Gorgeous "Ophelia" Styled Shoot

It's been a few months since I have had a moment to blog! This summer was BUSY but fantastic. Now, time to tell you about some of the beautiful projects Ive been participating in.

November is always the time of year where I slow down and have time to reflect on the busy summer and how to change or grow my business. Last year I realized I was so focused on making money and filling my time with worry....I stopped doing creative work. That was probably the hardest thing I have ever done to myself, I made my passion into a job. Which is exactly what I didn't want to do!

For someone like myself with a background in art and design, my creative work plays a very important role in my self care (aka keeping me sane). It is a time for me to stretch myself, try new things (without consequence), heck - just even using shoots as an excuse to meet new people! 

I started to work with Amy Catherine Photography a while back on some commercial work with another client - Poplin Style Direction (Blog Post about that awesomeness soon) and we discussed some styled shoots. Naturally, I jumped on the opportunity to do this and am thrilled that I did. Because this transformation is the stuff dreams are made of. 

Before: As you can see, we added extensions and lashes (gotta have those lashes). If you're interested - The products I used on our model are listed below!

I love collaborating and actively being a part of a shoot. Here I am strategically placing these gorgeous Dahlias. 

I love collaborating and actively being a part of a shoot. Here I am strategically placing these gorgeous Dahlias. 


Products used! 
Base: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion 
Eyeshadow: Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Palette - Pureed, Summer Peach and Bellini
Eye Liner: Makeup Forever Aqua XL - M-10
Lashes: Monda Studio
Concealer: Radiant Creamy Concealer
Foundation: Temptu Airbrush SB Foundation
Blush: Nars Cosmetics Powder Blush - Luster + Orgasm
Bronzer: Nars Cosmetics Bronzer - Laguna
Brows: Senna
Lips: Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick - Deep  Burgundy



Intimate Weddings and Why I love them.

Summer of 2017 will be the year of intimate weddings.

Destinations that take us to small islands we have never heard of (in this case, Shaw Island). Witnessing small groups of people who come together, lend a hand and genuinely just want to share their day with the ones they love the most. For a lot of makeup artists; of course we love those big bridal parties, robes, champagne, hustle and bustle - I do too! But when you spend the morning in a quiet setting, in a family home on the water surrounded by such warm energy, you take that with you. 

Christina was one of my most favorite brides to style this year, I could literally feel the love that day. When I saw this, that day rushed back through my memory. The smell of the water, the warmth, sweet love and energy from everyone who helped. Watch this video - you'll see what I mean. 

Hiring a Pro Makeup Artist for your Wedding - Why it's important.

Every year during the busy season - which is March through August, I will get at least 100 inquiries. Maybe booking only 30 of them, but that is how it goes. We hear alot of "Sorry you are out of my price range" or just get ghosted. Not uncommon for us. 

Something has been happening a lot lately and I feel like I needed to write a blog about it. We are seeing a trend of brides only valuing one aspect of their wedding day or maybe two. Like, paying for an expensive photographer and coordinator but skimping on the hair and makeup. 

First, lets talk about why you should hire a makeup artist and pay good money for them to style you and your wedding party. 

1. You have hired a photographer - most likely paying quite a bit of money to have them for around 6-10 hours, documenting your day. You should look (and feel) amazing, have makeup that lasts through all the crying, toasts, hugging, dancing and partying! And if you are getting married in Seattle during the spring/'d better count on rain! 

Another thing to consider is that as professionals, we carry many variations of makeup for a variety of skin types. We are trained to know what products are compatible with your face and  what products will work together to make you glow all day and night. Most importantly, we are trained to know what is going to photograph well. If you have invested money in your photography, you should definitely make sure you look stellar in those photos.

2. Wedding days are stressful.
Let us help you relax. Seriously, I will FORCE you to sit down and relax! Who doesn't want one less thing to think about on their wedding day? 11 years ago, before I was a makeup artist, I went to the MAC counter. Walking through Bellevue Square with a flannel, veil and my Hair + Makeup done felt super bizarre. Not to mention, I had to drive there and back. Definitely not ideal. 

