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HOW TO PREPARE FOR PRE WEDDING / ENGAGEMENT PHOTO SESSION

May 10, 2018 / ENGAGEMENT PLANNING
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May 10th, 2018

HOW TO PREPARE FOR PRE WEDDING / ENGAGEMENT PHOTO SESSION

Engagement planning / Engagement

Pre wedding photo session is a very important thing for us. Why? From our perspective because we get to know our clients, we talk and they tell us what they like/dislike, what make them comfortable and what doesn’t, etc. But most of all we fell more comfortable around each other on their wedding day. You can find more reasons here.

Usually brides ask me what should they expect at the pre wedding photo session, what to wear, what to bring whit them, etc. That is why I prepared few examples how we work, what to expect, tips and suggestions.

1 – Please be on time! We are natural-light photographers, so the sun dictates how long we can photograph you. Please make proper considerations for traffic, hair delays, and fashion emergencies! 😉 An average shoot lasts 1-2 hours…if you show up 30 minutes late, and we schedule you photo session just for the sunset we will have problem, because sun won’t wait for us. Please don’t think ill of me…I just want to be honest in advance and let you know I want the BEST photography experience for you. And being on time achieves exactly this! 🙂

2 – Be sure to check out our gallery for engagement sessions before the session. I’ve also discovered that when the prospective groom views few galleries in advance, it helps him feel comfortable in front of the camera. Girls are usually more likely to model or what I lovingly refer to as “work-it” in front of the camera. Guys, on the other hand, are sometimes not. However, if they see some of our images and poses beforehand, they know that we are only there to make them look extra handsome. 😉

3 – Don’t hesitate to check out photo locations beforehand. I know we spoke about this, but if something else has popped up or you have a cool idea, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I encourage you to find a spot that reflects your love and a place you’ll both feel comfortable. And please note that there is no such thing as an ‘ugly’ location….there is beauty everywhere….we just have to find it!

4 – It’s always fun to bring along props. I view every engagement session like a mainstream shoot complete with models and props and scenery. I want every engagement shoot to look like it could be in a magazine, so feel free to bring things along that really reflect your fantastic personalities. For instance, we have had a couple bring along a soccer ball because they met on the field. Another couple bought cotton candy and had fun eating it together. Another couple had matching iPods, so they brought them along because they’re both really into music. The list is endless! Suggestions: Bikes, polaroid camera, a favorite journal, magazines you like reading. Anything! 🙂 Don’t hesitate to bring anything that truly reflects you individually or as a couple.

5 – Some girls will have their practice run regarding hair and makeup for the engagement session. This helps them feel a little more ‘done-up’ for photos and boosts their confidence. And it is the perfect time to try your wedding makeup and hair.  I’m not saying you should do this AT ALL!! However, what I can say is that in my experience shooting engagement sessions, girls want to feel pretty and confident…and sometimes spending a little extra time getting ready achieves just that.

6 – Outfits depend on the location. If we are taking photos in the winter and everything is white around us, colors in your outfits will look extra nice. By color I mean everything except white and black. In case you like or have only black bring some small accessories like gloves, hats, scarfs that are red, blue, purple, etc.

 

 

 

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR MAKEUP ARTIST (BRIAN PHILIP JOVELLANOS)

April 13, 2018 / WEDDING PLANNING
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Choosing your wedding makeup artist for your wedding day is so important as choosing your dress, shoes and photographer.

Your wedding day is one of the biggest and most memorable days of your lifetime, so make sure you take time and choose wisely.

As a photographer I have worked with several makeup artist and to help you with your decision about MUA, I have asked few of them to answer some questions about them and their work.

Our paths crossed for the first time at Susan and Thomas’s wedding in 2016. We met again on Chantel and Ian’s wedding in 2017 and since then we did quite a few projects together.

