No-makeup project – Shoot with Liv Free
March 2, 2017 by GordonM in people, portrait, project 0 Comments

Time for another shoot in my no-makeup project series and this time I decided to go outside with local model Liv Free.   I’d seen Liv’s work previously and much of it is very creative, polished, great styling and with terrific makeup.  Which is understandable really as she is also a professional makeup artist.   However, I tried to visualise beneath her usual finery and thought that she had a perfect face and poise to be able to strip back to no makeup and simple styling.  So I was pleased when she said “Yes” to being involved with something potentially a little different for her. It was a chilly sort of day again …. it was early springtime in the UK … but whilst it was overcast it was quite bright.  Perfect perhaps to keep a portrait soft with no harsh shadows.   So technically there wasn’t anything significant to report on this shoot that was much different to the previous two shoots as I did all of the shoot with my Fuji X-T2 out with the 56mm, aperture priority with f2 selected most of the time to make use of the blurred bokeh from different background textures.  Some brick […]

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Natural no-makeup portraits
February 4, 2017 by GordonM in people, portrait, project 0 Comments

I’ve just started a new photo project which is taking photos of female models and other women with no makeup.  It’s probably a bit of a shock for most women to be in front of the camera without makeup but I was hopeful of some willing volunteers.  My thought was to remove that outer layer of a mask that perhaps makes a woman ready for the world, but probably also changes who their individual persona is in some form.  So my hope was that to go natural and bare would reveal something more about the real woman behind the mask. My first model was Paige and she agreed to do this as the first shoot of the day before we applied makeup for the other photo sets to follow.  I had a particular style in mind for this set and with a black blouse and a black wall as background, my hope was that the face would stand out in the photo.   As well as the natural light coming front on from a small window (top catchlight in the eyes), I also bounced some of the light across a white polystyrene board onto the face (seen as the second catchlight bottom […]

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