Category Archives: Past Work

BHLDN Senior Tea Party Shoot

Instead of sharing another prom inspiration look, I thought I would share something even better! A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of being a part of a BHLDN shoot with the amazingly talented Melissa Lynn Hunt Photography. Melissa works a lot with high school seniors so she used about 9 different senior girls as models for this shoot. The theme was a fancy tea party. Unfortunately the day of the shoot it was pouring down rain outside so we had to improvise inside the gorgeous Separk Mansion in Gastonia, NC. It came out beautifully!

BHLDN primarily designs dresses for weddings. But any of these dresses these beautiful girls are wearing could easily be worn to prom! And they would be the belle of the ball, in my opinion!! I had so much fun doing natural, bronzed makeup and hair (gasp!) on a couple of these ladies! I hope these looks inspires some of you high school ladies out there for prom looks. If not for this year, then maybe next year!

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I’ll be back later this week with another amazing senior shoot with Melissa! You won’t want to miss it!!



Historic Langtree Plantation Wedding

Last month I had the privilege to work on an amazingly gorgeous styled shoot photographed by the talent Erin Kranz Photography. It was a rainy, overcast day but that didn’t stop the pro’s! When I pulled up and saw the beautiful florals, the accessories, the dresses, I knew exactly the look I wanted to do on the model. The colors were vibrant cranberry, green, white, silver, with a mix of rustic woods. The model had beautiful blue eyes so I wanted to keep them very simple (I didn’t even use lashes, ya’ll!) with a light pink matte shadow on the lid, soft brown in the crease, no eyeliner, and light sweep of mascara. I wanted to use the cranberry color in her makeup so I used MAC Cosmetics ‘New York Apple’ lipstick for her lips. With a bit of contouring and light plum blush, she was ready to go!

The photo’s came out so beautiful! It makes me want to get married all over again just so I can have a wedding just like it!

Thank you to all of the vendors involved! It was truly a spectacular shoot!!

Styling & coordination: A Simple Affair Events
Venue: Historic Langtree Plantation
Florist: Willow Branch Flowers & Design
Headpiece & accessories: Aubre’s Bridal
Hair: Darnell Designs
Makeup: Peaches & Glitter
Dresses: Penlorée Atelier
Cake: Sky’s the Limit! Custom Cakes & More
Stationary: Smitten on Paper
Groom’s attire: Taylor Richards & Conger
















Nathan Abplanalp – The World Has Changed Shoot

Last month I was asked by the talented photographer Nathan Abplanalp if I could do makeup (and hair…. Scary!) for a styled shoot he was doing for a project to be submitted to a Dedpxl photo contest. As of right now the photo submitted from the shoot is in 2nd place!

I was very nervous upon arrival because I don’t normally do any sort of hair. Simply put, I’m not great at it! But once the model arrived I saw her hair was nice and thick so doing very simple curls worked well for the style of the shoot! Nathan wanted a an ‘Old Hollywood’ type of look so I busted out some thick black winged liner and red lip. My favorite!

I will let these amazing photos speak for themselves. The creativity behind them is mind-blowing to me. It was so awesome watching Nathan work and seeing his vision come to life. Hopefully I’ll get to be a part of more fun shoots like this in the future!

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Makeup Monday Musing

Happy Monday! I thought I’d start sharing some of my Instagram photos from the previous weeks trial runs, weddings, or makeup for photoshoots. So enough chat, on to the photos!

These first three photos are from a wedding I helped out with three weeks ago at the Duke Mansion. The entire bridal party was so strikingly gorgeous it wasn’t even funny! I can’t wait to see the photos that my talented friend Lauren Rosenau created!



This lady had gorgeous big brown eyes and she told me do whatever my heart desired so I chose to use the same colors I wore for my wedding! MAC Cosmetics Jest shadow all over the lid, Carbon on the outer corner of the lid, Satin Taupe in the crease blended up to Soft Brown as the transition shade. These colors make for a soft smokey eye!



These next three photos are from a fun wedding I worked on 2 weeks ago at the newly renovated Trump National Golf Course in Mooresville, NC. The first photo is of the gorgeous bride, Ali. She loves a dramatic winged liner but wanted to keep the rest soft. So I used MAC Naked Lunch shadow the lid, Shroom for the brow bone, Soft Brown in the crease, and Makeup Geek Gel Liner in Immortal for the wing. I sculpted her cheek bones a bit with a soft coral blush and sculpting powder. It came out stunning!!


