Photographer | Oana Sauca

For some time now, I am thinking about a project that I didn’t have the opportunity to implement, nor did I found the location to put it into practice, but the idea kept on popping up in my mind … a portrait in the water.
Talking with my hairstylist friend Alina about this project, she showed me this photo of the pool in her yard. It looked like I just found the right place 🙂

Oana Sauca Beauty photography

The next day we gathered in Alina’s yard, me, Cristina the makeup artist and our lovely model, Catalina, confident that we will be able to create those photos I had imagined.

We had some adventures … at one point the rain started, which made it difficult for me to use the studio flash in the open air.
Then I realized that I can’t take the frames that I wanted from above, I was too close to the model with the lens I wanted to use, namely Canon 100mm f2.8 macro L, a lens I fell in love with because of the clarity of the images and the colors it renders, as you can be seen in the crop detail below:

Oana Sauca beauty photography

But finally, the rain passed and I solved the problem of the distance to the model with a ladder, where I was perched on for several hours.

Below you can see the result of the first part of our photo session, where we tackled an angelic fresh and bright look.

Oana Sauca Beauty photography

If you wonder why the water has this appearance, the answer is … milk 🙂

Oana Sauca beauty photography


I used a single light source consisting of a 100-watt Elinchrom rx one studio light with Elinchrom Rotalux 100cm deep octa light modifier, positioned somewhere above the model at a 45″

Oana Sauca Beauty photography

Since the flash was used at a rather low power and that the photos were taken outdoors, during the day, an important contribution was made by the direct sunlight.

Technical details:

Lens: Canon 100mm f2.8 L Macro
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Light: 100in Elinchrom D-Lite RX ONE
+ Elinchrom D-Lite RX 4 400W
ISO 100, f/9, 1/160 sec

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Makeup | Cristina Smeu

The red amber hair shade, inspired me and led me to create a eye makeup in harmony with it, so I used warm colors like orange, brown and gold. The orange tones together with the blue of the iris create a complementary chromatic contrast, thus attracting attention and highlighting the eye area. I got the fuller eye effect by applying a white pencil on the water line while the use of the mascara gave a deeper look.

For a rebellious look, I combed the eyebrows upwards and drew hairs where it was necessary, while keeping their natural shape.

With the help of the face makeup I wanted to highlight the model’s freckles, I applied the foundation in a very thin layer so that I will obtain as little coverage as possible. I shaped the complexion following the shape of the face, I’ve applied a peach blush and lighted the high points of the face.

For the lips I chose a red-orange lipstick that would come in contrast with the eyes, completing the whole look.

Beauty photography by Oana Sauca

I used:

1. Skincare

Tonic lotion – Bioderma Sensibio H2O
Cream – Bioderma Atoderm Nutritive
Foundation – Makeup for ever ultra HD – Y245 + Mayam Jojoba Gold Oil
Concealer – NYX – Conceal, Correct, Contour – 3CP01 Light/Clair
Powder – ParisBerlin Translucent Loose Powder exM.
Contouring – NYX highlight & Countour Pro Palette
Highlight – Anastasia Beverly Hills – Moon Child Glow Kit

2. Eyebrows

Boys’n Berries – instabrows waterproof in shades : Honey/chestnut/walnut

3. Eye makeup

Eyeshadows: Melkior – Peach eyeshadow / Diaphane eyeshadow
L’oreal Paris – Colour Riche Infiniment Bronze
Wet N Wild – Coloricon Eye Shadow Trio
Pencil: NYX – Jumbo Eye Pencil 604 Milk Lait
Mascara: Bourjois mascara Waterproof Volume reveal

4. Lip

Kiko Milano Unlimited double touch – Base colour + Top coat Brilliant leves

Hair | Alina Niculescu

Alina was able to highlight the shape of Catalina’s face and her high cheekbones by hairspring some hair locks in slightly circular shapes, the rest of her hair being tied back in a sparkle.


Photographer | Oana Sauca

Model | Catalina N. Maria
Hair | Alina Niculescu
Makeup | Cristina Smeu


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