Hey everyone! So I wanted to tell you about one of my favorite stylized bridal photo shoots which produced some of my most cherished images in my portfolio. When one of my favorite photographers, Audrey of Audrey Simper Photography, asked me to join her on this project, I knew it would be an opportunity that I couldn't pass up!
Audrey is so great because she puts together the most wonderful concepts. She lets everyone know specifically what she wants from them. And then when everything comes together, she creates magic with the photos she takes. I'm always happy to add her images to my portfolio :)
So in addition to my makeup services, we rounded off the dream team with hair services by Carmen of Carmen Marie Hair. Carmen is my old college buddy, beauty salon owner and a phenomenal hairstylist! Flowers Flowers, a European style flower shop, in Evanston, Ill., provided the beautiful bridal bouquets. And we utilized the fashion services of Holly who owns Dame Couture. Yes please let me tell you about this fabulous bridal dress shop!
Dame Couture is a classy and hip independent, vintage and custom bridal shop located in Evanston, Ill. What is so very cool is that Holly is a seamstress! So she custom fits her bridal dresses to her brides. I have so many good feelings about this shop because I purchased my own bridal gown from a vintage and consignment shop. What is the fun of looking like everyone else when you are getting married? You are right, that is no fun at all.
So, Holly outfitted our beautiful and graceful model, Ms. Evelyn Smesh, with the loveliest vintage wedding gown that had a unique lace pattern that I've never seen before. Our glam hair artist Carmen gave Evelyn Old Hollywood loose curls so that her bridal hair could channel a different era.
Then I came in with the bridal makeup services! We wanted Evelyn's look to be glamorous, polished but not overdone. Evelyn was also very fair skinned so I had to be careful not to overpower her God-given features with any extras I would add in. So I really spent some time contemplating her wedding makeup so that I could make the best choices for her. Making sure the foundation looks as skin-like as possible is a wedding makeup essential in my book. I made sure to use Face Atelier, a liquid silicon-based foundation. It really bonds to the skin and improves the texture. I also made sure to use my lightest soft peach blush. And I used a very soft gold contour powder to give her face definition.
I also used a soft shimmery silver pigment from MAC Cosmetics as a highlight color in her cheek area. I often get asked if I use MAC Cosmetics solely in my kit. As a professional makeup artist, I do lots and lots of product research on a regular basis to make sure I am utilizing the best products in my makeup kit. Because of that, I use makeup from a variety of brands. But I do like MAC Cosmetics for their blush, lipstick, pigments, lip pencils and eyebrow pencils.
When it came to my brainstorming for eye makeup ideas, I decided to use another pigment that had a pearlized peach/gold finish to it on her eyelids. I knew that out of all the eye makeup ideas for brides that I utilize in my work, this one would help her blue eyes really pop. I also decided to use individual eyelashes so that her lashes would stand out but not be as "strong" looking as they would with a strip of eyelashes. I also wanted it to be completely seamless for the close up shots that the photographer would get of her face. Lastly, I took a tip from my personal beauty rule and I picked a lipstick color that was very close to her lips already.
And here is Ms. Evelyn ready for her close up! A polished, nice, soft, very feminine and classy face! I snabbed the shot below while we were outside shooting. I also provided grooming services for the gentleman involved in the shoot. Wanna learn a fun fact?
This kind fellow was actually Evelyn's fiance (now husband) Will! He proposed to her several days before our shoot. They were so sweet and cute. So the emotions in these photos are not fake at all. They were gazing into each others eyes and he kept making her laugh. It almost made me cry. It was just perfect.
The shoot did take place at a forest preserve near Evanston, IL. Audrey picked a great choice of locations. I personally think this would be a wonderful place to take wedding photos in the fall. It was very funny because cyclists kept whizzing by shouting congratulations! It was a picture perfect sunny day but it was EXTREMELY sunny. Also, our graceful model, Ms. Evelyn, had allergies that activated themselves as soon as we set foot in the woods. But guess what? You would never know it judging by the photos.
She is a true professional and she knows how to pose for shoots and convey a very specific emotion and look. That is why I love working with models who know their craft. Just because someone is pretty, they can't necessarily be a model. It is hard work to look good and give a specific desired effect and have it come across in a photo.
We were adjusting every few minutes to make sure her dress, hair and makeup were still in perfect condition. Wanna know why? Because we want these photos to be perfect! We were all using them for our various pursuits so we all put in 110% and it showed!
Here we are at the end of a busy shoot day! We had a blast and our group had a great vibe. It's amazing what can happen when talented, like-minded individuals unite towards a common goal.
Pictured from left to right: Kyra (my step-daughter:), Carmen, Audrey, Evelyn, Jocelyn, Holly
(not pictured): the now husband, Will