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With Winter passing and Spring around the corner it’s a perfect time to plan a photoshoot. Soon the blooms of the flowers and trees will begin to decorate our landscape. That means it’s a perfect time to book an appointment with your favorite photographer. I am a professional makeup artist in the Washington, D.C. area and Angela Goodhart and I have worked together for 10 years. She and I love to help our clients achieve the perfect headshots and portraits.  Here are some of the tips we share with our clients before their shoot, for both indoor and outdoor shoots.

 

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When a client books a session with me before their photoshoot it is wonderful for so many reasons. My favorite reason is simply for them to be pampered! Sometimes we are moving so fast that we forget to slow down and take care of ourselves. So many clients tell me that they are so happy they treated themselves to having me style their hair and do their makeup because it was a great way to relax before their shoot. They feel like their pictures look great not only because they had professional hair and makeup, but also because when they finally got in front of the camera all the issues of the day were farther away in their rear-view mirror. They tell me that they were really able to relax and enjoy themselves!

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It’s a great idea to take care of some small details too. Believe it or not, there is a chance that your fingernails will show up in the picture. Sometimes a simple pose will incorporate your hand being in the shot. I recommend having a professional manicure done before the shoot. Celebrity photoshoots at the top magazines always have a manicurist on set! If you can’t get a professional manicure then consider taking a few minutes to give yourself a simple manicure, both women and men, and remember to check the nails on your teen boys and girls too. Just take a moment to cut and smooth out rough nails. For women, I recommend a light or clear polish. Dark nails and nail designs are fun but can be distracting in the final picture. And the “perfect nails” today may seem trendy our outdated as you look back at the pictures one day. Keeping it simple is the best bet!

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The same guidelines are great for hair and makeup too. I love making women of all ages feel beautiful. But my goal is always that they feel like a more beautiful version of themselves. The makeup I do on my clients is what I call “simple beauty.” I don’t set out to change their look, I want to simply enhance their God-given beauty. I don’t recommend any trendy hair or makeup for a photoshoot. If it’s homecoming or prom that is a different story! But for a headshot or senior portrait session I like simple hair and makeup. I always make sure my client or Angela has lip color, powder and or oil blot sheets, and a hair brush on location so that my clients can touch up at the shoot.

The most important tips for hair are: 1 – Get a fresh trim on your hair, especially if it is long. It will curl much better if the ends of your hair are fresh and it will look so healthy! I promise that cutting off an inch will make you look better – not worse! 2 – Have clean roots and dry hair when you arrive to my studio. And 3 – If you have super curly hair consider getting a blow out before you come to see me. I can style hair for your shoot but if it is super curly, and you want a straight look, it’s best if you arrive with a fresh blow out.

 

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No matter if you hire me to do your makeup and style your hair for your photo shoot, or for prom or any special occasion in your life, you will be treated like a celebrity! I have a studio in Sterling, Virginia where I love to pamper my clients. I travel the country to take classes from the best celebrity makeup artists in the country. I keep up to date on the latest tips and trends and my makeup kit is stocked with the best professional products the industry offers.

I also care about your skin. I want skin to look radiant and natural. I use foundation that is very popular amongst the industry’s best artists. The products I use are also used in TV and film because they leave everyone’s skin looking healthy and natural! I encourage everyone to take great care of their skin, hydrating it and exfoliating it before they see me if at all possible. I can walk you through a plan a few weeks before your shoot to help your skin look amazing by the time you meet with me. Drinking lots of water and using a lip conditioner weeks before the shoot help a lot. The better your skin is the better your makeup will look! I offer lot’s of amazing products to help you accomplish all of this on my website www.MeredithEhler.com.

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I believe in natural skincare. I want the products that are used on my clients to be chemical free. Much of the skincare available on my site from Limelight by Alcone is chemical free, mostly organic, and even carbon footprint free. Much of the makeup in my kit is paraben free and cruelty free as well. I am always available to help, even if you have not scheduled a shoot, to help you. Message me anytime to talk about a simple beauty routine or a makeup lesson.

