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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Z-life Magazine Publication{winter 2012}

Photography: Laura Tillinghast
Photography Assistant: Rebecca Herem
Makeup & Hair: Elizabeth Chang (me!)
Model: Hannah + Jana @ Stars Model Management

I've been meaning to try Zumba for a while, more so after these two assignments for Z-Life Magazine!  Coincidentally, I received these photos today, and I also received my Zumba Fitness Xbox game in the mail!!  Now that my husband and I FINALLY installed curtains, I won't have to feel self conscious about my neighbors looking in while I attempt to work out a sweat in my living room! ;)

I was very very excited to get an opportunity for a tear sheet that features "beauty" work and we got to do 2 different features (one for the serum, the other for the hair chalking technique!!!)  I was pleased to see that it was also the first story in the issue!!! yay! I look forward to work with this magazine again and of course, trying Zumba!  For the serum shot, my left hand is in the shot (lol! my first shoot as a 'hand model'! lol!!!) and Rebecca was holding the serum droplet!!  It was a lot harder than it looked but we were able to get the shot under Laura's expert guidance!!  Laura did an amazing job with...everything!!! Planning the shoots, casting the PERFECT models, and then - the beautiful product shots!!! Bravo bravo!! I can't feel more proud of the spread!!! Not shown here, but there was a product shot that featured a REAL LIVE SNAKE!!!  Click to see it! I think that is pretty rad!  :) :) :)

On the personal note....

I'm heading to LA next week for a job, and the job continues the following week here in the Bay - and  after the job completes, I head to NYC for a destination wedding!  I don't know...my goal of catching up with blogging doesn't seem to be a realistic one...! You may also notice that I seem to prefer to blog the commercial/print work that I do, versus the 37+ weddings I haven't gotten around to!!! I hope you don't think that I prefer one type of work over the other because of this!!! The truth is, blogging about my lovely brides and their handsome grooms requires more time commitment, and also I am still collecting the photos from spring/summer weddings. My beloved iMac is also reaching the end of its rope....! And I'm having trouble updating my gallery on my bridal page...which brings me to... my new bridal website that will launch Spring of 2013!  I will begin working with a webdesigner/developer this coming month!  It's very exciting but wow...I was thinking Nov/Dec will be a nice down time for me, but it didn't end up happening that way.  I hope I don't sound like one of those people who goes "I am just SO busy...SO busy" and it gets annoying.  You know the type!!!  :P  But I have to say my plate is quite full, and I feel very blessed to be busy (even though I do whine about it when it gets a little overwhelming!!), working in an industry that I love.  In the meantime, if you would like to see sneak peaks of bridal photos, please like & follow the Skyla Arts Facebook Page.  I also have a Commercial Facebook Page, Elizabeth Chang | Makeup & Hair, dedicated to sharing commercial/print/photoshoot work.  Lastly, I'm active on Instagram and post behind the scenes snapshots and of course...my cat Skyla, and occasionally the food I'm eating :)

Yesterday I did a bridal preview/consultation with a lovely bride-to-be, and she asked how many weddings I did/am doing this year, and I said: "I think it's 40 or 41" and she thought that was a lot!  Definitely a lot more than last year!  But I know of colleagues that do 60+, or 100+! I had a conversation with them about it...I ask them..."How do you manage??!!"  Next year I will feel so lucky & honored if 40 brides choose me for their big day! I'm just hoping that next year will be even better than this year!  And by that I don't mean I hope to get more than 40 brides! :P Truly truly...to my clients who hired me, if I haven't said it enough, THANK YOU! Yes yes...This is a belated Thanksgiving post! :P :P 

Until next time!!! *smiles*

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Makeup & Hair for Pottery Barn Teen 2012 Holiday {Sleepover!}


I seem to find my work through Instagram a lot!  Karyta, the beautiful model on the left (from Brazil & represented by Scout SF) had posted the photo of her for the Sleepover sale on her Instagram account! Eventually, with her assistance, I was able to locate where the full size image was through the PB Teen website (I clicked on the product, and this photo was the last 'view' of the product!), and I also the spread of the catalogue!  The other beauty on the right, is Alina at Cast Images!

