Makeup Artist Feature | Kristen Clemons Artistry
 

Kristen is one of our preferred Makeup and hair artists that will be at your shoot to get you all glammed up and camera ready. I wanted to introduce you to her so you can get a glimpse of her work and get get to know her a little bit before your shoot and stalk her work! 

Tell us about you
I'm Kristen Clemons, I am a licensed cosmetologist and a certified makeup artist. I have been specializing in hair and makeup for weddings, photo shoots and special events for over 3 years. I have been in the beauty industry for over 10 years. I absolutely love making people feel beautiful and enhancing their natural beauty.

Are you in full glam mode everyday?
Not everyday! When I’m working I try to do a glam makeup look. When I’m not working I’m running errands with a messy bun, and no makeup on.

What is your "go to" look for your own hair and makeup routine?
My “go to” look is soft beachy waves for my hair, and a brown copper smoky eye, winged eye liner, and matte lip for my makeup.

What is your favorite boudoir makeup look?
My favorite boudoir makeup look is a dramatic smoky eye with a nude glossy lip. In these shoots the client’s eyes are what draw you in so I like them to be the star.

Working with a wide variety of clients, how do you manage different skin tones and hair textures?
In my kit I carry an array of skincare products along with a wide range of foundation and eyeshadow colors. This ensures that I have products that will compliment all skin types and tones. The same applies for hair. I carry with me a number of hair products and tools that will allow me to style all different hair types.

What are your top 3 favorite products?
These are some of my favorite makeup and hair products. Dermalogica skin smoothing moisturizer is my all time favorite product. This is great for all skin types and is light but very moisturizing. I prep all of my clients with this before applying makeup. Tarte shape tape concealer is another favorite. This concealer works great and comes in an array of shades. Lastly, I love the Kenra dry texture spray. This product helps create volume in the hair, and is perfect for those beachy waves.

If you could tell your clients anything before their boudoir session, what would it be?
I would tell my clients to come with a fresh face and an open mind. My job is to help them relax. Having the client come with a fresh face allows them to not stress about having to wake up early to put on a touch of makeup. It allows them to sit back and sip champagne while I create their desired look. I say an open mind because this is a special experience, and as I still want them to feel like themselves, I want them to not be afraid to try false lashes, airbrush or do that smoky eye they have always wanted.

Where can someone find you for services other than boudoir?
I love doing hair and makeup for boudoir sessions, but I also do hair and makeup for weddings and special events.  

Website: www.KristenCArtistry.com 
FB page: Facebook.com/KristenCArtistry 
Instagram: @Kristenc.artistry
Email: KristenCArtistry@gmail.com

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Why Boudoir? | Northern Virginia Boudoir Photography
 

I get asked a lot, “Why boudoir? Why would women want to do something like this?”

And I don’t have a “cut to the chase” short answer for that, only because Boudoir photography is so much more than beautiful portraits.  I sometimes say the photographs are actually the souvenir of your experience. An AMAZING souvenir, I must add.

I can’t say enough the importance of self-acceptance.  This doesn’t mean you have to be complacent of who you are and how you view yourself.  That’s an easy way out, sure.  But there’s always room for improvement whether it’s mentally, emotionally or physically, BUT you MUST love yourself along the way.

Changing yourself physically whether through a rigorous workout out routine and diet or going under the knife, none of that will matter until you change how you talk to yourself, treat yourself and view yourself. And being someone whose done all the diets and the workouts and I’ve realized that for myself, the reason they don’t stick is because I haven’t trained my mind to love and accept myself.  And that’s what the last 3 years have looked like for me.

I wrote a post about self-love last year after I went on a trip to Mexico with some friends and how that trip really helped me work through some self-negativity.  I actually wore shorts and shirts without sleeves – something I’ve NEVER done! And something else that stuck out in my mind was this instance I walked with my friend to a little shop at the pool with no cover up coming straight from the pool. I remember standing in that shop with just my bathing suit and feeling so exposed and embarrassed of my gigantic thighs, but there were other people walking freely in their bikinis with bodies like mine. I wasn’t judging them, I was actually in awe of them because of how confident they seemed and I wanted to be that too.

It’s been 3 years of baby steps to changing my perspective. By all means I am still a work in progress, but instead of bashing myself for taking this long,  I have to celebrate the milestones along the way. It’s the journey not the destination, right?

2 years ago, after some self-discoveries and realizations, I celebrated myself with my own boudoir session, big thighs and all, and I never felt so powerful.

All that to say, boudoir is a celebration of YOU, no matter where you are in your life. Women do this to change their negative self-perceptions and to learn to love themselves unconditionally. And to see themselves in way that others see them.  Plus who doesn’t want to get glammed out and where lingerie (or nothing) and feel beautiful?

