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Preparing for your Engagement shoot – 3 easy steps in getting the most out of your photo session!

29 Apr

It’s Engagement season!

Today I wanted to share some info for all of our lovely couples that are now starting into their Engagement sessions for up and coming weddings this year…and next.

I have been super busy with Engagement sessions lately, so today I wanted to take a few minutes out to share, what I feel, is some good solid knowledge on just what you need to do in getting prepared for your up and coming E-sessions.

Here we go…

#1.  Look your best – Ladies! Get your Makeup and Hair done Professionally

This is first on our list, and not just because we do Makeup and Hair either…

Getting your Makeup and Hair done professionally can substantially increase that polished and final look of your images.

When paying for professional images, something that you will look back on and treasure years later;  You want to make sure you are camera ready.  What might look great for basic “day wear” might not translate the same in professional images and different lighting situations.

Keep in mind, engagement sessions are often fairly casual, so it’s not about over-doing it. A nice polished and cleaned up version of yourself, not only goes a long way for the photos, but also ups confidence levels and just a good overall “I look and feel good” vibe. Which in turn helps many client’s relax a bit more in front of the camera when they look and feel great.

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In SOME cases, combining your E-shoot with your bridal trial session can be a great idea….but ONLY If you are aiming for a more low-key look…

Often we see client’s that try to stretch that buck spent and combine them…truthfully though, this can in many cases, cause more harm than good. Which is why many client’s now a days are opting to do their engagement Makeup and Hair services as a completely separate booking.

Remember that E-sessions are generally about you as a couple, candid, loving, a “behind the scenes” if you will.

For those opting for more formal Wedding day styling, up do’s, more structured styling, this can and does, in many cases,  look very “off” in an engagement session. Especially if you are out in a casual setting, often jeans and a nice Blouse or T-shirt, then rocking a Full ‘wedding day look’ on the upper portion with a styled up-do, big false lashes and so forth. Yes it’s nice, but completely deflects from the casual couple feeling and can look like you are trying way too hard.

So use your judgment. Popular looks being done for casual engagement sessions are often soft all over curls or light half-up styling – this helps add movement with a bit of polish without looking to over done. While Makeup is often clean, polished for on-camera, usually sticking with more earthy color palettes as a popular choice amongst many clients. Light lash filler like individuals, or accent lashes, is also a great way to add some focus to your eyes, without looking like you’ve strapped on a pair of night-club false lashes, then went to hang out in a pretty field for some pictures with your fiancé.

Don’t forget to clean up your nails and moisturize those hands too – It’s time for some pictures of the rings!

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Photo courtesy of Amber Hughes Photography.

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A little more Glam – Photo courtesy of Stone Photo.

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All about the eyes – Photo courtesy of Alexandra Hunt

#2 – Picking a solid outfit

As mentioned above. Unless you are doing a full-out “theme” shoot. Your outfit choice helps tell the story and compliment the location choices too.

Some client’s opt for simple jeans and T-shirt styles, while others might go a bit more glam with a cute dress and suit styling for their fiance…. Whatever makes you comfortable and shows your personal vibe and style.

Look at your location choices as well, to help you better determine your clothing options. When picking your outfits, don’t forget about your seasons; colder temperatures vs. warmer!

Remember – Clothing can often photograph a bit larger or baggier too, so look at items that are a bit closer to your body for a more flattering look. Avoid items with large logo’s on them as well – You are not doing an ad-campaign!

Whatever you chose remember the following:

Clean – No old or “pilling” sweaters, etc. Yes they might be your favorite items, but over worn clothing photographs exactly like that = Over worn and old looking!

For the Guys, this means looking at new shirts. Something clean, modern, that isn’t that same shirt in the back of the closet that only comes out at the holidays.

Colors – Solid colors can make a wonderful impact in images, giving a fun, vibrant and youthful playfulness. Avoid drab colors that will wash you out, causing you to look sick or pale.

Also try to avoid anything to “matchy-matchy” with your partner….There is a fine line on looking cute and looking like you are twins.

Accessorize – Ladies , your accessories can add polish to your look, but don’t overdo it. Light Layering on items can also make your look a bit more put together.

No wrinkles!!! – Break out that iron. Make sure your items are all clean, and ironed. Nothing looks more distracting than a giant wrinkle straight across the front of a dress shirt or cute dress.

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Doing it right!
Photo courtesy of Amber Hughes Photography.

#3 – Location!

And lastly, choosing your location. Something that reflects you as a couple.

