Megan - a makeup artist with a dream

I worked with Meg recently for a styled senior photoshoot! From the moment we met (via instagram DM of course), I could tell she was eager to make her dream come true. It's so cool to meet people who really want to start their brand, young entrepreneurs are amazing! Meg is ambitious and full of life! She's also a junior makeup artist at Blush Tones

"Makeup and beauty have played a huge role in my life. My passion for makeup started when I began following makeup artists on YouTube and wondering how their eyeshadow had more than one color! From there, I moved on to practicing on myself everyday which made me realize that I was the most relaxed when it was just my makeup brushes and me. Makeup has been very therapeutic in my life.  When applying makeup on either myself or a client, I have to take a moment to just relax and focus on the canvas in front of me. 

 

When I was a sophomore in HighSchool I knew I wanted to get serious about makeup. Over the years, I have studied under various makeup artists along with well known celebrity makeup artists across the industry. Now, I find more accomplishment and joy in sharing what I have learned with others by making their makeup dreams come to reality. I absolutely love being a part of one of the most special moments in a woman's life as well as all of the other beauties that come to get glammed up!

 

So what does the future look like for Meg Bryan? Well, at first, I wanted to be in either LA or NYC being a celebrity makeup artist. But I soon realized that I wanted that title more than the actual position.  Now, I am very excited about opening my own studio in the future along with teaching classes to other aspiring makeup artists. 

 

If I have learned anything so far in my two professional years as a makeup artist is that you are the only one that will hold yourself back.  Do not ever let your age hold you back wether you think you are too young or too old. As an 18 year old, I can say in my experience that there were times when i thought, “well maybe in the future when I’m older”.  But why wait? What is holding one back from everything that is in reach? I always say and remind myself one must be willing to work hard, fail and make mistakes, and grow from it."

- Megan
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Makeup artists are so important! Not only do they know what they're doing and help truly accentuate the beauty of a client, but it helps with a photographer's editing time as well. Working with a makeup artist for any kind of session is completely worth the investment. 

Here are some photos from our shoot!

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Detail Shot Cheat Sheets, literally

I made it one of my goals of 2018 to take more detail shots. Typo Boutique was kind enough to send me a bunch of amazing (and great quality may I add) wedding invitations to practice on. After I received their package, I took a trip to Michael's and threw a bunch of little details to photograph in my cart. Michaels has great sales almost every day so I bought ribbon, plants, and paper. 

Large pieces of paper is a great cheat sheet to use when you don't have a nice white or pretty background to photograph on. A square sheet of paper for small details is great to travel with too!! I definitely recommend checking out your local craft store or to even check out Etsy!

Here's a few photos of my setup/behind the scenes:

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Okay, I forgot to take behind the scene photos when I photographed the wedding invitations, but I did remember to take them when I took detail shots for Her Campus at VCU today! It was basically the exact same set up!

Here's the final product:

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I know you're seeing the same ring, but I only had my cute little pandora ring to practice on!

I know you're seeing the same ring, but I only had my cute little pandora ring to practice on!

Staying Motivated in a Moment of Rejection

Today was a little discouraging - so what?

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There are very few things that excite me more than an inquiry popping up in my inbox, besides really good coffee and seeing my dog when I come home from school. I think I check my school and photography emails more than I check my twitter feed. 

I was waiting at a coffee shop that I haven't tried before.  I wanted to get some stuff done like pay my very overpriced electricity bill and get rid of my amazon bill due to my online shopping addiction. I'd like to say I was pretty productive today. I was also looking forward to meeting a potential bride here today, but I got an email I never like seeing. She found another photographer who was a better fit. That was my moment of discouragement for the day.  Talking to a new client over a cup of coffee was supposed to be the highlight of my day. I could either do two things; be bummed about it and go home or turn this into a learning experience. I took my 5 minutes to feel sorry for myself and then went right back. I ended up staying at the coffee shop sipping a really huge (it was the smallest size) hazelnut latte and what do you know - 3 more wedding opportunities came my way! 

