Mail Call #2 by Justin Gage

https://www.saal-digital.fr/ Unboxing of our notebook ordered from SAAL Digital. Very Happy with the texture of the premium paper (just try and count how many times I talk about the texture in this video)

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Mail Call #1 by Justin Gage

Mail call is a concept we had been doing by live streaming the unboxing of our deliveries on Facebook. these videos ended up being very long and had an attention span of 48 hours so we have decided to keep the concept but edit it down. we also go through why we like printing on cavas In this episode we unbox 2 of our giant canvas prints both shot in the last couple of weeks and both can be seen in our behind the lens series In the age of digital photography people often tell us it's pointless to print anymore no one cares, but our business is very much built around printing a great print of a great image will always have more impact than the digital version To see what limited edition prints we currently have availlable go to https://www.justingagephotostudio.com... You can also check out our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/justagagepho...

Behind the Lens #4 - colorful lights Urbex model urban style photo shoot by Justin Gage

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This Video is about our colorful Urbex model urban style photo shoot.
Join us behind the lens as we shoot a very colorful Urbex, Bikini/lingerie fashion Shoot.
We wanted to use our studio in the middle of the remodel to get a very Urban style with bright colors and lights because these shots are often just done in Black and white. Often with a Sexy Naked model.
So we really wanted to go the complete opposite direction, still have a sexy Model but actually style her
Again instead of doing a tutorial, we are just inviting you behind the scenes and showing you haw we actually got the shot.

As per the previous video, the styling was the starting line in this concept.

We are not sponsored for the outfits we just do research and shop allot :P

We will be shooting with Cindy again in the near future it was our first time working with her but will not be the last

The Light set up was very basic 3 godox DE 300

Comical footage punctuation from The devil wears Prada borrowed from Fandango


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Link to this photo on Fine art America
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As always let us know if you have any comments or question, don't forget to subscribe and we'll see you next time behind the lens.

Behind the Lens #1 is live by Justin Gage

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The First edition of Behind the lens is now live.
We are pretty happy with this first try, of course the fact the video was light with modeling lights isn't too visually appealing we will work on this for the upcoming episodes.

One thing we do want to make clear WE DO NOT INTEND TO HAVE A TUTORIAL Channel. The first goal is to have people see our creative process. Now if there are questions we are happy to answer them which is the point of the interactive aspect of YOUTUBE

We are fully aware we have  a long way to go to get this channel up and running efficiently but we hope your feedback will help us get there faster.

We would love  it if you could subscribe, comment and give a thumbs up on the videos... it really does help!
 

relaunching our YOUTUBE Channel by Justin Gage


Hey guys I have a youtube channel for... well ever, but people have recently convinced me to be more active so we are "relaunching our You tube channel and will be live streaming our shoot with Marie Pinto-Garrigos on February 21st. If you don't want to miss this opportunity to interact with us on set make sure you subscribe and click the little bell Icon so you know when we are Live We look forward to seeing you there

The story behind the shot #2 by Justin Gage

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This shoot is acctually a couple years old. I shot it with a Canon Rebel T3i and kit lens. The colored lights were 60W slave flash bulbs (the kinks you get in the 50$ first photography studio kit) with color plastic  as gels.
As much as today there is allot I would have changed technically, in allot of ways this is the genisis of me finding my esthetic.
Despite the entry level quality of the camera I used this photo shows printed 90 x60 cm next to some of my more recent work.

 Two main things were birthed back then that have stayed key in my photography #1 the emphasis on styling and preparing the shot. In my own projects i like to do this with recycled materiel #2 constant interaction and communication with the model

Two main things were birthed back then that have stayed key in my photography
#1 the emphasis on styling and preparing the shot. In my own projects i like to do this with recycled materiel
#2 constant interaction and communication with the model

The story Behind the shot #1 by Justin Gage

 Ok so trying something new, Last week end a friend of mine wanted to come over with a model and get some practice working with studio lights  Cristian  is a Nikon shooter. I have no issues with Nikon I just don't own any Nikon compatible gear... Or do I? E-TTL was off the table for this so what I did is put my lights on slave mode and had a cobra flash pointing straight up on low poser setting as the trigger.  Lighting set up was pretty simple a 185 para on the left and a 100 soft box on the right.  I did have a white seamless but we ended up using an old silver projection screen as the back drop. These screens reflect light so the background actually acted as a light source  The "brief' we gave ourselves was the  Aubade  campaigns very popular in France currently on all the Bus stops here.

