Two years ago today we set out on a journey that has changed my life. Thank you for being my best friend through it all. You have filled my days with laughter and joy. You have been my shoulder to cry on through many difficult times. You help me see my strengths and let me know it's okay to have weaknesses. Our relationship has helped me grow into the person I am today because you have taught me how to be courageous and stand up for myself. I'm so blessed to have such an amazing person by my side. I promise to be there for you in all the ways that you are there for me. As we continue on this journey together, I look forward to seeing the way we change and grow as a family. I love you with all my heart and can't wait for the rest of forever with you.
The love letters kill me every time. These guys were so fun. They showed up READY and posing like it was going out of style. *Bless* Honestly, I wish they'd let me just hang out with them on the reg.
See? Killing the game. And Sofia's glam? That's from my love Angelica Galindez (The Bald Stylist - look her up)
I've been thinking about starting a series of Q&A type posts - where I answer the top questions I get as a photographer. Trying to come up with a name, so send my way any clever puns you have because puns are my fave.
I wanted to start with one that I struggled so much with my first year of photography - and I'm pretty sure I've talked about it elsewhere, it's that prevalent. Through the years it has gotten better (*Three years?! :O *), but it's still an issue for some brides. Here we go.
"Do I have to have professional Hair and Makeup?"
- all my brides at the beginning
Girl, you don't have to do anything you don't want. Promise. That being said, getting your hair and makeup done will take your experience from a 7 to a 35 (on a scale from 1-10). Yeah. That powerful.
For lots of reasons:
Plain and simple - the camera really does wash you out. A TON. Cameras/lenses are, in simple terms, "fake eyes." As much as they try, they'll never be able to perfectly interpret the world the same way our eyes do. That translates to sometimes reading the contrast on your face...well, not super there. This is a problem. Your every day makeup (usually) just won't be up to the task. It just won't create enough contrast (highlights and shadows) on your face.*Bless the contouring gods*
This isn't an everyday situation. Even if we're doing a lifestyle shoot, in your home, in your PJs (ok, maybe in your PJs, we'd be going for a different look/feel - but don't get distracted!), you've paid money to have me there. You've probably thought at least a little bit about what your outfit will be, and hopefully, you've also thought about how to display these. A lot has gone into this experience. Why, in heaven's name, does this sound like a day for you to look like every other day of your life? This is the *one day* you get to dress up and look (and feel) amazeballs.
"But I really, really hate makeup"
Again, the point of this is not to shame you into anything. This is your day, and my #1 priority is that you feel golden, if that means no makeup - no makeup it is. But, when you work with professional HMUAs (hair and makeup artists) they know all the tricks of the trade. Including, getting that natural, soft, effortless, "I woke up like this," look. It really isn't about forcing you into drag, or to look like KimK. Heck, it's not even about "enhancing what's already there" - it's about making sure my camera/lens knows where your eyelids end and your eyelashes begin.
"But I don't have that kind of money"
Girl, I got you! All of my wedding packages include an HMUA (I work with a few and they're all gems). So you don't even have to worry about that cost anymore! Let us pamper you. Plus, my girls know how to make the Beyonce, and the girl-next-door feel equally comfortable. Nobody will beauty blend without your consent. Promise. And if you can beat that face for the gods already, then sit back and enjoy - if you really feel you don't need/want the service, while it's included in the price, you definitely don't have to make an appointment (but you best show with your *glow* up).
Love is my favorite. Making you (and your boo/family) feel amazing is my second favorite. Educating clients a very, very close third. I'm gonna help take this, kinda awkward, sometimes stressful, experience, and walk you through every step. Because when that happens - you look like this in sessions: relaxed, gorgeous, happy, in love. And isn't that what we're all here for?
So what do you think? Any ideas on a title for this little series? Any things you've heard from photographers that you just don't get, or have thought was unfair? Let me know.
Love you guys!
Ps. as for my last post, I'm doing much better - thanks for all the love. I honestly have the best clients.