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


The Guest Blog Today is All about Lucy

The Guest Blog Today is All about Lucy

Tell me a bit about yourself?

Hello, I’m Lucy – I am the Photographer/Director of ShotByLucy. We specialise in supplying product photography for online retailers nationwide. You can follow us on Twitter @ShotByLucy or visit our website at http://www.shotbylucy.co.uk/

What type of photography does your company specialise in?

We specialise in product photography. If you have a website and you sell online, then we want to hear from you. We are creative people and we like to show that through our work.

What inspired you to become a photographer and is this you re first job?

This is a tough one, I had always enjoyed taking photos even from being a child. But when it got to my A-Levels, I ended up taking a serious interest in Photography. Developing my own films and photo prints in a darkroom was brilliant. From there it developed and I went on to work for different companies throughout the UK gaining experience. I got fed up of working for other people knowing that I could do it myself and I always had the ambition to work for myself, I knew I could do it and had wanted to do it from around the age of 16 but something always got in the way. So last year I finally decided to take the plunge, I quit my full time job (as a photographer) and took the risk. It was very difficult to start with but now we supply photography to many businesses nationwide and have many happy customers.

Do you like to photograph people or objects?

Bit of both really! We specialise in product photography, so mainly objects really.

What tips would you give to someone looking for a photographer and what the most important question they should ask before booking?

When choosing a photographer there are a few things you need to be considering. Always check their work and request samples. You want to see what kind of work they do and if their style would suit your products. It’s always best that you choose a photographer that you can get along with, so shop around and chat with your potential happy snapper to make sure that they fully understand your requirements. Most importantly, be careful of hidden costs. Some companies can tend to charge ‘by the hour’, make sure payment details are stated before any work commences and ask for it in writing for your own peace of mind.

What in your make up bag?

A mixture of things including L Oreal mascara, Elizabeth Arden foundation, Clinique powder, a few Avon bits.. Pencil eyeliners, sparkly liquid eyeliners of all colours … I m serious, the list goes on!

What your skincare routine?

I’m not a typical girl, in fact I’m terrible. I have no regime, I wake up, wash my face, whack on some moisturiser and put my slap on. I am really bad for falling asleep without taking my makeup off and it used to make me laugh because my friends used to comment that after a night on the razzle dazzle, my face/make up looked perfect in the morning. No idea how!

What one beauty product couldn t you live without?

It has to be my Elizabeth Arden compact, its ace. Perfect to pop in your bag for those emergencies!

Who do you most admire for their style and beauty and why?

I’d have to say Cheryl Cole at the moment. She tends to look perfect all of the time… Maybe I should invest in a personal stylist? 🙂

Guest Blog – Lara Jade

The Guest Blog Today is all about Lara Jade

Tell me a bit about yourself?

I’m Lara Jade – a fashion, portrait and advertising photographer currently living in England. I’ve been shooting for six years now (since the age of fourteen!) and I am privileged enough to be able to travel internationally as well as working in my homeland in something I love!

What inspired you to become a photographer?

As a child I was ALWAYS inspired by everything around me – I took this vision into art, painting and drawing first. Then during my end of high school exams at school I discovered photography whilst researching artists. Immediately I fell in love and wanted to try it myself.

You travel all over the world to photograph people, where your favourite place?

At the moment NYC – I have been there three times this year. The last visit was for two months. Everything about it inspires me so much, I feel that my strongest body of editorial work came from there because every day I could go out and feel inspired by everything around me.

What tips would you give to someone who wants to be a photographer?

Practice makes perfect – don’t give up. You need to keep shooting to get a style, to improve, to learn. I am constantly working, for free or paid jobs to keep improving my style and knowledge.

What in your make up bag?

Rimmel, Max Factor, Boots own brand and a beautiful lipstick I bought from make up forever in NYC.

What your skincare routine?

As I’m always working, especially at night – I make sure my make up comes off (with make up wipes) first – sometimes this is the only thing I use if I’m in a rush. But usually I use toner to remove all make-up and follow up with a moisturiser before I go to sleep! I tend to use the SIMPLE range.

What one beauty product couldn t you live without?

My Rimmel black eyeliner

Who do you most admire for their style and beauty and why?

People that go out of their way to be original and to be noticed – I like unique fashion and style. People I admire – Rachel Zoe, Taylor Momsen, Mary Kate Olsen…

Guest Blog – Joanne Beckham

The Guest Blog today is all about Joanne Beckham

Tell me a bit about yourself?

