People always ask me how I got started doing this, and the truth is that I sort of stumbled across photography/hair/make-up altogether. While I was getting my Commerce Degree (specializing in HR — yes, I know, a TOTALLY different path), I worked for an agency that specialized in Actors and Models. I was managing everything, and that included organizing and choosing talent photos. I had worked with dozens of photographers, and met with hundreds of actors and models, and received thousands of proofs, that I learned what angles, lighting, and outfits worked for different shapes and sizes. I knew what I loved about each photographer, and each make-up/hair artist that the agency worked with, but I also knew what I didn’t enjoy. I convinced the Agency Director to let me test on some models, and I was so particular I didn’t want to hire a hair/make-up artist because I just couldn’t explain what was in my head for each look. So I created my first kit, got a cheap Nikon, and set out to combine everything I had learned. Ultimately, I got to work for that agency exclusively for some time, before branching out and working with various other modeling agencies.
After I finished my four year degree, I quit my job at the agency and tried the HR thing. I was totally miserable doing it, (not to say its not a rewarding career, but it just wasn’t for me). After bouncing around random photography gigs with fashion designers, magazines, talent agencies, celebrities, non-profit organizations, professional associations, colleges/universities, and TV shows (as well as gigs that were totally not my thing — inexpensive weddings anyone? how about photography for those crappy Groupon deals?), I decided to focus on photography I truly love! By then, I had narrowed the field a little; I knew I wanted to work with women (and kids), and I knew I would love to incorporate a fashion-forward approach.
I knew what I didn’t want — a sleazy/trashy approach of photographing a woman.