I have always been fascinated by photography. I have spent countless hours studying photographs of people, while considering the angles, the lighting, and the editing the photographer used. I love the fact that photography has the amazing ability to transport us to a different time, or place with one single shot.
It was not until I started blogging that I decided to take photography more seriously. With camera in hand, I started experimenting with photographs of my apartment, of friends, and family. It was after experimenting in this way that I realized my passion for photography. I have no formal training or background in this field, but I realize that passion can open your eyes to the impossible, so not only did I invest in the proper equipment I also spent the necessary time to learn everything I could to enhance the skill it takes to be proficient with this passion.
I enjoy, and appreciate the opportunity to photograph bloggers, couples, influencers who make an impact in their profession, families, and also lifestyle type setting. I take an individual approach to each person I photograph. I make every effort to embrace and highlight the focus of what they are trying to convey to their audience with each session.
I look forward to working together and capturing the potential magnificence of your moments through my eyes and the lens of my camera.
Getting dressed-up has always been something I get excited to do. I always loved proms, cotillions, balls, formals. You name it, if it included getting dolled-up, I loved it. The entire process is so fun to me. Picking out a new dress, taking time to perfect my hair and make-up, and the entire confidence being red carpet ready gives you. It is one of my favorite parts of being a woman! Unfortunately, I don’t roll out of bed looking “red carpet ready.” Since this just isn’t the case I put extra care into my “behind the scenes” routine. I really love making the process as fun as possible so I will bring out all of my best beauty products and take the time to really focus on all of the details.When Brice and I have a fun event or formal to go to, I always start by pouring a glass of champagne. Since getting ready can be a bit stressful, it is always so fun to have a little bubbly to take the edge off.
After I enjoy a few sips I always exfoliate and then clean my face with the Clinque Take The Day Off scrub. This product is by far my favorite facial cleanser. It is so soft and makes your skin feel extremely moisturized. I let all my girlfriends try it at NYFW and they fell in love with it too! It is the best. Once I have a clean face I move into a great mask. Mask are a fun way to enjoy the process and make your skin stand out. Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask is a go-to. You can literally seethe glow of your skin once you take it off. It is extremely gentle which is perfect for my dry skin. Lastly, I finish up with a great moisturizer (Chanel Hydramax Serum) and a skin brightener (Biolucent Bare Minerals).
At this point I always put my 3D White Luxe Whitestrips Professional Effects on so by the time my make-up and hair are finished, my teeth are dazzling white. Once those are in place and working their magic I begin my make-up routine. I always start with Stilla One Step Correct primer. It sets a solid base for my make-up and tones out uneven coloring. Next I add a touch of foundation and concealer to even out any skin imperfections. I then always put on my Bare Minerals Foundation Pressed Powder. Since I have sunspots and uneven skin tones, this pressed powder hides any remaining blemishes! It is the bomb and really gets the job done. From there I sprinkle on a non-shimmer bronzer and brush. I am not a super big fan of sparkle on your face so I try to add any highlighter after my bronzer and blush are on (this one is ah-mazing and really beautiful and subtle on). FIY- I only put this on the tops of my cheeks and the tops of my forehead.My last step is my eyes. I usually go for a natural look with a few light shades from Bare Minerals, black liquid eye-liner (perfect for my go-to cat eye), and two coats of mascara. Tip- the french say to use one coat of mascara during the day and two at night.
My final look is almost complete at this point, but not before I take care of my pearly whites. As a daughter of a dentist I know how important white teeth are. Keeping your teeth bright isn’t just the finishing touch on an evening look, it is the evening look. Even if you are having a bad hair day, don’t like your dress, or your make-up didn’t go on how it normally does – you can always have white teeth. If you walk into a room, not feeling your best, but put your shoulders back and smile from ear to ear, I guarantee you people won’t notice your hair, make-up, or dress, but your radiant smile! Confidence and the perfect white teeth are key! A radiant and bright smile is definitely one of the first things I notice in a person so forgetting this step is unacceptable, especially with how easy 3D White Luxe Whitestrips Professional Effects makes it. You put them on, get ready, peel them off, and BAM, white teeth! The perfect way to start a confident night. On that note- my red carpet routine is done and I am off to enjoy the event.
Also, here is a fun little video I put together with all of the photos! Enjoy!
Lastly, this Sunday share your #SmileStyle secrets on social media, and follow along with me, @StyleList and @3DWhite as I share my picks for best dressed, best hair and best makeup for the Oscars!
This is a collaboration between Crest and the AOL Lifestyle Contributor Network. Compensation was provided by Crest via AOL media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Crest. Crest is a brand I use regularly and am proud to support them and their products.