Frozen Snow Queen – Sarah

Before and After Professional Hair and Makeup

Frozen Snow Queen

By Heidi Denney

Our Very Own Frozen Snow Queen

Sarah is one of our photographers and we often call on her to do some crazy shoots! When we mentioned shooting in a blizzard, she hopped right on it. And she proved to be a truly frozen snow queen! Despite the cold and wind and snow, she went bare skin in some cases to get these amazing images. Then tromped through knee-high snow to get down to the frozen river and canopy of trees where it snowed so heavily that we had to clear an inch of snow off our lights every 15-20 minutes. Craziness! And so worth it.

Hair & makeup by Elise O’Mara of Top Level Salon.

How did we get that?

We hitched our popup backdrop to a stand, then held it from blowing around while we photographed to get the black background and natural snow. The image with the hood and glowing snow was created by back-lighting the snow with our speedlites. And under the canopy of trees where you can see the light streaming down on her? Speedlites again.

Behind The Scenes Gallery

Frozen Snow Princess – Bella & Lily

Frozen Snow Princess (or Two) Brave The Blizzard

These frozen snow princesses take the cake on risking their lives for a photo shoot! It was a blizzardy day which we knew was coming. We wanted to shoot in the snow so we put out notice on our Facebook page, asking for anyone interested in braving the conditions for some unique portraits. These girls (and their mom) drove over an hour in the thick of the blizzard to get to us! And we were so happy they did. Lenses freezing over, lights getting buried in snow falling faster than we could keep up with and our car stuck halfway into Walgreens parking lot was ALL worth it. We were just happy when we knew they were home safe again after. 🙂

Style Wars 2014 Salon Contest – Estetica Salon

Before and After Professional Hair and Makeup

Salon Wars Salon Contest

By Heidi Denney

Salon Contest Entry

Connie DeStefano and Elizabeth Bevilacqua from Estetica Salon were one of the teams that entered our salon competition, Style Wars, and their attention to detail was amazing! They transformed Samantha from the girl next door to a super model. Samantha isn’t a professional model but she should be! Just look at her awesomeness!

What is Style Wars and why did we create it?

We love crazy, conceptual looks but not all of our everyday clients are into that. So we created the Style Wars competition for hair & makeup artists so we could fulfill our creative desires and connect with the leading hair & makeup artists in our area. 2014 was the first year of this annual competition and it was a huge success! If you’re a hair or makeup artist and want to be involved in the Style Wars, watch our site for registration which opens September 1. If you’re a model (or aspiring model) and would like to model for a team in the Style Wars, contact us and we’ll put your name out there to the teams. If you’re a person who loves fashion and a night out on the town, watch for our reveal event where you can vote on your favorite look, enjoy food and drinks and night out with friends.

Behind The Scenes Gallery

Style Wars 2014 Salon Contest – Emily Giskin & Deb Sandford

Before & After Professional Hair & Makeup

Style Wars Salon Contest

By Heidi Denney

Salon Contest Entry

Emily Giskin and Deb Sandford were one of the teams that entered our salon competition, Style Wars, and they blew us away! They transformed Bridget into a high end, couture model. While watching them work their magic, we were itching to get started photographing her! Combined with our favorite hotel room location at Hotel Duncan, this shoot landed in our top 10 favs!

What is Style Wars and why did we create it?

We love crazy, conceptual looks but not all of our everyday clients are into that. So we created the Style Wars competition for hair & makeup artists so we could fulfill our creative desires and connect with the leading hair & makeup artists in our area. 2014 was the first year of this annual competition and it was a huge success! If you’re a hair or makeup artist and want to be involved in the Style Wars, watch our site for registration which opens September 1. If you’re a model (or aspiring model) and would like to model for a team in the Style Wars, contact us and we’ll put your name out there to the teams. If you’re a person who loves fashion and a night out on the town, watch for our reveal event where you can vote on your favorite look, enjoy food and drinks and night out with friends.

 

Behind The Scenes Gallery

Studios! Dance Portraits of Your Best Dancers

Dance photography is one of our specialties, ranging from costume portraits to audition and performance photos. We are dancers ourselves! So we love finding that perfect combination of two arts – dance and photography. Many of our bigger schools will book a photo shoot for their ensemble or company dancers and we’ve had some amazing results! These customized, fashion styled photo shoots really show off your students’ talent and are great for marketing and branding your studio. Give us a call to discuss what we can do for you! 860-295-8444

Winter Formal Photographs – Friends

Friends and Fun In The Snow

Winter Formal Photographs

By Heidi Denney

 These Girls Loved Their Winter Formal Photographs

These girls are the best of friends. When we arrived for their photo shoot before their Winter Formal Dance, there was much makeup touchup, giggling and smiling happening. It was a cold evening that promised snow so we started inside their beautiful home and then braved the cold for some amazing photographs in the snow! Using our lights, we were able to transform the afternoon light into something more like night, making the snow glow as it fell all around the girls. They shivered and huddled and laughed. In the end, we sent them off to the dance feeling amazing after their fashion styled Winter formal photographs.