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”