Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Why is it Important to Prepare before a Photography Session?

If you are investing in a professional photography session, there are many different factors you should spend time focusing on leading up to the days of your session. It's important to budget time and money on the expenses it takes to perfect your photo shoot, because having well groomed hair, eyebrows, and skin will make a huge difference in the way your photos look.

What are some key factors you should keep in mind before being photographed?

Whether you’re the person who loves being photographed, or the person who shies away from the camera, and whether it’s bridal or portrait photography, sometimes you just can't avoid having your picture taken. To help make these times a little easier, there are some important details you should keep in mind. 

Let me explain...

Recently I was having a conversation with a friend of mine, who happens to be a photographer in the DC, Maryland and Virginia area, and most of our conversation was about the importance of preparing before a photography session.

We came to the conclusion that some clients underestimate the importance of self grooming. There’s absolutely no doubt that the better prepared you are, the happier you will be with the outcome of your photos. 

Here are a couple things to think about:

*With HD photography, it’s possible to see every single detail; extra facial hair, etc.  For women: think about hair underneath the chin, mustache, peach fuzz, etc.  Even though makeup can help acne from appearing, sometimes skin issues can still prevail and be visible in photos, leaving the photographer to do additional modifications to the photos. 

*Put your best foot forward. It maximizes the possibility of looking your best.

*Makeup - having your makeup applied professionally. There are professional makeup artists for a reason - they know exactly how to apply makeup to maximize your attractive features. Invest in a professional - their whole job is to make you look and feel beautiful.

*Hair - your hair should be styled professionally - remember that your hair frames your face, which is the main focal point of yourself. Your hair should be neat, smooth, and out of your eyes, etc.

*Wardrobe - choose clothes that fit your body well, that you are comfortable posing in. Decide which color, style, and fit looks and feels best on you and matches the style of the photo shoot. It's important to keep in mind the look you are going for.

*Keep your eyebrows and extra hair professionally groomed (make sure your skin is clean/smooth/and free of extra unwanted hairs) - Make an appointment to be waxed, threaded, microbladed - whatever path you choose for your eyebrows - it's important to make sure they are clean and neat right before a photoshoot.

*Keep it smooth! Get rid of excess skin! (Think microdermabrasion, exfoliating scrubs, etc.) You want your skin to appear smooth and fresh in your photos. Remember that the makeup application process is easier and looks smoother on the skin when it is newly exfoliated. Your skin will appear brighter and you will glow in your photos!

*Drink water! h2o is your best friend! Proper hydration helps keep your skin looking fresh, young, clear, and most importantly moisturized. (Keeping up with your water intake is something you should do at all times, not just right before a photography session!)

*Manicures/Pedicures - nothing feels better than having fresh nails and toes, am I right?  It not only helps your hands and feet to look more appealing, but a clean and crisp set of fingernails and toenails are what other people notice as well.  Oftentimes, your hands or feet will be noticeable in your photos, so you want to make sure to invest in a manicure or pedicure before your session.  Make sure not to wait too long, because you don't want chipped nails to show!

*Get enough sleep the night before. You already know how great it feels to wake up feeling rested after a good 8 hours of sleep, right? And I'm sure you know how it feels to wake up after only a couple hours of sleep. The difference is huge, and it is visible too. You will both look and feel so much more alert, awake, and bright in your photos if you make sure to get to bed early the night before. No one wants to have dark under-eye circles in their pictures!

If you keep these little tips in mind, you can expect great results from your photography session. The time and money is well worth it!

Friday, April 10, 2020

Timeless Beauty - An Autumn Wedding

I had the pleasure of working with this bridal party this past September at a gorgeous wedding at Misselwood at Endicott College. It was an outdoor wedding, located on the waterfront, on a perfect Fall day. With all of these elements together, the photos could not have turned out any better.

The bride looked stunning as she opted for an old Hollywood makeup look, how fun! This was a unique look as not too many brides choose the unconventional makeup look. It's always exciting to provide brides with a different look.

