What We Do When You’re Not Looking

Are you curious about what we do before you show up to your photoshoot? Wonder no more, I will show you!

1. We Set Up Our Tools

When you show up to your shoot we want to be ready to fly! Making you wait around while we paw through our makeup just wastes your time and ours. We hook up our airbrush machine, and familiarize ourselves with the makeup and tools we will be using with you before you arrive.

 

2. We Test Our Props For Safety

We would never risk injury to anyone so we are typically quite sure of the safety of props before even we test them, but anytime we are using something new we have to be sure. Here is an example of Veruschka testing out our oversized present before we allowed our guest to sit on it.

3. We Set Up Our Location

Whether this is dressing our bedroom set for boudoir, or planning an outdoor photo session, we make sure everything is set up so you can just step in and have your photos taken. If we are doing multiple sets during a shoot, you may get to see us in action setting up a secondary set.

 

4. We Test The Practicality Of Movements

Some poses, movements, and props seem like a good idea until you try them out. Sometimes our bodies don’t move the way we think they can, and other times things can happen that you didn’t anticipate. This is why we test our ides before we try them with you!

5. We Test Our Lighting

This serves two purposes. It helps us double check that all of our equipment is working – occasionally technical glitches occur and can set us back a few minutes. Anything we can do to mitigate this kind of disruption is critical. The other reason we test our lighting is that sometimes we want to do something a little outside of the box, doing a test run helps us get our lighting just right so we have less fiddling around to do when we’re working with you!

6. We Check Our Locations

This is important if we are shooting on location or outdoors as opposed to in our Edmonton studio. We scan the location of choice, scout out a quiet area, looking for any garbage or debris that could ruin a photo, and we map out the best paths that avoid dog doodoo.

7. Practice Posing

We like to plan as much of a shoot as we can, including posing. While a lot of posing is done naturally, as well as tried and true poses, occasionally we like to test poses ourselves. We might be checking the comfort-ability, the feasibility, or just the aesthetics of a particular pose.

 

 

 

Cheesecake Pin Up Photography

What is “cheesecake” pinup? The origins of the term cheese cake pin up are quite unknown. The best speculation goes back to a photograph taken of a girl whose dress was lifted slightly up her leg. The photo was taken by a photographer who worked for a magazine and the story claims that when the editor saw the photograph he proclaimed “why, this is better than cheesecake!”. While that is the best story I’ve heard pertaining to the origins of the coined phrase, there is some doubt worldwide. Some think it comes from the phrase “beefcake” but with a feminine twist, others think it’s because the poses are “cheesy”.

Whatever the truth is, this style of pinup photography can be identified as peek-a-boo pinup, where the subject is making exaggerated facial expressions as parts of her body (typically her legs and rump) are “accidentally” exposed giving the viewer an “innocent” peek.

Why You Need A Professional Headshot

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1. Helps You Nail Your Dream Job

Are you familiar with the age old adage “dress for the job you want”? Well, having a professional or corporate head shot is exactly the right step in having the job you want. Pretending that no one looks or cares about the photo you put on your LinkedIn profile is not going to help you. As someone with a Human Resources background I can guarantee you that potential employers are absolutely checking out your LinkedIn photograph. In fact, in this day and age recruiters are checking out all of your social media accounts that they can find. Perhaps that picture of you after an all night binger is hilarious, but it’s not going to make the best first impression.

Okay, so why does the image have to be professionally taken? You’ve got a decent camera on your phone, right? Sure, in fact I’ve seen some pretty decent self portraits done with phones but those pictures aren’t going to do you any favours in the corporate world. Reach for that CEO worthy headshot, get noticed, and then get that dream job!

2. Connect With Your Clientele

If you are a realtor or someone who works with clients, having a business photo is essential. People want to deal with other people, not companies. A professional headshot says so much about who you are, and it’s the first stepping stone to building lasting relationships with potential clientele.

3. You Will Use It Everywhere

Professional photographers know how to use lighting and posing to make you look your absolute best. You will find that you use your “business” photo for everything, regardless if it’s business related or otherwise. It will be the photo you use in your Christmas Newsletter to family, the photo that you put on all your social media accounts, and the photo that you send to grandma.

