Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Goldylocks & Fernando Scissor Hands

So once upon a time about 12 years ago I decided I wanted to try & have short hair. I stared long & hard into the mirror & satisfied my doubts that an A-line would look killer. So off I went to the salon & had it lopped off. Bam. I watched my long hair fall to the floor, sure it was just going to look amazing. 

And then the clouds covered the village & it rained for days. It was a disaster. You see....there's cutting hair & then there's cutting hair. Now you don't just italicize that word for any ol' person with a pair of scissors. This person who cut my hair off did not get the honor of having it italicized. She got some tears. 

The only way of doing it justice is to imagine a mushroom. Maybe just imagine the mushroom off Mario brothers because it's actually pretty close except make him a blonde. Had it been 1986 this lady might have won an award for this cut, but being it was like 2004....not so much. Poofy, triangular, icky, horrendous.....all these things. Anyways, traumatized that I was I vowed never again. 

So I went home pulled it back & let it grow. Then it grew some more. Then some more. Then I threw it out & over the windowsill & waited for a prince to climb up. Now all these years later, with long & wavy hair for days....that mushroom haircut seemed like a bad dream barely remembered. So as I was putting a white tee on one morning & as my hair got stuck in the shirt making it look short I found myself considering. That was that. Yes. I loved it. So naturally I took a couple selfies, because you just do when you have hair epiphanies like want to make sure you can treasure it forever. And lucky for me I had a date with my friend & scissors artist Fernando from LUXE aka Fernando Scissor Hands (that just came to me but I think it's gonna stick).  

Anyways, with some hesitation I told him I was considering the scary lop-it-all-off-leap-of-faith & he convinced me to jump. After removing all sharp objects & hot things from our vicinity (in case I turn on him halfway through the cut), he began. As it fell to the floor I started having flashbacks & realized I'd stopped breathing sometime after the first or second cut. I gripped the chair & took a deep breath.  "You trust Fernando so you need to chill out", I shouted silently to my brain. I took a deep bite of jalapeno cheese bread Id bought at Vieras as a backup worked. Lost in the creamy paradise of the bread I forgot I was having a panic attack seconds before. 

My chairs started twirling & I heard that Disney fairy godmother magic wand sound from somewhere & when the chair came to a halt on the third spin, it was magic. I told him wavy & parted to the left. He made it curly & parted it to the right & he blew my mind because sometimes you have to just shut up & be wrong.  A true artist is an expert & you went to them because you trust them, so let  go. Just when you think you know, you realize they actually know, you know? 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Woodland Wedding in Joseph

What an amazing time this was shooting! For starters we shot in Joseph which is the cutest little town nestled amongst a stunning backdrop of mountains. Then there's Dawn. She rocks. She's a perfectionist in everything she does & has great taste, so when she said she wanted to plan a shoot like this I couldn't wait to see how it would all come together. She has a sister company to her design business, called Johnny & June, which is what was used for the styling, florals & letterpress. The website & branding for that are going through an update & this was a great opportunity to showcase some of the things the site will offer like hand dyes silks & custom wedding letterpress suites. Unfortunately, no amount of rain dancing could deter the weather from its ultimate goal which was to dump ungodly amounts of snow on Joseph that day. Consequently we missed shooting the letterpress & cake as they got wet from the snow. 

We were so lucky to have such a fun & creative team come together to shoot. Kara who owns a bridal boutique called Serendipity Bridal hung out with us & helped move things around as needed. Gayutri & Fernando from LUX who always do such an amazing job drove up with me to stay through the day for hair & makeup. Erin & Jacob were our models for the shoot. Jacob had us laughing with his snow boots aka Safeway bags tied over his shoes. There's nothing more dapper then a man in a suit with plastic bags on his feet. He was so attentive & helpful with everything & I look forward to working with him again in the future. Then there was Erin who is possibly the sweetest girl I have ever met. She is unreal sweet. And to top it off she works at a sweets shop! After the shoot she invited us to go there (Arrowhead Chocolates) for some truffles & coffee. I will shamelessly admit to ordering almost one of each & taste testing a bite of all. How can you not when there's ones called Habenero Lime & Honey Lavender? 

So despite having to rush the shoot & make it work in less then 30 minutes & knowing next time there's a few things we would do different, Id say we got some pretty beautiful images. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

"You Want Me More" A Sexy Shoot

My friends such a babe. We did these a while back so I could practice lighting in my studio. She is one of the first people I ever shot & those images are still some of my favorites. We had fun blowing her hair around & being wild. No she is not single. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

How to Edit Fashion Pictures in Photoshop

Here's a quick tutorial on how I edit Fashion in Photoshop. In this video I work on adjusting the shadows & highlights on his face as well as some basic skin retouching. Ill do a more in depth & correct edit soon

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