Boudoir session - not what you are expecting

Today I wanted to talk to you a little about scheduling some time for yourself to explore your fun, sassy and sexy side. I am talking about a boudoir session! :)

Yes, I know it sounds scary and totally out of character for most of us to strut around in lingerie in front of a stranger and to top that off - being photographed! ugh!

But what if I told you this would be a life changing, transforming and super fun experience you will never forget and end up with some Ahhmazing! photos of yourself that you can gift to your boyfriend, hubby or even to yourself.

My friend Lori, the owner of Lori Mann Photography, has been photographing women for over 20 years! She started her career in LA and now we are oh so lucky to have her here in Philadelphia.

Her sessions are fun and relaxed, and there are no males allowed on the set so you can get as comfortable as you want to.

You are the one who decides how tame or risky you want your photos to be. You can wear a tank top and boy shorts or nothing at all. 

If you are looking for a fun gift idea for an anniversary, wedding, or birthday present for your man, this will be one unforgettable surprise for him! 

And as a side note, I’ll be the one doing your hair and makeup!

To top it all off, Lori is offering a special discount exclusively for my clients and followers!

Visit Lori's website for more information at www.LoriMannPhotography.com

Bridal Beauty Lookbook Series

We just can't get enough of gorgeous Sarah! 

Today we are featuring this super fun dress by Rue De Seine from Lovely Bride Philadelphia. The crochet detail and removable shoulder bands are just so alluring!
 

Since this dress has such a 60s vibe we wanted to pair with with makeup and hair what would fit in that era as well. Soft easy hair, pinned to one side with a hair comb by Untamed Petals.

Makeup is also very effortless with flared lashes and a bit more black liner to add to that 60's feel. Brown toned lipstick is timeless and enhances Sarah's beautiful complexion and freckles.

Photos by Carina @ Love Me Do Photography

Dress and jewelry from Lovely Bride Philadelphia.

Makeup and Hair by Aleksandra Ambrozy

Bridal Beauty Lookbook

Today we are featuring few shots from our collaboration with Love Me Do Photography and Lovely Bride Philadelphia.

How fun is this two piece dress with off the shoulders top! Casual yet classic, very 70-ties! 

We paired this dress with a soft waves and natural bronze toned makeup. Sarah looked gorgeous!

Dress by Noel and Jean

Earrings by Ti Adoro

Bracelet by Keren Wolf

All from Lovely Bride

Makeup and Hair by Aleksandra

Photography by Carina at

Model Sarah Clayton

New Year's Eve inspired Bridal look

As you are getting ready for the celebration tonight please enjoy the photos from this glamorous shoot we did with Love Me Do Photography, Lovely Bride and model Sarah Clayton.

Dress by Theia

Earrings by Ti Adoro

Bracelet by Keren Wolf

 

Real bride: Becky

Becky and James got married on a beautiful fall day at the Horticulture Center marries I am just in love with the amazing photos by Jessica Hendrix Photography who captured the style, mood and love between those two perfectly.

Makeup was done by me (Aleksandra) and hair by Jaclyn. Becky wanted a very classic makeup with a bold red lip and simple eye with lots of lashes and black eyeliner. She has an amazing head of red locks which Jackie pinned up into this stunning updo - which went perfectly with the whole look.

Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Fall Campaign with BHLDN

Today I would like to share with you few images from a  2016 fall ad campaign I worked on in NYC with BHLDN.

Photography was done by Jeff Vallee

Our lovely model was Christina Carodona aka Trop Rouge

Makeup and hair by me: Aleksandra Ambrozy

Press preview with BHLDN

Last month Aleksandra and Jaclyn had to pleasure of working with BHLDN on their Bridal Fashion week press preview in NYC. We just adore working with this brand, not only for the amazing dresses and accessories but also for the super fun and laid back team of women they have on their staff. It is always a lovely experience.

Here are some images from that fun day. Hope you enjoy!

Styled shoot with Ashley Mintz Photography

Few weeks ago I had the pleasure of being part of this beautiful stylized shoot with a team of wonderful vendors. We had so much fun creating those beautiful images, I hope you will enjoy looking at them :)

Ashley Mintz (photography)

Hellow Wren bird- Hand lettering by Ashley Wren ( invitations + calligraphy )

Ashe B. Co- ( Bridal dresses )

Julia B ( ring boxes )

Whipped Bakeshop ( cake )

Reinhard Modeling Agency ( model )

La Petite Fleur ( florals )

 Aleksandra Ambrozy (makeup and hair)

Real Bride Victoria

I am just obsessed with the photos by the amazing Emily Wren from this wedding. I received the link from her yesterday and I just couldn't wait to share with you! Victoria looks absolutely stunning thanks to Zoe who did the makeup and Staci who did the hair. 

The wedding took place at the Olde Bar in Philadelphia.

I hope you will enjoy the photos as much as I do!!

Dress Maker:  Rebecca Schoneveld 

Website:http://www.rebeccaschoneveld.com

Florist: Petite Jardin En Ville -Claudia Roux

Website:  http://www.petitjardinenville.com

Photography by Emily Wren

Stylized shoot

Today we are featuring some photos we did with Carina Romano. Our lovely model Melissa was a perfect face for a classic red lip that complimented this cute red dress I found at Ceuntry 21.  We wanted this shoot to be fresh, cute and breezy and I believe that we accomplished it pretty well!

I used KohGenDo Aqua Foundation to create a flawless canvas for the bright lip. That is my biggest tip for you if you are trying to pull of a red or any bright tone on your lips. You have to conceal all redness in your face. You will be amazed with the difference! Try it!
 

