Wednesday, June 27, 2018

My New Studio!

At the end of 2016, my husband and I decided to convert our garage into a makeup studio for me, a media center for us, and a loft bedroom for overnight guests. It took all of 2017 but it was totally worth it! Our contractor, Edward Ferguson and his structural engineer, Walter Reyes, were so amazing. It came out exactly like we wanted it!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

What I've Been Up To This Year

When I'm not doing weddings, head shots, infomercials, or taking care of private clients going to award shows, I like to do "styled shoots" or  basically getting photos for my portfolios on my website. It also gets me acquainted with vendors that I haven't worked with before. It's the most comfortable
way for me to network- a sort of win-win situation. Here are a few examples of the shoots that I've worked on:
Photo: Meghan Christine Lubeck , Jenni MacLeod of the Blushing Bird , day of Gal, Revel Petals, 204 Events, Dish Wish, Frost It Cakery, La Tavola Fine Linen, Betsy Di Francesca, Hair & Makeup, and our model, Crystal van Commenee
Photo: J Wiley Photography, Event and Floral Design and Styling, Winston & Main, Planning and Styling, Moxie Bright Events, the venue, The Modern, Long Beach, Wedding Dress, &For Love, Bridal store, Bride L.A., Hair & Makeup, Betsy diFrancesca, Wedding Cakes and Desserts, Mwokaji Cakery, Rentals and Linens, Classic Party Rentals, Invitations and Chair Signs, Happily Ever Etched, Calligraphy, Chasing Linen, 
Videography,,Press Films. , Press Films
Jenn Spain Photography, Dress by Deborah Lindquist, Hair & Makeup, me, Model, Sam Bianchini
A Hygge Styled Shoot I did with @deborahlindquist@altarimagephotoand@nutelluv
An elopement styled shoot I worked on in Bronson Canyon, Hollywood with these fabulous vendors: @allinlovedesign@kaalonweddings@lovenoteevents@partpleasers@carole.lola@thebookcookie@lovelybride@friartux@singlestonela
Sneak peak of a styled shoot I did this week with these fabulous vendors:
@auraelizabethphoto @plumeandfete@handcraftedhair @betsybmu@urbanmarigold@sweetasbliss @blushbyhayleypaige@marrymebridal the_mrs_box  @smartpartyrents @jcav1017@shealynsailorsofficial
Sneak peek of a boho styled shoot with these fabulous vendors: @eventsbyemilykay@jennspainphotography,@chuyphoto,@vavestudios,@samallencreates,@deborahlindquist@friartux@princessjewelersla@betsybmu@thriftedsisterevents@dreamhalos@thereeljferrero@jackie_nicole11@calicraftcocktails

  • Holly Gray for the re-branding of her company,@anythingbutgrayevents, @julieshufordphotography.

Monday, November 27, 2017

New Beauty Products

 Derma Flash. On this cyber Monday  you can purchase the DermaFlash kit for $139 at Ulta. 
It really does all of these things:
 Exfoliates and Polishes to Restore Radiance
• Sweeps Away Dead, Dull Cells from Skin’s Surface
• Temporarily Removes Peach Fuzz
• Enhances Radiance, Texture and Tone
• Skin Care and Makeup Go On More Smoothly and Evenly
• Skin Looks and Feels Healthier Instantly
• Gentle and Safe For All Skin Types
• Safe and Hygienic, Single-Use Edge

Kevyn Aucoin's The Gossamer in Diaphonus. $72 You only have to use a tiny bit of this powder. It's especially perfect to tap on a little of this with a Beauty Blender, over you concealer to set it. 
This ultra silky, micro-fine loose powder brightens and evens skin for a flawless finish.
Formulated with patented blend of Japanese ingredients that leave skin with a thin, lightweight veil. Special coated pigments create a soft focus effect that leaves skin looking flawless. Spherical silica and polymers deliver the ultimate in blend-ability and softness. First-to-market, unique silicone sifter provides an ultra soft texture that creates sheer coverage.
Paraben free. Dermatologist tested.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Summer Beauty Products Part II

Another reason that I love summer are the new products that are out there. And me, being

tan-or-exic, love trying the latest in Self Tanners! I swear that my skin  becomes

used to one tanner so that I HAVE to try something new ( that's my story and I'm sticking to it!)

 My latest favorite is by, Tanceuticals in ultra dark.
 It looks so natural and I find I get the best looking color when I apply it with a mit made just for that

purpose. You can Google it and the cost is $26.95. LOVE it!

The next is a satin lipstick by Nars in their best selling Orgasm shade.  They have it in lip gloss,

liquid blush, regular blush, a's one of those shades that looks great on everyone. The

lipstick is $28.

Some new Summer Photos, Part I

I am SO much happier when summer arrives, even here in Southern California. We were lucky to get

enough rain this winter  to end the drought and to make everything grow like crazy! Not good for the

allergies but the flowers are amazing! Here's a couple of photos from my yard:

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Part 2 of A Styled Bridal Shoot I'd Like To Do

This is a manicure that I love....NOT a French manicure but a softened more feminine look.
The shoes would be something like these  gold Manolo Blahnik pumps that would almost blend in with the tones of the bride's skin.

The overall look of the wedding would be something like John and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy's- very simple and a little rustic.
I think the look of this cake would suit this type of wedding well.

Friday, November 25, 2016

A Styled Bridal Shoot I'd Like To Do ( part 1)

                             I love this very simple, classic bridal look.  Someday, I would love to feature this look in a styled bridal shoot.  Maybe shoot it at Disney Hall- the Frank Gehry designed concert hall with it's clean lines or maybe at Vasquez Rocks in Agua Dulce.  In thinking about the rest of the look, I see her in Elsa Peretti ( from Tiffany) disc earrings.
I think this very large diamond engagement ring ( it's Jennifer Anniston's) would be a nice touch

 as  would this diamond cuff bracelet, also Elsa Peretti also from Tiffany.
I love peonies and I think a big bunch of them, like the ones pictured, gathered together with a big grosgrain ribbon would suit this look.