BUILDING A PORTFOLIO
Without a professional portfolio to show the quality of your work, clients will not even interview you for possible jobs.
Approximately thirty percent of your time is spent on actual photo sessions. For an average class of 8-10 students we provide 16 or more actors, commercial print models, musicians, entertainers and fashion models. We work hard to make sure you have a variety of media looks to work on. We book young to old, male and female, and a range of different nationalities and skin tones. We provide you with as many real people and commercial looks as possible, as well as high fashion, editorial models. This covers the whole spectrum of media situations.
Other schools do not concentrate on building your portfolio. There are only two others that we know of that mention portfolios. Artists who attend these schools said they only provided the class with one or two people to work on, not the twenty plus that Award Studio provides for each class. And some schools make you use your friends, which is virtually impossible if you don't live locally. For your own protection be sure to get all the details when making comparisons.
Another very important factor in building the best possible makeup portfolio is to work with an excellent photographer who has many years of experience specializing in fashion, beauty and commercial print. Clients don't want someone with little skill using a digital camera and then doing photo shop retouching. Decision makers in the industry say digital technology is not there yet. They still want to see the makeup artists true work without retouching. If they believed everything could be done with photo shop retouching they would have no need to hire a talented makeup artist or photographer. Luckily that is not the case.
Amy Ward is the photographer at Award Studio. She has worked internationally for over 20 years as a makeup artist and photographer for Vogue, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire and hundreds of other clients.
For a more extensive list of Amy Ward's work experience see the BIO/CREDITS OF DIRECTOR page.
See the Two Day Fashion Photo Shoot for more information and photographs taken during this class.
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