A Good Artist - In & Out by Kat St. John

Have I told you how much I love Instagram Stories? It seems that this is the way I really connect with clients and other artists. Theres this raw feeling about it. People are more likely to share their humor, their day to day lives, their pets, significant others and behind the scenes at their jobs - which I think is SO cool to see! All of the folks I follow incredibly talented and DIFFERENT! Some of the artists I follow are primarily in commercial or in film. Maybe they do beauty work? Maybe they have a makeup line and travel the world! Some work retail and freelance part time. Some are moms and only do weddings on the weekends, while others (like myself) bounce from job to job working with clients at photoshoots, video, engagement sessions, boudoir….whatever I can do makeup for, I am there. There are weeks when I have no days off, have 2-4 shoots or clients a day. And then it all comes to a screeching halt, and a few days where I will be off.

Off days are when I need to really focus on my home, doing laundry, spending time with my beloved hubby and doing things that aren’t necessarily “work related’. We all need balance. As a freelancer - we are always “on”, but there are times where the phone just needs to go away so you don’t blow hours mindlessly scrolling. It’s kind of like, “I’m going to look up this instant pot recipe for dinner tonight” & some how you go down this mindless scroll time warp. You’re now insta-stalking someone who you think maybe busier than you (and you are NOT EVEN THE SAME ARTISTS). Guilt starts to set in about it being 2:00pm.
Oh, you haven’t brushed your teeth? Hey, btw your friend with 4 kids looks killer in her sweat pants, has a pinterest worthy bun, working at her beautiful makeup station while you’re still in your pajamas sipping on your third cup of coffee.

Feel bad.

Recently I posted something in my stories about how we are all different artists. Because I think it is something we really need to remind our selves when we start going down the comparison spiral. Heres the thing - I never want to be like anyone else. I want to be like Kat St. John - a magical, crunchy, black unicorn with a sparkly onyx heart. I want to be fierce, pave my own path and do whatever the hell I want to do. Shoot, thats why I went Full Time Freelance! Because I was sick of being told what I needed to do, how I needed to look, act etc. So why would I sit there and compare myself to another artist? I know theyre not sitting around comparing themselves to me! What a waste of time and energy that you could be pouring into your passion.

 Me - being a sparkly unicorn.

Me - being a sparkly unicorn.


Y’ALL Freelancers need to relish in the beauty that is self employment - don’t bog yourself down with doubts and self sabotaging behaviors. Comparison is the death of an artist. Nancy Regan said no, and you should too.

After I posted about us all being completely different and smashing the ideas of comparison, I thought I would get one or two responses. Not 10! Reading messages from followers thanking me for being so honest and opening up to me about their situations /how they were struggling. I heard everything from imposter syndrome, feeling like they were not doing enough, how they could be busier etc. We have ALL felt like this!

There are artists I know who keep a pulse on what other people are doing, that like to be “On trend”, and they call it “Market research”. To a certain extent…..OK, maybe it is market research. BUT make sure you know the difference between researching what is out there and using it to help your business vs. just looking at stuff that makes you feel like a big lazy turd.

When it all comes down to it - hone in on your craft. Become a Master of One (or maybe two things). Follow like minded professionals who do similar work. Most importantly, do what you feel is your calling. Do what feels GOOD. I gave up on being “popular”. Rarely will you see a post with colorful, beauty makeup with a tight crop. But you may see a mix of headshots, some behind the scenes and a bride or two. My mission and goal with my clients is for them to feel comfortable, a lot of times that means I miss a killer BTS shot, or feel like maaaaybe this boudoir client doesn’t want me plastering their face on my instagram (or their booty). Thats totally OK because I want folks to walk away with a memory that was enjoyable and that they felt like they could trust me.

At the end of the day, I am a working artist. Do I need a heavy insta feed? Nah. Do I need to be popular? Eh. My word of mouth clients are the best, and I have worked hard at cultivating good relationships with other artists, photographers and agencies. You do you, boo.



