My first contact with Tori was through Arianna-- she did Arianna's makeup for her senior portrait session and I was totally blown away by how amazingly perfect it was. Tori has a really good eye for color and also has a trait that I find in precious short supply in makeup artists, which is a light hand. She's good at creating a look that is polished with a bit of shimmer but totally not overdone. You notice that the person looks really nice and put together but their makeup isn't what jumps out at you, and I love that. So I had to ask...
Me: "How is it that you are so good at makeup?"
Tori: "Well I'm into art. And it's kind of like art..."
Me: "I'm 'kind of in into art' too (!) and I totally suck at makeup!"
So there you go. Interest/skills in various other arts do not translate to makeup. It's a whole other ballgame.
Tori is into art. I feel like this speaks volumes about her skill level: her mom wants her to sketch out a design for a tattoo. Let that sink in for a second...
In her current art class there was an assignment to focus on an issue important to you so she chose "acceptance." She drew a place where she felt free to be herself and the finished product moved her art teacher to tears. She claims that she wants to major in education but her mom is advocating for graphic design. Me too!
Tori is a cheerleader. So we took some shots with her letterman's jacket and poms. It turns out that at cheer competitions you have to have this certain face. I asked her to show it to me, thinking maybe this was something we could bring into her photoshoot. So she did it. Let me just say that what I will call "cheer face" is the look of unequivocal enthusiasm. It's not exactly the most, um, genuine of emotions. And actually, call me a total downer but I don't think I'm technically capable of making a cheer face.
I definitely prefer "regular face" in general and (although Tori's cheer face was pretty cute) I definitely prefer her regular face in particular!
I am a high school senior portrait photographer in the SF east bay area.