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Making Magic Together: The Art of Hair and Makeup with Photographers and Models

Working as a hair and makeup artist in the fashion industry can be an exciting and rewarding career. Collaborating with photographers and models on photo shoots can be an incredibly creative and challenging experience. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at what it’s like to work as a hair and makeup artist with a photographer and model.


Model: @emmaniess | Photographer: @throwing__fitz | Lighting Company: @paulcbuffinc | Hair & Makeup: Cassy Laessig


Collaboration is Key


Collaboration is a key aspect of any successful photo shoot. As a hair and makeup artist, you’ll need to work closely with the photographer and model to ensure that the final result meets their expectations. This means communicating clearly with them about the look they want to achieve and offering your professional input on how best to achieve it.


It’s also important to remember that everyone on set is working towards the same goal - creating beautiful images. So, be open to feedback and suggestions from both the photographer and model. Sometimes, you may need to make adjustments to your work to accommodate the photographer’s vision or the model’s preferences.



Model: @emmaniess | Photographer: @throwing__fitz | Lighting Company: @paulcbuffinc | Hair & Makeup: Cassy Laessig


Preparing for the Photo Shoot


Before the shoot, you’ll need to do some prep work. This includes gathering the tools and products you’ll need to create the hair and makeup looks for the shoot. You may also need to do a trial run of the looks on the model prior to the shoot day to make sure everything is perfect.


On the day of the shoot, you’ll need to arrive early to set up your station and get everything ready. You’ll also need to communicate with the photographer and model to ensure that everyone is on the same page regarding the looks you’ll be creating.



Model: @emmaniess | Photographer: @throwing__fitz | Lighting Company: @paulcbuffinc | Hair & Makeup: Cassy Laessig


Creating the Looks


As the hair and makeup artist, you’ll be responsible for creating the looks that will be featured in the photos. This may involve creating a specific hairstyle, applying makeup, or both.

The key to success here is to pay attention to the details. You’ll need to be precise with your application and ensure that everything looks polished and perfect. This may involve touch-ups throughout the shoot, particularly if there's a second look or changes in lighting.



Model: @emmaniess | Photographer: @throwing__fitz | Lighting Company: @paulcbuffinc | Hair & Makeup: Cassy Laessig


Working with Different Types of Models


As a hair and makeup artist, you’ll work with a variety of models with different skin tones, hair textures, and facial features. It’s important to have experience working with a wide range of people and to be able to adapt your techniques to suit their needs.


In some cases, you may need to work with models who have skin sensitivities or specific allergies, which may require you to use hypoallergenic or fragrance-free products. This is why it’s important to have a wide range of products in your kit to suit different needs.



Model: @emmaniess | Photographer: @throwing__fitz | Lighting Company: @paulcbuffinc | Hair & Makeup: Cassy Laessig


Final Thoughts


Working as a hair and makeup artist with a photographer and model can be an exciting and rewarding experience. It’s a chance to showcase your creativity and collaborate with other professionals in the fashion industry. With the right preparation, attention to detail, and willingness to adapt, you can create stunning looks that will be featured in beautiful photographs for years to come.




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