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Testing Reloaded

Hey guys!! How you doing?? I know its been a while so please excuse me… I have been extremely busy but its all good as I now have loads of content to write about!! I am really excited about this post as I am going a bit retro and going back in time. I won’t be able to show everything in one post so staying true to my tradition, I have created a series called Testing Reloaded part 1.

When creatives in fashion say “I’m doing a test shoot today” or “I’m testing today”, it means that a team is collaborating unpaid to invest in their own personal and professional growth, we have to keep our standards high and our books updated. We have to consistently update our portfolios and with the help of the internet, our work can be seen all over the world and is easily accessible.

For Testing Reloaded, I have compiled some pictures of previous shoots, from the very beginning of me deciding to do my true passion and follow my dream by being a session hairstylist, which is exactly what I wanted to do when I picked up an issue of Vogue and I wanted to do the front cover at the age of 17.

Some of these pictures full stories can be found on my site and published online and on collaborators websites. So in this post I have put links to other sites and my own site for you to see all sides to the story. I have also supplied some links on where you can purchase the tools and the products I have used in some of the looks.

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first shoot to work on my portfolio as a session hairstylist…. these images have never been used

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I’m calling this Vulnerable as these two pics are from the first time myself, Serena Locatelli (makeup artist) and Rhian Cox (photographer) all worked on a collaboration together, the next time we all worked together our work got published in VOGUE.

PORTRAITS OF AN UNTOLD FAIRYTALE

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Photographer: Rhian Cox  http://rhiancox.com/

Makeup Artist: Serena Locatelli https://twitter.com/serenalocatelli

Published: Photo Vogue http://www.vogue.it/en/photovogue/Portfolio/189655fa-7fb3-4f9b-b92a-e03afa266053/Image

We have worked on many projects after this!

THE SCENE

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Behind the scene shot

Behind the scene shoot

The Scene was a shoot that I directed, styled and also did the hair. It wasn’t for any submission to a magazine, it was strictly to update my work for my website and we had a glorious time. As it was middle of the winter and we were shooting outside, it was only right that we had flasks of mulled wine which started us just right and it really set the mood. We started shooting on my road and finished in the trendy area of London… Brick Lane.

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Photographer: Vijay Jethwa http://www.portfolio-studio.com/i/#_main

Makeup Artist: Sophia Danielle http://www.instagram.com/sophsophmua

Full story: http://www.sharon-robinson.co.uk/portfolio/the-scene/

 

SUITS YOU MISS

SUITS YOU MISS

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This story came by Jeri Ali the model who needed some new work on her portfolio and I approached her to do a test with one of the teams that I have worked with before. We wanted a strong fashion story so I came up with the theme of androgyny as none of us had this sort of work on our books. We got it published in FRUKmagazine.

Model: Jeri Ali https://www.instagram.com/jeriali/

Photographer: Roberto Mccormick http://www.robertomccormick.com

Stylist: Sarah Mulindwa https://www.instagram.com/sarahmstyling/

Makeup Artist: Abbie May http://abbiemay.com

Full Story: http://www.frukmagazine.com/suits-you-miss/

For all of these shoots I used L’oreal Professional products and my tools that I used were BaByliss Pro, Parlux and Denman which  can all be found at the below links

Loreal Techni Art Pli which is a great hair prep!!

Babyliss Pro Crimper which I used for the fist 2 shoots in this post

Parlux hairdryer which is the brand that I have used since the beginning of my career

Denman anti static comb, one of the best combs ever made

 

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did and don’t forget to follow all the links and if you want to purchase any of the tools and the products then just look slightly above and there are some links for you!!!

 

But for now

over and out

Peace and Love Always

Sharon xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIMITLESS

Hey There

I hope this post finds you all well!

LIMITLESS is a shoot that I did with an amazing team. No-one had worked with our model Angela Kajo from PRM Models before and we then had two separate teams combined to create the shoot. The two teams were duo Adena Phillips, creative director, and Matthew John, photographer, with our trio of Sarah Mulindwa, wardrobe stylist, Abbie May Hopkins, makeup artist and myself on hair.

We wanted to do a high end glossy shoot and we felt that the City of London hasn’t really been shot in the way that we could, so we opted for Aldgate where it has quite a modern landscape.

