It's that time of year again! Valentine's Day is quickly approaching.Many of you already know that I also offer Boudoir Portraits for the ladies. This past fall I put out a casting call for average women to apply to be models for these sessions, so I'd like to thank all of them for being such gracious volunteers. I'd also like to thank My Makeup Artist Brittany Renee for helping me make these sessions happen. Brittany is a Professional Makeup Artist, who attended Makeup Designory in New York City, and she is so awesome at what she does. Brittany knows things I've never even heard of before, like contouring, who knew makeup could give you a facelift! I was even more floored when she pulled out an air brush machine to apply foundation. One of the things that most impressed me about working with Brittany is not only her amazing professionalism but how clean she keeps all her brushes and equipment. In between each client all of the equipment she uses is meticulously sanitized, which is a sign of a real makeup artist who has put in her time to learn her craft.

Many people ask me what they need a Pro for since they put on their own make up every morning. Well there are a few reasons:

  • A makeup artist knows how to apply  make up properly for the camera and lighting. Which doesn't seem like a big deal, but it makes the difference when that first exposure is taken. Have you ever had someone take your picture and your face is a different color then the rest of you? It could have been because of the power or shimmer on your face reflecting the flash.
  • The face is their canvas and they work to accentuate each of their client's best features, they access the shape, tone and texture of your skin and work accordingly.
  • If you've ever glued your own eye shut with eyelash adhesive (I have) you can understand the importance of having a Professional apply your lashes.
  • They are trained to keep their equipment and work areas clean and sanitary. They also know what could happen to you if those strict guidelines are not met, which isn't something most amateurs could prevent, because they simply don't have the knowledge.

Really I think the best way to explain why is to let her work speak for itself, here are a few before and afters of our boudoir models from this past fall.


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