Diary of a Makeup Artist - 'Black Brides' a dark winter concept shoot

I have been meaning to blog about this special styled shoot for some time now, as I feel really quite attached to it; attached to the images we produced, but moreso, to the feelings its production evoked. A talented team came together to help me bring a vision of a dark, mysterious, gothic bridal shoot, to life. As always, CJ Williams captured the essence of the subjects with such exceptional skill and artfulness. Bringing to life my smokey charcoal eye makeup and glowing skin, the dramatic headpieces, the impeccably made gowns, and the beauty of the 'brides'. We shot at Stratham Quarry; a majestic and in some ways, ominous spot in WA, boasting rocky caramel and black cliff faces, chunky boulders, and plateaued sections of soggy ground, speckled with a mix of dead and living trees. An indecisive winter sky, created ever changing, and beautiful silvery light. 

Huge thank you to CJ Williams Photography; your work and eye for the beauty in things never stops impressing me. Anita Carr Designs - thank you for sharing your gorgeous head pieces - for contributing your time and creative know how. The gowns, we were so fortunate to borrow, from the very talented Perth designer Louis Col Designs, who I wouldn't hesitate to recommend, for her extraordinary handiwork and eye for detail. Hair was artfully managed by Rachelle Lord  (I now can't imagine a shoot without the delicious smell of Rachelle's magic hairspray!) - thank you Rachelle. The blooms. The blooms! These stunning explosions of floral goodness, were designed by the very talented folk at Rose & Bud, who followed the brief to perfection, arranging a bevy of dark and brooding winter flowers. Thank you to my friend and fellow MUA Renata Jovev, who I wanted to share the experience with, and invited to paint the face of Amy (the elegant lass in the gold and black gown).

Of course, I can't leave out mentioning our beautiful, home grown Perth models, without whom, the shoot would not have been what it was.  Venine Palm, Imogen Castledine, and Amy McStravick. My black beauties, you epitomised grace and mystery - thank you. I hope whoever sees this blog, loves the images as much as I do. Thank you for reading and looking, Cat xox