If I’m honest, I had a hard time wrapping my head around the concept for this styled shoot because I have become so accustomed to descriptions like “light”, “airy”, “soft”, “pretty”, & “romantic” when being briefed on the look & feel for 99.9999% of all maternity sessions. So while I was excited to do something new, Breanna (Blooming Images) had to really coax me along; “A little darker lipstick, Christy… come on… daaaaarker”. & boy, am I thrilled with the results! I love it & I love that it is different than what I’ve always done for maternity photos. As for hair, I wanted to showcase the makeup, the florals by Stephanie Yardman, & Cameron’s gorgeous face, so I decided to put her hair up high & leave it sort of casual & effortless.
For this photo shoot I paired bold, elegant makeup with classic, romantic hair. I wanted to make sure that Emily’s makeup was noticeable enough to stand up to the beauty of the landscape & the bright, outdoor lighting. Then, I selected the hairstyle with her gorgeous hair in mind. I wanted to simultaneously emphasize the beauty of Emily’s hair while allowing it to flow softly in the gentle breezes of our lovely New Mexico landscape. I hope you all enjoy these photos as much as I do & maybe this hair & makeup will give you a little inspiration for your own wedding day or photo session. 🙂
Recently, we had a hair/makeup session with Mikaela. Here are some photos of our process & the final result.
We started by curling her hair & pinning it up to cool. We used a 1.5 inch curling wand & a light hold hairspray. Pinning it up to cool helps the hair hold the curl for as long as possible – it also gets the hair off of her face so that we can move on to makeup. Scroll down for a complete list of products used.
For Mikaela’s foundation we used Lorac #’s 3, 4, & 5 to provide a flawless coverage & to highlight & contour her face simultaneously. We used MAC’s Pro Longwear concealer to hide any imperfections. We set the foundation with a translucent-light setting powder. Mac matte bronze to set the contour under her cheekbones, Alexis Vogel radiant blush in the shade “Tipsy”, & Becca Highlighter in the shade “Moonstone”.
For Mikaela’s lip color, we used Alexis Vogel’s lip stain in the color “Barely” & a clear gloss.
The eyeshadow colors we choose came from Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette. MAC’s Fluidline in BlackTrack. Ardell’s 110 lashes & Covergirl Lashblast mascara. To help frame her eyes, we used Anastasia Beverly Hill’s DipBrow eyebrow pomade in the shade “Taupe” to lightly fill in & shape her eyebrows.