I am delighted to have partnered with the extremely talented Chanon DeValois photography. To create a series of Portrait Photo’s for our ‘Warrior Women Series’.
There are few creatures in the world stronger than the mighty woman. We have so much to contend with on a daily basis, but some have had it harder than others.
Meeting up with my photographer friend Chanon for lunch recently, we were sharing various stories and realised that we both had something in common. We were both bullied at school, leading to insecurities within ourselves. Something many can associate with I’m sure but what we realised is that this experience, of us feeling bad about ourselves in our younger years, had led to both of us having a passion for helping others feel good about themselves.
Through this the idea for our “warrior women series” was born. Helping woman realise that we are all uniquely beautiful and we should embrace our inner ‘warrior’. With the 2017 release of Wonder Woman we were excited to put together a series of photos of women of wonder who inspired us and we hope will help inspire others.
For our first shoot, we photographed two women – Sue, 42, who has cystic fibrosis and is a real life super woman, and Lacey, who last year undertook an incredible journey to become a new woman as she prepared to get married.
Here is Sue’s amazing Story……
Boho Chic Photoshoot
I love the relaxed feeling of a boho wedding and now with brides and Grooms going all out Festival themed and boho inspired country themes I thought it was a perfect style to capture for the photoshoot I did with Scott Miller photography http://scottmillerphotography.co.uk/ for his creative portrait photography – http://www.boutiqueweddingfilms.uk/.
Scott has an amazing ability to capture the beauty in a person and also finds a way to help their personality shine through. His relaxed and chatty personality instantly puts you at ease and it’s why he’s able to create such fantastic images. It was an honour to work with him on this shoot.
For the shoot we had the lovely Harriet come in for the day too have a few styles created on her.I started with a super sleek look to take advantage of her beautifully silky long hair, choosing a side comb kindly lent to us for the shoot by http://www.homeofheartsboutique.co.uk/. I adore these hair pieces and they arrive beautiful packaged and within a few days of payment. They are beyond sparkly so if you are a sparkly girl definitely check them out.
After that I went all out boho and took advantage of her beautiful blond hair to create some messy soft boho inspired hair looks.
I chose one with a double vintage roll at the back, and added both flowers and a delicate jewel vine (courtesy of Home of Hearts Boutique), both of which looked stunning. The vine look can be found on my instagram @bumblebee_bridal This look is very versatile and can be made both messy and more sleek depending on your personal preference and wedding style.
The third look was a runway inspired boho creation with big plaits right across the front of her head. I made it elegantly messy by pulling bits out and taking advantage of her beautiful baby hair to achieve that imperfect, soft, almost fairy-like appearance that boho brides love.
Her makeup was an airy purple and pink to bring out the green tones in her eyes.
I mostly used the Mac ‘cool palette’ to create this look but will add more detail on a separate blog post.- http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/13835/28063/Products/Makeup/Eyes/Eye-Palettes-Kits/Eye-Shadow-x15-Cool-Neutral to achieve this look and the.
I was so pleased with this shoot and the incredible images Scott captured for it, I hope you like them!!
A big thanks to – Scott Miller award winning wedding and portrait Photography – Quality commerial and event photograpy Essex – http://www.scottmillerphotography.co.uk/ http://www.boutiqueweddingfilms.uk/ http://www.bumblebeebridal.co.uk/
It was all about contour and big eyes for these Yorkshire Lases back in April for Hayleys wedding at Down Hall in Essex. With a ‘go big or go home’ attitude these beauties wanted to make an impact with their wedding day makeup. The look perfectly matches their big and bubbly personalities.
Opting for big smokey eyes using my Charlotte Tilbury palletes ‘uptown girl’ and ‘Dolce vita’ depending on the girls eye colour and skin tone – learn more here – http://www.charlottetilbury.com/uk/products/makeup/eyes/eyeshadow.html. I can’t rave about these enough!!
Contour and highlight to bring out cheek bones using a mixture of cream foundations and a must have for any makeup kit the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette (this has a gorgeous highlighter in it). I tend to use the light to medium kit but there is a darker palette for darker skin tones too – http://www.beautybay.com/cosmetics/anastasiabeverlyhills/proseriescontourkitmediumtan/
For their foundation they opted for the staying power of the Airbase airbrush spray foundation which really does give a flawless finish that lasts all day ( you can find an airbased trained artist near you here – http://www.airbasemakeup.com/airbase-near-you/airbase-professionals). I always recommend this for my brides especially if they like a boogie as it’s extremely water resistant and i’m yet to find another foundation with such great staying power but still looks light. It’s build able though if you want a more dramatic finish like these girls did.
When your bride turn’s up with Wedding Shoes like this you know you are in for a fun morning!!!
Hanna’s 50’s inspired dress beautifully showed off these bad boys for all to see and she teamed them with matching coloured flowers in her hair which she spray painted and then I arranged.
Hannah isn’t one for makeup usually so we went with a very light look that she still felt herself in (but with added bright pink lipstick to match the polka dots on her shoes of course).
She married at a stunning new venue http://www.colvillehallwedding.co.uk/ near white Roding in Essex to combine the beautiful historic buildings with her modern style it was everything but a traditional wedding.
Favourite moments for me from the morning was getting to see some of the traditional Jewish customs but done in true Hannah style in a non traditional way, they were so lovely to watch. Especially the moment the family took it in turns to tell the bride and groom what they wished for their married life together. Lots of laughter and happy tears were shed.
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I cannot tell you how chuffed I am with these pictures of the makeup I did last saturday at Mulberry house in Ongar, thanks to my new Camera. It’s so hard to capture how pretty everyone looks on a camera phone so i popped into my local camera shop and treated myself to a preloved camera and a snazzy new lens so i can now take pictures of my work.
Here is the the Gorgeous bride Ashleigh on her wedding day (thanks for letting me do a before and after) and her beautiful maids, Jess & Kylie all looking ‘Bee-utiful’
Hair and makeup by me.