Ok so trying something new,
Last week end a friend of mine wanted to come over with a model and get some practice working with studio lights
Cristian is a Nikon shooter. I have no issues with Nikon I just don't own any Nikon compatible gear... Or do I? E-TTL was off the table for this so what I did is put my lights on slave mode and had a cobra flash pointing straight up on low poser setting as the trigger.

Lighting set up was pretty simple a 185 para on the left and a 100 soft box on the right.

I did have a white seamless but we ended up using an old silver projection screen as the back drop. These screens reflect light so the background actually acted as a light source

The "brief' we gave ourselves was the Aubade campaigns very popular in France currently on all the Bus stops here.

  Example of an Aubade Campaign Photo we love the soft transition in the skin tones

Example of an Aubade Campaign Photo we love the soft transition in the skin tones

The model Cristian brought was in great shape but had very little experience (a challenge to be addressed in another entry)

 

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So despite what the data says lights did go off  you will also notice the shutter speed was 1/800 .
Most of you know that your "normal sync speed" on a DSLR is 1/200 1/250.
Any faster you will start seeing that black band somewhere on the image. One solution is lights that use HSS (high speed sync) another is strobbing your flash at the right frequency, or shooting a Medium format like a Hasselblad. Because the shutters are actually little blades in the lens.  (referred to as leaf shutter)
I am normally not a technical shooter but this was one of those moments where because I was getting these results on the Nikon I was going to have to geek it out a little.
so it was a questing of stopping the lights down .


If any of this was unclear? or you want more detail just leave a comment and I can do my best to address that, or cover it next time.

Until then... Keep shooting!

Models Wanted by Justin Gage

In preparation for 2018 we are putting together a list of models for our various assignments on the french riviera. Some of the key events will include fashion shows in Cannes during the festival.

We can help you build your portfolio as well.

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Mug Shot: Portrait expo by Justin Gage

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What is a mug shot but a portrait?
What is a portrait if it's not a mugshot?
A sliver of time frozen in an image documenting in a way that is completely unrealistic yet so raw and authentic.
The "mug shots" I will be presenting may not make you think of those NYPD or film noir iconic shots... but to me they are just that... mug shots, and if not of my models, they are the mugshots of my soul.

I look forward to seeing you there
Expo from the 2nd of November 2017 to the 15th of January 2018 at the Grand Plaza Hotel in Nice, France

For Press and galleries please contact via www.justingagephotostudio.com/contact

Coming soon: El saloon by Justin Gage

Séphora Makeup review by Justin Gage

 

This season, I was exploring the waterproof makeup market. The closest makeup store near me is Sephora and sometimes I am really pleased with their brand. So I bought a few things that intrigued me. The sephora waterproof eyeliner, mascara and Makeup Forever's aqua seal liquid.

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Run your social Media, don't let it run you! by Justin Gage

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Recently I have read many rants on Facebook and other social media from people in the Photography community finding it hard to convert their Social Media exposure into leads.

 

Business 101

Social media has made it easier than ever to let the world know you are there.
Basic business rules still apply to a business especially when you are starting out as a model/photographer makeup artist.

Lips, camera action

With a couple clicks virtually anyone can start a "professional page" but how do you turn that into leads, clients and assignments?
The first step goes back to the basics of any business ask yourselves the questions that you would ask any young entrepreneur starting out


1-Who/What is your target market?
2-How are you reaching your target market?
3-What are you reaching your target market with?
4-Who is your competition?
5-How are you setting yourself apart?

Once you start thinking about these questions start putting a specific portfolio together specifically targeting that niche. you may end up with several different portfolios.

 

Remember that quality is better than quantity you may have 5000+ likes on facebook, but if your network is full of people that do TFP (time for Print... AKA free work) the only people you are reaching are people who will probably never spend a dime on your product.

 

Now that doesn't mean TFP is always bad, this is your opportunity to build your portfolio,
 

What does that practically look like?

When Alana (my wife and Resident MUA) and I moved to the French Riviera right off the bat we decided to target the English speakers and specifically the entrepreneurs.
Most photographers, models and MUAs pages are full of nude and lingerie shots. Those are great to collect likes on social media, but let's talk business,

WHO IS GOING TO HIRE AND PAY YOU TO DO THAT KIND OF SHOT?

We have actually worked for Lingerie Brands despite our self imposed ban of not posting and sharing those kinds of images. So how did we pull that off?
We took the virtual part out of the "social network" REAL LIFE INTERPERSONAL NETWORKING

Printing our portfolios, Driving 6 hours sometime To go meet the CMO of a brand to show our work around a table

 

Surround yourself with successful people

As creative people we crave attention, but sometimes inviting others into the spotlight is the boost our career needs. As a commercial photographer I get to work for company owners. Many started from scratch and LOVE to tell the story of how they got where they are. This has been part of my on going apprenticeship in running a business.

