The making of a photo shoot

Ronald PronkJitty Vasquez Dela CruzLeave a Comment


The excitement of making a photo shoot has always given me an extra stamina. From the time that I am thinking of the looks that I would like to make, the hairstyle and make-up to the clothes that my model will going to wear plus the location of course that will insure the message that I would like to project. It is an ongoing process of thinking about several looks you can do in one model on the very same day. The change of make-ups and hairstyles on one model to achieve different looks will save you a lot of time and effort.


To be sure that you get the look that you want, it is always better to find a model that has an expression on her face, a good body frame, healthy hair and skin but most of all, she must be photogenic and can move. And then I found Kaye.The first time I met Kaye on a party, I immediately ask her if she like to model for me. She is staying in America  for vacation and will be leaving sooner after her holiday. I have noticed her good bone structure and long dark brown hair. Some good qualities for a hair pictorial. Gladly, without hesitation, she says yes.


To take advantage while she’s here, I set an appointment immediately after so that we can have our photo shoot. She came on time on our designated date  and after looking carefully on her hair and see it’s potentials, I proceed by washing it to prepare for the style that has been playing on my mind. I checked her bangs and cut it blunt while giving some layers just in the front areas. I know I will be giving her several looks so I work first on a difficult style and plans to tone it down later as the photo shoot progress.


Planning a style requires some techniques that you know beforehand will be going to be useful for the next look. I set half of her very long straight hair till the ends with a long curve wire in zigzag and secure it with a pin. This will enable her hair to achieve more volume and form for the look I want to create. I leave the pony and the shafts real straight for dramatic effect and distinction. I know that I needed that for the other look.


Modern inspiration who represent the new face of beauty for today’s look you see on fashion editorials are clean natural looks. It is young, fresh and youthful looking.For me, a clear complexion is always a must for every model that I like to work with. Luckily, Kaye has that qualities and I don’t have to camouflage with more foundations. I like to focus on her hairstyle so I give her a very natural look, fresh and an assuming. If you are doing make-up in a photo shoot and will try more of an evening look later, it is better to start with a natural look because it is easier to add make-up than doing less afterwards.


Choosing the right outfit is as important as the hair and make-up. It will do or fail the look you want to achieve.If you are doing a hair pictorial, the styling must on compete with the hairstyle but on the other hand, the two should compensate to each other. Luckily I have a good friend designer Jelica Cicic who provided the clothes for the shoot. She brings a number of day wear and modern jumpsuits plus an array of leggings from her new collections. The clothes that I have chosen for the first look is a very modern overall in jersey and lycra that fits perfectly to Kaye’s frail body.


Finding the right photographer is always not easy. I am just fortunate that my partner Ronald is always willing to do our photo shoot himself. My association with Ronald as a photographer landed me on different hair competitions and eventually at the L’Oreal Color Trophy where I won the Grazia Public Award. His keen eye on taking photos was evident on all of our works at Jitty’s Hair and Make-up. There is always a process in his work and his ability to connect with his models, plus of course his good use of lights or natural environments. In fashion or glamour industry, photos are done in multiple shots only to find the very best one. The coordination between model and photographer is also so crucial that one movement is needed to be catch for a good result.


After Ronald finds a suitable location and setting the proper lightings, the camera starts clicking and I am so surprised by the way Kaye moves and project herself on different angles. She is acting like a real pro and needs less instructions. The way she project herself was incredible. How I love the way she moves and sway her body for every clicks.We are just doing the first look and I am just so thrilled to do the next one. For the second look, I made her hair looks shorter like a bob. By gathering the entire lenghts of the hair and hiding it on the back while leaving the front straight, I have the look that I want. Additional make-up is applied  for a more sophisticated look. We are almost finished with the shoot but yet I insist on making a close up for a different hairstyle. Ronald set the lightings again for a more dramatic effect. It was almost very late when we are finish but frankly, I am very much satisfied with the results. Yet another fruitful day have passed but still I am inspired to do another one…..!

The photo’s can be seen here: 

Hair and Make-up in this shoot: Jitty Vasquez Dela Cruz

Model: Kay

Dress: Jelica Cecic

Photography: Ronald Pronk RonaldPronk-fotografie


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