Behind the Scenes: La Catrina “Day of the Dead” Sugar Skull Photo Shoot

A few weeks ago I heard about a commercial job that required a specific type of sugar skull makeup, so I called over a model to test out the look and send it to the client. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the job but the makeup was so amazing I couldn’t pass up not doing it for a photo shoot. I called up a great photographer who I’ve worked with before and pitched her the idea and was SO happy when she replied YES!

The anticipation and excitement really build up for me on this project because I had so much behind the scenes stuff to do.  It’s hard finding wardrobe for me so I chose to give sewing a try and make my own dresses. Although I am not the best seamstress in the world I am very happy with the way they turned out. I also made two new headpieces for the shoot and LOVE how they turned out.

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After two weeks of prepping the day finally arrived. I cannot tell you just how excited I was. I woke up at 2:45 am and was on the road by 4:30. I started makeup application on Danielle Moulin at 5:30, although makeup application was a long one it wasn’t as long as I thought it would be. I broke it up among both girls but I think I still got them both done in about 2.5 hours each.

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FBIMG2By the time I finished their makeup I was exhausted. I wanted to be done but we still had to get the dresses fitted and pinned to fit properly. I have to take this time to thank my friend Stacey who was so wonderful to stop by and help. She polished the models nails and helped curl their hair AND helped dot the perimeter of one of the models faces. Not only that but she is also the one to thank for all of these behind the scenes photos. I was too busy worrying about makeup and wardrobe that I didn’t even touch my camera until we were at the location and even then I didn’t take many photos. Thank you so much Stacey!!

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*On a side note, I’m noticing a change in the quality of my photos. They look a bit dull after I upload them into WordPress. I’m not sure what’s going on but I’m too busy to figure it out and fix it at the moment. So I apologize, BUT if you click on the image you can see a larger version of it with brighter colors. I think the dullness has something to do with WordPress compressing the image so the post/website loads faster? :/ I don’t know.

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Haha, she captured this moment where I was telling the model, “Yay! I’m so excited!!” FBIMG_1250

After 6 hours of prepping we were out the door and on the way to the location. I finally felt I could relax a little bit. This is the best part of collaborating on a shoot with a great photographer. Once my part is done the rest is up to her and Michelle  Engberg did an amazing job. The location she chose was perfect! We thought we were going to have to go to different locations to get the shots we needed but this place had it all.

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My beautiful “Catrinas” looking so beautiful!FBIMG_1280You really need to click on this ^ image and see it in all it’s glory. The colors are metallic and they looked so amazing in the sunlight. Ah! I still can’t get over how amazing this shoot was! FBIMG_1282

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FBIMG_1311This last photo makes me laugh. I took it and showed our little helper the preview and she says, “Oh! That’s so cute!” haha. She is such a doll and I kid you not, she really does help. She is always giving the model advice on how to pose! It’s so cute!!!

Once we got back to Michelle’s house I started feeling sick. I was so tired and nauseas. Klaudia (Kim’s mother), Stacy and Kim were so nice to help me pack everything up. If you’re reading this ladies THANK YOU! You have no idea how much I appreciate all of your help.

It was 11 hours from the moment I woke up to the moment my feet were on my couch ready to relax. It was a very long and exhausting day but so incredibly worth it. I am so excited to see the images Michelle captured.

I can’t wait to do another shoot like this! I hope you enjoyed all of these behind the scenes. :)

That’s all for now!

Til next time,
♥ Karla

Behind the Scenes: Womans Touch Apparel Photoshoot

Last weekend I was invited to be a part of the makeup team for Woman’s Touch Apparel‘s new look book, it was such a fun morning. We had a 4:30am call time so I was up and on the road by 3:50am. Having only slept 30 minutes that night I was in a huge need of coffee only to find Starbucks doesn’t open until 4:30. Jenesis, the designer, was kind enough to provide us with Starbucks later that morning though, so that was nice.

We had a very good team put together by our lead Pearl Espinoza and everyone was on time and ready to work! The hair team was amazing! I can’t believe how fast they work. I have such a hard time with hair! For having 15 models to work with everything went very smoothly. We all managed 2-3 models each so it was nice and easy.

To be honest I was not familiar with Woman’s Touch Apparel but seeing her new line up close and personal….I LOVE IT!! Very “Girl Power” type that inspire us woman to be strong and WORK! I love it! Enjoy these behind the scene photos! :)

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That’s all for now!

Til next time,
♥ Karla

First time my designs hit the runway

In early January I went to a local networking meeting were I met a ton of cool people. The evening was hosted by Phoenix Fashion Week and I got to meet many members. Among them was a woman who was styling for the Barrette Jackson Annual Gala. It’s an invite only event to kick off an auction I believe. I honestly didn’t know much about it but I was contacted by the woman named Vanessa about using my designs in their fashion show for the event and I was excited to be a part of it. They chose two of my designs and paired them with Michelle Herbert’s amazing evening gowns. I have been a fan of Michelle’s for a while and seeing our designs paired together…Ah! I can’t even explain how amazing that felt.

