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Collaboration Shoot: A Vintage Affair

Last month, Make-up Artist Nicola Whitfield commissioned a photoshoot with her husband Darren as the photographer and Hannah Elizabeth Fashion for the outfits. She used the dresses as her inspiration to create a 60’s look and feel with the hair and make-up. You can see Nicola’s website here and also see more of Hannah Elizabeth Fashion here.

Darren & Nicola set up a home studio for the shoot, making it super easy and convenient to do it, ‘For the home studio set up, we have a through lounge/diner so we set up a few freestanding lights either side of the backdrop which is set up on a stand either side and rolls down the wall like a projector screen.’ said Nicola. Having the space and equipment to make a home studio can really benefit you, or even if you can create a small scale one just to take photographs of your products. Darren mostly does extreme sport (BMX) photography, actor’s headshots and portrait shoots and they have done a few shoots together as a hair-and-make-up-photographer-husband-and-wife-team.

Nicola created a Pinterest moodboard for her ideas on hair styles and make-up looks, as well as the designs from Hannah Elizabeth Fashion collection, pulling different 60’s looks together. ‘Hair was set on large rollers to get lots of volume into the hair to give it the classic big hair shape although it was more of a modern take on it.’ Nicola also used her cruelty-free make-up products, ‘The make up consists of Airbrush make up, 3 sets of lashes!! eyeshadow was Neve and blusher was Illamasqua, lips were Kryolan nude lip pencil.’. They also chose to keep the model barefooted as a nod to Sandie Shaw, an English singer from the sixties era who won the Eurovision for us.

This shoot was on a TFP basis, ‘TFP means time for prints so it is a collaboration between the photographer, model, dress designer and make up artist to give their services free of charge to get images to use for everyone’s portfolio, although the images always belong to the photographer.’, Nicola explains. A lot of businesses use this option so that everyone gets use out of it but it also means nobody gets payment from it. It can be a great way if you are a small business and just need to get your work noticed.

If you’d like to make your own collaboration photoshoot, use the contact form and we can get you in touch with the right people, or search through our facebook group.


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