Looking your Best on your Wedding Day (Part 2)


In our last blog entry, we talked about the first 5 ways to make sure you look your best on your Wedding Day.  Here are a few more to consider:


   6.  Use Waterproof Makeup with Staying Power.  Maybe you don't plan on crying - but just in case - be sure to use a Foundation, Eyeliner and Mascara that are all waterproof.  There will be plenty of hugging and kissing, so your makeup will need to be up to the task, both in its durability and in the way it handles a little bit of tearing.  A little waterproof makeup will help you to avoid the "Alice Cooper" look.

   7.  Keep your Lips moisturized and colored.  Dry lips look dreadful in photos.  Have someone carry your lipstick for you and touch up often.  Matte and gloss lipstick both photograph well, and be sure to use blended lip liner for enhanced definition. 

   8.  Don't Sprinkle on Glitter.  In photographs, because Glitter is shiny, it tends to look like little white spots wherever it's used.  You may want to rethink using it.

   9.  Remember to apply foundation and powder to your neck, shoulders and decolletage - you want your head to look like it belongs to your body!

  10. And don't forget the Groom!   Sure, it's a given that your guy isn't going to be fond of the idea of being "made-up", but a little smoothing of the skin tones prior to his pictures goes a long way toward having a great looking Groom on your arm !



                     You never know when Waterproof Makeup may be needed!



Again, we thank Lorna Gentry for her insights into making your Wedding Day "look" unlike any other!  It's your day to shine, and, remember, we're here to help.  Give us a call, or send us an email! 


Until next time!



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Creative Wedding Photography - Photographing a Wedding under less than ideal conditions

  • Published May 28th, 2012 by Robert Charles Photography
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We all hope for ideal weather when "the big Day" approaches, but sometimes Mother Nature has other plans.  However, less than ideal weather conditions should not be a reason for your Professional Photographer to provide you with less than stellar images that he/she has created for you of your Wedding Day!


Here in Michigan, our "Wedding Season" is usually limited to the months of mid-April through mid-November, and during these 7 months, we are never guaranteed sunny, blue skies on any given Saturday.  And as a Professional Wedding Photographer, I am charged with always capturing images which reflect the glory of a day which may have been planned for months in advance.


This was the case for Theresa and Tony's early March Wedding.  With temperatures in the low 50's and a strong NW wind blowing, Theresa opted for the confines of the church, rather than brave the inclimate out of doors.  Many "weekend warrior" photographers suffer substantial trepidations at the thought of having to photograph an entire wedding in doors. 


We did some creative problem solving and used only existing light to photograph all participants prior to the Ceremony.  Here are some of those images:



   Theresa with her Father



With our "Painter's Touch" FX  


                            Here is our finished Spread Page, created for Theresa's Album



            And her Family Spread Page


Not always will we be able to use the great outdoors as our natural Studio.  Sometimes using the existing light indoors - and molding it creatively - produces equally good results!


See our quick 30 second "Animated Images!" video of Theresa & Tony (below)!


Until next time!


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Engagement Photography - What should I wear?


One of the most overlooked aspects of Engagement Photography is the choice of attire when a couple is to have their Engagement Picture taken.  

Before you roll your eyes and skip ahead to the next post, concluding that this is going to be the most boring topic ever featured in a photography blog, hang in there with me for just a few minutes!  These rules apply anytime you'd like to have a visual impact in a group situation, whether it's in a photograph - or just attending a formal occasion with another person.



              Catrice & Jonathan in formal attire.  Not for you?  Then keep reading, this next section should help!


First, ask your Photographer for some ideas concerning what you should wear for your Engagement Session - and what to avoid.  If he/she stares at you blankly with a "deer in the headlights" look, don't worry.  Just refer back to this blog entry for some helpful tips and suggestions in making your pictures the success they should be.

Here are some quick-hitting bullet points that are hard and fast rules:

   Try to Avoid:

  • checks
  • stripes
  • patterns
  • plaids
  • prints
  • logos
  • "hot" colors
  • shades of green - if your pictures are going to outdoors


Checks, stripes, patterns, plaids, prints and logos cause visual confusion to the person viewing your photograph.  When you add a second person to the mix, it only amplifies the visual clutter.  Remember:  our goal is draw attention to the you - the subject featured in the photograph - not the  clothes you are wearing!

 "Hot" colors are equally distracting.  Reds, Oranges, bright Yellows, Fuscias, etc. are subliminally alarming to someone viewing your Engagement Pictures.  These colors also tend to reflect/bounce discolored light onto your partner, hopelessly discoloring their faces.  Guys:  Leave the red shirt for Tiger Woods to wear on Sunday afternoon at the Masters Golf Tournament.  Don't risk having your fiancee's face look like a freshly cooked lobster.

And if you choose to wear clothes that are predominantly green, you will find yourself undoubtedly clashing with some or most of the folliage surrounding you!  You don't want to "camoflage" yourself by receding into a background of folliage! 




Having eliminated the clothes to avoid, let's take a brief look at what you should wear.

  Do Wear:

  • Whites or off-white shirts
  • neutral colors
  • soft pastels
  • long-sleeved shirts 


White, off-white, and neutral shirt selections will bounce clean light onto your faces.  Your photographer will love you for it.

Since the human eye is naturally attracted to skin tones, large areas of uncovered skin will make it difficult for your portrait viewer to ultimately find your face.  Long sleeved shirts help steer your Portrait viewer to the most important part of the portrait - you!

By following these guidelines for attire, you'll be looking great in your Engagement Portrait - and that's the goal!  


If a conventional Engagement session seems a little too tame, you may want to try this:



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