4. You Need An Accurate Representation

We all age, some of us put on weight, others lose it, and our hair changes color. Keeping up-to-date headshots for yourself provides an accurate representation of what you currently look like. This is ideal when job hunting, or just staying in touch with distant friends and family. It can be hard to go from that photo you took of yourself twenty years ago, to where you are now. People will notice a difference, some may even comment on it, but it’s necessary to represent yourself accurately.

5. It’s Fun

Getting professional head shots taken on your own time (not company time) is actually a very fun, and confidence boosting experience. You will find yourself laughing, and truly enjoying the experience of having your photos taken.

Forever Yours

 

 

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Pregnancy is such a special time. These are your first memories with your growing family. As the term draws to an end, feelings of excitement and love overwhelm the soul. This is the time to capture these precious moments with photographs that your child will cherish and you will have for a lifetime.

Queen Of Hearts Halloween Makeup Tutorial

As soon as Erin announced the characters we would all be portraying this Halloween, my head started filling with makeup ideas. Although Alice in Wonderland’s ‘Queen of Hearts’ may be a little evil, she has seriously cool makeup. I couldn’t wait to create something for Sue’s character that was regal, wonderful and out of the box. Erin and Sue came up with the brilliant idea of a Geisha inspired makeup design for the Queen of Hearts’ photoshoot. Here’s how I executed this look, incorporating Asian-inspired glamour and the whimsical world of Alice in Wonderland.

THE EYES

  1. No matter what look I’m going for, from the most natural, to the most daring, I always start with an eyeshadow primer. I patted the primer all over the lids and under the eyes to keep shadow from creasing or fading.
  2. To set the stage for Sue’s dramatic winged liner, and to blend in with the Queen of Heart’s ultra-pale complexion, I covered the entire lid with white. To ensure even colour saturation, I then used a matte white eyeshadow pencil from the lash line all the way up to the brow bone and smoothed out the product with a synthetic eyeshadow brush. I packed a matte white eyeshadow over the pencil to set it using a patting motion with a flat eyeshadow brush.
  3. When creating a winged liner look, I first mark the wing looking straight ahead – angling from the outer corner of the lash line to the tail of the brow. Before connecting the wing to the lash line, I make the same mark on the other eye to ensure symmetry. The Queen of Hearts regal elegance inspired me to create an exaggerated swoop with Sue’s liner, creating a dramatic shape. I also dragged the inner corner of the eye liner to a point to elongate the eye. The key with bold liner is symmetry, but don’t stress too much! No one will notice little liner imperfections once this gorgeous look is complete!

 

THE FACE

This Geisha inspired Queen of Hearts look called for a milky, porcelain complexion.

  1. To ensure smooth application, I first prepped Sue’s skin with a moisturizer and followed with a hydrating primer.
  2. I mixed a white cream makeup [Makeup Forever 12 Flash Color Case in the color White 010] with a very fair coloured foundation and applied it using a sponge. I took special care to achieve opaque coverage under the eyes and patted the colour over the lips as well.
  3. Cream makeup has a tendency to move around on the skin so I pressed a translucent setting powder over top of the makeup to keep it in place. When setting makeup, I am careful to roll the brush rather than sweep, so as not to remove the foundation I just applied.

 

THE CONTOUR

Sue’s character really started to take shape once we sculpted the face with the Queen of Heart’s signature red shade.

  1. I started by contouring with a true red matte eyeshadow, right under Sue’s natural cheekbone. I started at the hairline at the top of her ear and blended the contour on an angle towards the outer corner of her mouth.
  2. To soften the contour, I swept the colour upward from under the cheekbone using a clean brush. I also brought the striking red shade around the forehead, starting way back in the hairline and blending on an angle towards the center of the face.
  3. I then added a darker red matte shadow to the hollows of the cheeks and border of the hairline with a detail brush for added dimension and interest. Remember that the area of the face you touch first with your brush will have the most concentration of pigment! That’s why I like to start in the hairline and diffuse the colour as I work towards the center of the face.

 

THE LIPS

In true Geisha style, we focused the lip colour in the center of the lips, but with a twist! It was Sue’s idea to complete the look with a heart shaped lip design, tying the whole makeup look together.

  1. I rounded out her cupid’s bow with a red lip pencil to create the top of the heart, and kept the bottom point inside the natural lip line in order to maintain the shape.
  2. I filled in the shape using a matte red lipstick that was neither too orange, nor too blue. To keep the lines crisp, you can use some white cream makeup to sharpen up your shape.
  3. Lastly, I set the lip design with a little translucent powder to keep it in place!

