On November 12th, the feisty and hilarious Jennaphr Frederick of Fox29's Good Day stopped by the studio to help me promote my recycling event and to get my opinion on make-up (uh oh) - the necessary and the not-so-necessary.
We also had a special guest with us, Bryan Barron, who was in town promoting the latest edition of "Don't Go to the Beauty Counter Without Me," a book he co-authors with Paula Begoun ("The Cosmetics Cop"). Bryan talked with Jennaphr about beauty "dupes," that is, inexpensive products that can be substituted for wicked expensive ones. So that's good.
I always tell my clients and workshop participants about Beautypedia, the online version of the book - it's a much more comprehensive and current resource for thousands of products reviews. Begoun's research team base their reviews on claims made by the manufacturers, about efficacy, for example, and the ability to turn you into Jennifer Lopez.
Video of my two spots coming soon.....
Most of the brides that I work with are looking for a classic, natural look. But then, most brides I work with are not Carrie Ann Theisen, the beautiful Ph.D. candidate who wafted into my studio one fine day...
The first time that I was contacted by Carrie, who was referred by friend and photographer Jenna Stamm, we determined that I wouldn't be available because of another wedding I was doing earlier on that October day. She contacted me again a few months later, asking if I could teach her how to do her own make-up for the wedding (Saints, preserve us!), and she also mentioned that her ceremony time had changed. Hallelujah! I could now make it to Bechtelsville in time to save her from herself. And I was so thrilled to be working with Jenna again, who was the perfect photographer for Carrie; quirky with an edge, and an eye for all of the rustic and whimsical details that made this wedding the stuff of editorial spreads.
Carrie, a tall, waifish beauty, is also a talented cognitive scientist who earned her doctorate from the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh. Her dissertation was on "arbitrariness and systematicity in emergent communication systems" (Light reading? I think not....). She is a master of the German language and has studied Japanese, and was the recipient of a prestigious Marshall Scholarship to study in UK, an award that's given to only 40 graduate students yearly. Now that's what I call a "brilliant bride."
And of course, my favorite of the lot: