Behind the scenes of a beauty shoot


When deciding on doing a beauty shoot, there are a few basics to think about. First and foremost is the model you will be using. You need to make sure the model has great skin. There is nothing worse than having to do so much post work, that it kills the shot. They also have to have great bone structure. This part can get tricky, as it kind of depends on the feel of the shot and the angle you are shooting at.

Next up is having a killer hair and make up artist. I prefer to break them up into two people if possible. One that does hair and the other that does make up.

As you can see from the block of images, even the smallest change in angle from the model or camera angle can make a huge difference in the look and feel of the image.

If you shoot up at a person, they look powerful. I prefer this for beauty, and I want the woman to look in charge of the shot. If you shoot down, it makes them look more demure. I personally don’t like this for beauty, but sometimes it works.


This image is the un-retouched version of the final that I first posted. You can see that there hasn’t been a lot of retouching done. A little facial shaping and complexion clean up was all that was needed. The key to this is getting the lighting right from the start, and that makes your retouching a whole lot easier.


The lighting set up was pretty basic really . I used two Bowens Creo bare heads bounced into V flats made out of foamcore boards. I used a Bowens Octo 90 Octobox, but I removed the front diffusion panel to give it a harder edge. In the end, I think the final image turned out very clean and nice.

You can watch the behind the scenes of the shoot below.

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