HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF BOOKING YOUR NEXT JOB

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If I were to put all that inspires me into one creative photo shoot it would be a catastrophe. Properly executing your photo shoot entails more than just great makeup. Lighting, scenery, theme, and wardrobe are all things to remember in creating a great photo. Below are some tips for a hair and makeup artist trying to land more editorial work.

SHARE YOUR CREATIVE IDEAS WITH THE TEAM

A creative director/photographer will always want to work with an inspired H&MU artist. Don’t sell yourself short; share your creativity and inspiration with a photographer. More than likely they will appreciate your creativity and want to work with you again. Seeing different styles of hair and makeup you want to try not only helps a photographer get a sense of what you're capable of, but it also inspires them for future shoots. Sharing your ideas might get you another booked job.

COMPLEXITY IS NOT ALWAYS NECESSARY BUT A DIVERSE PORTFOLIO IS

Sometimes less is more. Every photo shoot does not require a perfect cut crease or a fishtail braid. Be sure to tie the hair and makeup into the theme of the shoot. I don't want this statement to discourage you from developing your own originality. Just be sure to not limit yourself to just one “look”. A well rounded portfolio will help you land more work.

IDEAS CAN BE SCARY!

KEEP RECORD OF YOUR IDEAS AND INSPIRATION

As the creativity is flowing make sure to keep a journal or mental note of all that inspires you. You never know when an appropriate time will pop up to use one of your creative ideas in a photo shoot. Utilize social media platforms like Pinterest and Instagram to develop photo shoot themes. My main source of inspiration would be movies and different movie characters. An actor's character development is a similar process to curating inspiration for an editorial shoot. To create the best hair and makeup possible for a photo shoot you have to believe in your character and execute it appropriately for each model of the shoot.

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Inspiration hits when you least expect it. It is your job to create some photo magic to share with the world. Originality and fresh ideas can be scary. Remember, it takes stepping out of your comfort zone to learn something new to add fresh work to your portfollio.

Photographer: Amy Vining
Hair, Makeup, & Hairpieces: Morgan Tillman
Model: Elle DiSanti
Photo Assistant: Pauline Zonneveld