Category Archives: Photography

False Lashes For Photos

February 2, 2015

Photography / Uncategorized

IMG_1450-1I LOVE false lashes, especially for photos. My view on photography is that an amazing portrait communicates the true beauty of the subject. False lashes draw attention to the eyes and add a dramatic, sultry, sweet or romantic look to the wearer depending on the style used. This type of look-down pose is really beautiful to capture and very popular right now!

There are so many brands and looks but I prefer MAC just because that is what I’ve used. At around $15 a pair, they have proven themselves for use many many times per pair. I use DUO glue which you can buy from MAC and from Target. The trick is using a tiny amount and waiting 30 seconds after applying it before attaching the lashes to your lid. Also, do a liner on your upper lid to make the lashes blend in better. 

False lashes look so incredibly perfect and sometimes you want that doll-like or pin-up look. I sometimes prefer the “natural look” for day to day use myself. When I do this look, I actually trim the false lashes with a small pair of eyebrow scissors to mimic my own lash patterns. For example, my lashes are random lengths in different areas so I just copy that pattern on the false lashes. My acupuncturist actually complimented me on the lashes the other day and was surprised they were fake!

If you have never worn fake lashes, even sparse ones can seem like too much but trust me, the more you wear them, the bigger/longer/thicker you will want to venture! HA! So buy the pair you think you’ll feel comfortable and then also buy the next level or 2 levels up as well. Thicker/longer lashes are better for photos and the more gentle ones are great for a little secret weapon for the run of the mill pick-me-up day.

APPLICATION

Use an eyeliner to make a solid line/cat eye line on your upper lash line.

Set up a mirror on a countertop that tilts up so that you are looking down at it when applying the lashes.

Gently detach the lashes from the packaging and hold by the lashes with tweezers.

Apply a thin layer of DUO glue to the lash line of the false lashes.

WAIT 30 SECONDS.

Apply the lashes to your lash line by looking down into the mirror. The shortest part of the lashes go on the inside of your eye. line them up where your natural lashes begin.

You have a few seconds to slide them into the perfect place!

False lashes were worn in this photo! This makeup credit goes to @mishanesselrod from @holidaysalon!  Did you see Courtney of Maison Du Soir‘s other photos? Does anyone have other brand recs?

Headshots Maison Du Soir

January 19, 2015

Photography / Uncategorized

IMG_1458-1IMG_1495-2 IMG_1453-2Courtney Kates-1-2Courtney Kates-1Thank you very much for all of your support and nice comments! This weekend I got to work with Courtney Kates, the woman behind Maison Du Soir. Courtney creates luxury loungewear you can find in boutiques and Nordstrom.com. She needed a headshot and we put together many cool looks. Here are just a few. I will post more soon. What do you think?

Reinvention

January 12, 2015

HAPPINESS / Photography / Uncategorized

IMG_1248-1IMG_1206-1IMG_1207-2IMG_1210-3IMG_1211-4IMG_1217-5IMG_1226-6IMG_1232-7How many times have you reinvented yourself? A new identity? Maybe a new career or new relationships? Sometimes it is by conscious  choice and sometimes interesting situations arise. 

It is a brand new year. Are you looking to reinvent yourself in any way? Is there something you or just a part of yourself wants to be?

YES! I am truly enjoying my life as a mother now. That is in full swing and so wonderful and now I am now a photographer as well! Here is a little shoot I did with my captive model. MWAHAHAHAH. I hope you join me on this journey!

PLEASE share with me what reinventions you are exploring!!!!!

 

Photography Challenge

January 5, 2015

Photography / Uncategorized

Scarf Beach-1 Scarf Beach-2 Scarf Beach-3 Scarf Beach-5I am a crazy Instagram photographer stalker these days. If some of these people knew how many times I look at their photos, they may consider a restraining order. It’s no secret that I’m completely obsessive and lately it’s been photography. Recently I schlepped for a friend of mine on one of her shoots and she taught me so much!

SO I took to some sunset selfies last night to practice lighting looks. That last photo was take by Chris BTW (obvi).  This may be the longest eye contact poor Charlie has received from me since Grant was born. GAH! Ah, add “LOVE THE PUP” to the resolution list!!!

Sunset lighting 

See how the lighting is so different in the three selfies? Just different angles taken about an hour before sunset. 

Backlighting: try posing with the sun at your back (or side as in the last photo) and block the sun with part of your body. If you’re using an iPhone, tap the dark part of the image (you).

Geometry

Look for triangles in photos (or any shapes for that matter). Use arms, fingers, yourself and you subject etc. to make shapes. 

Currently I’m doing a #30dayphotochallenge on my Instagram where I use a prompt from Click it up a Notch. So far it may take me a few months but I’m doing it!! 

Let me know what photo techniques you’ve learned lately or are interested in!