Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Behind The Scenes of a 60's Extravaganza

Preview of what's to come!

Yesterday was a big day.  It was the first time that I envisioned a concept for a shoot and put the whole thing together.  We had an amazing team of people.  Steve Erle one of my favorite photographers shot the story, Zoe Hennessey did an unbelievable job styling, Carrie Tivador our gorgeous model, the wonderful Kendra Richards did the makeup and I did hair.  There will be a future post on the actual shoot with final pictures, but I wanted to give you a behind the scenes look at the shoot, products, etc.........

Whenever a shoot is put together there is a lot of work that goes into the shoot before it ever happens.  First an idea needs to come about.  The concept for this shoot was a 60's inspired shoot.  We wanted to capture the air of that time.  Carrie Tivador our amazing model was just the girl to do that.  I have worked with Carrie for a while and knew she would be the one to pull of the look completely.  Once there is a concept in place, inspirations are pulled to make sure everyone is one the same page.  References are pulled for hair, makeup, clothing, etc.  This way the look and feel of the shoot comes together completely.
To create Carrie's look, I knew the most important thing was for me to have as much volume in her hair as possible.  The 60's was no stranger to big hair.  Carrie came in with clean damp hair.  I added Phyto Volume Mousse pictured above to her hair.  I then blew dry her hair over directing the brush on the hair and held the brush with the hair wrapped on it.  I then hit the cool setting on my dryer to lock in the volume I was creating. I continued throughout her hair in this manner.  Before setting Carrie's hair in Caruso steam rollers, I clipped in a set of extensions for added volume.  I then set all the hair in the Caruso rollers.  If you don't know what these are, they are an amazing tool in your arsenal.  Caruso rollers are steam rollers.  They used these back in the day to create all of those voluminous looks, ie Marilyn Monroe.  I then let the rollers cool took them out and sprayed the hair with Sebastian Shaper Zero Gravity Spray.  I love this spray because it continues to stay workable throughout the day, but still has a great hold.  Then began the teasing and pinning to create the look that I wanted.
For makeup, Kendra did a beautiful job creating the 60's doll like look that I wanted.  She used Pixi Eye Bright Primer and Senna Lipgloss in Awake from the Total Beauty collection.  She also used Loreal Voluminous Mascara, one of my favorites, and MAC Satin Taupe for the dark shadow above Carrie's eye.  The makeup look was beautiful.  Kendra did an amazing job making Carrie's whole face illuminate.  You will be able to read more about what Kendra did at her blog Where Beautiful Things Happen.
I will talk more about the clothes and fashion when I do a later post with the final pictures we chose.  Wanted to give you guys a look into how a shoot is created from top to bottom and some of our favorite products.


  1. Such a fun day and gorgeous images that we got! Love your post Stephanie!

  2. Thanks Kendra....I had the best time. Can't wait for the final pics.