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I believe that in inner beauty glows in the final photo just as much as outer beauty. My goal is always to be a blessing to you! I want all of my clients to look and feel beautiful as they step in front of Angela’s lens! I look forward to hearing from you. Message me questions because I am always doing live videos on Facebook and would love to address any questions you may have.

You can find me on Facebook and the web at MeredithEhler.com. And on Instagram at Meredith_Ehler and Twitter @MeredithEhler.

-Meredith

 

Voted Best Makeup Artist by Posh Seven Magazine | Meredith Ehler | Loudoun County, Virginia

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I am so excited and honored to have been awarded Best Makeup Artist by Posh Seven Magazine! Thank you much to everyone who voted for me! My clients mean everything to me! There are many professional makeup artists in the Washington, DC area and I am so grateful that you chose me! My goal is always to have women feel pampered, blessed, and like a princess when they leave my studio. I love when women look in the mirror after I have done their hair and makeup and they smile, or say “wow!”. We are all beautiful. I just like to make sure women know they are beautiful!

In Northern Virginia life moves so fast. There isn’t always time to take care of yourself. That is why, when a client comes and sits in my chair, I want to make it worth her while. I incorporate beauty tips and teach techniques that I am using as I am doing her hair and/or makeup. I want to make her beauty routine more streamlined so that life gets a little easier because we have met.

Please follow me on Instagram at @Meredith_Ehler and Twitter @MeredithEhler. Also LIKE my Facebook page and make sure to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss a post.  LOTS of exciting things happening at MeredithEhler.com so stay tuned!!!

Thanks again for all of your support! 

Meredith

 

How to Prep for Your Photo Shoot | Meredith Ehler | Makeup Artist/Wardrobe Stylist | Northern Virginia

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So you have found a photographer that you click with!  Great! Now it’s time to prep for your shoot.  The better prepared you are for the shoot the more confident you can be that your pictures will be amazing, and will reflect the most beautiful you possible.

Whether your photo shoot is for your headshot, profile picture, senior portraits, family portrait, or any other reason you have decided to treat yourself to a professional photo shoot, these tips will help you prepare.

Clean Hair

Make sure your hair is clean and dry, and ready for your on-site hair stylist to style.  If you are doing your own hair, make sure your roots appear clean and dry.  It’s a great idea to use styling products that help add volume and body, and keep hair from flying away.  But if you don’t use styling products on a regular basis I suggest you do a trial run the week before.

Mani/Pedi

Here is your excuse to do a little pampering!  You never know when your hands and face will show in a picture.  Having a simple, subtle mani/pedi done before your shoot ensures that nothing will detract from your beautiful face!  I recommend light colors or a french manicure.

Wardrobe Planning

Taking time to plan out your wardrobe before your shoot helps your shoot go smoothly.  Stay away from crazy patterns or items that are too trendy.  Make sure you choose the right jewelry and undergarments for each outfit.  Choose the shoes that are appropriate for the outfit and the setting if you are going to have a natural light shoot.  I recommend trying on your outfit, accessories and all, and make sure you like the look.  Ask your photographer or stylist any questions you may have.  When in doubt, bring an extra outfit so you have the flexibility to change your mind when you are on location.

Touch-up Kit

I recommend that all of my clients bring a touch-up kit with them to the shoot.  It’s so beneficial to have some basics with you so that you can be your own stylist during the shoot.  If your hair gets messy because you are changing outfits, or the wind is blowing, you will need a hair brush.  If you know you tend to get shiny it’s great to have oil-blot sheets or a compact of powder on hand.  And almost all of us have experienced lip gloss disappearing on us.  Having lip color on hand to re-apply during the shoot will keep your makeup balanced and you looking fresh.

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My goal is for you to have an amazing time with your photographer!  I feel that the preparation you do before your shoot will help you feel relaxed and comfortable during the shoot.  And, having a few items with you on location will ensure your last pictures look as good as the first!  The only problem I expect you will have is choosing which pictures are your favorite!

Meredith

Photo Credit: Angela Goodhart of Goodhart Photogrpahy

 

Closet Makeover Services | Meredith Ehler | Image Consultant | Fairfax County, VA

Can you use a closet makeover?  If you answered “Yes!” you are not alone.  I recently received a comment on this very blog from a woman named Jill.  She was inquiring about my closet services and hoped to have me out to her home to organize her closet.  After exchanging a few emails we scheduled an appointment and I met her at her house.  We got right to work.

