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Friday, April 02, 2010

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

Tory
Here is Tory. She's a Natural Beauty and really didn't need very much to bring it out and I liked that she didn't want alot as well. She got ready at the Beverly Hills Country Club. My first time there. Loved what they called their locker rooms to get the bridal party ready. Very nice "locker room". It was a pleasure to work with Tory. I'd also like to thank her wedding coordinator, Tobey Dodge who was very helpful when I needed some help in coordinating on my end.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Do You Look Like Your Headshot?

Saturday, February 06, 2010

More of my work on a client of mine. I just did her makeup. Wasn't there for the shoot.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Makeup - men - headshots, "to do or not to do", that is the question.

I'm all for looking as close to yourself as possible and don't really agree with too much photoshopping when it comes to Headshots. For the most part, I've never really been for or against makeup for men, but have come to the conclusion from recent jobs I've done recently that makeup should be done for the male Headshot photo. Why you ask? Well, when you get on set, won't you be sent to hair and makeup, so why not do the same and treat it the same way. Now, I'm not talking about the same degree of makeup that is used on a women. I like to still keep it natural and sometimes the only things needed with a guy who's got great skin and no under eye issues is a bit of powder foundation to make sure that there's an evenness to the skin tone. Now you ask, what about when I walk into the audition room, I'll still have the uneven skin tone, birthmark, age spot, or whatever makes you you. A little powder foundation will do the job in letting the natural you come through and looking good. And besides, it will cut down on the shiny glow that happens when they put you on camera where they can only do their best to make you look good with the minimal lighting and less than professional camera most casting directors have to use.

After just working a corporate shoot where the majority of the photos being taken were of "men", all lawyers, the thought of wearing makeup was something most wanted no part of, especially an older gentlemen that asked on a couple of occasions, "is it really necessary?" After I did my thing, I heard him tell his colleagues after he took a look in the mirror, "wow, it really does make a difference but it doesn't really look like I have anything on." Depending on the issues I was dealing with each of the men, depended on which approach I took with what kind of makeup I would use, but the result was always the same, make it look natural and light, not made up and heavy.

Here's another tip if you're an actor/model. Take your Headshot, Resume, SAG/AFTRA card, call sheet or any such professional Id and you'll be able to get a discount card for a yearly fee. Very worth it.

Monday, November 30, 2009

On November 1 Mary came to do a preview with her Maid of Honor Julie. I really enjoyed the 2 of them and how comfortable our consultation, preview and conversation went which made me excited for the wedding day on November 14th where whe would be getting ready at the Crown Plaza in Redondo beach. I had just had a great experience at a Crown Plaza and was asking whether her bed felt like sleeping on a cloud as it was for me. Yup! Her photographer was Stephanie Howard, a friend of the bride and groom. I actually got to meet the groom that day which is not something I normally get to do. He actually helped the bride with little sewing project she needed for the big day, ; ). Just for me and the bride to know. It was a real pleasure to work on both Mary and Julie. Both very easy to work with and on. Photos of the event can be seen on Stepanie Howard's blog.


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Bad me, I didn't even think to post this as I thought the video wouldn't be available for too long which it still might not be, but for the moment here it is. A bride of Mine from 8/08 Leslie. I loved doing her hair and makeup. She had a vision that she communicated very well, and I was excited about that vision as much as she was. She also was such a sweetheart to work with.
Click on the link - Craig Rucker Photography - to see my work and her beautiful setting of a wedding.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

So I will be starting a hair and makeup job on a new webisode series this week called - "HELLBENT FOR HOLLYWOOD" a hundred actors cast from thousands, compete for their big Hollywood break. Created by an award-winning production team, the show is a window into the real world behind the scenes struggle of actors coming to Hollywood from around the world, seeking an opportunity to build their talents and star power. The last actor standing could be the next film and television star. A reality series that combines the excitement of AMERICAN IDOL with the competitive challenges of SURVIVOR.