Why you should hire a Pro by Kat St. John

Did you know there is a season for Portraits? Senior Portraits, Fall Family Photos for Christmas Cards, Announcements and of course, Boudoir. Photographers and their clients hire us for these things All.The.Time.

If you look through my instagram feed, you will probably notice that my clients tend to look “Natural”. While I LOVE a smoky eye and drama, most of my clients are professionals getting their headshots done, or mothers who just want to look “Elevated” for their family portrait sessions.

I wanted to show you how Makeup not only helps your photographer by correcting flaws prior to photographs (just go ahead and call us “Built in Photoshop”), but also highlighting features you like and want to showcase!

Serenity (My beautiful Model) and I spent some time together a couple of weeks ago - we did a short little shoot with different lighting to show how makeup shows up in photographs. Your makeup artist should be aware of the kinds of products they use, how they show up on camera, reflect light etc. All of the photos are by me, and NOT RETOUCHED.

All products are listed below the photographs with links to purchase if you wish to purchase! My favorite is the Celestial Highlighting Powder by Atomic Beauty Cosmetics.

Temptu S/B Foundation: Sand + Toffee (I custom mixed her color with the AirPod Pro)
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer - Creme Brulee
NARS Liquid Blush - “Orgasm”
MAC Cosmetics - Studio Fix Sculpt and Shape Contour Palette
Atomic Beauty Cosmetics - “Nebula”
Makeup Forever Aqua XL Color Paint - “Warm Beige”
Makeup Forever Aqua XL Waterproof liner - Matte Brown
MAC Cosmetics Eyeshadow - (also for brows) Brown Down and Kid
Loreal Voluminous Wear Waterproof Mascara (inexpensive, really good and totally attainable in the drug stores and ULTA)
Maybelline Super Stay Liquid Lip Matte - “Dreamer”

Holiday Boudoir Event with a Gift! by Kat St. John

Long time no talk! Goodness, has it been since June? (Slacker)

Naturally, since my last blog post was right when peak wedding season hit and this one being posted right when the season has slowed down….the 4 month gap makes TOTAL sense. Weddings rule-all during the summer, but now is the time to dig in and plan for the holidays!

Speaking of Holidays, There is one holiday event I am particularly excited about participating in, and I cannot wait to share it with you!


 Seattle Boudoir Makeup Artist:  Kat St. John    Amy Catherine Photography

Seattle Boudoir Makeup Artist: Kat St. John

Amy Catherine Photography

Holiday Boudoir Marathon 11/4/18


What is this? A Holiday Boudoir Marathon that Amy Catherine Photography and I are putting on November 4th? Well, it’s really Amy putting it on, she did most of the work. She crafted and built a KILLER set (see photos). I am just providing the beautification, but I digress.

When you sign up with Amy and mention you saw this blog/ any of my social media posts, you get a gift. A GIFT!

What could it be? A variety of Masks? Because, lets be real, I freaking love them and need to spread the good word. Is it a Lip exfoliator? Maybe! We are approaching the colder season! A cute cosmetic bag with your Makeup Artist’s favorite beauty items?

You wont know until you book! But I promise you, my gift giving skills are top notch.

Click on the link to book! Additional information about this session below:


“Amy is my favorite photographer because she is so good at making you feel comfortable, confident, and beautiful! Kat and Amy are an incredible team who help you feel effortlessly feminine and sexy without being overly risqué and I would recommend this experience to anyone and everyone!”


Just for Her - intimate portraits

(Amy’s Studio in Seattle)

Gift these intimate portraits to someone you love or keep them for yourself (you’ll want to do both!)

Includes hair and makeup by Kat St. John, a 45-minute session with up to 3 outfit changes, and 5 of your most favorite images as an archival print.

$900 value for $497. Price will include sales tax when booking your session.

Wall art, albums, ornaments and gift prints are available for purchase during your separate viewing & ordering appointment.

If you would like to book a holiday boudoir session on a weekday in November, contact Amy.