About my absence...

It’s been a few months since most of you heard from me. As some of you already know I fell ill late April (had type A and B flu) and since I’ve been trying to recover from it all. You can read more in depth here:

www.facebook.com/noamyphotography/posts/2554876014524688

I ended up in the ER four times, the last one being in June where I stayed there for three days. They did all types of tests including MRIs, scans with contrast, a lot of blood work and I left with no answers. After a lot of research I found out that the medication (Lorazepam) given to me on my first ER visit (I went there because I was having shortness of breath and wasn’t sleeping) was causing me all these horrible ailments I described in my FB post. At the time I didn’t know that this drug was in the same family as Xanax. Over a decade ago I ended up in the ER because my body was going through big changes. I went cold turkey from alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine which caused my body to do funny things. I was 19 at the time and didn’t know what was happening so I ended up there. Since they couldn’t find the cause of my ailments they immediately gave me Xanax without any warning of it’s dependency and withdrawals. They literally were like “here take this and we’ll give you a prescription for it.” My body went through withdrawals the moment the first pill was out of my system and I spent months recovering from that horrible drug even though I was on it for a week or so.

I told the doctor from my first ER visit that I do not want anything like Xanax as my body didn’t take it well. She reassured me that I would be ok, it’ll be like taking a shot of whiskey so it’ll knock me out. I trusted her and took it. She said I could take it as a “as needed basis” so I only took it for 3 days to let my body catch up on rest but my body became dependent and that’s when all this hell started. Once my body became accustomed to the drug the withdrawals started to kick in. I didn’t understand what was happening, the drugs stopped working, I was worse. I ended up going to the doctor asking for sleeping pills because I would be up for days but I didn’t know that my insomnia along with the other horrible symptoms were from abruptly stopping the Ativan. I never amped up my dose for Ativan to make it work as it was before, even though it was suggested by my doctor. After many follow up visits, blood work, theories and dismissals, they never had an answer for my “bizarre” symptoms and I repeatedly asked “could it be the Ativan I’m taking?” and I was assured it wasn't. The rheumatologist, the sleep doctor and even the general doctor were eager to prescribe me more, “ Here’s another month’s worth”. These doctors were so eager to give out Xanax or Ativan like it’s freaking CANDY! And none, not one ever told me the risks/complications of it. One doctor told me “are you sure you don’t want to take a sample of Xanax?” Eddie and I looked at her at the same time as we were exiting and told her at the same time “NO!”

Despite my bad state I did a lot of research and discovered it was the drug. I knew I had to come off the drug but you can’t just stop it abruptly. I went through that on only the first three days and it was impossible so I had to get back on it (1mg at night) and begin a tapering process. For the next 2 months I had to go from 1mg nightly to 0.75mg to 0.50mg to 0.25mg to nothing. Some might say this was a fast taper but I was only on it for about 1 month and wanted off this drug asap. This was a whole other thing that I needed to hurl through if I wanted to recover from this and it wasn't going to be easy. Each time I tapered down my symptoms worsened until I leveled out, once I did I tapered again and the symptoms came back.

Each person is different so the recovery process varies. August 17 was my last dose and I’m finally on the road to recovery so my body now just needs time to heal. I found that meditation helps tremendously as well as benzobuddies.org. That website is great for support and reading people’s posts reassures me that all the weird symptoms I face day to day are all part of the recovery process. I’m on that road to recovery, I don’t know how long it’s going to take for my brain and nervous system to get back to normal but I’m happy I’m off that drug. It’s only a matter of time now.

For those of you going through this I’m so sorry for your pain. You are strong and resilient, you are a fighter. Know that time will heal you and it will come.

Behind the Scenes 2019 NAHA Finalist - Nohemi Capetillo | Makeup Artist Of The Year

I’ve been meaning to share some images and video snippets of THE MOIRAI Collection for NAHA’s 2019 Makeup Artist of the Year . You can read all about it in an interview with BangStyle by clicking HERE.

Trying to get a BTS footage on top of everything else was nearly impossible to be honest. I wanted this collection to go smoothly so selfies were not even in my head when the pressure was one. Some of you might be like, well you could just set up the camera in a certain spot and press record. Well it wasn't that easy. I had to move back and forth between the studio and makeup room, with makeup and hair done as well as spikes and trying to keep it PG 13 because…well I was topless. Most of the footage I captured was test footage before making final adjustments and throwing the robe to the side and getting in the zone. I figured showing you something was better than nothing right? Next time I’m getting someone else to film BTS! I am happy that most of my focus was entirely on the shoot and footage was last on my list. Sadly I don’t have any of the RED as that one was my most challenging and time consuming. I’m not much of a writer, however, if you have any questions I’d be more than happy to answer them in the comment box or you can email me directly at noamythephotographer@gmail.com

2019 NAHA Makeup Artist of the Year Nohemi Capetillo

Body paint: @mehronmakeup Liquid Makeup
Lips:  @mehronmakeup Liquid Makeup
Foundation: @fentybeauty 
Black Eyeliner: @mehronmakeup Liquid Makeup
Red Eyeliner: @nyxcosmetics
Highlighter: @bhcosmetics Spot Highlight

2019 NAHA Makeup Artist of the Year

Body paint: @mehronmakeup Liquid Makeup
Lips: @katvondbeauty Vampira
Foundation: @fentybeauty 
Eyeliner: @mehronmakeup Liquid Makeup
Highlighter: @bhcosmetics Spot Highlight

2019 NAHA Makeup Artist of the Year

Body paint: @mehronmakeup Liquid Makeup
Black lips: @mehronmakeup Liquid Makeup
Foundation: @fentybeauty 
White mascara: Bloody Mary Cosmetics
Red eyeliner: @nyxcosmetics 
Highlighter: @bhcosmetics Spotlight Highlight 6 Color Palette

Behind the scenes makeup artist of the year

I didn’t have to worry too much about the black covering up my tattoos so I didn’t layer as much as I did with the red and white.

And yes I did shave my eyebrows to achieve my vision. #arthasnolimits

I definitely layered a bit of Fenty Foundation before applying the Mehron white liquid makeup.

I used eyelash glue to get the spikes to stick to my face and chest.

If you still haven’t read the interview with BangStyle here it is below:

Model turned photographer and now a makeup artist, she's taught herself everything she knows! As the model, artist, and photographer, Nohemi Capetillo has blown us away with her artistry. Her inspiration was everything she loves, from color to style and everything that embodies her character. We are so excited to share the beauty she has created both inside and out. Keep reading to learn more about her collection and how she got to where she is today!

Tell us more about you as an artist. How did you get into makeup? 

Well, I’m actually full-time photographer that also does makeup as a secondary creative outlet. As long as I can remember I have loved to paint and draw. I became fascinated with makeup when I was given permission to use it and loved expressing myself through that. I knew my style was weird to most people and I was bullied/made fun of/put down on many occasions, however, I didn’t let negativity get to me and I stayed true to myself.

How has your style changed over the years? 

That’s a very good question. I don’t feel like my style has changed at all. I’ve always had a passion for the dark and the weird, I think I just learned what complements one another and have adapted from there. I am still that Goth girl on the inside, haha.

What was the inspiration behind this collection? 

This was actually a mix of things. As I mentioned before, I was put down for my style, which was and still is a lot of cat eye designs. I wanted to take what was “me” and put it in this collection along with my three favorite complementary colors. With those colors I wanted to portray a character trait for each. Black is integrity, White is humility, and red, which isn’t anger as most people would think, it’s perseverance. A few of the many character traits that I strongly abide by.

What was your biggest challenge in creating this collection? 

The biggest challenge, funny enough, was me. Everyone that knows me knows I’m a perfectionist and I’m my absolute worst critic when it comes to anything I do. There were numerous times that I kept going back and forth between minute details such as the angle of liner and things like that. The second bit was doing everything yourself – hair styling, makeup, photography, and lighting setup for three separate looks. The amount of body paint was heavier than normal due to the tattoo coverage so after one look I had to pop in the shower and start all over again. It can be really challenging, but nothing good comes easy.

What does your collection say about trends or movements within the industry? 

I feel like the trends/movements are heading towards a positive direction each year. People, as well as artists can be themselves and express themselves more, which means they can stay true to their path and true to themselves. In this case, getting in touch with your dark side isn’t a bad thing.

If you were to describe this collection in one word, what would it be? 

Bizarre –
but not in a bad way, more of a way that intrigues the audience with fascination.

Did you have any hero products? (Or any product faves!?) 

I DO! I can’t begin to tell you how the Fenty Foundation has saved me immensely. I’m in my 30’s and still suffer from acne (sadly my body doesn’t know puberty is over) so when I use it, it covers my scars perfectly without having to use concealer! I’m also a big fan of Mehron and Kat Von D cosmetics.

What were you hoping to convey to your audience with this collection? 

I wanted to convey emotion and encourage people to get out there and just bring out the best in each other.

