“To love someone is to see a miracle invisible to others.” – Francois Mauriac
Not too long ago we shared some lovely photos from Derek and Jilians Engagement shoot. We also had the privilege of working with Derek and Jilian on a wedding shoot. One of the things that I think is important is for the narrative of a photo shoot and texture and look of the makeup and hairstyle that go along with it to mirror the personalities of the subjects being photographed. Great models are almost always capable of coming into character regardless of their surroundings, but when you put anyone in an atmosphere that resonates with their personality it can help the dynamics of a shoot. After talking with Derek and Jilian it was clear that they were comfortable being slightly edgy and playful. I could easily have envisioned the two of them in big boots with motorcycle jackets driving fast cars on dirt roads. With that in mind with the engagement photos we went for a brick backdrop, a strong lip, flowing hair and that tad bit of grease.
For their wedding photos we wanted something that voiced their romantic sides. Both Derek and Jilian are helpless romantics. So with that in mind, what could be more romantic then a parting kiss at a train station or a sharing some wine during an evening picnic?
For Jilian’s hair I went with an updo. I wanted to accentuate her beautiful neck and cheek lines. I kept some strands of hair loose to prevent the hair from looking too rigid and un-textured. I kept a strong lip and airbrushed her skin to create a flawless high definition finish. I love using liquid highlighters to create definition and in Julian’s case I used more highlighting than contouring techniques.
In my engagement post I encouraged everyone to find a relationship momento. My advise in this post is if you can’t think of something to do on a beautiful afternoon where you find yourself free, go for a picnic in a park! Take a Frisbee, some wine and cheese. Break your routine. Getting outdoors every now and then with the people you love is essential.
And on that note, have an absolutely gorgeous day…
With love and blessings,
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