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Katie’s Akron Area Senior Pictures and Kittens

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This beautiful girl you see below is my cousin’s daughter.  I am lucky enough to have a ginormous family which is such a blessing but sometimes I don’t get to spend much time with each individual.  So, it was extra fun photographing Katie and hearing more about her life.  She is about to graduate with a cosmetology license and work her way through college in pursuit of a career in fashion merchandising.  She’s so hardworking and driven, I can’t wait to see where life takes her.

We headed out to Larry’s Stables in Kent to capture Katie with her Grandma’s horses and then scheduled an appointment at the studio in Mogadore for another day.  Her session was more adventurous that most though because when we headed outside the studio for some outdoor shots I realized our* cat was having kittens.  Katie and her sister Kasey were so good as I panicked and freaked out.  Long story short, we are now the proud cat-sitters for four new kittens and Katie & Kasey will soon be taking one home.  (Right Katie?) *”our” denotes the stray cat that decided to live outside our house


Wedding Wednesday {Best Cleveland Area Wedding Vendors, Tips, & Ideas}

I am so excited to introduce Kimberly of Kajal by Kimberly to all of you brides out there.  Her work is just amazing.  I can’t think of better hands to be in on one of the biggest days of your life.  What bride doesn’t want to look and feel absolutely gorgeous on her wedding day?

{Amy} How did you get into the makeup business?

{Kimberly} As a little girl I remember coloring my mother’s JC Penny catalog…I remember thinking the girls needed more lipstick:)  From there my love of makeup grew. I would  play in makeup or do any one’s makeup that would allow my to touch their face.  Even through college I always know I wanted to #1 work for M.A.C cosmetics and #2 Do makeup.  I worked as a freelance makeup artist for a year and then got a break to work for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics @ Saks Fifth Avenue.  After learning the true basics of makeup, I was ready to try my hand in the drama world of M.A.C cosmetics.  I’ve been working there since 2001.

{Amy} What kind of makeup do you recommend?

{Kimberly} There are a lot of great products on the market.  I recommend that you spend a little more on basics such as foundation & brushes.  Sometimes you can get away with spending a little less on color.  BUT….there is a difference in texture when it comes to high end makeup.  Bottom line…do some research and see what works best for your skin.

{Amy} Why do you think it is important for a bride to have her make up professionally done?

{Kimberly} I think it’s really important for a bride to have her makeup done professionally because it makes the biggest difference in pictures.  Also,,,I’ve seen such a change in the industry in the last 4 years.  More and more brides are considering makeup just as important as hair, and it is.  Now that there are such things as HD photography it’s important to have somebody who knows what their doing in charge of your face on the most important day of your life.  Also…your makeup will last all night.

{Amy} Would you recommend a practice run before the big day?

{Kimberly} I would defiantly recommend a trial before your big day.  During a trial an artist gets to know you and can pick up on the vibe that your looking for.  It makes the day of your wedding go much smoother and faster.  Also I recommend taking a picture so you know how it’s going to look on camera.

{Amy} What would you recommend to a woman that doesn’t normally wear makeup?

{Kimberly} For a women who does not normally wear makeup I would recommend something very natural for their wedding day.  I think on your wedding you should look like yourself only a little better.  So for a women who does not wear makeup….they should concentrate on cutting redness out of their skin & looking polished naturally.

{Amy} How long does makeup usually take?

{Kimberly} Makeup usually for a bride takes 45 min and for an attendant 20-30 min.

{Amy} Are there any upcoming trends that you are noticing for 2010 and 2011?

{Kimberly} Upcoming trends for 2010-2011 are very exciting.  And I say that mainly due to the technology that we have available to us.  I see a lot of smokey eyes but not done in a black pool…but instead with natural colors.  I also love the bold lip that we’re seeing a lot, it looks so classic.  It’s definitely one or the other…either a bold lip or eye…never both.

{Amy} What are some common makeup mistakes that you see women make?

{Kimberly} Common mistakes I see women making when it comes to makeup are: looking “dated,” although you really don’t need to follow the trend exactly, it’s important to look updated.  What worked for you in High School will probably change as you age.  Also over bronzing….Bronzer should look as you’ve been kissed by the sun, not burnt by the sun.

{Amy} What is one of your favorite makeup tricks?

{Kimberly} It’s hard to say just one favorite makeup trick…but I would have to say doing eyes first.  When you do your eyes before foundation, you can wipe away the “mess” you make from fall out….and it saves you a step from touching up what you just did.

Isn’t she great?  The part about the JC Penney catalog cracks me up.  Stayed tuned in a couple weeks for a fun project Kimberly and I are working on.


Senior Graduation Photo Announcements

Spring is finally in the air.  It brings so many of the things I love: sunshine, flowers, summertime.  I love sleeping with the windows open and breathing the fresh air.  I love going for walks and heading out for ice cream.  It all just makes me happy.  But, I am quite sure, my happiness pales in comparison to these three.  Congratulations to all the graduating seniors this year.  Good luck and God bless!

Here’s a quick share of three senior announcements I made last week.  {I must admit, they are a little cuter without the blurry parts… but you get the idea.} 😉