On my recent trip down south I was really privileged to be the centre of attention in a wee London Photoshoot.
It was also a great excuse to catch up and have a bit of a gossip too!
Images were captured at The Tower Hotel, London.
Photographing the shoot was the incredible Claudine Hartzel.
Claudine is a Wedding Photographer based in London and Essex.
She has been taking and processing photographs since she was 13 when her father built her a darkroom in her garage.
She obtained a 1st class degree in Photography from Glasgow School of Art and since has been the recipient of many awards and bursaries for her outstanding unique contemporary approach to photography and has been perfecting her craft for 25 years.
Claudine says of the shoot…
“I honestly wanted Alison to let people see her as I saw her, a true representation of how bubbly and soft she really is.”
“Also as she was in London for the Wedding Ideas Awards I thought it a good opportunity to do the shoot with a dual purpose – to capture some great images and so that Alison could be all made up for the ceremony that evening.”
With a career spanning more than 16 years, Katy has worked with celebrities in the music and television industries, is relied upon for advice in national magazines and newspapers and regularly creates timeless looks for brides.
A recent addition to her list of credits is the role of Bridal Beauty Editor for The Ultimate Wedding Magazine.
Katy brings the skills developed from working alongside some of the industry’s elite to her work as an independent professional makeup artist.
Her passion is creating make-up that enhances, never over-powers, that lasts from morning until night, that makes her client feel like herself only, prettier, sexier and as perfect as possible…
Katy says of the shoot, and what she did…
“Alison’s base was all Airbase UK airbrush makeup and I custom mixed the shades to match her face and body perfectly.”
“I also used my airbrush to highlight and contour her as well as add colour on her cheeks. I wanted her eyes to sparkle!”
“I primed them with a Laura Mercier eye base and pressed a gel liner into her lashes to darken and define them.”
“Having already re shaped her brows I merely tinted them with a Laura Mercier brow wax.”
“Again with LM I swept a metallic cream in a Taupe/ lilacy shade over your lid and added sparkle and depth with pencil liners and Barry M dazzle dust, I also washed a bronze through the crease to warm up and smoke out.”
“Mascara and tons of individual lashes finished the look. Alison’s NO.7 lip colour in Rose completed it perfectly and gave continuity throughout the day and evening.”
It was also my great honor to be photographed wearing my Twitter Queen Hairband by Triflerabbit.
Valerie sent me my hairband on the occasion of my 40th Birthday and to celebrate maintaining UK Wedding Tweeter for 1 year ( now coming up on my 2nd Year).
It has really special meaning, and the story of how it came to be is written in Friendship is Queen.
Now to you the readers…I need to choose one of these fabulous pictures as my official headshot but I am in a quandry so I need your help.
If you hover over each picture it is numbered and I would value your opinion which one you like best.
If you want to leave your suggestion in the comments box I would be really grateful.
Thank you in advance.
Thanks so much to Claudine and Katy for sharing with me their time, creativity and talent.
I had a fantastic time on my London Photoshoot, and had so many compliments on my Awards look that evening.
Also thank you once again to Valerie for making me such a beautiful headband, I was thrilled to be able to wear it.
To contact Claudine Hartzel
Phone: 07852 138243
To Contact Make Up by Katy
To Contact Triflerabbit