“If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room.”


Confucius

 

Pass it on!

Once we started getting noticed, we want those around us to benefit from the success too. Our hairstylists, our models, our gallerie curators, our stylists, and of course.... OUR CLIENTS.
This contributes to people considering you to be the one stop shop for the industry. You may spend extra time referring other people, with no contracts for yourself... But we are part of that great service industry, and in the age of DATA, your DATABASE is a gold mine that will keep people coming to you. And let's not forget the more people you get coming to you asking if you can refer a Hair stylist, a studio, a model.... the more effective your SEO will be and the Higher chances you get of getting hits off Google.

 

 

Help Our model Marie by Justin Gage

 Our model Marie is in the running to be the face for  Brizillian Bikini Shop  http://www.brazilianbikinishop.com/fr/

Our model Marie is in the running to be the face for Brizillian Bikini Shop http://www.brazilianbikinishop.com/fr/

 To help us support Marie, please click on this link and vote http://miss.brazilianbikinishop.com/fr/model?models_id=90

remember you can do this once a day.

As a thank you for supporting Marie has agreed to sign a print for the top supporter,
Message us a screen shot every time you vote and in July the biggest supporter (that send the most screen caps) Will be contacted for info to have a personalized autographed mailed to you wherever you are in the world.

 

In the Catalog for the Palm Beach Art Show by Justin Gage

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We have not yet revealed to the public the image we will be showing at the art show during the Cannes film festival at the Palm Beach

 a big thank you to our model Sandra To see her work or book her contact her visit http://www.sandra-nurit.book.fr/      

a big thank you to our model Sandra To see her work or book her contact her visit http://www.sandra-nurit.book.fr/

 

 

 Rachel put the fantastic hair styles together. Rachel is our go to hair stylist on the French riviera. Will will be posting a whole profile and booking page for her on the site shortly, For now https://www.facebook.com/rachelsrivierahair/    

Rachel put the fantastic hair styles together. Rachel is our go to hair stylist on the French riviera.
Will will be posting a whole profile and booking page for her on the site shortly, For now https://www.facebook.com/rachelsrivierahair/


 

 Alana, my wife and makeup artist yet again puts her work front and center of the piece we will be showing https://www.facebook.com/beauxvisagesbyalana/      

Alana, my wife and makeup artist yet again puts her work front and center of the piece we will be showing https://www.facebook.com/beauxvisagesbyalana/

 

 

 http://www.rivieraclassiccarhire.com/ A big thank you to Anne-Marie and Nick for the Location and the coolest prop we could ask for. Riviera Classic car rentals has everything you need as far as vehicles, cars, boats, bikes, their inventory has been used for tv shows even in Vogue.   

http://www.rivieraclassiccarhire.com/ A big thank you to Anne-Marie and Nick for the Location and the coolest prop we could ask for. Riviera Classic car rentals has everything you need as far as vehicles, cars, boats, bikes, their inventory has been used for tv shows even in Vogue.

 

rock and roll by Justin Gage

Thank you, Sabine, Justin, Milena and Rachel for being who you are! It was fun to work together and I look forward to seeing what great work we do in the future!

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RCMA by Justin Gage

  As soon as you get to the RCMA web-page they will also have links to tutorials by pros

As soon as you get to the RCMA web-page they will also have links to tutorials by pros

The Research Council of Makeup Artists

 

This is more a post for professional makeup artists. A review and informative post about a product made for professionals. In short, this is what I am talking about:

-Do your research before you commit.

-If you think you want it for personal use, buy a sample to try it out.

-I am in LOVE with this product!

-Be ready to experiment with it.

-It's not for everyone

-Color mixing is amazing !!!!

 

For the more detailed version, keep reading!

I stumbled across this foundation called RCMA. It is mixed with pure wax, vegetable oils and FDA approved colors. But what interested me the most was that it was developed by a group of makeup artists specifically for professionals in the film, television and stage industries.

 

The foundation is highly pigmented and is made with at least 50% pigmentation. Commercial liquid foundation has around 18-28% pigment and theatrical foundations have around 30-35% pigment. 

 

After visiting many blogs and websites that spoke about the product, I decided I wanted to try it out. I found this video to be the most helpful. It is sponsored by RCMA and can be found on their website. https://www.rcmamakeup.net/ves-blog/rcma-how-to-apply-tutorial.html

 

  the K.O. palette

the K.O. palette

I bought the RCMA's foundation adjuster pallet, RCMA Series Favorites Palette "KO" & Color Process Foundation Thinner.