 

To finish off the Queen of Heart’s dazzling makeup design, I lightly filled in Sue’s brows with a powder to frame the eyes. I always love to apply false lashes as a finishing touch for added drama and glamour!

If you’re headed off to an all-night Halloween party, I recommend using a setting spray to seal your makeup look for maximum wear. Don’t forget to carry your lipstick and eyelash glue with you for touch-ups, and you’re ready to go!

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Photoshoot

I had the pleasure of spending a warm September afternoon photographing a strong, and beautiful breast-cancer survivor. Our photoshoot together was filled with laughter, warmth, and happiness. We weren’t just celebrating her triumph, we were celebrating her journey.

I arrived at her beautiful country house in the early afternoon. She wasn’t ready for me yet as she was preparing an early dinner for her husband and family who were all farming. Without batting an eyelash she had me set up with space to do her makeup, a glass of water & snack, she quickly showered, and managed to not burn her dinner. This is a woman who is in control and doesn’t let things slow her down. Including cancer. While she had no control over how her body responded to treatments or if she would ever recover, which she told me was one of the scariest parts of breast cancer for her – she did have control over her attitude. She tried to carry on as normal as possible during her treatments, and kept a healthy and vibrant sense of humour. You can read about her journey here, where she writes a blog post in her own words, reminding us all that laughter is, in fact, the best medicine.

After a quick makeup session that had her dancing in every mirror in her house, we set off around her farm and the country side to photograph her victory! Here are the results of a very memorable afternoon with this remarkable woman.

Colour Of The Year – And What To Wear It With – Fall/Winter 2015

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You’ve probably heard about the colour of the year for 2015 – the amazing, deep shade combination of brown/red/brick – marsala. I have to say, this is my favourite colour of the year for the last few years, and I love the combination of the colours this year. If you haven’t seen the colours yet, check them out here and then get going on all your fall and winter shopping inspired by this gorgeous colour of the year!

 

Hot Looks This Season 

Of course the dawn of fall is all about boots, jackets, scarves, and hats, but there are a few other hot items to focus on this season. With the items you invest in, look for texture to refresh your outfits. There is also a lot of geometric influence this season, so with your shoes look for stacked and block heels, square purses, and chunky accessories. Fall is also a time of layering, so keep an eye out for scarves and wool felted hats to complete your outfit.

 

What Pieces To Invest In

One of the best ways to incorporate a new colour into your wardrobe is with hints of it in accessories like scarves, hats, gloves, and jewelry. However, marsala is such a fantastic neutral that I think you can go all out with this colour – even head to toe in some cases! So for fall, my first suggestion is the perfect coat. I’ve found this textured beauty for an amazing price. Another way to wear this colour is with new boots. I’m always on the hunt for new leather boots, and here is a great pair of booties to put into your wardrobe. It’s definitely okay to wear as much marsala as you want this season, since it’s such a flattering colour and easy to wear with different colours. I also love this printed top, even paired with this skirt, and of course, this amazing lingerie set from Claudette. And while you’re at it, go all out and pick yourself up this nail colour and this eyeshadow palette.

 

What To Wear With Marsala

One of the many things that I love about the Pantone colour of the year reveal is that they also supply you with an array of other colours that are popular this season. Many of these colours can be worn with Marsala, but I will also share a few of my own ideas. As I said earlier, I think Marsala is an amazing neutral. So much so, that I think it would be great to pair it with something cheery, say this super soft pink sweater, or keep it classic fall tones with items in burnt orange, eggplant, and these ochre wide-leg trousers. For my own style, I might keep it a little dark and pair a marsala sweater with a black vegan leather skirt, or mix up my neutral palette with a pair of grey culottes. Pretty much anything goes with marsala, and I am very excited to incorporate this colour into my fall and winter wardrobe!

 

 

Fall/15 Trend: Bedford Avenue Granny

I’ve always grown up with the notion that patterns and textures were distinctly not to be mixed. A pattern is paired with a solid, am I right? Well, this season, that’s definitely the wrong approach. The Bedford Avenue Granny trend is all about mixing patterns, colours, and textures to create a completely unique and interesting look. Yes, you can go raid your stylish grandma’s closet, but please take out any unnecessary shoulder pads first. It’s a little Iris Apfel (toned down, of course), a lot of grandma’s vintage clothes, but with a high fashion, chic and intentional look.