Although the bride herself looked beautiful, I couldn’t help it but notice how radiant the bride’s mother looked.  Something about her look just gleamed elegance. Shortly after the wedding, the bride's mother sent me a photo of herself, reflecting on how much she loved her look that day. Receiving messages like this makes me so happy, because as a makeup artist and woman, I’m always happy when I can lift another woman's spirit by transforming them and enhancing their natural beauty.  In Judy’s own words, “makeup on point!”

What a special day this was!

A Massachusetts North Shore Wedding in August

This lovely bride, Stania, got married in August in Beverly, MA. She opted for a simple, yet beautiful wedding on a warm summer day.

As you've read in my previous posts, it's important to have your wedding makeup professionally applied, especially if you plan to get married in the summer. Professional makeup artists will ensure they provide you with the look you want, protecting your look from fading, dripping, or melting from sweat or tears. This is also why it's a good idea to plan a makeup consultation before you big day, so you and your artist can discuss the type of makeup that will best suit your skin and stay on all day and night, no matter the weather or temperature.

As you can see by the fun Stania and her bridesmaids were having, their makeup wasn't something they had to worry about - it lasted throughout the duration of the wedding, and they all looked stunning!

Photo Credit: Fritzmean Photography

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Boston Bridal Makeup : White Friday Wedding

Meet Courtney, the fabulous bride who traveled from California to get married in Boston in November 29, 2019 - a perfect Autumn day.

Courtney got ready at a hotel in Cambridge, and got married at city hall following a very small and intimate ceremony.  This was an unusual wedding for me, as it took place on black Friday - so it was fun experiencing something new!

It's always a pleasure when you just click with the bride you're working with, it makes for such a good vibe on the special day - Courtney and I had really good chemistry, and everything ran smoothly for her.  She looked stunning in person, but in pictures, she looked even better. Leah of Leah Haydock Photography did a fantastic job at capturing this wedding.

Courtney was a low key type of girl who, like most brides in Massachusetts, wanted to a soft look with a bit of spunk.  I don’t often come across brides who wear cages, but Courtney certainly rocked this look! It added her a unique and special touch to her ensemble, and when the cage was lifted to reveal her eyes, it was breathtaking.

Here, have a look for yourself!

What do you think of Courtney's look?  I just love the fur coat, drop earrings, white dress, and cage combination! 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Natural Beauty :: Soft Summer Weddings in Massachusetts

I love when a bride asks for a natural look.  It's fun applying makeup while also making sure not to lose touch of the natural features of the bride.  Ali was a bridal client who was referred to me by another bride I worked with a couple of years back.  (FYI - I love referrals! Word of mouth is an excellent resource for building your business, and it's great for brides to have someone they trust!) Ali and her bridal party all opted for a minimal, soft and natural look.  Their easygoing personalities made it so enjoyable to achieve the look they all wanted.

The wedding day started out raining, but when it stopped, it turned out to be beautifully picturesque, giving the perfect light and canvas for photos.

Wedding: August 4, 2018
Location: Wellesley College Club
Photographer: Michael Orzell Photography

I feel so lucky for the opportunity to work with such great people.  Another bride I had the pleasure of working with was Annmarie (along with her bridal party!)  We went for a very soft and natural look as well, per the request of the bride.  I loved working with these ladies as they were so pleasant.  Annmarie's sister and mother were a joy!  It's always fun working with such sweet bridal parties, and their sweetness certainly shows in these photos!

Wedding: June 16, 2018
Location: Le Meridien Cambridge MIT
Photographer: Benita Patel

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Brushing Up on Your Airbrush Knowledge...

A bride's wedding day is unquestionably one of the most important days in her lifetime. So, it's no wonder why she will choose a makeup approach to help her look and feel her absolute best, while having confidence that her makeup will last all night long. This is why many brides are opting for one of hottest trends in mainstream bridal beauty, the popular airbrush makeup technique.

