Christy Yarbrough wrote:
I agree that honesty is the right thing.
But stop and think about what a great learning experience you are giving away.
Doing make-up for a Transgender client is no different then doing make up for any client. If you come across any differences they can be addressed in the same ways as applying make-up to a born female. Ask for head shots and plan your color pallet ahead of time. Remember less is more and don't over do any thing. Ask questions and if you have concerns talk about them with the client-- just like any other job.
You could make a difference in a person life that is going through a hard time already. And make a difference to the photo shoot and the out come.
Search your heart and if you truly don't feel like you can do a good job; then let them know. But if you are having second thoughts because of "any" other reasons-- then I would ask you approach it as a professional and open your heart. This is a client that needs you. It will be a rewarding shoot.
I have done shoots for transgender clients and it has always payed me two fold.
All my best
This is flat out WRONG. I have had many, many clients in the various stages of transitioning. There are many different issues that can come into play involving skin, bone structure, hair, etc. with TG clients that do not exist with clients who are being made up as the gender they were biologically born because of hormones or just the particular stage they are at in their transition. There are special skills and techniques that are employed with beard cover, contouring, eyebrow covering, etc. that are not used on an everyday basis by your average artist who does commercial work or bridal, for example. So unless you can perform these with confidence, do not accept this job. As Mary said above, be honest, it's always the best policy.