One of my favorite parts about wedding photography is the bridal preparations. The bride and her bridesmaids are encapsulated in a dreamy little bubble together, they are happy, sexy, confident, and of course full of nerves and excitement. Itâ€™s a great opportunity to capture the emotions that make the day special. Itâ€™s also an opportunity to see a woman transform herself into the beautiful bride she has been imagining for so long. Many women put more effort into their appearance on their wedding day than on any other day in their lives. To this end they sometimes hire a professional makeup artist, which I think is a great idea.
Iâ€™m not an expert on makeup, but I like to think Iâ€™ve got my own face down pretty well. That being said, Iâ€™ve had the opportunity to see what a professional can do, and I know it can be transformative. The difference is particularly pronounced in photography. Donâ€™t get me wrong, we can take a great photo of you whether you have professional makeup or you do it yourself, but if things are done right everything is easier, and not just because I have to spend less time in photoshop later removing blemishes. Nothing makes a brideâ€™s smile glow like seeing the expressions on her bridesmaidsâ€™ faces when they tell her how beautiful she looks.
Weâ€™ve been working with the talented makeup artist Joan Allen, and these photos are from our latest effort with her, a bridal session featuring Melissa. Of course all of the brides and models that we photograph are beautiful from the start, but itâ€™s still amazing to see her work. I like to think that the difference that professional makeup makes is similar to the difference between a professional and an amateur photographer. One of our brides to be recently took Joan up on the free consultation that she offers to our brides to be, and was so happy with the results that she hired her for her engagement session. It was so great to see the confident smile on her face while we photographed her and her fiancĂ©.
Thanks to everyone involved in making these beautiful photos happen.