When Alexis came to the studio to discuss her senior portraits she wasn’t sure what type of session would fit her needs best. During her consultation we asked a series of questions and found the our ‘your STORY’ session would be the perfect fit. Here are a few highlights from her session.
Who doesn’t love to look fabulous everyday and especially for portraits?! Listed below is a list of products I love and swear by!
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I have 4-5 of their pallets are hardly ever pick up any of my other name brand pallets. Most of their pallets have 35 eyeshadows in them and range from $23-35 depending on the pallet. Their pallets are super smooth and buttery and blend like magic! Ulta carries most of the pallets. Morphe.com has all of their pallets.
NYX Eyeshadow Base
This has brightened my eyeshadows so much and makes my eyeshadow last without being sticky! And the product last FOREVER. I’ve had the same container for almost 6 months and its a little under half way used. This is with me wearing it almost everyday, using it to go live on Facebook, and doing client’s makeup. Def worth it! Can you purchased at Target or Ulta.
Milani 2 in 1 - yellow undertones - full coverage
Wet N Wild Photofocus - yellow and pink undertones - medium coverage, buildable
Revlon Colorstay - pink undertones - medium coverage, buildable
All of these I’ve used personally and love them. They can be purchased at Walmart, Walgreens, Ulta, etc. My magic combination that I wear everyday is the Milani and Wet N Wild.
Milani Retouch and Erase - full coverage
Maybelline Fit me - medium coverage
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser
The Milani is my absolute go to but I also like very full coverage as I have large pores. I’ve personally used all of these and love them. These products can be purchased at Walmart, Walgreens, Ulta, Etc.
Milani Powder Blush (Rose Shape)
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer (has a coconut scent)
Lorac Contour Pallet
The Butter Brozer has been a game changer for me; its just enough color without making me look orange. The blush and butter bronzer can be purchased at Walmart, Walgreens, Ulta, Etc. Lorac Contour Pallet can be purchased at Ulta and Sephora.
Monistat Chaffing Gel (no this is not the stuff that goes in your lady parts)
Nivea Men’s Aftershave
Yes I said Monistat, no it’s not the yeast infection medicine. Its a gel to aviod chaffing, thick thigh ladies where ya at, you know what I’m talking about! lol The Monistat has the same key ingredients as Smash Box’s primer without spending a lot of money. The aftershave is one I used for a couple of years and occasionally still do if I run out of Monistat. Something about the aftershave makes your makeup stay on and keeps it looking flawless, plus it smells REALLY good! Porefessional was my go to when I was rich,. Jk I was never rich, but I found cheaper alternatives that work just as well! Monistat and Nivea can be purchased at Walmart, Porefessional can be purchased at Ulta.
Maybelline Stiletto liquid liner
Maybelline Studio Master liquid liner
Wet N Wild Color Icon Kohl Liner
These are all liners I’ve used for years. They’re all very cheap and work really well! The Stiletto is so easy to use to get a nice pretty wing!
Milani Make It Last
Flower Beauty Seal The Deal
NYX Professional Matte Finish
Urban Decay All Nighter
All of these setting sprays I highly recommend. The first two can be purchased almost anywhere, the last two can be purchased at Ulta. To me they all work the same, it just depends on how much money you’re wanting to spend. The Flower Beauty has lasted the longest for me.
Coty Airspun Translucent Powder
This is the ONLY powder I will use. I’ve never had an issue with flashback or looking cakey when I bake. It last me forever and is super cheap!
L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise
This is the only mascara that I’ve consistently used. I used to jump around from mascara to mascara but once I started using the Lash Paradise I haven’t switched.
False Lashes and Glue:
Ardel Lashes - I haven’t used a pair I didn’t like
Kiss Lashes - Flirty Natural
Ardel Lash Glue
I’ve used other glues and I HATED them. Adrel glue has been the only one to not let me down. Lashes can be purchased at Walmart, Walgreens, Target, Sallys, and Ulta.
NYX Liquid Lingerie
Wet N Wild Mega Last Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick
Liquid Lingerie is my absolute go to. It last through everything I’m doing, eating, drinking, everything! NYX can be purchased at Target and Ulta, Wet N Wild can be purchased at Walmart, Walgreens, Target, ETC.
