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I adored meeting and working with Maggie!  She has a dancer’s grace about her that made her so at-ease in front of the camera, and she just knew exactly how to fall into perfect, natural-looking poses.  All I really had to do was show up and let this Wando Class of 2016 stunner do her thing.  We started late in the afternoon and ran out of light at sunset, but BOY do I wish I had more time with her!  My job was absolutely effortless (although I do know that modeling is most definitely NOT effortless) and I could have photographed this flawless-skinned beauty all. day. long.

Her super-sweet boyfriend came along on the shoot with us and, let me tell you – he was the HERO of the day!  That boy chauffeured his girl, carried my gear and held the massive reflector . . . He definitely qualifies as the most fantastic, gentlemanly assistant I’ve ever had. Many thanks to Derek for all of his help.  And hey, let me know if you ever need a job (wink, wink)!

Makeup: Lisa Burson at Lisa Burson Makeup, Skin & Wax

Hair: LaDonna Alfano at LA Hair-Art Studio

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  • Rhonda RichardsonApril 17, 2015 - 11:02 pm

    Love this girl! Way to go Boo!ReplyCancel

Meet Haley Bain, a bright and confident Wando High School senior that I was so pleased to work with during my Senior Model Sessions! As she sat in the makeup chair getting all glam, we chatted about her upcoming prom (and she showed me the STUNNING custom-made dress she scored on Ebay – seriously, who knew?), her acceptance to the University of Kentucky (having left my home state to go away to college I always applaud girls who make the leap of faith to leave home and try someplace new), and plans for Spring Break. Haley is so charming with the most engaging, AH-mazing blue eyes that I know she will have absolutely NO trouble at all making new college friends in Lexington.

Thank you, Haley, for allowing me to capture you during this amazing time in your life.  Congrats on being (nearly) done with your senior year, and I wish you all the best as a Wildcat!

Makeup: Lisa Burson Makeup Skin & Wax

Hair: Jennifer Taylor

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I am so grateful to my friend Beth who nominated Caroline to participate in my Senior Model sessions!  Caroline has been Beth’s family babysitter for years, and Beth felt that this Wando High School junior was definitely deserving of a day of fun and pampering after all the love she has shown her three active kiddos.

Caroline is one of the sweetest, most well-mannered teenage girls I have ever had the pleasure to photograph.  We spent an afternoon getting all dolled up (courtesy of makeup artist Lisa Burson and hairstylist Jennifer Taylor) for her session on what turned out to be a pretty windy day (poor mom Karyn could attest, as she tried her hardest to hold onto the reflector!).

She has a understated and classic sense of style, and I really loved the crochet-accented top and dress she brought along with her to wear – these details are very on-trend for Spring 2015 as festival music season is gearing up (and I am personally a big sucker for texture over pattern).  I loved her melon and cream color choices that accented her red hair and creamy skin so beautifully, while also playing up her slate blue eyes.

I am so glad to have had the opportunity to have worked with you Caroline!

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When you invest your time and finances into a luxe senior portrait experience, you shouldn’t leave your makeup to chance.  You want to look your absolute BEST, and that is why I entail the expertise of professional hair and makeup artists to ensure that my seniors not only have an amazing experience, but also look utterly amazing.

I asked one of my most trusted colleagues, esthetician Lisa Burson (of Lisa Burson Makeup, Skin & Wax) to put together this list of her Top 10 Reasons to Use a Pro Makeup Artist.

  1. Traditional makeup is often not “seen” by the camera, meaning the high powered filters and lighting can make the skin look bare and unnaturally blanches out color from the face.
  2. A professional makeup artist is trained to read the light and aid the photographer by compensating for “temperature” of different lighting scenarios. Not everything can be fixed in post-production.
  3. Airbrush makeup is light and smooth, and it covers all imperfections. Airbrush foundation can cancel out a variety of issues that the camera will pick up in the digital image, such as redness, sun spots, dark eye circles, self tanning mishaps and even breakouts.
  4. Airbrush foundation comes through the airbrush in tiny dots called pixels. Yes, the same pixels that a camera reads . . . so it appears flawless in the images (no INSTAGRAM filters necessary)!
  5. Airbrush makeup is sweatproof and waterproof for up to 13 hours, which is perfect in our hot and humid climate. You can even leave your senior session and dance the night away in your gorgeous makeup.
  6. A trained, licensed makeup artist ensures that any skin issues or allergies will be taken into proper consideration. Your individual preferences for makeup style combined with professional beauty expertise will make sure you look your very best.
  7. Remember, there is a huge difference between “everyday makeup” and “camera-ready makeup” application, so leave it to the pros!
  8. The only “rule” of makeup is sanitation, and working with a licensed professional assures you that they are trained on client safety and sanitation procedures.  She didn’t learn to do makeup on YouTube, y’all!
  9. Airbrush makeup is used for Bridal, Film, Television and Runway. It is the leader in the beauty industry for flawless application.
  10. A professional makeup artist will have credentials, a portfolio and excellent references to help you feel comfortable that this is the right makeup artist for you!

 

Having graduated the Aveda Institute in Esthetics, Lisa Burson has spent the last 11 years as a Skincare and Makeup expert. Currently she operates her own business in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, where she offers Traditional and Airbrush Makeup Artistry, as well as a full menu of Skincare and Waxing treatments designed to help you look your very best for any special occasion.

Working as a professional makeup artist for more than 15 years has afforded her the opportunity to work with a variety of cosmetic lines, including MAC, NARS, RMS Beauty, Ellis Faas, Jane Iredale, Vapour, Estee Lauder and more. Her background consist of Runway, Editorial, Television & Film, and of course, Bridal.  Lisa continues to grow her knowledge and experience through continuing education; having been part of the backstage makeup team for Charleston Fashion Week for the past 9 years helps her stay current and relevant within the field of Makeup Artistry.

In her role as an Esthetics Instructor, she travels teaching skincare and makeup techniques, as well as mentoring technicians within the Beauty Industry. Holding current licensure for Esthetics and a Licensed Esthetics Instructor, she upholds all the standards set forth by the Board of Cosmetology to ensure her clients get the absolute best service.

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Well, it’s been a rough holiday break at our house.  We had two with the flu, one sinus infection, a back flare-up, and a partridge in a pear tree.  Add to that nonstop gloom and rainy weather and you have the recipe for a not-quite-as-fun-as-planned holiday break.  While not catastrophic, it wasn’t exactly the way we had envisioned our two week holiday.  However, I always look to the New Year as a time for fresh starts.  Sure, I’ll probably try to exercise more and eat less junk food (who’s NOT?!), but my real resolution this year is to grow in my field.  I’ve signed up for several courses and workshops already and cannot wait to absorb new things.  My problem is that I can be kind of lazy when it comes to photographing my own family.

On New Year’s Eve (with my hubby in the bed with a bad back and I with the mother of all head colds), I decided to haul out my studio lighting setup and do a fun shoot with my daughter (who rarely thinks that my ideas are all that fun).  However, even a tween feels like a million bucks with a LBD!!  A party dress, makeup and hair, confetti and balloons turned our dreary, rainy, cabin-fevered home into a sweet little New Year’s party!  We didn’t have any champagne, and we didn’t even make it to 10:00 PM, but we surely did have a little fun and I started the year off with some fabulous images of my own sweetie.

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