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  • Writer's pictureJo Sutherst

Final Major Project: Collaboration

During this project, I have been helped tremendously by Alley Stallard. Alley is a friend, a makeup artist, and studio owner.

All my portraits were shot in her studio as it is the place I feel at home, creative, and safe to push my own boundaries. Alley is always there to make me a coffee, help me with my makeup (often correcting my mistakes!), put on excessive numbers of false lashes, and she acts as my assistant during the shoot.

I generally use a remote trigger during shoots, but there are times (especially with props involved) that additional help is needed. For each shoot, the Nikon camera is mounted on a tripod and set up at the start with the lighting for that day. Alley will check each time a next makeup look is to be photographed, that I am still central in the image. Alley also presses the shutter on the Fuji XT-2 (also on a tripod) for the start of videos. I have now obtained a remote app on my phone to enable me to do this without help in the future.

I have been very lucky to have Alley’s help and support throughout the MA. Long may our fun-filled shoots continued. Thanks Alley!

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