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BUMBLE AND BUMBLE
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.
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
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 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.
Photographer: Vijay Jethwa http://www.portfolio-studio.com/i/#_main
Makeup Artist: Sophia Danielle http://www.instagram.com/sophsophmua
SUITS YOU MISS
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
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
I hope that this blog is finding you all well. Today has that feeling of Spring in the air. As we all look forward to the Summer, I wanted to take a look at the past and see how ancient hairstyles have influenced todays looks.
Abbie and myself recently filmed for our YouTube channels and we did a very well known YouTuber and blogger called Temi Otedola otherwise known as JTO Fashion. Temi’s heritage is Nigerian and she has the most beautiful cheekbones and heart shape face. Abbie and I wanted to do something trendy and dreamy to suit Temi’s look and a festival look seemed apparent to do. Abbie decided to go for beautiful golds and blues for the makeup
We then started our research and Abbie asked about African names for our title which then lead us in the direction of African Queens and me being that bit extra Ancient African Queens. As I was going through the names and pictures, I came across this beauty.
MAKEDA, QUEEN OF SHEBA 960BC
Now, not only does Temi resemble Makeda in this picture, but Makeda is wearing the colours that Abbie first brainstormed. Now if that wasn’t a sign… I don’t know what is.
What I would love for you to do now is to put on your hair hat and take a look at what is actually going on here. In this picture, Makeda has a cornrowed centre parting, a gold head band and an afro at the back. This is the sort of hairstyle that you would see in festivals all day long, be it in european hair or afro hair. I can easily see Makeda’s whole look, even her clothes, in a festival in 2016. So a note to self for me was to obviously pay homage to this trend setting, nearly 1000 years BC Ancient African Queen rock chick!
That being said, I did want to put my own spin on Temi’s look for the YouTube channel and seeing that Temi has a weave installed, I thought it was perfect for me to do a European festival look on an a black girl. Killing two birds with one stone so to speak.
The tools that I needed to create this look was my Parlux hairdryer, my medium Bayliss pro tongs and grips. I used products from Bumble and Bumble and Oribe.
You can see how I achieved the look on my channel on Thursday 25th March 2016 at 6pm and I will add to this blog soon with links on where to get the products and how much you can get them for.
Until then, please take a look at some behind the scene pictures and maybe see the comparisons that we saw between trend setter Temi and the fashionable African Queen… Makeda!
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Peace and Love Always
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.
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!
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
Until next time
Peace and Love Always