27 Feb 2015 No Comments
GUEST BLOG POST – by Scarlett Ballantyne
Have you ever wondered about what it’s like to prepare for a photo shoot from the model’s perspective? I certainly cannot consider myself a full-time model, but I have done a fair amount of modeling (first as a young adult and then starting again in my late 30’s). Diane first hired me to model for her in 2010, and we’ve since stayed in touch via social media. Recently she asked me if I would be interested in doing some modeling for her Spring 2015 line, and I jumped at the chance! I am a big fan of Diane’s clothes; I have some pieces that I purchased from that first photo shoot that I still wear today. They have been washed repeatedly, yet retain their shape and I still love the way the styles fit my body. Being that my weight has dropped nearly 40 lbs since our first shoot (and is now back up at least 20lbs), I wasn’t sure if my current figure/weight would be exactly what she is looking for this time around. However, she assured me that she needs models in all sizes, because she has regular sizing from S-L, in addition to sizing from XL-3X. Diane Kennedy’s tunics and tops have always fit me well, because I tend to gain and lose weight in my mid-section and chest area. So the tunics are great for hiding the tummy region and also fitting my larger chest.
I am a makeup artist by trade, so I was able to do my own hair and makeup for the shoot. As a makeup artist, it is more difficult to do your own makeup for a photo shoot because you have to consider your own face as a canvas, and forget the way you do your makeup everyday. Applying makeup for photography is always heavier and more pronounced, so you have to look at the whole process with a different set of eyes. I took some time beforehand to create a Pinterest board of some makeup looks that I thought would work. Diane had requested a makeup look using natural colours for eye shadow -shades of brown, pinks or taupe- and blush and lips in a medium natural pink.
It’s never easy to look at before and after pictures of yourself but, in this case, I think it’s okay to share. My Before picture is straight out of the shower with no makeup (and no fancy filtering) and then my After is in full hair and makeup. I think the most prominent thing different from my everyday makeup was using Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage concealer, which is wonderful for covering dark circles, and then applying Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown for a nice full eyebrow (that I no longer have naturally!). The lipstick that I started the day with is a semi matte nude mauve by Nars called Catfight. For hair, I used a wand curling iron, which is great for creating a soft curl that lasts a bit longer. When taking off and putting on a lot of different outfits, you want a curl that stays in your hair as long as possible.
Arriving at the shoot location, I ran into Diane’s photographer (Shimona Henry) who, ironically, I’ve known since she was a teenager! We’re from the same community and her mother is also a photographer that has taken photos of my kids on many occasions. Shimona and I worked together on some fashion and pinup photography when she was starting out as a photographer, and now we were coming full circle! Shimona knows me well, so that put me right at ease; it has been a few years since I modeled, so I was fighting those nasty feelings of insecurity about my body. The best part is that, once we began shooting, I was reminded that the bamboo fabrics of Diane’s tops and leggings feel great. Then when I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror in the studio, I felt like the clothing really flattered my figure! I felt fantastic! Since the shoot, I’ve been coveting some of Diane’s new pieces like the Clipper Tunic in White Dots which I plan to wear with a wide red belt and wedge heels this summer. I know that Diane’s cuts, fabrics and styles suit a variety of body-types, so I’m looking forward to updating my Spring wardrobe and sharing some purchases with my mother and my daughter too.