Thursday, June 18, 2009

Photoshoot with Miriam Clancy

Last week I did a really fun photoshoot with independent recording artist Miriam Clancy. I did her hair for her first album, so it really fun being able to work on her second album and do something totally different. We started the day at Miriams house and while she was having her makeup done, I layered some Redken Instant Polishing Prep and Redken For men Bulk Up on her slightly damp hair, twisted it into a loose top knot and secured with a coupld of U-pins to set while Make artist supremo Shirley Ann Simpson did her thing and I had a piece of toast. Once we got to the first location (which was just nextdoor) i let it down and gave it a good run through with my fingers. I wanted a loose natural looking texture with soft flyaways so I ran my hand against the natural fall of the hair to make it a little more flyaway. We then went to Stebbing studio to shoo in their recording studio. From there, it was out west to Huia Dam for a shot, then down to Whatipu lodge for a few more shots. The last couple of shots was at dark out at Huia up on a hill overlooking the Manukau harbour. Cindy Kavanagh (used to be Wilson) was the photographer (and in case you're wondering, she is my wife) and it was her first shoot on her new Canon 5D2 digital camera which was fun. It was so great to see her shooting again after a five year hiatus, and she still has the eye that always made her work so magical.

RAFW update

Well, a bit late, I know, but I've been busy building a page on facebook. Check out Kavanagh: Love you hair, become a fan, and tell everyone you know online to do the same. RAFW was amazing! did a cool shoot for Oyster Magazine while I was there (wait til you see it, beautiful girl, Beautiful photography by Stephen Chee and cool hair) and I recently found out that on, Arnsdorf (one of the shows I was hair director on) was their pick of hair looks for the week! I also hair directed Melbourne designer Ben Smith's label Anon. A beautiful show with stunning garments in an amazing location. Unfortunatley for Ben, the power blackout in Sydney that morning meant that half his guests didn't make it to see the show. Their loss I say. I covered backstage at Kate Sylvester for Goodmorning and did hair on the show for her as well. A real highlight for me was styling Margherita Missoni (of knitwear giant Missoni fame) at her hotel for her day of media and photoshoots. She likes a really natural slightly dishevelled bohemian look, so i simply sprayed some Redken Fabricate 03 all over her hair and took large handfuls of hair and randomly bent it round my 1.5" curling tong. Just enough bend to give some movement without looking like it had been set. Then, I took a small section of hair from her temples, pulled it back into a small plait below the crown and secured it by bending a bronze U-pin around it. then I rouched the plait to mess it up. Pretty much looked like she just got out of bed and tied her hair out of her face.