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Friday, 25 July 2014

Wedding Photography - Guest Post | Jared Tseng


I often speak to my brides about who their photographers are and how they chose them. More often than not, they are unsure if they chose the right person and often have doubts. If you don't know your photography, its hard to make an educated decision. 

Today I have had the chance to chat with Jared Tseng  , a fantastic photographer (I had the chance to work with in April)  that has given us a glimpse into the photography world and some information that may be useful when choosing your own photographer for your big day. 

First things first, 
Me: How did you get into photography? Why weddings?

Jared: My interest in photography came in stages. When I was young, I remember looking at old photo albums that my mom had compiled of me and my siblings. I was fascinated by them, and the idea of looking back in time, at my OWN history was like magic to me. In high school, I bought myself a film camera off of eBay and started taking a few pictures. This was before digital really became a thing. I remember trying to be “artsy” by taking pictures of leaves and insects, which, when I think back on, is terribly embarrassing! In college, I started taking real photography classes, with the goal to start taking pictures like I had remembered seeing in my early family albums. The thought of doing it professionally never crossed my mind - at the time, I was planning on doing something with movies. After a few years of taking these classes, finally realised that being a photographer could actually be a career, and so I started assisting a local wedding photographer. 

I liked the idea of shooting weddings because they are so rich with storytelling!

                        

 

Me: How do you feel about engagement shoots?

J: For me, engagement shoots are extremely important! Wedding photographers are different than any other vendor you will work with on your wedding day. There absolutely needs to be a sense of trust involved between the photographer and the couple. It changes things drastically if someone is having their picture taken by a stranger or a friend. I try to become friends with my clients, and the easiest way to do this is to have an engagement session! The couple gets to see the way I work and get comfortable being in front of a camera. On top of that, they get some great pictures of themselves!

Me:  How far in advance should a couple book a wedding photography?

J: I think that once a couple becomes engaged, as soon as they have a date and a location, they should start thinking about booking a photographer. Certain dates and months can book up fast, and if photography is important for you, then it’s important to find someone who is available for your date. For me, the booking timeline is on average about 8 months in advance, but I know that this differs in other states and countries. For some reason, the people in my city just tend to have shorter engagements!

Me: What are the things that couples look for most in their photographer?

I don’t think couples are able to pinpoint what exactly they like about a photographer of his work. They just know they like it. But on my end, there are TONS of things that go into making a good photograph. Lighting, location, energy, intimacy, and composition are just a few things that I’m constantly thinking about while taking photos. It is my goal that when people look at my images, however, that they aren’t thinking “Wow, what a great composition!” but rather, “Wow, what a great photograph!” People may not be able to pinpoint why they like something, but when all of the essential elements are working together, you end up with something killer!
Me:  List the shots that you think couples should never leave out. 

J: Ha! I like this question. I would say the biggest thing that you should never leave out and perhaps the one thing that people often forget about are the portraits of the bride and the groom. And this goes beyond the couple at the altar. It is SO IMPORTANT that the couple have portraits of themselves alone on their wedding day. 

Usually this ends up being a short 15-20 minute session before the ceremony (if they decide to do a first look) or after the ceremony. Oftentimes when planning a wedding, however, I’ve noticed that couples will forget to schedule this into their day. While a sunset ceremony without seeing each other beforehand is great, a couple won’t end up with any portraits of themselves to hang on their wall because there won’t be any light afterwards.

Me: Why is having a professional photographer important rather than just having your friends who are good at taking photos?

J: In my opinion, having a professional photographer is of absolute importance. It’s a huge gamble to give that job to a friend only to find that you don’t like any of the pictures that they took. And because of the nature of photography, there’s no re-do’s. Additionally, a friend is also less likely to have access to professional quality gear and editing software, nor will they have the developed craft of taking the hundreds of necessary photos to accurately tell the story of the day.

Me: If someone were to choose you as their photographer, what are type of packages do you offer?
J: I offer full-day wedding coverage in all of my packages, along with prints and albums! 

Jared Tseng | Jared Tseng Photography

So that's it folks! A little insider info on the life of a photographer and also some useful information that will help you choose the right guy/gal to shoot your special day! Don't just choose someone through recommendation. Make sure you trowel through their portfolio, check out their blog, read up on them and ask them these sorts of questions. Get to know the person who is likely to take photos of one of the most important day of your lives!

