Friday, October 19, 2012

Makeup Artist for the Menorah House 100 year Anniversary Syracuse, NY

Commercial work can be such a great experience. You get to meet all different types of people. Both in the production team and with the clients. 
While being on duty as the makeup artist for a bridal client I received an phone message and email asking for my availability the following Tuesday for a production shoot. Like I said, these can be great for networking and new experiences. Schenectady Media would be running the show that day.
So replied yes and packed my kit for a 10 hour day of shooting. I also contracted Christina to assist me for the day to show her the ropes of production makeup.
The client was the Menorah House of Central New York. A retirement community pretty close to where I live and a place I have driven by on many occasion, but never really gave much thought to.
When I arrived I quickly saw that this was an amazing place to live in the golden years!
It's barely sunrise and only 40 degrees out but Mary Ellen is a pro out there in front of the camera.
Lipstick gets reapplied.... a lot 
and hair fixed too!

Kurt capturing the magic

the lobby. a Sr resident treated us to classical music on the grand piano while filming

The residents pick vegetables from the garden for the kitchen. Today is spinach!

Residents enjoying Happy Hour!
Coolest room on the property. A stained glass wall of windows.
Outdoor dining area that is beautiful!
 I loved working with Jim at Schenectady Media, Kurt from Level 86, Jancy Ball, Scott from TV Crew NY, Matt at Event Tek, and Gen Andrews.

Makeup for modeling portfolio

I love doing all types of makeup. I love when a model or photographer contacts for me headshots or portfolio work. Especially up and coming models. They are so eager and it's fun to hear how excited they are. 
Syracuse has it's fair share of beautiful people and I am thankful to team with such a great photographer like Kim Cook at Big Paw Photography. If you have read many of my posts, you'll see her name quite often. We love working together and respect each others talents and work ethic. We just..... click :)
Here's an example of one of our collaborations.

Mckenzie is a natural beauty that also looks great in front of the camera. Kim has a way of bringing out the best from behind the lens and making her clients feel comfortable in front of the camera. This shoot was to get Mckenzie on to an agency site with AMS Models and Talent.

Expect the unexpected-Makeup Artist turned model

When booked on a photoshoot,or for any job for that matter, flexibility is key. Expect the unexpected and go with the flow. So when Christina(our newest addition at A-List) and I arrived to begin makeup on a shoot and only the male model was there and 2 females were no shows... well, we just went with it. And Christina's modeling career was launched.

I was writing a piece for CNY Woman magazine on creating a perfect fall smokey eye. I needed an image to go with the piece, so this was a perfect time to execute the look. Kim Cook at Big Paw Photography is the magazine photographer and this shoot was her vision, so the timing was perfect.

Shot with my cell phone after makeup and before hair
Since Christina is a makeup artist with her kit on hand the whole shoot, she could make a few changes to her look along the way. She changed her neutral MAC Viva Glam 5 lipstick into a fiery red later in the shoot

Christina did our male model's makeup and she added the red lipstick for this shot

CNY Woman magazine piece written by me!