How to Prepare for your Family Session


How to Prepare for your Family Session

It may seem a little daunting if you've never have had a professional shoot before, but I assure you it can be a lot of fun and  can leave you with some great memories! Here are some tips on how you and your family can prepare for your family shoot.

Clothing- "What do we wear!?" is the most popular question and I always suggest wearing something that you're comfortable in. Some other important elements to consider: are we shooting outdoor or indoor? Will there be a lot of walking? What will the weather be like? Is there access to a washroom so you can do an outfit change (in case you have a longer session and want both casual and formal photos)? My only request is that I tell my clients to avoid neon clothing as it tends to reflect. If you have a neon green shirt, it's likely you'll have a neon green chin (eep!). I think it's also great if you are able to coordinate your clothing. That may mean, perhaps you all want to wear the same style and/or color of pant, you may want to stick with a certain color palette for your tops. It doesn't have to be too matchy-matchy, but harmony can look great.

Pets- Some may want to bring their pet along with them to their family shoot because those furry friends are part of the family too! If you plan to do this, make sure that your pet is comfortable in this sort of setting (ex. good with people and other animals). Also, make sure the location is animal friendly. Lastly, make sure you have scheduled enough time because having an animal with you on the shoot may take up extra time. Treats may be a good thing to bring so you can reward them for their good behavior. I suggest bringing water too, just in case.

Big Groups- If you and your family members are a group of 10+ make sure you discuss what different grouping shots you would like, if any. This will save time of the shoot day. 

Nerves- As I mentioned above, shoots can be a little daunting if you haven't ever done this sort of thing before, or if you're not particularity comfortable in front of the camera. Here's the good news, most people aren't experienced in front of the camera so there's comfort in that, you're not alone! Try not to overthink it because it's my job to make you feel comfortable. All you have to do is show up and I'll do my best to guide you on what to do while you're there! :)

Just be you- As cheesy as that may sound, it's the truth! It's my goal to give you some traditional and candid family memories that you can hang on your wall, but I don't be afraid to get silly. This shoot is suppose to represent you as a family so have fun with it! 




DIY Face Mask

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DIY Face Mask

A lil' about me, I never applied moisturizer or any sort of skin "treatment" to my skin up until about 1.5 years ago when I was creeping close to 30. However, now I love to moisturize because I've really been able to see its benefits! "Anti-aging" products have always kind of creeped me out because I wonder about the chemicals in them. Which is why I like to use as natural products as often as I can when it comes to something I put on my skin on a regular basis. I figure if you can keep your skin moisturized, it'll naturally help the aging process. Which brings me to one of my favorite DIY face masks! If there's one food I love, it's avocado, so it makes me really happy to know that avocado is very good for you! Not just to eat, but to put on your face, body and hair. The list is really endless when it comes to what you can do with avocados as they are full of potassium, wonderful vitamins, fiber, nourishing oils, etc. Honey is also super great for your skin because it helps provide long-lasting hydration and has antibacterial properties. Oatmeal is also fantastic because it also helps act as an exfoliator. 

Here's what you'll need for this mask:

  • 1/2 avocado- I buy mine really ripe because it's difficult to mash otherwise. Also, if it's not ripe enough it doesn't stick on the skin very well.
  • 1 tablespoon of honey- I like to buy organic to keep this as natural as possible.
  • 1/4 cup of uncooked oatmeal.

Mix and mash it up real good then apply it to your face. Please note that if you have really oily skin this may cause breakouts. 

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I like to apply this face mask whenever I feel like my skin needs it, usually about once every couple of weeks. The avocado really leaves my skin feeling super soft and clean! 


Happy face-masking!

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How to Have an At Home Spa Day


How to Have an At Home Spa Day

Ahhhh, spa days. How magical you are. The soothing music, the smell of mint and eucalyptus, the satisfying feeling of salt granules getting massaged into your skin. As you lay back and close your eyes, it's almost as if all of your troubles melt away and get poured down that cool little drain that's attached to those comfy spa chairs... Everyone deserves a little "me" time now and again. However, there are definitely some ways you can treat yourself at home if you  want to save money or simply don't have the time to go. Here's what I do when I want a relaxing night in or when I want to get the most out of my Sundays. 

Invite Friends Over- This is a great activity you can do with your best buds. If you go to the spa with your friends you can do this together, too! You could even send out little invitations because how cute would that be!?

Get Supplies- Think about what parts of your body you want to focus on: your feet, hands, body and/or face. Then get the necessary items you'll need such as nail polish, an emery board, foot cream, foot soak, exfoliator, face mask, moisturizer, cucumbers (for your eyes), lemon (for your water), etc. If you don't have any of this stuff at home it may seem like a big list, but don't forget that you'll be able to use a lot of these things time and time again! I found most of these items at my local beauty supply store. I also suggest getting a little tub for your feet if you wish to soak them, I got mine at the dollar store. 

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Music- Don't forget the tunes! Put on whatever kind of music relaxes you the most. Personally, I like nature music. Nothing is more soothing than the sound of wind rustling through the trees or water running through a river. 

Call a Babysitter- If you're a mom, then I am sure you are overdue for some "you time". Try to find someone to look after your kids so you have no distractions. 

Set-up in Your Favorite Space- Choose a room that you love, feel most comfortable in and that is quiet. Doing this in your backyard on a beautiful day would also be amazing!

Hydrate- I like making lemon water when I do this because it's delicious, good for you and mimics the spa experience even more. 

Relax! Now that you have everything you need you can sit back, relax and let that face mask dry!

