KMAC Couture V, it has come and gone full circle now, but that's not to say the story ends. As with any milestone, it's only the close of one chapter and the beginning of the next. It has been one exhilarating ride, from the discussions that drew the first breaths of the concept to capturing the last team to grace the runway as they stepped down off it. Every year the designs become more intricate and the talent becomes more fierce, and as always it was a humbling experience to capture this evening. Now, on behalf of the entire KMAC Staff, designers, talents, hair stylist and make-up artists, I'd thrilled to share the official production photography of KMAC Couture V! Thank you again for making my job something to live for!
You can read the other blogs here...
KMAC Couture V, Part I of III
KMAC Couture V, Part II of III
Below is the link to the Dropbox for social media sharing, please feel free to download and use at your leisure. I only ask that when you post your image to please credit your team along with myself as the photographer. Thank you!
The Power of Clean and Natural Make-Up w/The Beauty Patrol and Louisville Photographer Gary Barragan
Ever since I cut my teeth on beauty and fashion, I've had an excellent grasp on what is considered clean and natural make-up by a qualified professional. With that knowledge, comes an in depth understanding of the value associated with an experienced artist. Now before I go deeper, I am not here to debate the types of make-up styles such as "Instaglam" vs editorial, that's always going to be a subjective debate. What I am here to do is to talk about are the results of using a beauty professional. Over the years I've developed a great relationship with one particular artist and her team, Pam Butler and the Beauty Patrol. We were recently discussing how to best educate our audience on said value and we felt the best way to do so was simply showing our our un-retouched work. She and her team felt confident in the pieces I selected from the portfolio we have created over the years, ranging from lifestyle and fashion, to beauty and brides. In the style of photography I do, I always try to retain as much organic texture and features of the person as possible, and with Pam and her team I am easily able to do that. Through a combination of their artistry and my lighting, we are ultimately able to deliver a feeling of genuine beauty to the client. At the most, I am retouching natural skin imperfections and preforming dodge and burn techniques to bring a bit of depth to the image. The less time I'm working on the retouching, the more time I can spend on creative decisions such as color grading and treatments. As you can see below in the the image sliders, there is not much retouching done to the actual make-up itself, thus we've retained the organic beauty! Albeit some may look more involved but that is due to whether I was going for a high fashion treatment or simply a refined lifestyle aesthetic. Pam speaks highly of the photographers she works with and explains that she feels it's her and her team's job to make the photographer's job easier... to which I reply if only she could see me doing a happy dance at my desk when I'm done retouching!
All hair and make-up below are by The Beauty Patrol officers
Hair and Make-Up - Alexis Mattingly, Talent - Alexis Gibson
Make-Up - Pam Butler
Make-Up - Pam Butler, Hair - Brooke Meadows, Talent - Heather Rous Weeks
Hair and Make-up - Louisa Kleinert
Make-Up - Pam Butler, Hair - Louisa Kleinert, Talent - Tiffany Cline
Make-up - Pam Jean Butler, Hair - Brooke Meadows, Designer - Tiffany Hutaburat, Talent - Kaylynn Paulin
From left to right, The Beauty Patrol is Louisa Kleinert, Brooke Meadows, Isidro Valencia, Pam Butler and Michaela Reeves. Not pictured is Alexis Mattingly.
You can contact Pam Butler here for any of The Beauty Patrol services or to set up your consultation.
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Sometimes as a photographer, one becomes conflicted with priorities... should you be sticking to the task at hand of producing a final image? Should you be documenting the process by capturing behind the scenes? Should you be a liaison between the production coordinator and designers? Yes to all 3 and a lot of times even more! But thankfully, we have teams to spread the work out which allows us to deliver a dynamic range of content. In this instance, I want to concentrate on the BTS which was captured by one of the two production coordinators Emily Miles. Naturally, I can blog about the technicalities of the shoot such as lighting and camera settings along with before and after images, but to document the start of a day to the end is something I simply can not do by myself. Of the three blogs I'm releasing for KMAC Couture V, this one is my favorite as it encapsulates all the elements of the team work that is dedicated for a cause greater than any one of us, Art. Whether it's at an event to reveal the image, on a billboard alongside a highway or a savvy social media campaign, and yet to an overwhelming reception, a lot of times only the final image is viewed and the details of what it takes to create the art leading to that moment are left out. As a photographer who earned his stripes in the community by covering BTS, I simply feel the need to make sure this not left out. I now hope this can give an inside look into what all is put into creating one image, one campaign... one piece of art... because Art is the Big Idea!
Special thanks to the following teams, for with out them, none of this would of been possible!
Designers - Zach Lindsey, Kriss Pettit, Frances Lewis, Gunnar Deatherage and Wende Cudmore
Talent - Gia Combs, Kaelyn Joy Lyverse, Shantay Chandler and Katya Estes
Hair and Make-up - The Beauty Patrol, Pam Jean, Isidro Valencia, Louisa Kleinert, Brooke Meadows and Anastasia Sky Gerdes.
Production Coordinators - D'Ante J. Tinson, Emily Miles & Theresa Carpenter Beames
Read Part I to see how we achieved the official campaign image that was shot on Main St, downtown Louisville KY.
Behind the Scenes
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