Boston & New England Wedding Photographer Deborah Zoe

Boston & North Shore Wedding Photographer creating timeless imagery for classic New England weddings with a fine art approach.

Wintry Maternity Session on Boston's North Shore

On a COLD wintry evening, the brave Kristen & Kyle agreed to trudge through freshly fallen snow -- Kristen wanted a winter wonderland type feel and I knew just the spot!! Located on Boston's North Shore but what felt like the middle of no where, my not so secret location was perfect. With hardly anyone in sight the snow was magical, the light was beautiful. I'm so grateful we had the opportunity to celebrate our dear friends and the new life they are eagerly awaiting to meet. Though it was frigid, Kyle & Kristen were troopers and we were able to create some beautiful images to share with their little one someday!!

Hybrid Session | Canon 5d Mark III | Canon EOS 1V | Portra 400, rated 200

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Wedding Love: Professional Makeup and the Joys of Fake Eyelashes

This my mom and I on my wedding day (I look like a baby!). It was the first time that my mom had ever had her makeup professionally done and she was nervous. I couldn't believe that someone wouldn't want to have their makeup done but she proved me wrong! My mom's a no fuss kind of person and so for her makeup was a luxury she didn't always indulge in. To spend a morning being pampered and done up was something outside of her comfort zone. But in the end she decided to just go for it and look at the results! She was beautiful! After all was said and done, she was very happy she chose to get her make up professionally done.

There can be all sorts of reasons against getting your make up done. You think you can do it yourself, makeup isn't your thing, you can't afford it. I've been there! As a person who doesn't wear makeup everyday, I find the whole thing very intimidating! And when it came to planning my own wedding, I had no idea where to start in regards to make up. And because we were on a super tight budget, professional makeup services were low on the budget priority list.

I just CRINGE thinking about that today, but six years ago as a 22 year old bride to be that was the stage I was at in life. There wasn't anyone encouraging me to get my make up done and I didn't know nearly as much as I know now, at least when it comes to makeup and photography:) The more I thought about it, I wondered if other Brides felt this way too. Where other Brides intimidated by makeup? Did other Brides considered not having their make up done? And so I thought I'd share what I've learned over the past few years. My hope is to equip you with more information about makeup and makeup artists and how working with professionals can have a dramatic impact on not only your wedding images, but also your confidence in your beauty!

Over the past few years, I've learned that makeup artists are trained to help you look your best. Beyond being professionals and trained in the art of makeup (yes, I believe it's an art form!), they have the ability to look at you in a completely different light than you may see yourself. As woman we are our own worst critics, especially when it comes to our looks. We often hold back or rule things out because we don't think it's the right fit for us. The great thing about makeup artists is that they are a sounding board when it comes to our appearance. With their trained eye, they can give us honest opinions on what would be best for our face shape, our complexion, our eye color and other areas where we may be blinded by our own opinions. Their goal is for us to look our best despite our insecurities, timidness or fear. Makeup artists and hair stylists for that matter, can be our champions to help build our confidence in our appearance.

I will often hear Brides saying that they'll just do their own makeup for their wedding. Often this is because people want to save money, especially when following a wedding budget. (Remember, I was the Bride that didn't even bother to budget in professional makeup, so if you're in this category, I understand!) What I think is key, is that the reason why I didn't budget in makeup services is that at the time I didn't place a high value on the service. But after a last minute decision to have it done, I quickly realized the importance of having your make up professionally done! Professional make up artists understand how to do your make up so that you photograph beautifully. They understand that certain facial features need to be highlighted, how make up photographs and what a photographer is looking for, so  together we can make the Bride look absolutely stunning. So, if you're trying to cut back costs, I'd encourage you to look at your budget and invest appropriately in the area of your appearance. Your are the star of your wedding day and deserve to look absolutely your best. You want to be able to look back on your wedding images years from now and remember just how stunningly beautiful you were!

Brides can also be intimidated by the whole process of make up. Maybe they are like me and don't wear makeup every day, so they feel to wear makeup on their wedding day would not be "them". You want to look natural, to look like yourself. The wonderful thing about makeup is, that when applied appropriately, is highlights your best features, allowing you to look like the best version of yourself. You still look like you, but with eye liner;)  Hiring a professional makeup artist ensures that your makeup will be done correctly, that you will indeed look natural and not like a circus clown. A professional makeup artist will always ask for your opinion and allow you to give feedback so that together you can create a look that best suites you. And while some of you might disagree with me, I've seen first hand the transformation of what well applied make up can do to a woman. Not only in her appearance but in the confidence she has in herself. And when you are confident you radiate from the inside out!

As a photographer, I am always happy to know that my Brides are choosing to invest in professional makeup. Think of it as an investment in your self confidence. Having my own makeup done has completely changed the way that I see myself. We recently had the chance to have our photographs taken and the confidence that I had in front of the camera was off the charts. I felt beautiful because I knew that my makeup artist had taken the time to make me look beautiful. She highlighted my best features so that I looked like myself, I looked natural. It's something that every woman should be able to experience at least once in their life (if not many more times!!:), and especially on their wedding day.

The last thing that I'll say about professional makeup is this: PLEASE GET FAKE EYELASHES!! I know people have all sorts of opinions on fake eyelashes but I am one of the BIGGEST lovers of the fake lash:) Often my Brides are concerned that they look fake, simply because they are not used to seeing their lashes that long. But trust me, they add a POW to your images, open up your eyes and add contrast to your face. Would you have known that all the woman in this post are wearing fake eyelashes? (Including yours truly below) Trust me, fake eyelashes are the best.  They are Husband approved;)

Here are some fabulous Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists that I have had the pleasure of working with over the past few years. These ladies will help you feel absolutely beautiful on your wedding day! *Lena did my hair and makeup for the shoot above:)*

Lena of Hair That Moves

Joanne of Joya Beauty

Erin of Simply Gorgeous by Erin

Andrea of Makeup by Dileto

If you have any of your own makeup stories to share, tips or tricks, or thoughts, please leave a comment below! I'd love to know what you think!

**EDITED TO ADD** I forgot about this link! I found this on Pinterest several months ago and thought it was so appropriate for this post. If you ever doubted the amazing effects of professional makeup just click the link!