Makeup Photography is something I played around with while in college in the studio, but I never tried on location outside. When the lovely Aimee Scott asked for some makeup photography shots for her portfolio, I knew it would be a challenge since I no longer had all of the amenities the studio can provide: Profoto’s, seamless backgrounds, and a controlled environment.
For a beauty portrait or makeup photography shoot, I knew we would need diffused light, so we decided to shoot during dusk, the evening magic hour. I scouted my neighborhood of Normal Heights the day before for some blank walls, and found three different shades of grey and white to play around with. With my shooting partner (and total babe-alicous model) Rachel Lewis and armed with a 5-in-1 reflector and a ring-light adaptor for my speedlight, we did some test shots.
The reflector was perfect for filling in shadows under my model’s eyes, and the ringlight gave them a beautiful halo effect with a rad catchlight. We positioned the models as far away from the wall as possible to push the depth of field farther and help with blurring the imperfections of the walls.
Makeup Photography Set Up
Location: White and grey walls in Normal Heights
Equipment: 5-in-1 Reflector
Camera: Nikon D610