Monday 16 July 2012

Something Creative: Competition Winner, Samantha Antonio’s Photo Shoot Prize.

Competition Winner, Samantha Antonio’s Photo Shoot Prize.

Our most recent escapade was planning the photo shoot prize for Miss Samantha Antonio. She had entered & won the draw for the ‘Win a Shoot with gmWheeler ‘ Competition we hosted Nov 2011-Feb 2012.
The plan: Shoot 9 looks in one jam packed, crazy creative day, as best we could.

We decided to plan a shoot that was completely different & started work on an interesting concept, that myself & gmWheeler had been pondering on. Finally after some discussion, planning, sorting through booking dates & availability with Miss Antonio, we set a date & got to it!

24/06/2012,The day had finally arrived, an early morning saw us awaking to what would be the makings of an amazing studio shoot. Once miss Antonio arrived we jetted off to the shops; for this shoot we needed: cuffs; a lighter; a roll of paper; a board; white alphabet lettering; & a marker, among a few other odds & ends. Having promptly collected our supplies, back we went.

For this one we decided on having bit of assistance & another pair of skilled, well trained photographic eyes on set. Introducing Mr. Leslie Thabo Modimoeng- AKA the man with a plan- a good friend & student of gmWheeler, would be hands on, on this project. gmWheeler also had a photographic student, Donovan Myburgh, AKA Brian, who needed to shadow a SA photographer who’s work he admired (for college purposes), coming in for the day to watch, assist & learn a few tricks of the trade.

With much excitement gmWheeler & Leslie began to prep the studio, lighting, & got started working on the background, while I started going through the big bundle of clothes our winner had brought with her.
We needed to create just the right feel for each character that we were putting behind bars. Yip you guessed it. We were setting up to take prison style mug shots of well thought out variations of characters, suited to Miss Antonio’s versatile look, that had committed a few (not so well thought out) crimes.

We had:
A white collar crime, the fraudster that had to be as posh as they come;
The ‘rich’ young lady who had a dose of kleptomania in her system;
Trendy teen, who got caught smoking in public 1 too many times;
The hot mess, you know, the girl falling over her feet in a drunken intoxication, after a hard night partying;
The desperate druggy; anything for another fix right?;
I dear you! A streaking teen... oops 1 count of public indecency, check!;
Getting a bit hot under the collar with Little Miss Arsonist,
Nom,nom,nom of a different kind, a hungry man eating, she cannibal;
& taking it below zero with another fictional twist, an ice queen.

Having suitably profiled the characters outfits, it was time for me to get started into Miss Antonio’s makeup & hair! I definitely couldn’t wait!

Here’s a little look into how we styled, put brushes to Sam’s, already pretty face, & photographed for a few of the characters:
My speciality- Makeup! ...a bit of hair & styling too:

1. The Fraudster

Profile:         She had to be posh, sophisticated looking, a woman high up in the food chain who would be able to get her 
                      hands on those documents & def capable of duplicating a rich husband’s signature of two. Pleasant &     

                      seemingly trustworthy in the company of the wealthy folk too.
Wardrobe:   Covered up, sophisticated off white crocheted tunic dress, Gold sparkly drop earrings, dainty but not 
  noticeable crystal pendant necklace & red heels.
Makeup:      Neat & sophisticated, gold & bronzy brown smokey eye, light blush & matching lips.
Hair:             Low styled up-do, tucked under loop bun, with a bit of height on the top of the head, & side swept fringe,
  finished off with a gold bead detailed headband.

Then it was upstairs to studio, after some hard work from Miss Antonia posing with gmWheeler behind his camera getting the perfect shots, the raw photos were off to the elimination; selection & editing process. A few tweeks later & finally The result:

Photographer: Garrick Michael Wheeler
Model: Samantha Antonio
Make Up & Hair: Monica Ferreira
Assistants: Leslie Modimoeng & Donovan Myburgh
Retoucher: Garrick Michael Wheeler

 2. Cannibalism

Profile:        Ok so for this she had to have a thirst for flesh & blood. With almost a vampire/man eater, somewhat
                     animalistic feel, but alluring & terrifying at the same time.

Wardrobe:  Long Red dress, with a slit, & black heels, seductive & deadly, yes?
Makeup:      Lighter skin tone, more prominent cheekbones, silver & grey smokey eyes, Blushed cheeks, & finally lips, a
 light natural lip colour, to let the fake blood I put dripping from the left corner of her lips, stand out more.
 Powdered her arms, legs, chest & neck with white powder complementing the whitened cannibal/vampire
 looking character we aimed to create.
Hair:            Messy hair with a bit of a wavy curl that had been brushed out & a bit of teasing on the top of the head for a 
                     messy almost wild look. I also used a bit of power on her fringe & hair framing the left side of her face, adding
 to the vampire animalistic look we were going for.  

I stepped back & was certainly pleased with my creation... yet again off to the studio process, The result:

Photographer:  Garrick Michael Wheeler
Model: Samantha Antonio
Make Up & Hair: Monica Ferreira
Assistants: Leslie Modimoeng & Donovan Myburgh
Retoucher: Garrick Michael Wheeler 

All in all it was an amazing shoot, hard work, & loads of creative fun! With the seriousness of getting done what we aimed to achieve, complete with playfulness & passion on set, the gmWheeler Team had, had yet another successful shoot.

Share your thoughts on this shoot with us in the comments section below! We'd love to hear from you!

*To see the final results of this shoot & more of gmWheelers work, visit
*To book with us please email us on, or one of us directly on /

No comments:

Post a Comment