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Natural Makeup

After almost 6 months, finally have time to shoot beauty again!

Been wanting to shoot natural makeup with dewy skin for the longest time but schedule just doesn't work for me for the makeup artist and for the models.

3 days ago I contacted my friend Min-jee Mowat (who is now with THEYRep) who is a makeup artist and asked her if she might be interested in doing a beauty shoot the next day. I also contacted Jenna from Next Canada if there's anyone available that night and who would she recommend.  I book the model with full trust that Jenna will give me the best one that is available (time wise, location wise, and skin wise) -- Shooting beauty is one of the hardest for me. You need to have the perfect model with the best skin, a model that is comfortable enough that would be ok having her photo taken super close up. Having a great Makeup artist is of course one of the biggest part of this type of photography. Everyone can do crazy avant garde makeup, but only few people can do a natural makeup (which I love)

The night of the shoot comes, Minjee came an hour early for us to talk about the flow of the shoot. And to be honest I was a little bit nervous with the model because I haven't shot with her before and she's new. At 7pm the model (Zuzana) arrives with her lovely mom (which has the same name-- Zuzana -- whom I got to chat with and know a little bit about her life -- love hearing people's story). When I saw the model I was sooooo happy, she has the best skin I've seen (so far) instantly I knew this will be good. It was so good that I got so excited I retouched one image while they are doing makeup change...

Anyways to cut the story short here are the images from our shoot. I'm still retouching some images but I'm so excited to share this so I will share it now!



Shoot Turns Into an Inspiring Conversation

Few weeks ago I had a chance to photograph and meet one of the most amazing girl I know - Janelle Manning (Next Canada). I was so amazed by her sweetness and her grace in front of the camera. She has a very sweet personality and willingness to help others.

Janelle travelled / travelling the world modelling, I believe she's been doing this professionally for about 3-4 years, she told me that most of her bookings are for beauty shot. Because of my love for beauty photography I had to make sure I get a time to chat with her, so after the shoot we went for a coffee and chatted a little bit, I wanted to pick her brain and learn from her experience. 

Just from listening to her stories and experiences, I am once again inspired to pursue what I love the most -- Beauty photography. I was a little bit discourage before as I was told that there's not much market for that, specially where I am right now. But I am a firm believer that we should follow our dreams and do what we love the most. My 30min - 1 hour chat with her was very inspiring to me that I wanted to shoot beauty right away, forget all this negative things that tells me to focus more on other things, although all this things are right, at the end of the day I want to be the person who tells the world that I follow my dreams and I am happy what ever the result is.

Few years back I heard a story about a little girl who asked her grandfather what was his dream when he was little. Her grandfather says "I wanted to be an Artist." Then the little girls asked "What happened to your dream?".

I don't want this to happen to me. I don't want my grandkids to ask me "What happened to your dream"
I am hoping that you will see more beauty photography on my website this year. I will do my best to pursue it.

Thanks Janelle, you might not know how much that you inspired me.