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

Unique

I have some pretty amazing friends in the beauty industry. My friend and make up artist, Bethany Hood asked if I was interested in a fashion and beauty photoshoot with photographer, Chelsea Marrin. I course I say yes I had not had the chance to work with Chelsea and I was excited when they sent me the vision board.

final image by Chelsea Marrin

final image by Chelsea Marrin

They wanted lots of texture and volume, warm hair tones that contrasted with dark hair color and heavy fringes. 

the team for "Unique"

the team for "Unique"

Wardrobe would be original designs made by Gunnar Deatherage. I quickly pulled from my arsenal of hair pieces and wigs to create several looks. I precut a couple bobs with strong fringes and set a couple with either a texture iron or curling iron. I colored a couple hair pieces as well.

fringe benefits...custom bang attachments

fringe benefits...custom bang attachments

The photoshoot was set early on a gorgeous sunny day at Clay Cook's studio. Lots of snack were present and random tunes played in the background as Bethany and I readied both models. Initial fittings were done on the models before hand and hair and make up were combined to compliment each look. Sadie Ann Miller and Mei Li Zheng were the lovely models booked.

its getting wiggy in here!

its getting wiggy in here!

final image by Chelsea Marrin

final image by Chelsea Marrin

For this look on model Sadie, I used a custom wig colored with a soft peach highlights mixed with dark tones of which I secured to her head. I then used really small hair pads I place on her top sides and lightly backcombed the hair before covering the pads entirely and secure with hair pins. I strategically placed random section of hair across her forehead and highly teased the ends before spray Redken's Quick Dry 18.

bts of Sadie

bts of Sadie

Make up consisted of a green lip and soft cat eye with enhanced gold eyeshadow. Brows were heavily defined with soft contour on the cheeks.

bts of Sadie

bts of Sadie

final image by Chelsea Marrin

final image by Chelsea Marrin

bts image of Mei Li all about the fringe

bts image of Mei Li all about the fringe

This look required a custom wig that I Cut a strong fringe before styling each section with the Sam Villa texture iron. Afterwards hair was teased at the root and shaped into volume with Fashion Works 12 and lots of Control Addict 28.

 

Bethany turned up the depth with a darker lip color to compliment Gunnar's wardrobe.

bts image of Sadie

bts image of Sadie

A similar technique was done on Sadie's hair

The following looks on both models contained custom wigs colored with various Redken copper and reds hues. Heat styled with a curling iron and Iron Shape 11.

bts of Mei Li with copper hair

bts of Mei Li with copper hair

final image by Chelsea Marrin

final image by Chelsea Marrin

bts of Sadie

bts of Sadie

sneak peak from Chelsea's Lens

sneak peak from Chelsea's Lens

final image by Chelsea Marrin

final image by Chelsea Marrin

Credits

Models || Sadie Ann Miller @millerannsadie

               Mei Li Zheng @meilivzheng

Photography || Chelsea Marrin @chelsea_marrin

Wardrobe || Gunnar Deatherage @gunnardeatherage

Make up || Bethany Hood @thehouseofhood

Hair || Matthew Tyldesley @hairbymatt

Assistant || Hunter Zieske @hunterzieske

BTS making of UNIQUE

the team

the team

selfie with sadie

selfie with sadie

selfie with Mei Li

selfie with Mei Li

Tropical Vibrancy

I was really excited when Redken released it's vivid hair color line, "City Beats" and I wanted to create a bold hair color collection for competition.

The Tropical Vibrancy Collection

The Tropical Vibrancy Collection

This collection was 1 of 5 shoots executed in the winter of 2016 for NAHA 2017. Although it was not nominated, I submitted the collection for publication and was honored to have it grace the pages of Beauty Launchpad Magazine.

With the entire team

With the entire team

I really had to think about a good concept but nothing had come to mind until I took a vacation to Key West with my husband, Eric. I figured I could take lots of photos for inspiration. I practically took photos of everything. Once I returned home I sorted through the images and found 3 sources of inspiration. The view of the Southernmost point beach front, two colorful shot guns homes on a residential street and a the beautiful Queen Angelfish from the Key West Aquarium.

Southern Most Point

Southern Most Point

Queen Angelfish from Key West Aquarium

Queen Angelfish from Key West Aquarium

shot gun residential homes

shot gun residential homes

Before attempting the looks on the models it was imperative to create the looks on mannequins first. I order several mannequins for practice from Pivot Point and created pattern on the mannequins and place different shades on different areas of the head. Afterwards I could analyze the looks and make changes when adapting the looks on the models.

