Why High Concept?
High Concept photography is more than just experimentation for us artists. It challenges Pro HMUA Renee Green (@reneegreen89) to think on her feet and push the boundaries of today's hair and makeup rules, refines my technique with lighting and posing, and allows us to deliver larger than life portrait experiences to our professional and non-professional clients as one cohesive team.
I was shopping around for the studio closet not long ago, when I discovered Karin with Rougepony. Her Etsy Store was a magical garden full of faux flowers, feathers, beading, and creativity. Her feathered fashions (my personal favorite) are not only beautiful, but versatile, available in a variety of styles and colors! There was no way I was going to virtually walk out with only one piece. So, I bought two!
Pro Model Rachel Rangel (@rachalrangal) was equally as eager to bring these feathered looks to life as we were to work her. This beautiful mother of two fit the bill with her strong jaw, deepset blue eyes, and killer body angles, all profoundly evident in her work as a model. We paired the black/iridescent epaulette shoulder pieces with a solid black, form-fitting dress to create a streamlined silhouette. The statement necklace and earrings along with the delicate lace gloves gave it an elegantly exotic flavor. The rest was pure Rachel!
Renee was immediately inspired by the whimsical, yet bold attitude of this look. "I chose a more dramatic, monochromatic look, in a nontraditional red color palette to bring out her blue eyes and ample lips. Creating the hair was a magical process! Going with the classic 1930s look as our base, we amped it up with a whole bunch of volume and texture to create a proud crown! This process involved a variety of volumizing products and pins since Rachel's hair is naturally straight and long, but it was so worth it."
This look translated seamlessly into a more theatrical portrait featuring my second favorite piece, the natural feathered shrug! We paired it with a lace body suit in nude and gelled two lights in warm colors, while the main spotlighted her (the garment). The result? Some of the most noteworthy images we've created to date!