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Do your own Hair and Makeup

January 13th, 2010  |  Published in Featured, Style

Many photographers prefer that their brides have a professional make-up artist. Personally, I can barely tell the difference between professional make-up and the do-it-yourself variety. To me, pretty isn’t on the surface. Pretty is your smile with your soul poking through.

It’s not for everyone, but if you are a woman who wants to be surrounded by your friends and family on your wedding day, doing your own hair and/or make-up can be a bonding experience.

When you have an actual relationship with your make-up artist and hairstylist, the atmosphere in the room is noticeably different. There’s an intimate comfort level, with plenty of joking and goofiness. The make-up ritual becomes another opportunity to interact with your buds rather than an interruption of the wedding day. It is plain old more fun.

While I am happy to offer my opinion on your timeline before the big day, I have a strict policy of not running the show on your wedding day. It’s your wedding day; you are in control. As casual as I am, I’m still surprised at how little time some women think they need to get their make-up done and to get into their dresses.

I love walking into the “getting ready” room and seeing make-up bags strewn everywhere. It’s 45 minutes before the ceremony and the gals are still lounging in their robes. Reluctantly a bridesmaid will get the ball rolling. Make-up preparations begin and everyone suddenly realizes how little time they have left and how little they actually know about make-up or how they should wear their hair that day.

It is a little mini-drama at the beginning of your day.  Things run smoothly for the most part, but there can be a little nuttiness too. Best friends are rapidly delegated to and then fired from the task of applying make-up. Bridesmaids rummage in their own make-up bags to find a better shade of lipstick or brown mascara instead of black. Your sister finds herself temporarily banished because she brings one element of crazy too many to the table. Ultimately, your maid of honor, your sister, steps in to keep things calm and under control.

The bride wipes her makeup off and starts from scratch minutes before the ceremony. How people handle stress provides insight into their personalities. This insight helps me shoot the rest of the day. Are you nervous, loopy, or completely unphased? This information helps me convey an accurate picture of who you are and what your wedding day is really all about.

Brides going the do-it-yourself route for hair and make-up are usually fairly low-key and roll with whatever the day throws at them. Worry is quickly released in favor of a good time

I am often asked for my opinion on makeup, how much should be worn for photos, etc., etc. I always answer, “Wear your hair and make up so that you feel like you”. If you love to wear gobs and gobs of mascara, then go for it. Don’t let some make-up artist or photographer tell you something else is more “natural”. Don’t feel naked on your wedding day.

On the other hand, if you never wear much of anything but feel like you need a little something-something, then by all means put a little something on.  But when you look in the mirror, if you don’t recognize the person staring back, then wipe it off and start over.

Whether or not you hire make-up and hair professionals, if you look like yourself, you will act like yourself. Above all, that’s what I need from you to make gorgeous photos on your wedding day.


About Andree

Andree Kehn has written 38 post in this blog.

Andree is a fun Bethel Maine Wedding Photographer, who specializes in contemporary photojournalism. She eats shoots and leaves.


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