Not Your Mama’s Maternity Session: Dark & Sultry Makeup

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.

Photos by Blooming Images

Florals by Stephanie Yardman Floral Design

Makeup & Hair by C. Johnson Makeup

Thank you to this beautiful mama; Cameron Storie

Located in Northern New Mexico

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Using Nature As Your Backdrop

Bosque2.jpgEngagement photos are one of the highlights of your wedding journey so make sure your location is as on point as your makeup.  One of the most incredible, and typically free, options for bridal backgrounds is right under your feet. Literally! Don’t neglect your natural surroundings as a contender for location. Go on hikes with your sweetheart and scout photo ops together. It’s a great way to bond over wedding planning while you get in some exercise. Photographers love to shoot in natural light so while you are scouting take photos of the potential location so you can review your options later and don’t forget to note the time of day to help decipher the ideal time for lighting. The day of the shoot,  take shoes to wear that will make your location accessible and then change on site as needed.  To create a custom stylized effect, add props that will embellish your photos to make them truly unique and personalized. This is a great way to showcase the beauty of your locality. For those  friends and family who will attend your event from out of state, they will enjoy seeing you in your natural surroundings. Thank you for this gorgeous photo from Blue Rose Photography.

Real Wedding

With a background in dancing & pageantry, our gorgeous bride, Carin looked incredible wearing a sophisticated makeup look, emphasizing her natural beauty. I took extra care to keep her makeup very clean & precise, & our team was especially excited to show off her beautiful hair by giving her a sexy, loose curl (which paired perfectly with the elegant neckline of her dress). Carin is undeniably beautiful & her bridal party was one of the most fun groups we’ve had the pleasure of doing makeup for!

Leave it to wedding planner, Maria Socha from Sealed With A Kiss to coordinate a stunning wedding featuring bold red bridesmaids gowns & elegant white flowers amidst the gorgeous backdrop of Hotel Albuquerque. & thank goodness for the immeasurably talented Tony Gambino for capturing it all!

Chic & Stunning Hair & Makeup

Here are some of our favorite images from the Anniversary photo session we did at the end of August. Take a peek inside the beautiful new chapel at Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Downtown. Photos by Blue Rose Photography. Flowers by Albuquerque Florist, Inc.. Styling by Lauren, owner of Just Lovely Weddings. Makeup & Hair by us – C. Johnson Makeup. Groom’s attire by Suits Unlimited Models: Emilia and Konrad.
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Ultra-Elegant Bridal Hair & Makeup

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. 🙂

Hair & Makeup: C. Johnson Makeup

Venue: Paa-ko Ridge Golf Course & Event Center

Photography: Emily Joanne Weddings

Flowers: Floriography Flowers

Model: Emily Tafoya

90’s Inspired Boho Hair & Makeup

We had the crazy fun opportunity to do something we absolutely love – our take on 90’s hair  & makeup (I’ll never not feel like the 90’s were only a few years ago </3 ).

Photos by the always amazing Alicia Lucia Photography

Hair & Makeup by C. Johnson Makeup & Hair

Model: Kelcie Diglio

Beautifully Boudoir: Hair & Makeup. Plus an Upcoming Event!

Today I (C. Johnson Makeup) worked with Alicia Lucia Photography & Stephanie Yardman Floral Design to put together this sexy, sultry, stylish boudoir session to showcase the gorgeousness coming in May 2015. Click the flyer below or click here to sign up for your spot in this sexy upcoming event. 2015boudoir2015-02-26_00102015-02-26_00212015-02-26_00222015-02-26_00232015-02-26_00242015-02-26_00252015-02-26_00302015-02-26_00132015-02-26_00112015-02-26_00122015-02-26_00172015-02-26_00202015-02-26_00142015-02-26_0015 2015-02-26_0028

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For more info:

Alicia Lucia Photography

C. Johnson Makeup

Stephanie Yardman Floral Design