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Jill has a great sense of style and knows what colors and styles look great on her so we didn’t spend too much time on those topics.  We spent most of our time analyzing the clothes she has and loves, discussing their condition and new ways to wear them.  Some clothing got sent to a “dry clean” pile because I may have detected a spot or stain.  Some got sent to a “charity” pile.  These items were ones that she no longer is enjoying yet they still have life left in them.  That way she can bless someone less fortunate with her still-wearable clothes.

The clothes we were left with were those that she still enjoys wearing and that still look great on her.  We organized them in a logical way in her closet.  I recommend hanging items in “like groups”.  I put her tanks and blouses together in order of sleeve legnth, color, and whether it’s for work or play.  We started on one end with tanks, then short sleeves, then long.  We hung her “work only” clothing in one area.  As some shirts could be work on both occasions, those were hung with her everyday shirts.  The end goal is that when she is getting dressed she can ignore the “work only” clothing and go straight to the everyday clothing.

We stored out of season clothing in a corner of the closet so that the first clothes she sees are those that she will wear most often.  She had a great hanging accessory organizer.  We purged that as well as a shoe bin.

My goal is always to leave my clients with a new happy place…their newly organized closet.  My wish is that each morning their closet greets them like a new best friend waiting to meet them for coffee.  I want getting dressed to be effortless and accessorizing a breeze.

I just heard from Jill and she is enjoying her new closet.  She said she enjoyed having me and may have me back as the season’s change to do the same thing to her winter wardrobe.  Did I mention she is smart too?  -Meredith

 

 

Prom Prep | Meredith Ehler | Fashion Stylist | Northern Virginia

It’s PROM TIME!  I am so happy for all of the lucky girls who get to look forward to prom! When I was in high school I loved prom – any excuse to get dressed up and buy a new dress!

Three beautiful girls I had the pleasure of doing hair and makeup for – Sammy, Arie and Kelsey from Potomac Falls High School!

As you are preparing for prom I have a few tips for you.

Dress:  The item upon which all other prom elements revolve!  Once you have your dress you can accessories with shoes, jewelry and the right bag.  Then I suggest taking some time to do trials with your friends for hair and makeup.  Take pictures of each other in your prom dresses with your hair and makeup done.  This way you can see how the dress works with the colors of makeup you have chosen and whether you like your hair up or down depending on the lines of the dress.

Hair:  Depending on how simple or blingy your dress is, you should choose a hair style that flatters the overall look for the evening.  Long and straight with a simple rhinestone barrette, simple curls, or an up-do with tons of interest each add a different feel to your look.  I recommend balancing the hairstyle with the entire ensemble.  Having a crazy hairstyle with a very detailed dress may be a bit much.  Sometimes it’s nice to have one element being sleek while another takes center stage!

Makeup:  Prom is the perfect time to shine!  Don’t be afraid to sparkle whether it’s eye shadow or shimmer on the top of your cheek bones or shoulders.  This is the night to have fun with makeup you would not normally be daring enough to wear.  I recommend trying fake eyelashes too!  ELF.com sells them for just a few dollars.  Practice before the big night because using the eyelash glue can be tricky.  I will post a blog with tips on applying lashes soon!

Friends: Finally – have a safe and fun night.  Start off the night with your girlfriends, and maybe a makeup artist and hair stylist like me!  Take lots of fun pictures and enjoy your night!  I would love to post some of your pix on my blog so message me!  -Meredith

How to Prepare for Your High School Senior Portrait Session | Meredith Ehler | Image Consultant | Loudoun County, Virginia

Congratulations – you are about to have a portrait session with a professional photographer!  Get excited because you are in for a great time!  There is a bit of homework to do beforehand however.  But don’t worry,  it’s fun homework.  You have to become your own personal stylist to ensure that you look amazing in your pictures!