I really, love to work with Brian. When doing various projects, styled sessions or referring MUA to your bride, I want to be surrounded by professionals.  I really don’t want to spend time with editing Bride’s eyelashes that are not in place, because MUA didn’t glue it properly, etc. And this is just one of the reason. The most important thing is that they need to enjoy what they do, be creative, helpful with suggestions and easy to work with. And all these qualities he possess. But most of all. Clients love him! And guess what! He uses airbrush! I have to be honest. Before I met him had no clue that this thing exists in makeup world, as well.

BRIAN PHILIP JOVELLANOS

Airbrush Makeup Artist

1.     Why did you choose to be a make up artist? 

I grew up in a salon environment my mother being the owner.  She was in cosmetics at that time and at a very young age like 8 years old I was her merchandizer of her products.   I believe I am a natural makeup artist.

2.     You use airbrush makeup. What is the biggest difference between airbrush makeup and traditional makeup?

AIRBRUSH is a speedy way of makeup application although learning it is intensely difficult.  Airbrush is more refined than traditional makeup and appears better in photos.

3.     When Bride comes to you do you have consultation with her?  

CONSULTATION is the key to success, it involves color swatching, skin tests and other analysis for the brides makeover.  Face charting is performed during this session. Usually A one hour consultation costs $50 which is an initial deposit to the final bill.

4.     What do you usually want to know about her wedding day? Do you want to know what her hair will be like, her wedding dress, what photos (style) does she like, décor, venue, etc.

Hair design, colour motif, dress design and neckline, flash photography, black & white, are the essentials details needed by a makeup artist.  Those details help me come up with a good plan.

5.     Are you available to travel?

Yes.  Rates vary sometimes depending on the location.

6.     How long does it take to do makeup with airbrush?

If skin is not problematic, 30-35 minutes will be ideal if there is no interruption.  That includes lash application.

7.     Do you work on location or just in the studio? Can you make makeup outside (park,etc) with airbrush or do you need some specific location?

I have a studio with lighting.  Outdoor is fine with airbrush application as long as it is not windy.  High humidity level may affect the performance of airbrush makeup.

8.     In your opinion do you clients prefer airbrush over traditional makeup?

YES.  Same with photographers too.  AIRBRUSH can give a more natural finish and better coverage than traditional makeup.

9.     Do you do a makeup trial and if you do, how long before the wedding you do it?

YES.  Ideally at least a month ahead.  Some clients do it a year ahead and same day would be a photoshoot.  Trial makeup is available on weekdays only.

10.     Do you prefer if bride brings her veil/accessories to the trial?

It is not necessary to put them on but for planning reasons bringing them can be helpful.

11.  What kind of prep does the bride need to do before the trial/wedding makeup with airbrush?

SKIN CARE is ideal for airbrushing as a preparation step.

12.  What kinds of products do you use and why?

It depends with the skin type of the client.  Products must match skin type for best results.

13.  What will you do to make the clients makeup last and look great in photos?

I use various skin prepping that would make the makeup last up to 16hours without touch up.  In my 24-year experience in makeup artistry I have developed the best combinations of products for durability.  Unfortunately I do not share those combinations as they are my trade secrets.

14.  Do you usually do bridesmaids’ or family members’ makeup as well?

YES.  I make a schedule so everyone knows their appointment times.  Scheduling is based on their functions and duties to make them efficient in assisting the bride.

15.  How do you suggest what kind of a bridal look should the bride choose?

Though every bride has a preference what to look like,  I prefer a timeless hair and makeup style.  Something that would still be appealing even if the photos are seen 20 or more years later.

16.  And what happens if you suddenly get ill before the wedding? Do you have a replacement?  

A back up artist would be provided… though I have never been sick prior to a commitment.  Hope it never happens.

17.  You probably do make up for other special occasions, like engagements, parties,… Which one is your favourite and why?

I also like doing fantasy and halloween makeup.   I am also planning to do body painting using theatre makeup and airbrushing.  Engagement parties are also welcome!  Honestly its hard to tell which one is my favourite, but definitely I enjoy transforming faces.

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR MAKEUP ARTIST (SABIRAH ALLINOOR)

April 6, 2018 / WEDDING PLANNING
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Choosing your wedding makeup artist for your wedding day is so important as choosing your dress, shoes and photographer.

