Oobaloos Wedding Photography’s Engagement Shoots

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I have said this before and I will say it again. I have shot many weddings where we have previously had an engagement shoot and I LOVE it!! I really feel like I know my couples better and when I arrive on their wedding day it really feels like I am joining friends.

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Pre-wedding or ‘engagement’ photo shoots are a session that you book with your photographer a couple of months before the wedding. Many of my couples book a shoot with me to get comfortable in front of the camera, and they will often use their images to add an extra personal touch to their wedding.

 

Booking in a pre-wedding photo shoot will give you an opportunity to get to know me, how I work, and get a feel for what to expect on your wedding day. You’ll gain an understanding of how I will work with you on your wedding day to get the best images. If you book a pre-wedding shoot, on the wedding day I can guarantee you’ll feel completely at ease, which will reflect in your photos.

 

You will likely see your photographer more than anyone else on your wedding day … including your fiancé! This is a perfect ice breaker to transform your photographer from a ‘stranger’ taking your photos to a ‘friend’ taking your photos.

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Not everyone is super confident in front of a camera. My experience in wedding photography will be able to put you at ease so that you are comfortable being your self. You’ll be able to appreciate your beauty, grace and unique personality so that you identify exactly the person you want to show off on your wedding day.

 

The engagement shoot is the perfect dummy run and also helps you determine how you want to pose, look and act on the big day.

 

Use the images from your pre-wedding shoot to tell your photographer which photos you like and why, so that they can focus on those types of images on your wedding day. This will help ensure you get the photos you were expecting on the day.

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Oobaloos Wedding Photography in Cheltenham Meets Make Up Artist, Amy Hickey.

This week I met up with the delightful, bubbly and ever so talented Amy Hickey. I met Amy through a mutual friend last year and we got on like a house on fire and have since then worked on both excited styled shoots and weddings together. I absolutely adore working with her, and I know that our brides have enjoyed our duo and easy banter!

Here she is actually modelling for me at the styled shoot i was asked to do at Sudeley Castle last year. Make Up by herself of course. We were let down at the very last minute by our model and I am still so grateful for Amy stepping in! Doesn’t she look divine? You can see a lot of those images from these shoot right here…  /http://www.sudeleycastle.co.uk/weddings/

 

 

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We are so lucky that Amy has shared her TOP TIPS for YOU!

Go Pro! Hiring a make up artist on the day can take the weight off your mind and really help you relax the morning of your wedding. Bridal make up is different and more specialised.  You need to take into account that not only do you want it to last the whole day, through your vows, photographs and dancing around the dance floor, your make up has to survive many emotions including a few happy tears, warm flushes along with the many kisses on your perfectly blushed cheeks.
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Whether you have your make up done professionally or are doing it yourself, trial the make up. When having a trial or practising make sure you wear white or the colour of your dress as it can make a big difference to the colours and tones of your make up. If you’re having a make up artist they will book you in for trial first, if you go alone its best you test out new make up and make sure it is suitable for your skin and lasts.
Find some pictures of make up you like or would like to try at your trial. Make sure you take into account that if you have the skin colour and tone of Nicole Kidman then the make up of Beyonce may not translate onto you. Also don’t let a make up artist hijack your look, personally I think a bride should still look and feel like themselves but just an enhanced more perfect self.
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Emphasise your eyes, brighten them by using a brightening eye base. You may have lack of sleep running up to the day but nobody needs to know. I suggest By Terry’s hylaluronic base, this magic product can be applied on the lid and under the eye to help conceal along with plump any fine lines.  Another must have product is Bobbi Browns colour corrector.
Professionally shaped brows give immediate lift to the face.  Eyebrows that are enhanced open up the eye area, gives more definition and makes your eyes look brighter. If you haven’t had your eyebrows shaped before, you need to test drive this first. Some people react with a flush of redness whereas others can be red for a few days.
Use individual lashes; these are far more natural than strip lashes. You can get the semi permanent ones from a salon a few days before or get your makeup artist to apply the temporary 24  hours ones along with the makeup on the day. Or if you prefer to go natural, eyelash curlers are a fantastic way to make your eyes look bigger and lashes longer .
Mascara, it’s my number 1 asked question, “what’s your favourite mascara?” Answer? It depends on the lashes and the look you want to achieve. With bridal make up I suggest waterproof. Most waterproofs seem to me thicker and heavier so I like to use a mascara that will enhance yet separate the lashes making them look more fluffy than clumpy. I finish by putting a coat of waterproof clear mascara over the top. Try bare minerals locked and coated £12.
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No need to cake the the make up, its a myth you need to wear a lot more. A more matte look on the T zone is more beneficial and using a base that hasn’t got flash back will help your make up looking flawless and less reflective. This can be achieved by using a finishing powder.
Lips, don’t be frightened to go for something a little more colourful as your lips may need a bit more depth when wearing a long white dress. Pale lips can sometimes get lost in the look.
Plenty of time is needed. Leave at least 45 minutes for you to complete your make up. I would say an hour so you can completely relax and if you need to correct anywhere you will have time to do so.
Smile, be happy and enjoy the day!
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Bridal make up is my favourite make up, it’s not just about the make up, it’s the journey that takes you to the day that I love! Getting to know the bride from the first Initial contact to the first make up  right up until the day.
The wedding day, a day that changes their lives and makes memories forever! The bride looking in the mirror, smiling and saying she’s never felt so beautiful and happy touches me every time! I’m not just a make up artist on the day, I try and be Mary Poppins, taking a bag of goodies, like rescue remedy, ladies necessities, tissues etc etc along with a big smile! A morning of fun, laughter and emotions is what makes it so special and unique. It makes me hungry to keep doing my job to my best ability and making sure that all the bridal party is happy and ready for a party and celebration to remember.
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I love SK:N clinic’s range of products. Brides can book in for free advice at Cheltenham clinic on Montpellier Walk.  I always offer skin advice a my bridal trials. I don’t recommend a particular brand as I believe all skin types and people require different products! I’ve worked along side and trained in over 60 brands, I can always offer knowledge on more than one brand and price range to suit clients needs!
Thank you so much for these awesome tips Amy! I am a big make up lover myself and I can’t wait to pop on in and see you at your part time base at SK:N CLINIC.
Always a pleasure.
Amy and myself are working together on a BIG project at the end of March, so be sure to check back!!

I hope you have enjoyed this  instalment in ‘My OobaFave Wedding Suppliers’. Don’t forget to pop over the Amy Hickey’s WEBSITE and have a nosy there too!

See you next time,

OobaLove,

Sheryl

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