November 9, 2017
The Agony and the Ecstacy of Downtime – A Response to Marie Claire’s February 2017 Claire Dane’s Cover Story
October 26, 2017
Interview with Allison Moss: The “Inside Scoop” from a Creative Director
September 14, 2017
They Call Her the DaVinci of Eyebrows
Emmy-nominated celebrity makeup artist Eugenia Weston founded SENNA Cosmetics in 1976—the first professional makeup artist line to introduce natural looking and wearable color cosmetics with prestige formulas. We were extremely excited to interview Eugenia; we spent forty minutes in a conversation spanning the use of makeup as a historical symbol of outward resistance, the importance of color theory, and what it means to be a true artist, especially within a creative industry often criticized for its narcissism.
August 31, 2017
Makeup Artists: Do you influence other creative professionals?
August 17, 2017
Meet the Experts: Interview with Makeup Artist Andre Sarmiento
Artist Interview: 15 Years in the Industry with Andre Sarmiento – At DNA, we know that we are each other’s best resource: talking to the experts is one of the best ways we can hone our craft and perfect our skills as creative professionals. Last week, we had the opportunity to chat with professional makeup artist Andre Sarmiento, whose work has been featured in Elle, Cosmopolitan, Glamour and Vogue…
August 3, 2017
How to Own up to Mistakes: Our 4-step Formula
Mistakes are the stepping stones to success. It takes a lot of drive and ambition to be an artist. Sometimes, though, an overdose of this combination can lead to hazardous mistakes. This was a lesson I learned when I burned a very important bridge with a huge record label about a decade ago…
July 20, 2017
Nail Your Next Photo Shoot: Follow These 6 Foolproof Tips
In the creative industry, time is money, period—there are always things you can do to make sure you get the most out of each and every photo shoot. As a creative professional, your goal is to impress your client and create valuable results. The key is to prepare, prepare, and then prepare some more…
July 6, 2017
What is your ultimate goal? (a.k.a. Kate Takes the Art Center)
I was recently invited to the Art Center in Pasadena for a Q&A session with the graduating photography class run by Jeff Sedlik, photographer, director, and leading expert in copyright and licensing. He’s shot some of the most beautiful jazz musician portraits I’ve ever seen. I love talking to students about the business, so I jumped at the opportunity….
June 22, 2017
Tips from the Models for a Succesful Beauty Shoot
So often, we as photographers rely on our personal preference and intuition to decide how to handle a model. But what advice can we get from the models themselves? I called on two of my favorite women and asked them if they had tips for photographers on getting the best shot, Diana Georgie and Thais D’Lima.
April 27, 2017
Kate sZatmari’s to Becoming a Photographer: Part 1
I have repeated this sentence as many times as I’ve been asked how I became a photographer. If you’re a creative professional, you know we get asked that question a lot.
May 10, 2017
Kate sZatmari’s Journey to Becoming a Photographer: Part 2
I love to read biographies. I find it inspiring to learn about people’s dreams, their obstacles, their strategies to overcome them and especially when things turned out as they planned. I love nothing more than a great success story, especially from an underdog.
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FOR MAKEUP ARTISTS: Ever wonder what a beauty photographer is expecting from you when you arrive on set? Check in with these 65 proven tips before your next job and the photographer will definitely be asking you to work with them again.