The maid of honor said she loved dramatic so I said “Heck yea!” I played up her ice blue eyes with my favorite MAC shadow combination of Deep Damson and Cranberry. These colors are MUST for every eye color!!




I’ve known this pretty lady for years through my husband and her soon-to-be husband. They worked together a few years back in the NASCAR circuit. I used my favorite MAC pigment, Tan all over the lid with Deep Damson in the outer corner. I wanted to play up the color of her hazel/green eyes. We sculpted her cheeks and used a soft pink/purple blush and light pink lip. She said her fiancé loved it!!



I was so excited to finally meet this next lady! Her name is Allison Kuhn and she’s an incredible photographer that I’m so excited to finally work with next year! She was getting some new head shots taken that day for her website. She said she LOVED makeup so I chose to do a very dramatic, thick liner to play up her eyes. She looked amazing!



This pretty lady is a friend of mine and the person who actually inspired me to start this new Monday blog series! She’s another talented photographer Rachel Fesko. She was having her family photo shoot done that day and asked me to do her makeup and (eekk!!) hair! Since they’d be shooting in the afternoon outside, I decided to keep it soft with neutral colors and lose curls. She loved it!!



This last lady got married yesterday at The Arbors Events in Cleveland, NC. I’m obsessed with this venue. It’s literally out in the middle of nowhere but so incredibly beautiful. She has gorgeous blue eyes and red hair so I wanted to play up her features with pinks, plums and browns. And look at that porcelain skin!! She definitely knows how to take care of it!




Asheville Wedding

It was a rainy, gloomy morning back in May in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. But as the day went on, the skies cleared and a gorgeous couple had their perfect Asheville wedding.

Ashley was a dream bride to work with! She is so naturally beautiful that she really didn’t need that much makeup. But she wanted to play up her features so we did a soft golden brown smokey eye to play up her baby blues. I also softly contoured her chiseled cheekbones which was a lot of fun!

Enjoy these images from the insanely talented husband and wife duo of Blue Bend Photography






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The Importance Of A Makeup Artist

Makeup is my passion. It’s my escape, my joy, it’s what I live for. To be a part of the most important day in a brides life is absolutely priceless. With that said, I don’t think a lot of brides realize how crucial it is to have a professional makeup artist for their wedding day. I put “professional” in bold because unfortunately there are way too many people out there who claim to be artists but in reality, are just your regular Joe Shmoe who carries around their own personal makeup and brushes thinking this is something that would be fun to do for an extra buck! Sorry folks, it’s very much true. Most brides would rather spend money on getting a very intricate up-do for their hair. If I recall, most photos are taken of the bride and grooms front side and not the back?! Not that hair is any less important, but I believe women tend to forget that this is the most photographed day of their lives.

Let me ask you this question…. If you go into your salon and get your hair done and don’t have any makeup on yet, don’t you find that you can’t quite capture how great your hair looks until you have your makeup on? And say you put your makeup on right out of the shower and have not yet dried your hair but you still feel pretty even though your hair looks like a wet mop?! Get my point???

It takes a creative eye to see the beauty and potential in a canvas. My canvas is a face. Professional artists are trained to apply flawless, stunning makeup that can last through the ceremony and reception or posing and wardrobe changes. We also understand the many factors that can affect your look. For example, everyday makeup is entirely different from makeup that looks best for photography and film, and a skilled artist knows how to take into account the lighting and location of where the photos will be taken.

It’s frustrating that there are those so-called “artists” out there because it makes us REAL artists with REAL businesses seem overpriced and less qualified. I’m listing below things to look out for when searching for a makeup artist in your area:

1. Training – Look for artists that have had real training with reputable schools/makeup companies. You can even ask to see proof! If the artist really did attend “said” school or classes, they will gladly show you any documentation you ask for.

2. Pricing – Are their prices too good to be true?! Yes, they are!!! It’s like any business, you get what you pay for! If they’re great at what they do, it reflects in cost. If an artist is only charging you around $50 for the day of your wedding, she or he is probably using their own stash of makeup. Any girl knows that makeup is expensive! Especially professional makeup. We take into account the cost for us to replenish our products as well as time and travel.

