Clickin Moms 4 on 4 Blog Circle | Photography Challenge Edition

Every month myself and a very talented group of ladies from Clickin Moms get together to create the "4 on 4 Blog Circle" showcasing 4 of our favorite images from the month.  Be sure to click the link at the bottom of this post to explore the circle!

So back in December of 2014 I sat down on Skype with one of my best friends (who IS my best photographer friend) and together we came up with the idea of having a fun competition to span an entire year which essentially became a giant scavenger hunt.  Photography Challenge

One of our prompts is "Drag King" where the image has to be a self-portrait where we are transformed into men.  Makeup and styling can be outsourced but the subject AND the photographer has to be ourselves.  

Meet my, err, twin brother?  

I had never done anything like this before so not only was it a completely unique experience it also made me really stop and take my time with the photography.  I'm used to taking selfies which are decidedly feminine, smoothing harsh facial angles, a flirty eyebrow, etc.

One single frame taken was all it took for me to realize the error of my ways.  I've shot plenty of men and know how to achieve a "macho" and "masculine" image but I had NO idea how to pose that way!

It was pretty dang difficult.  I think I tossed about 3/4 of the images right out of the gate when I imported them to LR.  

I've showed these to my sister and a group of close girlfriends and here are the FAQ:

5)  How did you hide your chest?!  
     I saw a tutorial online about duct taping your boobs to the side to give the illusion of a flat chest.  Rest assured that I wasn't sticking duct tape to ANY part of my skin.  Instead I went bra-less and used my arms crossed to sort of squish them down.

4)  Who did your look?
      I did.  I did the full makeup and the styling for the shoot.

3)  How much of this is photoshopped?
     Only one thing was photoshopped.  I removed a tattoo that I have on my chest.  It looked too feminine and it also follows the curve of my cleavage so it was giving away the illusion.  The rest is 100% as is (with, of course, a little LR enhancement).

2) What the heck did you do that for?
     See above re: photo competition.

1) How in the ____ did you do that beard?!
     YouTube to the rescue!  There were quite a few tutorials from Drag Kings who showed a step by step process for faux beard application.  I'm sure I could have tried to achieve the look with simple makeup but I wanted something textured to add to the illusion.  The exact video I used can be found here.

And just for reference:

Be sure to follow the circle to view Allison's take on this month's 4 on 4!


  1. OMG! You could TOTALLY pass as a man! Wonderful make up, posing and photography. What a fun challenge.

    1. Thank you Denise! I haven't had this much fun on a shoot in a long time!

  2. That's so awesome! It's amazing how much you can transform yourself with the use of make-up and a few closet changes.

  3. WOW that is impressive! Great work, on all accounts!

    1. Sorry about my username, I don't know how to leave a reply unless it is under my husbands fantasy football google name lol!

  4. Wow! Great job with the transformation, very impressive.

  5. Oh my gosh! That is amazing. How cool and creative. Great job!