I'm always excited to see my work, whether it is bridal or the commercial/print stuff! I love my job! ;)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Makeup & Hair for Tart Collections Winter+Holiday 2012

It finally feels like Winter here in the Bay Area! I am excited to share these images that I did the makeup & hair - I worked on the on-location ones and not the in-studio photos of the look book.  It took place in a beautiful historical home for Tart Collections Winter/Holiday 2012 look book.  I was pleasantly surprised that the above image from our shoot also ran as an advertisement, first in September's Collector's edition of Harper's Bazaar, then again in the 40th Anniversary Edition of W Magazine! I found out about Harper's Bazaar in August through Tart Collection's facebook/instagram page, but the W Magazine was the huge surprise for me - like a shock wave.  I was just browsing my magazine casually...and BAM it was there! I know and understand that having an ad run in the print is not the same as having the cover & cover story or a full-blown editorial featured in W or Harper's Bazaar, but seeing it in print was still an emotional experience for me, particularly because I actually subscribe to these two magazines and of course, aspire to be featured in it! It is particularly surreal because I am so used to seeing the glossy ads, and I was admiring the perfect ad for Dolce & Gabbana makeup ad featuring Scarlett Johansson and showing my husband how perfect it looks...It really is shocking to be in the same magazine, printed really really big!  The gorgeous model is Larisa from Stars Model Management SF.  

You can see the entire lookbook here - and also found on the website is a little behind the scenes video of the on-location day. If you look closely you will find me combing her hair and watching the set.  I'm truly grateful for the people who are willing to give me a chance and do work that I love doing....! Hopefully I will get to do more soon...! ;) 

I have 2 weddings left for 2012, and I'm excited to take it easy (well, easier...!) and prepare for an exciting 2013 ahead.  I do plan to catch-up on everything I missed blogging in 2012...! We'll see how well I do! 

In the mean time, if you follow me on Instagram, you can find out what I've been up to! Some behind the scenes, snapshots of recent brides, cat photos and other funny captures.  

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Young Love {lifestyle}

Photography: Angie Silvy
Styling: Peggi Jeung
Makeup & Hair: Elizabeth Chang
Models: Cameron Lee @ Look SF & Hanna @ Scout SF

Here I go again - blogging out of order! I just settled for the fact that I will probably not be able to blog about everything I do, because there's so much to do, and I want to be able to enjoy everything instead of viewing it as a chore or some task I must do!  I just got back from a brief week-long vacation in Kauai, HI with my husband. We have not gone anywhere together since we tied the knot - not even on our honeymoon.  Definitely a huge reward for us to save up and go somewhere! I have to say it's really hard to go from working 60-80 hrs to less than 1 hr a week - to leave your cellphone alone and not touch it - but I think I was doing pretty ok on that! ;) ;) While away, I was just laying by the beach or the pool reading frivolous books - and I mean these historical regency romance novels! As I was organizing the latest images from my portfolio, I couldn't help but notice that these photos from a series titled "Young Love" by photographer Angie Silvy can totally fit into a hilarious & entertaining narrative that summarizes into a romance novel.  :P So I'll be providing these funny captions for your entertainment! Or you can ignore it and just check out the lovely photos! :)   I was thrilled to work with such an awesome team of professionals! Can't wait to work together again some time in the future! xoxo

Here goes..the story of Lord Cameron and Miss Hanna...(LOL)

The "season" just began, and the noble/worthy "ton" who were fortunate to receive an invitation to Lord Cameron's  month-long soiree at his Golden Gate Estate, arrives and participates in a game of croquet.     

Of course - all of the ladies wanted to capture the attention of the young & handsome, wealthy successor of the title, and of course - the most eligible bachelor, Lord Cameron! Always impeccably dressed and dashing, it's no surprise he is always surrounded by the ladies.  However, if you notice carefully, his usual confidence always wavers subtly as his childhood playmate, the stubborn and stunning Miss Hanna, walks into the scene.

C: "Do you even know the proper position of handling a mallet? Do you need me to show you again?"
H: "I can handle it just fine! Don't touch me!" and she thinks - how can he be a bigger pompous ass than he was last year? Despite their facade of antagonism, they soon realized they were attracted to each other...so they planned a stroll in the forest... 

And a picnic on the lawn - without a chaperone! How scandalous!!!! If anyone found out about it, Miss Hanna's reputation will be utterly ruined, and she can only settle to be someone's mistress!!! 

Still, the battle of wills persist, as the free-spirited Hanna never enjoyed being a proper "Lady" - but if she were to marry Lord Cameron, she would have to follow the strict social etiquette as befits her new status.  
Or... she continue to be her free-spirited self, but risk being a *gasp* spinster and a lasting shame to her family! Faced with the pressure to produce an heir, and admitting his love for Miss Hanna, on one fine afternoon, they decide to enjoy each other's company during a picnic!
And..came to decide that they indeed loved each other, and that they shall elope...! And! create a relationship / marriage that's reformed and will work for the two of them! 

The End~~~ :D :D :D 

*one more of beautiful Hanna!