When someone tells you they've decided to go with someone else whether it be a different trainer, mentor, or photographer, take this as an opportunity to learn. How can you use this experience to make your business better? Or your client's experience better? Or even carry yourself differently? If you can't change the situation, then change yourself. I learned that helpful tip from a new podcast. (I'll talk about that later). I wish I could give wiser advice on what to do in the moment of rejection but I'm still learning myself, as a 20 year old student. 

There's a few things that I'd like to improve on as well. I'm working on better tailoring my emails to be more informative and more interesting by starting to create more email templates yet still be able to keep them personable. With that, I'm also creating a client welcome guide! So exciting! The guide is going to be magazine style, including pages on what to expect from a photo session with me, how I describe my shooting and photo style, tips on what to wear to a session, and a bunch more. Every day my goal is to improve one small thing to contribute to the bigger picture, my passion and business. 

As I mentioned, I've been listening to podcasts to help better myself and my business every morning while I do my makeup. Check out "The Daily Boost" or "The Happy Melly Podcast" on spotify for a little inspiration every morning. Check them out for a quick pick me up in the morning, you could even include a motivational podcast on your morning commute!

But anyways, what did I learn today? That this is going to happen to me a bunch of times and the only thing I should take away from rejection is the positives. 

Jasmine is Glowing!

Jasmine & Steven

I met Jasmine through Her Campus at VCU, for some reason we both were excited to sit next to each other at the first meeting even though we've never met before. Well, I'm glad I did! Jasmine's major at VCU is print and online journalism (check out some of her articles). She's written some awesome articles about food - we're both foodies! Jasmine is expecting to graduate in 2019.

Jasmine and Steven have been together 4 years going on 5 and I already know their baby is about to be soooo beautiful. I'm happy I was able to convince her to take these maternity photos! At first, she was a little worried about how they would turn out but now she's glad I made her! There was absolutely nothing to be self conscious about! We were originally supposed to take photos on the rocks at belle isle, but we ended up on a time crunch so we took photos on the rocks behind the parking lot. Yes, the parking lot. It really wasn't the prettiest venue back there but we made it work, and the optimal lighting did my job for me. You can't even tell there's a bunch of busy cars driving over the bridge behind us. That's a photographers job - make the best of what you have. Jasmine brought some super adorable baby converse to the shoot too. She said she's definitely excited to dress him up in cute little clothes. Check out some of their photos!

 

Corin & Adam

December's Wedding

When I heard Corin describe her wedding, I knew it was going to be beautiful and such an amazing day to photograph. A ceremony and reception in a big beautiful barn, very very sparkly bridesmaids dresses (one of my favorite parts) and the color scheme! Throughout the day I learned something special. Corin and Adam have such a strong support system behind them filled with a bunch of awesome people!!

As soon as Corin saw her dad, tears started flowing down her face. I know I'm going to have the same exact reaction when I'm in her position (whenever that day may come.)

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Here's photos from some of my favorite moments

Ashley Luck, Class of 2017

Meet the soon to be graduate who's already starting her career.

Ashley Luck recently did her VCU graduation shoot with me and I'm excited to share a couple facts about her! She's a mass communications major with a concentration in digital journalism, and she chose this major because she loves keeping people informed and telling people's stories. You can tell her love for her major through the photos I'm posting below! She brought her AP style book, journal, and recorder to accompany her at our photoshoot! 

Ashley chose VCU because she's from Richmond and loves the city. She says her favorite thing about her major is getting to meet new people and sharing their stories. Ashley has even scored an awesome gig post-graduation so I'm sure she's ready to be outta here! She's a general assignment for the tidewater review and she will be covering local news for West Point, New Kent County, King William County, and King and Queen County in Virginia. 

Ashley is also a fellow dog lover and coffee addict! Congratulations on making it through college, Ashley!