My names Joanne Beckham, I m 28 years old. I work as a senior stylist in Hob salons in Loughton. I love shopping, getting pampered and having fun. My aim one day would be to own my own hair and beauty salon.

What in your make up bag?

I have a fascination for make up by MAC which is great for all types of skin, I love all kinds of eye shadows, at the moment I am using a NARS black eyeshadow called ‘Night Breed which is great for smokey eyes I love MAC eyeshadows too, they are ‘to die for , I m using ‘satin taupe and ‘all that glitters . I also use MAC refined golden bronzer which adds a sun kissed look to your skin. Also in my make up bag I have Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser, it a great two in one product.

What your skincare routine?

I always use Nivea face wipes as they are quick and easy to use, occasionally I get spots so if and when I do I use clean and clear face wash and a little bit of Sudocream for fresh breakouts. I always use Darphin Hydraskin light moisturizing gel which is not too heavy

What one beauty product couldn t you live without?

My Yves Saint Laurent lip gloss in number 11 – ‘Golden Whisper’ – it adds a touch of instant glam

Who do you most admire for their style and beauty and why?

I admire Beyonce for her style, she just beautiful with a great eye for fashion … She unique … I also admire Halle Berry because she so natural and pure and not to forget Megan Fox she just beautiful and has a real edge about her.

Guest Blog – Kim Etheredge

The Guest Blog Today is all about Kim Etheredge

Tell me a bit about yourself?

Kim Etheredge, co-owner, co-creator and co-founder of Mixed Chicks. http://www.mixedchicks.net

What in your make up bag?

My make-up bag is really simple. A little bronzer, mascara and lip gloss. All MAC of course!

What your skincare routine?

Wendi Levy (The other co-owner of Mixed Chicks) takes care of her skin a little better than me. I really still love Neutrogena face wash and their sesame skin oil. I am really into Jane Carter’s Nourish and Shine. I love rubbing that all over my body.

What one beauty product couldn t you live without?

Honestly, black soap! I love Dudu Osun African Black Soap!!!!!

Who do you most admire for their style and beauty and why?

Halle Berry. She is just flawless and lovely!!!!

Guest Blog – Karena Sedgwick

The Guest Blog today is all about Karena Sedgwick

Tell me a bit about yourself?

I am Karena Sedgwick, Founder & Editor of MyNewBestFriends.co.uk. Freelance Fashion Stylist, Events Manager and budding Entrepreneur who recently left the security of a full time career as an Executive PA to follow my dreams and spend more time with my 3 year old son.

What in your make up bag?

I have a whole trunk of make up. My daily staples are – Estee Lauder – Double wear foundation, light. Clinique – Superbalanced loose powder, Benefit – Pink highlighter, Pewter base and Deep Charcoal eyeshadow and Dior Coupe De Powder shimmer eyeshadow. Benefit Smokin liner, Mac Blusher in Dolly mix, Maybeline Lash Stiletto Mascara, Mac Pink gloss

What your skincare routine?

Liz Earle cleanse and polish, instant skin boost tonic in the morning and before bed followed by Liz Earle daily repair moisturiser and occasionally I will use Dior Bronze Self Tan with Shimmer Glow.

What one beauty product couldn t you live without?

Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream which I use to soothe cracked lips and my tired feet at night!

Who do you most admire for their style and beauty and why?

If I was to be really obvious, it has to be Cheryl Cole but I also respect Tamara Mellon OBE who is the President and Co-Founder of Jimmy Choo. She always looks radiant and her style rocks!

Guest Blog – Antonica Simone

The Guest Blog today is all about Antonica Simone

Tell me a bit about yourself?

I manage a digital strategic agency called Made By Many. We create businesses, online communities and social-networking services that are delivered through the internet and mobile. Our work includes creating and managing the campaigns and applications that run on these platforms.

We build whole online businesses, services and platforms from the ground up, and we launch new products and services for new or existing businesses.

I am also in the process of developing my very own media/production company which will be launched in the future and I love to sing. “Laaaaaaaaaaa”

Twitter @Madebymany

Twitter @AntonicaT

BlogSpot @Antonicasworld

What in your make up bag?

Everything I have in my bathroom apart from the toilet.

Seriously my products change dependent on the time of year and my location. At this moment, what I see as my best friend is:

Clinique Quick Liner for lips

Mac Bronze Shimmer Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Noir nail Varnish

Mac Studio Finish Concealer

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

Iman face Bronzer

What your skincare routine?

Skincare routine – For make up removal I use Simple facial wipes. I wish I could use Johnson baby wipes, as they really do leave your face feeling as soft as a babies’ bottom. However the result for me is waking up with a face producing enough oil to fry chips.