Have a lovely week ahead! ;) ;) 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Chloe & Amanda on the beach!

Is summer really over??

Makeup & Hair: Elizabeth Chang 
Photography: Sasha Gulish
Models: Amanda & Chloe from Stars SF

I am definitely feeling the fall coming, especially in the mornings and evenings!  Don't let these sunny photos fool you - it was a little chilly by the beach!  I think this was Feb/March time.  

It was amazing that Amanda's natural hair texture was exactly what we were going for so all I did was just smooth it out a little bit with a tiny bit of cream to prevent any frizzy fly-aways!  Beachy hair is supposed to be more loose/undone, but we still want the 'mess' to look intentional and not just simply...mess!  Chloe (in the polka dot bikini) came in from Arizona (OK...if it wasn't Arizona it's close by!) and I did her hair in the car!  

I was using my trunk as a table, and I pulled out my makeup chair for them to sit!  A pair of older ladies drove by and asked Kelsie (Kelsie is Sasha's studio manager) and myself: "Is that a REAL makeup chair? Where did you buy it?" And after I said: "Los Angeles" they just drove off!! At this shoot, we had a special visitor! Kristen, their agent from Stars, stopped by and said hi!

It was challenging to select the film from this shoot, but in the end, I ended up with these 4 images that I love!  The girls were bringing it! Running down the beach, doing some cart wheels, and even interacting with strangers while modeling (not shown here obviously lol...!) 

I used Stila's One-Step Primecolor in "Kitten" on Chloe's lids, and "Pop of Pink" on the lips and cheeks. On the cheeks it was followed by Yaby Blush BL0015+BL001 for a natural coral/pink color that shows up nicely against the blueish-colored sunlight.  If you don't balance the color, it will wash out!  

In October, my husband and I are finally going on our first 'real' vacation! That means, the trip is JUST for relaxing and resting...no agenda (ie: attend a wedding etc etc)!  In fact, we have not gone on our honeymoon yet....but we've already been married 4 years (since 9/19 last week!) so it's too late to call it a honeymoon! lol...

Next week is action-packed for me! But I'm grateful to be working for sure!!! Hope everyone had a lovely weekend and an awesome week ahead! 

*dreaming of sunny beach days....~~~~ our vacation cannot come soon enough!*

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Mindy and Robert {San Francisco City Hall Wedding}

Makeup & Hair: Liz @ Skyla Arts
Dress: San Patrick @ BoLee Bridal
Photography: IQphoto

Congratulations to Mindy & Robert! This lovely couple tied the knot in San Francisco City Hall in February 2012!  Mindy phoned me to inquire about my services, and I was pretty surprised to find out that her wedding date is less than a week away, right after Valentines Day! When she came in for the consultation, I had asked her about her dress, and she told me she was on her way to Nordstroms after our appointment to try to find something. I immediately suggested my preferred vendor, BoLee Bridal Couture in Sunnyvale, CA. Mindy's folks live in China, and could not long distant flight, and even though they are having a City Hall Ceremony, I thought that she would still love for the day to be ultra special!  I think the dress definitely was definitely the magic item, that Jon the hero of the day made happen! 

Even though the timeline to get a gown would seem like mission impossible, (6 days!) it turns out that the owner Bo, had ordered an extra size 6, a "just in case" dress, for a last minute bride!  Their in-house tailor, Jon, worked miracles, and gave up his Valentines Day plans to finish the dress so that Mindy could have her beautiful San Patrick gown fitted to her petite body!!! I did not know all of this was going on until I arrived bright and early at the apartment to get Mindy ready!  

IQphoto did a phenomenal job capturing the couple and the beautiful dress! The portrait photo of Mindy standing by the window with (above photo to the right!) is just one of my favorites! :) Of course I'm a little biased because it also showcases my hair work ;P  Special thanks to Joseph from IQphoto who was patient to let me choose the photos to share on my blog and website! 

Initially during the consultation, we did an up-do with more details and texture in the back, but that was before Mindy found the dress! So she had emailed me and told me that because there is that ruffling/train detail, she thought it would be best to keep the hair in a more simple chignon, and showed me a photo of Tina Fey at the Sag Awards 2011, and I completely agreed with her decision! :) I of course love brides who know what they want and love! I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I did when I first got them from Joseph @ IQphoto!

