Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Duo Boots Shoot Paris:

Photographer: Sean Malyon(
Model: Kristina Antanaityte
Stylist: Hilary Owen
Art Director: Hilary Grist
Hair and Make-up: Charley B(

Okay, so it has taken me quite long enough to get round to writing this entry, but here it is, my latest trip with the lovely DUO Boots( Paris shot by the amazing Sean Malyon ( So here is a quick run down of my trip to shoot in Paris. The looks, the locations and of course the pastries.

First of all, Paris is....beautiful and I must say I totally fell in love with the place. My heart swelled every time I looked out the window of the van, I was totally inspired and left only wanting to go back. It's not just the look of the place that floored me, it has an atmosphere and the romance which certainly gives it that 'je ne sais quoi'.
The shoot was for 7 days, there were many early starts, which, by now I am used to but nothing takes the edge off those early start than drinking your morning coffee overlooking views like the ones below.

The brief for this shoot was very much playing to the character and charm of Paris which meant the styling by Hilary Owen was very chic and I wanted to reflect this in the hair and make-up.
Once we arrived in Paris Hilary the stylist laid out the outfits and we went through everything for each story. I took notes and we put together a look and feel for the hair and make-up.
I had the pleasure of working with our lovely model Kristina Antanaityte from Colours Agency Kristina's look is very versatile so it was very easy to take her from more classic looks to something a bit more edgy.
The look pictured below was a modern take on Audrey Hepburns 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' look. I kept the base light and fresh with a 'pop' of fresh pink blusher on the cheeks. I kept the lips nude with a matte finish leaving the focus on the eye's with a classic liquid liner flick and soft neutral shadow in the socket line. 
I put the hair up in a dishevelled french twist, I didn't want the hair to look too 'done' and to have that 'night before' quality, I feel if it looked too polished the softness and character of this look would be lost.
This next look (below) had to have an 'Urban' feel. This is where Kristina's look had to be changed dramatically from soft & feminine to quirky & confident. I had fun sourcing the fringes from Hershesons www. and settled on 'The rock chick' fringe. I kept the rest of Kristina's hair natural adding texture for that Rock and Roll edge.
The Make-up was again, all about the eye's. I created this look by lining the eye's with a black kohl pencil right into the lash roots and along the water line extending the line at the outside corners into a graphic point. I teamed this strong look with a played down lip using collection 2000's matte lip cream in 'Angel Delight'.
This next looks (both below) were definitely favourites of mine. It was shot in a very quirky apartment with a view of the Eiffel tower from the balcony! This look was all about femininity and party glamour. I wanted Kristina's skin to have an almost etherial glow, I created this by using MAC's Lustre drops in 'Pink Rebel' and MAC face and body foundation giving that fresh pre-party glow. This look was more about the lip's using a deep spicy red with a matte finish teamed with brushed up brows and soft definition on the eye's.
I created a soft and glamourous wave in the hair using waving irons, back brushing it slightly to add a delicate texture.
   And this.....was the view from the balcony for coffee breaks.....yep.
There were many things about Paris that I fell in love with but one discovery in particular will definitely be hard to beat....the pastries. I literally couldn't believe how beautiful they were, how perfectly made, how crisp and sweet....and I miss them dearly.
                                               (pictured above: Model: Kristina and Duo Brand Manager: Kara Ford)
So that is just a little insight into my photo shoot for DUO boots in Paris. It was an amazing seven days and I can't wait to get the shot's for my portfolio. Stay tuned for more behind the scenes tip's coming soon.

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