Happy Wedding Planning!

p.s. Hair and Makeup in all of these photos are by ME :)

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Party Makeup | Weddings| Festivals| Parties


I am a little late in posting this! This season has spiralled out of control and I am so busy...even busier than last year, I barely have time to send emails, let alone post on my blog...which seriously stresses me out because I LOVE updating my blog and knowing its sitting there, gathering internet dust makes me tres sad!

BUT I am here and I am updating and that's what counts NOW :)

As I am a full blown, freelance makeup and hair artist and my summers are consumed by weddings, I can't seem to stop thinking about them. So I wanted to do a tutorial for those who are going to weddings but not necessarily in the weddings.

I love getting uber glammed up for a wedding. This is a tutorial that will allow you to unleash the proverbial sex kitten and be your best, glam self for all of those weddings that are still ticking away!

HERE IS WHAT I USED:
Remmel Wake me Up Concealer
Makeup Academy Professional Eyeshadow Palette
Lancome Miracle Air de teint
bareMinerals Stroke of Light Concealer
e.l.f. Cream Black Eyeliner
Makeup Forever 20 Cream Eyeshadow and Eyeliner (Blue)
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume Mascara
Maybelline Brow Drama
Boots No 7 Bronzing Instant Radiance
Boots No 7 Pop and Glow Peach Cheep Tint
Boots No 7 Instant Radiance Highlighter
bareMinerals Mineral Tint READY
Benefit Coralista Lipgloss

THIS IS HOW I DID IT:

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Wedding Gifts That Rock!


It seems there are more weddings than ever...at least for me. With a never-ending stream of wedding enqueries coming through, it got me thinking... 'I wonder how many people I know are attending multiple weddings this year and what do you get everyone???' 

I know, personally, I like to keep gifts unique. I hate to think that someone else has bought the same gift as me. I like something quirky, but not too crazy and something that can stick around ... not a one off gadget or appliance that is only used while it is still fun. 

This is when I discovered UncommonGoods . There are some cool things on here and the best thing about it, as it is untapped territory. It's not overloaded like other 'unique goods' sites that everyone is hitting up the same venders. 
I first wanted to have a look at  special gifts for bridesmaids. Click here to check out some of the amazing gifts I came up with!
I loved this personalised branch bracelet! Its perfect for those rustic weddings that are so popular now!
RRP: £82-117

I did a search for wedding gifts here and there were so many great ideas. For example, personalised prints:
RRP £53-89.00 depending on frame.
Check the lovely prints out here!

Monday, 16 June 2014

Guest blogger Lena Mae brings you STREET STYLE with Lolo Brow.

Ola Amigos! I love gassing about my performing life, but don't really think it nestles comfortably within a beauty diary, hey? So here I am with something new that I hope works well and will interest you, dear Readers..CUTE PEOPLE WITH AWESOME STYLE! I lug my camera around with me most everywhere - so snapping someone who looks like a genius should be no bother. I began last week. Click click. Allow me to introduce you to : LOLO BROW
I've just started working with Lolo - we're both dancing in the House of Burlesque show at this Summer's London Wonderground on the Southbank. She turned up to rehearsals all DMs, green hair and FISH PRINT enormo-scarf and I had to blog about her.
I make no secret about the fact I think she's the coolest. Her beautiful, unusual tattoos are all designed by her, and the latest ones were inked onto her by Illumin-eye. The bright pink lipstick (it's kinda washed out in these photographs but it POPS in reality) is Maybelline 24 hour stay and is 'Bloody brilliant'
She matched her hair to her laces with some 'ribbon found in my crafts wardrobe' and the DMs are well loved staples. Even her amazing talons are effortlessly co-ordinated!
Her freshwater themed scarf was gifted to her by a family friend when she was a nipper, I love how she drapes it over her hair, reminiscent of a punk rock Mary Magdalene, maybe.. Lolo is an amazing dancer and performance artist, you can find out more about her here : www.lolobrow.co.uk Do let me or Ash know what you think about my guest blog, I welcome feedback and suggestions..Or if you can think of a hella hella name for it, give me a shout. My latest suggestion of 'Curb Crawler' wasn't very popular.. LOVE Y'ALL! Lena x

Friday, 13 June 2014

Pampering Before Your Big Wedding Day!


The lead up to your wedding day is going to be manic, whether you intend for it to be or not. The last minute little finishing touches, family members arriving from out of town, etc can make you and your partner feel less than fresh before the actual party takes place!

