Q: What do you look for when choosing a makeup artist to work with? What should up and coming artists keep in mind when they are contacting photographers for work?
A: I look for a balance between skill and work ethic. Skill is important, as makeup application can either make the photographers work easier or harder, but work ethic is just as important. I would rather hire an average to good makeup artist who is always on time and is great with the team and talent, than a makeup artist with amazing skill but a bad attitude on set. If you have outstanding makeup skills AND a wonderful attitude, then you are golden!
Q: If you could work with one artist or brand of your choice who would it be and why?
A: I wish I had a simple answer for this but I do not. I could easily say I would love to have my work in Harper’s Bazaar, or photograph my favorite celebrity, but honestly I just want to grow as a photographer, constantly improve and work with bigger and better companies as I work my way up. I have a lot of brands, companies and models on my wish list!
Q: What advice would you give to an up and coming photographer trying to break into any kind of industry?
A: It is really hard to make photography your full time career so you have to stay diligent and set goals. Shoot, shoot, shoot as much as possible so that you are constantly learning and improving, even if that means doing unpaid photo-shoots. Take advantage of learning from other photographers. Assist them on shoots, take workshops, and join groups of likeminded photographers. Lastly, find your niche. You will have a lot more success if you hone in on a certain type of photography. Companies and clients like to see consistency.
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