Have you ever seen someone's pictures of their lash work and got googly eyed? I mean, some of our counterparts make it look so effortless. When I started out as a lash artist, I thought my pictures looked good. That was until I saw what other artists were doing. lol. And while I don't ever suggest you compare yourself to anyone because we all are unique in our own way, I do believe it's ok to be inspired and aspire to be greater than you have been.
Over the past year, I've gotten some really nice compliments about my work as a lash artist. While those compliments are flattering, I just want you to know that it didn't happen overnight. I had to work, mess up a lot, learn from those mistakes and try all over again. So this week's Q&A is all about photos and the tips I've learned to take a great shot to attract more clients.
Q: How do you get your pictures so clear?
A: The first step to taking a great photo starts with the quality of your work. The lash work has to be isolated properly and styling should be neat where all of the lashes are aiming in the same direction.
Once you have the application down, having the right equipment is a must. These days, you can take a great picture with your cell phone but good lighting makes all of the difference. I personally use a DSLR camera along with a macro lens. I also use a Glamcor Classic Elite for most of my pictures but to get really clear shot, I have studio lights from Cowboy Studios. Now I know that this sounds like a lot but even if you use a camera phone like an iPhone, Samsung or my personal favorite, the Blackberry Priv, the right lighting makes a tremendous difference with picture quality.
Next, I am really picky about who I use as a model. I have found that clients that have soft features tend to photograph better. If a client has a more pronounced nose or chin, it can take the focus off of the lashes. So the smaller the features and the more balanced the features, the better my lash work looks. If you don't have a roster of Victoria's Secret models lined up, consider taking pictures of just the eyes.
When taking pictures of the eyes, again, lighting is key. Make sure your model's eye is well lit and if you want the shot to be crisp, invest in a macro lens. If you don't have a good camera and you're using a camera phone, you can use macro lens with your phone as well. Check this one out.
In our line of work, angles are everything. Unless you're using a curly lash that is easily seen in a head on shot, take your pictures just below the clients eye and at an angle off to the side. Even head on shots should be taken slightly under the eye.
And lastly, edit your photos to eliminate flaws. No one is perfect but if you notice in magazines, you don't see acne scars, moles or discoloration in the pictures. I personally use PhotoShop but it's not an easy application to learn. PicMonkey is a great application you can use from a desktop and it's full of features that will help you enhance your photos.
Now I know this was a lot to read but I wanted to make sure I touched on everything I do to get a good shot. Feel free to share your tips below, ask questions or comment.
Have a great week!