Monday, January 25, 2010

Making the most of Photo Shoot Makeup

Model-Milanya Maria
Makeup and Hair-Lori Nansi

Ladies this past weekend i have done alot of thinking about how important it is to make sure our makeup is fabulous and suits the type of photo session we are taking part in..from corporate headshots to your wedding day... We need to pay close attention to detail, Photos have such an impact in our every day and also in building memories for a lifetime to enjoy and share with others...

Investing in good products and brushes is very helpful but in the case that you dont know how to use the products you have invested in, your in trouble..and the brushes sit...and the makeup goes unused until you find yourself one day marking it down at your garage sale or giving away to a close friend or daughter...

Think first, If you are not a makeup person..But want to look your best in all photos that are for proffesional or personal sessions. Hire a Pro makeup artist...
Makes much more sense to sit back and allow someone with the skills and products and brushes to take over and do the job!

Some of my services inlcude but are by no means limited to

Bridal makeup
Special Events
Boudoir sessions
Modeling shoots
Actors Head shots
Corporate headshots
Sweet sixteen

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Before & After

Photographed By West End Portraits
Model-Lauren Ashley Brown
Makeup -Lori Nansi

Hello Everyone!

Here is a little something to motivate some of us who may think having a makeup artist isnt going to make a difference!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Tips On Grooming the Brows

Well groomed brows are an integral part to great looking eye makeup. The hair of the brows varies from person to person. Different hair types mean different hair structure all over the body and this includes the hair of your eyebrows. Your genes would dictate how full, how sparse, how curly, how straight and how long your eyebrows would be. And this in turn would affect how you would treat with them.

Grooming your eyebrows correctly lifts your face and gives it structure. Follow these steps to beautifully framed eyes!

1. Look at your eyebrows. Don't criticise them. Just take a look. You want to emphasise their natural shape; the eyebrows you were born with in most cases already have the perfect shape. No matter your eyebrow shape, it should in accordance with the other features of your face. Use a pencil or a small ruler to help with this.

The beginning of the brow should line up with the edge of your nostril.
The highest point of the brow should be in line with your pupil.
The end of the brow should be the end of a straight line from the edge of your nostril to the outer corner of the eye to the end of the brow.
2. Using a mascara wand or lash and brow brush, comb the brows straight up. Then with a cuticle scissors, trim the excess hairs. You would know the hair is excess as it falls outside the natural shape of the brow.

3. Brush the brows out to the temples so that the hairs lie down in a natural way.

Plucking: Using a tweezers, pluck out the stray hairs underneath the brow. Hold the strand of hair firmly at the base and pluck it out quickly. It is important to pluck the hair out according to the natural growth direction.

Waxing: Heat up the wax for at least 15 minutes or until the wax runs smoothly and has no tendrils when lifted out of the pot. Adjust the temperature to the lowest setting for about 5 minutes. This is important so that the heat of the wax would not burn the delicate skin of the eyebrows. Using a small orange stick, dip it into the wax and blow on it. Apply a very small bead to the hairs you would like to remove. Spread the bead along the hairs to be removed. Press a strip of brown cotton or muslin firmly against the wax and with one swift motion, pull against the natural hair growth.

Shaving: Please put down the razor blade or run far away from the barber. Those who shave eyebrows generally shave them until there is only a thin line. The hair begins to grow back after 3 days anyway so why go through that hassle when the results don't last? With plucking and waxing, you can make appointments 2 - 4 weeks apart.

Even with the perfect shape, gaps in the brows may need to be filled in. This can be done with the appropriate colour in a powder, gel or pencil. Shades of brown and taupe are most appropriate for most brows. Please note that on no occasion for day to day wear do black brows ever work.

To fill in your brows with a brow pencil, apply in short feathery strokes that mimic hair strands. Buff out any harsh lines with a mascara wand or lash and brow comb. If you use brow gel or powder, apply with a small stiff angle brush and make short feathery strokes. Be sure to buff out harsh lines.

As a finishing touch, you can apply a clear mascara to fix the eyebrows and keep the hairs in place.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Pre Marital Counseling. Why Its Important!

Erin Morey, LMFT, LLC


I am a licensed marriage and family therapist through the state of Virginia and the District of Columbia. I hold a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and have completed Doctorate-level coursework in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and a member of both the Middle Atlantic Division of the AAMFT and the Virginia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Further, I am a Certified Prepare/Enrich Counselor, a program designed with an assessment to help couples prepare for marriage and/or improve their relationships. I also volunteer as a Provider for Give an Hour, a non-profit organization providing free mental health services to U.S. troops and their families.