Whether your session is in a studio or outside, you need to prepare yourself and the outfits you will be wearing for the shoot.  As a stylist I want to make sure your personality shines through but doesn’t overwhelm “you” in your pictures.  Choose your hair style, makeup and wardrobe carefully so that your style is your perfect accessory!

Choosing Your Outfits

Most likely you will be photographed in a “drape” for your yearbook picture as well as in a few of your own outfits.   The typical outfits to prepare are a few casual outfits, an outfit that reflects your hobby like a sport or an instrument you play, and a formal outfit like a prom dress.  Your job is to go through your wardrobe, plan out the outfits and accessorize each of them, from jewelry to the shoes and even undergarments they may require.  Solid colors are best because patterns and busy designs can be overwhelming and don’t always photograph well.  You can always bring an outfit you aren’t sure about with you and the photographer will let you know if it will work.  Shoes don’t always show in the shot but assume they will and bring them along just in case.

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Attention to Details

During your session you will be posing in different positions.  Some poses will show your fingernails and maybe even toenails.  Make sure to have a fresh manicure and pedicure for your shoot.  Even if you do your nails yourself.  Choosing a simple color, even a clear coat or a french manicure will look great in the pictures.  If you choose a deep color or a mutli-colored manicure it may be distracting.  And remember, we want YOU to stand out, not your nails.

Think about the jewelry and watch you wear in the shoot.  I recommend choosing different accessories that fit the “feel” of each outfit.  For example:  remove your sport watch or friendship bracelets for outfits that are dressy like a prom dress or senior drape.  I suggest laying your outfits out on your bed, with clothing, shoes and accessories too.  This way you can see everything for the entire shoot right in front of you.  If anything stands out too much, consider swapping out that item for one with a more subtle look.  The most important thing in your pictures is you!  Your personal style should not overwhelm you in your pictures.

Beauty Prep

Little things can show up in a big way in your photos.  I recommend having your hair and makeup done by me or a professional like me before your shoot.  I finish the session by making  sure my clients have the essentials with them to do touch ups during the shoot as well.  I recommend bringing a lip gloss with some color in it to re-apply as yours wears off, a compact of powder or oil-blot sheets in case you get shiny, and a hair brush to keep your hair from getting messy as you change your outfits.

A week before consider having your eyebrows shaped and make sure your roots don’t need a touch up.

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OR – Hire a Stylist to Get Ready for Your Shoot

Treat yourself to one of my most popular services  - styling services before and during photo shoots.  I will do all of the work for you!  I am available to help you plan your wardrobe as well as do your hair and makeup for the session.  I can also stay during the session to style you during the shoot, ensuring that you look your absolute best in your photos. Most importantly – have fun and SMILE!

-Meredith

 

 

Makeup for High School Seniors | Meredith Ehler | Makeup Artist | Sterling, Virginia

This past week I had the pleasure to do makeup for 2 beautiful rising high school seniors, Marisa and Maddy.   Basically I am their personal stylist – just like stars have before they walk the red carpet

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I have the privilege of working with a few local Fairfax and Loudoun County photographers and their clients.  The clients typically come to me before they have their photo session for makeup, hair styling, and styling of their outfits they will be wearing for the session.  It’s traditional for high school students, both girls and guys, to have a professional photographer do a portrait session just before their senior year.

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Today, the session with Marisa started with styling her wardrobe.  We chose the outfits that will work best in front of a camera.  We chose the accessories that will best highlight each outfit.  Today’s shoot was with Angela Goodhart of Goodhart Photography.  She has amazing backdrops that work with a myriad of colors and styles of clothing, and personalities!

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Then we moved onto makeup.  My goal is to have my client go to her photography session feeling beautiful and confident.  I like to prepare each girl for what to expect during the shoot.  The more they know then the quicker they can become comfortable in front of the camera and the more fun they will have!

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Any occasion for a professional is a perfect occasion for me to style you!  I recently did hair and makeup for a beautiful client who was doing a special photo book for her husband-to-be as a wedding gift.   I am also available to stay with your during the shoot and style each shot to make sure your hair, makeup, and wardrobes look amazing!   Schedule me right after you schedule your shoot with your photographer to ensure I am available for your shoot date.

