Posts Tagged ‘photo shoot’

SHUTTER BUG

Like many Instagram worshipers, you’ll find us glued to our feeds whenever we catch a free moment. But, when it comes to the heart of our jobs — a.k.a. those gorg tutorials and how-tos, we’re often questioned about which camera we use. You’re most likely to find us behind  lens of a Canon 5D. Sure, you’ll find more filters on an iPhone than drink options at Starbucks, but no smartphone will ever deliver the same detail as an SLR camera. Whether we’re capturing a close-up on some nail art or documenting a certain hair texture (as seen in the photo  below), our Canon never leaves our side. We’re so smitten with quality, we’ve had zero qualms with leaving behind our touchscreens when it’s time to seek out inspiration for upcoming TBD posts. As evidenced by our office’s mood board, toting around pro equipment is essential for capturing vibrant colors and crisp images — now we know how photographers felt before cell phones were equipped with lenses!

photos: Kristin Ess, written by Sarah St. Lifer

Not only does our day-to-day life influence our work, but so do the iconic muses of yore. You know what we’re talking about: those gasp-worthy portraits of Bianca Jagger dancing at Studio 54, Jackie O. dodging the paparazzi, or Sophia Loren being a bona fide bombshell at the beach. You could say we’re constantly borrowing from the old-school icons, while staying on top of today’s trends. Without the trusty trigger of our Canon along with some old school vintage photographs, our day-to-day might be a little less inspiring.

Confession: A bunch of those brilliantly-lit photos we publish on TBD were taken at night. Did we fool you? Well, blame it on the Canon 5D. Since our days are often booked with back-to-back meetings, the only availability we have for tutorials is when the sun starts to set (What can we say? We’re a dedicated bunch!). Even in low light situations, you can still achieve that clear and bright shot, sans a vibrant light source. Added bonus: You can rock that fancy ‘do to dinner! Magic!

When it comes to social media, we’re all about natural light. But, while shooting outdoors, we’ll sometimes encounter direct L.A. sunlight. Way harsh, Tai!  In order to make those snaps as perfect as a Noxzema commercial, we bust out our trusty Canon (can you tell we’re a Clueless-obsessed crew?). Trust, we’re still learning the camera’s many settings! But, just switching the tab from portrait mode to landscape helped us achieve that softer light we were searching for. (If only choosing a nail polish shade were that simple!)

The trickiest tutorials to capture? Probably nail art. Those features are all about the details, and it would be an injustice to those dazzling digits if we photographed them with anything less than a pro lens. Whether we’re zooming in on some glitter or photographing the end result, the Canon takes care of business. Sweet dreams are made of this!

What’s the point in preparing a magazine-worthy photo shoot when the camera quality isn’t up to par? We want our readers to enjoy every minute detail, down to the petals on some pretty peonies! Textures tend to be much more dynamic, and you can’t argue with the color quality. Wowza!

Even the everyday items in our studio look like little pieces of art when we snap ‘em with our Canon. Hair and makeup tools never let us down, so capturing them in a flattering way is the least we could do!

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Even off duty, we can’t help but bust out our “big girl camera”. Whether we’re on a hike, BBQ’ing by the beach, or braiding each other’s hair in the park (seems cliché but we do it!), the camera goes where we go! Check out our Graphic Design Assistant getting her hair done by one of our writers! Those out-of-office moments are just as important to us as the how-to’s. We couldn’t do it without our 5D, a.k.a. our secret weapon.

Do you own a Canon SLR? Are you planning on investing in one for your blog? If so, what model? Tell us about it in the comments below!

WE’RE BACK!

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Sorry for the short hiatus last week, friends. We were out of the office shooting Lauren’s beautiful new holiday collection for Kohl’s. Be sure to check in tomorrow for our newest video tutorial… “Short Hair Chignon”. We get a lot of emails from you beauties regarding your short hair struggles. Tomorrow should be very helpful for those of you who never know what to do with a bob or (long bob) for a special occasion!

Xx Lauren, Kristin + Amy Nadine

ON SET

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Last week was really long, and really fun. We always have the best time on our Kohl’s shoots. This time I took some photos of Lauren so you all can get an idea of the shenanigans that go on behind the scenes:

1. The benefit to having cake and cookie props is we’re told we can eat them after. And we do.

2. Believe me, she’s an animal. Lauren was freezing and standing in the middle of a Malibu wind storm. Her wardrobe stylist Britt put a blanket around her and this just happened. Meow.

3. Prim, proper + polished. Right here Lauren, Amy Nadine and I were having a water drinking contest. She who could drink the most water through out the day would get to tweet what ever they wanted from the other two’s twitter accounts. Right about here we called it a truce. All around bad idea.

4. Kohl’s brought in an incredible vintage Mercedes for Lauren to drive off in at the end of the collection video. This thing was amazing, but it had a very tricky, very sticky clutch, so Lady Lauren steered as all the manly men on set pushed this gorgeous hunk of metal down the driveway.

5. RIVER! Lauren asked for a puppy. On the last day they surprised her with this little gem. He stole the show. Obviously.

xx Kristin

 

ON SET AT PAPER CROWN

photo: thebeautydepartment.com post designed by kristin ess

Today we’ve been on the set of Paper Crown‘s holiday look book! Loving these waves on our gorgeous girl, Madison.

My top 3 secrets to getting these piece-y, beachy waves:

~Rub styling paste or water-based pomade into your roots before you start curling. Put a pea-sized amount into the palm of your hands and warm it up. Now get up in there with it! Massage it into your scalp like a head massage. Don’t put it through the middle or ends, only at the root. I like to start with the sides and then flip the head over to do the back. You’ll probably need another dab of product to do the back. I know this trick seems totally gross, but the feel of the product will disappear because it’s water based instead of oil based. This is what gives Madison’s hair that separation and allows me to see which pieces I want to pick up and curl. (Another great thing about water-based products is that they rinse out really easily.)

~Flip your hair back to the upright position and shake your hair until it settles. If you’re confused on how to do that, please click here. From this point on, try not to use a brush on your hair because it will ruin the way the hair locks together. Only comb it with your fingers. Your curls-to-be should now show up. Now you’re ready to pick up the individual locks of hair and start curling.

~I did two different kinds of curl here. I did some that go inside the clamp and some that you wrap around the curling iron. I like doing that to mix up the texture. Most importantly, I didn’t curl up near the root or down toward the ends. I used a 1″ barrell and I started here and stopped there:

 

Madison’s hair went around the barrell 3 times, but your hair could go more or less than that depending on the length. Once everything is curled, spray with hairspray and dance around. Yep, that’s a professional trick. Ask Lauren, she does it all the time.

And it’s totally obvious that Amy Nadine gave Madison the perfect red lip using her very own advice found here.

xxkristin