I am excited to finally start the process of blogging the weddings from 2012 & to share all of beautiful brides earlier this year! Stay tuned! :)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Ashley Beauty Story

Makeup & Hair: Elizabeth Chang
Photographer: Laura Tillinghast lauratillinghast.com
Model: Ashley Ying @ Look Model SF

After planning out this beauty story, our original model had a last-minute emergency and couldn't make it. We still had all of the lighting equipment, so we decided to do the shoot anyway. I posted on my Facebook asking if any models were free at short notice. Thankfully, Ashley rescued the day and could come instead! We changed the concept a bit to fit Ashley's skin and the lighting, and got some beautiful photos! Ashley is a really good beauty model to work with and really knows how to pose well for the camera. Since September is here...I guess it's time to post some Fall Colors? 

We went to Michael's to get the materials for the various hair accessories. I used lip tars from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics for the lip looks. I really like the braided look on Ashley. Considering the last-minute changes, we were really happy to come out with some good images from this shoot! Check out the other photos!

This week = swamped! And Tomorrow is the Trudys Bridal Show!! I'm looking forward to it, and also looking forward to next week! 

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!!!!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Trudy's Bridal Show 9/16/12 + Sneak peak!

A sneak peak from Savannah + Brice's wedding in V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena!

Photography by the amazing XSiGHT in Sacramento!

So much to catch-up on...! But as I am working every possible work-day in September....I will have to play catch-up in October/Nov/December time! Lots of blogs to come! :) :) :) Right now I'm focused on surviving+excelling on every single job & gig this month! 

For 2013 brides in the Bay Area+Beyond, I'll be at my first larger scale Bridal Show - the Trudys Annual Outdoor Wedding Faire at the Pruneyard Shopping Center in Campbell, CA this Sunday September 16th!  There are raffle prizes and tons of goodies.  If you are getting married next year or know a friend who is getting married, it'll be a great place to look for vendors!  I am working at Turbo-Speed to get ready for this faire! 

I look forward to meeting beautiful brides+grooms-to-be there!  I hope everyone had a great weekend!!!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Santa Cruz Lifestyle/Teenagers!

Um! It's now Summer - but why am I posting a fall/winter shoot?  :) I am getting senile (yes yes...my birthday is coming up so I have legitimate reasons to say I this) and of course I haven't been posting everything in order!  This past weekend was my second time shooting in Santa Cruz, and it reminded me that I have yet to share these images on the blog! 

Photographed by Sasha Gulish, I did makeup & hair for the 9 teen models from Stars Model Management!   They were all so sweet and energetic!  These are just a few of my faves! 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Currently on the Newsstands! {Publications!!}

Earlier this spring, I worked on a look book for a quality clothing company Tart Collections but I haven't seen the images from there...until now!!!  This is a page in the September issue of Harper's Bazaar!!!!  Look for the Gwen Stefani Cover! :) I know it's not the same as having an editorial in there, but...it's still pretty exciting for me...! To see it in Harper's Bazaar! Crazy!!!  I subscribe to 3 magazines in the U.S.: W, Marie Claire & Harper's Bazaar!  Anyway...I am just so thrilled to see an image from that day, and to see it in print = even better!  The beautiful model, Larisa, is just...super gorgeous, and beautiful inside & out!! She doesn't really need any photoshop/photo editing! :P She exercises regularly, and has a passion for cooking! You can check out her blog, Model Eats to learn some unique recipes & get health/beauty tips!

Also currently found on the newsstands, is the Fall 2012 issue of The Knot!  Sorry you have to bear with my terrible iPhone photo shots of the magazines....!  But...for quality images, you can find them at your local newsstand! :D

I worked on the cover+cover story under the Key Artist, Erin Skipley!  I was really excited to assist Erin - I just had a great feeling about her, and without knowing anyone else who also knows her, contacted her via facebook messaging around February of this year, and then ran into her at The Makeup Show in LA!  I then walked over to introduce myself, and because Erin works in Seattle/LA, I knew it will be a long shot to assist her, but when this opportunity came up, I dropped everything and flew to LA for the day!!! It was a long and tough day! (GORGEOUS wedding dress after wedding dress after wedding dress) but I loved every minute of it! ! ! ! ! I was very proud to be Erin's assistant and it was very exciting to meet Elizabeth Messina and all the lovely vendors, AND to be at Smashbox studios! (more Behind The Scenes coming soon!)

If you didn't know my aesthetic already... I looove this type of look! Very bohemian, romantic...and FILM.  I was gushing the whole day!

Here are the list of the participating awesome vendors {I obtained them from Erin's blog!}
Photography: Elizabeth Messina
Makeup & Hair: Erin Skipley {assisted by Elizabeth Chang - me! me!}
Floral Design: Kathleen Hyppolite | Kat Flower
Stylist: Catherine Sheppard | The Life Styled
Decor/Furniture: Jeni Maus | Found Rentals