What one beauty product couldn t you live without?

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. This product is FIERCE. Everything is smoothed out before you apply your make up.

Who do you most admire for their style and beauty and why?

There are too many style icons to list as I am a sucker for glamour, fabulosity and edgy fashion. However, my own style mixes between Hollywood Glamour and British Rock Chick Fashion.

Guest Blog – Louise Chandler

Guest Blog today is all about Louise Chandler

Tell me a bit about yourself?

I am born and bred in Reading Berkshire and am the youngest of 6 kids. My parents came to Reading in the early 1960’s from Barbados and worked in various places around Reading. I was educated locally and went to University at Winchester and Surrey to study media and radio. I have worked in commercial and BBC media organisations for 10 years and enjoy being creative and working with different people. I enjoy watching films, dining out, cooking and baking, going to gigs, festival, theatre, museums and galleries.

What in your make up bag?

Always Vaseline to keep lips moisturised – it is a must!

Hand cream (Nivea or Soap & Glory) to keep my hands and cuticles moisturised – I can’t stand dry hands!

Nail file – my nails always snag and tear so I always have a few of these

Hair clips & hair bands to tame fly away hair that won’t lie flat!

Perfume – love fresh sweet scents

Mac Compact – a great base

Avon / Boots No 7 Primer for the face, it keeps my oily skin matt and enables my make up application to be flawless

Mascara – to make my eyelashes look as long as possible

Eye shadow – I tend to wear pinks / purples that suit my skin tone

Lip gloss – that has subtle colour for neutral lips

Tweezers to pluck my eye brows

What your skincare routine?

Cleanse, tone and moisturise!

Cleanse – I tend to use a facial wash that is suited to oily skin such as Neutrogena

Tone – I often use facial wipes to gently remove any excess dirt

Moisturise – I moisturise using an oil free moisturiser that has SPF and will ensure my skin is mattified.

What one beauty product couldn t you live without?

Lip balm / Vaseline – I simply cannot have dry lips!

Who do you most admire for their style and beauty and why?

Beyonce – she is naturally beautifully with great skin tone and bone structure. Her make up can transform her to look completely different and she has natural radiance.

Guest Blog – Amie Buck

The Guest Blog today is all about Amie Buck

Tell me a bit about yourself?

I’m a singer and a model. I did MAC cosmetics modelling campaigns in 2006 and 2007 and was on the X Factor in 2009 I got through to the final 24 females and sang on stage with Cheryl Cole. I’m now in a 4 member ‘girl group’ and hope to be signed very soon.

Twitter: @MMAmieBuck

What in your make up bag?

I have a Gucci washbag as my main make up bag and a smaller one for everyday.

MAC Eyesahdows – love the ‘Smokin Eyes Quad’

Dior Blackout waterproof mascara

Chanel Lumiere Foundation

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick – Bronze

Lancome Juicy Tubes – Any

MAC Black Charcoal Eye Pencil

MAC White Eye Pencil

Rimmel Liquid eyeliner

MAC black pencil for brows

MAC concealor compact NW25

MAC Studio Fix Moisture Fix

What your skincare routine?

Baby wipes/skin wipes, E45, MAC Studio Fix Moisture Fix

What one beauty product couldn t you live without?

Can I name 2? MAC Studio Fix Moisture Fix and Dior Blackout mascara.

Who do you most admire for their style and beauty and why?

Jessica Alba because she is very natural and her style is subtle but very stylish and she always gets 10/10 in magazines style watches.

Guest Blog – Sharon K aka Indiana Belle

The Guest Blog today is all about Sharon K (performance name: Indiana Belle)

Tell me a bit about yourself?

Burlesque Artist and owner of Burlesquebaby and Retrotease www.burlesquebaby.com



What in your make up bag?

Chanel Lumiere foundation

Mac Ruby Woo red lipstick

Mac Cherry Lip – liner

Mac mineralize face powder

Jemma Cosmetics Lip gloss

Australis Liquid eyeliner

Rimmel superlash mascara

What your skincare routine?

Gentle face scrub in the morning

Chanel Hydramax moisture cream

Dr Sebagh – eye expert eye cream and any sensitive skin care sunscreen when leaving the house.

Nivea face wipes for make up removal

Simple eye make up remover

What one beauty product couldn t you live without?

Black eyeliner

Who do you most admire for their style and beauty and why?

I love Dita Von Teese because she is a master at her look, her hair is always flawless and her make up is of the style of the old school forties /fifties pin up’s. Her look is sexy, but not over the top.