I have provided family systems therapy to individuals, couples, and families for five years. I specialize in premarital and newly married couples however, for the past two years, my practice has focused largely on working with couples to enrich their relationships at all stages. My experience includes assisting couples to improve their communication skills, problem solving skills, conflict-resolution, emotional reactivity, trust following infidelity or substance abuse, stress management, intimacy, and emotional connectedness.

I have also conducted individual and group therapeutic services with students and their families in three local high schools in Virginia. My experience with therapeutic services cover a variety of clinical problems such as trauma, anxiety, individual psychological problems, relationship problems, behavior problems, school truancy, substance abuse, job readiness, and child-parent problems, just to name a few. I worked with limited closeness to school staff such as guidance counselors, teachers, security, school nurse, and administrators to effectively assist students while at the same time strongly upholding their rights to confidential services.

In the past, I have worked as a family counselor, for Youth Villages, a non-profit agency providing home-based therapy to adolescents and their families in Washington, DC. I used systemic models of therapy to include empirically-based Multisystemic Therapy (MST) to provide intensive home-based services. I developed and implemented interventions to focus on the family, child, school, community, and peer groups. I worked to creatively combine structural and strategic models of treatment with the MST model to adequately provide interventions which are more parent-focused bringing change throughout the family, school, community, and peers. I worked hard to assist at-risk youth who presented with concerns such as trauma, teen pregnancy, runaway behaviors, drug abuse, crime, violence, illegal behaviors, truancy, parent-adolescent conflict, psychological disorders such as depression, Bipolar disorder, suidical ideation, parental separation and divorce, stepfamily issues, legal involvement, and out-of-home placements. I worked collaboratively with all community service providers involved with the client to work in the best interest of each child and family.

Before this very challenging work, I held two internships in Connecticut working as a marriage and family therapist intern.

Education and Training

I hold a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University in Connecticut. I also hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a double major in Communication and Media Studies from Fordham University in New York. Following my master education, I completed three Doctoral courses, “Families in Crisis”, “Play Therapy and Family Therapy with Children”, and “Family Therapy and Psychopathology” from Northcentral University.

I have completed trainings in Multisystemic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing, which have added to the training I had already received in my bachelors and masters education. I have trained and become certified as a Prepare/Enrich Counselor to fully meet the needs of couples and families in today’s society. Further, I have been trained to administer, score, and clinically interpret the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI), which allows me to determine the next level and type of care necessary to adequately treat or support a client (adolescent or adult) who presents with a substance use problem, substance abuse problem, or a substance dependence problem. Other trainings include, but are not limited to, learning and implementing alternative parenting strategies to physical discipline, and treating clients presenting with intellectual disabilities. I continually attend trainings as I believe in the importance of completing trainings regularly to stay knowledgeable and effective in the ever-changing field of therapy.

Approaches to Counseling-
I believe in the importance of approaching treatment with you uniquely as you and your specific situation is unique.
I work to not align with one person, rather I focus on the system (i.e. family, couple) to assess where the patterns are going wrong, how the problems are being maintained in that system, and where the patterns can be interrupted or altered for positive changes.
I work hard to assist in the repairing and reconnecting that may save your relationship.
I work realistically and respect your perspectives. If repair and reconnecting is found to not be possible, I will work with you through the appropriate next steps for all involved.

Contact Erin-Email:
Phone: 240.565.5264


1313 Vincent Place

McLean, Virginia 22101

I want to share this very important information to newly engaged couples and newlyweds and ofcourse all others.Since I work in the Wedding Business, my desire is that everyone gets off to a wonderful 2010! I hope you all enjoy the following Information.
P.S. Erin Morey is truly Wonderful! You have my word.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Boudoir Special With Photographer Brooke Bready

OMG! I’m so excited about this! And I think this is the perfect way to start the year! With Valentines coming up in only a few weeks why not surprise your special one… and yourself for some pampering and photo shoot! I’m working with make-up artist Lori Nansi and together we are making beautiful sexy images!

The makeover includes full face makeup and light hair styling done by professional makeup artist Lori, she has been in the business for over 10 years and knows what she’s doing her make-up includes the “party lashes” which last up for 3 days. And if your self-conscious about tattoos or scars Lori can air brush your make-up which makes a SIGNIFICANT difference in covering them ($25 more for airbrushed make-up). Want a tan? That too can be airbrushed (ask for details).

