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Getting a Great Photo

Posted on July 6, 2016 at 6:40 PM

Getting a Great Photograph


Each face painting is a work of art.. the only downside is that the artwork is only temporary. At the end of the day the colours will be fading and it will come time to wash it all away.
This is why it is equally as important to be able to take a great photograph of your designs to make them last forever. The photograph become a piece of artwork in itself.

Now you don’t necessarily need a fancy camera to take a great shot (Although it wouldn’t hurt).
There are a few key tips to remember to be able to get the magic shot.

Framing your shot. When taking a photo, especially of a face painting, you want to make sure that is the main thing you see when you look at the picture.. fill the screen with the face, get up nice and close to show off all those details. Crop the picture across the hairline or just above the face, and just below the chin or just above the shoulders. Think about where the design sits on the face and try to keep that balanced in the picture.

Also be aware of your

Background. Keep it as plain as possible.. I like to stand infant of a white wall or have a black cloth hanging behind them (having an assistant to hold the cloth up can be very useful). I will use a plain black banner (with just my brand name in the corner) set up behind the model at events for quick and easy photos.

Lighting. Lighting is so very important in taking photos. Where possible, plan your shoots for the daytime to make the most of the natural light. I set my photos up in front of a large window, but away from direct sunlight. Avoid bright directional light that will create hard shadows, and also make it hard for the model to see. If you are unable to avoid direct light I like to use a white diffuser/reflector.
If Natural lighting isn’t available, I try to take photos in as much light as possible (white light over warm lighting to show colours off more accurately). I still try to avoid direct light on the subject to eliminate harsh shadows. When using the flash on my camera I will try and create a diffuser (a piece of paper held in front of the camera, on an angle towards the ceiling) to bounce the light around the room.


When taking photos I like to take multiple shots just to make sure I get the right one. Try shots at different angles, looking up/down/left and right, especially on designs with lots of areas of detail. Try different expressions to suit the design. I also like to take both portrait and landscape shots because you never know when else you may need to use the image. These photos are very important for branding and marketing!


Also remember to think about the models hair and clothing (if possible), to make sure that is will not be taking the attention away from the design (unless that is what you are going for, of course).


If you want to get more technical, I like to shoot photos with a DSLR camera. This gives me more control over the settings on my camera. I tend to stick to shooting in shutter priority mode which enables me to control the shutter speed. I like a fast shutter speed, especially when working with children, and I will set it as high as I can without my photos ending up too dark (A little dark is ok as this can be edited after).
Getting the right focus is also important. I always make sure I have the eyes in focus (or the closest eye to the camera when the face is tilted). You also want to make sure the design is also in focus.


Once you think you have a few good shots to work with it is a good idea to do a bit of post editing to really make your photo shine. I try not to adjust the design too much, I will alter the brightness and contrast, while making sure it still looks natural. I will also often touch up the background, either darkening the black (Burn tool in photo-shop) or brightening my whites (Dodge tool in photoshop), or blaring my backgrounds to remove noise. 
Don't forget to add your own watermark too. This vital for branding your work, and deters people from stealing your photos and claiming them as their own.

Now you have an amazing photo.. don’t be afraid to show it off.. share it on social media or your website to show your potential clients just what you can do!

Photo of the week!

Posted on July 6, 2016 at 6:35 PM

Forever learning.

Posted on June 14, 2016 at 10:10 PM

When I post something on Facebook, I usually like to make sure it is a piece of work I am happy with. I will spend extra time, than what I would usually at events, making sure it is just right.. sometimes I will even go back and touch it up after taking the photos, and re shoot the design until I get that perfect image.

Now not all my work turns out the way I intend it too.. sometimes designs I have sketched on paper just don't translate well on the face.. sometimes my model gives up before I have a chance to tweak the design.

Recently, I attempted to paint a bear. We were inspired by a loveable bear on a favourite movie..(can you guess who?) When working with small children (especially ones that are my own), I do only have a limited time.. I get one shot to get it right. 

I knew there was something not quite right about it but couldn't put my finger on it right away. I spent some time studying the image figuring out how to make it look less like a monkey and more like a bear. In this particular design I needed to pull the cheeks down, making the overall shape more square. The ears needed to be (a lot) smaller, and there were some changes that needed to be made around the top of the muzzle/nose area. All subtle changes that completely changed the overall design. I am still waiting for an opportunity to re-paint it on a face but for now I have my photoshopped version to work from. 

By taking a good look at the design, I feel that I am ready to paint the design the next time it is asked for, and will remember the key shapes to making the that bear look like a bear.

Even though the designs we paint aren't always perfect we learn so much more from them. Sometimes you just have to give it a go and fail to figure out how to make it work the next time. As artists we will never stop learning. We may seem fussy and a bit pedantic, but if with we think we are perfect, we take away the opportunity to grow.

Photo of the week!

Posted on June 14, 2016 at 9:55 PM

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Posted on June 7, 2016 at 10:10 PM


Before I can create any piece of art I need to be inspired. As an artist, finding that inspiration can be one of the biggest challenges. Sometimes we can be overflowing with ideas, other times we can feel like we have nothing. 
We can have all the skills in the world, we can have all the right equipment, but without inspiration we will struggle to create something we are happy with.

How do I find inspiration? Well… believe it or not, inspiration is everywhere! Sometimes we can get so caught up in life we look straight past it. Sometimes we need to just slow down and take a good look at the beauty that surrounds us.

You could be outdoors, looking at the colours of the sky.. the flowers in the garden or the animals walking by. 
You could be indoors looking at beautiful patterns, posters, prints and clothing.

I recently became fascinated with the beautiful patterned images often found in colouring books, below is a picture I love on a shopping bag. I tried out a few different styles, and then started adding patterns to other designs.


