Pride Week and anniversary’s

Since it is pride week I thought it was fitting to share a real wedding on here.  Not only did these two lovely ladies get married during Pride Week, the got married last year to the day so it is their first anniversary.  I got the oppurtunity to meet Stephanie and Amber a few years ago at a wedding I was working, Stephanie was helping with hair and Amber was just hanging out and helping anywhere she could.  They were so much fun and we had a great time at the wedding getting the bridal party wedding.

Fast forward to 3 years ago they both came to The Kelley Farm bridal showcase looking at a few vendors for their wedding, when I saw them we got to talking and catching up.  They already had a makeup artist who was going to help with their huge bridal party so at that time they weren’t looking for beauty services.  The next year at the show they were back and this time they actually did need a makeup artist and decided to hire me.  

I had so much fun getting to really know these two and getting a chance to do both of their makeup for their wedding and I really wanted to choose looks that represented each of them as individuals.  We did a trial run for both of them on the same day but they didn’t see each other.  It was so nice to work with girls that were in the industry and knew what to expect.  

The wedding day was so much fun, I recruited my friend Katie to help with makeup and we worked on their huge party.  I have to tell you being apart of their day was such an honor and to see the love in the room was amazing.  And to conclude this blog post love is love and we all deserve to get to love who we want to.  Happy Anniversary Stephanie and Amber.

Photography by Victoria Greener Photography

Picking a timeless wedding look

So I did this styled shoot a few years ago and while this is from an older shoot these pictures still look relevant.  Today I want talk about picking a look for your wedding that will last forever.  My goal for each of my brides is for them to look back at their images and like what they see, I want them to say wow I still look like me and I remember feeling flawless and beautiful.  I don’t want my brides to look at their images and say holy cow what was I thinking.

We have all seen it you are looking through an old wedding album and you see the puffy sleeves, big hair, blue eyeshadow and pastel bell bottoms.  Usually the response is that was the style back then.  The bridal industry has come a long way since the 70’s and we should be thankful for that.  Here are some tips on how to choose a makeup look that will last a lifetime.

1) Don’t do anything trendy.  I know that glittery highlighters and chiseling the heck out of your face is all the rage but those looks will date you.  Instead go for light highlighting and contouring only where it is necessary.  You don’t need it and it is hard for a photographer to edit.

2) If you don’t normally wear a lot of makeup your wedding day isn’t the day to try something new.  If you are wanting a smokey eye or a daring lip color test it out before your wedding day so you are used to seeing yourself wearing a dramatic look. I love a smokey eye and there are ways to make it functional for your wedding day.

3) Stick with the classics.  There is nothing prettier than a bride that has a vintage inspired look.  There are ways to make it modern so you don’t feel like you are Rita Hayworth in “Gilda”.  

4) There is only so much I can do for your skin make sure you start taking care of your skin’s needs way before your wedding day like as soon as you get engaged way before.

5) Have your bridal look match the tone of your wedding.  Meaning if you are having a day time wedding in a garden than a pretty natural bridal look with soft pinks, and nudes will look best.  If you are having an evening wedding with a cocktail hour than go for a more dramatic look.

6) I truly believe less is best if you are glamming up the eyes than keep your skin clean and lips light.  If you are going for a more dramatic lip than keep your eyes neutral.

7) I have never seen a bride that is not beautiful on her wedding day.  A smile is all that is needed to make you glow.

Photography by Jenny Ostenson Photography

Things are getting spicy up in here!

OOOH WEEE things are going to get hot up in here.  Today I get to share with you all about my beautiful friend Autumn Rudolph from Autumn L. Rudolph Photography.  We met a few years ago when she needed a makeup artist for one of her shoots and have been working together ever since.  What I love about Autumn is she is all about women empowerment.  Her work is raw, beautiful and shows women of all shapes, sizes, colors.  She is not a cookie cutter boudoir photographer.  She is simply amazing.  

Here is her interview.

1) How did you get started in boudoir photography? 

 I got started in boudoir photography kind of by accident.  I worked at a radiology billing office and one of my work friends saw boudoir photos done on a motorcycle. She knew I was trying to get into photography, and asked if I would take some for her. The shoot went AWFUL.  I was a baby photographer and didn’t know what I was doing. The photos were taken in her garage with 2 little bare-bulb lamps, I was so clueless! However, what came out of that was her feeling SO good about herself and sexy, and that was the hook for me, so I just kept working on it until finally I was so in love with shooting boudoir, that outside of couples, I don’t want to shoot anything else!

2) What is your favorite thing about doing boudoir photography?  

My favorite thing about boudoir is helping to give women a positive perspective on their bodies and what it means to be a beautiful, strong, sexy woman.  It’s a confidence boost for sure, and I think that is so needed in a society that is constantly telling us women that we have to be skinny but curvy, and that we must be super women able to juggle a full time job, kids, a household, while looking perfect all the time.  It’s insane!  Boudoir is meant to be an “eff you” to diet culture, rape culture, and an “eff yes” to body positivity, loving yourself for who you are, and owning your sexuality.

3) What do you do for your clients that is different than other boudoir photographers?

Well for starters my work is a bit more on the intimate side.  It’s darker, more shadowy and moody. I’m also a full service boudoir photographer.  It’s really important to me that my clients only go home with images that make them feel 1,000% sexy and confident when they look at them.  Sometimes when we get a blanket group of digital images, there’s some images we may not love, and I know many women (myself included) that sometimes we tend to focus on the negative, and those couple of images that we don’t like, kind of spoil the whole bunch a little bit.  So I walk through the images together with my clients.  They only purchase the ones they feel good about it!  Also I’m big into tangible, luxury items, so yes, you do get digitals in your image package, BUT you’re also going to get something solid like a leather album, something to hang in a master bedroom or a crystal glass box of prints for your nightstand.  Technology changes so swiftly it’s important to me that my clients have something to hang on to for a while.

4) If a client is nervous or insecure about doing a shoot what are some things that you do that will ease her mind?

Nerves are totally normal!  I haven’t had a single client that hasn’t been at least a teensy bit nervous, but there’s a couple of things that I do to help ease these nerves. One is I meet with all my clients before they book.  Even if it’s just a phone call I want them to hear my voice and know me so that when we get to the shoot they’re not walking in to some stranger.  I’ll know you, I’ll know your expectations already, and you’ll know who I am! Second, I am in this with all of my clients, and what I mean by that is I am your personal cheerleader and life coach.  I’ll walk my clients through their nerves, talk it out, give breathing exercises, etc.  During the shoot I do all the poses too!  So my clients are never alone in the process.  Usually by the time we get into the first 20 minutes of shooting, there’s no more nerves. The music is going and it ends up being a fun girl’s day for everyone involved!

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