High Fashion E-Session | Behind the scenes

I decided to share one of my best experience in doing engagement shoots. I had the privilege to work with two artistic and amazing photographers, Julie Barecenas and Mervin Alcachupas, plus the coolest couple ever, Marvin and Rose Ann. This was the first project that I had to combine makeup artistry, styling and art direction. The couple were very much willing to do what was conceptualized.

As an artist, each of us had different views and perspective on how we wanted to showcase our talent but all our hard work paid off. Collaborating with different artists was not really hard at all especially if all aimed for one purpose –  to create wonderful photos.  It was very overwhelming to see the results of our combined efforts, ideas and hard work. I’d like to share to you these photos that were taken before the actual photo shoot.

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We had to climb to reach the top of the hill where the famous old light house is located

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Contouring her eyes

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first test shot while doing her makeup

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Second test shot to check the light and makeup

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Fixing his hair before the shoot

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Doing another test shot

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Changing the makeup and wardrobe for their Avant Garde theme

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Actual location where the photos were taken

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Unprocessed photo by Julie Barcenas

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Another great location where we did our boho theme

Photography by: Julie Barcenas

An Extraordinary Proposal!

Wedding Plans before wedding proposal? So extraordinary!

I met this couple a month ago and told me that they were planning to get married in march 2013 and that they would like me to be their Stylist and HMUA for their big day. I asked them if they wanted to have an e-session or prenup shoot (a term we used here in Manila) and they said yes! They wanted to have a different kind of  concept and so I shared some ideas which they immediately loved.

They chose a great location in Zambales called Capones Island. This island has the most gorgeous light house and landscape that is best for photoshoot.

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When we got to the island, I thought it was easy to get to where the Light House was located. I was carrying my heavy makeup train case and a big bag full of makeup and hair products that time. I never thought that we had to literally climb to the top. It was so tiring and a bit scary because at one point we had to cling to a rope to get us to the next level.

When we got to the top, it was haven! It was really beautiful up there but I had to do my thing so I pulled out the products I need to use for the shoot.  First peg was marilyn and james dean! Here are some of the shots (photos by Julie Barcenas)

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Second peg was Avant Garde Fashion. I borrowed this gown from a friend who’s a Designer (Belin Fliyelet) and then used a blazer and tied it at the back to give a different look.  I changed her eye shadows and lip color to match her outfit. If you notice the shoes was suppose to be a ballet shoes but since we could not find one. So, I used pink ribbons and wrapped it around her legs in a criss cross manner.

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Third Peg was Bohemian Concept! This part was the most dramatic and romantic one. While we were busy directing and shooting the couple, the groom went down on his knees and from his pocket he grab a black box and reached out for her hand. He then showed her a beautiful ring and popped the most lovely question “Will you marry me?”  They started crying. I thought it was just part of the shoot then I realized it was for real. I actually witnessed the most extraordinary proposal ever. This happened at theedge of the cliff! Here are some of the photos courtesy of Julie Barcenas!

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One Lovely Wedding

I really love weddings! It gives a moment of peace, love and joy. I was so lucky that I became part of this lovely couple’s most special day. The bride wanted a look that will just enhance her beautiful features. I decided to use Make Up Forever’s HD Primer and Face and Body Liquid Foundation no. 34 and then for her eyes I used this gorgeous Stila”s In the Moment Eye Shadow Palette for a more natural and fresh look.

I enjoyed working with this couple. I get to see they’re wacky and most intimate moments during their e-session until their big day!

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Photography by: Smart Shot Studios

Hairstyle Etc!

Thank God for the Talent! I never thought I would be doing hair and makeup today. I didn’t have any formal training when it comes to hair styling but because a friend of mine (also a make up artist) needed some help for her collaboration and folio shoot, I didn’t think twice. The photographer, who shoots for FHM, just showed me some pegs of the look they want to create. So, I plugged the curling iron and started styling!

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My friend Jayce! Did her Hair and Makeup for an Event

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Photos by: Heidi Pascual-Aquende, Jaycelle Playda and astormysky.com

Loving Veejay Floresca’s Creations!

I had the privilege to work with the glam team! I received an sms message from the ever so gorgeous model, Farah Ramos, and asked me if I would be interested to do her hair and makeup for a collaboration shoot. I didn’t think twice and I immediately said yes.

She introduced me to her friends, Loi Villarama (a fabulous stylist) and RV Mitra (Super great photographer), and then they showed me some pegs of the look they want for the shoot.

On the day of shoot, I saw the most elegant and extravant gown ever! These gowns were created by Veejay Floresca, a famous designer in Manila. I really had a great time working with these great people and I look forward in working with them again.

The Floresca Collection!

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Designer: Veejay Floresca
Stylist: Loi Villarama
Photographer: Rv Mitra
Model: Farah Ramos
Hair and Makeup: Maws Francisco-Diaz