The MUA (Make-Up Artist)


Respect your MUA

MUA: Kahulani Davis, Model: Uilani Davis, Photographer: Q. Ajimine

Location: Kahului, Maui, Hawaii

I know this doesn’t need to be said for most photogs, but sometimes it’s good to be reminded that the behind-the-scenes people work just as hard and never get the recognition they deserve. Of the little photography assisting that I’ve done over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to work with some really good people. People that appreciate the work and effort given in a particular photoshoot. In this blog, I’d like to give special recognition to the Make-Up Artist, otherwise known as, the MUA. I haven’t worked on a lot of photoshoots, but on those that I have, I took the opportunity to get to know the MUA and watch her (or him) at work. The MUA is often under as much pressure as the photographer, especially on paid shoots. When I work with a MUA, I like to sit down with them a good two weeks in advance and talk about what I want to do, however, because I like to work collaboratively, I let them know that they can give creative input as well. You never know, your MUA may be a fountain of creativity that adds a whole new dimension to your work. Whatever the case, be professional and courteous to your crew.

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