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Jen with Makeup For Your Day | How a Hair and Makeup Service can Make or Break Your Wedding Day

I am so excited to share with you an interview between myself and one of the co-owners of Makeup For Your Day! Makeup For Your Day is a hair and makeup company catering to couples in the state of North Carolina and beyond. I have been anxiously waiting to share this, as it holds some great information that soon to be newlyweds could use when picking out their beauty services for their wedding day.

From a photographers standpoint, I have worked with so many great beauty companies. I have also worked with some not-so-professional ones. That’s okay, because every person has to start somewhere. And yes, people have bad days. It’s when you work with professionals that make the biggest difference for us.

For instance, if the hair and makeup team runs late, a photographer loses precious time for those getting ready photos. If they are running late, then that would also put my clients in an anxious state…which in return makes for some interesting images. The whole point of getting ready is to put the clients in an easy state of mind. It’s their wedding day, and when you have people who are still learning the ropes, I find it a bit chaotic for my clients.

Photographers, I am anxious to hear your thoughts after you read this. Am I alone or do you agree?

N: How long has Makeup For Your Day been in business? How did it come to be in this wild and wonderful wedding industry? Tell me more about the client you serve.

J: Makeup for Your Day has been in business 12 years this April!  We started our company as an artistic outlet to our full-time corporate jobs in banking and property management respectively. After referrals started going through the roof from planners and photographers who were thrilled with our business model of showing up on time, dressing and working in a professional capacity and getting our client done on or before scheduled time we got more serious and began recruiting and developing staff to take on more accounts.  Our typical client ranges from young professional to established career veteran. Usually, it’s a woman that wants to feel lovely on her big day by looking like herself...only perfectly polished for the cameras.

N: What separates Makeup For Your Day than the other companies? 

J: A few things separate Makeup for Your Day from other companies. Namely, we have a large, experienced team to draw on for bridal parties both large and small. In addition, we live in an age where a lot of our clients are flying in from out of state to get married back in the Triangle where they may have gone to school, or to the coast or mountains where they may have vacationed growing up. The benefit of hiring Makeup for Your Day is that we have teams across the state in Raleigh, Charlotte and Wilmington that can accommodate any location and we even have teams in Atlanta, GA and Nashville, TN to pull from, as well.  Our clients can rest assured that they’ll get a consistent, luxury experience no matter which team they work with! Other distinctive qualities that we take pride in are personalized beauty schedules for our brides that expertly map out their “pre-wedding planner timeline” to ensure their day gets off to the best start and that everyone is completely pampered in time for the photographer, planner or coordinator to take over the reigns as expected. We also have a boutique studio location in Raleigh that is convenient for our brides that are flying in to RDU (less than 4 minutes from the airport!) and our Triangle and surrounding area brides to come in for all pre-wedding appointments and festivities such as their trial run, bridal portraits, engagement photos, boudoir session, etc.

N: For myself and my clients, I want the best for them, especially when it comes to wedding day. I have noticed in the past that if clients choose hair and makeup artists who are not well versed, or have not been in the industry long enough, etc., actually cause the timeline to shrink. This will, in return, give the couple anxiety, etc. Why is it important for a couple to have a decent hair and makeup artist? What are some things that they should look out for when booking this service?

J: Great point and one of the biggest talking points for us with our brides! The makeup artist and hair stylist completely set the tone for the day first thing so if they are late, working too slow or worse, can’t manage the bridal party to keep them on task of “cheeks in the seats” when they’re supposed to be...the whole train become derailed.  Hiring a professional makeup artist and hair stylist (read “professional” again and again) that is talented in their art for color and styling is only half the battle. A client truly has to find someone with an understanding of business and customer service in order to not have any worries going in to their day. I stress this because a lot of people can do beautiful makeup on themselves and their friends and some can even style hair that looks gorgeous for a few hours or for a night out but how do they work under pressure?  Can they conform to a strict timeline? Do they show up early and with everything they could possibly need? Do they communicate well with not only the client but her guests and other vendors? Do they understand what mediums the photographers and videographers are shooting in so they can adjust the makeup accordingly? Most importantly, do they have a contract and is it THOROUGH? I could go on and on! The biggest advice is do your due diligence and research the artist or stylist you want to hire. Read reviews and dig for more than just the superficial “look” that they gave the other client. Find out how professional they really are from the way they dress, their timeliness to their discussions with people in their chairs. That will help you decide if you’re working with someone that takes your day seriously and approaches it from a business transaction standpoint or just a hobby that earns them a quick buck on a Saturday.  