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All 3 looks completed

All 3 looks completed

Next it was time to book the photographer.  I had recently done a couple photoshoots with Jenni Harper Young of Harper Young Photography. I asked her if she would be interested in shooting this collection and she gladly said yes. 

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I booked make up artist master, Isidro Valencia and designer/stylist Genna Yussman Greene to work on this collection. The date was set, the team and now for the models. I booked both models and clients for this one with models that had to be completely open to a drastic but amazing change. I had them come in for a 7 hour hair prep that involved multiple treatments, pre lightening, toning, coloring and cutting.

Before of Model, Vickie

Before of Model, Vickie

For Vickie,  she had some grown out blonde ends with quite a bit of regrowth. I pre lightened her hair twice with Flashlift lightener and pH Bonder. After processing, shampooing and drying the hair the final colors of Broadway Blue and Taxi Cab Yellow were applied to her hair.

After model Vickie

After model Vickie

Before Model Perri

Before Model Perri

Vicki hair was previously lightened by me so I had to focus on her regrowth and do a decolorizing on her ends. Afterwards the final colors of Coral and Teal were strategically placed on her hair.

After model Perri

After model Perri

Before model Chris

Before model Chris

For Chris, I pre lightened his hair twice with Redken Flashlift lightener and ph Bonder. Lightening his ends first and then his root area.  Pre tone with Shades EQ gloss 09P then I was able to apply Brooklyn Blue, High Line Green and Broadway blue to his hair.

After model Chris

After model Chris

Final Image by Harper Young Photography

Final Image by Harper Young Photography

I created this shag layered cut on Vicki with a soft side fringe and face framing layers.  For Styling I round brushed the hair with Guts 10 for volume and set the curls with a 2" marcel ceramic Hot Tools curling Iron and Hot Sets 22. Hair was cooled and brushed brushed out and finished with Fashion Works 12 and Control Addict 28.

Final Image by Harper Young Photography

Final Image by Harper Young Photography

For Perri's haircut I lightly layered her hair and tightened up her fringe. Hair was styled with Guts 10 and Set with a curling iron with Iron Shape 11, Cooled, brushed out and set with Triple Take 32 and Shine Flash 03.

Final Image by Harper Young Photography

Final Image by Harper Young Photography

I did this undercut with my And is "Envy" clippers directly on scalp and layered the top length with my 7" Sam Villa shears. Hair was styled with Pillow Proof Primer, Argan 6 oil and Iron Shape 11. Finished with Mess Around 10 and Control Addict 28.

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tearsheet from Beauty Launchpad Magazine

tearsheet from Beauty Launchpad Magazine

Credits

Hair | Matthew Tyldesley @hairbymatt

Photography | Harper Young Photography @jharrrper  www.harperyoungphoto.com

Make Up | Isidro Valencia @valencia0612

Styling  | Genna Yussman Greene @gennayussman

Models | Vickie Tang @lunarlurker

             | Perri Fields @perrierleigh

             | Chris Diaz (Heyman Talent Agency) @chrisryandiaz

tearsheet from Beauty Launchpad Magazine

tearsheet from Beauty Launchpad Magazine

The day of the shoot was a lot of fun, we started early at Jenni's Studio. We made sure to have plenty of food for everyone. It took two hours for each model. It is always a pleasure to have Genna and Isidro on set. Isidro created a soft smoky eye,  nude lip and make up to enhance the facial features of each model. Genna did these "Net" dresses and tops for the the models for an aquatic feel and Jenni did an excellent job of capturing the looks. 

tearsheet from Beauty Launchpad Magazine

tearsheet from Beauty Launchpad Magazine

I submitted the collection Beauty Launchpad Magazine editor, Alyson Osterman-Kerr. She loved the collection and wanted it exclusively for the August 2017 issue. The team and I were thrilled to see the spread when it upon it's release.

