Makeup – the beauty enhancer

My brother used to call it “The Big Regret”, you know that feeling after a rambunctious night out, where you were the master of your domain, your preferred gender and the entire dance floor? There is a moment somewhere between rolling off the couch and clambering to the kitchen sink (or toilet) where the flash-backs come. It’s a new world out there now, and in this situation I believe it is frightening. Flash-backs are now permanent and highly social, they are on networks before your eyes open. Before you work out where you are, everyone already knows where you’ve been and how you looked.

This is a post about the benefits of makeup for professional photography, but it needed to be said that nowadays your photos is likely to be taken multiple times and posted in the public domain, so get your makeup right – do a course, learn a few tips and (if you are at all like me -Amanda – then you probably should have sought professional guidance before wearing peach shimmer lipstick to school each day).

In the photography industry you have more control. A professional works with composition and light to create the desired outcome, yet the enhancement of awesome makeup can make a world of difference (and save hours of photoshop time).

Professional makeup artists are just that, they are artists. They too understand composition and light. Though their canvas is smaller (your face), the landscape may be one for the intrepid traveller. Photos are two-dimensional and this means the camera can potentially age subjects by enhancing dark, fine lines and wrinkles. Makeup artists have heaps of cool tips and tools; they can emphasize, de-emphasize or even simulate for the best overall effect. They are masters of their domain and we appreciate the great skill involved.

When having beautiful photos taken, whether it be your wedding, formal or family shoot… don’t experience the ‘big regret’ – hire a professional!

Makeup by KJ Artistry

Makeup by KJ Artistry

Fleeting and beautiful

Matt Rowe Photography

Almost about to leave after a dull morning, then the sky lit up for a brief moment. I love nature – she keeps us guessing!

Can you spot the lucky fisherman who got to share this morning with me?

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An unofficial bridesmaid

I’ve never been a bridesmaid. I’ve wanted to be – desperately. So desperately in fact that I dressed up to look like a bridesmaid at my sister’s wedding!

What I find so attractive about the relationship between the bride and her ‘maids’ are the connections, the history of the bonds between these women that form the basis of the honour (and the role).

Traditionally the bridesmaids attend to the bride. I don’t think the expectations today are much different. In addition to looking gorgeous, many bridesmaids we meet in our profession also act as a calming influence and add that extra attention and sometimes humour.

duties of a bridesmaid

As the second photographer for Matt Rowe Photography, I often find myself multi-tasking. Apart from the standard roles of taking beautiful photos, acting as a pack-horse (with all the equipment) and drinks holder (the best I’ve managed to date has been three stubbies and two champagne glasses over a hill!), I find at times I fulfill the role of unofficial bridesmaid.

I now carry a ‘Bride Care Kit’ with me on our shoots just in case. By no way do I want to intrude on the role of the bridesmaid, but the day is ultimately about the couple and our job is to ‘tell the story’ in the best possible light.

My kit includes:

  • blotting paper to reduce shine
  • tissues
  • water (seems obvious, I know)
  • a sewing kit (I have sewn a green satin bridesmaid’s dress back together after some very enthusiastic dancing!)
  • clear varnish (stockings and small tears)
  • bandaids (only ever used by adventurous groomsmen to date!)
  • rescue remedy for nerves
  • lip gloss

For those who have had the honour – you are blessed. For my stunning bridesmaids, stand-in bridesmaid for my poor dear friend who developed hives (I know, such bad luck!) and my amazingly dear friend who crafted the best poem and made me cry on our special day – I thank you all!

…and I’m still waiting for the official honour! Do know that I am already prepared!

xx Amanda from Matt Rowe Photography