Before I get started on the review, I just wanted to let my faithful readers (all four of you) that I will be updating this bloggery thing here and making it a more functional website. Don’t worry, it’ll still be a blog but it’ll be prettier and hopefully more useful to the both of us.
A few weeks ago I was after a make-up artist to assist me on a shoot that I was doing with my lovely friend Elle. This was to be a boudoir session and I really wanted to pull out all of the stops to make it good for Elle and also yield a good result for my own portfolio.
Because I am pretty much a penniless photographer, I put out put out a call on Facebook page for local models, stylists and photographers for a MUA/hair stylist to assist me on a “trade for time/file” collaboration basis. I had a few takers but Rebecca’s images impressed me the most and I immediately got back to her to arrange her services.
Unfortunately I’ve been involved in a few shoots where the MUA has cancelled at the last minute or simply not even shown up at all. There have also been cases where if they did decide to grace us with their presence, they were late or ran overtime or just had shockingly bad attitudes and delusions of grandeur – and even worse, their work wasn’t as good as the photos in their portfolio had promised. It all equals up to a pretty sour experience. So I will admit to bringing my own makeup kit with me, JUST IN CASE.
I need not have worried at all.
Rebecca is a relative newcomer to the make-up industry and is also building her portfolio but if her current level of service and professionalism continues apace, she will be one of the best in the business and I am sure will be called on for loads of jobs. She turned up on time, listened to what I was after and delivered in spades. Elle really enjoyed having her make-up and hair done and appreciated Rebecca’s chatty but professional personality. With Rebecca doing her thing, I was able to do some planning in the room and gather my ideas for the shoot ahead.
Now, Elle is gorgeous already without makeup but Rebecca’s styling brought out her best and was complimented the style of the shoot perfectly. I couldn’t have been happier and neither could Elle.
You can find Rebecca on her Facebook page – Rebecca Vaughan Make-up Artist and on her own blog, Just Wing It. I’m recommending her to all an sundry now. She’s even doing the bridal makeup for another friend of mine.
Oh, and by the way. Elle is in her late forties.
Yes, you can curl up and die of jealousy now. I have a thousand times already.