Your wedding day is one of the biggest and most memorable days of your lifetime, so make sure you take time and choose wisely.

As a photographer I have worked with several makeup artist and to help you with your decision about MUA, I have asked few of them to answer some questions about them and their work.

I love working with all of them! They are very professional at what they do, creative, helpful with suggestions and very easy to work with. But most of all. Clients love them!

I was working with Sabirah on several occasions. First one, was her sister in law engagement and her wedding. And not so long ago we did a big Beauty Photo Project together, and I can honestly say that her work is really a masterpiece.

Here it is “How to choose your makeup artist” Vol 2 with:

Sabirah Allinoor from Makeup by Sabirah

1.    Why did you choose to be a make up artist?

I’ve always loved art, and when I started learning to do makeup, my creative talents helped me to strive as a makeup artist. I  envision faces as the blank canvas, and makeup as the medium!

2.    When Bride comes to you do you have a meeting with her about her wishes?

A bride will usually book a trial beforehand to get an idea of what her makeup will look like on her big day. She usually books this anywhere from a couple months in advance, to the week before her wedding! I will ask her questions about her skin type, preferences on makeup looks and colors, and go through lots of inspo pics! I love inspo pics. This will ensure that the bride is happy and less stressed while doing her makeup on the day of!

3.    What do you usually ask her? Do you want to know what her hair will be like, her wedding dress, what photos (style) does she like, décor, venue, etc.

I  like to have an idea of what style the bride is going for, whether it be boho style (soft makeup with loose curls), or more glamorous! (Extra sparkles! Big updos)! The style of makeup often differs depending on the cultural background of the bride, this will give me a good idea of what the bride is usually going for.

4.    Are you available to travel?

Yes! I often travel to client’s homes to make it easier on their big day. It is less stress for the bride when her makeup artist can come to her, and glam her in the comfort of her own home.

5.    What kind of prep does the bride need to do before the trial/wedding?

I always tell brides to ensure their face is clean before I begin applying makeup, a good skincare routine is important to upkeep prior to your wedding. This will ensure your skin is looking it’s best on the day of! We have all have experienced those breakouts due to stress. So you want to make sure your skin is happy so you can look and feel your best! I love putting a face mask on my brides on the day of the wedding prior to make up, to help them relax, and to help rejuvenate their skin to give it a beautiful glow!

6.    Do you have photos of your previous wedding makeup work?

Yes I do! I love photographing my brides! I also have pictures given to me by photographers who tirelessly capture every beautiful moment of the brides big day. I love seeing my work come to life the way it does when a photographer captures the perfect moment.

7.    What kinds of products do you use and why?

I use a huge range of products, all depending on the skin type and skin tone of the bride. Not everyone’s skin is the same and this is important to consider when doing a Client’s makeup. For example, different primers can be used prior to makeup application for oily skin or for dry skin, there are also different setting sprays for both types of skin. These products will ensure that makeup stays on all day and stays looking it’s best for photos and in person. I always use both primer and setting spray.

8.    Do you usually do bridesmaids’ or family members’ makeup as well?

Yes! I love when I am able to glam a full bridal party, or the mother/sister’s of the bride. Being a part of a bride’s special day is already a huge honor, getting to glam her guests as well makes it all the more fun when doing the brides makeup. Having close ones with her definitely creates a fun environment while getting glammed.

9.    How do you suggest what kind of a bridal look should the bride choose?

I will suggest ideas based off her style of dress or hair do. Most importantly, what the bride is comfortable in, a lot of brides come to me that never wear makeup, and for these brides I do not want to make them feel like they’re a different person on their big day, they tend to appreciate beautiful soft glam that accentuates their natural features. I also have brides who love all the bling uf glitter eyelids and long lashes and that is always fun to do!

