'Nail'ed it!

Conceptualised, Stylised and ‘Nail’ed it!

I’ve been desperate to work in a cheesy ‘pun’ into a blog for ages…finally! 

I was so very, very excited to be asked to photograph a styled shoot for Elizabeth at Elegant Nails and Beauty in Huntly! Liz was very keen to show off her amazing Nail-Art talent and enter a national Nail Competition with Professional Beauty Magazine.  

The theme for this competition was Mythical Creatures and wow did she and Co-Owner Julie impress! They conceptualised each theme down to hair pieces, clothing and jewellery! 

Liz and Julie had their nails pre-prepared, spending countless hours building and creating this ‘Art’ with acrylic and nail paint. Honing each nail to perfection using CND products and Crystal Parade

I arrived at their place of business first thing and already it was alive with activity! Demi MacGillvary arrived to fashion the models hair. She and the girls worked together to create and continuous theme for the Medusaand Pegasuslook. I couldn’t believe how quickly she achieved these looks! So much hair spray and back combing for the Pegasus and soft, seductive curls for the Medusa! 

Then Rebecca Jayne Anderson, who models as Medusa and is also a make-up artist, nail technician and beauty therapist at Elegant Nails started working her magic with the make-up. Time and time again I am in awe at the transformation of a face with make-up and brushes (and fish net stockings in this case). 

Once the models were ready we began the shoot. The set up was a simple beauty ring and reflectors. Together we worked through different poses to best show off the nails and keep in theme of each set-up. It was a fantastic day of creativity, inspiration and collaboration! Whilst the models aren’t technically ‘pros’ they handled themselves very well, taking direction and patiently working through our ideas!

Again, Liz and I collaborated through the editing process to create the exact look she was trying to achieve and stay within the strict contest rules for the competition! 

I loved every step of this process and found it satisfying as an artist to use the medium I love best to create not just a photo…but art! Here’s a few more photos from the day. Enjoy! 

 

 

Nail Art Photo session Pegasus

Nail Art Photo Session

Pegasus 

Nail Art Photo shoot Pegasus

Nail Art

Pegasus 

Nail Art Photo Shoot Medusa

Nail Art Photo Shoot

Medusa

Nail Art Photo Shoot Medusa

Nail Art Photo Shoot

Medusa

Can I be honest please?

Let’s have an honest moment please. I did not enjoy being pregnant. I felt exhausted, bloated like a flotation device that’s been over inflated and just generally blah. So, I am all about celebrating those Mama’s who are body confident and totally rock pregnancy! I wish I could have but alas, nope! I got a lot of:  ‘ohh…are you feeling ok, poor you’ comments rather than the ‘oh you’re glowing’ kind. 

The gorgeous Lynsey walked into my studio and I just knew it was going to be a good day! She was confident, beautiful and most importantly…relaxed and up for anything! 

Lynsey and I were also treated to the talented Tiffany Dawson of Tiffany Dawson Make-Up Artistry! Tiffany put a shout out online looking to do some maternity work for make-up and Lynsey was quite happy to be pampered. Tiffany created a natural, soft look that complimented Lynsey’s skin tones and the overall look we were trying to create. 

With Lynsey’s ‘face’ ready to go we started! Lysney was brilliant as I pulled out a lace over lay dress and a floral head piece. I’m sure not attire she’d wear every day but she gave me her trust and we had fun! We also created more traditional imagery in Lynsey’s own clothing of a stripy top and jeans.  As well as some natural looks without studio lighting for a softer, feminine look in her own burgundy maternity dress. I was happy as a pig-in-poo and really appreciated Lynsey’s patience whilst we tried different lighting, clothing changes and different concepts. 

To quote Lynsey: “I really wasn't sure how these would look but they've came out so good!! I am totally amazed at the results, the ones I thought I'd least like, I love the most!!”

Are you pregnant and unsure about a maternity session? Are you worried you’ll be confined to one style or look? Or perhaps you’re concerned you’re not at your best whilst pregnant (much like myself). To end as honestly as I began, I wish I had done a professional photography session whilst pregnant. I do have a few snaps but I have no doubt a pro would have made me feel and look beautiful. 

If you’d like to talk through what a maternity session could mean for you, please get in touch! I’m happy to walk through the process and how it will go on the day. I’m sure I can even get Tiffany to come do her awesomeness! 

 

 

 

 Maternity Photo Session

Maternity Photo Session

Pregnancy Photo Shoot
 Pregnancy Photo Shoot, Window Silhouette       

Pregnancy Photo Shoot, Window Silhouette 

 

 

 Maternity Photo Session    

Maternity Photo Session