Priority - We work around your photographers' timeline. I make sure my brides have at least a half an hour between the time we wrap hair and makeup & getting the dress on. You can call us your time management/ beauty bad asses if you want! (That IS technically what we are....).
Your artist should ALWAYS have a timeline prepared before hand. Keeping on schedule is key to getting the most bang for your buck and a smooth start to your very special day. 

3. We are professional. 
We will not only show up, but we will be on time - and this....this is another big thing I stress to brides. Make sure your makeup artist has a good reputation. Ask your wedding planner about artists, search their instagram feeds, watch their stories, do your research.
Don't be afraid to ask questions about sanitation, products and how they approach their work.  

Final thoughts: While some artists maybe cheaper; I will say from all the recent frantic calls I have received  because their makeup artist "Cancelled last minute", you get what you pay for. I would much rather pay a professional a bit more money and rest easy knowing I don't have to worry about whether or not they are going to show up. Your wedding day should be magical, we play a HUGE part in making sure it goes as planned.

Elopement in the PNW Penninsula
Photo: Megan Montavalo Photography
Hair and Makeup: Kat St. John


Winter Elopement

Some people wonder if we do elopements, the answer is YES! Not everything has to be a huge wedding or event. While that is most of our "bread and butter", there is something more fulfilling when doing a small party, or a "Bride Only" job. It feels nice to switch things up.

Two things about this particular elopement: 
1. It was my first elopement so I was VERY excited to see what an elopement was like! Weddings are based around your photographer's timeline, and so are elopements....however, this was so much more laid back. So relaxed, I was almost scared I was missing something. 

2. We didn't have a trial run together. This was also something foreign to me! Kind of like a Bridal Blind Date.....I have to say, it was kind of exciting to see what we would come up with.  

When I arrived, the bride met me out front of the cutest Bed and Breakfast, we quickly made it up to her suite where they were getting ready. It was just Me, the Bride and her Mom.

Since we had a relaxed timeline, most of it was spent time chatting, talking about everything and just enjoying the presence of people and authentic emotion. No Phones, no TV, just human interaction. I sure do hope Eloping is in for a while. This was such a joy to do. 

Photos: Toni Christine | TCP

Friendor Love - Entwined Weddings

You may have read the previous post about my new studio space and how excited I was to start working out of it. Since the beginning of march the space has been buzzing with shoots, makeup artist meet-ups, collaborations and trial runs! 

About a month ago I met with Christine in the studio to do some makeup and a quick shoot. We chatted about weddings, the industry. All the fun stuff! Most people don't know this but, as makeup artists, our timelines for brides are set based on the photographer's schedule for the day. Our responsibility is to make sure you are ready, out the door and to your first look right on time. Since we work closely together, it is nice to meet outside of work to chat and just get to know each other in a more relaxed environment.

Christine is a Wedding photographer, her company is called "Entwined Weddings". You can check out here work here

First, it was a casual session with a headshot, and then the dresses and skirts came out (she brought a killer wardrobe) So I thought, "Hm, lets give this woman a french/ chic updo to go with her natural makeup". The shoot just kind of blossomed into something almost Parisian with her stunning features, and cute striped top! <3

It was great getting to know Christine a bit more while doing her hair and makeup! Always a great time chatting people up while we make them pretty!

For makeup information and links, go to the bottom of the blog. 

Images Courtesy of St. John | Lifestyle & Portraits

Eye Makeup: 
Laura Mercier: Eye Basics - Buff
Mac cosmetics: Saddle, Nylon  
Eyeliner: Inglot Gel Liner #90
Mascara: L'Oreal Voluminous Waterproof

Face Makeup:
Embryolisse - Creme Au Lait Primer/ Base
Temptu: S/B foundation - Sand
NARS Cosmetics: Hot Sand - Illuminator
NARS Cosmetics: Laguna - Bronzer
NARS Cosmetics: Deep Throat - blush
Laura Mercier: Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Mac Cosmetics: "Twig"