My Vintage Valentine

Romance, Beauty, love and all things pretty. I have wanted to do a Valentine Themed photoshoot for some time. My creative partner, Genna Yussman Greene suggested we do one at the beginning of 2017.  Genna had put together some vintage dressers and I wanted to do some classy updos and polished hair. We enlisted our buddy, Isidro Valencia for make up and two gorgeous models and our team was set.

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We wanted to fuse romance, with big hair and vintage styling for a timeless feel. Genna ordered a custom floral backdrop to be used for the shoot. We chose two gorgeous models, Emily and Kristina. We have worked with both before and chose both girls for their beautiful facial structures, Their tall lean looks and their positive attitudes on set.

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This collection was release exclusively by Bangstyle as a featured collection. The staff at Bangstyle have been so supportive of the work we do and they said the timing for the release was perfect.

working on Emily's hair

working on Emily's hair

For Make up Isidro created a soft look consisting of soft smoky eyes, pink pastels color on eyes, shimmer, rosy cheeks and soft contoured cheeks.

Spring make up 2018 by Isidro modeled by Emily

Spring make up 2018 by Isidro modeled by Emily

on set with Genna and Kristina

on set with Genna and Kristina

For This undo I converged all of Kristina's hair upwards into a ponytail I then added a long hair pad and a large wefted hair extension and form the hair over the pad into the shape using Fashion Works 12 and a finishing brush from Tearsheet. Control Addict 28 was used to finalize the look.

final image by Genna Yussman Greene

final image by Genna Yussman Greene

bts side view of Emily's updo

bts side view of Emily's updo

bts side view of Emily's updo

bts side view of Emily's updo

For this Fishtail undo, I fishtailed braided random sections on Emily's entire head then with the ends pinned them between the sections created for the fishtails. 

final image by Genna Yussman Greene

final image by Genna Yussman Greene

bts on Kristina on set

bts on Kristina on set

final image by Genna Yussman Greene

final image by Genna Yussman Greene

bts side view of Emily's updo

bts side view of Emily's updo

bts side view of Emily's updo

bts side view of Emily's updo

This updo was a lot of fun. I was watching a lot of the old "Dynasty" so I did this timeless, voluminous undo with Redken's Guts 10 for volume. Next hair was pulled upwards into a couple of ponytails. A small hair pad was used for the bump on top that hair was covered with Emily's hair using Fashion Works 12. I smoothed the hair using a small finishing brush. The other ponytails that hair was backcombed, smoothed and rolled into shape with bobbie pins. Finished with Control Addict 28 and Shine Flash 03.

final image by Genna Yussman Greene

final image by Genna Yussman Greene

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The vintage look was set using Iron Shape 11 and Sam Villa's marcel iron and pinned to cool. Afterwards the hair was brushed out using Tearsheet's static free large tail comb and Fashion Works 12.  No bend clips were placed in the hair to set it while Isidro finished Emily's her make up application.

final image by Genna Yussman Greene

final image by Genna Yussman Greene

Kristina's hair was set in the same fashion with Emily's only different placement and finished with Control Addict 28.

final image by Genna Yussman Greene

final image by Genna Yussman Greene

Credits

Photography | Wardrobe | Set Design | Genna Yussman Greene @gennayussman

Hair | Matthew Tyldesley @haibymatt

Make Up | Isidro Valencia @valencia0612

Models | Kristina Russ @kristina_russ

              Emily Bennett @emilybennett_

selfie with Miss Emily

selfie with Miss Emily

Lucy

Photographer, Louis Tinsley asked me to do hair for an evening photoshoot. I agreed as I like the model, designer (Frances Lewis) and make up artist  (Matt Goodlett) involved in the project.  This was also my first time collaborating with Louis so I was really excited.

Professional image by Louis Tinsley

Professional image by Louis Tinsley

Louis requested a blue wig and I have this dark blue blob wig i styled on Model, Lucy. I braided her hair before covering with a wig cap then attached the wig on her head. I used love heat on a hair dryer and Fashion Works 12 working spray to shape the wig. Once in place I used Control Addict 28 to lock the hairstyle.

The team

The team

Professional image by Louis Tinsley

Professional image by Louis Tinsley

Designer, Frances Lewis designed the gorgeous sheer dress that was worn by Lucy. 

Make up artist, Matt Goodlett created a dark smoky eye with a hint of bronze. The look was complete with a dramatic brow and matte nude lip. 

