We wanted our (future) clients to get to know our vendors, so we asked them to write us each a little something. We love collaborating and surrounding ourselves with other artists. Seeing people do what they love to do is really inspiring!
NW Indiana's weather kept us on our toes this spring. Was spring ever going to get here? We had to coordinate everyone's busy schedules and availability of the gowns and check the weather forecast daily and hourly. Somehow we got lucky!
We had the most gorgeous day with a slight breeze and 88 degrees weather for our shoot. At around 2 p.m. everyone came to Carmen's house to get ready. We had created a pinterest board and were all on the same page about the looks we were trying to achieve. We wanted to make sure that Alex (make-up), Brittany (hair) and Charlyn (florist) would be proud of the final look and left them creative freedom.
Our models Mackenzie and Ami were a beautiful canvas to work with, having flawless skin and amazing hair. It was magical to see them transform in front of our eyes. We are always so excited seeing a vision come to life!
When Carmen unzipped the Elaya Vaughn Bridal Bag, she realized that the kimono did not come with a dress, it's an add on piece that can enhance existing gowns. At first we thought we were missing a precious gown. Can anyone else relate to mom brain? Yeah we only freaked out slightly. Since we had two models, we wanted two looks and we remembered that Jamie had a really cute simple chiffon dress that would go perfectly with the kimono. We had a 'make it work' moment in true Tim Gunn Fashion.
Ami, our dark haired model, is also a make-up artist and she was really excited to have a male make-up artist do her make-up. She made a cute vlog which you can check out here! ( Btw. Carmen didn't know Ami was filming and had a crazy day trying to get ready for the shoot and never even did her own make-up that day and definitely didn't feel camera ready...lol! )
Alex has been working and renting a chair at Ben Mollin's Salon in Griffith for many many years. If you want to feel and look as sexy as a Victoria Secret's Model book him for a blowout and/or make-up! He also gives amazing hair cuts. Looking for a simple yet stylish bob haircut? He is your man!
Check out his website www.foxybyalexgarcia.com or give him a call 219-805-7368 or reach out to his assistant Michelle 219-644-9048.
Around 4:30 p.m. we drove over to the Crown Point Fairgrounds and set up shop. Finishing touches were applied on the models while we set up. The wild flowers looked so beautiful, we moved the tent away from the other props for a little while. It looked as if the tent belonged there, under the trees illuminated by the sunlight.
We all had a blast! Alex is so fun and easy to work with! We are happy he recommended Brittany as the hair stylist because she also has a great personality and we all got along so well! Apparently we all share a Dunkin Coffee addiction. Jamie made a Coffee/Iced Tea run to make sure our blood sugars didn't drop...ha ha!
Ami is an amazing make-up artist herself but we needed her as a model for this shoot. We were so thrilled she said YES, even though we knew she was a bit nervous about it. She has such a strong look and is super photogenic...and she has luscious hair!
Carmen had photographed Mackenzie's sister a few years ago and was happy to photograph Mackenzie a couple of times before. That's how we knew she'd be perfect for this shoot!
Charlyn's flowers tied it all together. She doesn't need much direction, she knew what flowers to buy and how to arrange them to give us the effortless vibe we were looking for. Charlyn is amazing to work with, always there to help and fun to be around. She books up quickly for weddings, so you better hurry if you want one of the most amazing florists in NW Indiana for your wedding! You can contact her through her website www.charlynsfloral.com or facebook.
When we felt like we captured everything we wanted to do, we had Ami and Mackenzie change outfits to give them a few images that are not bridal. Mackenzie is a Class of 2016 Senior, so those images make a great addition to her other senior portraits.
We made a little slideshow - enjoy watching!
FYI, those gladiator sandals are from Target! We all want a pair now!
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Much love and keep dreaming!
- Carmen & Jamie
P.S. Special thanks to our babysitters Tammy, Araceli and Debbie for taking care of our kids, so we could really enjoy this afternoon! And for my friend Lisa lending us the cool deer skull and antlers.