Lipstick & Skin

Shooting beauty work is a different set of challenges compared to say editorial or straight fashion portraits. With beauty, precision is key, perfection is the aim. Everything takes a lot longer, make-up prep, lighting set-up, time per shot, post production. For comparison a 2 hour portfolio development shoot can easily net four outfits and a whole bunch of different shots for a model. Whereas a two hour beauty session is one look and probably one final image.
It’s all about flawless skin and perfect make-up.
Here are a couple of fresh images from a shoot a couple of weeks ago. Here I was working with Thembi Mkandla makeup artist, using product from MAC and Armani. Our model for the day was Anna of Boss Model Management.

Cosmetic beauty, MAC & Armani. Lips & Skin. by Mark Ivkovic

Cosmetic beauty, MAC & Armani. Lips & Skin. by Mark Ivkovic

Cosmetic beauty, MAC & Armani. Lips & Skin. by Mark Ivkovic

Cosmetic beauty, MAC & Armani. Lips & Skin. by Mark Ivkovic

Moments of fictional reality

Late Winter, that time of year where I spend a little too much time in my head. Time considering where to head this year, how to create something different, projects I want to work on and others I really want to drop. Time to think about business and time to think about my creative process. Usually around this time of year I end up considering the tools I use and whether it’s time for a new piece of equipment or time to simplify everything. I seem most connected with my M9 50mm combination, there are other cameras I really want to love that way but they simply don’t do it for me. Trust me I’ve tried. Simplify then ??

I’m drawn to the beauty of the imperfect, the delicate tiny flaws, the nuanced variations. I’ve been told to go shoot with my heart and everything will start falling into place.
All I can say is I’m trying, I still have some bridges to burn as such but I’m trying.

The photographs with this post are some that I feel are starting towards my appreciation of the imperfect reality in the moments of fiction we create on set.

Truth.

Yesterday I had a HUGE moment of self realisation in my craft. For whatever reason it happened and I’m so very grateful for it. I’ll admit I was on the boundaries of my comfort zone yet I was creating photographs … Continue reading

Turning Pro A/W13 Cover

Turning Pro A/W13 Cover by bang*
Turning Pro A/W13 Cover, a photo by bang* on Flickr.

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Just had the okay to share this peek, my latest cover. It’s gone rather pink during the upload to flickr for some reason so you’ll just have to go see it for yourselves for the full effect.
Hits newsagents 11th October I believe.
I have a stack of new work that due to exclusivity agreements I can’t share with you at the moment. Needless to say you’ll see it when it hits but until then trust me I’ve been busy.

m. Charlotte P @ Industry People
mua. Thembi Mkandla

Before Summer Ends

Before Summer Ends by bang*
Before Summer Ends, a photo by bang* on Flickr.

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Kate Waldron @ Boss Model Management.
Wearing Joanne Miller.
Styled by Roscoe Forsythe
MUA / Hair by Thembi Mkandla

Photographers Assistant. Michael Storey

 

Sorry, I told you it’s been a busy month or so. Absolutely loads of new work shot so it’s about time I get to sharing some of it on here. Here are a few of the crop of images I shot with the brilliant Thembi Mkandla of Kate Waldron. Thembi hit me up with an idea of finding the least “English” looking beach we could whilst still not travelling too far from Manchester to shoot some summery beauty and swimwear stuff for both our portfolios. We found an awesome location or three thanks to the help of Alan, another photographer I know. He scouted us some great spots, hooked us up with space to base ourselves, humped my gear, drove people around, got sandwiches, and basically acted as a first rate second assistant whilst Michael (my usual assistant wrestled with the Rotalux in the wind). The beautiful designs we managed to acquire for the shoot came via Roscoe Forsythe a great Manchester stylist I’m happy to have made contact with, he pulled pieces from Joanne Miller & Laura Bancroft and they really took the whole ting to another level.

A great team, great weather and slightly more production value than some of my recent “simple” shoots. Fell in love with the tiny Elinchrom pack (well my assistant did as he could lug the thing around all day on his shoulders and didn’t moan too much).

 

 

Before Summer Ends

Before Summer Ends

Lost In The Shadows Of Her Mind

Lost In The Shadows Of Her Mind by bang*
Lost In The Shadows Of Her Mind, a photo by bang* on Flickr.

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Meg Lindow MUA & Hair – www.facebook.com/meglindowmua
VAMP Nail Art – www.facebook.com/vampnailsleeds
LauRen @ Maverick – maverickmodels.co.uk/modelpage.php?id_alb=183

Bowens 500 via “Big Betty” beauty dish and grid. Approx 1 foot from subject pretty much straight in front.

My Eyes Were Fooled but My Heart Saw Through Your Lies

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Meg Lindow MUA & Hair
VAMP Nail Art
LauRen @ Maverick

Just in case you thought I may have run off, here we are back with just a subtle colour one.
This kind of image really speaks volumes about why it’s important for working fashion, beauty and commercial photographers to shoot tests. These are unpaid shoots where all those involved give up time in the hope of creating something new and different for portfolio use.
Take this image for example, the idea and concept I’d brought was a kind of black glitter beauty look. I’d spoken to Meg the MUA and we’d nailed down our inspiration images and ideas of how we planned to create it. From the start I had B&W images in my head yet the freedom of my own creative brief means that after a little post production I create this (alongside the pre-envisaged shots).

Bowens 500 via “Big Betty” beauty dish and grid. Approx 1 foot from subject camera left.