Featured in Vogue Italia

If you've been following my social media over the last month, you may have seen some hubbub about some editorial images I was involved in that got featured in Vogue Italia.  Well, it's true!  Since editorial isn't a huge part of my portfolio at the moment, I wanted to provide the backstory to this awesome experience!

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Sometime in the beginning of February, my friend Kristin Robbins of Tyger Alexis reached out to me in search of a makeup artist for a fun editorial shoot later that week.  I jumped at the chance to stretch my creative, artsy muscles (which is definitely my home as a super creative person!) and to work with people I love and admire so much.  Kristin, the stylist for the shoot, and I go way back as we both grew up in Raleigh in similar circles of friends, and I always remembered her as a girl with a golden personality - warm, inviting, and radiant!  Katie Manselle, the hair stylist, I know from church and have totally celeb-style admired for a while!  She owns her own salon and is a top creator for Oribe, frequenting NYC for fashion weeks and photo shoots.

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So of course I said a resounding YES, felt a little nervous, and then just went with it.  We shot at Katie's hair studio (Culture Hair Studio) in Durham and I brought my paints knowing that the makeup looks were going to be super editorial.  I met Jennifer Cole, who is the kind genius behind the photography and submitted the shots to Vogue Italia (which I didn't know!) and Cayce Tucker, the sweetest model represented by 3 BBM.  We giggled and chatted while doing crazy makeup and had the quickest changeovers imaginable.  It definitely put things into perspective about how much time I allot for bridal work!  It's so different, and so great because of that!

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We did three looks for the day: the pear with pink rectangle eyes, the blue jumpsuit with a 3-toned shadow on one eye, and the moot-inspired jumpsuit with the one white stripe.  Jennifer had the basic inspiration for makeup - I just had fun working within those visions with what I had and what I felt would be fun!

It was a quick shoot, but out of that came two features on Vogue Italia's Best Of Photovogue!  Here is the link to the images on their website.  

Katie and I (along with some of her girls in the studio, Ali and Meg) talked about the importance of just playing.  Especially as a creative earning money from creative work, it's so so valuable to take time to just create for fun, to go so outside the boundaries of what you normally do, and enjoy the freedom of it.  It totally benefits what you do for your day job, too!

Thank you Jennifer, Katie, Kristin, and Cayce for allowing me to play and enjoy the afternoon with you!

Here's to much more fun in what I love to do!

Sam

Southern Weddings V9 Chapel Charm - Behind the Scenes

Five years ago, I remember telling my husband-to-be that if I could shoot for the stars, I would do hair and makeup full time, and I would do hair and makeup for spreads in Southern Weddings Magazine.

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At the time it seemed like such a large and far off dream.  I was working several part-time jobs to make ends meet post college, and I had only done beauty on the side, just for people I knew personally - proms, homecomings, and a few weddings.  

Getting to do hair and makeup for Southern Weddings for the last three issues has been one of the biggest joys of my career, and I am forever thankful that they saw something they liked and took a chance on me!  There is nothing like seeing your work in print!  I am eternally a paper and pen kind of girl.  There is something magical about holding a magazine in hand -the weight, the smell, the sound of turning the pages one by one.

In late May of this year, LULA joined an incredible team at the Parlour at Manns Chapel to create the Chapel Charm spread.  There were 5 girls total.  In hair-and-makeup land, that's 10 services, so I called on some of my favorite gals to provide a helping hand with the looks!  Thank you so much Joanne Maye of Makeup and Hair by Jo, and Aislinn Cobb (a family friend who joined my for the shoot, and thereafter, I begged her to please let me train her up and join me for weddings this fall! She did, and she's killing it.  More on that soon!)

The feel of the shoot was very light, airy, and romantic, with a hint of feminine whimsy.  There were lots of pinks and pastels!  The SW gals envisioned hair down or mostly down, beautiful and unfussy.  We kept the looks very natural with the makeup, but I knew I wanted to play up Logan's lips to compliment the pinks and corals in the stunningl bouquet by Mallory Joyce.

Fun note:  Logan and her man are real sweethearts, and are getting married next March!  I have the honor of doing Logan's hair and makeup again for her actual wedding day - woohoo!

Thank you to Landon Jacob for all of the spread photos, and Blue Barn Photography for all the behind-the-scenes photos!  

And thank you to everyone in this amazing team!!  It was a pleasure to create with you!

@SouthernWeddings | @LandonJacob | @RichardPhotoLab | @Mallory_Joyce | @TheParlourChapel | @lulahairmakeup | @FavoriteCakesKathy | @Alexandra.Violet | @Spoonflower | @PaisleyandJade | @LaTavolaLinen | @ShopSweetLulu | @ASignatureWelcome | @LunaBazaar | @Leaannbelterbridal | @MyraCallan | @WeddingtonWay | @CamilynBeth | @HighCottonTies | @DonnaMorgan_NYC | @JoannaAugust | @KendraScott

With blush + bobby pins,

Sam

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