What is airbrush makeup?

Airbrush makeup is a strategy where artists fill a specially diluted pigment into a very small spray gun that gently and evenly distributes lightweight foundation particles over your skin, creating an even, fresh, flawless finish.

What is the difference between traditional and airbrush makeup?

A traditional makeup application will consist of basic liquid or powder foundation, using your typical foundation sponge or brush. Most traditional foundations will need to be touched up and may appear thicker and heavier on the skin.

Airbrush makeup is a specifically formulated lightweight foundation, and it is applied through a misting action providing impeccable results. 

What are the benefits of airbrush makeup?  

Most brides decide to use this popular makeup trend because of the long lasting effects and the ability to cover all imperfections. Airbrush makeup will not smudge or rub off once it's set, so touch ups are unnecessary. Worried about wedding tears or sweating? Have no fear. Airbrush makeup is water, heat, and sweat resistant! 

Now some women may need to visualize their thoughts, so have a look at these before and after photos to confirm why airbrush makeup is definitely the way to go!

Do you think airbrush makeup is the best choice? 
Do you know anyone who has had airbrush makeup applied? Leave a comment & let me know!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

New England Bridal Makeup :: Q&A with one of my Brides

Meet Amy, a strong, sweet, and lovely bride who I had the honor of working with recently.  

Being a makeup artist totally has its perks! Not only do I get to make people feel and look beautiful, but I get to meet some great people along the way.  It's always fun meeting and getting to know new brides and their bridal party.  I love when everyone gathers together in a room for hair and makeup applications - the love, laughter, and energy flooding the room at a time like this is so exciting.  A lot of times while I'm applying makeup on the bridal party, we will all chat about the big day ahead, making sure everyone knows what to do and where do be.  Sometimes, we are doing so much talking about the day that we lose sight of what's actually happening in that moment. It's human nature to get caught up in something and not take the time to stop and appreciate the beauty all around you. So, with that being said, I thought I would approach this blog in a different way.  I decided to ask Amy some questions about her wedding day so that all of you, Amy, and I can relive it together!

Here's what Amy had to say:

Q: The location- what did you like most about the preparation process on the day of the wedding (at the hotel)

A: I loved how much natural light there was and the fact that we were all able to talk and laugh while we were all getting ready.  You were amazing at just fitting right in!  You came in and although you were ready for business you were so patient with all of our talking and moving around. 

Q: The actual ceremony-did you cry, why? Did the makeup hold up? 

A: The ceremony was very emotional for me, Chris and I had been through so much leading up to the wedding so the ceremony was just a dream come true that made everything so real, it was amazing!  One of my favorite pictures is of him waiting to see me for the first time and his face breaking into a huge smile as soon as he did.  After losing my hair during chemo I was very nervous about not looking beautiful on our wedding day but your ability to accentuate a person’s beauty with make up is absolutely amazing!  Not only did my makeup withstand the test of tears, it amazed me with it’s staying power for the reception!  Looking back at pictures I was pleasantly surprised at how great my makeup still looked after hours of hugging, kisses & lots of dancing!!!

Q: I know you're a cancer survivor.  Do you mind if I share that in my blog?  

A: I do not mind at all!

Q: Anything else that you would like to share?  

A: Just what an absolute pleasure it was working with you & to thank you for all your hard work!  You came early and managed to do a fantastic job on all 5 of us.  You were meticulous, I don’t think you took a break and you stayed after we left to make sure the hotel room was cleaned up.  One of the bests things was having my mother-in-law’s make-up done, she looked gorgeous and my father-in-law’s reaction when he saw her was priceless!  Helping people feel beautiful is a wonderful thing and you are so good at it! 

I hope you all enjoyed reading about Amy's big day, and next time you find yourself in a bridal party, or as a wedding guest, or maybe even the bride yourself, try to remember to take a minute to pause, take a breath, and relish in all the love and happiness around you.