by Beth Adair
A talented makeup artist can make all the difference in the world to your next head shot or photo shoot. I wanted to get a few shots in fairly “natural looking” makeup, for a “business look”, & that would also show up in pictures. In Jacksonville, Renee Parenteau is a fabulous contact.
I had first met Renee when working on a photo shoot with the late Paul Figura back in 2011. Paul was locally known, well liked, & had worked with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Paul had accounts out-of-state with goals in commercial work. In 2011. I was eagerly trying then to get the attention of a fitness magazine staff & wanted unedited shots to send to them. (In hopes of getting picked up on a potential project, later on). Paul came highly recommended by Chris Condon, a friend from high school, & photographer for the PGA tour.
It was an incredible gift, as I worked with Paul free on spec. Sometimes you won’t know where or why you’ll get such nice favors by photographers, but I am always grateful. Paul talked about his 2 kids the whole shoot.
I didn’t even have to explain to Renee what I was looking for, a “sport” look as she already knew & had already done work out in Los Angeles. I showed at her studio before the crack of dawn, so we could be Paul’s studio by 7 am. I had always been trained in college to show with clean hair and no makeup on, so that’s how I arrived.
The look was perfect. A natural “sporty look”, & using mostly muted shades, with lash extensions. On any given day at the gym, you will find me with mascara or lipstick. I’ve been known to show at marathons with a full face of makeup (something not always understood by other runners).
Years later, I’d cross paths with Renee again, and she was just as fun to work with. Her studio had transitioned to both makeup and still shot photography. I needed a few head shot looks for my professional profile. I got some in a suit, and a “housewife look” in a denim shirt.
My agent and I met later that month and we reviewed pictures. She commented that Renee did great work. I hope if your travels bring you to Jacksonville, you’ll add Renee to your list of contacts for make up.
Renee works in the Jacksonville, Florida area. Contact her at reneeparenteauphoto.com. The headshot below was taken in 2017. Renee did hair, makeup & photography that day.
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