Friday, August 29, 2008

Combining Professional Hair and Makeup with Photography

{For the photos}

Having your hair and makeup professionally done for your bridal session, engagement session and wedding day can benefit your photos by helping you look your absolute best!

When you have your makeup professionally done, you may feel your makeup is a little thick or heavy, However photography diminishes the look of makeup and you will look less made up in the pictures than when you look at yourself in the mirror.

Take the long view when you plan your appearance on your wedding day, Imagine what you will think when you look at the pictures twenty years from now. A look that's very trendy today runs some risk of looking silly in the future. Natural and real never goes out of style.

Consider the time of day and wedding setting: Night, Day, or Weddings Outdoors.
If your wedding is during the day and outside and the reception in the evening and indoors, you may want to schedule a second makeup session between the ceremony and the reception. You may need makeup that's lighter for daytime portraits, but for evening revelries you may want to go a little heavier on the eye makeup. Darker eye shadow, deeper blusher and shimmery lip color may be perfect for nighttime, but in the daylight you may need more natural eye shadow colors and a matte lipstick. Work out the details with your stylist so all your portraits come out showing you at your very best.

Choosing to do a second look for the reception is becoming more and more popular with brides. Not just changing into another wedding dress but changing your hair to a different style to really blow away the guests at the reception. Wearing your hair up for the ceremony and then down for the reception can add a fun and unexpected twist on your wedding day.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Hiring a Professional Stylist for your Wedding

{Plan ahead to get the right professional bridal hair and make-up artist}
Choosing a stylist is a little tricky and shouldn't be done at the last moment. When looking for a wedding day stylist you should consider using someone that specializes in wedding hair and makeup. When you find someone you like ask to see their portfolio, talk with them about your ideas and the styles you are planning to evoke at your wedding. Look for someone who has similar taste and who wants to support your dreams on your wedding day. Equally important is reliability: ask for references and call the stylists' old clients to ask a few questions. Did the stylist show up on time? Was he or she prepared, having brought the tools needed to get the job done? And was the bride comfortable with stating her wishes and getting what she wanted from the stylist?

{Practice, Practice, Practice}
Be sure to do a practice! This is extremely important to be sure you are getting what you want on your wedding day. The first trial usually takes longer and you can make changes without a time constraint like you would have on your portrait day or wedding day.

A practice can be a great way to avoid hair like this on your wedding day ; )

Bridal Session at Morehead Inn

Holly and Marc just got married this past weekend so now I can share some of her beautiful bridal portrait photos!
I will share a few wedding photos soon so be sure to check back.

Holly wanted an elegant portrait to display at her wedding and chose to have her session at Morhead Inn.

Morehead Inn is a beautiful estate used as a bed and breakfast. It is a lovely place for weddings, bridal luncheons and portrait sessions.

Holly had a hard time deciding if she wanted to wear her hair up or down so we did both looks for her on her portrait day. This is something I highly recommend trying if you are unsure of how you want your hair or makeup for your wedding day!

Photos provided by Critsey of Indigo
Flowers by Carolyn Shepard Design Group

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Place for Flowers photo shoot

I had the pleasure to work with Critsey of Indigo Photography on a commercial photo shoot for The Place for Flowers. Taylor at The Place for Flowers is an amazing designer and the flowers were just stunning! His sister, Kristin was our model and looked gorgeous showcasing the florals. She works for Bedazzled Bridal and Formal and they supplied her fantastic gown!

Besides the gorgeous flowers in her hair, the earrings and necklace were made with real flowers!

Critsey Rowe of Indigo Photography

Critsey Rowe of Indigo Photography recently got married and asked me to be her hair and makeup stylist for her wedding day. It was weird for her to be on the other side of things since she is normally the one taking the photos. She was a gorgeous bride and married an awesome guy...another well known photographer, Thomas Geist of GG-Images. Be sure to check out their wedding story in this issue of Carolina Bride!

Congrats you guys!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Bridal Showcase Charlotte NC

Press Release:
The Bridal Showcase

Join us at The Bridal Showcase this weekend, Sunday August 17th for North and South Carolina’s largest bridal event! Come see over one hundred wedding professionals as they showcase their products and services. The Bridal Showcase in Charlotte, NC is held twice a year at The Charlotte Convention Center and is sponsored by Belk Department Stores, Party Reflections Inc, and Carolina Bride Magazine. Don't miss the grand finale fashion show presented by MW Tux and David's Bridal.

Watch a preview! May take a moment to load but is worth the wait!

Fashion, photography, honeymoons, flowers, catering, bakers, rentals, and plenty more…there’s something for everyone.
Upcoming shows: Sunday, August 17, 2008: 12pm-5pm Sunday, January 25, 2009: 12pm-5pmBrides & Grooms, register now online, get $2 off admission, and become eligible for gifts, including a grand prize honeymoon vacation!

Be sure to stop by our booth to say hello!

To learn more visit The Bridal Showcase Website!