This was a quick shoot that lasted under four hours. I look forward to more shoots with these creative artists.

designer Frances Lewis final touches on her gown

designer Frances Lewis final touches on her gown

bts camera image

bts camera image

shaping hairstyle on model, Lucy

shaping hairstyle on model, Lucy

on set with Louis

on set with Louis

Credits

Model | Lucy Duane                 @lucyduane

Photography | Louis TInsley    @louistinsley

Wardrobe | Frances Lewis        @ann_deevelyn_clothing_co

Make Up | Matt Goodlett         @mattgoodletmakeup

Hair | Matthew Tyldesley          @hairbymatt

BTS making of video: LUCY

selfie time with Lucy

selfie time with Lucy

Backstage Stevie Boi SS18

I was asked to be lead hairstylist for designer Stevie Boi by High Definition Professional's Heather King.  Prior to leaving for NYC Heather sent me the looks requested by Stevie Boi. The hairstyles were slicked back wet hair, cornrows and standing high ponytails. I created two quick tutorials of which I shared with the team prior to arriving in New York.

the hair team with the models Hi Definition Professional

the hair team with the models Hi Definition Professional

Once in NYC we had just completed one show and loaded into the Uber and headed towards Pennsylvania Hotel for Stevie Boi's "NOIR" SS18  show presented by Walk Fashion Show.

The models

The models

The hotel was filled with models, hair and make up artists. We had a total of 50 models to complete with a team of 13 hair & make up artists. I split our team into groups based on skill and comfort level. This way everyone was responsible for the same looks for continuity.  As models came in I assessed what looks would work best on them based on their current hair and directed them to hair stylists that  were strongest in certain areas. 

backstage essentials

backstage essentials

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hairstylists, Chrystal Lotz and Jake Walker ready a model for the runway

Derek Moser and Matthew Tyldesley styling model, Tina Kay for the runway

Derek Moser and Matthew Tyldesley styling model, Tina Kay for the runway

The hair looks were created using Redken hairstyling. The high ponytails required a directional blow-dry upwards using Guts 10 spray foam. Hair was then put into a pontail. Next the model leaned forward and Two hairstylists had to work together and wrap the base of the ponytail using elastic cording. The elastic had to be taught in order for the ponytails to stand on their own.

Matthew Tyldesley and Jake Walker creating a high pony on model, Claudia.

Matthew Tyldesley and Jake Walker creating a high pony on model, Claudia.

Make up was soft and natural with a smoky eye, bronzer and defined brow.

hair styled by Tiffany Brown & Michelle Renee Make up Nu Evolution Cosmetics

hair styled by Tiffany Brown & Michelle Renee Make up Nu Evolution Cosmetics

Braids for Days Hair by Tiffany Brown & Michelle Renee

Braids for Days Hair by Tiffany Brown & Michelle Renee

Slay Models pose for the camera. Hair: High Definition Professional  Make up Nu Evolution Cosmetics

Slay Models pose for the camera. Hair: High Definition Professional  Make up Nu Evolution Cosmetics

Runway look Hair: Matthew Tyldesley & Derek Moser  image : ELLE Hong Kong

Runway look Hair: Matthew Tyldesley & Derek Moser

image : ELLE Hong Kong

Model: Sanvernetas Thomas  Hair: Ashley Ortiz  Image: ELLE Hong Kong

Model: Sanvernetas Thomas

Hair: Ashley Ortiz

Image: ELLE Hong Kong

One thing I think is really cool is working with the same models. You run into them backstage working shows over the years. It's really cool to be on this journey in the beauty industry and to follow the models, make up artists, photographers and designers grow.

Selfie time with Claudia & Sanvernetas

Selfie time with Claudia & Sanvernetas

Model: Rain Klutts  Hair: Matthew Tyldesley & Ashley Ortiz  Image: ELLE Hong Kong

Model: Rain Klutts

Hair: Matthew Tyldesley & Ashley Ortiz

Image: ELLE Hong Kong

Model Claudia Charriez  Hair: Matthew Tyldesley & Jake Walker  Image: ELLE Hong Kong

Model Claudia Charriez

Hair: Matthew Tyldesley & Jake Walker

Image: ELLE Hong Kong

Male Models ready to rock the runway

Male Models ready to rock the runway

Model Jose Costelo Branco  Hair: Matthew Tyldesley & Mikki Conway  Make up: Isidro Valencia & Jeromy Adams  Image: ELLE Hong Kong

Model Jose Costelo Branco

Hair: Matthew Tyldesley & Mikki Conway

Make up: Isidro Valencia & Jeromy Adams

Image: ELLE Hong Kong

Models always striking a pose

Models always striking a pose

BTS runway show video Stevie Boi SS 18 by Logan Curtis

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Below are two of the quick tutorials I created based on Stevie Boi's Imagery for the stylists to review prior to his show.

Runway Looks: Stevie Boi SS 18 Wet Look Tutorial

Runway Looks: Stevie Boi SS 18 High Ponytail Tutorial

Model Claudia Charriez escorts Designer, Stevie Boi

Model Claudia Charriez escorts Designer, Stevie Boi

NYFW was another success and dream come true. I look forward to the next opportunity. I am grateful to my team and to Hi Definition Professional and to Stevie Boi.