We see everything from full themes – Cosplay, zombies, cherry blossoms, you name it, we’ve probably seen it – So whether you are going for casual or formal, or even themed. Take the time to scope out some location choices beforehand. Speak with your photographer and let them know what you like. We are blessed in our area with a wide range of options whether you like the concrete jungle of the downtown core areas and fancy artisan buildings, to the forested areas and horse farms of the valley, straight through to the quaint older brick neighborhoods, the beaches and ocean, all the way through to snow-covered mountains. Your possibilities are endless here.

This doubles over as well as to how and where you might use these images – Will you be using them on save the dates/invites? or displayed at the wedding? If planning this, Your Engagement shoot can then follow similar ideals in order to tie it all in.

This will also further help you in determining or bringing with you any pre-made “props” for your engagement session!

Bonus:

Look at taking the day off of work and doing your session during the week/day!

Not only will your vendors often have far more flexibility with dates, but this can help you further for a number of reasons.

Traffic – people are at work. Leaving many locations far more accessible with easier parking options too. Especially any downtown or main areas.

Fewer people – Especially in cases of those doing main locations – weekdays often give you far more options for images, with far fewer people in the way or walking around. Areas can often be a bit more personal and romantic feeling because of this. For those that are a bit nervous shooting in public with people staring at you, this to can help ease that a bit. Shooting on a Saturday or Sunday, mid afternoon, no way.

Locations – Hotels and Venues  – Yes, you can look at scoring some amazing pictures at local venues, but call in advance. Some may cost you, some can be free. Same as with many commercial photo shoots we all do for magazines etc. during the week, these areas are often quiet as can be, and may let you in to shoot a few pictures. This can be a gorgeous option for those looking at something a little bit more than the standard street or field shots for their sessions.

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When it’s all said and done – why not make a night out of it? You’re dressed up, Makeup and Hair done, and both looking fabulous….look at heading out for a nice romantic dinner.

We hope that helps you a bit more in preparing for your Engagement sessions with your photographers and remember don’t Stress – this is a fun time, enjoy yourself 🙂

For more information on our Engagement services please visit me at: www.brides-by-felicia.com

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Marie Antoinette Inspired Bridal Editorial!

15 Apr

To start this week off, I wanted to post a little bridal inspiration now that season is well underway – I am so happy to FINALLY be able to show off this lovely shoot from last year! Featured in the Winter issue of Heirloom magazine as well.

I wanted to keep this post small, as there are so many photos I couldn’t post them all, but I definitely recommend taking a few minutes to hit up the video posted below to watch everyone’s full collaboration on this editorial Bridal shoot; as this shoot consisted of an all-star team of some of the most amazing and highly sought after wedding vendors in the city!

Enjoy 🙂

Vancouver Wedding Vancouver Wedding Vancouver Wedding Makeup Vancouver Wedding Makeup Artist Felicia Bromba Vancouver Wedding Makeup Artist Wedding Vancouver Water Fall Building Vancouver Wedding Flowers Vancouver Wedding Bridal Gown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Team:

Venue:  the waterfall building

Gown/ Tux: Allison @ Manuel Mendoza 

Florist: Evan @ Flowerz

Makeup: Felicia @ Brides by Felicia

Hair: Victoria @ Vancouver Mobile Hairstylist 

Jewelry: Elsa+ Madalena @ Elsa Corsi/ Jeweliette 

Custom Furniture: Michelle @ Hartt Designs 

Decor/ Props/ Styling: Dawna @ Aroka Vintage

Stationary:  Laura @ Laura Lavender

Sweets: Kien @ Kien and Sweets 

Shoes/Bags: Marissa @ Lords Shoes

Musicians: Laria, Karina, Jacek, Aleksandra @ Musical Occasions

Female Model: Caroline Henry

Male Model: Sydney Estrada

Chair Covers : Chair Decor Etc. 

Photography: Jeanie @ Studio Jeanie

Planning/ Stylizing: Kailey Michelle @ Kailey Michelle Events

Videography: Fill in the Blank Studios 

The Wedding day: How long should I plan for Make-up and/or Hair Services?

14 Feb

Your wedding is a big event already, you want to ensure your day is Fun and Relaxed. Having mobile Beauty services come to you, along with all your friends/family at your side is just another enjoyable part of it all.

Candice from Michigan touched base and wrote us;

“I came across your site and I think your articles for brides are fantastic! I got married last year, and let’s just say the timeline was chaotic. I was over an hour late! Truth – because I didn’t plan out my morning the best. I tried to do salon services for Hair AND at home services for the Girls Makeup, and truly thought I didn’t need as much time as everyone told me. I was wrong.

I was reading your timeline posts and have a friend getting married in a few months (June). Would you be able to do a post in regards to Make-up and Hair timing? She’s under the impression that we can get everyone done (8 people)  in about 2 hours. I’ve told her that clearly is not the case, as was seen with my wedding debacle…Any help is appreciated so I can pass the info on.

