Organic Beauty Editorial by Lindsay Adler

Organic Beauty Editorial by Lindsay Adler

I was looking through the portfolio of one of my makeup artists, Griselle Rosario, when I came across a stunning 'creature'. The girl was slender with amazingly defined cheekbones and a neck that was the longest I had EVER seen. It seemed to stretch, crane and created the most beautiful shapes. She seemed almost other-worldly to me.... like a beautiful and intriguing alien. I was chatting to Griselle about the shoot and I found out that the girl was a model (non-agency) located in Lithuania, and that if I wanted to shoot her all I had to do was fly her over to NYC. I was so intrigued by her look and unique appeal, that this is exactly what I did! I flew her over for about a week and a half, and she stayed with me on the upper west side in my apartment, and she was one of the sweetest girls ever! She enjoyed good conversation, brought me honey and hand-made spoons (made by her father!) from Lithuania  and even a house warming bottle of alcohol. She was hard-working, enthusiastic, and a wonderful canvas to paint upon. When trying to plan a shoot around Virginija (our model), I felt that she had a surreal perfection with a bit of an alien-like twist. I love her skin tone and long neck, so I wanted to do something perhaps a bit more natural and organic. Not exactly soft, but natural and fresh. I decided to go with the theme of natural materials like leaves, thorns, branches, and more. I sent my assistant to the floral district in NYC and asked her to pick up as many diverse natural materials as possible, and she came back with a trove of great props and tools! Griselle is brilliant, and as she saw the materials I could see the wheels in her head turning. As she put the makeup on Virginija, the model began to transform and each look was elegant and stunning. I was THRILLED. At first I started by using studio strobes, but the light was too harsh and the shadows too dark. I wanted something a bit softer and more organic feeling. In the video below I take you through my lighting process and how I made the striking results on the model's face. Lens: Sigma 70-200mm 2.8   

Organic Beauty Editorial by Lindsay Adler and Griselle Rosario from Lindsay Adler on Vimeo.  

 

Organic Beauty Editorial by Lindsay Adler

Organic Beauty Editorial by Lindsay Adler

Organic Beauty Editorial by Lindsay Adler

Organic Beauty Editorial by Lindsay Adler

Organic Beauty Editorial by Lindsay Adler

Organic Beauty Editorial by Lindsay Adler

Organic Beauty Editorial by Lindsay Adler

Organic Beauty Editorial by Lindsay Adler

Organic Beauty Editorial by Lindsay Adler