3. Pictures!!! – Make sure their site has examples of their work! Look to see how “flawless” the makeup looks, is the shadow blended, is the eyeliner perfectly straight (yes, it IS possible!), do the cheeks look like they’ve just been pinched instead of a streaky line of blush, are the cheekbones highlighted and glowing?

4. Kit – ALWAYS look at their makeup before they put it on your skin! Make sure everything is stored in closed containers (for sanitary reasons obviously!). Make sure everything is sanitized in front of you! And look to see which brands they use. Drug store brands and companies like Mary Kay and Motives are not what a reputable artist would use. I’m not saying they aren’t good, but someone who uses these market pyramid brands are probably wanting to get extra cash in their pocket from sales. Any selling that should be done is the artist selling themselves! Not their makeup. Look for brands like MAC, Nars, Smashbox, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, Chanel, Benefit.

5. Referrals – If the artist was recommended to you by a friend or has a ton of great reviews online, they’re more than likely the way to go!

6. Finally…. CONTRACT! – This means they value your time and money spent… PERIOD!!!

Until next time….

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Romantic and Elegant Lavender Wedding

Yesterday a wedding I was so lucky to be a part of back in May was featured on the wedding blog The Every Last Detail. Mindy and I hit it off right from the moment we met at her trial! I loved her dry sense of humor and northern accent. And we bonded over our shared love for our pups! Mindy and her now husband Brett got married at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. I traveled up to Asheville that PERFECT spring morning and was greeted with the most beautiful blue sky and stunning mountains and landscape.

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I was nervous about this wedding because I (gasp!!) did her hair too! I was only doing simple curls but since I have never done hair for a wedding before, it was a ton of pressure. But I did it! I mean let’s be honest, how do you really mess up using a curling iron?! Anyways, Mindy wanted to go for a smokey, sexy look with her makeup so I had a lot of fun using a dark navy blue and black to play up her pretty brown eyes. And it also went well with her lavender wedding!

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Her ceremony and reception was absolutely stunning thanks to Miss Ashley Cash with The Graceful Host and amazing photography by the talented Rachel Fesko. I’m so lucky to call these gals my pals! Here are a few photos from Mindy and Brett’s big day. Don’t forget to check out the feature on The Every Last Detail

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Featured; Ruffled Blog

I was lucky enough to get asked by my woman crush, Megan Gielow of Lime Green Photography and the amazingly talented Kathryn Godwin if I would help out with a DIY photo shoot for Ruffled Blog. Ruffled Blog is an amazing wedding resource blog for brides wanting to get inspiration for their big day. Kathryn does a lot of DIY projects and she made a GORGEOUS clay pod backdrop that was to be showcased on the blog.

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Maiden Flower Crowns provided the beautiful flower crown for the model to wear!

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Be sure to check out the full feature on Ruffled to learn how to make your own beautiful backdrop!


Berry-Hued Botanical Wedding Inspiration – Green Wedding Shoes

When Megan Gielow calls you up to help out with an inspiration shoot, you say “YES”!! You might remember Megan as the amazingly talented photographer Matt and I were lucky enough to work with on our honeymoon (blog post here). I just absolutely adore everything about her. I told her after I received our honeymoon photos that I was indebted to her for life and I truly meant it.

Earlier this summer she asked if I would like to do makeup for an inspiration shoot she was doing down in Greenville, South Carolina. I told her I would love to. Especially after seeing the inspiration board she sent me! It was all earthy, berry-hued florals and jewelry with some dark colors mixed in. I couldn’t wait to do makeup on the model! I knew I didn’t want to do anything that would take away from the beautiful floral headpiece and jewelry she’d be wearing but I also wanted to do something that would bring out her blueish/green eyes. I decided to do a smokey eye but with the same berry tone that would be used in the shoot. It all came together PERFECTLY!!

With your career you want to be proud of all of the work that you do. I have to say that this shoot took the cake for me! I’m so proud of the way Megan was able to capture the color in her eyes and the sculpted cheeks. And to top it all off, the shoot was featured yesterday on the popular wedding blog Green Wedding Shoes!!! It’s such an honor to be a part of a shoot that was so different and unique! I know so many future brides will get great inspiration from this shoot! Be sure to check out the post but here are a few images in the meantime!

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