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 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 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 headshots and bridal portraits. 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!
Now that we've covered all this, let's travel a bit further down the rabbit hole, or should I say deeper in the skin. Pam has always been a gracious educator when it comes to her industry and there are a few things we'd like to touch on that you can do to further help prepare for your shoot! First up, Vitamins! Not only do they assist in maintaining a healthy body, but there are some in specific that can help with a natural glow to your skin as well such as commonly known vitamins E, D and C. However, the human body also has its own natural substances such as hyaluronic acids which replenishes and secures moisture in your skin. This natural acid assists with having a youthful appearance but can also be boosted with additional supplemental hyaluronic acid vitamins and creams along with having a good skin care routine of cleansing. Sleeping in make-up is never good under any circumstances, as it can block your pores leading to issues such as acne, dry or irritated skin and in some cases inflammation of your eyes and surrounding areas. By sleeping with your make-up on you are essentially introducing counterproductive effects to what your body's hyaluronic acids are designed to do. If you have specific areas on your skin or face that you need to concentrate on then you may look at masks, scrubs and serums. There are several options out there on the market but Pam prefers Limelight by Alcone for her clients as it is an organic and chemical free brand with products for skincare as well as make-up. Pam also advises that make-up is subjective for most of our clients. What works for one person may not work for the next so her applications are customized to show the world the best true to life version of you while correcting any slight imperfections.
Lastly, we'd like to touch on a few additional simple tips that will not only help you prepare your skin for a photoshoot, but will also help with maintaining a healthy appearance on a daily basis! For instance, staying hydrated and getting plenty of rest can go a long way in keeping a refreshed look. This also helps with energy levels, so not only will you look refreshed but you will feel refreshed as well, which in return will naturally create an attractive energy. With summer around the corner, I know we all like to get a bit of sun but try not to overdo it, as skin can get permanently damaged through time. It’s recommended to use a minimum of SPF 15 when tanning BUT when it comes to photoshoots avoid any makeup with SPF (remember SPF blocks sun light, it will also have an effect on my studio light). It's highly recommended to refrain from tanning (spray or sun) at least 3 to 4 days before your session. During the healing process of your tan, your skin may become discolored beyond a realistic correction with either make-up or retouching and could hinder our team from capturing our best work with you. Following even these last few simple steps will help you go miles in keeping your skin refreshed while exuding a radiant glow which in return will have you looking quite stunning on our set and that is what we all want!
All hair and make-up below are by The Beauty Patrol officers
Hair and Make-Up - Pam Butler
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
A personal journal about any given day in my photography career where I will write about anything from portraits and headshots to sharing my educational experiences. Thank you for taking the time to stop by, it's my pleasure to share my stories with you!