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

What’s Your Story?

I met the bride in July when I was still studying at Make Up Forever/Maquillage Professionel School of Make Up Artistry. She was model during that time. I never thought that she was serious about getting me as her Hair and Makeup Artist on her special day! It was nerve wracking since the last time I had done makeup for weddings was almost a year ago (I didn’t have any formal training during that time).

I got to know the couple on their e-session shoot. I helped them organize and create a story board for their engagement shoot. They wanted to have a vintage feel which is somewhat similar to the movie – The Notebook. I researched on the materials and pegs that we used to achieve what they wanted. I gave them the pegs and asked them to send me any similar wardrobes they have on their closet. They sent me all their clothes and shoes and then I tried to mix and match what they have.

At the day of the shoot, I just paired their wardrobes with beautiful accessories and hats. For the make up, I just made sure that it was light and a bit nude at the start of the shoot progressing to a bit dark and vintage until the end. Check out their cool AVP (created by Margaret Siason)

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

Make Up Sessions @ Work!

I love doing makeup so much that even during breaks and free time at the office I would ask my colleagues to model for me. I would just use whatever it is inside my bag and start applying the makeup on them.

I never imagined that I will be leaving my office job to become a full time Make Up Artist.

Here are some of my previous works:

!Make up: Maws Diaz

Camera 360

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A Collaborative Shoot with Best Artists in Town!

I was creating a look (facechart) for an upcoming shoot, when I received a text message from Mr. Ito Ocampo and asked if I would be willing to do makeup for a collaborative fashion shoot on September 15, Saturday . I didn’t really have an idea who he was and so before I agreed I just asked how many models and if he had a website (just wanted to make sure that I was talking to a real person…hehehe). It was only on that day I’ve met Ms. Tippi Ocampo (Designer) and Farah Ramos (Model). I was sweating bullets at first but enjoyed it afterwards because Mr. Ito, Ms. Tippi and Farah were so nice, encouraging and accomodating! Thank you for the pizza!

Check out Ms. Tippi Ocampo’s unique and lovely designs!

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This is soooo cool!…Design inspired by a Vigan Window http://tippiocampo.com/?p=6273

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Made of recycled rice sacks

Check out more pics from her website Fashion with Local Flavor –http://tippiocampo.com/?p=6227

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Make up Products Used:
For the base, I used Make Up Forever’s HD Primer and Face and Body Foundation (combination of no. 34 and 20). Sealed the foundation with PAC’s multicolor loose powder.
For the eyes, I used Smashbox shadow pallettes and Make Up Forever’s 12 Flash Color Case
Lips, I used revlon’s lipstick in nude and added a shimmery gloss to accentuate full lips
Cheeks, I used coral and pinkish blush from Smashbox and bodyshop cheek colour no. 4

Designer: Tippi Ocampoo
Photographer: Ito Ocampo
Model:Farah Ramos
HMUA: Maws Francisco-Diaz