For those of you that have attended Clemson University, you've probably been to the mailroom. It looks a little run down and it's not a place that I ever wanted to spend hoards of my time. However, when you look closely at places that seem like nothing, you can find some really neat patterns and things. For example, the mailboxes are beautiful. So don't forget that you can always find something wherever you are, even if it's a less desirable place.
Have you ever had one of those days where you are motivated to something, but you have no idea what you want to do? It happens to me all the time in photography. I got a need to shoot, but don’t have any plans made to do it. Those are the days when I turn to my mom, a makeup artist, and have her pick a client to have their makeup done and get a photoshoot with me. I flip through Pinterest and find one picture that I love to start ripping into. This inspiration picture helps me find a palette, location ideas, and makeup styles that I want to use.
I tell mom what I’m going for, and she perfectly puts it into the model’s makeup. Once everything is all done with the model’s styling, we go out! Sometimes it’s as far as the backyard, other times it’s a trip downtown. Then we just do it. I do my thing and make my model feel beautiful and natural.
Things like that usually solve my problem of having a need to shoot, but not knowing what. The other times that I go out, when I have a plan, I pull inspiration from everything: Pinterest, music, life, books, my friend David, and my family pitches in ideas too. Sometimes the best ideas hit when I drive to and from home on those backroads with old houses and farms.
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
Hey there, friend! Do you want to know who I am? Well, have a gander at this: my name is Sydney Lykins and I am a photographer who wants to do more than take pretty pictures. So, what is there really to know about me? I am currently a biology and art student at Clemson University. I train and show cows with the Clemson University Dairy Science Club, and I work on the Clemson Chronicle arts and literary magazine. Does this feel like a formal Tinder bio to you? It does to me. Female, 19, SC, likes baking, cows, and plants. Hit me up.
Okay, I’m kidding, but I do really like baking, cows, and plants. I hope, through this blog, to share my interests in those kinds of things, and my thoughts on photography. I also want to share my experiences, baking recipes, gardening tips, and really cute cow pictures with you all. I am trying to find my “style” and niche as an artist, and what better place to document this than in a blog? I hope that you won’t hesitate to ask me questions or reach out to me for whatever reason (but if you try to “hit me up,” please know that I like puns).