Thanks so much and keep up the great work!”

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I think this is an excellent question, that many brides can get confused about….So let us start!

Remember, the very first portion of the day, starts with your Hair and Make-up and getting ready.

Booking MOBILE Services, is considered a Convenience and Luxury service, with your hired providers packing up and carting often suitcases worth of equipment, directly to you, in the comfort of your home, hotel, venue, at anytime of day. There is no traveling around to and from places. With that, services are in very high demand, with most mobile beauty service providers  generally booking about 1 year in advance.

Your Photos for the entire day start on the basics of your morning, with Hair and Makeup.

Remember that you are the CENTER of every image being taken throughout the entire day!

A fancy dress and expensive photographer will only take you so far, if you look liked you skimped on your beauty work, with faded makeup, frizzy hair and if you aren’t camera ready.

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We often get asked “How long does it all take?”

Well, that depends on a number of areas of the services being done. Each bridal party will differ as per the number of people for services and the elaborateness of each service being done that day.

A good game plan for the morning helps keep everything flowing smoothly and relaxed, no rushing around or running late at the end.

First and foremost, the most important part is your LEAVING BY TIME

Regardless of services done, how many People etc. EVERYTHING for your entire morning is based and scheduled around this time! Customized per each bridal party and their direct needs to ensure everyone is ready to go by this time.

Generally speaking you want to allow for approx. 20-45 minutes, per person, per service. The Bride about 45 minutes to 1 hour as you are the most important and often there may be a few extra details for you being done. Be sure to check with your beauty providers though, as some may take longer, where as more seasoned professionals, may take a bit less time!

Now a days, majority of Bridal clients book both mobile Hair and Make-up services. Either as a team, or  via separate provider, having their main Stylist come out to them, and so forth. This not only is far more efficient but also a lot more organized for the day of….especially with groups of 4 or more anyways.

This leaves the Bride and entire bridal party free to relax, receive services as the morning passes, while one is in hair, another is in Make-up and still allows enough time for others and yourself to eat, get dressed, take pictures and so forth… there’s no traveling around to and from places. Everyone is free to sit and relax throughout the morning or afternoon.

Secondly, once you have your “leave by time” you want to backtrack about 30 minutes to 1 hour from this. THIS Now becomes the time you want everyone 100% completed by! This last hour is now reserved for a few things…

For those that plan to have a photographer present, they will often arrive about 30 minutes to 1 hour beforehand, This is where they will take images of your final Make-up/Hair moments for everyone, and your Veil pinning. They will also start with your detail shots of your jewelry, rings, shoes, etc. before you put everything on.

This last hour before you leave, is now reserved for You and your bridal parties dressing time. Time for pictures and gathering last minute stuff together before your limo arrives or you need to leave. This extra timeline is key, as to not cause that last bit of time turning into a chaotic mess of everyone running about, scrambling for last minute things, rushed dressing and more.

This time table is universal to most weddings, again all set around each client’s leave by time.

Once your trial is completed, your artists will then have a better idea on how much time is then needed to complete your look as well as your bridal party. They will then fine tune it from there and set you up with your Start and End times.

One last thought….if you’ve hired yourself a seasoned professional makeup artist and hair stylist (or a team of them) trust they know how long your services will take.  This is what they do! Don’t assume you know better and try and outsmart them by adjusting the timelines – 9 times out of 10 is always ends in chaos!  Trust they have your best interest at heart.

Yes, some mornings might be early start times as well, you are not alone in this, and many brides end up accommodating this due to their timelines, that’s just a fact. It’s one day, and sometimes in order to accommodate services and/or large group it might be necessary.  Don’t let this be a cause for concern, make the best of it and Pre-plan out the night before, if you know you will require an earlier morning start time.

Remember Your wedding day is a once of a lifetime experience, don’t cause it to be rushed or  filled with un-necessary chaos and stress by un-thought out planning.

This is your day, sit back and enjoy it.

Happy Planning!

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Got something on your mind you’d like to see addressed?

Let us know, we’d be happy to do a post for you covering your questions.

Prepare yourself; 7 key steps in getting the most out of your Beauty Trials!

21 Jan

With bridal season getting underway, many brides are  now meeting with their vendors for those with weddings  towards the beginning of the year. Many  brides are now into their consult/trial run through for their Beauty services too.

With that in mind we wanted to really touch on the importance on being prepared for your meetings, following the instructions your vendors provide to you and doing the “homework” they assign to you.

This may include finding reference images of styles you like, to following up with your other vendors regarding time frames. As all of this is key, so that EVERYONE is on the same page and has a clear idea for the wedding date.

