Category Archives: Smokey eyes

Expecting Claire


Being a busy working mom while pregnant and having a toddler to chase after, I wasn’t sure if I would have time for another maternity shoot. The farther along I was the more connected I felt with my growing baby every time I felt her little kicks and movements, I started dreaming about her and what she looks like. I really cherished that moment in my life where I had a baby in my arms and another growing inside me so I knew I had to capture it.

At the time I also felt like it was a little bit of a bittersweet feeling, thinking that our time as a family of three was about to change, although we were ready and excited to become a family of four. We just settled in and found our family’s balance and life has been just us I felt it was something I really wanted to remember one last time because I might miss it.

I was 34 weeks pregnant here and the weather was just perfect that day. I chose this location again because its our favorite and Colette’s obsessed with the ocean so it was a fun place for everyone. For our looks, I kept our outfits neutral like the palettes of the ocean. I love wavy hair for all occasions particularly for outdoor photos and all neutrals for makeup.

Looking at these photos makes me so happy because I see that fun day watching Colette run freely, build sand castles and my best friend Michelle came out to play with her while we took pictures. Colette was also very concerned about her Big sister sign when she thought we were going to leave it behind in the sand, she ran back to take it and that turned out to be one of my favorite photo that day. I enjoy the behind the scene memories that were create during photoshoots more than the photos themselves.

Photography: Kristen Booth

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Ann’s Wedding


I love everything about Ann’s wedding! Her dress, flowers and all the pretty blush bridesmaid dresses, everything soft and romantic. Once a bride tells me their theme I made sure there hair and makeup ties in especially the colors. My favorite looks for a blush wedding are always warm smokey browns on the eye lids, dewy skin and pink hues for cheeks and lips. We did airbrush foundation on everyone to achieve that natural glowy skin and soft waves on all the bridesmaids. Ann’s hair was strategically pinned into a low bun which can be taken off later in the evening so that it’s half down. Everyone looked so beautiful and chic, I love the final results and the photographs are so dreamy.


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Mommy and Colette


These Mommy and Me sessions are definitely becoming my favorite, they’re so precious and gives me all the feels.

We took these around Mother’s day this year which meant May Gray in California, so the only time the lighting was good was during sunset which meant Colette’s bedtime. We thought since she loves being at the beach and having her dad around to make her laugh, it would be fine. Boy were we wrong! Don’t mess with babies and their sleep schedules.

Colette’s normally the happiest baby and a natural in front of the camera but right when we were about to start, she shook her head as soon as her toes touched the sand. She only wanted to be held and signed for some milk. The wind didn’t help either she was making chattering noises and being quite dramatic bundled in her blankie,  you can see in some of the pictures she was not having it but somehow I find it so adorable and kind of funny.

Felt so bad that she was cold and wasn’t having a good time,  so we wrapped up after 10- 15 minutes. Although, we didn’t get many shots of her alone, the few that we do have, I absolutely love! Having an amazing photographer is really everything.

Instead of taking pictures, our family enjoyed watching the sunset together and then headed out to a relaxing dinner near by. Its always these sweet moments with my family that I’ll cherish forever and what I think about every time I look at these images. 🙂

Dress –  Moulinette Soeurs
Makeup – Smokey brown shadows using Tart in bloom palette, makeup forever HD crème blush #210, Charlotte Tilbury pillow talk lip liner and colourpop liquid lipstick in bumble.
Hair – Loose beach waves

Colette: Dress – Peek Kids

Photographer: Jen Gagliardi

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Enchanted 1st Birthday


Our baby girl turns 1! I wanted something very special for her big celebration and while planning her party it started to feel as if I were planning her wedding. A beautiful photoshoot was in the order, which has the same importance to me as engagement photos are for weddings.

She’s our little princess, so naturally I went with a fairytale themed 1st birthday party called, Colette’s Enchanted ONEderland. This shoot was a preview to her party and anything enchanted to me meant outdoor forest “magical” setting. The problem was she’s still a baby and needed to nap every 2 hours so we couldn’t go to an actual forest. Luckily for us, there’s a park down the street from our house that we take her to all the time and I just knew it would work.

Once the location was set, next up was wardrobe! Styling outfits has always been my favorite part! Hunting for the perfect little dress for this princess of mine wasn’t easy but when I stumbled upon her dress I just knew it was the one! It has a champagne gold sequined top and a full feather and tulle skirt, which sort of resembles my wedding gown in a way. I still swoon over her pretty dress every time I look at it. Once I found her dress the rest all came together.

For the family part of the shoot I wanted everyone to look effortless and not over styled. My husband’s tailored navy suit and a wool cable sweater really complimented Colette’s gold and ivory dress. I went with a deep red colored dress to add to a winter feel. My makeup was darker then usual, I decided on berry stained lips and dark smokey eyes to add contrast to Colette’s innocent and pure look.

I kept the props minimal, just a couple vintage crowns and fresh hydrangeas was all that was needed nothing too busy. A lot of the details were hand-made because I wanted everything to be very special and memorable. I also baked her cake for the first time!

We were all so excited to see her to smash the cake the entire time but our little lady is truly a princess, she cried the minute the frosting got on her fingers! It was her first time tasting anything sweet and her reaction was just the funniest, she hated it and wanted nothing to do with it. She started whining and on the verge of crying when we tried to get her to smash her cake, so no cake smashing after all. Bummer! It was also nap time for her so I decided to throw some “fairy dust” on her cute little feet right before she fell asleep.

It was so much fun watching her take pictures, we just love her so much and couldn’t wait for her big party!

Photos by: Kristen Booth

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Maria (who is also my new sister-in-law) wanted something soft and romantic for her rustic themed wedding. I am a huge fan of soft makeup for outdoor weddings, so I played up the eyes and did lots of contouring so that the features shows up in photos. I blended everything out with soft shades of pinks and peaches so that the makeup looks pretty and subtle which works for both morning and evening.

Maria’s big day started at 9:00 am for her Chinese Tea Ceremony, so we started the makeup at 5 am and no one needed any touch ups throughout the entire day! I just made sure the girls reapply their lips after they eat, the makeup last until midnight! The wedding venue was straight from a wedding magazine, such a pretty wedding!

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I had an amazing time getting Heather and her bridal party ready for her big day. I walked into their suite at The Lofts at the Hilton Gaslamp, San Diego and everyone was just sitting around relaxed in their cute robes, it was the first time I came into such a large bridal party that was so calm and organized. Heather is so detail oriented everything about her wedding was perfect and absolutely gorgeous! She was so sweet and easy to work with she knew exactly what she wanted and we also did a trial run before, bronze eyes with smoked out liner and peachy pinks on cheeks and lips. Her bridal party went with different shades of lavender shadows but had more dramatic smokey eyes. Everyone looked absolutely stunning, such a beautiful wedding!
Photography by the talented Katrina Louise 

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Carolyne is such a cute bride to work with, we got her and her bridal party ready at 5 am in Dana Point on your big day, even though it was early everyone was so much fun! The beautiful bride went with soft smokey eyes, natural cheeks/lips and glowing skin. While the bridal party had darker smokey eyes and natural cheeks/lips. They all looked beautiful throughout the day.

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Before & After, Linh


Linh wanted very dark smokey eyes, so I used MAC’s carbon eye shadows blended with Saddle eye shadow to create a softer dark smokey eye. She wanted simple hair so I gave her some loose waves and and teased it for some volume. We were both very happy with the finished look.

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