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After you say “yes” there are a lot of exciting things to think about! Once you have found your photographer it’s time to think about your engagement session! Engagement sessions are a great way for you to connect with your photographer. Not only will it allow you to get a little more comfortable behind the camera but it will help your photographer know how you like to be photographed. My approach to any session is to make you feel as comfortable as possible! I want the true you to shine. Here are a few tips to help you plan for your engagement session.


1. Pick a meaningful location or one that compliments you as a couple! As a photographer I love a location that has a lot of variety to it. My favorite spots in Newport are Ochre Court, The Cliffwalk, Ocean Drive and of course just walking the quaint cobblestone streets of downtown Newport. Let me know your special spots when scheduling your session.


2. Think outside of the box! In place of a traditional engagement session think about activities you and your love like to do! The skies the limit – boating, cooking, art, biking, traveling etc. I love these types of sessions because we can get really creative!

Pasta Making Engagement

3. The time of year can make an impact on the look and feel of your images. Think about what you want portrayed – a romantic snowy landscape, beautiful golden leaves or pink spring blooms. Knowing this will also help you choose your location.

Summer Engagement

4. What to wear!? Don’t stress over this decision. Wear what you feel comfortable in! Are you a dressy or casual couple? Wear your favorite outfit and make sure your groom compliments you! Choose a color and explore different shades or bring in a complimentary color. Try and stay away from loud or large patterns as they can be distracting.


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5. Last but not least… be yourself! I am there to guide you in the right direction but most of all be yourself. These are your memories and I love it when I hear my clients say “that’s so us”.


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Skincare Basics1



** Shana is a licensed cosmetologist and specializes in make-up artistry. She trained on Newbury Street in Boston, Massachusetts.** Makeup Artistry by Shana


As a make-up artist, I can’t stress how important skincare is. I work with brides almost every weekend, and the women who have the most glowing complexion are those who follow a good skin regimen. For this reason, I truly believe that the skin that wears the make-up should be taken care of. Below I have listed steps that you can take to be on your way to better skin. Enjoy!


Cleanse, tone and moisturize twice daily.

*Keeping your pores clean is going to help your skin stay free of breakouts. Cleanse your face in the morning after you wake up to remove any oil buildup from when you slept. Always remove your make-up before bed. NEVER go to sleep wearing make-up, it is one of the worst things you can do for your skin!

*Toning is important because it balances the pH of your skin. Whether you tend to have dry, oily, or combination skin, toning is important. Toning will also help tighten pores after they are cleansed.

*Moisturizing is the last important step. Just like you hydrate your body, you want to hydrate your skin with a good moisturizer. Something with a SPF is good for daytime, and before bed use something heavier that will really moisturize your skin overnight. Products such as serums or face creams specifically made for nighttime are ideal. It doesn’t hurt to use a night cream with retinol which boosts collagen production and helps fight wrinkles and pre-mature aging.

*Exfoliation is a great step for putting that glow into your skin. Buffing off the dead layer of skin every couple of days will bring healthier skin to the surface. This helps make-up go on much easier, and allows for a more flawless coverage.

One thing that’s important to remember is that it’s never too early to begin new skincare, but DO NOT attempt any new products or processes a week or two prior to the wedding. You want there to be plenty of time to figure out what products to switch to in the case that you have a reaction to anything new. Begin good skincare months before the big day!


– Shana Christoforo { Makeup Artistry by Shana }

Thank you Shana for writing up this piece on the importance of skincare!

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** Shana is a licensed cosmetologist and specializes in make-up artistry. She trained on Newbury Street in Boston, Massachusetts.** Makeup Artistry by Shana 


The best thing that you can do is hire a professional make-up artist for your wedding day. We are trained to know what colors are right for all skin types, what looks best in pictures, and how to ensure that the make-up lasts hours upon end. However, when hiring a professional isn’t feasible, there are things you should know to help aid in make-up application.  I have listed below some tips for any bride who will be beautifying herself on her wedding day!


*PRIMER is crucial. Face primer, and eyelid primer. This is going to create a barrier between your skin and the make-up, which prevents make-up from sliding off easily. Put primer on your face, then wait about 10 minutes if possible, and continue with the rest of your make-up. This will help primer really sink into your pores and fine lines, and create a solid layer between your skin and the make-up.

*Avoid using anything on your face with a SPF in it on the wedding day. It can make you look pasty in pictures, so do not use a moisturizer, foundation, or tinted balm with a SPF at all that day.

*Set your face make-up with a translucent powder. Powder sets make-up, and helps it stay on longer.

*Fill your whole lip in with a lip pencil, before applying lipstick. This will stain the lip, and lock the color down. Remember you will be kissing, eating, and drinking on your big day, so you want your lipstick to last as long as possible. Always keep a tube nearby for touch-ups as needed.

*Keep in mind that the make-up you wear should be a touch more than you may normally wear, for the photographs. It is finding the fine line between too much, and just enough that you don’t look washed out in pictures. Opt for a heavier lip than you may normally wear, so your lips looked defined in pictures! Also, false lashes are a great way to bring out your eyes. Just be careful when using strip lashes, they can look too artificial. I like individual false lashes for brides because they add just enough glam!

*Avoid any trendy looks when you walk down the aisle. You want to look back on your wedding pictures 30 years from now, and like what you see. It should be a better version of YOU, not the latest style from Cosmopolitan. Go for timeless looks, and nothing is wrong with being more natural. Enhance your best features, and feel comfortable in your skin!

– Shana Christoforo { Makeup Artistry by Shana }

Thank you Shana for writing up some essential tips on how to look your best on your wedding day both in person and for photos!

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