When I had my senior pictures taken, part of the package included having my hair and makeup professionally done. And years later (only six to clarify), I have great memories of my senior photos. It was a lot of fun to be pampered before the session, and as someone who hasn’t always been fond of being on the other side of the camera, the package gave me the confidence boost my 17-year-old self needed. Fortunately, God put the right people in my life, and I can now offer this same service to my clients!
Kelli Lah is one of my oldest friends. We’re actually third cousins, which we thought was really cool when we found out in preschool. Anyway, Kelli is a stylist at Changes in Lafayette, Indiana. She does my hair, and I highly recommend her for cuts, color, and everything else she does. She is unbelievably talented (follow Changes on Instagram to see what I mean), and I was thrilled when she agreed to partner with me.
Kelli has all kinds of hair and makeup connections, so I asked her for a recommendation for a Lafayette, Indiana makeup artist. Without hesitation, Kelli recommended Hannah Esteban of Makeup by Hannah Esteban, and I’m happy to say that Hannah is every bit as great as Kelli said she was!
Hannah and I have something in common: we both work full-time jobs and pursue our passions as second careers. Few people understand how difficult this can be, and I think this will give Hannah and me a special bond.
Before officially offering a hair and makeup package, I wanted to give this team a test run on someone who would give honest feedback. Fortunately, I have a lovely friend, Mary, who was happy to be pampered for the afternoon and have photos taken with her boyfriend, Mike, during golden hour.
We started the session at Second Level Studios, where I rent studio space. Kelli and Hannah got to work making Mary beautiful, not that this gorgeous redhead needs any help with that, and I snapped photos of the girls at work. I have to say, there’s nothing like capturing people do what they love. Once their tools were out, Kelli and Hannah were in their element. They worked with smiles, and their hands moved from step to step seamlessly.
My full-time job at Treefrog Marketing & Communications has given me several great friends, including our Production Manager Mary. Mary oversees project timelines, client relations, and makes sure nothing falls through the cracks. Basically, she runs the show, and I’m very grateful for her.
Mary and I also spend quite a bit of time together outside of the office. She’s my workout buddy (we highly recommend trying Body Pump at The Lafayette Family YMCA), and Zach (my husband) and Mike have quite the bromance. Basically, we love spending time with Mike and Mary.
Anyway, after hair and makeup, Mike, Mary, and I started the photo portion of their session in Downtown Lafayette. I’m not just saying this, but I’ve literally never seen a couple more natural in front of the camera than Mike and Mary. I did very little instructing; I just snapped photos of them snuggling, laughing, and being their adorable selves. I’d like to think that their confidence was due to the wonderful job Kelli and Hannah did with hair and makeup—and maybe some of it was—but the reality is that Mike and Mary make each other happy, and happiness is fun to photograph.
A little to my dismay, Mike is going to grad school in the fall, which means Mike and Mary are moving (hopefully somewhere warm and they’ll let us visit). But, this session gave us a chance to capture Mike and Mary’s life in Lafayette. Greater Lafayette has been their home for almost six years, and I hope they look at these photos years from now and remember how great their time in Indiana was.
Mary is naturally beautiful, but Kelli and Hannah used their skills to accentuate Mary’s beauty. Plus, Mary didn’t have have to stress about her hair and makeup before her session, which I believe is a major bonus!
Our first hair and makeup session was a great experience, and I’m excited to offer this package to others. Kelli and Hannah, thank you for being wonderful at what you do. Mike and Mary, thank you for allowing me to be your photographer!
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