Looking Gorgeous in your Wedding Photographs

As a wedding photographer, it is my job to capture every special moment of your magical day and of course, ensure every Bride looks stunning in every photograph, even the fun ones.

So from my point of view, where would I recommend you start in planning how you are going to look on your wedding day?

Many brides book a make-up artist to do their wedding day ‘face’ and that is very sensible. Even if you are excellent at applying the most beautiful make-up, the morning of your wedding will probably be full of excitement and glasses of champagne, not always the best combination when a mascara wand is involved. It is your day to be spoilt and pampered, so go for it, find yourself a really good make up artist to pamper your face. A few tips here

  • ALWAYS have a trial run and don’t be afraid to tell your make-up artist if you don’t like what she is doing. There is no point wearing make up you hate on the day, any good MUA will listen to what you do and don’t want and advise accordingly. If you really can’t agree, or feel in anyway uncomfortable, move on and find someone else.
  • Don’t be too concerned if they apply your make up a little heavier than you would normally have it, it has to last all day and if your photographer uses some flash at some point in the day, it will help stop any ‘washing out’
  • Photographically, most of us girlies always look better taking a ‘less is more’ approach – the make up may be more heavily applied, but it should still look gorgeous and natural.
  • Book EARLY! Like good photographers, good make up artists get booked well in advance, especially for the popular summer and key winter dates. The more time you allow, the better chance you have of finding the right person for you

So if you wouldn’t normally wear make up, should you on your wedding day? There is no right or wrong answer to this, it is very much a personal choice, but I would offer the suggestion of speaking to a make up specialist and perhaps booking a trial, see how you look and feel before going ahead and making a booking for the day. A good MUA will never make you look overdone and silly, they will only enhance your preferred natural look, so why not give it a try, you can always decide against it if you really don’t like it.

Finally, if you are going to apply your own make up, remember what I said earlier about the morning of the wedding and allow yourself at least twice as long to apply it as you normally would. It may be worth investing in some make-up lessons just to be sure you are flattering yourself and of course, it’s an investment that last long after your big day is just a distant memory.

Your wedding day hair is another area where you can apply almost identical principals as above – but you really can go for glamour if you want, get a look you love and allow plenty of time for trials and test runs before making the final booking for your day. After that, the rest is up to your photographer, my job is to take these building blocks and complete the look with fabulous photographs.

My name is Yvonne White and I am a London/Hertfordshire Wedding Photographer though I do work across the South East and the UK on request. Wedding photography is about capturing your memories, making a visual record for you and your descendants to enjoy long after the cake is eaten and the dress is boxed up in the loft. You can see more of my work on my website and by having a browse through my blog by visiting www.whitegoldimages.co.uk

 

Memories of 2011

I was very lucky to be involved in some really great photoshoots in 2011. We did the hair and make up for all of them. Here are some of my favourite images from them!

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Hair accessories Photoshoot for Love the Burglars Photography by Carey Sheffield

Fairytale

Cottingley Faeries Inspired Photoshoot. Photography by Clare West also featured on Love My Dress Blog

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London Bride Magazine Launch photoshoot. Photography by Fiona Kelly

Anti bride with choccywoccydodah

A photoshoot written by me and inspired by Hammer house movies. As featured on The Good Food Channel with ChoccyWoccyDooDah and on The Boho Wedding Blog Photography by Tino and Pip

Bridal Hair Hair accessories photoshoot for Tiararama Photography by Hannah Duffy

Getting Married Abroad

With winter upon us many of you will be thinking sunshine thoughts. Weddings abroad are increasing because of guaranteed sunshine. There are a few things to think about before jetting off to the sunshine though.

If you burn easily in the sun avoid stripping off as soon as you get to your destination. The last thing you want is sunburn on your wedding day! Invest in a really good suncream with a minimum SPF15. Build up your sun exposure in short bursts.

Think about strap marks! Having a lovely strapless dress with tan lines in your wedding photos isn’t the best look.

Give your face and body an all over exfoliation before you leave the UK. Skin looks better when its hydrated. There are lots of face and body products on the market.

If you opt for a fake tan before you arrive. Remember that the chlorine in the swimming pool will make it go streaky and having a fake tan doesn’t mean you have protection against the sun’s rays. Always do a test fake tan you don’t want it to go wrong!

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Take care of your hair. Have it trimmed regularly and use a deep conditioning masque before going away. The sun can be so drying on hair.

 

Here are some Top Tips from weddingsabroad.com they are specialists in international weddings!

go site Weddings Abroad – Consider the following:

ساعة واحدة إستراتيجية الخيارات الثنائية Dress Its best to use a wedding dress that does not have too many layers or artificial fabric if your chosen destination is hot! Choose your shoes carefully too.

