Ever look at your photo and just can’t put your finger on what’s wrong with it? I mean, you thought you had it, you thought it would look a certain way. You even made a few different attempts but something is still…well…off. In 5 minuts or less, I’m going to show you exactly what it is that’s standing out as just not right. I’m going to show you how to fix your photos. On today’s episode, Amy learns how to pose her hands so that they look more natural.
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ON SET WITH REV. KRISTEN BARNER
1] What was it about Shannon’s work that made you want to hire her?
I saw her website. I kept returning to her website. I was in need of new headshots, but not boudoir photos. Shannon’s Beauty Portraits were stunning. There was something ethereal, fabulous, real, spiritual and gorgeous about each photo. “That,” I thought, “that is what I want people to see.” These were real women looking absolutely real and beautiful…. something compelling from within.
2] What was your biggest fear or concern going into the shoot?
I’m a dork. A huge dork. I’ve done photoshoots in the past and have been pleasantly surprised now and then. But I really have NO idea what to do, how to stand, where to look. So any success in the past has been sheer luck and will power on the part of the photographer. I was fearful that I’d drive Shannon crazy because I wouldn’t know what to do. I was also fearful that I wouldn’t be able to articulate to Shannon what kind of look I was hoping for, ultimately, at the end of the day: professional, welcoming, joyful, thoughtful, smart, etc. Shannon and I talked about all of that and she understood immediately. Her intuition is pretty stunning. As far as direction, she assured me I’d be “directed from nose to toes.” And by golly, I was! The process was really fun and fascinating!
3] What was your favorite part of the experience of working with Shannon and her team?
Michelle and her team made me feel so comfortable. There was nothing awkward about it. I worry a little about not wanting to disappoint or being too difficult. By the end of the shoot, I felt like I was simply hanging out with some girlfriends and I got to witness this highly talented professional woman do her craft. Oh, and I got to be the subject matter! I love watching people do what they love and do it well.
4] What did you gain from the experience that you weren’t expecting.
Besides gorgeous photos that gave me pause to catch my breath and say, “Wow! Who knew??” ? I think I learned a few tips on how to take a good photo. 🙂 And, more importantly, I gained a new friend.
5] Why did you need a photographer?
I am an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and I have a ministry/business in Charleston, SC. We are the destination wedding capital of the country. Because we are a destination location, much of my business is driven via website and internet. An image of me on my website is the very first impression most people receive; before we ever have a conversation. It is the first step in introducing myself to a newly engaged couple. After fumbling around with several different websites, a new and improved version will be launched this year. I wanted new headshots for that. As a woman in ministry, my experience is one of needing to shatter the stained glass ceiling over and over again… esp. in the South. 🙂 More than once a bride’s uncle or a groom’s father will challenge me, “So you’re a woman.” “Yes,” I tell them. “Yes, I am. Thank you for noticing. Now please take a seat.” It’s important to me that I not only am identified as a woman, but that I am identified as someone who is called into ministry and that I happen to be highly educated, highly skilled, and that I love what I do. My hope for the photos is that I can be recognized not only as a woman, but as someone qualified who cares very much about you, your wedding, and your marriage. You can find me at Wedding Belle Rev, LLC at www.CharlestonWeddingBelleRev.com.
Watch behind-the-scenes video with Rev. Kristen Barner.
Hair and makeup by Gianna Gregory of Ulta Beauty Mt. Pleasant.
Behind the scenes photo by Charlie Nicole.
New York Fashion Week Bridal Gowns.
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Go behind the scenes with Stacey as she shares what it means to her to be photographed by Charleston fashion photographer, Shannon Michelle.
How do you pick your polish color? Do you find yourself wanting to try a new color but then going back to the same three or four colors? You’re not alone. I do that all the time. I stick to reds and dark [almost black] purples in the fall | winter and pale or hot pinks in the summer. But yesterday, I found myself at the nail salon…again…with the same dilemma. I wanted something fun and new but would it work for me? Could I take the polish plunge?! I found myslef drawn to this coral color. And I don’t know why I didn’t think about this before but I started to think about what colors I was wearing that week. I asked myself, “What colors am I typically wearing right now?” We all lean towards certain color pallets, depending on the season. I’m loving deep blues, hot pinks, light pinks and golds right now. I occasionally wear a summer green and I often wear black. Then I realized, the coral goes with all of those colors! I’m in!! Let’s do this…new color here we come!
[I admit that as a creative, I did see the color wheel in my head…lol]
Once the choice was made, I was enjoying my coffee and pedicure and realized, maybe the polish is like the pillows on a sofa. It’s an accessory color. It can be changed regularly. Typically you’re encouraged to buy a more neutral colored sofa and then change things that are easy to swap out, like curtains, rugs, pillows etc….even polish 🙂
So the next time you’re at the salon, try something new. Change those “pillows” and give your weekly wardrobe a pop of color. I’m loving mine!!
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Watch behind the scenes boudoir video with Zumba instructor, Shannon Keane. Her story is an inspiring one about [at one point] being overweight and unhappy with what’s in the mirror. If you liked Shannon’s story, please leave her an encouraging message in the comments section below!
Are hair extensions right for you? The answer is always YES! Hair extensions are a great way to add volume and/or length to your natural look.
Are you getting married or have a formal event to attend?
Are you doing a boudoir or portrait photo shoot?
Are you planning a girl’s night out?
Then the answer is YES, you’ll want to consider buying extensions. But which ones?! We had the same question [we’re photogs, not stylist], so we asked three of our top beauty professionals and here what they say….
[Want to see what 86″ of hair looks like?!]
Then the answer is yes, you’ll want to consider buying extensions. But which ones?! We had the same question [we’re photogs, not stylist], so we asked three of our top beauty professionals and here what they say….
HUMAN HAIR, CLIP IN EXTENSION RECOMMENDATIONS:
Middle of the Road Extensions
Sallies Brand (100% Remy Hair) – Click [HERE] to Shop
Tousle and Toss
Amazon Human Hair for a shoot only – Click [HERE] to Shop
You’ll only get about 5 washes out of it but its perfect for a one-day event!
Of course, they all suggest that when shopping for extensions that you consult a sales rep or professional about what color to get that will blend best with your hair (or take it to your stylist to color match) as sometimes it’s harder to tell online. And if you’re having someone else attach the extensions [like for a photo shoot or wedding] bring them to the shoot brushed out and dry for styling.
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What a fashionable, girl’s day!! I spent last weekend with a friend at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, followed by an amazing late brunch at Gaslight in the South End. The MFA featured fashion illustrations by the late Kenneth Paul Block, who sketched for Women’s Wear Daily and W Magazine. His illustrations not only feature the hottest trends of that time but focused on the famous lifestyles of the celebrities and socialites who wore them. They were lovely to see in person. I’m excited to go back soon to check out the TechStyle exhibit. This features garments made from recycled material and 3-D printers! That will be shown until July so don’t miss out!
What’s your favorite girls day out trip? Comment below.
We have absolutely beautiful clients, but who doesn’t love a little pick me up?!! I’m so beyond thrilled with our high end fashion retouching team out of London. They not only work on commercial campaigns, they retouch anything our clients order in print! Our in house retouchers are here to offer basic editing to client photos prior to viewing. Here’s just a sneak peak example of what you can expect from our retouchers when you work with us!!