The event was incredible. It was a huge venue and they had free drinks and food. After waiting in the dressing room for a while I finally decided to venture out and see what was around. I only had one drink since I would be driving home and tried some very nummy food.

The wait until I the fashion show was nerve wracking.  We were using my new Obsidian Headdress and it was very delicate. The model had to walk behind the stage to get to the runway and there were many things she could hit along the way. I have never been in a situation like that before so I was terrified. The model was so incredibly nice though, she was so patient with me and didn’t show visible annoyance at me saying, “be careful” “Careful” “please be careful” over and over again. I did apologize later and explained but she was very understanding and nice about it all.

Seeing my designs coming down the runway was unlike anything I have ever experienced. It was so amazing to see something I created up there!  To look around and see the crowd staring and pointing at my designs made me feel so proud. I was able to tell a few of the people in the crowd that those were my designs and they seemed so impressed, it was a great feeling. It really was a night to remember. I can not wait to do it again!

I took a lot of pictures but they all came out super blurry. :/ Boo. Here are a few that came out okay though.

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While it was a fun night I’m not going to lie and say it didn’t go without a single problem. There were things about the whole experience I don’t care to repeat again but I took what I didn’t like and learned from it.

Til next time,
♥ Karla

Obsidian Headdress

I finished this headdress just before the end of the year and it was a great way to kick off the new year!  While I adore all of my designs this one is one of my favorites. It was such a fun experiment; every technique I used in this piece was  a first for me, including beading the front part. I remember spending maybe 4 hours beading it and being so incredibly happy and proud of myself only to have it break on me when I went to attach it to the headdress. It was awful! I was so angry and frustrated I had to set the piece aside for a week or so. Coming back to it was an amazing feeling and seeing it finished was incredible.

Originally I planned on making it white but I am so glad I chose to go with black. The overall look of it feels elegant yet powerful. I love it! It is be far the heaviest piece I have ever made although that was not the intention. I strive to make all of my designs as lightweight as possible. I would say it weighs maybe 2 pounds? Which may not seem like much but when a model had to wear it for a long period of time it can become uncomfortable. Either way, this piece has been a popular one. Since it’s creation it has been in a photo shoot and on the runway…I can’t wait to tell you more about all of that! :) BLOGIMG0_0307

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That’s all for now. Have an amazing day!

Til next time,
♥ Karla

Makeup, Photoshoots, Filming and more…

Hello again Blogland! Oh, how I have missed you!

I haven’t been around these parts of the internet since November! When time came to renew my hosting at the end of January I began to get an aching to write again but I was much to busy to do so at the time. Things gladly don’t seem to be slowing down much and there are many things going on in my life right now but I thought to myself, how else are you going to remember this crazy ride if you don’t document it?! Doy! Haha

So here I am again and I have got so much to tell you! If you recall from one of my last posts, I told you that I felt I was wasting time worrying about providing good content for my blog rather than focusing on what really matters… my life and my future. Since then I embarked on a journey to making my dreams come true. I have shared my dreams with you in part but not in detail, mostly because I’m not 100% sure where I want to end up, I just know I want to end up somewhere that makes me happy. Doing what I love for a living is what I want. Whether that be my own business or working for someone where I’m allowed to create, I don’t really care. Creating is what makes me happy and that’s what I want to do.

In my last post I shared with you my Winter Wonderland Headdress, since then I have created 4 new headdresses, a beautiful set of epaulettes, a mask and a necklace. All of which I will share with you later. They have all been in photo shoots and music videos. I have created beautiful art with amazing and talented people, I have met some wonderful people and I’ve had many first that I cannot wait to repeat again. That’s not to say it has all been lovely and happy, I have come across many negative feelings as well, some of which I may tell or may not tell you about. I like to keep things positive here. :)

I’m going to stop here for now or this will be a lo-ONG post and I don’t want to bore you. A little at a time is best. I will leave you with a sneak peak of what I was up to this past weekend.

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Til next time,
♥ Karla

Winter Wonderland

This is my favorite time of year and living in Arizona I have come to really miss the snow around the holidays so I couldn’t not make a headdress to remind me of it. I think part of me hopes that I will be “forced” to head up north to get the perfect image which means I’ll get to spend some time in the SNOW!!

I started this piece one day and after two days I had to set it aside for a week because it pissed me off. Haha. I finally got to work on it again and finished it within a few hours. I absolutely love it and know snow will be its perfect setting. I’m already in the works with a photographer and hope it all works out. What do you think?!?!?!

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Til next time,
♥ Karla