It took me about a year to get this project organized and off the ground. I knew what I wanted to do, but for months, I struggled with HOW I wanted to execute it. Without a doubt, I knew I wanted the photos to be captured by my friend, my Sis... Bethany E. Photography. Her work is beyond amazing, and her energy was a perfect match for what I wanted to accomplish with the models.
For this project, I did a model casting call in a private spouses group on Facebook. I wanted seven women... everyday women... mothers, wives, military members, pregnant... I wanted to capture the beauty of each woman, while empowering and motivating her to be the best woman she could be. I wanted to remind her that she is perfect, despite her flaws... that even her flaws were perfect. I wanted her to accept and become one with every freckle, curve, stretch mark, love handle, cellulite and wrinkle.
To accomplish each look, Bethany and I invested into some of my favorite cosmetic brands, listed below:
-Danessa Myricks Beauty Enlight Illuminators and Metal Pigments
-Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Foundations
-Juvia's Place (eyeshadow and blush palettes)
-Morphe Brushes Dare to Create Palette
-Ben Nye Liquiset and Prosthetic Adhesive (purchased from Nigel Beauty Emporium)
MUOBU Glitter Festival (various glitters and face/body jewels and glitter glue)
Here are a few 'behind-the-scenes' photos from the shoot. To read about each woman's experience during the shoot, please check out Bethany's blog! Special thanks go out to Darian Matthews and the entire Erby family for their assistance during this project, whether it was babysitting my Sun, or sticking jewels on nude women... lol! Your help was truly appreciated.
As the Spring Solstice drew near, I knew I wanted to try something new... something creative... something FUN! When Chris Bailey messaged me about a collaboration, giving me full creative direction, I could not be more excited! The model we would be working with was a familiar face, as I have worked with Lina Pastel on the "Woman: Imperfect Perfection" project I did a few weeks ago.
The "flower on the face" concept was something I have wanted to do for a while. Maritza Rivera, a fellow makeup artist, was the first person I knew to execute such a concept, and I absolutely fell in love with it. I had to replicate it one day, and Lina's face was the perfect canvas.
-Juvia's Place Zulu Palette
-MAC Studio Tech Foundation in NC42
-Juvia's Place Saharan II Blush Palette
-Ardell Demi Wispies, 2 pairs
-MAC Currant Lipliner and Faux Lipstick
-MAC Mineralized Finish Natural Powder in Medium Golden
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