Model Selena Martinez is the “Butterfly Queen!” Once again I had the privilege to photograph the remarkable work of professional hair and makeup artist Sasha Steifel. Not only did Sasha execute Selena’s beautiful hair and makeup, she fashioned the intricately detailed hairpiece that brings a hint of storytelling and impact to each of these images.
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Throughout the session we shot a series of both high and low key fashion portraits. The high key portraits appear are bright and cheerful against a stark white backdrop. Low key portraits are meant to be more dramatic. They sit against a dark or black background and tend to convey more of a dark, sinister, or mysteriously mood. Rather than using a pure black background we chose to add a spot light behind Selena. And in some cases a blue gel was added to accent the colors in her hair, makeup, and hair piece.
While professional hair and makeup is almost always a key component of fashion portraiture, it can be used in a variety of circumstances. In particular, professional hair and makeup can really add to the impact of portraits of high school senior girls. Creative hair and makeup can allow you to create truly unique high school pictures. And adding creative hair accents, jewelry, or other accessories can give your portraits an extra touch of class. Or, even allow you to create your own personal fantasy world if that suits your personality.