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Monthly Archives: August 2012
Just a quick teaser from a recent bridal editorial project – lots more to come!
And check out the difference airbrush makeup made for our beautiful model’s skin (these shots are unretouched & straight out of my iPhone):
Sheena and her group were so much fun to work with! She was an easygoing, relaxed bride and let everyone choose the makeup style they felt most comfortable in, which raised from barely-there beauty to touches of shimmering champagnes and golds to full-on smoky plum eyeshadow. I love that everyone’s unique style was embraced. And look how amazing the sunset was that evening!
I am psyched to be exhibiting at Brides Tell All on Thursday, September 20th from 6-9pm at the Delaney House (One Country Club Road, Holyoke, MA). This is your chance to hear from a panel of the REAL industry experts: recently married brides! Check out this video for a sneak peek from last year:
Your $10 ticket gets you:
- The chance to hear from newlyweds: what worked for them (and what didn’t!) during their wedding planning experience. It’s always difficult to know the potential pitfalls until you’ve been there yourself, so this event will be especially helpful for first-time brides.
- The opportunity to meet a wide variety of Western MA’s best wedding professionals: venues, photographers, entertainment companies, flowers, transportation, and more.
- Exclusive offers & gifts from the vendors in attendance.
- Specialty drinks & hearty hors d’oeuvres.
This is a great opportunity for brides who are planning their weddings to hear from those who have already walked the aisle (and can give you the straight dope!) I’m really looking forward to it as it seems like a more intimate and unique take on the typical wedding expo. If you’d like to buy a ticket, feel free to contact me or the event organizer directly and we’ll hook you up!
(And whatever you do, don’t miss Seth Kaye‘s photobooth!)
I’m so glad I had room on an already-booked day to squeeze in Karen’s wedding! (Wedding #2 wasn’t until the afternoon, and it was in a neighboring town, so I was pleased to be able to accommodate both brides.) Karen knew her personal style very well: she definitely loves stronger makeup looks, so we experimented with a Hollywood eye with red lips as well as a Rock n’ Roll-style blackout smoky eye with false lashes – she ultimately chose the latter, and it was the perfect look for this bad-ass babe. And thanks to water-resistant airbrush foundation (and my gel-liner-plus-powder-shadow layering technique for eye makeup), it survived a hot, slightly stormy summer wedding day!
Photography: Ian Pouliot, Nemesis Photo
***UPDATE: this shoot is now featured on Equally Wed!***
This shoot took my breath away. The location, the models, the photography, the details – everything was just so “me” that I couldn’t help but bounce up and down as I watched it unfold. I am delighted to share a few of my favorite photos that show off the glamorous makeup looks I created for our model brides, but for the full scoop (and all the lovely details), you’ll definitely want to visit the photographers’ blog post here.
I was so excited when Freya & Amber agreed to work with us – I’ve worked with them both many times before, both together and separately, and I knew they had great on-camera chemistry and a solid friendship which would make the shoot a lot of fun. (Freya is also about to leave for graduate study abroad, so it seemed fitting to have her “marry” her long-term shoot colleague & friend as a last hurrah!)
But would you believe that our first venue balked once we cast our models? Apparently the original venue owners felt that a shoot featuring two brides would be too niche (in Western MA?), so we were asked to replace one of them with a groom. We (politely) declined, and went to the Dream Away Lodge instead, which provided the perfect backdrop with loads of interesting details (seriously, the place is like a museum of quirk!) and a fabulously relaxed atmosphere. Bonus: they were wonderfully welcoming – they even cooked us a delicious lunch!
I personally think that inspiration can come from many different places and people, but all too often, minority or “non-traditional” couples have to guess whether or not they will be welcomed and understood if they don’t see themselves anywhere in a business’s promotional materials. Let this be a lesson in tolerance AND marketing savvy – steer too clear of the “niche” and run the risk of looking generic!
But never mind my soapbox… this shoot was anything but generic, and I’m so proud to have been a part of it.
Photography: Love + Perry
Venue: Dream Away Lodge
Event Coordinator, Details, & Prop Styling: Tanya Costigan, Bowties and Butterflies Event Planning
Wardrobe: Ryan Mainville, Pearl Bridal Boutique
Hair: Jenursa Adamites
Invitations, Menus, & Signage: Essentials
Rentals: Classical Tents & Party Goods
Models: Freya + Amber
I’m tremendously excited and honored to have been invited to serve as a panelist at the Make Up For Ever Pro Road Show in Boston, a 3-day networking & educational event (as well as shopping opportunity) that is free for industry professionals, such as makeup artists, hairstylists, salon owners/employees, and beauty students. This is the kind of programming that you typically have to travel to NYC or L.A. for, so don’t miss out!
Here are the details (or you can view the official invite below):
The career panel I’m serving on alongside two other local pro artists (lead by brand exec Michael DeVellis) is called “Getting the Work You Want” – it will take place on Monday the 20th at 4:30pm. I hope to see many of my professional colleagues there, and to meet amazing new people as well!