It was a strange feeling … usually I’m the one doing the styling. Selecting clothes, suggesting hair styles and makeup options.
Not this day. Well, I couldn’t help myself on the clothes front but everything else I left to the experts.
I’m at Starshots, Maroochydore, a guest of the team, who were keen for me to experience what they have to offer. And what they have to offer is not just glamour photography (although I challenge anyone not to feel a teeny bit glamourous when being served champers while having hair and makeup done) but a chance to explore the artistic world of digital imaging.
Before coming in manager Louise Hickey talks me through my planned “looks” for the shoot. I choose four current favourite outfits, from casual through to cocktail. They are clothes I feel comfortable in and, like I advise my clients, this should translate to confidence.
Vanessa (makeup and hair), Adrian (photographer) and David (production designer) all pour over my selections when I arrive, each taking cues for colour, lighting and my styling from my choices.
Vanessa works with stage makeup to create a look that enhances my face once in front of the camera. It’s flawless and not over the top. She also wields a pair of ghds to create two different hairstyles throughout the shoot. I’m liking the curls in normally dead straight hair.
Adrian then works his magic with the camera. It’s a comfortable atmosphere and while some poses feel a little strange, I feel safe under his direction.
David is a genius – and he steps in after the photography finishes, taking Adrian’s images to the next level, adding digital effects which turn an everyday potrait into a modern work of art.
Four hours later, I’m sitting in the viewing room with Louise and watching the best images from the shoot on a slideshow on the big screen. Can’t really believe they’re me … and leave (swinging the complimentary gift bag) feeling like a star!
For more information on Starshots packages, phone 5443 2833 or visit www.starshots.com.au; plus, every client who books a wardrobe overhaul or personal styling session with Styling You will receive a free Starshots VIP gift card, which includes a makeover, photoshoot and 8″x10″ portrait (total value $195).