…you meet someone. You establish wonderful rapport. Really become fond of one another over a period of a couple months or so.
Through your interactions, you get to know a little bit about this person’s insecurities, their strengths, their dreams, their hopes, their fears….and you strengthen this bond by helping them conquer some of those fears and by helping them rediscover their unique beauty.
just like that…
it’s all over.
Wouldn’t that just suck?
Trust me, it does.
As a boudoir photographer who makes an effort to really get to know her clients and build relationships with them, it’s sad to say, but that’s often my reality. Once our shoot is done, the images have been edited, and the albums delivered, there’s usually no reason to stay in touch really, even though we both may want to.
Now, I’m pretty fortunate – I have established friendships with some women I shot years ago. And they refer friends and acquaintances to me and we keep in touch that way…but it’s not the same as being together in the same room, enjoying one another’s company, AND having fun doing girl stuff! So, finally, after thinking about doing this for what feels like forever, I went ahead, and with the help of two very talented ladies, organized and hosted the first of LIBoudoirPhotography.com’s Women’s Night Out events. It was so much fun! And when I asked the participants if we should do it again, the response was a unanimous YES!!
Enter Fashion, Makeup, Food, and Fun!
Here’s a snapshot of how it all went down…
One of our lovely ladies agreed to serve as our play thing–aka our model–for the event. She was instructed to arrive in jeans and a white tank top. Then we’d play dress up. The makeup artist and stylist were tasked with first creating an attractive daytime look for our model, and then in front of all guests, transforming her with a dramatic and bold nighttime look.
They nailed it!
I, for one, learned more about makeup application in this single session than…well….ever! Ha! We learned:
- Dab and never, never, ever swipe eyeshadow (oops!)
- How to use common tools like scotch tape to create a perfect cat eye and prevent falling eyeshadow specks from ruining your look (Who knew?!)
- That you can and should layer blush over bronzer (I’m the bright student who asked about that one to which the answer was “Of course!” I guess everyone else knew about that one already?!)
- And the importance of blending, blending, blending, and…you get the idea.
Cynthia Toranzo – the makeup artist – was great at demonstrating application, and then showing her must-have tools to the guests (Soooo, what exactly does a blending brush look like Cynthia?)
And our model was super fabulous – walking from guest to guest and showing up close what the makeup artist had done to transform her look.
Lots of oohs and aahs and statements of enlightened surprise like: “Well, color me purple!” (Or, to be honest, other things to that effect :P)
Then everyone got the opportunity to ask the makeup artist questions about their specific characteristics. Cynthia was so so graceful and willing to share tips with everyone. (Thank you Cynthia!)
After the makeup, stylist Jessica Banda dazzled us with three beautiful outfit transformations on our model in the span of about 15 minutes! We learned the importance of accessorizing, accessorizing, accessorizing! After the transformation, it was eye-opening to note that the confident, beautiful woman standing there was the very same natural beauty who’d stepped into the space not one hour before! Hmmmm….(Thank you Jessica!)
The demonstration over, we proceeded to have some fun: anyone who was courageous enough stepped onto my set and we shot new FB profile pics! Some posed with their friends, others alone, but in all cases I worked with each person until I had a fab shot to share! It was so great to see women supporting and cheering each other on. Ahhhh, this is what I had envisioned all along!
I’m happy to share that we ended the night with hugs, smiles, and those beautiful words, “til next time!”
And at least for this photographer, those words are sooooo much better than “Good bye.”
Looking forward to springtime!!!
PS our next event is Thursday May 22nd on “Mastering Hot Summertime style”