Contender: Laura Bello

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Laura Bello

Where are you based?
Rochester, New York

When did you take the photograph?
March 31, 2012

What equipment did you use?
Nikon D90, AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, Interfit EZ-Lite light kit

Please describe how you got this photo?
I wanted to create a beauty portrait that focused on diamonds, however being a college student I had to work around a budget to get the look I wanted. I chose to use self-adhesive gems that I had a makeup artist attach to the model’s neck to imitate a diamond necklace. Then I used a wire with attached gems as a crown around her head. Often, with my style of work, I use vibrant colors and I find that the model’s bright blue eyes and red lips add just enough pop to really draw attention to the center of the image and the model’s expression. (The model’s name is Julia Icone.)

Did you use any special techniques?
The only special technique I can think of is the gem application, which alone took about half an hour to get right.

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