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Charlotte Wedding Magazine Fiesta Shoot

When I got the email from Charlotte Wedding Magazine asking if I’d do makeup for an inspiration shoot, I responded with a HECK YEAH! When I started doing makeup professionally I called around to all kinds of photographer’s asking if they needed an artist for trade shoots. Basically that meant I was working for free for a good 4-6 months. But I had to put something on my website! I love making over models and the atmosphere of a real photo shoot. It goes from slow pace to fast in the click of a camera! The photographer needs to get out there for that perfect light or before a rain storm. I love the creative freedom of doing something different or bold. My mom still tells me to this day I ALWAYS had to be different! Namely clothes, music, hair, makeup. I always wanted to fit in with the “cool kids” but still be my own person. I’ll tell you a secret… I’m pretty loud and I’m not shy about voicing my opinions. Lauren hates it when she is giving a client a facial and she can hear me right next door! So back to my point of being loud and different! On photo shoots I’m allowed to voice what I think a look should be and work with the stylist so we can be cohesive and on the same page.

This shoot was so much fun! May I just say that Lucy and Steven Randall of Smitten and Hooked Photography are so much fun to work with!! So much energy and creativity come out of that couple! And they’re HILARIOUS! And once I arrived I saw some of the beautiful creations that other vendors had worked on. I was SO excited to see that Karen Greenoe of Lily Greenthumb had made the most beautiful and colorful flowers. Why was I excited?! Well, because Miss Karen is doing the florals for my wedding!! I absolutely adore her! This shoot was inspired by the Latin culture. So think lots of colors, sombreros’, spicy dishes, and dancing! All the photos came out beautiful and I was so excited when I received my box of magazines. I know where I started and where I’m headed so it will never get old seeing my name in a magazine. Thank you Charlotte Wedding for allowing me to work on such a fun shoot! Ya’ll have treated  me well!

Hope you enjoy some of my favorites! To see the full 12 page spread, check out the magazine! Charlotte Wedding Magazine Fiesta Shoot Charlotte Wedding Magazine Fiesta Shoot Charlotte Wedding Magazine Fiesta Shoot Charlotte Wedding Magazine Fiesta Shoot Charlotte Wedding Magazine Fiesta Shoot Charlotte Wedding Magazine Fiesta Shoot Charlotte Wedding Magazine Fiesta Shoot Charlotte Wedding Magazine Fiesta Shoot Charlotte Wedding Magazine Fiesta Shoot

Pinterest… Good or Bad For a Bride?!

Sorry it’s been a couple weeks since my last blog! My dear friend and oh-so talented (and pregnant!) business partner Lauren and her husband bought a new home and an eight month pregnant woman does NOT need to be doing much labor so Matt and I have been helping them paint, move furniture, oh! And her other best friends and family threw her a baby shower in there!

The other day I read a very interesting article by a photographer by the name of Aimee Grover. The article was called ‘How Pinterest Can Discourage the Creative Process for Photographers’. I found it to be very informative for both photographers and couples. As a bride who has already had her engagement shoot done, I could see how recreating a photo you saw on Pinterest can seem a little forced and also a little degrading to the photographer. The article asked a very good question; Are you hiring your photographer for their talent or because you think they can capture that same photo you love on Pinterest?

For Matt and I’s engagement shoot, I told our photographer that I tend to get a little uncomfortable in front of the camera and I didn’t want to pretend like Matt and I were models. He asked what we like to do and I told him that Matt cooks a lot and I watch! I have an entire Pinterest Board for engagement shoot ideas. Did I show any of them to our photographer? Nope! Once he arrived at our home, he went right into photography art mode! He watched us, gave us ideas, and told us what to do! What I thought was going to be a shoot in our home, he asked if there was a fun spot outside near our house and we told him about our neighborhood’s wooden bridge. He asked if we were down and we said “Sure!” He told us to just love on each other, sit here, kiss there, look at the camera, and once we received our photos back I cried! They were  Matt and I! He caught us being ourselves. It was our photographer using his own creativity to capture us being real and in love.

Back to the article… I thought this also retains to makeup! Granted, makeup artists usually tell brides to bring inspiration pictures to the trial run. But one has to remember that they aren’t the women in the photo’s. We can definitely recreate a look, but it will always look different on someone else because, well, everyone doesn’t look the same! We’ll do a look from a picture and the bride might think it’s too much or not like it so much on them. My advice, know what colors you like, know that warm colors bring out blue eyes, fuller lips look better with a darker or red lipstick/gloss, and KNOW that your makeup artist is creative! I look at peoples faces like blank canvas’s. I love going into a trial run and the bride says, “I trust you!” My mind starts running and seeing all different looks and then the perfect look pops into my head and I just go with it!

Read the article and think about makeup while reading about photography. And enjoy some images from Lauren and I’s past clients who let us get creative and trusted us!

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