Guest Post: Professional hair and makeup for photo sessions

As a professional makeup artist and a woman I believe that we are all beautiful with or without makeup. Each and every one of us has a unique story that has shaped us into who we are today – flaws and imperfections included. Throughout my career in the beauty industry I continue to meet many amazing ladies. One of the first questions I ask them is: “What is your favorite feature about yourself?” We need to learn to love ourselves the way we are... after all, that is who we will be spending the rest of our lives with. I also believe that we deserve a little TLC every now and then. Makeup is used to bring out the beauty that is already there. It can help you shine from the inside out and just make your day better.


Whether you like a more natural look or you like to go all out, here are three reasons why you should consider your makeup and hair done by a pro when you are planning on taking professional photos.


1. Give yourself some “me-time”.

How often do you get to sit down and relax and let someone else do the work? Our every day lives are so busy, we have so much scheduled. We keep running from one thing to the next as we try to fit so much into the day. It's important to “schedule” time for yourself just like you schedule everything else. Taking care of yourself is a part of taking care of those around you – you can't pour from an empty cup. Getting your hair and makeup done can be a part of that pampering experience where you get to sit back and wind down a little. A lot of my clients find this process very relaxing. I even heard many times that it makes them feel “like a diva”. Why not give yourself that diva status every once in a while!

2. Professional expertise - it's not just words.

You may have asked yourself why you shouldn't just do your own makeup. A professional stylist will make you feel beautiful without compromising your personal style. I always make sure to ask my clients about their preferences before I start. I want them to look like themselves, but in addition I have some tricks up my sleeve. Over the years I've tried many products and brands, I've seen a lot of different faces and practiced thousands of techniques. I know what works best with what skin tone and face shape, what looks best in a certain light and what will last throughout a photo session or event. If you have questions about products or techniques I use on your skin or hair I'd be happy to answer them. After all, life is a constant learning process, it's good to be on the lookout for new knowledge. No matter what it is you are getting glammed up for – we have one goal – it's for you to feel beautiful on the inside and out.

3. These memories will last a lifetime.

Most likely you are having photos taken by a professional photographer to document a special time in your life. Whether it is a wedding, your pregnancy, the arrival of your newborn baby, a birthday or precious time with your family, the reason you do it is to keep the memory of that particular day alive. When you feel like the best version of yourself you are more likely to have the best day. It'll show in your photos! Every time you look at those wonderful portraits you will remember that special feeling.




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Playing Dress-up | Ashburn, VA Child Photographer

Who doesn't love to play dress-up? With all the available outfits right here in our studio, kids and moms alike get very excited. Aria and Caleb were no different. These two are the most adorable brother and sister. They have so much love for each other that it melted my heart just watching them. Little diva or superhero? It doesn't matter. It's all about having fun!

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Aashvi's Sitting Up Session | Northern Virginia Baby Photographer

One of our baby plan members was back in the studio for her sitting up milestone session. It is always so amazing to watch these tiny newborns, that you feel you just photographed yesterday, grow into more and more independend little personalities. Aashvi came with her whole family and was happy and excited to see how proud everybody is of her. It certainly put an extra spark into her beautiful big eyes.

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Father's Day Limited edition sessions | Loudoun County Children's Photographer

After we've photographed our beautiful Mommy & Me Sessions it is now time to start thinking about Father's Day. What better way to honor dad than with meaningful portraits? I know what you're thinking... "How will I ever convince him to do a photo session with the kids?" No worries, I know that some dads are not very excited to step in front of the camera. That's why we came up with two options:

For the first option dad will join the kids in the studio. It's all about the relationship between them and of course the fun they have together.

For the second option we'll send you a list of fun questions about dad that you are going to ask your kids. We'll then incorporate the answers into the products we're offering only for this session. Just imagine the fun Dad will have when he receives his Father's Day gift!


Don't miss out on these wonderful memories. Dad only needs so many ties and socks. ;) Contact us today at to book your session! A $50 deposit is required reserve your spot.


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Aiden's newborn photo session | Ashburn, VA newborn baby photographer

Welcome to the world, Aiden! What a sweet little man with his red hair! We got plenty of sleepy images, but Aiden was curiously looking around when his proud mom and dad were holding him. :)

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Mommy & Me Special Edition Mini Sessions

Here they are! The details about our first ever Mommy & Me Sessions! Why did we choose this theme for a limited edition mini session? Because it is very close to our hearts that you, mom, get in the pictures with your kids!


   "I’m everywhere in their young lives, and yet I have very few pictures of me with them. Someday I won’t be here — and I don’t know if that someday is tomorrow or thirty or forty or fifty years from now — but I want them to have pictures of me. I want them to see the way I looked at them, see how much I loved them. I am not perfect to look at and I am not perfect to love, but I am perfectly their mother." - Allison Slater Tate


Allison wrote a wonderful blog post about this topic.

We get so caught up in our daily lives that we don't think about creating memories for our children. And if it pops into our head every now and then we will certainly find an excuse to rather be behind the camera instead of IN the pictures with the ones we love the most. Yes, I'm the first one to tell you that I'm guilty of exactly that. I truly regret not existing in photographs since there is no proof that I existed in my children's lives.

So, no excuses this time! Here are the details for our Mommy & Me Sessions:


Spaces are very limited. Make sure to contact us today at or through our website to book your session. A $50 deposit is required to reserve your spot.


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2017 ArtCafe Photography Special Edition Mini Sessions

You asked and we listened. If you are a "regular" at our studio you know that we only offer special edition sessions for the holidays. We've been asked many times if we would consider offering more mini sessions throughout the year. You've finally worn us down! ;) Just kidding. We agree that it is a great way to get some updated cute images more often without coming in for a full session. It is also wonderful for families who've never been to our studio and want to try us out. Here they are, our 2017 Special Edition Mini Sessions:

We'll offer special packages and products for these sessions. They'll be announced weeks ahead of time and you'll be able to sign up. Keep in mind that there will only be a limited amount of spots for each of the sessions, so don't wait too long to contact us!

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