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الخيارات الثنائية أساسيات 101 مراجعة Guests Choose your guest list carefully. Decide who you want at your ceremony, remember these people will also be on your holiday!

follow site Climate Check out the weather carefully for your wedding destination, especially hurricane season. Beware of getting married in the midday sun, instead opt for a later ceremony.

http://dinoprojektet.se/?kapitanse=jobba-hemifr%C3%A5n-lediga-tj%C3%A4nster&6a1=2d Glowing Beware if sunbathing prior to your wedding, you don’t want strap marks if you are wearing a strapless gown. Also don’t forget the sunscreen on your nose, the Rudolph look is not good on the wedding photos.

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Wedding Wednesday – Photoshoot!

Today I would like to share with you a Hair accessory photo shoot that we did the hair and make up for – All designs are by the amazing Suzanne Laughlin from Tiararama

The photography is by the fabulous Hannah Duffy

Here are some of my favourite images

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Brides and Beauty is 5 years old Today!

I have been in the beauty business for 15 years now but only set up Brides and Beauty in 2006. Its now 5 years old today and when I think what I started with its gone from strength to strength and I’ve loved every moment!

Over the years I have had some great experiences and here are some of my highlights over the last 5 years!

 

A wedding in Whistler

Joining the charity Look Good Feel Better

All My new friends on Twitter

Discovering 3 amazing make up brands!!

I love make up and cosmetics and if i have too much I give it away. I like to make other people happy and i’d rather it went to a good home than just sit on a shelf in my bathroom. I will be doing a giveaway on here so keep checking back for news!

Brides and beauty evolved because I wanted to offer a service using my skills and knowledge for everyone – Brides, and all women in general. Last year i started this http://www.tyromar.at/?yuwlja=%D9%85%D9%86%D8%AA%D8%AF%D9%8A%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%B3%D9%87%D9%85-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B3%D8%B9%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%8A%D8%A9-2012&0ab=d9 blog and this year I launched the pamper parties and there is more news to come!

I am always open to suggestions of posts and if anyone needs tips or advice you can find out more on my website my Facebook and Twitter

Thank you all for your support. I wouldn’t have made it without you all xx

Model in a Bottle – A Make Up Must Have

What can I say but I truly http://wilsonrelocation.com/?q=%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%B5%D9%8A%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%81%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%83%D8%B3 LOVE this product. Its the must have of my kit now. I use it professionally and personally. Model in a bottle is a light spray that fixes your make up all day and night. If you hate your foundation rubbing off on your clothes then this product is for you.

All the brides I use it on love it. If you go to the gym wearing it you come out looking the same as you went in. I use it on myself too.

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DIY Bridal Make Up – Good or Bad?

I have noticed the rise in the number of brides that have decided to do their own make up for their wedding day. I know its what i do professionally but i wanted to point out that once your wedding day is over you have to live with the images forever. I never make anyone look like someone else. I only do a brides make up after a thorough consultation.

My guide is always to enhance what someone already has. If you normally wear very little make up i will make you look very natural but flawless. Your wedding day is special and you should look special too.

Things to consider?

  • Does your normal make up last for 12 hours without retouching?
  • Do you know how to contour the shape of your face?
  • Can you make your lips even in shape and length?
  • Does your foundation leave a stripe around your jawline?
  • Can you lengthen you lashes using just mascara?

A make up artist will have the skills needed to avoid these things. The last thing you want to worry about on your wedding day is how your make up looks!

Some brides are very capable of doing their own make up and i’m not saying they shouldn’t. If you would like to do your own but need help then consider a make up lesson.

I would love to hear from you if you did your own make up and if you’re happy with the images! I would also like to hear from you if you regret doing your own make up!

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Getting The Most From Your Bridal Make Up

They don’t call it your big day for nothing so you need to look your absolute best, for most brides to be its a military operation so get planning early!

My top tip would be to create a countdown diary for getting everything ready for the big day- that way you can get your ideas down on paper and work out a beauty and pampering schedule taking the stress out of the situation.

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Start thinking about your make up 6 months before your wedding day and choose your make up artist for the big day make sure you research this properly and get a good feel from them after all, they will be with you right up to the vows!

Browse through magazines and search the internet for ideas, bear in mind these will only be ideas and the make up artist will give you the best advice for the day.

 

Image courtesy of Wedding Ideas Magazine

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To really hydrate and soothe the skin start having facials regularly every 4 to 6 weeks, starting about 3 months before. Beautiful, clear skin is the blank canvas for great make up. If your budget doesn’t allow for this then try to do DIY versions at home, choosing the right products for your skin type. Good skin will look gorgeous in the wedding photos and your make up will look perfect on the big day.

follow Step 3 The trial…

Its best to have your trial run of hair and make up about 6 weeks prior to the wedding. Tell your make up artist the colours that you have chosen for your wedding theme so that it all ties in. If you’re not used to wearing a lot of make up tell your make up artist because you still want to look like yourself on the big day just a more fabulous version!

