I originally was going to base this article on my years of trial and error, and then out of nowhere it occurred to me that I should step out of the box and ask a really talented photographer her point of view. Although we work toward the same goal with our brides, we do our own things, and they enhance each other, but how wonderful would it be if we communicated more and made our jobs easier, made the bride look her absolute best, and learned more appreciation of one another.
We are waist deep in wedding season here in Charleston, the number two wedding destination in the country, with over 70 weddings taking place each week I am beyond thrilled that I had a sit down with Marni and got some really great advice to pass along to brides and clients in general when it comes to the eye of the photographer. Here is a little of Marni's background and then I will let her speak in her own words, she is the featured guest after all.
MRD When I Met Andrew, it was September 15, 2001! It was a beautiful wedding on Sullivan's Island, but there was an obvious shadow cast by the tragic events that occurred earlier that week. It was a small wedding at a private home, of course the bride was radiant and the day was so special for everyone involved. It was one of my first Charleston weddings, I had a major case of the nerves and Mayor Joe Riley officiated. Quite the introduction to southern weddings! It turned out beautifully.
ACP: What was your favorite wedding moment?
ACP: Why Charleston?
Let me know if you need anything else??? Marni, say's shyly, I respond! I sure do!
MRD: I would definitely try to find a foundation that does not have sunscreen. I would always try to keep everything on the matte side with highlighter intricately placed to capture light.
ACP: When you are shooting the bride, you see her from all angles. How important is makeup when it comes to bringing the entire look together?
MRD: It's kind of a big deal. It would look strange if you were having a relaxed garden wedding and you were wearing 1940's Hollywood makeup, but that would totally make sense in in another situation. Like if you had a birdcage veil and you were having a glamorous evening affair in a historic home.
ACP: As an artist, I am constantly convincing my clients to add a little more blush and bronzer. More than you would wear every day enough to pop in the photo's.
ACP: Marni, what do you think of contouring on the day of the wedding, such as defining the cheek, slimming the nose, etc?
MRD: Are you telling me you can make my nose look SLIM? Yes, please!
ACP: I would absolutely love to know what you think of the bride jumping into the tanning bed, getting sun, or a spray tan before the ceremony.
MRD: No, no, NO. Bleach your teeth (a little) but do not do anything to your skin. Add a little color with bronzer but do not hop in a tanning bed. I shot a winter wedding one time and the bride was so artificially bronzed that when she stood next to her guests they looked blue. Natural is always better.
ACP: A lot of us have tattoo's that we regret. What has been your experience, should the artist try and cover them, which does not alway work, or leave them for you to photo shop?
MRD: So at this point I should go ahead and thank my mom for not letting me get any tattoos when I was a crazy, impulsive teenager. But if I had, I would show them off today. If you're regretting them, buy a dress with sleeves.
I was going to ask Marni one more question, then I thought, there is only one answer to to this burning question. "Should you always hire a makeup artist to do your makeup and a hair stylist on this most important day? Abso-freaking-lutely. Relax and get pampered. Let the experts take care of you. You want to look back on these photo's for a life time and smile. SO yes, yes, yes, unless you are Kate Middleton, who did her own makeup for her quaint and subtle affair, If she did if fact do her own makeup, I say "God Bless the Queen!", but honey you should not have take that black pencil all the way into the corners of your eyes. We live, we learn!