N: How often do you receive images from wedding photographers who have photographed weddings that you or your team have done hair and makeup services on? Which images are you looking for in regards to showcasing your work?

J: I’m chuckling at this question because I can answer it two ways. The first thing that came to mind was, “rarely”. Even though our handiwork is featured on every shot of the bride and bridal party, MOB, MOG, extended family, etc. we are so often overlooked for receiving credit on such images and even more so included in albums that get shared by photographers. It’s sad, really!  The reason why I say I can answer it two ways is because the second thing that comes to mind is that I actually get images of our clients pretty regularly now because I go after them. It’s like a second job sometimes to track down all of our clients’ photographers info and reach out and follow up (and follow up again...sometimes with the planner instead) but it’s worth it once we get access.  Other times it takes some serious internet stalking to find the photos and reach out but it’s all taught me to be super thankful for blogs with a search feature! :) We’re typically looking for a series of images that tell the story of their day. In general I like to have bridal portraits from the day both profile and face forward with eyes up and gazing down - to appreciate the awesome lashes and eyeshadow work -  as well as an aisle shot (for the hair), ceremony shot, the kiss, after they’re pronounced married, first dance either with spouse or we always love a good bride/daddy shot or groom/mama shot, and finally the exit.

N: Why is it important to know the style of your clients photographer? For instance, I shoot film on a wedding day. Does this have any inkling to what you do as the stylist to mesh well with that? If so, what is the process of determining how to correctly apply makeup, etc.?

J: It is IMPERATIVE to know the style of your client’s photographer and the medium in which they are shooting!  For a makeup artist, we need to know if the client will be photographed in film or digital and if film which type of film. The type matters because, as you know being a film photographer, certain film is more saturated than others and that’s important when applying color to the face.  The makeup artist only has one shot to get it right with film because it isn’t like digital where you can edit to the hills for more or less saturation. With film, a client generally doesn’t want as much post editing done because that defeats the purpose of using film in the first place and negates the authentic feel of the overall image. Therefore, if a makeup artist puts too much blush or a lip that saturates to fuchsia or worse, a chunky highlight that renders like glitter in the sunlight on film the photographer is going to be in for a heap of issues to try to tone all that down without losing skin tone in the process.  It’s a mess! And that’s just one example. So, I’d highly recommend that photographers also start referring clients to professional artists that really invest in their craft that take classes and educate themselves with multiple mediums so they can better inform their clients where to go and save themselves an editing headache in the process.

N: What advice would you give newcomers that are coming in to this wedding industry? 

J: Newcomers to the wedding industry: welcome! Find your niche and go after it. We are blessed to be in a big wedding area and there’s more than enough business to go around. Don’t undercut others and do a disservice to yourselves right out of the gate...charge what you’re worth!  Network with others and really LISTEN to experience so you can take the good with the bad and make something awesome for yourself.

All images were taken by Fancy This Photography of Makeup For Your Days work.

Raleigh Headshots | A Modern Twist to the Traditional Headshot

March held our first and only mini headshot extravaganza day. Samantha and I photographed 12 ladies in and around the triangle and yall—it was just a blast! Since announcing Samantha as the newest Associate Photographer for Fancy This, I wanted to get her involved with the Raleigh/Durham community of amazing ladies. We offered up 30 minute portrait sessions for women who needed an updated headshot—the results are kind of magical.

Some of my favorite images from the day are the ones that are just not your typical headshot. Seriously, when I look at these I think “oh my goodness, girl—I’d hire you!” I feel like it speaks so much to have a headshot that is completely you, different from the crowd, and still professional. I get that the traditional headshots are, well, traditional—but, it’s 2019, yall! I am trying to have some fun with it and make something that is truly unique.

For those of you wanting to update your headshot—send me a message. I would love to chat with you about what you are wanting and needing for your profession. Think of it as the first impression you give someone. When is the last time you have had yours taken?

Tell me your favorite headshot from the day!