BTS making of video for Tropical Vibrancy

I am so grateful to this team. Everyone worked os hard. After the photoshoot I spend a final day changing the models hair to wearable colors. This shoot took over 24 hours and was worth every minute.

selfie with Chris

selfie with Chris

Backstage NYFW: Nina Tiari SS 18

It was a dream to spend a third season working NYFW. This time I was invited to do hair backstage with Hi Definition Professional led by Heather King & Derek Moser for Nina Tiari's Spring\Summer 2018 collection. We had 20 models to prepare with a team of 10 hairstylists and 10 make up artists from both the U.S. and Canada sponsored by Redken and NYX Cosmetics.

the Official Hair and Make up team for Nina Tiari's SS 18 fashion show 

the Official Hair and Make up team for Nina Tiari's SS 18 fashion show 

I arrived a day prior to get settled before the show for a 9 a.m. call time the following morning at the Dream Hotel downtown. The security gave us our lanyards after identifying the backstage team. I arrived to a beautifully lit backroom with mirrors and tables to set up.  After a quick group meeting, models had begun arriving and were assigned to hair and make up artists to ready for the show.

backstage set up with hair styling essentials 

backstage set up with hair styling essentials 

The look for hair was a messy, curled hair with intended frizz. I used a 3\4 inch marcel iron and wrapped 1" to 2" sections using Redken's Iron Shape 11 to sustain the curl. Afterwards Curls were separated and teased using my hands with a tad of Powder Grip 03 and finished using Control Addict 28. We had a total of 3 hours for hair and make up combined with a run through.

model Livia Pullman and with Hi Definition Professional's Derek Moser

model Livia Pullman and with Hi Definition Professional's Derek Moser

Redken Artist, Natalie Alana and Jake Walker

Redken Artist, Natalie Alana and Jake Walker

Make up artist, Bethany Hood applying make up to model, Lila Flowers

Make up artist, Bethany Hood applying make up to model, Lila Flowers

The hair and make up looks were beautiful, effortless and girly. Hair had that "lived in feel" with a strong red lip and defined brows.

 Model Sophie Longford       Hair Matthew Tyldesley & Tiffany Brown         Make up Ashley Ortiz

 Model Sophie Longford       Hair Matthew Tyldesley & Tiffany Brown         Make up Ashley Ortiz

Heather King of Hi Definition Professional creating  texture 

Heather King of Hi Definition Professional creating  texture 

model Sophie longford double team on hair with Tiffany Brown & Matthew Tyldesley

model Sophie longford double team on hair with Tiffany Brown & Matthew Tyldesley

source: LIVID Magazine| Heather Perry  Model Livia Pullman      Make up Ashley Ortiz     Hair Matthew Tyldesley

source: LIVID Magazine| Heather Perry

Model Livia Pullman      Make up Ashley Ortiz     Hair Matthew Tyldesley

source: LIVID Magazine| Heather Perry  Model Sophie Longford      Make up Ashley Ortiz     Hair Matthew Tyldesley & Tiffany Brown

source: LIVID Magazine| Heather Perry

Model Sophie Longford      Make up Ashley Ortiz     Hair Matthew Tyldesley & Tiffany Brown

From the Runway

source: LIVID Magazine| Heather Perry  Model Lila Flowers      Make up Bethany Hood       Hair Matthew Tyldesley

source: LIVID Magazine| Heather Perry

Model Lila Flowers      Make up Bethany Hood       Hair Matthew Tyldesley

source: LIVID Magazine| Heather Perry  Model Livia Pullman      Make up Ashley Ortiz     Hair Matthew Tyldesley

source: LIVID Magazine| Heather Perry

Model Livia Pullman      Make up Ashley Ortiz     Hair Matthew Tyldesley

source: LIVID Magazine| Heather Perry  Model Sophie Longford      Make up Ashley Ortiz     Hair Matthew Tyldesley & Tiffany Brown

source: LIVID Magazine| Heather Perry

Model Sophie Longford      Make up Ashley Ortiz     Hair Matthew Tyldesley & Tiffany Brown

I am so grateful for this experience. I was even more happy that two of my fellow colleagues and fellow artist from Louisville, Kentucky worked the show with me. Looking forward to next season.

with make up artists Bethany Hood & Isidro Valencia

with make up artists Bethany Hood & Isidro Valencia

showtime

showtime

on the step and repeat

on the step and repeat

Nina Tiari | Spring Summer 2018 Full Fashion Show | Exclusive by FF chanel

BTS video of the Hi Definition team for Nina Tiari

Nina Tiari backstage source Scadmanor\Anthony O'Baner

Nina Tiari backstage source Scadmanor\Anthony O'Baner