 

There is not much information about this product out there and I had never heard of it before. So I was very skeptical about it. First off, the packaging is not very pretty. They come in these plastic pallets. Not very trust inspiring... Then there is this liquid to thin out the product and make it more workable. It just seemed like a lot of work and looked very intimidating, 

 

However, I was so excited to try it out and give it a chance.  I had no idea what I was doing. But I just tested it out on myself. It was unnatural. But the end result was amazing! I loved how smooth and lightweight it was. I loved that when I was looking at myself in the mirror, I just looked like I had perfect skin !! which is one of RCMA's selling points.

 

There is definitely a learning curve when you start using it. I have been using RCMA since September 2016 and I am still learning and discovering new things about it. The foundation is very workable and sits on the skin very nicely.

 

Since the foundation is wax and oil based, it doesn't dry. It remains workable and moveable until you set it with a setting powder. At first, I didn't like that, but now I love it because I can adjust color and blend it into itself rather than get a heavy build up on the skin.

 

My favorite pallet is Foundation Adjuster Palette. There is such freedom and knowledge to be found in color mixing. To achieve the perfect shades for each person. We are not just 1 color and color mixing has allowed me to see that!

 

The more I use RCMA the more uses I find for it. Currently, I use it to highlight, contour, shape eyebrows, blush and lipstick.

 

sources: 

http://www.rcmamakeup.net/aboutus

 

Coconut Oil Makeup by Justin Gage

I love coconut oil!

I use it as a moisturizer, makeup remover, and for shine effects on the face and body.  

 

I recently did a photo shoot with Justin Gage Photo studio and the beautiful model Camille. It was a test shoot for me to try out using Pure Flow coconut oil as a mixing medium in my foundation. At first, I was not sure how I would use it.

I use RCMA's foundation adjuster pallet & RCMA Series Favorites Palette "KO" to mix my foundations for my clients. For this shoot, I decided to use Pure Flow Coconut Oil to mix my foundation.

If you are curious about RCMA, I will be writing a blog about it soon.

First I looked at Camille's skin to figure out what colors I would use to match her skin tone. Then I took some RCMA foundation out of my pallet and mixed it on the back of my hand to warm it up and add in some blue to cool it down. Once I had the perfect color I added in some Pure Flow Coconut Oil to thin out the foundation. RCMA is very thick and I will go into more detail on my blog post about RCMA.

  Pure Flow makes different sized containers for coconut oil including a mini one perfect for you purse

Pure Flow makes different sized containers for coconut oil including a mini one perfect for you purse

Once I applied the foundation, I fell in love with how well the coconut oil mixed with the foundation and her skin. It really hydrated her face and was absorbed into her skin without making her skin look oily. Her skin was a little pinker in her T-zone, so I added some red to the foundation color I used for her to give her more of a vibrant glow.

I was worried that adding more pigment and coconut oil wouldn't mix well. To my surprise, it blended in really well with the foundation I had already put on her and the oil was absorbed. It was like magic. Much more workable than I imagined it would be.

By this point, I had the perfect foundation match and her skin was looking fabulous! The final step was to set the foundation with a clear setting powder.

 

I have to say I am very pleased with Pure Flow Coconut oil as an oil to mix with RCMA foundation. It went far beyond my expectation and I won't be able to go without it in my makeup kit.

 

After the shoot, I asked Camille for her thoughts on the foundation. Here is what she said:

"I am blown away I usually find foundations look too Pink or too yellow on me, I was also really surprised that the foundation was neither greasy nor dry and it felt more like a moisturizer than a foundation"

A video from behind the scenes will be posted soon. If you liked this article please Comment share and subscribe. If you have a question or a request on what I should cover next leave it in the comment section.
Until next time!

XOXO
Beaux Visages By Alana
 

References:

RCMA; http://www.rcmamakeup.net/
Pure Flow COCO: http://www.pureflowcoco.com/
Camille's official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Camille-709956222495214/
Justin Gage Photo Studio Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/justagagephotography

Just'in-Gage Models by Justin Gage

COMING SOON

 Just'in-gage Models is a model and talent database.

we will be launching in 2017 starting with a database for E.U. and U.S. based Talents.

Our philosophy is centered around the human relationship and interaction.

We believe in consistent effective and meaningful communications with our talent as well as the client. This even applies to our prospect talents and clients, as well as our partners such as photographers, videographers, MUA, stylists, agencies...

Thinngs to look forward to:

-Model catalog
-Talent catalog
-Model of the month
-behind the scenes exclusives of our assignments

and much more...



 

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