ABOUT MAKEUP ARTIST & PHOTOGRAPHER MAYA COHEN | ofPURPLE
I am a professional makeup artist and photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I'm also a painter, poet and lyricist. As you can imagine, my life is constantly infused with color, shapes and literary images. Brushes, texture, hues and shades allow me to capture the light and darkness that I see in our experiences. I enjoy drawing together knowledge and technique from these different art fields.
I am internationally published, with 17 years of experience. For some, makeup is a luxury; for others, a way of life. For me? It's a profession, a calling, and the gift to create confidence and purpose. Makeup is therapeutic, expressive and empowering.
Most importantly, it's FUN!
I specialize in: Classic looks, Natural looks, High Fashion, Glow glow glow, Mature ladies, and Wedding makeup.
I studied and added hair styling to my repertoire in order to provide my clients with a fuller beauty service.
I specialize in: Contemporary and era updos, fashion-forward catwalk, and trending hair styles for photoshoots.
As a photographer, I am self-taught, a process I've nurtured nonstop for over 20 years. My big brother gifted me my first digital camera before anyone I knew had one. My passionate relationship with images was then enhanced by my early obsession with Photoshop. I've since honed my skills, and I now specialize in portrait and beauty editing.
I've been so lucky; I collected wisdom from stellar celebrity photographers with whom I collaborated as a makeup artist in Los Angeles. The knowledge I've gained over the years on numerous sets has enriched my understanding of photography, lighting, directing, and of how to achieve a mutual optimum goal.
Photographing people is a pleasure surpassed only by photoshoots with my Muse.
Elite Model NY
Elite Model LA
L'Allure des Mots Magazine
La De Da Magazine
Con Art Magazine
National Law Journal