Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Interview with Carly ~ Jordan K Winn

I interviewed Carly of CF Photograhpy to get the inside scoop on why make-up is so important on your wedding day. I can scream to the heavens all I want, but I think all my gorgeous brides and brides-to-be will get a better idea of "why" with the addition of a photographer's point of view.

-What happens in pictures if the bride does not wear make-up? Does it look the same?
Makeup is an integral part to walking away with flawless photographs
!  Wearing professional makeup avoids shine areas, smudges, and unnatural shadows.  Make up after all hides those problem areas we all have; under eye, cheeks, and lips.  If these areas are ignored, it will 100% show in photographs, and typically ages us in the photos.

-Why is it important to use a professional MUA instead of the bride and bridal party applying their own make-up?
Application is key to success, not everyone is a skilled makeup artist.  This is why hiring a pro is so important.  There are specific types of makeup that should be worn to avoid glare and shiny spots.  Makeup artists also know specific tricks to get the smoothest looking skin in photographs, such as No SPF lotion when being photographed.

-Is it okay for the bride to get her make-up done professionally, but not the bridesmaids? Why or why not?
In my opinion it is ok if the BM's would rather not have their makeup done professionally.  If they would like to look shiney and aged in the Brides photos forever that is their decision.  It is after all the Brides day and she is the most important person in the photographs beside the groom!  However an extra 50-60$ should be well worth it to look great for the couples photographs.

-Whats the general cost for retouching on photos where the bride/bridal party did not wear any makeup? Retouching adds up quick.  Light retouching like blemishes and under eye bags is $25 per image.  Head swaps and major retouches like fixing eyes and changing heads starts at $50 per image.

-For the barely make-up wearing bride, do you think it is necessary to apply make-up or its better to go without and get all the photos retouched?
A natural bride still needs to have some sort of makeup applied.  A light concealer or matte finish powder helps to avoid shine.  Also lip gloss and a small light mascara or eye liner will help to make the eyes and lips pop in the images.  Looking natural with a clean face still needs the hand of a professional make up artist so that the skin looks its best in the lens of a camera!

-Do you reccommend getting makeup done professionaly to all your bride already?
From the first wedding consultation with my couples, I am constantly recommending and guiding them in their decisions and planning.  I stress hiring a make up artist, hair stylist, and planner.  These three people play a pivotal role in how you appear after your day is through!  Professional Make up artists save a lot of money on post-wedding retouching!

-Anything else brides should know from a photographers point of view regarding make-up?
When choosing your makeup artist and stylist, be sure to look at their samples.  Ask questions about what brand of make up they use.  Make sure to use a make up artist whose products are compatible with your skin.  Do you have sensitive skin?  Do you have special needs?  Always make sure you ask these questions so you make sure to find a Real Professional make up artist for your day!

Have a Great day


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CF Photography

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