Behind the Scenes: Karly Chase Contemporary Glamour Makeover

HMUA Melody Compton touches up Karly's lip gloss

HMUA Melody Compton touches up Karly’s lip gloss

Karly came in as a quiet, sweet, 17 year old girl and left feeling like a $1,000,000! We strive to make each client feel comfortable, pampered and well cared for. For the younger set there is always non-alcoholic beverages, snacks, fun music, and a very relaxed feel. If you happen to be 21 then there will be wine as well!

Don’t underestimate the value of getting your makeup done by an artist! It’s like getting a facial and scalp massage! And your arms won’t tire out. Melody has a gentle touch and an excellent chair-side manner!

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Did you know that you’re a model?!

© 2013 by Jared Youtsey

© 2013 by Jared Youtsey

Did you know that you are a model?
What? You’ve never modeled before?
Have you stood in front of a camera before?
Well, then, you’re a model!

As a photographer I look at every client as a model. I work with them giving as much or as little direction as is necessary. So, since you are a model, you can really benefit but honing your craft. Here is a great article from Jen Brook, a model for many years, that give some good advice on posing, preparing, and getting the most out of your photos. In the end it falls to me as the photographer to give you the best direction possible so that you get the highest quality shots of you looking your best. But if you spend a little time beforehand becoming the best model you can be then my job will be easier, we’ll both have more fun, and the end result will be even better.

Dear Model, Kindest Regards, Other Model

So, get modeling!

Gracious Cosplay Photography

This past weekend I attended Denver Comic Con. It was 50,000 people at the Colorado Convention Center and it was filled with people of every imaginable variety. It was a real joy to interact with artists, vendors, cosplayers and attendees.

But I was also interested to see how people behaved and reacted in light of the great attention given to “Cosplay is not Consent” this year. I’ve seen women treated like trash at con’s before. It’s disgusting. And people are starting to stand up and let it be known that this is unacceptable conduct. DCC had a panel on cosplay and etiquette as well. And I’m happy to say that I didn’t see any of this kind of behavior even in a throng as large as this.

Well done, Colorado!

But then there is me. I’m a photographer, with a media access badge for the con. I’m here not only to document and report on what’s going on, but to get some great shots of the passionate work of cosplayers. They put a lot of time, money, passion and sweat into producing fine costumes, planning, makeup, etc… Many even work on their characters so that it is a bit more than a costume. So, how do you get really great cosplay portraits in an environment where conduct is being measured to a new standard?

Simple, actually. You see, it’s not a new standard. Treating people (especially women in this case) with respect is something that society did, and then forgot how to do. Simply think back to days when people always said “please” and “thank you”. When a man held a door for a woman to honor her and nothing more.

So, I got some great shots! I always asked “May I take your photo?” And every now and then, I got a “no”. “Okay, thank you!” Sincerely. And after taking it I judged whether or not the seemed to be in a hurry, or were a bit bothered by being stopped. Or how they reacted to some simple posing direction I gave. If they seemed open and unhurried and it their costume was obviously a work of love on their part, and they had cared about their hair and makeup, well, I’d ask again “Would you mind if I took a few portraits?” And I used the word “portrait”. Not photo or shots or pictures. Portraits implies something more personal. Not a picture of your costume, a picture of you.

Not one person turned me down. Not one.

Kindness. Courtesy. Please. Thank you. May I… Very nice! Beautiful!

Most cosplayers want to show off. They are great. But it’s your demeanor as a photographer that can make the difference in getting a great shot and getting a snapshot.

Next year, I’ll ask more often. I’ll prepare more. I’ll really think about the costumes I’m likely to see and how I would like to photograph them. I’ll think about how I can be a true gentleman and put complete strangers at ease. Because, in the end, that’s the shot I want.