The first photo on the right page is the photo sneak peek from my photographer and right away, I started bashing and loathing my thighs. But after looking at this photo more and more, I couldn’t help but see a confident, powerful and sexy woman in that photograph and because of boudoir photography, I was able to see that… FINALLY!

I'm so glad I did this boudoir shoot for myself because not only am I look back and remind myself of what I babe I am, but it also highlights a special time in my life and I'll always remember that time with this session. Thank you to my friend and awesome Atlanta boudoir photographer, Sarah of Own Boudoir. 

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She felt like she wasn’t “enough” to be sexy | Washington DC Boudoir Photography
 

Ms. N’s boudoir session in the Washington DC studio reminded me a lot of this quote from C. JoyBell C. I came across:

“There are two things we should always be 1. raw and 2. ready. When you are raw, you are always ready and when you are ready you usually realize that you are raw. Waiting for perfection is not an answer, one cannot say "I will be ready when I am perfect" because then you will never be ready, rather one must say "I am raw and I am ready just like this right now, how and who I am.”

Women often tell they aren’t sexy enough, pretty enough, skinny enough or any of the “enoughs.” And I get it, I catch myself saying these things. What will it take to finally realize that you are enough? That’s it, you’re enough for anything.

Now, I can get super preachy when it comes to a topic like perfection, but I will hold out and save that for another blog post!

Until then, I want you see what Ms. N’s session was like straight from her:

I've always felt like I wasn't "enough" to be sexy. I felt parts of me weren't big enough to be sexy, other parts weren't small enough to be sexy. I felt like I never grew out of the "girl" stage, and even had trouble thinking of myself as a "woman." I thought everyone saw me in one specific way, and I wanted to show there was another side to me, even if I was the only one to know that side existed. I finally realized that I am enough, just the way I am. It's not about the clothing measurements that make you feminine or sexy. I became interested in boudoir a couple of years ago and decided to do it as a 25th birthday gift to myself. It was time to feel like a grown ass woman!

Once I decided I wanted to do a session, I looked into a lot of photographers in NoVA. After looking at Julie's portfolio and reading client reviews, as well as her website in general, I knew she was the photographer I wanted to schedule my shoot with. Other photographer's pictures looked very posed, unnatural, and heavily photoshopped. Julie's photos look as if she captured moments in your very own home. I loved how she explained everything on her website, and I was sold after reading reviews that said how helpful she was walking you through the entire process. Everything from the initial email and consult, outfit choices and posing, to picking up your album is perfectly orchestrated by Julie.

My biggest fear was that my pictures would look posed and awkward. After all, posing in front of a camera can be daunting to begin with, let alone posing in your undies! I was worried that I would let my insecurities take over my session, and that those insecurities would be reflected in my pictures. Julie was amazing because she walks you through every pose along the way (and cheers you on as you do it!) After just a few minutes I was totally at ease, and following Julie's lead. I wasn't worried about if the poses were "flattering" or showing off my "good side," I just trusted Julie's expertise!

One of my favorite parts of my session took me by surprise: the posing! I was worried about looking silly in my pictures, but Julie cheered me along after every picture. I loved when in between shots when I would naturally shift/readjust how I was standing or sitting, Julie would catch it, and say, "wait! I love how you did that! Do it again!" and snap a picture.

My other favorite part was when I first got to the studio and showed Julie what I had brought to wear. I brought a couple of options I liked and some accessories, but I wasn't sure how to pair them. I loved seeing Julie's vision blend with what i had brought when she paired my outfits with stuff she had in the closet of her studio.

Do it for you. If you spend all of your time worrying about this spot or that thing you don't see as "perfect," you'll never see how truly amazing you really are. Don't wait until you've lost x pounds, don't do it for your man's birthday. Do it now. For you. You're stunning exactly how you are. You are enough. There is nothing wrong with wanting to do this for YOU. It doesn't mean you're vain, it means you finally realize you're worth it.

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Professional Makeup Matters | Washington DC Boudoir Photography
 

Makeup for everyday

The alarm goes off in the morning, and usually the around the third alarm, I finally get out of bed and go through my getting ready routine. Typically consisting of:  shower, dry hair, face, get dressed and then I’m out the door to the Washington DC boudoir studio. And I’d say that routine is a whopping 45 minutes, sometimes 30 if I don’t dry my hair. I’m all about maximizing my sleep time. I need all the sleep, y’all!

For my face, it’s literally just enough CC cream to even out my skin tone, filling and shaping my brows with brow powder and pencil and mascara and lip stuff – gloss if I’m feelin’ fancy. 

While this is “made up” for me, it’s not a face that’s ready for camera. Mostly because the camera needs a little more contrast and color to make a “made up” face look like I actually even did anything so I would have to apply it heavier and hopefully with a bit more technique, or just have a makeup pro do it for me instead.

And this is the very reason I include hair and makeup in all boudoir sessions!

