So, I have been super busy recently with college - exams and whatnot. But this weekend, I had the chance to work with the wonderful Michael Lewis (a songwriter, actor, singer, wonderful human being). He contacted me a few weeks ago, wanting to set up a shoot for his senior project album cover. Jumping on the chance, we got right to planning and conceptualizing a shoot that would match the songs and mood that he was trying to instill in his audience. Michael told me that the theme was light coming through the cracks, and sent me pictures of film noir, high contrast shadows, and stark differences in the lighting.
On Saturday, we went out around the Clemson University campus and discovered a dark alley with great shadows and light cast from lamps on the wall. Knowing what we were going for, I had cut out some lines on paper to imitate blinds which would give us the stark shadows that he was looking for beforehand. I took this piece of paper and my roommate held it up to the light for us, in order to get the initial shadows across his face. We also experimented with colors, and different natural shadows, but in the end, the blinds look gave us the result we were looking for.
To create the image in post processing, I first fixed any blemishes and cleaned up the beard a little bit on a duplicated layer, as to not mess up the original. Then I created a few new layers. One was the blacking out of the wall behind him by selecting him and inverting the selection so it is just the outline of the wall. Then I adjusted the selection lines and on a separate layer, used the burn and dodge tool to highlight and darken the shadows to get that contrast we needed. A few contrast adjustments and tuning details later, we have the final image!
I will keep you updated on his work, and when the album cover is finished, I will share it with you too! I hope that you are having a great start to your week, and for those of you with exams like me. . . GOOD LUCK
So, I made some DELICIOUS cupcakes over spring break. These homemade lemon cupcakes with a blackberry buttercream frosting were to die for!!! I got the recipe from bakerbynature, and you should definitely check her out. I didn’t have all of the ingredients that she used, so I did have to make some substitutions. They took a little more effort than boxed cupcakes, but trust me, they’re soooo much better and great for a rainy baking day. I even brought some of them back to school with me, and I used them to get a date! Never underestimate the power of a homemade cupcake.
THANK YOU TO BAKERBYNATURE! Please take a look at some of her recipes! I plan on trying some more soon!
For the cupcakes:
I train and show dairy cows. That’s not something you hear everyday, is it? One fantastic thing about being at Clemson University is that we have dairy farms for animal vet science classes. Now, I’m not an AVS major, but I love cows; and when I got here, I decided that I would find a club that would let me at least see a cow up close once. Guess what? I did! I am now a show team member on the Clemson Dairy Science Show Team.
This means that for at least 3 hours a week, usually more, I get to put on my coveralls and boots and go out to the farm. Last semester I had this big heifer named Mimosa pudica, but we just called her Mims. This semester I have a baby heifer named Rosemary, and compared to Mims, she is much more friendly and easier to work with. A heifer, by the way, is a female cow that hasn’t given birth yet. Rosemary loves to eat crackers and cookies, and loves cuddles. After training, my partner and I sit with her and have snack time and get love.
Okay, so I hang out with cows and train them, but what does that entail? Well let me tell you! I dress up like a milk man (in all white) and walk my heifer in a show ring. We work hard inside and outside the ring to position her feet correctly, keep her head up, and walk at a good pace. We attend shows like this at livestock shows, and at state fairs. Last semester we went to the SC State Fair to show with Mims and we slept with the cows in the ring, and got second and fifth place ribbons. The second place was for conformation, where the judge judges the heifer more than the trainer and the fifth place was for showmanship where the trainer is judged for how he or she works with the animal.
When I am not out taking pictures, you can bet that I am out on the farm working with the heifers! Oh, and if you are ever in Clemson, there is an ice cream place in the Hendrix Building The (55 Exchange) and they make their ice cream from the milk from our cows! You have GOT to try it!
Pictured above is Rae.
6 reasons You Need a Makeup Artist on Your Shoot
#1- Having your makeup done gives the model or client confidence. When you’ve got your face on, aren’t you a little more, “hey look at me, because I look GOOD!”
#2- They can really bring your ideas to life. Makeup can make or break your creative work. It really brings everything together and gives your look a certain wow factor.
#3- They know what looks good in pictures and highlight your best features. Sometimes highlighter under flash, looks awful. Sometimes the camera lighting throws off the blush on someones face. Makeup artists know all of these tricks and their way around them.
#4- It can cut editing time significantly. Who really wants to photoshop all the pimples, stray eyebrows, eyeliner mistakes, and overdone lipstick marks? I certainly don't, so get yourself a makeup artist to do it for you!
#5- They can help calm down a nervous model or client. In my experience, the time that the makeup artist spends with the model or client really calms them down. A good makeup artist will let them know how great they look and talk them out of thinking too much about their nerves.
#6- If they’re nice like my mama, they’ll come to the shoot with you and help out. My mother is a makeup artist and has been for years. I can tell her the kind of look I am going for and a color palette, and she will do exactly what I did not know I needed. It is perfect! And then, she comes with me and my model and gives tips and holds my reflector. I've got a great mama. You should definitely check her out: Karrie Lykins MUA - https://karrielykinsmakeupartist.com/
Model Above: Taylor Adams
Makeup by: Karrie Lykins Makeup Artist