Eric Trundy | North Carolina Comedian | Raleigh, NC Headshots

I am sort of biased when it comes to comedians. For years I worked at a local comedy club supporting my way through college. I met alot of great comedians, and alot of uhh...assholes. Yeah, I think that is the right way to describe a few. But with any career, there are a few bad apples. Eric was [is] definitely part of the good group. Have you ever just met someone and just wanted them to succeed? Like you were just so happy with how they used their career and voice to lift others up? I felt really honored to meet Eric. His story and motto are probably one of my favorites I have ever come in contact with. I highly recommend going to see one of his shows. If not, a quick youtube search will suffice. Find his interview and headshots below. I think my favorite one has to be the image of Eric and his suitcase full of letters and notes from way back when he would write everything down for his sets. He still does this, but it was pretty cool he found a whole stash from when he was first starting out. Killer.

What inspires you the most?
I'm inspired by freedom. I have a real issue with having to do things or being told what to do. I spent my entire life doing things I didn't want to do or things I was obligated to do. Finally when the point came when I didn't have to take care of other people, I had a moment that I realized that I had never really done anything to be proud of ... creatively. I mean, I raised my kids and that was as rewarding an experience as you could have, but I never created art in any way, and so I wanted to. There's a list of regrets I read a lot. It's called the 5 Regrets of the dying. It's a lost compiled by hospice nurses who spent the last years,months,weeks and days with dying people, and they'd ask them about their lives and what they did right and wrong and what they would change. I recommend it to everyone. Reading that inspires me.

Why should the community come out and support local comedians?
I think people should support anyone taking a chance and chasing a pipe dream. You have to be a little crazy to think that you can make it doing something that puts yourself out there like that and makes you that vulnerable. Any artist that you appreciate was a local artist people ignored. I like the idea of seeing someone build it in front of me... buying the stock early. The other thing is, love comedy, local comedy is amazing. You either get to watch someone live their dreams... or .... you get to watch someone's dreams leave their body... either way that's a deal for whatever you paid.

What is the worst joke you ever told?
Hmm.. That's entirely subjective. I have jokes that people would find distasteful, but I stand by them a hundred percent. Then I've had jokes that were just poorly written or executed... I'm more embarrassed by those. I talk a lot about my personal life and about the abuse I suffered as a child... a lot of people couldn't handle that when I first started doing them, eventually I found ways to make them work and to have people laugh at them for different reasons. I think it's all about context. Now people love those jokes about the abuse, because I figured out that I'm not trying to make my experience relatable, I'm trying to make the feelings I have about the experience relatable , and that's just a lot more impactful. Also, the worst jokes were my laziest jokes... I, as I've gotten older have realized that one of the ways I can mark my growth as a comic and a human is by what words I can eliminate. I used to say words because they were just words, but now I know how impactful some of those can be to certain groups of people, and so I'm more mindful... a lot of my bad jokes were lazy because they used those words and didn't really reflect how I honestly felt.

Why did you choose to be a comedian?
It's better than lifting stuff. Seriously... it's a million times better. But also.. I think I explained that a bit in one of the other questions... which now if you don't use that question and only use this one it'll be confusing for your readers.. but I got some health news that wasn't great... I also got my kids to a point where they were old enough where I could maybe take off , and I just had to... I always loved comedy and I didn't wanna die without trying it once .. and then it stuck.

What is the hardest part about being a comedian?
Promoting myself or having a level of confidence that doesn't come naturally. I feel like a fraud almost every night and I think that I've been tricking people for years and tonight is the night that I'll expose the lie and that I'm not actually funny.

What has been the best part of being a comedian?
Not lifting stuff... seriously .. I'm just lazy .. Also.. the people I've met and made connections with.. and the sound of laughter.. the moment you're in the middle of a set and realize that everyone in the room is having an amazing time and you're all on the same page... it doesn't happen often, but that level of synchronicity is magical.

Any advice for beginning comedians?
Don't quit. Your job is to start.. and then don't quit. For at least a year.. that's about when you start learning and blah blah blah... just show up... any time you aren't on stage is time you're giving away and you can't get that back. Also be original .. be you.. you'll figure it out. But until then... Just don't quit...

Favorite show you've ever done?
I've had a few .. all for different reasons. I've had shows I've done for 6 people w my best friends and we were just loose... I've done shows in 1200 seat theaters that were perfect... I've had shows opening for legends who I admired growing up... couldn't wrap it up by saying one show. I honestly have had some of the most amazing times of my life doing comedy and I've learned a lot... and I learn more from the bad ones, because they hurt and I'm a masochist I guess. The best shows are the ones that are fun... I guess you could add this to the advice thing , but honestly it's a year two or three advice thing ... but I tell myself and other people , the goal for me is to win the "Having fun contest" every night. I want to be the person who has the most fun out of everyone in the building. When you're on stage the crowd will replicate your emotions ... so if I'm having fun, I'm loose, and confident and enjoying it... and if the crowd does those then.... there we are.... in love with each other.