Should be something very interesting to see. Here's the link where you can catch up and watch the fun. Hellbent for Hollywood

Saturday, August 29, 2009

So I'm just trying to catch up on the photo posts. Won't have much in the way of dialog with them, but all you want to see is my work anyway.




Saturday, July 11, 2009

Here's a friend of my Knot Bride Jen's wedding. Her name is Kathy and she is one of the last of a wonderful group of ladies that I've had the pleasure of working on. And it all started with their friend Cammy, one of the bridesmaids in this wedding and another of my brides which is also a bridesmaid which is expecting her first child. Photos taken by Jamie and Chris Waters, at www.jacshoot.com



Tuesday, June 30, 2009


So sorry it's been awhile, but I just found out a wedding I did on about ago has appeared in The Knot. I had been told a while ago it was a possibility, but all has come to fruition. Very exciting. You actually got to see Jennifer in one of my previous posts, July 6, 2008. Here's a link to Chris Schmitt Photography and the link the The Knot website by clicking here. So get this months issue of the Knot and see more photos and information. I'll be at the news stand tomorrow after work to get my copy. : )

Monday, February 09, 2009

Last month I had the great pleasure of working with Renee for The Miss Chinatown Los Angeles Pageant. Renee is such a beautiful person and really great to work with. She had full trust in me and I seem to know what she wanted. We were pretty on sync when it came to making sure that things were taken care of and nothing missed. Although she didn't win or place, I had many come up to me and voice their sadness of her not winning or at least placing, which I thoroughly agreed with. I had a change for hair and makeup for practically every outfit. Quite hectic let me tell you, but very fun. We had done a trial day, but still changed things last minute. I don't think I've ever done a hairstyle so quick. Her boyfriend David, who was there during the trial supplied the photos. I just loved the way he couldn't stop "gazing" at Renee while I worked on her and she showed her different looks with her outfits. The look in his eyes were just priceless, the look we all hope to have in the person that we love looks back at us. Just beautiful! You'll find David in the beginning shot and on stage with the plaque.






Monday, January 19, 2009

I know it's been a little while since I've updated on here. Can we say busy. While I'm online and just downloaded some great photos of my model of which I wanted to share. Photos by Roy Rossovich

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Okay, I have a lot of catching up to do here don't I. August was a really busy month but first I need to post some from the previous months.

Here's Jessica getting ready at the Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach. Great scenery on the ocean being sung by Sealions. That day was a very calm day on the ocean as it was inside the hotel room getting everyone ready. Those kinds of weddings always really nice. Just the excitement of waiting to meet the one person they love and want to spend the rest of their lives with.


Here's Linda and her entourage. I did 2 of the BM's hair and makeup



I work on many Jewish Orthordox weddings with a Makeup Artist friend whenever she needs help with a large wedding party. Often times working with wigs. I've amazed myself with some of the hairstyles that I have done with the wigs and usually do not have my camera along with me to take photos of the work and if I do have my camera, we are soooo busy that I don't have a chance to take a photo. So I don't think I have any of the wigs, but here are some of makeup that I have done, specifically, would you be able to tell that she had a nasty bruise on that lip. Covering that was easy, if it were swollen, don't think it would have been as easy.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Jen is a party planner and she had quite a task the day of her wedding up in Rancho Del Cielo in Malibu. www.ranchodelcielomalibu.com If you ever need a planner, you definitely want her on your side. Beautiful place, but the weather wasn't looking to good. Being from the east coast I don't normally feel any humidy out here, but that day up in the Malibu hill I most definitely felt it so I had to make sure as best I could those curls would last.

Jen was in her bridesmaids (Cammy's) wedding and thought well enough of me to use me herself.

The first photo is from her trial and the rest from her wedding day.


Vanessa wanted to wear her hair up and then be able to bring it down. So the hairpins were put in so they could be taken out without disturbing the rest of the hair. No easy feet as her hair was really thick and heavy. I'm sorry to say though, I couldn't get a photo to show the after shot. Sarah took the first photo and you can check out more of her beautiful work from Vanessa's day on sarahkchen.com/blog/?p=238