At the beginning of May I met Harvey Miedreich of Love Bucket Photography and we instantly hit it off - it’s like we’ve been friends for years! I had seen an engagement session that Harvey had shot a little earlier in the Spring while in New York and I felt like I needed to know this talented local photographer. After doing a little more research, I found out about his 100 People Project (which I will be featured in!) and it’s totally awesome! At our first rendezvous, we decided to team up to do some wonderful things together which I am really thrilled about.
I know a lot of awesome people which is why we decided to start the ‘Awesome People Project.’ The primary focus of this project is to showcase talented individuals whom I recognize as necessary members of my fabulous team. As a Wedding & Special Events Coordinator, it is my responsibility and desire to provide my clients with the best service that I can, both from myself as well as the service providers that I recommend they work with. I have built very strong relationships with my service providers and I would like to use this project as a space to embrace their talents. Throughout the series of posts for this project, I will coordinate the shoot and conduct an interview with the skillful individual while Harvey works his magic with the camera.
On Friday evening, we had our first shoot for the ‘Awesome People Project’ and luckily for us, even though it was a little chilly outside, there was no snow! Who knew that the next day would act as a ‘Winter Wonderland’ for those getting married at the end of May!
Local makeup artist, Dominique Rivera of Rivera Make-up Artistry and my model and muse for the shoot, Magdalena Koziak are both awesome people!
Dominique Rivera is a brilliant makeup artist who fully embraces her passion for the makeup industry. She is a genuine, loving, and creative woman and artist whose canvas is a person’s face. I truly admire makeup artist’s, visual artists whose medium is the human body. Dominique believes strongly in natural beauty and says that makeup only enhances this.
Until Friday’s shoot, Magdalena Koziak really had no experience modeling but when Harvey and I started to discuss the project, I decided that she had to be our model for this shoot. Magdalena is a gorgeous young woman who graduates from high school this year and will attend the University of Alberta in the Fall - congratulations!
All of the stunning images throughout this post are by photographer extraordinaire, Harvey Miedreich. There were far too many beautiful shots to choose from so here is just a snippet from Friday’s shoot.
Please feel free to comment and let us know what you think - we’d love to know!
Now onto my interview with Dominique:
How would you describe your style?
Well, when I’m not in ‘mom mode,’ I would like it to be higher end chic but when I’m in ‘mom mode,’ I’m usually a t-shirt and jeans kind of woman!
Why are you in the makeup industry? Why do you do what you do?
I grew up in a family full of artists. Everyone in my family is an artist in some sort of way. I guess it really started with my mom though. When I was growing up, she was always into fashion and she went to design school in Chile. My mom is so talented! She can create a pattern from scratch and can make anything - she even made my wedding dress! Like most of my family, I got into dance where I started to express myself as an artist. I believe that art is a way of expressing how you feel. With dancing, I ended up doing a lot of makeup for shows and that’s how I got into the makeup industry - I got into Clinique and started to show my artistic side in a different way.
How long have you been in the makeup industry? How did you start?
Well, ten years ago, I started with Clinique as a Beauty Advisor. I was with them for three months when a management position opened up so I decided to stay with them for eight more years as a Business Manager. When I started to have a family, I decided to step down and stayed with Clinique part-time as an Associate Consultant where I had the chance to work on the floor and sell products. I realized then how much I loved it and I didn’t want to sell products anymore so I decided to be a freelance artist.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
A lot of things I guess. I think that a lot of the time, it’s looking at different faces. I love to people watch! Every time I see someone, I try to see the natural beauty in their face. Everyone has a beautiful feature. And, I guess everything around me … like a flower (looking at the colours and seeing how I could use them on a face) or watching fashion shows and T.V. I see what else is out there. I research a lot through watching T.V., looking at magazines … whatever I can get my hands on!
Are there any celebrity makeup artists that you are inspired by?
Definitely Kevyn Aucoin! He is one of the first celebrity artists that I saw where I just said ‘wow.’ Seeing his work made me want to know more about makeup. I could see that makeup was more than just putting it on a face, it was an art. He has a bunch of books and he has completely transformed peoples’ images through makeup. He could make someone look like someone else (a celebrity) and you wouldn’t even know the difference. I am inspired by him and his story.
Another artist that I like is Bobbi Brown and I love her approach because it’s all about natural beauty which is something I really believe in as well! Makeup artistry is about enhancing what a person already has.
Are there any celebrities (past and/or present) that you would like to do makeup for? Why?
Audrey Hepburn! I absolutely think that she is one of the most gorgeous women ever and she’s so classy!
What do you like most about the makeup industry?
The reaction from people - the reaction that you get from a client with the satisfaction from what you have created on their face.
What kind of look do you like to create most?
A dramatic look - a lot of people like their natural daytime look but it’s always fun to try something different on people, something that they don’t do everyday.
What are some of your favourite products? My top three:
. benefit’s Lemon-Aid eyelid primer. It’s great and allows for the makeup to stand all day without creasing - I can’t go without it!
. Clinique’s Perfectly Real Foundation - I can’t go without that!
. Of course, any liquid liner (they’re all good!).
If you were only allowed to have one makeup product/item, what would it be?
My liquid liner!
In terms of makeup, what should everyone have?
Definitely a good skin care routine. If you don’t have a good skin care routine, your makeup will not look good at all. I always tell people this: your makeup will only look as good as the skin underneath!
Any last words Dominique?
Thank you! It has been an honour working alongside you. I love all of your amazing and interesting ideas! It’s crazy how quickly you have an idea and within a couple of days, you have all of your resources well organized. You set up the event or project and have it up and going and finished within a couple of days. This is especially true with this project that we did together. What an amazing time with a great team that you put together - the project was a huge success!!! Rebecca, with your knowledge, organizational skills, and especially your warm and spunky personality, you are going to have a very successful career. Thank you for sharing your work with me!
After an eventful evening, long after the sun went down, we decided to take the last photo and call it a night. Here’s the awesome team from Friday’s shoot! I had a fabulous evening with these three individuals and I cannot wait to work with all of them again in the near future.
‘Awesome People Project’ team:
Project Coordinator: Rebecca Fisher-Swarbrooke of High Culture: Weddings & Special Events
Photographer: Harvey Miedreich of Love Bucket Photography
Makeup Artist: Dominique Rivera of Rivera Make-up Artistry
As always, there’s more to come. Stay tuned for more from the ‘Awesome People Project.’