On the eyes I used Charlotte Tilbury Feline Flick Pen - really my favorite for a precise and defined liner. 

Photography: Carina Romano

Model: Melissa Perota @Reinhard Agency

Makeup and Hair: Aleksandra Ambrozy

Real bride Britany Maack

Yesterday I had the pleasure of doing makeup for the lovely Britany Maack. Her wedding took place at the Berkshire Country Club in Reading PA. The bride wore stunning bridal gown by Reem Acra. Here is sneak peak photo from People.com of Britany and her maid of honor Taylor Swift. 

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Aleksandra's picks - Spring 2016 Couture Fashion Shows : Valentino

This Grecian inspired collection fresh from Paris is full of rich detailing that any queen would envy and still whimsical, feminine and a bit seductive. Think chiffon, gold print, velvet and embroidered butterflies. 

Makeup  done by the legendary Pat McGrath was kept clean and fresh with peachy accents on eyes and lips.The skin has a glow from within quality with satin finish thats both classic and modern. 

Hair styled by Gudio Palau was parted in the middle, sleeked and swept to the back; accented by custom snake headpiece by Harumi Klossowski. 

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And look who I spotted in the show!! Our Julia Fleming :) We just did a shoot with her this past Fall! 

Photos courtesy of syle.com

Real Bride Jenna

Last year with had the pleasure of doing makeup and hair for Jenna. Her  early spring wedding took place at Vie  and her and the bridal party were getting ready at the Le Meridien in  Philadelphia. Jenna was definitely a very glamorous bride and she had a vision of a modern yet classic look that we always love. She wanted a smooth vintage style on her hair and a very Hollywood makeup with a pop of fuchsia lip color. I think this look fit her perfectly!

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Bridal Beauty Look Book Fall 2015 - part 3

Words can not express how excited I am to share the images from this portion of the shoot we did last fall with Love Me Do Photography and Lovely Bride Philadelphia! They are just gorgeous!!!!

I almost can't breathe when I look at them and I hope they take your breath away as well!

xoxo

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Model is Julia Fleming @Reinhart

Dress is Bespoken from Claire La Faye  @Lovely Bride Philadelphia

Jewelry by Tanna Paradis

Makeup and Hair by Aleksandra Ambrozy

Shot on location in Old City Philadelphia


Real Bride Alishia

October is my absolute favorite month for weddings in Philadelphia area! The weather, light and colors are just prefect. And so was our stunning bride Alishia!

She and her bridal party were getting ready on this beautiful October morning in the lovely Hotel Monaco in Old City Philadelphia. We love doing makeup and hair in this hotel as they have just wonderful natural light coming in through their large windows.

Alisha and her friends and family were so much fun to work with! The bride was relaxed and glowing  and even though there was some rain it did not stop them from getting the most gorgeous photos!!!

I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Photography by Eric and Chis at The Artist Group.
Makeup was done by Aleksandra and hair by Jaclyn.

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Bridal Beauty Look Book Fall 2015 part 2

Another beautiful shoot with Love Me Do Photography and Lovely Bride Philadelphia!

 

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Model is Julia Fleming @Reinhart

Dress is Beilin from Watters @Lovely Bride Philadelphia

Jewelry by Tanna Paradis

Makeup and Hair by Aleksandra Ambrozy

Shot on location in Old City Philadelphia



Contouring - What do you really need to know.

Photo: Elena Kuznetsova / Makeup: Aleksandra Ambrozy

Photo: Elena Kuznetsova / Makeup: Aleksandra Ambrozy

     What is countering? Do we all really need this in everyday application or is it something that we should save for special events only? 

        Thanks to the Kardashians and Instagram’s “makeup artists” everyone now asks to be “contoured”. Many makeup brands have come up with new contouring products and palettes with step-by-step instructions on how to get a slimmer nose and higher cheekbones.

With all the overwhelming information many of our clients are left quite confused and discouraged, also many never learn the proper techniques by trying to follow tips of “wanna-be” You Tube makeup artists who can really only do one kind of makeup – on themselves in very controlled environment (their bedroom).

The fact is that contouring techniques have existed and have been used by professional makeup artists for many, many years.  All the Old Hollywood movie starts and classic actresses were contoured; anchors on news channels and live stage performers. Contouring was developed to add shape to a face, correct it and to add dimension in a strong light environment and on camera.

Many of us makeup artist have also have been using this technique for our bridal and special event clients; again to shape, lift and add dimension to their faces as they are photographed.  With that being said we now see more and more women who heavily contour their faces even when they just go to a grocery store….

The purpose of contouring is to create a “natural” shadow on the face which will define or shape the features. 

Be careful when choosing the product to contour with - many contouring products are the wrong shade! The color should be similar to your natural shadow. Take a look at yourself in the mirror without any makeup; what is the shade you see around your eyes, under your chin? This is the shade you should use to contour. With exception of East Indian or Black skin tones with a lot of warm undertones, most of us will be looking for a shade closer to a grey tone. I find that many of the contouring palettes are extremely warm toned! I also don’t recommend using a bronzer for contouring for the same reasons. You simply want to create a natural looking shadow on your face.

 

Some of my favorite contouring products include

 

 For creams: Smashbox

 

 For Powder: Charlotte Tilbury

 

When using a powdered contouring product use the lightest touch possible, I love a fan brush for that.

With cream products blend, blend and once more blend. You should not be able to see any harsh lines and again less is more.

In my opinion we really don’t need all of this for everyday makeup, you can get a great result with just a touch of bronzer and blush to give your face some dimension and life and leave the contouring for special occasions.

I am always a fan of natural, glowing faces!