Friday, September 12, 2008

Once was LOST but now I'm found....

  Fun people are a perk to any job. As a makeup artist, there's a vast contrast in a days work when you have a client who is "nice" and someone who is "entertaining" and just all around "fun"! You may be spending anywhere from 1 hour to upwards of 12 hours with your client, face to face.... invading their personal space from the get-go, so let me tell you.... I appreciate fun clients. I mean, someone who can make you laugh, someone who can take a joke, who can be professional, yet silly if the moment calls for that sort of behavior... someone who likes to chat in between shooting and delve into amusing stories during lunch.... it makes a long day just zip by! And that's exactly what happened when I worked with Naveen Andrews from LOST. We shot for the cover of Parade Magazine one warm, sunny afternoon at the Kahala Resort, and he was such a joy to work with. I mean, we were laughing! And by the end of the shoot, we were
 having our own lil photo shoot! 

Just an FYI, to all you makeup artists working in Hawaii... don't wear a skirt to a shoot on the beach in the late afternoon... otherwise you end up taking a perfectly cute picture with a celebrity with your skirt tied in a knot looking more like a fashion-don't than a lucky girl getting her picture taken with a perfectly cute celebrity. :-)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Speaking of Indians...

   A case of History repeating itself.... as it always does. Trends come and go, fashion cycles never stand still... being a product of the 80's, I would have been happy if the neon Blues-Brothers looking glasses never made it's way back into our lives.... but alas they did! I actually have a pair of neon pinks in my closet, thanks to a give away bag at Fashion event I attended.... but that's getting off the topic. After my last blog, I had the song, "10 lil Indian Boys and Girls" in my head, all day. So, what do ya know! Today I found yet another endearing little Indian Girl amid my collection of beauties in my portfolio. This was circa 2002, when I lived in good ol' Orange County, California. I thought I'd post this one too in honor of my apparent Indian fixation. 

Friday, September 5, 2008

"Queue Rainbow!"
Indian Summer Editorial/Damsel Magazine

Not everyday is a walk in the park, just because I live and work in Hawaii.... okay, maybe it is! 
So here we have a shoot, that just went.... well, right. First of all, what a great team! I'm not only surrounded by talented, kind-hearted artists, they just happened to be great friends of mine too. 

 We start with our beloved model: Michelle Vaywer whom I just love! Born and raised right here in Kailua, Oahu, she's now traveling the world, modeling. She was also a wonderful guest speaker at the premier event for my new Foundation, Pure Beauty Ministries, that I just launched this past April.

 Next up, we have a very close friend of mine, Miss Crystal Pancipanci... what a name! 
She was the hairstylist for this shoot, and did an amazing job with our lil Tiger Lily!

 I of course, did the makeup; sticking with a bronze, terra cotta color palette that
 would make Pocahontas proud. (Okay, I've officially run out of female Indian names!) 

And the eye that captured it all, goes by the name of Daeja Fallas, whose an incredible photographer and again, a dear friend of mine. 

And this is when it starts getting truly magnificent. As if on queue, a double rainbow appears directly over the multi-colored Diane Von Ferstenberg dream of a dress, and makes every one of us atop that Pacific Heights mountain-top, sigh ..... 
It reminds me:
"Do not despise the rain, for it brings forth the most glorious wonders"
Can't get the rainbow without the rain!


It was calling my name :-)