10. And what happens if you suddenly get ill before the wedding? Do you have a replacement?

I have yet to get sick before a bride’s big day, fingers crossed !! When it comes to the business of being a makeup artist, you must be present. You are a huge part of the bride’s big day and it is important that she can count on you to deliver. I tend to eat a little healthier and drink a lot more water prior to weddings where I am starting at 5 am doing a full bridal party, because I need to be alert and ready to go!

11. You probably do make up for other special occasions, like engagements, parties,… Which one is your favourite and why?

I do makeup for weddings, engagements, birthdays, photoshoots, bridal showers, you name it! I definitely love doing makeup of all sorts because no matter what the occasion, someone is putting trust in me to help them look their very best, and that in itself excites me! Lately though, I have really enjoyed doing makeup for photoshoots, mainly because I will stay and watch my client come to life in front of the camera, I love seeing beautiful people show off their confidence and being able to see the photographer capture the moment so perfectly. It’s all very magical!

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR WEDDING MAKEUP ARTIST (JOLINE LEMKE)

April 2, 2018 / WEDDING PLANNING
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Choosing your wedding makeup artist for your wedding day is so important as choosing your dress, shoes and photographer.

Your wedding day is one of the biggest and most memorable days of your lifetime, so make sure you take time and choose wisely.

As a photographer I have worked with several makeup artist and to help you with your decision about MUA, I have asked few of them to answer some questions about them and their work.

I love working with all of them! They are very professional at what they do, creative, helpful with suggestions and very easy to work with. But most of all. Clients love them!

Joline Lemke from Lily Grey Artistry

1.    Why did you choose to be a makeup artist?

I always wanted to be a makeup artist but I took the conventional route and went for my Business degree. Once I had my daughter I knew I didn’t want to go back to work. I took a part time job at MAC cosmetics. I have since left MAC and Lily Grey Artistry is now my full time job. I absolutely love what I do and my whole heart and soul go into my business.

2.    When Bride comes to you do you have a meeting with her about her wishes?

I highly recommend that every bride goes for a trial. Your wedding day is not the best time to experiment with makeup looks. At your trial we will go over makeup looks that you like and perhaps looks you don’t like.

3.    What do you usually want to know about the bride and her wedding day? Do you want to know what her hair will be like, her wedding dress, what photos (style) does she like, décor, venue, etc.

I will also ask to see photos of your dress, what your florals will look like, etc. These will help me to put together a look that is perfect for you!

4.    Are you available to travel?

Yes, I am a fully mobile service (extra fee).

5.    Do you work on location or just in the studio?

Most of the time I work on location. For trials and single appointments I do them out of my home.

6.    What kind of prep does the bride need to do before the trial/wedding?

Please make sure that your skin is clean and exfoliated before your trial as well as your wedding makeup application. It is really important to drink plenty of water so your skin is hydrated!

7.    Do you have photos of your previous wedding makeup work?

Absolutely! All my work can be found on my website as well as my Facebook and Instagram pages.

8. What kinds of products do you use and why?

I only use high end makeup products. Some brands include MAC, Natasha Denona, Becca, Anastasia of Beverly Hills. It is up to the client to express any allergies or skin sensitivities to any known products.

9. What will you do to make her makeup last and look great in photos?

I ensure that your skin is prepped and primed. I also use a makeup setting spray. I do recommend that my clients bring blotting papers or a face powder to touch up with. And it is always a good idea to have a lipstick or gloss with you.

10. Do you usually do bridesmaids’ or family members’ makeup as well?

Yes! Most bridal parties range from four to six ladies. This includes, the brides, bridesmaids, and the mothers.

11. How do you suggest what kind of a bridal look should the bride choose?

I always tell my brides that I want to create a more glammed up version of themselves. It is important to note that the camera will pick up redness and discoloration more then anything else but it also dulls everything by 30%. So for these reasons it is important to go with a bit more makeup then you are used to. Trust me, you will be thankful when you receive your photos back.

12. And what happens if you suddenly get ill before the wedding? Do you have a replacement?

Makeup artists always need to show up for the job. It would have to be pretty detrimental for us not to. However, if something were to happen I do have a number of artists that I could contact.

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