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Faces of Tracey: Monday Marilyn

I first met a woman who had insane red spiral curls and meticulously applied rainbow eyeshadow, who vamped for the camera with an enthusiasm beyond compare. She was made to be in front of a lens. When we arranged to meet up a few weeks later, the woman who approached was Tracey au naturel, with her own shorn hair and not a speck of makeup. She was still compelling; she was also completely unrecognizable.

Some people change their look with the seasons. Others mourn a breakup with the requisite dramatic haircut, or celebrate one job (employment) with another (dye). Tracey Matthews takes the exercise to a whole new level, radically changing her hair and makeup on an almost daily basis. Her day job is in a downtown firm; in off-hours, she works her makeup magic as a freelance artist.

For one week this spring, Tracey and I met after she’d left work, to document the persona she’d created and presented to the world that day. She’d park her Chevy Tahoe, step into the studio and bam! she was ready, with stories and expressions and infectious enthusiasm. Other than a touch up in the bathroom mirror, what I saw and photographed was how she’d looked since leaving her house that morning for a day in the office. At the end of the session, we always made sure to capture her look after she’d taken off the day’s ‘do.

And now, I introduce to you a self-described Gothic rocker princess, who woke up that Monday morning inspired by pin-up girls and the memory of Marilyn Monroe.

Session Details:

Music: Heart

Look: Marilyn & pinup girls

Tip from Tracey: A lighter eyebrow is best when working with a lighter haircolor.

Sheryl P. - I’ve known this amazing chameleon for over 10 years…and you really never DO see the same face twice – she can WORK that makeup brush and those wigs! But the beautiful heart & soul on the inside never varies, no matter the exterior decorations.

Linda Michelle - This is the Tracey-Facey we all know and love. I have learned so much from her; from make up to confidence, from heart speak to wilding out (all in the name of fun, of course). I am so very thrilled to see her featured here. You, my dear, have an excellent eye!!

Maria - That’s our girl. She is so talented. Love you girl.

Gina Bee - I know this woman and she is AWESOME. Not only her make-up but her heart and spirit. What a great article. Congratulations on finding her and congratulations to her for being found.

Faces of Tracey: Tuesday’s Animal Spirit » The Archiphotovist - [...] For one week this spring, Tracey and I met after she’d left work, to document the persona she’d created to present to the world that day. See Monday’s look here. [...]

Claire - Tracey is an incredible FORCE of Nature. To call her a Lady or a Queen is to limit her tremendously.
She is blessed to find someone who can capture the unattainable. Good job Ms. archiphotovist!!!

Faces of Tracey: Thursday Bluesday » The Archiphotovist - [...] left work, to document the persona she’d created to present to the world that day. Here are Monday’s,  Tuesday’s, and Wednesday’s [...]

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