Book the time of arrival for the make up artist and let her know where you’ll be on the day of the wedding. If you’re not having a make up artist http://www.ac-brno.org/?pycka=%D9%85%D9%86%D8%AA%D8%AF%D9%8A%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%B3%D9%87%D9%85-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B3%D8%B9%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%8A%D8%A9-2013&d13=80 book a make up lesson and continue practising the look at home and ask the person giving you the lesson to write everything down for you. Get a friend to take pictures so that you can see what it will look like on the day. Always take a mirror outside to check the look, indoor lighting can have a yellowing effect on the colours. If you’re doing your own make up ensure you apply a bit more than usual for photographic reasons and don’t apply too much shimmer as the flash will pick up on this more.

Bridal make up is individual and unique to every bride – there are no hard and fast rules but do try to be yourself and feel comfortable with what you choose for your look on the day.

Have your http://1conn.com/kategori/blog/haber/page/26/ final facial at least 1 week before the wedding so that it brings any impurities to the surface and allows time for any blemishes to calm down on the skins surface – and get your eyebrows shaped by a professional to frame your face.

On your wedding day wear a button down top, shirt or bath robe so that it doesn’t ruin your hair and make up when you take it off. Ask your chief bridesmaid to keep your lipstick/lipgloss in their bag and carry some powder and blotting papers for touch ups.

Now you’re ready to walk down the aisle feeling beautiful.

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Wedding Ideas Magazine – 100th Issue Party!

Thursday 25th August 2011 was a brilliant night! The theme for this party was black and pink and everyone made the effort to look good! Congratulations to Rachel and her team on making it to 100 issues!

When we arrived we were papped at the door and once we got upstairs champagne was served by Butler’s in The Buff…I made sure I had more than one glass 🙂 It would’ve been rude not to make these boys work hard!

The best part of the night has to be the photo booth! I can’t recommend Groovy Booth enough for any event, wedding or party. They were amazing and we got the prints immediately! All the props were provided too.

To find out more about Groovy Booth visit the website

Thanks to Wedding Ideas Magazine for a fantastic night out!!

Bridal Hair Article

An Article I wrote for Vitality Magazine published – February/March 2011 Issue

Gorgeous Bridal Hair

Helping a bride to choose a suitable hairstyle for her wedding day can be fun if you both have an open mind. Some brides will see a style and think Wow I love that hairstyle ù but in reality their hair length and texture isn’t right for the style they’ve seen! Hairdressers should have some images available for the brides to view to give them an idea of styles they may be able to achieve for brides. One of my favourite long hair industry celebrity stylists is Patrick Cameron and he has some of the best books on how to do fantastic styles too. Length and volume can be added with extensions and there are lots on the market.

Check the condition of the bride’s hair in the run up to the wedding day! A series of conditioning treatments will help to get her hair into tip top condition. For brides that are growing their hair, advise them to have a trim every six weeks to get rid of split ends.
Brides and the stylist should choose a style that will look good with the dress and hair accessories. It’s easier if the stylist can see the dress and accessories to give them an overall view of what type of hairstyle would look best with the dress so ask the bride to be to bring a picture with them.

Book the bride in for a trial run, before the wedding day. I would recommend a trial run 6 weeks before the actual wedding day. If the hairstyle that they dreamed of does not look as good on them as they had hoped, they’ll be glad they found that out before the big day! Bear in mind that hair thickness and length may not be suitable for the bride to be’s chosen style and advise accordingly. Ask the bride to bring her veil, tiara or any other accessories along to the appointment.

Throughout the trial check the brides comfort levels, if the pins or hair accessories are causing discomfort, ask her to let you know so they can be adjusted. The last thing a bride needs on her wedding day is painful pins!

At the trial appointment its always a good idea to take pictures. A stylist should take pictures from all angles so that you have a record for on the wedding day. Offer to take photos for the bride too! Bride to be’s love to show pictures of how they will look to their Mum’s and bridesmaids.

Hair colouring or any other chemical treatments for the big day should be done a few weeks before so that the colour has time to settle down. Highlights should be done a week or so before the wedding so that they look freshly done. Give the final trim or cut no later than two weeks prior to the wedding date. Just before the wedding is not the time to try out a drastic new look, such as cutting long hair into a short style or completely changing the colour.

Ask the bride if she is taller than the groom or are they both the same height. Hair up styles can add quite a lot of height to the bride. Also take into account the height of their shoes. A bride that is much shorter than the groom can use a hair up style to even out the height differences.

An elaborate a hairstyle may be in competition with the brides face and dress, but its what the bride is happy with that matters the most.

Written by

Joyce Connor

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