Key Pieces In Which To Invest

If you want to take on this eclectic look, these are the pieces you will want to have in your closet this fall:

The Perfect Jacket – And by perfect, I mean long, printed, and/or textured. Keep in mind, your nana would have worn something structured, so stay away from ponchos if you want to perfect this trend. Capes, however, are most definitely allowed.

Skirts Galore – Your grandma probably had an array of perfect skirts, and so should you! A real sub-theme in this trend is 1960’s influence, so feel free to embrace the many styles of the era. Think simple a-line, pleated, and floral. And of course, tartan!

The Blouse(s) – Yes, you will want many blouses tucked into that adorable skirt you plan to wear. Again, a floral print, a paisley print, and a bow blouse are necessities. However, you could go with any variety of cute prints. And of course, tartan!

Jewels upon jewels – Necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets are your best friends. Layer them on, and make sure they all make a statement!

 

How To Style

The key to styling this trend will be to make sure your prints and patterns are different scales, and that they are in scale with your body. Try not to pair too many large prints together, especially if you’re quite petite. Here are some ideas to help you style yourself this fall.

Casual – As this trend doesn’t “scream” casual, you will want to pair a cute, casual sweater with printed pants. Add on your variety of accessories and you’re ready to go!

Office – You might want to tone down the craziness for the office, but pairing two chic prints together will still make a statement. Pair a floral blouse with a slight tartan print skirt or pant, and you’re office ready. Top it off with earrings and and skip the rest of the accessories.

Cold Weather – This is where your new amazing coat comes in. Your coat will cover up the majority of your outfit, so this might be a good time to show off your eclectic style with printed tights, textured gloves, scarves, and a fun bag.

Going Out – This is an excellent opportunity to pull out that little a-line skirt and pair with a cute printed top and, yet again, layer up the accessories. In cold weather, again add tights, and even some printed socks. Put on some fun coloured lipstick in purple, pink, or coral shades, and be sure to have your nails done as well! Grab a snakeskin, fur, or printed clutch and head out on the town.

 

This trend is so easily uniquely styled, and can be so fun to create different eclectic outfits. Keep in mind if you book portrait photography, don’t wear too many prints or the photo will lose focus of your beautiful self. However, with street style you can use this trend to express your different, eclectic, and unique style in so many ways. I hope you have a ton of fun with this exciting fall trend!

 

Mastering the Boudoir Booty

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You’ve taken the plunge and booked a boudoir photoshoot. You’re excited and your head is filled with fantasies of your pictures looking somewhere between Playboy and Victoria’s Secret cover models. You envision your hair blowing in the wind with your body loosely draped in flowing chiffon, your skin glowing, your eyebrows on point and the battle is strong between your come-get-me lips and your too-hot-to-handle eyes. Somewhere during your fantasies of being on the cover of a hot romance novel, reality dawns on you – someone is going to see your bum! Panic sets in, you make an appointment with a squat doctor in hopes of whipping your tush into action, but how can you possibly get your bum from flap jacks to a shapely behind in just a few weeks? Relax! With a few simple tips you can rest easy about your booty on the day of your photoshoot.

Tip 1: Exfoliate

Dry scaly skin is never attractive. Your photographer can only do so much with retouching skin textures before you start looking inhuman, so scrub those dead skin cells the day before or the day of your photoshoot. Don’t cheap out and use your face exfoliating scrub just because it’s already in your bathroom cupboard. Splurge and get an exfoliating scrub that is designed for your body to ensure a soft rump. Many spas and salons will also offer a scrub treatment where they exfoliate you while you lay down and relax. I only recommend this spa treatment if you have no issues with being touched.

Tip 2: Moisturize

Maybe it goes without saying that you should moisturize your skin, especially after you exfoliate, but avoid lotions that are greasy or leave residue. I recommend moisturizing at least an hour before you head to the studio to avoid leaving lotion stains on the chairs and satin sheets. Talk to your photographer about using moisturizers with a high sheen. If you have a favorite lotion that is designed to make your legs shimmer, informing your photographer will help her adjust her lighting to avoid hot spots or glare on your legs in the photos.