What can we expect in the future?
Probably a massive water shortage ... and marauders.

Mark Brady | Raleigh, NC Comedy

Recently, I had the chance to photograph North Carolina's Funniest Person. That person is Mark Brady. Every year North Carolina comes together at Goodnights Comedy Club, located in downtown Raleigh, and after a series of comedy skits from local comedians the audience votes for who they think is the funniest. Pretty genius if you ask me. 

This is my second year photographing the winners. You may remember Joe Perrow's headshots from last years winner, if so--I did those headshots, too ;)

If you are ever in town, I highly suggest you buy tickets to one of Goodnight's shows--its an amazing venue with great food and company. I promise you won't leave unhappy. Below you'll find my interview with the winner, himself. 


What inspires you the most- my family, wife and friends inspire me everyday. It's the hardest thing I have ever done but I have a strong foundation of people who inspire me. 

Why should the community come out and support local comedians-- they should support local comedy because there is a lot of talent right in their backyard. Most people think only good comedy is in LA or NY. But we have a crazy amount of talent who are well on their way to being someone big one day and people can say I remember seeing him at my local club. They got to start somewhere. 

What is the worst joke you ever told-- The worst joke I ever told was my first joke, it was about how I didn't want to be a dad but I wanted to be a grandpa so I wanted to adopt a guy who already had was weird.

Why did you choose to be a comedian- I always loved stand up comedy, I had 2 older brothers that were really into.  I was in college and decided to give it a try after watching years and years of it and just being a fan.  Drove 45 minutes to do a mic, so if I bombed, no one I knew would be there.  Went up, did good, club owner invited me back, went back did same material, went even better.....(I'm thinking to myself, I can do this....this is easy) do it a third time, and complete silence, that's when I said, "this isnt easy I will never do that again, THAT IS THE WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD!! Over the years our family would get together and it was always hilarious and everyone making jokes. They tried to persuade me go back to doing stand up and I told them, no, you don't understand, its not for me. My brothers more than anyone, would tell me forward 7 years later, my brother Eric passed world is upside down, I'm numb to everything.  I remember I just wanted to be happy so I would watch stand up just for me to try be happy for a minute or laugh...Eric always encouraged me to do stand up, 2 months later I did my first mic to try and give this thing a real chance, to honor him, and have been doing it the past 2 years....also losing my brother...THAT was the worst feeling in the world.  Bombing in front of strangers that don't think you're funny, in the grand scheme of things, doesn't matter,

What is the hardest part about being a comedian- I think the hardest part of being a comedian is the process.  A lot of people think we go up there and talk about whatever is on our minds.  The process is brutal, first off writing jokes is not easy so you have to set aside time for that, then you go to a club or bar, whoever will let you get on stage, get there an hour before the mic starts.  Wait anywhere from 15-45 minutes before you can go up, do your 3-5 minutes and drive 20 minutes or so back to your that at least 3-4 times a week while you have a full time job, wife, kids....its brutal.  Now imagine doing that for a month strait and you don't get a single minute of material out of all the times you went up and tried different stuff......welcome to stand up comedy.

What has been the best part of being a comedian - The best part of being a comedian for me is making people laugh.  I think about the person in the crowd who maybe work wasn't great that week, maybe they are hitting a rough patch in life,  maybe they recently lost a loved one.  So when they come out and see a show, I want to be able to take their mind of whatever is happening, give them a few chuckles and try to lift their spirits.  At the same time, if my jokes are able to connect with them on whatever is happening in their life at the moment or some struggle they have experienced and laugh about it, that's a bonus. 

Any advice for beginning comedians? - Get comfortable with bombing a lot....your going to bomb forever, even 10+ years new jokes will bomb and some that "work" will bomb. 

Favorite show you've ever done - My favorite show I have ever done, was hosting at Goodnight's Comedy Club for Dom Irrera.  Dom is a family friend, my dad and I went to college, and that was a goal when I started. I said to myself I want to be able to host a show when he comes in town.  It was really cool and surreal to be able to do that.

What can we expect in the future - hopefully new material.  I am so new at this that my  progression is very erratic. You might come up with 2 jokes in 3 months that are really good or you might not come up with anything for 4 months.  All I can do is keep chipping away at it.