites here.
Now it’s time for me to go and update all my sites!
Love Katy x