Here’s my first collaborative post on the blog! I’m so excited to share this work with you as it’s born out of the magazine I’ve worked so many years to build. Off the Cuff, as I’ve mentioned before, has been a core part of my time at Boston University and to be able to work with some our talented models, makeup artists and photographers for my own blog is beyond words. We did some really avant-garde makeup, but kept the look itself simple. I wanted to have the colors pop and focus on having our faces pop in the photos. Since this is my first collaborative shoot (My birthday and New York City posts don’t count), I figured I’d let the people I’m working with do the talking this time. I asked each of them a few questions, so make sure to read about Andriana, Nicki and Clare below. And give each of them a follow on their respective social media!
Andriana Todorović, a veteran OTC’er, did the insane makeup job on me and Clare. She’s been the go-to person for makeup with the organization since day one. She always slayyyyys. And since it’s Christmas time, she’s currently sleighhhhhing. Make sure to check out her website, BeautybyAndriana for all the makeup advice you could ever need.
Q: So you’ve been with OTC since we started, how did you find out about it?
I found out about Off the Cuff during my COM 101 lecture. The first Creative Director came in to talk about the student organization. I spent the rest of my time deciding on what photos to send you for my application. I got accepted shortly after and have been loving it ever since.
Q: What got you interested in makeup and when did you get started?
I’ve always been the artsy/crafty type. One day in the summer before 8th grade, I discovered the beauty community on YouTube. I spent all night and the next few days just watching every video I could possibly find. After that, I slowly started to buy makeup to try it out on myself. To me, makeup is an art. It’s a great way for people to express themselves, but it’s also so much fun to use the face as a canvas, which is what we did for this shoot. I’ve done my own makeup since 2007, but didn’t start working with other people until 2010. It wasn’t until Off the Cuff though that I was able to take makeup application on others to a whole new level.
Q: Where do you see yourself doing makeup as a career?
Ultimately, I would like to make my own cosmetics company. That’s my dream. If that doesn’t work out, I would love to be a makeup artist for movies or broadway shows.
Q: Lastly, tell me about what you used for today’s shoot.
For today’s shoot, we really wanted to go for a colorful, eccentric look. To make their looks possible, I used the Make Up For Ever 12 Flash Color Case (a makeup artist’s must have palette). For their colorful eye, I used the Urban Decay Electric Palette. This palette was the star of this shoot because it is filled with a ton of bright colors, a lot of which made an appearance on their faces.
Nicki Gitter shot the fabulous pics you will see when you scroll down. I’ve worked with Nicki on multiple shoots for OTC, including this semester’s (and my last as Editor in Chief) cover shoot, On An Evening In Boston which launches on Dec. 10 both in print and online. To see more of Nicki’s work, go to her homepage.
Q: When did you start to get involved with photography?
I’ve been into photography since middle school, and in high school I went to Italy and Paris for photo workshops, which is when I really started taking my photography work seriously.
Q: What kind of camera do you shoot with?
I use a Canon 70D. It’s my baby.
Q: How did you hear about OTC (my baby)?
My freshman year at BU is when I first learned about Off the Cuff, and started shooting for the organization. Getting involved with Off the Cuff has been one of the best decisions I’ve made — it lets me explore my passion in a professional setting, and in addition to working with some truly amazing and talented people.
Clare Stonich has been modeling for OTC since she first came to BU her freshman fall. Eloquent and confident, she killed in our OTCAW14 POP! shoot so I knew she’d be perfect to use for this one. If you haven’t checked her Instagram out already, do so now because it’s fuego. If you want to see more on how her beautiful mind works, make sure to check our her poetry and photography.
Q: So you’re from the West Coast. What made you want to come all the way to frigid Boston?
Change of scenery, mostly. I think it’s important for people to experience different places and people in order to grow. It’s easy to stay in the same place, especially the always sunny Southern California, but I needed to challenge myself and push my boundaries. It wasn’t easy leaving, but I’m happy I did. I can always go back one day. This is what I needed at this time in my life.
Q: You’ve been involved with OTC since you first got to BU and been killing it. What do you love about the organization?
Coming to college, I was concerned that I would struggle to find a creative community that would help me foster and develop all of my artistic interests. Luckily, I found Off the Cuff, which has resulted in a number of relationships with talented, driven people and led to experiences that I wouldn’t have found anywhere else at BU.
Q: Between modeling for OTC and always posting fire Instagram posts, have you considered modeling as career path post-grad?
No, being photographed is mostly something I enjoy doing when it involves working with positive, supportive, and friendly people. In the professional world, you hear horror stories of people being constantly ridiculed for their looks, weight, etc. I am already critical enough of myself that I don’t want to put myself in the position of letting others tear me down as well. I need to learn to be happy with myself, both inside and out. I don’t think pursuing a career in modeling would propel me in a positive direction.
Q: We did some funky makeup for this shoot, how are you feeling it?
It made me feel like a female David Bowie. It was art of my face, what’s not to love!
Q: Any modeling tips you want to give the Not Vincenzo readers?
Confidence makes all the difference in the world. There are tons of people that aren’t “classically” beautiful, but when a person exudes confidence, it shines through more than any other physical attribute. On the other hand, some really beautiful people aren’t comfortable with having their photo taken, and that shows as well. If you believe you look good, others will pick up on that energy in the photo. At least, that’s what I believe.
Q: What makes Clare tick, tell me about what you love to do.
I love to travel and explore. Nothing gets me more excited than trying new things. I’m an adrenaline junky so I’m into going places and going on excursions that are kind of crazy. I went cave spelunking in Costa Rica a couple of years ago and then I swam with sharks in Bora Bora right after I graduated high school.
Q: What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Music! If I hadn’t gone to BU, I would’ve been studying Jazz Vocal Performance at Berklee College of Music. It was a very hard decision for me to make, but I feel like I made the right one. I’m a very emotionally expressive person, which is why I think I gravitate towards creating art, and music in particular. It serves as my release. When I haven’t produced some form of creative work in a long time, I feel an overwhelming sadness. It’s easy to get caught up in socializing and academics. Sometimes I use it as an excuse for why I haven’t been focused on music, but that’ll always be my true source of happiness. That, and my family! There are no better supporters in the world than my parents and siblings.
Q: What is the one thing you wish you could change about the world?
I wish I could change the way people approached relationships– not only romantic relationships, but all types of relationships. I’ve found, especially among our generation, that there has been a severe degradation in the value of healthy relationships. People are afraid of probing the surface and understanding others, loving them. For some reason, the word love has become slightly synonymous with weakness. Although everyone wants to be loved, they are afraid of expressing it. I suppose it’s a fear of rejection. I love a bit too freely and quickly, which isn’t great either. But I’d rather love than be too afraid to say how I feel.
These three women are so beyond talented and I couldn’t have asked to work with better people. Thank you all for such an amazing shoot.
Featuring Clare Stonich
Hair & Makeup by Andriana Todorović
Photography by Nicki Gitte