“I back up all of my files to a cloud server” is the most popular defense I hear when talking about digital storage of portraits. And you should. But let me ask you this, Where is your cloud server? Is it a place you can go to? How do you know the company you are using is going to be around forever? And how do you know your children are going to be able to find the precious memories you’ve stored for them for all those years? Are they really going to want to sift through all those files that look like a series of letters and numbers to find their baby pictures? The answer is, more than likely, No.Read More
Attention ladies, girls and all who love make up! Have you ever gone for a night out, dinner with the family, or just hanging out with the girls, went to take that cute selfie for Snapchat/Instagram and DUN DUN DUN it happens... the horrible, dusty white, embarrassing, no way to filter out, dreadful flashback!Read More
Senior Splash is an one hour session that includes your cap and gown, drape/tux, and one outfit photographed on a variety of backdrops inside the studio with the option to be photographed outside at the studio as well. We created this event for busy seniors with full schedules to have the opportunity to have their senior portraits created on a date that should be convenient for them. All for only $25!Read More
I’ve noticed a trend over the past two years. While simple, I can’t say I started the trend. For me, the trend began when I photographed my own son. At that time his personality was goofy and unpredictable. In other words, he was a typical high school senior boy. Just like any other parent, I wanted to capture all of those quirks and expressions in my son’s “tux” portrait. But there was a catch, He didn’t want to wear a traditional tux and instead opted for a double breasted, slim fit suit jacket. Such a stylish ensemble demanded a non-traditional pose.Read More
Some times we have a vision but getting to that vision can be a bit experimental.
I had a vision of creating a dance portrait in a warehouse. I knew I wanted the warehouse to be abandoned and the dancer to be vibrant. There’s something about the contrast of beauty in a grungy environment that excites me.Read More
It has begun. Well, at least for Hannah it has. Hannah’s senior year has officially begun. And because Hannah is my youngest daughter, we’re able to create her senior portraits in a series of small sessions.
We picked up this dress in a thrift store a year ago. For obvious reasons, Hannah instantly fell in love with it. She wanted to wear it to a school dance but never found the perfect dance to display it in. So, in a closet it sat.
When Hurricane Harvey threatened Southern Louisiana this September the weather was unremarkable. A few storm clouds lingered around but the threat was, well, it was a threat that never built momentum other than the occasional rain squall. The school were closed for the day in anticipation of flooding. And Hannah and I sat at home, bored.
That’s when inspiration struck and the below portrait was created.
Rather than focus on hair and makeup, I encouraged Hannah to wear to a nude face. She has beautiful skin and bright blue eyes that I wanted to capture without the effects of makeup. But I also wanted more. I wanted our viewers to believe what they were seeing. I wanted a story. I wanted the imagery to compliment the moodiness of the day. So I grabbed a water bottle and doused her hair.
With dress in hand, wet hair, an intense stare and rain clouds on the horizon, a masterpiece was created. Enjoy.
A love story reminds us of why we should have homecoming portraitsRead More
Fall 2018 Trends
Yesterday I came home to my dream come true. Well, one of my dreams come true. My September issue of Vogue hit my mailbox. I’ve been waiting for this issue for a long time. With ice cream in hand, snuggled in the warmth of my bed, I opened it’s pages to embrace the beauty that is fashion and design.Read More
Have I told you how much I love working with our high school senior's parents? We put them through the ringer. But in a good way and for a good cause.Read More
When J.D. came to the studio for his consultation I asked him what he wanted in a portrait session. He shared he was inspired by hip hop, old school and has a keen eye for fashion.Read More
While most locations are beautiful, not every location is perfect. Sometimes we have to look past what's in front of us and envision what can become.Read More
My heart swoons every chance I get to go into the beautiful city of New Orleans. It swoons even more when I get to go and create a portrait series for a graduating high school senior.Read More
How much variety can you get in one day at one location? Lots! And that's exactly what we did with Hannah. This is just a small sample of the portraits we were able to create for Hannah's senior portfolio.Read More
When you're stopped in the French Quarter and asked who the famous model is that you are photographing, you know you're doing it right. That was exactly the case photographing Hannah.Read More
My oh my what a wedding. Darian & Josh are the quintessential bride and groom. With a wedding styled with inspiration from Beauty and the Beast every person attending was delighted to be their guest.Read More
Love at first sight. That was my first impression of Liam.Read More
The Trapp Family is one of those family's who become instant friends. Their family bond is so beautiful to witness.Read More
I absolutely adored every aspect of Jordan's senior portraits. Her session included portraits at Studio 61 Coin It Up, The St. Tammany Parish Library, Old Towne Soda Shop and the French Quarter. What made Jordan's session so spectacular was her personality. She made me laugh and entertained me with her sarcastic wit (I always love a bubbly personality mixed with sarcasm). Below is a sample of Jordan's senior portraits. These portraits truly represents Jordan's unique style.Read More