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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In honor of National Military Appreciation Month and as 3rd generation military myself, I want to do my share in supporting this honorable community. I will be offering 11% discount to all Active Duty members and Veterans towards any service booked during the month of May. Also, I want to extend this to our youth who are currently enrolled in ROTC and are looking towards a future career in the military. So whether you're looking to update your headshot, hang artistic portraiture of your family on the wall or venturing to make that beautiful journey with your significant other, now would be a great time to chat!
Stoic Trousseau, A Bridal Portraiture Collection by Louisville Photographer Gary Barragan, The Beauty Patrol and Modern Trousseau Bridal Boutique
There’s “day of” bridal portraits and then there’s studio bridal portraits, although the two both have value to them, each are unique in their own way. On the day of, you get to capture the emotions of that day, the raw energy that makes that day cherished for years to come. However being at the mercy of a tight schedule or the aesthetics of a particular venue, sometimes you simply can’t capture what is envisioned. This is where studio bridal portraiture comes in, free of the wedding day stress, but rich in the planning of aestheitics and styling, resulting in a sentimental piece of art to be hung on one’s wall. Recently, I teamed back up with The Beauty Patrol to show how stunning these styled sessions can be. Our idea was to take a traditional portrait and give it a darker edge, showcasing the moodier side of beauty to bridal portraiture through the juxtaposition of modern styling in an industrial aesthetic. Although every bride can be striking, not all are a bubbly, ball-gown type. Some brides demand a more a stoic appeal and are just as breath taking with sometimes an even more “on-trend” appearance. With dresses provided by Modern Trousseau Louisville, The Knot Hall of Famers Pam Butler and Brooke Meadows transforming our charming yet stunning talent Heather Rous Weeks, we had the trifecta results of a perfectly executed vision. However, no bride is complete without a beautiful arrangement, so we had the fortunate opportunity from State & Arrow in providing a floral design. The darker crimson spectrum of the bouquet was already a perfect compliment of Heather’s features, but yet taking it even a step further for a hint of vintage, State & Arrow blended a few antique white roses into the bouquet. I brought all of this together by capturing our artistry with gorgeous blends of natural and strobed lighting then finishing our work with my treatment that has been best described by clients as being reminiscent of a Vanity Fair editorial. Each of the artists contributed their time and talents to this collaboration, in which we all walked away with work that is bound to push bridal portrait standards and trends!
Photography – Gary Barragan
Make-Up – Pam Jean / The Beauty Patrol
Hair – Brooke Meadows / The Beauty Patrol
Talent – Heather Weeks
Floral Bouquet – State and Arrow
Additional Styling – Morgan Edwards
Tiered Dress – Modern Trousseau
Hand Painted Backdrops - Oliphant Studios
Behind the Scenes
Is your dress just sitting in storage? Maybe we should give it another breath of life...
It was a day of love, honor and emotional highs... this was the day that Lindsey & Dustin exchanged vows and became one! Being a veteran myself, I always have a special place in my heart for fellow service members, and when they first explained to me their vision, I surged with excitement... for I knew they both would be dazzling and sharp in their own right. From the Seelbach to the Central American Airways hangar at Bowman Field, the day was filled so many visuals and complimenting backdrops to their story that I honestly did not what the day to end. We laughed, there were tears and there were sentimental smiles. There were moments of utter admiration and the energy on the dance floor was simply addictive... this was the day that Lindsey & Dustin Meredith exchanged vows and became one. Congratulations!
It’s that time of the year again, to reflect back on 2016’s experiences and work of my photography career. I found this year as mostly rewarding of previous years hard work and finding my way in the industry. It's one thing to pick up a camera, but it's a whole other world to establish themselves as an accomplished and successful photographer within their community and that is where I found myself in 2016. With shooting more of the Artist fine portrait series that I started exploring last year, I witnessed it grow and carry over to client work. From bridal portraits and to headshots, this editorial infused style has been firmly implemented into my brand. I must admit, I could not be happier with these results, furthermore, seeing the clients faces, and reading their words has never been more rewarding. Whether they are hiring me to create art that will be hung on the wall, personal branding portraits to be used on blogs or headshots to be used in their campaigns, my goal is to capture their absolute best in not just a session but a memorable experience. Now with my horizons broadening even further, 2017 is starting to look very bright straight out of the gates!
2016 was also a good year for creative growth as well, but it did not come without challenging myself. , At one point I felt like I had reached a creative plateau, as if certain elements of my work had simply leveled out. So in order to overcome this, I set out to push my knowledge and skill set to the next level. The first challenge to myself was to master new lighting techniques, generally I would either shoot all natural light or use one or two lights in the studio. Recognizing that I set out to mixing ambient and artificial light on rooftops with the Louisville skyline as a backdrop. Not only did I accomplish this, but our team went on to have our collaboration published in Extol Magazine, then furthermore, the image inspired the vision for an upcoming campaign I was commissioned for. Another area I felt I needed to grow in was my editing, specifically my color grading. Taking the basic elements of what color grading I knew, I expanded further by studying color theory and experimented heavily with new techniques. Given the feedback I've received from clients and peers, I'd say I've navigated that creative plateau successfully and now I'm feeling a reignited burst of drive in my work.
Probably one of my most memorable experiences from this past year was collaborating with North American Hair Styling Awards winners Matthew Tyldesley and Isidro Valencia along with Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev and talented designer Tyler Grube. Together we created "American Fleur" a floral inspired editorial consisting of four different looks at two vivid locations, The Hub Louisville and the historic Yew Dell Gardens. However, I will be the first admit, our images alone could not tell our story, so thankfully we had Antonio Pantoja, a highly regarded videographer for an in depth look at our story. His video, which can be seen here, goes on tell the prepartation, work and positive engergy that surrounded us that day. It was truly a blessing to have him take a day out of his busy schedule and collaborate with us on American Fleur.
Although I have several other exciting stories I wish to tell you about as well, I think it's time we get to the the remainder of my yearly review as told through my photography. I wish to thank all of my awesome clients and followers, it is the love of the art that drives my passion for this and each of you help me recognize that my passion has value in your eyes. I wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and most of all... May the Force be with you!
What's coming in 2017?
KMAC Couture V
The Valiant Pastiche Collection
Photography - Gary Barragan
Make-Up Artist - Pam Jean / The Beauty Patrol
Hair Stylist - Brook Meadows / The Beauty Patrol
Bouquet - Gretchen Bell / Fleur Louisville
Also, I want to wish Josh Eskridge the best of luck, as this was his last wedding in Louisville, before moving up to Hartford CT. Thank you again, it was a privilege to work alongside you on this evening.
Behind the Scenes with Louisa Kleinert of the Beauty Patrol
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!