Happy Spa-ing!

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Here are some BTS from this little shoot...

"Can't play with me right now? Ok, I'll just make myself comfortable right here, in your shot"

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"Is this a toy?"

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"Sure, I'll take it."

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"This boring, mom. Zzzz..."

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How to Get Perfect Wedding Nails


How to Get Perfect Wedding Nails

Having beautiful nails on your wedding day is an accessory that is just as important as what necklace or earrings you're going to wear! It's something that shouldn't be forgotten. If you're unsure of what you want to do, here are some options:

The Look- Think about what kind of look you want for your nails. You can opt for something natural, a show-stealer or something in between.  Either way it's important that it goes with your overall look.

Spa Day- What's better than having the perfect excuse to treat yourself to the Spa? You could even plan it as a girls day! It will give you the chance to relax, unwind, sip some wine and mark another item off of your to-do list. Keep in mind that even though you may have plenty of nail polish options at the salon, if you're very particular about what color you want, you may want to bring your own. Gel nail polish may be another great option as it tends to go about 2 weeks without chipping. I like it because it's resistant, has a beautiful shine and because you can leave the salon without worrying about messing it up since they use a UV light to "cure" it. If you're looking to get artificial nails, make sure you choose a salon that offers that as not all places do. Read some of my tips on how to have an at home spa day here

At-Home Spa Day-  If you're on a budget you can always create your own spa day at home! I think this is another wonderful idea to do with your friends or bridesmaids. You can work with the polishes that you have or invest in a special one from your local beauty supply store. There are some awesome tips/tricks on Youtube or Pinterest for DIY nails!

Press-on Nails- I love these little guys. They are fast, easy and can provide an instant professional looking manicure! You can get them from your local beauty supply store or online from NailHur (my personal favorite). I like to slightly buff my real nail before applying the falsies as I find the nails stay on much longer (for me, about 1-1.5 weeks). I also like to give some of my false nails a quick coat of clear nail polish just to add more shine or an extra layer of protection.

Happy polishing! 

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Bridal Makeup Tips


Bridal Makeup Tips

If you're like me, Pinterest is your best friend! It can be a great resource to search for the bridal look you would like to achieve on your wedding day. Think about what kind of look you're going for and do some digging! Bridal magazines can also be a big help. Here are some tips to help get you started:

Season- I think it's important to consider what time of year it is when deciding on what kind of bridal look you want. You don't want your face to feel too light in the winter and too heavy in the summer. 

Theme- You may want to incorporate the theme of your wedding into the style of your makeup. Perhaps if it's, say, vintage, you may want to work that into your look with a winged eye liner.

Dress- Having your makeup style harmonize with your dress style is a definite plus!

Comfort Zone- There's nothing wrong with choosing a look that's different than what you'd usually wear on any other given day, but try not to choose a look that you're uncertain with. You don't want to feel (and look) like a totally different person as you walk down the aisle!

Trial Run- These are so important because it will give you a very good idea of what you can expect when your makeup is applied on your big day. This also gives you and your makeup artist the opportunity to chat about any tweaks you'd like to make. If you plan on using a self tanner on your wedding day you may also want to go to your trial with that bronzed glow. 

The Prep- If you plan on using any new products such as masks, moisturizers, etc. be sure to try them weeks in advance to rule out tackling any skin reactions that may happen too close to your wedding day! 

Some extra pointers from Ness of Ness Beauty Makeover:

  •  Cameras and lights will tone down your makeup, put in a little more makeup than what you normally wear.
  •  Carry a few touch-up products in your makeup bag such as lipstick, oil-absorbing sheets, etc.
  •  Bring images of the makeup you really like with you on the trial day, explain to your makeup artist what it is you like about the makeup in the picture. Your makeup artist will figure out what works best for your skin tone and facial features.
  •  Make sure you do your trial at least three weeks before your wedding.
  •  Use a long-lasting and waterproof makeup products that will see you through your wedding day and night. 
  •  If you were contact lenses on your wedding day, put them on at least an hour prior to your makeup.


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For Brides: How to Prepare for your "Getting Ready" Shots on your Wedding Day


For Brides: How to Prepare for your "Getting Ready" Shots on your Wedding Day

If you've chosen me to come take photos of you as you get ready (it's recommended to have these shots taken), this can be a great opportunity for us to get some really memorable shots. It allows me to capture the special time that you're with some of your closest family and friends. Here are some ways that you can help prepare for beautiful and awesome photos! 

Windows: Working with natural light is wonderful, so open up those blinds if you can!

The Details: This is the time that I would use to take photos of the details, so please have those ready for when I arrive. Your ring, shoes, jewelry, perfume, flowers, something that carries sentimental value, etc. may all be important accessories for your day! 

Group Shots: I like to get some nice group shots while I have everyone together. Setting aside some time to have photos taken of you with those who are with you in this moment is a beautiful thing. 

Bridal Portraits: I think it's super important for me to catch the moments before you marry the love of your life. So I recommend making some time for us to get some nice photos of you either before you put your wedding dress on, after, or both! 

Parents First Look: I love having the opportunity to capture the reaction of a bride's father, or mother, when they see their daughter in full wedding attire before walking down the aisle. 

A Little Something Extra: If your bridesmaids are getting ready with you, you may want to jazz up these photos by getting some matching robes, for example. You could get initials embroidered on them, or have them say "bridesmaid" on the back, it's a really cute idea and a great keepsake!

Tidy Space: I know that weddings can be super hectic, but try your best to have a clean environment since I'll be taking lots of photos! :)

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