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Beauty of the Eastern Indian Women

September 4, 2018 / WEDDINGS
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As you probably already know I love details, different cultures and I am very interested what women from all around the world do regarding their beauty and customs. This was one of the reason I did my project “Women of the World” and this photo session give-away with Sabirah that did makeup on this gorgeous lady.

And while doing it I learned this from my dear friend wikipedia 🙂

“Mehndi or mehendi is a form of body art from Ancient India, in which decorative designs are created on a person’s body, using a paste, created from the powdered dry leaves of the henna plant. Ancient in origin, mehndi is still a popular form of body art among the women of the Indian Subcontinent, Africa and the Middle East.

Practiced mainly in the Indian Subcontinent, mehndi is the application of a temporary form of skin decoration, popularized in the West by Indian cinema and the entertainment industry, the people in Nepal, Bangladesh and the Maldives also use mehndi. Mehndi decorations became fashionable in the West in the late 1990s, where they are called henna tattoos.

Mehndi in Indian tradition is typically applied during special Hindu weddings and Hindu festivals like Karva Chauth, Vat Purnima, Diwali, Bhai Dooj and Teej. In Hindu festivals, many women have Henna applied to their hands and feet and sometimes on the back of their shoulders too, as men have it applied on their arms, legs, back, and chest. For women, it is usually drawn on the palm, back of the hand and on feet, where the design will be clearest due to contrast with the lighter skin on these surfaces, which naturally contain less of the pigment melanin.”

I think that I don’t have to emphasize the fact that I will be more then happy to be a part of your wedding day, bridal photo session or something similar, including this beautiful details.

Why your Wedding Photographer isn’t just another Wedding Vendor

June 20, 2018 / ENGAGEMENT PLANNING
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While reading one of the wedding blogs I decided I have to  share it with you.

As you start the wedding planning process, you may have wondered why certain vendors charge what they do and why they’re worth investing in. When it comes to your wedding photographer, our value has to do with so much more than a gallery of photos you receive four weeks after the wedding. Before hiring someone to capture your big day, keep these reasons in mind to help you invest in a photographer and experience that’s more than just another vendor.

  • The time you spend with us before, during, and after the wedding

When you envision your wedding, you probably picture yourself spending time with family, friends, and of course your new spouse.

However, there’s usually one person you actually spend more time with than anyone else on the big day: your photographer. We start the day with you with getting ready photos until sparkler send-off, we are with you every step of the way. Capturing moments as they pass you in a whirlwind of joy.

When you start researching wedding photographers, keep in mind that liking them as a person is just as important as liking their work. Besides your actual wedding day, you actually spend more time before and after the wedding with your photographer than any other vendor.

We start with your engagement session and end with photo delivery!

My suggestion to you is find someone you click with. Whether that’s through your mutual love of dogs, coffee, sport, music, etc.

During your in-person meeting, see if the photographer makes you laugh, makes you comfortable, and makes you inspired. Hire someone you want to hang out with and that time spent together on your wedding day will be as comfortable and effortless as possible.

  • Our process requires your trust

In addition to liking your photographer, you’ve seriously got to trust them! Trust in your wedding photographer goes beyond knowing they’ll show up on time and deliver your photos according to the contract. It’s so important that you also trust in their process.

The root of trusting is not only knowing that you’ll want photos with your bridesmaids and of the cake cutting, but that we are going to capture the real, unscripted moments that are unique to you and your celebration.

While this is likely the first wedding you’ve ever planned, we do this every weekend and know a thing or two about what to expect. In addition to playing the role of the person who takes your wedding photos, we can also be your biggest advocate throughout the wedding process.

Lean on us when it comes to making your wedding day timeline because we know how to get you the best photos in the best light and also keep you from feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or tired in the process. You don’t want to feel “over it” on your wedding day, and neither do we — that doesn’t make for very good photos! Ultimately, heeding our advice only makes the day go more smoothly.

  • Connection is where the magic happens

Hand in hand with trust comes connection. Those emotional photos you fell in love with in our portfolio didn’t just happen out of thin air. Having a deeper connection with your photographer allows us to capture intimate moments throughout your wedding because you let us see that moment unfold. Part of this connection has to do with trust; trusting your our process means giving us the space to be an artist.

While all wedding vendors can be considered artists, there’s something different about what we  create because we are doing so in the moment. We have two people in front of us who are all dressed up and ready to celebrate the most exciting day of their lives and, despite a rapid timeline and minor stressors throughout the wedding, we’re going to create some magical art on the spot.

While other vendors have months to plan and perfect each detail they contribute to your wedding, we just need to feel connected to you as possible in order to tap into the “why” of your wedding – the beautiful marriage that’s about to begin, the one-of-a-kind relationship you’ve had up until this point, and the little quirks that make you fall in love with each other more every day. Getting along with your other vendors is important, but the connection you have with your photographer is unparalleled.

  • Our value lasts long after the wedding day

What a photographer does for their client (that’s you!) is really twofold: there’s the experience we create leading up to and on your wedding day and then there are the images we deliver when all is said and done. With the exception of a few iPhone photos your friends and family take during the day, our images are all that you have to remember your wedding by.

No matter how much you spend on flowers, food, or fabulous reception chairs, the one thing you get to keep is your photos.

When you look through your wedding album, whether that’s a leather-bound book you pass down to your children or a digital gallery you’ve shared on Facebook, you’ll be able to remember it all: the songs that played while you danced for the first time as a married couple, the look your bridesmaids gave you when they saw you in your dress for the first time, the tears in your partner’s eyes (and yours too!) as they spoke their vows aloud at the altar. Your wedding photographer is able to give you something that other vendors just can’t, and that’s ultimately why investing in someone whose work you believe in and who you’d totally hang out with in real life is worth it.

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.

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