Why We Choose to Work with a Makeup Artist

A few of our HMUA team members. Myke Huncharek Dy, Meshech Bentalha, Rochelle Krizek, Sharlene Mitchell, Jolisna Hong.

A few of our HMUA team members. Myke Huncharek Dy, Meshech Bentalha, Rochelle Krizek, Sharlene Mitchell, Jolisna Hong.

We often get asked why we use makeup artists and how they can really benefit our seniors. There are many reasons why we choose to work with a MUA. We want to make you feel like a glamour model – using a makeup artist adds a special treatment that you don’t get every day. I mean, come on, who doesn’t love a little pampering?

Most importantly, they also help you look your best. Even though I’m sure you do an excellent job with your makeup on an everyday basis, when it comes to photo shoots, you have to apply your makeup a little differently to make your best features really pop on film. You may not put on enough makeup normally to please the camera, but may put it on too heavy when trying to get it right for your session.

We choose to hire a professional so you don’t have to worry about it – just sit back and let them work their magic. They’ve done this a million times before and know what looks best on camera. Cameras are very technologically advanced and pick up everything, even things that may not be noticeable to the naked eye. Makeup artists know what to look for, what to enhance, and what to cover.

MUAs also know which shimmery shadows will photograph weird and what colors to avoid for photos. Some things that look good in person tend to look strange on camera. They know what eyeliner to use to make your eyes pop instead of hiding them in shadows, and they’ve got the 4-1-1 on photography makeup. I prefer to leave this matter in the hands of the professionals. We include this service with most of our packages. If you have any questions, you can contact us at info@kristiemontrois.com.

54 and Fabulous: Marian M.

“Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.” 
― Yoko Ono

How lucky am I to have a profession in which I get to meet the most amazing people? I have to say I am very blessed. In early June, I had a portrait session with an incredible woman. Marian came into the studio at the behest of her daughter; I have photographed her daughter many times over the last two years.

Her story, although deeply personal, moved me from joy to sorrow to joy again. She has to be one of the strongest women I have met to date. Marian has experienced all the stages we women go through and then some. As she told her story of raising her children from birth to adulthood, her story of loss along the way, maintaining a career and maintaining a 30+ year marriage I felt hope for what lies ahead in my own life. I was certainly able to relate; I have a 20 year old and 16 year old myself. 

But, here is the rub. Throughout her session, I had to coach her to be serious. Why? Because, her natural personality is joy. Everything has a potential for happiness. I loved it. Her smile was infectious. It is no wonder she has more than survived her challenges. She has thrived and gone on to share her lessons with others. 

Here is a look at her session:

Tips for planning your BFF session

Senior year is a time when you make all of your last high school memories before graduation and enter your new life. As time goes by, life will get hectic and crazy and these memories will start to fade. Planning a BFF session will help preserve these memories forever and help create some new ones during this fun photo shoot! Below are some tips to help you come up with a plan for your session:

·         Location

Choose a location that means something to you and your bestie. If you like to hang out at the local skate park or walk around the town square, these are places we could go for your session. We can also talk to your school about setting up there. If you are in drama club and want to recreate some memories in the theatre or have a special lunch table or a joint locker, etc., we want to incorporate these things as well.


·         Props

Now it’s time to think about props. Do you want to bring your sunglasses because you guys are obsessed with oversized shades? How about a copy of your favorite magazine so you can look through it and get all the latest celebrity gossip during our session – talk about multi-tasking! Are you planning on going to the same college after graduation? If so, you can bring some college swag to your session! You can bring your graduation caps/gowns if you’d like. We can even stop by and grab some props during your session – if you are coffee lovers, we can take some photos of you and your BFF at your favorite coffee shop, or we can stop for some ice cream cones for some super cute shots. Think about the things that you guys like to do together and bring items that will reflect it in the photos.

·         Clothing

When it comes to clothing, you don’t want to be completely matchy-matchy (unless you are going to the twin BFF look). However, you don’t want to clash either. Choose a color palette that looks good on both of you and coordinate your outfits with colors from that scheme. Don’t forget to bring matching shoes and accessories.


7 Tips to take the stress out of getting family portraits

When it comes to family picture day, a lot of stress is typically associated with days leading up to the session. We’re here to help you relax and be prepared all at the same time. Here are some tips:

1.     Find the outfits you want everyone to wear a month in advance and set them aside somewhere safe. Then try them on a week ahead of time to ensure everything still fits comfortably and that you didn’t miss any stains or holes that you couldn’t see until they were being worn. We also have wardrobe items on hand for you to use anytime.

2.     As soon as your family changes out of their photo attire, make sure it is clean and pressed to be ready for the big day. Set the clothes together (sorted by person) and place them somewhere free from harm and dirt. Be sure to tell everyone that these are picture clothes and not to be worn until picture day. This will help to be sure that no articles of clothing go missing. Don’t forget about shoes, jewelry, belts, and other accessories.

3.     About three to four days prior to the session, start talking with your husband and kids about the session and what will happen and how they should behave. If you plan to use a bribe, now is a good time to set that in place. Continue to talk to your children daily to prepare them for the session.

4.     Two days prior to the session, pack a bag of everything you will need on picture day – snacks, props, bribery, etc. and put it somewhere you can grab it and go. Be sure to include wipes in case things get messy, an extra hairbrush, and other “emergency” items, such as bobby pins and a backup lipstick.

5.     On the day of the session, make sure everyone is well fed, but not overfed. We don’t want sick little tummies from overeating, but we don’t want anyone getting “hangry” (angry because they are so hungry) either. Do not get your family dressed in their photo clothes until after they have eaten and brushed their teeth. This will prevent spills and other messy accidents.

6.     If you have young children, avoid any colored drinks the day of the session until after we are finished. Also, get them to wear a bib or drop cloth if they drink anything on the way to the session to save their shirts from wet spots or stains.

7.     Once you get to the session, try to relax. If you have set a bribe, please let me know so I can use that throughout the session if the children get restless. Trust your photographers - know that I will take care of things and will deliver amazing photos of your family.

Featured Intimate Portrait Session - Rose

"“The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.” 
― Robert Frost

It is always amazing to me that a camera can capture a person's soul. This intimate portrait session was one of those times. We did not work with a hair and makeup artist and the session was entirely untouched. The results were incredible.

Have a look: