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MAKING THE SHOOT
AN INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION
FEATURING SELMA BLAIR
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARTA DYMEK
ART DIRECTION BY LEIGH ANDERSON
STYLING BY JAK [JESSICAANDKELLY.COM]
HAIR BY SEAN MIKEL
MAKEUP BY JO STRETTELL AT MAGNET AGENCY
PHOTOGRAPHED AT SMASHBOX STUDIOS, HOLLYWOOD
 

“I’m really honored that I will be published in The Lab Magazine.” —MARTA DYMEK, Making the Shoot winner

The Lab Magazine and Photoculture are proud to present the work of Marta Dymek, the winner of Making the Shoot. Launched in October 2011, this international competition invited photographers, both amateur and professional to submit their best work for consideration for a truly one-of-a-kind Grand Prize – a fully financed editorial shoot at Smashbox Studios, the result of which is featured here.

The Lab Magazine and a judging panel of world-class photographers, agents and creative directors were blown away by the response. Dymek’s high caliber offerings secured her the top spot and the shooting experience of a lifetime. In January the San Francisco Academy of Art University student, a few months shy of completing her BFA in Photography, found out she had won. “I don’t remember my reaction but I think I tried my best not to squeal into the phone,” she said. “After I hung up, I ran around my building a couple of times; I was insanely excited.”

She was flown from her home in San Francisco to Los Angeles, California to claim her prize. Residing in West Hollywood’s boutique Farmer’s Daughter Hotel, Dymek spent the day at Smashbox Studios photographing actress Selma Blair, using cameras and equipment provided by Digital Fusion. Excited and undaunted, she embraced the experience. “It was absolutely great,” she said. “I got to use any equipment I wanted from the studio and Selma was so sweet and fun to work with; she’s a very lovely lady. Everybody else who was in the studio was so kind to me as well. I felt very blessed.”

The Lab’s Creative Director Justin Tyler Close described the shoot as fantastic. “You could tell she was nervous at first,” he said, “but once she got in the studio, she relaxed and was really going for it.” There’s no doubt her talent and hard work can be seen in these stunning photos of the Hellboy and Cruel Intentions star. “It’s been a great experience, getting to know the whole process of creating an editorial spread,” Dymek said. “I feel like I was given just the right amount of freedom during the shoot. It’s a great publication and I can’t wait to show it off.”

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