Tip 3: Avoid Tan Lines

Tan lines are very difficult to remove in post processing, some photographers will even refuse to attempt to retouch tan lines – so it’s best to avoid them. If you plan to tan or a spray tan before your photoshoot try and avoid undies to eliminate the dreaded tan line on your rear. Makeup can sometimes help even out a tan line. Most photographers, like myself, offer a professional makeup artist with boudoir sessions, so ask your makeup artist to try and soften the lines with makeup. At All Things Pink Photography we use airbrush makeup which helps. Makeup can also be applied to your rump to minimize the appearance of bruises, pimples, and stretch marks.

Tip 4: Make Friends With Your Photographer

A good photographer has all the tools she needs to ensure your booty looks its best. Lighting techniques can sculpt a tush to appear larger or smaller so it’s important to let your photographer know how you would like your rump to be showcased. Posing can also alter the look of your rump. Arch your lower back if you want your rump to appear fuller. Remember, the closest body parts to the camera will look larger, so if you want a smaller rump push your tush or hips away from the lens.

Finally retouching is another tool in your photographers belt to help your rump. Don’t worry about bruises, cellulite, stretch marks, scars, or pimples; your photographer can zap those away. It’s important to communicate to your photographer what concerns you have so she can help you achieve the look you want. We want you to look your best and love your photographs so anything we can do to help, we do it!

Tip 5: Relax! Love Your Booty

If you’re tense and self conscious of your booty, it will show in your pictures, especially since we tend to ‘clench’ when we’re tense. Relax and let your bum be its beautiful self. Don’t worry about how you look, that’s your photographers job. You just need to show up, take direction, and feel beautiful.

 

 

How To: Ethereal Themed Photoshoot

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I am a big fan of themed photoshoots. It’s a great way to have very unique photos, capture a mood or emotion, or convey a specific message. Suggesting a theme or idea is also a great way to get your photographer’s imagination buzzing.  An ethereal style photoshoot will capture your softness and femininity, conveying dreaminess and whimsy. However, it is not just up to your photographer to make the theme happen. Here are some things you can do to make your ethereal photoshoot it’s best.

1. Gather Inspiration

If you don’t have a Pinterest account, go out and get one. Pinterest will be your go-to when gathering inspiration for your photoshoot. Don’t focus on outfits or makeup in this stage, look for art, movements, fabrics, and colours that get you in that fantastical, dreamy, ethereal mood. I suggest Pinterest because it’s a great way to keep all your pictures in one place, but it is also good to go out and gather a few pieces that you can physically carry with you, such as fabric or a piece of jewelry.

 

2. Choose an Outfit

Choosing a themed-appropriate outfit is absolutely essential if you want to create a cohesive look. I suggest sticking with soft colours and fabrics with a flow-y drape. Stay away from bold patterns and bright colours. For a portrait outfit, a chiffon dress is a great piece to start with. Add in pretty hair accessories, a shawl or kimono and you’re all set! For boudoir, it’s pretty much the same. Start with a soft, flow-y robe and pair with a soft bra and panty, and similar accessories.

 

3. Pick A Place

This is the perfect theme for a natural space, such as a forest or field. Take a drive and look around your local area for secluded spaces that you can use, such as a wooded area, a green secluded meadow, or a wide-open rolling field. Let your imagination go wild, and try to keep a “photographer’s eye” and think about how the spaces would look in a photograph while you’re out searching. If you want to stick with the studio, bring in props that suit your theme. Go to the craft store and buy moss, toss some flower petals on the set, or make your own DIY flower wall. A bouquet of flowers can never go wrong in a photoshoot!

 

4. Makeup Ideas

After you have your outfit and accessories, it’s time to think about makeup. The general idea is to keep it soft, dreamy, and natural. This is another great way to use Pinterest to find makeup looks you can show your makeup artist on the shoot day. Remember to stick with neutrals and stay away from a super smokey eye or harsh lines. Keep a rosy cheek and lip, and this is the perfect time to use any of that gold glittery eyeshadow.

 

5. Set The Mood

It is important to keep your theme while you are on set, and a great way to to that is to pick music to keep you in the dreamy, ethereal mood. Playlists are great for this, and websites like Songza are great for finding music that suits your mood. If you’re going a bit more folksy, check out this playlist, however I have to recommend Oh Land, a favorite artist of mine, who captures dreamy, synth-y, soft and upbeat pop in her first album here.

 

There is definitely a lot to think about when creating an ethereal themed photoshoot, but gathering all your ideas and inspirations to create unique photos with your photographer can also be incredibly fun. The end product will be a stunning set of photos, capturing your soft, dreamy, femininity that you can treasure for years to come.