We were contemplating on shooting outside but the famous British weather was dismal in the morning, so we shot inside. This being a test shoot, meaning it wasn’t commissioned by a magazine, we all had to work very well together with what was the first look to the last look in all aspects, hair, makeup, clothes, the posing and where the shots were going to be taken.

For my part, I had to be in strong communication with Abbie and Sarah as I needed to know what the clothes were for me to design the hair around the look. Abbie usually asks me what I’m doing to the hair and then I usually say “what is she wearing?” so Sarah usually takes the lead. In this case… thats exactly what happened. There were so many pieces that I wanted to take home from wardrobe if I was a few sizes smaller, I definitely would have. Here is a picture of some of the accessories and the second look.

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To do a successful shoot, we needed to have minimum 5 looks as no magazine will class any less as a story. I did 3 hairstyles, two ponytails and one high bun. From the first look the eyes were very strong as we wanted to bring across a strong city woman so it was only right that the hair was away from the face.

Sarah supplied an amazing mack from Dabra London, so when the weather had a break of sun, we rushed outside before it started raining cats and dogs again!

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I always find it funny when shooting on location as people are always fascinated with what goes on behind the scenes. Like in the two above shots, myself and Adena were holding up a reflector quite close to Angela to get the right light! So as a picture can tell a thousand stories, there a few thousand stories that stay untold.

We were very happy when Huf Magazine picked up the story as it isn’t  always a guarantee to get a submission. Please follow the link to see the full story and I will soon put up some pictures that haven’t been published on my portfolio page

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Until next time

Peace and Love Always

http://hufmagazine.com/limitless-photography-matthew-john-huf-magazine/

London Fashion Week with Me!

Hey Guys!!

So as promised, here is my post about London Fashion Week AW2016  and my adventures in it.

I had the amazing opportunity to be Leigh Keates first assistant. A lot of people ask why I still assist and the only answer is that no one is ever the best. Its good to assist to get a feel of where hair is going and whether you are on the same vibe, or not. Its also good to be surrounded by like minded individuals, being a session hairstylist can be a lonely road sometimes as not many “normal” people can understand the excitement of talking about a look.

Anyway, Leigh was in charge of two shows this season.. Natasha Zinko and Amanda Wakely. We had to go to each designer and discuss how they both wanted the hair and makeup so we had to do testing which was so interesting as it showed me how important testing actually is and how important every strand of hair is.

For Natasha Zinko’s hair look Leigh decide on a high ponytail with a soft woven the tail and slight texture on the top section of hair.

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The show was on Sunday and our call time was at 7am so I had to be up at 5am! Believe me, it was easy to get up as my excitement was uncontainable. I am such a big kid. Please see my earlier post about the show itself under Natasha Zinko. In the process of that show,I was booked for the Pringle of Scotland show to assist Syd Hayes the next day. Again an early call time but at the lovely Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park.

We had an explosion of hair and had to add hair extensions which was fun. We then had to drench the hair in mousse and rough dry, the mousse helps the hair to stay in that curl and is imperative in hair up, especially on european hair. We tonged small curls and pin to set, for the most part there were 2-3 hairstylists on one model and the makeup and the nail tech on her also so you can imagine… a bit tight? have a look at the picture and tell me what you think. The hair look was a big curly ponytail which kind of reminded me of when black girls would put all their hair into ponytail and have a big afro puff coming out, or massive beach waved hair in a loose ponytail. All in all, I had a fantastic time in all its craziness. The adrenalin of getting the look done and working alongside people is just the best!

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So after that show, I literally came home and closed my eyes until my next alarm at 5am for Amanda Wakely’s show in Kings Cross St Pancras Square. During the hair test, Amanda expressed to Leigh that she wanted the hair to look freshly washed but not a “hair done” look. She wanted the hair to look as if its just been shampooed and put into a ponytail. Leigh decided to do a low ponytail which was in line with the jaw line and slightly over the  ears. This show was very chilled, we had uber amount of space and a lot of time as the look was simple but technical. For this show we used Batiste products which worked perfectly for this look. Leigh being the technical wizard that he is made sure he saw every single girl that walked out and being his first assist I got to do that with him, we also went to go and watch the rehearsal which up to that day had never happened to me as I am always backstage! I was truly honoured to be there… it is definitely something I will never forget.

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To say I had a blast is an understatement this season, my favourite part? I can’t say.. but after all of it I did feel a bit deflated but the next day the adrenalin was up again as that was the day of the Brits.

Peace an Love Always