'People often say that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder", and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves.'
Two months ago, a beautiful young woman approached me with a project she wanted to work on. She is a Stylist and MUA who also models for a living. She said that she never leaves the house without makeup on, it is part of her job and her life and something she loves to do and wear. However, she has been watching the circuit recently and celebrities such as Christina Aguilara and Demi Lovato are doing these photo shoots without any makeup. They are showing the world that they are beautiful on the inside as well, which in turns makes them beautiful on the outside. So why be afraid to go without makeup. Those who love you should love you know matter if you wear makeup or not, right? Beauty is only skin deep they say. So why is it that most women wouldn't be caught dead going out in public without at least their favorite shade of lipstick.
Well, beautiful Kat (her real name is Katie but for the purposes of this transformation I changed it up) was very reluctant to do this but at the same time wanted to do this so badly. She came to me and said she loved my work and trusted me enough to bring her vision to life. She felt comfortable around me and really wanted me to do this with her. Of course, I am one to never turn down a creative challenge and agreed.
Now, we didn't want to just show her with makeup and then without but wanted to do this in a creative and dramatic fashion. So Kat suggested that we take a few with her makeup on and then she would jump under water real quick and let the water slowly wash off her "mask." I was intrigued and also a bit nervous about getting water all over my studio! But, off we went and after setting up the lights we began. I took a few face shots with her makeup on and then - clothes and all - she jumped in the shower. We knew we only had a short window in which to capture these shots before the makeup was totally washed away and the effect we were looking for was gone. With a little assistance, we were able to wrap her quick in a towel so she wouldn't drip all the way to the set and I began to photograph her face as the "mask" slowly faded away. Leaving her naked faced and out there for the whole world to see. She finally faced her fears to be photographed without her makeup and now the only thing left was to be able to look at the photographs when they came back. She wanted to be able to see past the fact that she had no makeup on - which she dreaded - but to see the beauty that shone from within her eyes and soul. She also couldn't wait to see what I came up with from her vision.
I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed bringing this to life for her and I thank Miss Kat for trusting in me and having the ability to love herself enough to show the world her naked beauty.
Here is what we entitled: The Deconstruction of Kat