I’m ready for each and every one of you, who are thinking you “might” want to do a boudoir session and are hesitant. It is FUN because I make it that way. Boudoir photographs are not always nude and in most cases never are. You can wear as much clothes as you want and you will still look sexy! Sessions are done on location so that you can feel more at ease in your own enviroment and if you like have a friend come that’s great! I have an assortment of packages as well as à la carte pricing (we got framed prints, albums, calender’s and more!).

Also, for all you military women and cancer survivors, there is a 10% discount… you deserve it!

Please check out this Valentine's Day special from Photographer Brooke Bready.

Don't miss out!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Wedding Boudoir Photography Trend

Thinking of surprising the groom with a peek at your passionate side? Read on for details on this hot new wedding photography trend.

...This was my weddingGift. I left my beautifully wrapped photos in my fiance's suite with instructions to open before leaving for the ceremony. He Whispered "I LOVE them," during the vows. TheyWorked.

You may have heard of one of the latest trends in wedding photography. Hint: It involves the bride wearing a lot less than her gown. Boudoir photography is definitely gaining popularity among to-be brides, but what's it really all about? Find out whether these risque pics are for right you.

So, what is boudoir photography exactly?
Boudoir photography is a sexy new trend that's especially popular as a wedding day gift from a bride to her groom. Boudoir photos are usually taken wearing either just a little, or well, nothing at all. They're hardly X-rated though, but rather PG-13 -- as in classic pinup-inspired pics, or what the pros call 'implied nudes.' That means you're not wearing anything, but you're also not showing off anything either (think shot from the back, or lying on your stomach).

Who will take my pictures?
Many wedding photographers have embraced this trend -- your shutterbug may offer this as an additional service. An added bonus of going with a pro: Many brides like to have the best of their boudoir photos bound in a mini album just for their hubby, a service many wedding photographers are able to arrange. In some cities, you may also be able to find services that specialize in boudoir photography. While the shots you get may not be as high quality as those of a high-end wedding photographer, there can be other perks --like closets full of potential wardrobe items or props.

When should I schedule the session?
If you're spending time and money on an exercise and beauty routine, you may want to wait until a week or so before the wedding to show off the results. Plus, a fun and pampering photo shoot is a good way to indulge and take some time out from wedding planning. Though you might be inclined arrange for the session on the morning of your wedding, resist the urge. For one, you're not likely to feel very sultry if the rain clouds looming over your outdoor ceremony site are the first thing on your mind. Second, do you really want your to-be mother-in-law walking in on you while you're posing in just your veil? Stick with a separate shoot so you'll have time to really feel comfortable and get some great shots.

How long does it take?
Though it depends on the package you choose, your boudoir photo session will probably last about two hours. Why so long? It takes time for hair and makeup, plus the additional lighting setup. It may also take you a little while to relax. Most brides aren't used to lounging around wearing little, if any, clothing in front of the camera, so your first few shots will likely look a bit stiff.

What does it cost?
Cost varies considerably -- do a little investigating before you commit to a vision of what you want. Multiple set changes, renting props, or simply time spent can add up quickly. If you can add a private session onto your wedding package, you may be able to get a better deal than if you go with a different wedding photographer. The real key, of course, is whether you gel with your photographer -- if you don't feel comfortable, it will show on camera.

Where should I have it done?
Talk with your photographer to come up with the best location. Many photographers may be able to do a photo session in a studio. Another popular site is a posh hotel room. Your own home or a borrowed home is another option. The main key is to get an okay from your photographer on the locale -- a number of different backgrounds for poses are important, and they'll also need lots of natural light.

What should I wear?
The most important thing -- choose outfits that make you feel sexy. A good rule of thumb: Bring something white, something black, and something in a bright color so you can mix and match. A corset will create sexy curves. In addition to lingerie, don't forget shoes, jewelry, and that engagement ring.

Should I bring anyone along?
Though you don't want to turn your shoot into a three-ring circus, it's a good idea to bring a friend. Why? You'll feel more at ease if you can make a few jokes with a pal, plus she may be able to help with suggestions. Another idea: Bring a bottle of bubbly. A little champagne may help loosen things up. You'll be posing like a pro in no time -- but of course, this is a one-time-only exclusive for a very special audience (your very lucky groom).

-- Kate Wood