This is why it is important to mentally and physically try and slow down when and where you can. Try and finish up the little bits that are left, a few weeks before the big day and leave the last week before the wedding to be something of a relaxed build up! I promise it is possible! You just have to be a little organised. 

To help you slow down and really enjoy the build up, start thinking of ways to gently treat yourself at home each night! A little self pampering goes a long way for both the bride and groom. 

I would start with having some long soaks in the bath! Taking the time for the both of you the really enjoy yourselves and unwind before the chaos and fun of the big day! 

Monday, 9 June 2014

Guest Post- Simply Bridal Talk Lingerie!

I have a lovely guest post by Simply Bridal  who know, not only how to make you look and feel good in the perfect wedding dress, but also know how to make you look and feel confident and beautiful underneath it all!
Image Courtesy of - Victoria's Secret

Friday, 30 May 2014

Wedding Dresses|Accessories|Bridesmaids Dresses and more...


As a makeup and hair artist, I know that one of the first things brides-to-be go check out as soon as they are engaged is the wedding dress. I also know that this is one of the most expensive, one off purchases you will probably ever make because you literally wear it once.

I have recently teamed up with SimplyBridal a lovely online store that specialises in amazing wedding dresses, accessories, bridesmaids dresses and more, who make the process of finding the perfect dress within your budget, easy and painless!

As a little gift from  SimplyBridal and I , we are giving my readers a discount on all things bridal!
Below is the code for %15OFF already discounted dresses (shipping not included). 
Expires: June 23rd 2014
So get shopping before it ends!

Happy Shopping and be sure to email me and show me what you bought! :D



Friday, 23 May 2014

Mature Makeup - Great for Mother of the Bride!

 I finally had the opportunity to do my mother's makeup.

My momma before Makeup :D
I have been doing online tutorials for over 4 years now and this was the first time we were finally able to sit down and complete a tutorial while she was visiting.

My mother is adorable and so gorgeous and I am so pleased I finally have her on camera!

Like me, my mother loves to look nice but doesn't have a whole lot of time to pamper herself. BUT there is always a special occasion when we pull our fingers out and really sort ourselves out and get properly made up! So this tutorial was to help my mom look and feel youthful without feeling cake and bogged down with loads of makeup.

Here is the lovely video!
I hope you enjoy!




Sunday, 11 May 2014

Mother's Day! Appreciate our Mommies!

It is mother's day…in the US and Australia…and I just want to thank all of the wonderful mothers I know.

It is a thankless job where mommies sacrifice so much to make sure their little ones thrive, survive, learn and grow. They spend their every waking moment worrying about their little ones, even when they aren't so little anymore. Moms put their careers aside, their old lives on hold almost permanently, their wants and needs get pushed aside and do A LOT of laundry!

Today is giving thanks to mommies around the world and letting them know they are not alone and that they are indeed appreciated! We wouldn't be here without you all!

THANK YOU!
My Beautiful Momma

My little brother and I.

We love you. xxx




Friday, 9 May 2014

Prize Candle Review!

Recently I was sent a Prize Candle to review. I had never heard of it before but it is a great concept and a great gift idea. The candle is $24.99 RRP.

Click here to check it out: Prize Candle
The lowdown… This is a candle which is made of soy which are eco friendly and pesticide free (a healthy candle?) , smells amazing and has an exciting prize inside. 

The step by step looks fairly simple. You light the candle, which you will see in my video, then once the prize package is available, pull it out with tweezers after you blow the candle out. As you can see the state of my candle, that wasn't as simple for me as my prize was stuck up against the side of my candle jar and so I had to dig it out a little. (No biggy! It was like digging for treasure!) 


Once I pried the little package from the candle, I had to open two packages…the only downside is it was within a plastic bag which said 'Made in China' which instantly made me think it was probably going to be a plastic toy ring. However, I was very wrong. Inside was a lovely, well weighted, silver ring with an amber style stone. It looks like a very expensive ring and if it isn't expensive it looks like a brilliant piece of costume jewellery. 

I was given a code to get an appraisal of my prize. 

Turns out it is worth $10. I was a little surprised as it felt more expensive, but I wouldn't say I was disappointed as it is a lovely piece of costume jewellery to add to my jewellery box.

The candle, being $24.99, may seem a bit pricey, but to be honest, it is really the gift that keeps on giving. It is great for a loved one that you just aren't sure what to get them. Or brilliant wedding gift, congratulations gift, mother's day gift and even valentines day gift!

I definitely rate this as a great gift that keeps on giving and it is worth every penny! Love it. x