Favored Artists

Here are the go-to creatives whose contributions and mere presence make shooting a joy and the end product incalculably better.

Here are the “go-to” creatives whose contributions and mere presence make shooting a joy and the end product incalculably better.

Sarah Kate Hirth


A multi-talented artist, Sarah Kate is both a makeup artist and a fine artist. She perfected her makeup technique as a top artist for Laura Mercier and Chanel at Neiman Marcus in the Houston Galleria.  

A veteran of countless fashion projects and runway shows, she designed and supervised makeup for all runway looks presented at one of the last Fashion Houston shows, and was the makeup and backstage coordinator for Art Master Piece, a runway show featuring 70 models, 5 designers, and 25 makeup artists. Inherently analytical and organized, she can impose order on almost any degree of chaos.

In addition to designing makeup looks for the studio’s commercial clients, her imagination, infallible color memory and blending skills have led her into the world of abstract art. Recently, she has applied her artistic gifts to designing and creating large canvas backdrops for clients in an array of styles from soft Renoir-like florals to fantastic, surreal landscapes that seem to merge the riotous colors of Kandinsky with strange Daliesque metamorphoses. 

Aleya Duncan


With stunning good looks that keep her in demand in front of the camera and hair and makeup skills that place her at the top of Houston artists, Aleya gets it when  it comes to making you look great on shoot day.  

In her mid-twenties, she already has amassed 10 years’ experience that includes published work in Vogue Italia and advertising for top fashion brands Nordstrom, Tootsies, Macy’s,  Saks Fifth Avenue, and others.  

Also in demand for broadcast work, she has done makeup for network on-air teams that include Super Bowl 51, Inside the NFL, the Houston Astros, and COPA America; and for celebrities like George Foreman, Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco, Maddie Hasson, Billy Burke, Coyote Peterson, Justin Verlander, and Joy Bauer.  

For our studio, Aleya has done hair and makeup on projects that include corporate headshots, fine art portraiture, and complex '60s and  '80s  period looks for an editorial shot in the 100-degree heat of an abandoned Texas sugar mill.  

With unmatched versatility and a perpetually upbeat attitude, consider yourself privileged if Aleya works on your shoot.

Angelique Gioldasis


Angelique Gioldasis is a professional model turned wardrobe stylist. She has worked all over the world in major markets including NYC and London with brands like Victoria’s Secret, Zara, Vogue, and Esprit to name a few.

While based in Europe, Angelique consulted with Bloody Grey PR, MAD Global (whose clients include Vogue India), and with Intrepid London, alongside the most prominent fashion stylists in the world. Now based in Houston, Texas Angelique works closely with developing talent at top modeling agencies as well as collaborating with Branch Media and Heirarchy Advertising on commercial projects.

What this means to you as a client is that you can expect Angelique’s experience at the elite levels of fashion and her unfailing and dramatic sense of style, composition, color and taste to add exceptional value to the final product.

In addition to her styling work, Angelique finds the energy to operate Angel Feast, a catering service, and The Park HTX, a first class photo venue. 

Paulo da Silva


Born in Brazil, Paulo’s journey into fashion began with designing elaborate and beautiful headdresses and masks for Carnaval, Brazil’s epic and extravagant version of Mardi Gras.

Paulo’s eye for design and beauty quickly took him into the fashion world of Sao Paulo as a stylist and makeup artist. His ability caught the eye of Daniel Hernandez, one of Brazil’s top beauty artists, under whose direction, Paulo worked on projects appearing in Vogue, Marie Clare, Harper’s Bazaar, and with talents from Giselle to Madonna.  

Later, as an independent artist, Paulo worked on campaigns for national and international brands, including Adriana Degreas , Calvin Klein, Riachuelo, and with talent including the great photographer, Mario Testino, and models including Caroline Trentini, Bar Rafaeli, and Izabel Goulart.  His work has appeared in numerous regional and international publications, including Vogue Brasil, Marie Clare, and Conde Nast Traveller.

In 2017, Paulo moved to Houston, Texas and enrolled in the Paul Mitchel School, where he distinguished himself as a Dean’s List student and honors graduate. Paulo is currently the owner his own salon, Bossa Beauty Studio.

Paulo’s creative sense of beauty and his critical eye for photo styling make him an invaluable asset on set, in addition to his brilliant work before the shoot.