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“I just want to look gorgeous”  –  is the #1 comment we hear the most in the beauty services side….and rightfully so! It’s your special day and all eyes on you.

With the bride paying so much forth for items, venue and then her photographs, the way you “look” in them is no place to skip by on or get “lazy” with details, as these images are what’s left of the day for many years to come. Yet for some reason this is often the area in which many brides are the most unprepared and indecisive for.

So I wanted to take a few minutes to list some of the most important facts to getting the most out of your Beauty trials:

Prepare for you consultation and trial sessions!!

1) This cannot be stressed enough, many of your vendors will even provide you with full instructions long before you even get them booked in. By not following them, you are only hindering yourself in the end and setting yourself up for possible disappointments. If you provide absolutely nothing to your vendors to work with, as was asked from you, you have no right to complain!

This means and might include simple things like; If they ask you to not show up with wet hair and you do?! Showing up with 2 day old makeup caked to your lashes. Not having main items on hand like a tiara or hairpiece, but you want a style wrapped and designed around it? or a Hair design that specifically calls for a Fake Hair piece incorporated,  or longer length(Clip ins) added to shoulder length hair, but you didn’t pick anything up….How does one purpose to achieve and create a waist length down Hairstyle at a trial appointment, with natural shoulder length hair, if you do not have the false hair as needed for it yet?

2) Start with the basics; It is imperative that you arrive ON TIME for your consultations! Your time slots for trial runs have been specifically set aside for you and with consideration for your particular needs (multiple looks, medical skin issues or very long hair, to give a few common examples).  When you are late you are not only jeopardizing your beauty services for your wedding, the Trial session, but potentially other client’s who may follow your appointment time!

3) Neglectful care of your grooming including out of shape brows, facial hair and/or dry and peeling skin not only hinders the application itself, it will never let the flawless and “perfect look”  shine through to give you a true visualization of your look; if you have bushy brows, dehydrated skin and peeling lips!

4) For best results you will always want to book your Hair and Make-up consultations on the same day. This allows you to get a full visual on your chosen style and look. It’s often hard for people to visualize a fully done up makeup style, especially when their hair is in a ponytail and they are wearing jeans and a Tank top, or a fancy bridal Hairstyle, with no makeup on.

5) Bring PICTURES! You can never have too many pictures to show your artists of looks that you like for your beauty services. Otherwise, you’re starting the entire plan off on a “guessing game”. You DO however want to make sure they are similar; If you want an up-d0, then you don’t need a dozen ‘all down’ style pictures with you. Also look to images similar to YOU; your eye shape, your hair coloring/type, ethnicity and so on. Although that image maybe nice, often if it is to far ‘off’  from your natural look it will not, in most cases, look at all the same on you…

Your Artists are not mind readers and some people do have a harder time articulating their wants and needs. At the same time, what you see in an image, a professional will view it differently too. This allows them a starting point to better breakdown and analyze what you tend to gravitate to from the images brought, leaving them better able to suggest a variety of options.

6) If you can, schedule a quick dress “try on session” of your gown to follow the consultation/trial run. This will give you a better idea on how everything will look together, making it allot easier to negate any changes you might wish to make to fine tune your look.

7) Follow up. Many vendors will contact clients back a few days after, or vendors may ask you to contact them to let them know how everything held up, from the hair to any other “issues” that might have arisen afterwards that needs to be adjust before the big day. If you provide them with no follow up information, they are likely to assume everything is ok.

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The DAY OF is NOT the time to just change it all up on whim!!!  If you are confused, change your mind, etc. it’s WELL WORTH The price of a full retrial for your new idea of a look,  to better assess your new ideas and options compared to the first. Chancing it to the day of can lead to a disaster, what if you decide you don’t like it? With other members booked, there may not be enough time now to fix it!

Be open minded to your artist’s recommendations and suggestions for you. We all get stuck in routine and though it may not be what you do “everyday” remember that they do this for a living, spend thousands of dollars and often months/years in training and know how certain colors and intensities will read in pictures and how different lighting situations can affect a particular “look”. We all want you to look and feel like ‘yourself’, but at the same time remember that everyone is expecting that little bit more; they are already expecting the dress, the Hair, the Makeup, some added bling factor…

What you may see and what a photo sees are two completely different things as well. We are trained in applications that will combat everything from over-shine to foundation flare, creasing, coverage issues, time of day you are getting married, humidity levels and more.

Having a solid idea or start point going in will make things easier on all sides and go a long way,  but also allow for better results overall. Not being prepared, basically has you hiring a team to ‘work blind’ setting yourself up for possible disappointments.

So just remember, don’t jump the gun on a early trial. Let things take its course and do it when you are ready and fully prepared.

Happy Wedding planning!

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