Tell us a little more about you, as an artist. 

Well, I’m a former model turned photographer, not many people know that. I’ve been in the industry in some way for the past 15 years now and it all stemmed from creative visuals in videogames, films, and animation. My passion for creating fueled my hunger for knowledge and I began to learn as much as I could with photography, editing, film, makeup, wardrobe, etc. I’m entirely self-taught and I’m always learning as everything is evolving.

I’m a hardcore fan of color, don’t let my monochromatic attire fool you, as you’ve probably have seen in my heavily saturated portfolio. I love to turn something “ordinary” into my interpretation of beauty, which always has some type of twist –subtle at times but it’s definitely there. I also don’t like to limit myself, I love all types of photography and know everything from beauty, hair, conceptual, dark, portrait and so on.

Where will we find you in Long Beach?! 

I will be walking around ISSE! I will also be on stage with Liza Espinoza and Cherry Petenbrink on Sunday at 3:15 pm. You will definitely see me at the Red Carpet Ceremony and the after party celebrating with all the creative artists! I always love meeting new people so if you see me be sure to say hello!!

If you won the lotto (or slot machine) tomorrow, what would you do? 

Oh my! I’m not going to lie but I would be a bit selfish and splash out with a lot of photography gear and possibly get my custom pick up truck and motorcycle I always wanted. If it was a large sum that I received, however, I would definitely open up multiple animal shelters.

Fourth

It seems like I very rarely blog but I assure you that's on my list of things to be more active on. Speaking of being more active, I finally gave into Instagram so if you would like to follow my shenanigans as well as some behind the scenes from photoshoots I strongly advise for you to come FOLLOW!

I've been experimenting more with lighting lately as well as learning new techniques to improve my retouching skills. If I'm not working I'm always looking to learn new things and YouTube is an excellent resource to everything you can think of. I love to push boundaries and keep improving any way I can. I really look forward to working with wonderful artistic individuals next month. I have a few projects that also include videos. Around the beginning of next year I will be collaborating with a wonderful European model who is talented in many ways. She will be flying all the way from Germany to Chicago! I won't give out too many details but please stay tuned.

A few weeks ago I had the wonderful opportunity to work with a phenomenal hair stylist that modeled for me. She was amazing and I am really looking forward to finishing the image as it's one of my most involved photoshoots by far and my ultimate favorite.

I put a little video together of what I sometimes do before a shoot if I'm unsure of what the lighting will look like. I highly encourage everyone to keep practicing and enhance your skills. If you don't have a model present invite your friend over or, in my case, just use yourself. Do what you must and keep on going.

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I receive a lot of beautiful comments about my work and excellent constructive critique that helps me better myself as an artist. Throughout the years I've followed many talented artists such as models, painters, tattoo artists, photographers, digital illustrators, and many others that have kept me motivated, inspired and helped me push boundaries. Photographers that had a huge impact in my work were artists like Billy Sheahan, Kevin Thayer, Chad Michael Ward, Lithium Picnic, Lindsay Adler Photography and many more. 

I get asked where I received my training for my photography and editing and I'm proud to say that most of it is self taught through errors and victories. When I get stuck with something or have no knowledge on how to go about with editing or light placement I seek advice from great tutors on YouTube. I learned some advanced editing techniques from PhLearn, Garth Williams Retouch, and many others. There's so much you can learn on YouTube alone! 

I wanted to share a couple of pictures from two lovely ladies I shot last year and again this year.

noAmy the Photographer Erin
noAmy the Photographer Cecilia
noAmy the Photographer

The last image is featured on Dark Beauty Magazine's website, go check it out!

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Photography isn't something I stumbled upon recently. I've been involved in the industry for quite sometime but it wasn't until 5 years or so ago that I was in a position to be able to purchase equipment. As some of you may already know, investing into any business can be stressful but most of all financially crippling at times. I'm not to the level that I'd like to be nor do I have the equipment that would make my job a little easier but I take everything one day at a time. My home studio may not be the most ideal place due to it's (limited) size but I'm still extremely grateful for what I have and can't wait to expand in the future. 

Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.
— Ansel Adams

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Last week I had the chance to work with two lovely friends. I've been trying to arrange a time to shoot them for months but due to scheduling conflicts it didn't happen sooner and then I get them both, on the same day. I first shot Jazmin who is an great stylist and great model (images to come) and lastly it was Erin who has been modeling for many years. Although the weather was crummy and some ideas were supposed to be shot outdoors we managed to make some epic images in my home studio that I'm far beyond happy with.

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