Monday, February 25, 2013

Elizaveta Brotherton - Nordby Model Shootout Winner

When Elizaveta Brotherton's competition photo received over 700 votes in the first Nordby Model Shootout, she won an amazing prize package that included an all day, on-location, couture photo shoot.

I was so excited when I was brought on to style this shoot for the brunette, 
light-eyed, Russian beauty with an Adriana Lima-esque, exotic appeal.  

So the planning began....

We were so fortunate to be connected with the owners of a fabulous private estate here in Anchorage who were more than willing to allow us into their home for this shoot. 

This location had everything we envisioned - 18,000 square feet of opportunity including an elaborate foyer with circular staircases, a gorgeous library, a theater, amazing flooring and furniture.

We couldn't have asked for more, but we were blessed yet again when Fourth Avenue Boutique accepted our offer to have our selection of their beautiful gowns featured and promoted through this shoot.

We began at 8:30am on Saturday morning.  I wanted Leeza's look to be glamorous and stunning without overpowering her natural beauty.  She had just returned from a vacation in Hawaii, so her bronzed skin and dark hair were already such a lovely contrast from her light eyes.  I applied a customized smokey eye using the Urban Decay Naked Palette and the bh Cosmetics 3rd Edition 120 Palette and tied it all together with a set of MAC 7 Lashes.  Her flawless, contoured skin finish was thanks to Revlon Photoready Airbrush FoundationMaybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting ConcealerMAC Mineralize Skin Finish, and Smashbox Bronze Lights

I set her hair in rolled, pinned iron curls with a Hot Tools Professional 1 1/4" Spring Iron after gently teasing the roots with got2b Sexy Voluptuous Volume Hairspray and allowed the curls to take their shape while I applied makeup.  When I let the curls down she had gorgeous textured waves with plenty of volume that lasted all day long.

We had a long day - almost 12 hours from start to finish - but the images that resulted were worth every effort.  

Jeff Nordby's genius artistic vision and experienced lighting techniques made 
every aspect of the shoot come to life in a way none of us could have expected. 

Leeza was adorably excited, sweet, and hardworking throughout the entire day.
She was an absolute joy to work with.

Special thanks to my best friend and incredible assistant, Ross Alexander, who assisted both Jeff and me with anything and everything we needed throughout the day.

Finally, none of this would have been possible without the incredible generosity of Fourth Avenue Boutique and Isis Jordan, who dedicated her day to fitting Leeza in the gorgeous dresses pictured here. 

The finished images are an amazing pay off and visual testament of everyone's hard work.

Thank you SO much to everyone!

All dresses are available for purchase at
Fourth Avenue Boutique
610 E. 4th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 277 - 4425
Please contact/visit them for all your prom, wedding, or formal event attire!
Follow them on Instagram @fourth_ave_boutique

Contact Jeff Nordby  on Facebook
or at Nordby Photography on Facebook
Follow him on Instagram @jeffnordby

Follow our beautiful model on Instagram @elizavetabrotherton

For styling pricing/booking please contact me 
 Hali Carr on Facebook
and follow me on Instagram @halicarr

Ross Alexander, Elizaveta Brotherton, and Me

1 comment:

  1. I couldn't imagine having anyone else doing hair and makeup for this shoot. You were the first MUA we thought of when we were planning this. You not only did all the hair and makeup for the day on Leeza, but you were also wonderful with suggestions with poses and looks. You're super easy to work with and your enthusiasm is inspiring. It is ALWAYS a pleasure working with you Hali! If you're involved in a shoot, I know it's going to turn out good!