Pro makeup for camera

If you’re like me and most clients coming in for their boudoir session, I’d much rather have a pro apply it as they know exactly how to apply for boudoir photography shoots , specifically for my face shape, and they know what colors will look best with my skin tone and outfits. But it’s also apparent that they just do a much better job and I often hear “can I just hire you to do my hair and makeup every day?” Livin’ that Kardashian life, girl!

Pro makeup artists are knowledgeable in the techniques, products, tools and just the artistry of it and that is why I include pro makeup application with faux lashes for every boudoir client. Not to mention, they make my retouching workflow a breeze!

The levels of makeup intensity for boudoir

We all have our preferences when it comes to makeup application and more often than not, most clients want to look like a more glammed version of themselves. So to make sure we’re all on the same page as far as your expectations go, I’ve created a handy guide you will see on the day of your session for you to let the MUA know your comfort level when it comes to makeup application.

Why does it matter?

Because it does! Ha!

No, really, because the work you see in the website, Instagram and the blog all have a specific look that I work closely on with my artist, as I do have a certain way I like for makeup to photograph and also so you feel absolutely amazing with the results. 

I want your boudoir experience to be stress free, so having hair and makeup applied before your shoot leaves out that stress of having to find a makeup artist yourself or you applying your own. Your job is to sit back, relax and enjoy yourself.

So leave the makeup part to us, we got you!

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Friday Introduction: Yours Truly | Washington DC Boudoir Photography
 

As I sit here in the Washington DC loft boudoir studio, writing about myself always feels so pretentious but it’s a necessary thing especially in this genre photography. You’re going to want to know whose photographing you in your undies, amirite?

I’ll keep it simple though mostly because I’m a pretty simple lady.

I could start off by saying I walked out of my mother’s womb with a camera in hand and it’s my passion since I could remember and while that all might be true, I never once thought I’d turn my obsession for capturing everything I could think of into a career that I love – because let’s be real, that’s where is all started – I do have millions of photos of my dog doing nothing, thankyouverymuch.

It’s no doubt that I love taking photos mostly because I’m a sucker for the nostalgia of looking through old memories and having those memories evoke a feeling from that time. But it wasn’t until I discovered boudoir photography where I learned that the photographs we take from your session is just the proof of your experience of finally accepting yourself or in a lot of cases, discovering that side of you that you’ve always known was there, you just have never seen her.

So what am I trying to say here?

Sure, I’m a photographer. But the meat of it all – is helping women discover themselves. Abolishing those negative self-perceptions. You deserve to feel confident, to feel beautiful because damn it, you are enough and you deserve to feel all the good things! When you FINALLY FEEL those things, that’s when you start to BELIEVE them.

So who am I when I’m not photographing bad ass babes all day, you ask?

Well, I’ll tell you … in a bulleted list fashion so you can check off the ones that make us best friends:

  • I reside in a small petting zoo consisting of 2 rescued kitties and 2 rescued coonhound mixes. The kitties are Bob & Baby Kitty and the pups are Stella Bean & Goose.  The pups are actual sisters from the same litter but adopted 9 months apart. It’s a funny story, I’ll tell you about it sometime.
  • The Husband and I have dreams of owning a small acreage of land one day so I can have more rescued animals. The animals part might be more my dream though.
  • I like to travel any chance I get. I’ll go anywhere now that my fear of flying has subsided. I like to experience different cultures but also visit any island or beach for some R & R.
  • I can’t be gracious in front of a camera. Regular portrait shoots, or looking “normal” in front of a camera always evokes in straight goofiness. I’m more comfortable as the subject in a boudoir setting than a regular portrait. Is that weird?
  • I’m a Capricorn and I fit that profile. I’m not that serious all the time though, I promise. Go ahead, look it up.  
  • My favorite crystal is rose quartz because it is the stone for strengthening the heart on all levels and it holds the energy vibration of unconditional love and compassion for yourself and others. Lawwwd knows I need all the self-love the universe can give me! I can be a little woo-woo like that.
  • Soda, specifically coke, is my kryptonite.
  • I’m not much of an alcoholic drink kind of gal mostly because I can’t metabolize alcohol like everybody else. But I do fine with Prosecco.
  • My favorite place to have breakfast is Waffle House. Don’t judge.
  • I’m in a black and white phase and am drawn to anything black and white or neutral in general.
  • I love meeting new people and attending social gatherings, but I draw my energy from having time alone. My introvert game is on point.
  • Carnival rides kind of freak me out. If it packs up and is towed away to another city then I’m not getting on it.
  • I love the hustle and bustle of the city and I love the wide open country, the struggle of finding that perfect balance is real!
  • I totally believe in ghosts and the paranormal. Scary movies and ghost shows are my jam.
  • I’m equally fascinated and in awe of the ocean and terrified of it at the same time.
  • I hate coffee.

So tell me about you – more importantly … do you like waffle house?

 

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