This shoot was set up through a friend Iris. We were shooting an end of term competition for the makeup students (MUA) at Weltec. They had been given the theme of “the seven deadly sins”. We were required to take headshots, upper body and full body. The MUA’s were given staggered start times so that each had the same total time from the start to the end of their shoot. After the shoot we sent the finished images to Weltec and the students used them as part of a mood board.

In addition to doing the make up the student was expected to style the models wardrobe and direct the shoot. There was two photography stations set up. I was shooting against a white backdrop and Mike was shooting against black. In theory the models were to be shot against both. In practise it didn’t happen because a large number of the models were dressed in black and so I shot everyone Mike got breaks.

The day was long and challenging. Some of the student s had a very clear idea of what they wanted while others had no idea. Some of the models had experience and enthusiasm while others didn’t have either a clue or a care.

We started shooting at 11.00am and shot until 5.00pm. I was buggered but most of the images were worth the effort.