Behind the Scenes of a Photo Shoot


This time last year I was delighted to hear that Lynn Knox from @streetlifehair had won an award at the Great Lengths Awards 2019. The previous June I had been asked to do the photo shoot for Lynn’s entry.

Great Lengths are the leading hair extensions brand in the world available in over 60 countries. The hair is the most natural available coming from hair donated in India from the temples as part of the Hindu religion. It is the most ethically and fairly sourced hair on the market.

The Great Lengths awards is a competition where all salons who use the brand compete to show off their talent by submitting a photograph of their work using the brand. There were five categories and Lynn entered “Captivating Colour”. She won the category and was awarded the wonderful accolade and as a prize won a 5 star trip to Italy to the home of Great Lengths.

model before shots

I started by taking some “before” shots of beautiful model Shannon with her hair in a natural style and without make up.

styling hair

Lynn created a vibrant copper tone in the hair using Kevin Murphy hair colour. She kept the root colour slightly darker for more dimension.

hair extensions

She then applied 50 Great Lengths tape hair extensions in 50cm length. She used three different vibrant copper colours for this. She wanted the hair and styling to be reminiscent of old Ireland while showing a modern simple style to the hair. She used a simple curl texture in the hair and wanted to keep it soft and movable.

applying Great Length hair extensions

Edwina, salon owner, makeup artist and Great Lengths educator, did Shannon’s makeup, looking for an edgy style which wouldn’t detract from Shannon’s amazing new hairstyle.

Here are the final photographs:

Award winning hair style
hair style from back
the award winning hair style
hair style from back
model with final hair style

Thank you to Streetlife Hair for inviting me to do the photo shoot, you can contact them on (056) 776 3877 or on their Facebook page or Instagram.

Model: Shannon Donovan @_shannon.donovan_




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