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3/22/2016 2:30:15 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. NMJC Project Gives Cosmetology and Photography Students Experience and Some Fun

NMJC sophomore Jay Hargrove of Hobbs models at a pin-up and Hollywood glamour photo shoot held at New Mexico Junior College Saturday.Story Courtesy of Charlie Benton, Hobbs News-Sun,
March 20, 2016

New Mexico Junior College students walked into Watson Hall residents of the 21st Century and walked out pin-ups from the 1940s Saturday.

New Mexico Junior College Adjunct Instructor Brian Henning’s photography students held a pin-up and Hollywood Glamour photo shoot on Saturday. Students in the cosmetology program also got a chance to practice their skills preparing the models’ hair and makeup for the shoot. A dozen photography students and about 10 models were involved, and NMJC photography instructors Gallie Goulet and Bryant Bullard also assisted.

“At least once a semester, we try to do at least one themed photo shoot for the students,” Henning said. “We usually pull our models from the student body here. Every once in a while we’ll get people from outside, too. We like to include a couple of experienced models with the girls who’ve never modeled before just so they’ve got someone to see how it’s done.”

“The cosmetology school does all the hair and makeup. They do a fantastic job with these people,” he added. “We asked if they would help us out, and they were very willing. They’re very good at what they do, so it worked out great.” Cosmetology instructor Maria Vick said she was glad for the opportunities the photo shoots gave to her students. “It’s a great opportunity for the students to intermingle with students from the rest of the and to go across the curriculum here,” she said.

Vick said the photo shoot gave her students a chance to do more unusual and complex work.

“They don’t get much practice on makeup and fancy hairdos, so this is a good opportunity for them,” she said.

“It’s my first time doing something like this,” said third semester cosmetology student Jaqueline Andrade. “It’s good experience.”

Andrade also expressed her love of the pin-up aesthetic.

The 1940’s theme of the shoot proved to be popular across the board.

“I think it’s really fun to be able to dress up in old-timey situations which we don’t see every day, and for you to be making little accents that you would have seen in pinups back then and trying to recreate them now is really fun,” said NMJC Sophomore Jay Hargrove, a model for the shoot.

“It’s my first shoot. I’ve never done one before, so I’m just excited to be here really,” said Mamie Coffman of Lovington, another model. “I love everything pin-up.”

Photography student Rachael Gomez of Hobbs said she was very satisfied with the pictures she took of Hargrove.

“(It went) very well. I’m loving the costumes. Whoever did that did great,” she said. “We have excellent teachers with Brian Henning and Bryant Bullard.”

“I’m loving the ‘40’s theme,” she added. “I think it’s going to turn out really well when we get it edited in Photoshop.”

“When we’re done with this, we’ll come back up tomorrow, and we’ll take the pin-up shots and use Photoshop to turn them into paintings,” Henning said. “They learn photography. They learn about their cameras, and then we go back, and tomorrow they learn about some things in Photo-shop.”

Some NMJC photography students are also involved in The Adventure of the Traveling Dress in conjunction with Santa Fe University of Art and Design. The project involves a dress purchased at a thrift shop being passed around among photographers who then have three days to take a creative photo using the dress with or without a model. The photographers are not allowed to shaire their work until the end of the project when all the photographs will be published in a book.

Charlie Benton can be reached at 575-391-5434 or

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