One of the biggest places to find inspiration is right here on the world wide web. 
Facebook and pinterest are great places to collect ideas. I spend a lot of time looking at animals, pretty patterns and colours, artwork on other mediums, bunches of flowers. Think outside of the box to create something out of this world.

I love looking through face and body paintings by amazing artists… often its the little details that capture my attention, from placement and layouts of designs, to colours and styles. 
When I first started painting faces I would look at these designs and copy them to figure out how they were painted. I would then repaint adding my own style.
Copying designs of other artists can be a great way to learn, but to grow as an artist you need to be adding your own little touches and style.

I still use many of these standard designs every day, although over the years they definitely evolved.
My tigers (as example) are a mixture of many other styles, as well as inspired by the shapes on real tigers. I also have a little stripe in my tigers that came about when a child wriggled at just the right time.

Sometimes you will notice one small detail that will inspire a whole range of designs, shifting the placement of the nose to create a whole range of" target="_blank">nose-i-mals.

The more I paint, more ideas just flow. The original design may not be perfect but there is always something to take from it and develop into something better. 

Of course there are still times where the ideas seem to stop.. sometimes we just burn out and need to take a break. And even though we may not be painting, always keep your mind open, searching for new ideas, until you are ready to paint again.

“When it rains look for rainbows. When its dark look for stars”

Photo of The Week

Posted on June 7, 2016 at 10:00 PM

Belly Painting Progression

Posted on June 1, 2016 at 6:15 PM

Another unique and exciting way to celebrate your pregnancy is by painting a series of belly painting documenting the progresion.

There are many fun ways to transform the belly, it could be a tiny little seed growing into a beautiful tree, a little egg hatching and growing into a lovely bird or an even more realistic approach of a baby growing inside. 

Painting the belly at different stages as it grows creates a stunning collection of images, and it beautifully shows the changes of the pregnant belly.

Photo of the week

Posted on June 1, 2016 at 6:15 PM

Belly Paintings!

Posted on May 29, 2016 at 8:10 PM

When I am not busy painting faces, I often enjoy slowing down and spending time working on a slightly different canvas.... a beautiful pregnant belly.

Prenatal Belly paintings are beautiful unique way to create special memories of your pregnancy. I always find there is something quite amazing the way our bodies are able to transform as they are creating a new life to enter this world. Instead of hiding it away under layers of clothing, embrace it and enjoy it (as much as you can). 

Each belly painting is unique, I love to create something that is special to each person, whether its something to represent the family, or something special to the new baby, the only limits are our imaginations. It is also a really special time to spend with the expectant mother.. and a chance for them to just relax and enjoy the moment.

As the painting is only temporary (although I know many mothers who have refused to wash it off.. leaving it on until it fades away), it is just as important to capture the moment with beautiful photos that will be treasured forever. I have mine printed on a canvas which was hung in the nursery.

Over the years we have painted many beautiful bumps, here are just some of my favourites. If you are expecting a child and want your own unique design don't hesitate to get in touch

Neon Parties!

Posted on May 26, 2016 at 7:25 PM

As the weather cools down and the days get shorter, finding ideas to keep kids busy at Birthday Parties often becomes a little more challenging (I know this well, having two children with Birthdays in the middle of winter!)

Here is an idea for something a little different.. a Neon party! They really are a lot of fun, and don’t require a huge amount of work.

Recently I threw a neon party for my own child, she claims it was the “best party ever!”. Win!

I spend my weekends at other peoples parties so when it comes to parties for my own children I want to keep it as simple as possible. 
I always enjoy spending a few days leading up to the party making decorations with the kids. For this party we made pinwheels on white paper (make sure the paper is bleached for it to really glow!) Some of the paper we sprayed with some neon paint (fabric paints we bought from the warehouse that came in little spray bottles), just to add a bit of extra colour.

My favourite decoration was the neon dots we stuck all over the living room walls! These were label dots just bought from the local dollar shop. 
We also brought a bunch of post it notes which we stuck every where, and even made a few chains out of them. 
And from the ceiling we hung white streamers. There are so many ideas on the internet, we only needed to pick a few.

On the invitations we asked the children to make sure they came dressed in white or neon colours.
Once they arrived they had their face painted! A professional face painter will have all the right paints and know exactly how to make the most effective designs! Check out our party packages for Neon Parties!


We played a few games. Most of the traditional party games work well… playing them under black light seems to put a whole new spin on them. A big hit was the treasure hunt! We hid clues on stick it notes hidden in dark places around the house. We bought a few small black light torches for the children and sent them off hunting.

To be honest, after all the games… I think the kids had more fun just turning up the music and dancing in the darkness. A Disco party!

Other fun activities including creating their own neon splattered t-shirts. Just buy a bunch of white t-shirts and let them go crazy with the neon fabric paints. 
My girls being a little bit older also really enjoyed putting together their own glow stick jewellery, which they all took home after the party. K-mart had a great big box full of different pieces.. glasses… earrings… brackets… as well as plenty of regular glow sticks.


You can also go crazy with food (although the kids were having so much fun, no one took any notice). Super tip: Tonic water glows under black light!


The most important thing of all, none of this is any good without Black lights! For the black lights to work best you need to make sure there is no other light.. either black out all the windows and/or hold the party in the eventing.

In our home we put up two tube lights in the living room. We hired these from our party hire shop and were very reasonably priced. We also have one of our own which can be hired out in conjunction with face painting. Enquire here to find out more!

Neon parties can be as simple or complex as you like! The key things to remember when planning a neon party are the black lights (of course) A few simple decorations. Wearing the right clothing. FACE PAINT. And a few games or activities and Music! The kids will have a blast and so will you!