Photoshoot Blitz Alberta
Calgary, Edmonton, Drumheller
My work in Montana with Rocky Mountain Entertainment Agency (RMEA) has connected me with many brilliant and talented people. Zoë Holman, RMEA model and freshman at Montana Tech, is one such person.
After meeting her for dinner in Butte, MT to discuss details of her visit, I couldn't wait to get started.
I called up a bunch of people in my network and set up eight photoshoots for Zoë over ten days in three different cities.
For our first shoot of the ten-day blitz we were in downtown Calgary with photograher Stephanie Pollack. Models Zoë Holman and Chelsea Tomecek were gorgeous in outfits from designer Mark Abenir's Averynthe label.
My partner in crime and fellow makeup artist Molly Alanna joined me on set to do makeup for Chelsea while I took care of Zoë. We gave the girls a green, bold smoky eye.
Zoë rocked her four different looks: a white flowing dress, a white leather dress, a leather top and flowing skirt and a black feather low-cut dress.
I loved this shoot as Mark is always the life of the party. We got some awesome high-fashion shots from this shoot. The angles and lines in the building design made this shoot really stand out.
Grassy Meadow near Sherwood Park, AB - Shoot #2
We went from modern monochromatic with clean-cut lines to colour-packed 70s nature-loving hippie with Edmonton-based photographer Angela Funk. Zoë's makeup was more natural and messy for this look as it was supposed to seem as though she'd been up after a long night of partying. She nailed this shoot and it didn't take us long. We found a place just outside of Sherwood park, but it was so green and removed from the city you felt much futher from the hustle and bustle.
Abandoned Mines, Suspension Bridge and Hoodoos in Drumheller, AB - Shoot #3
It was an early start for us as we drove the 300km from Edmonton to Drumheller for our shoot with Nicole Ziegler and Bruce Toombs. Zoë, Molly and were blown away when we got to the mines. Really. It was so windy, but we set up a makeup station on a picnic table anyway. We put on quite a show for the visitors. The manager also saw and almost stopped the whole shoot because we didn't have permits and permission (oops!). Thank goodness Nicole was able to get us in.
Molly did makeup for Zoë on this shoot and I did makeup for Kristen Hawryluk. Both girls had a bold smokey look. Zoë and Kristen both wore stunning creations from designers Mark Abiner (Averynthe) and Lisa Maire Coutour.
It was a long day (especially since I locked my keys in the trunk) and we were so tired by the end of it, but we made it home safe and sound.
Abandoned Movie Theatre in Edmonton, AB - Shoot #4
Edmonton-based photographer Darin Wayne has access to one of the most awesome locations for shooting: the old movie theatre at Londonderry Mall in Edmonton's northeast.
Daniella Rose, a makeup artist I worked with on a televised special celebrating Aboriginal Awareness Day 2015, joined us for makeup duty. For this shoot we wanted a vintage 30s look for hair and makeup (thank-you to hair stylist Amy Ould). Local designer Melanie Rowe lent us a beautiful vintage beaded babydoll dress for the shoot.
For Zoë's second look I darkened up the makeup to give her a messy after-partying look and Darin got a killer shot of her smoking on the stairs. I can't wait to see these pics.
In Studio with Uryelle Dimailig in Edmonton, AB - Shoot #5
For shoot five we were in the studio with Uryelle Dimailig Photography & Design who gave us stellar images with a simple deep red background and a stool. We did three makeup looks: a natural look with terracotta eye shadow and nude lip, a warmed up look with golden-yellow eyeshadow on top and rusty orange on the bottom lid and nude lips and finally we went far out ( and I mean far out) with green shadow and Spock-like brows with a top bun.
In Studio with Katherine Kingston in Edmonton, AB - Shoot #6
This crazy shoot with Katherine Kingston Photography started with out our hairstylist cancelling. I was the only one doing makeup and suddenly found myself doing hair as well and not just simple curls, but big high-fashion hair. I did a wild backcombed style with rolls in the front. Susanna Pearcey, the designer on set, brought her 60s flare to the shoot.
Again we had three looks for this one. for the first we used soft greens. The second look had a tribal feel with bold lines and the third was soft with outstanding red lips.
We worked quickly on this shoot as Zoë had a second shoot booked after Katherine's. Between shoots we stopped to see hairstylist Kayla Zajes who, at the time, was studying at Est-elle Academy of Hair Design. She whipped up Zoë's hair into a beautiful messy side ponytail for shoot #7.
On the Street in Downtown
Edmonton, AB - Shoot #7
We met up with photographer Ferd Isaac, designer Jessica Halabi and Molly downtown to do some beauty shots for Mister, Molly's line of lipstick. Zoë is one of Mister's spokesmodels. After a few pics showcasing luscious lips we moved into the alley where we shoot in front of cool barn-like door. Jessicas outfits were perfect for Zoë and her red hair with the olive and baige tones.
L. Hair Studio in Sherwood Park, AB - Shoot #8
Four our final shoot we worked with Lisa Lovallo of Lovallo Art Photgraphy who is a close friend and my boss at L. Hair Studio (yes, she owns it).
This was our only creative shoot this week and it was one of the best shoots we did. We painted Zoës face and her side right down to her rear (poor girl, the things we put her through) with all sorts of colours. It looked like kindergarden art, but it worked so well. Lisa is also a painter and she helped me with this one as I was making the splatter too perfect (LOL). Final images of this shoot might not be seen for a bit as we are hoping to get this set published.
When Zoë landed in Canada, for her first trip here ever, my bestest Sis and co-blogger of Making Faces 2.0 picked her up at the airport in Calgary. They spent a day in the mountains touring Banff and Lake Louise before Molly and I arrived for our first shoot with Mark.
In Edmonton we hit West Edmonton Mall for some shopping and a ride on the Triple-Loop Rollercoaster (aka The Mindbender).
Dinner and drinks on Whyte Ave in Old Strathcona is always a good finish to the day.
At the end of it all, we drove Zoë back to Montana because I was scheduled for another makeup gig with RMEA in Big Sky for the Northwest Model and Talent Competition, ... but that's a tale for another blog.