With professional fees for Tests which start off at $1000.00, for Fashion and Editorial running $1,800.00 – 3,500.00 and up, he has shot models from Elite, Ford, L.A. Models and other agencies.
Here Philip’e has graciously shares 12 of his fantastical fashion images and answers for us 8 questions about his photographic career and creative processes.
Philip’E: “Yes, while in beauty school, I competed in hair show competitions and continued when I got my license and later on competed against the professionals.
I’m a five time champion, six first place champion…”
And still do both?
Philip’e: “I only do both (hair and make up) on my shoots or on higher paying (production) jobs….”
Philip’e: “Over 15 years doing hair and make up.”
Philip’e: “More like (over) 4 years.
I got started when the hair and make up I did for photographers….
I just was not getting pictures..
I had tear sheets, which was good, but no pictures.
So I decided to pick up a camera to build my own portfolio…
That was my intent but, ended up getting an email from Next models Paris, letting me know, a few of their models would be in town and they asked me what my fee was..
The rest is history…”
Philip’e: “Doing make up on set you learn about color temperature, it also helps because there is no middle man to try to communicate what look you want….
It saves time, because when I’m there, everyone is there.
The photographer, grip, make up, hair and editor…”
Philip’e: “Nothing was planed or drawn, I just started making them..
I wanted something different, there a pain to make and out of five that are made, only two make it…
Genre? It’s fashion.. My fashion, what I want I create… It’s very spontaneous.. and what ever happens, happens..”
Philip’e: “It’s torture, the first ones I was making was in a hot apartment room, with air conditioning, with it being in the 100’s… I had fans going on.
The heat would put you to sleep, I’d wake up at night (still hot) and finish them..
I’ve moved since then, they’re still hard to make though.”
Can you share a bit about your interest in body paint?
Like just exploring, love, learning, over it… ???
Philip’e: “It started when I went to compete at hair shows, I then saw this body painting competition, I thought I’d try, I did and I got first place.
There is not much exploring, I just do, yes I sometimes tell a model,
‘OK, today I want to paint this or that.’
It’s never really planed, I just do it..
I hate making things too technical…”
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Photographs © Philip’e.
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