Two setups for Urban Decay Cosmetics, Newport Beach, CA
For this photo shoot, my team and I got together at a studio where I could use light stands with a larger foot-print for the Para 88; we had a beautiful collection of jewelry from Spain (RL JEWEL) and our model was the stunning ANTM finalist Mamé Adjei.
In my commercial work, I often photograph a few models of different skin tones within one shoot, and I had noticed that darker skin tones are so much easier to retouch when they are photographed with Para 88 and a diffusion sock. Needless to say, it has become my first choice for shoots with dark-skinned models especially.
For this photo shoot our goal was to demonstrate the beautiful jewelry pieces while keeping the model’s skin pleasantly clean and glowy. My colleague, makeup artist Vlada Haggerty, changed the eye makeup throughout the shoot to match the color of the jewelry for each look.
Julia Kuzmenko is a beauty and portrait photographer and retoucher based out of Los Angeles, CA. With her love for beauty, cosmetics, editorial makeup and skincare, she has been able to master the craft to produce beautiful work for clients across the globe. To check out more of her work visit juliakuzmenko.com or follow her on instagram @juliakuzmenko .