-Meredith

Accessorize In An Instant! | Meredith Ehler | Wardrobe Stylist | Loudoun County, Virginia

Some say that accessories make the outfit.  I know that I feel more put together when I am well accessorized.  But I don’t always make time to add finishing touches.  All of that changed when I bought a few key organization pieces.  Now that things are organized and I can see what I have I can add key pieces in an instant.

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I use a tie hanger for necklaces.  A jewelry organizer from an accessory store is great for small pieces like earrings, pendants  and pins.  A few S-hooks are perfect for a few belts. And a felt lined scarf holder keeps my scarves organized without being wrinkled.  I have a jewelry organizer with bigger pockets for bracelets and flowers that  I use as hair accessories.

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My super-chic girlfriend has a fantastic collection of jewelry.  She uses similar jewelry organizers.  Her organizers are juicy – stuffed to the brim with all kinds of treasures.

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It’s time to get your accessories out of the drawers and bins so you can see them and get accessorized in an instant!  -Meredith

 

Make Your Wardrobe Grow | Meredith Ehler | Fashion Stylist | Loudoun County, Virginia

 

A long-term client of mine is starting a new business venture and she hired me to come into her closet to style her wardrobe.  I discussed her new position with her and we determined that her new position calls for her to be chic but not trendy, conservative but not boring, feminine but not flirty.  Tasked with the job to style a few fabulous outfits from her current wardrobe, I went to work.

We started each look with an item I call an “anchor piece”.  The anchor piece is the item of clothing around which all other pieces of the look are chosen.  This can be a person’s favorite piece that they wear all of the time like a basic blazer.  It can also be an item that has a lot of style or personality but doesn’t get worn often because it’s not clear how it should be styled.  That means a waste of money, which I hate!  So I was determined to utilize all of her strong, anchor pieces, whether they be her favorites or just pieces that I knew would make a statement.

Take a minute to take a close look at your own closet.  Identify your anchor pieces.  Make sure clothing is clean and that there are no visible signs of wear and tear.  If there are, take them to a dry cleaner and or tailor to see if they can be freshened up or fixed.

This goes for jewelry as well.  I love costume jewelry because it is a quick and affordable way to add style and trends to your personal style.  But costume jewelry can often show wear and tear after just a few wearings.  I did ask my client to pick up a few great jewelry pieces like a pair of silver and a pair of gold large, slim hoop earrings, a few cuffs, and fun statement pieces like a large, whimsical ring, to up the “diva ante” on an otherwise conservative outfit.

Needless to say she was thrilled and she felt like she had a new wardrobe.  I left her with these photos, snapped with her phone, of each pairing so that she could see them easily and get dressed without stress.  -Meredith

Save Money By Hiring A Closet Organizer | Meredith Ehler | Fashion Stylist | Sterling, Virginia

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Am I the only one who cleans out my kitchen pantry only to find that I have 4 bottles of ketchup?  When I am disorganized I tend to buy too much of one item because I can’t see that I already own a few.  The same thing happens in my closet because when i am disorganized I forge to wear the things I can’t find which is a waste of time and money!

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my closet.

Prioritizing yourself, your closet and your wardrobe can ultimately save you time and money.  Each time I organize a closet, the client feedback inevitably includes, “I had no idea I had so many pairs of jeans”, or “I had no idea i had so many necklaces….”.   When a client can stand at her closet and look in and see her clothing organized by item and color that means they can choose a well styled outfit quickly and easily.  They can see their entire wardrobe all at once, which means items will have a better chance at being used and enjoyed, making the most of your money.

Organized Necklaces.

Organized Necklaces.

When you know what you have – you know what you need.  My clients can shop with confidence knowing exactly what they own and what they may have over purchased or where they may have gaps in their wardrobe. I always gently encourage my clients to donate any items they are no longer enjoying, either because it no longer suits their style or because they have too many of one item to get enjoyment from each.   Based on the items that still work in their wardrobe I make suggestions on what to add, giving my clients confidence that the money they do spend in the future will be on the right pieces. My recommended future purchases will round out their wardrobes, maximizing the items they already have and enjoying getting dressed with ease.  -Meredith