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Complexion and Photography – preparing for your session

I am very excited to welcome Karen Burzdak of Hanu Skin Care for the first of a series of features on my blog to help you prepare for your photo session with Fleur Foto Photography.  Karen is going to help you prepare your complexion with tips on a regimen and products to use that are organic and natural.  I’ll hand things over now to Karen to explain how to get that smooth and glowing complexion you’ll want for your photo session.

“I was recently looking at some older photographs of myself, cringing at the way my skin tone and complexion looked in them.  I looked like a raccoon.  I actually asked my sister why she didn’t tell me I looked so bad at that point in my life.  We decided that I just wasn’t doing the right things to my skin to photograph well.  Everyone wants that perfect, authentic photograph.  While there are lots of factors to be considered like an amazing background, good lighting and, of course, a great photographer, one thing you should also focus on is your complexion.

Young Skin

So what could I have done about my bad photos aside from learning how to photoshop?  Getting your makeup right is key, however, first we need to talk about establishing a skin care routine using safe products.  I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to get into good skin care habits early in life.  I have lots of clients whose teenagers have broken out skin and are very self-conscious about it.  I ask them several things.  Are they washing their face regularly? Are they using safe, blemish control and moisturizing products that won’t clog their skin?  The answer is almost always, no.

First, I would recommend a clarifying face wash like this one from La Roche (available at CVS) which is fragrance and preservative free and ranked safe by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).  Next use a blemish treatment that won’t dry out sensitive skin.  I know it sounds counter-intuitive to put an oil on your oily skin, but I recommend using an oil-based product like the one we make at Hanu Skin Care.

Hanu Skin Care Young Skin Organic Blemish Complexion Treatment

The botanical oils won’t clog your pores and will work to heal your skin. Then use a moisturizer that is geared towards your skin type. For teens, I recommend this one.

Hanu Skin Care Young Skin Organic Facial Complexion Oil

It’s great for skin that is undergoing hormonal changes and contains argan oil with vitamin E, essential fatty acids, carotenes and squalene which helps to heal damaged skin combating free radicals. This product also contains Pomegranate seed oil, packed with fatty acids and antioxidants, which reduces skin inflammation while regenerating new skin and improving skin tone and elasticity. The combination of turmeric, geranium, rosemary and clove bud provide skin restorative properties while facilitating blood circulation and detoxification just below the surface of the skin.

Young teen with clear complexion against tree by Fleur Foto Photography

The model in this beautiful photo by Fleur Foto uses Hanu Skin Care Teen line to hydrate and heal her skin. She only needed minimal makeup to look flawless while some of us, ahem, older models might need more.

Adult Skin

As an adult, once you’ve established a good skin-care routine, your skin tone should start evening out, under eye circles will diminish and you’ll be able to apply makeup to enhance the way you photograph. Read my blog post: Skin Care Tips and Tricks for more advice about skincare in adulthood.

Using an oil based moisturizer specific to your skin type

Hanu Skin Care Organic Facial Complexion Oil

and under eye product will help makeup go on more smoothly.

Organic Under Eye Complexion Oil by Hanu Skin Care

Make sure you pick makeup that is not full of harmful chemicals by using EWG’s skin deep database to check your products for safety. After lots of research and trial and error (read: raccoon eyes), I recommend the following products for a flawless finish.

  • “un” cover-up by RMS Beauty is a lightweight, nontoxic concealer that blends into skin easily.
  • Mineral Airbrushing loose powder by Physicians Formula is a talc free, mineral powder that even has an SPF30 in it.
  • Lights, Camera, Lashes by Tarte is formulated without harmful parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, and sodium lauryl sulfates.

Adult with clear complexion at Meriam's Corner by Fleur Foto Photography

Choosing products that are right for your skin type is one of the most important things you can do to achieve an amazing complexion.  Make sure you take skin tone and skin type into account when you are reading the descriptions of products.

Hanu Skin Care products are formulated from organic, oil-based ingredients that will hydrate, heal and nourish your skin one cell at a time. Our skin care products are made by using a combination of beneficial, plant based oils to meet the needs of all types of skin. To ensure your product is made with the best, natural ingredients, we formulate each one by hand in small batches with 100% pure and organic oils. We don’t use any synthetic chemicals, preservatives, or GMO’s. We’re a small, Boston-based company and we perform all sourcing, formulation, and distribution. We only make products that we would use every day and in fact, we started making these products out of our desire to have these benefits for ourselves.”

Now you are armed with all the information and some great product recommendations to prepare your complexion for your photo session.  Get in touch today to book your session!

Laura is lifestyle and portrait photographer based in Londonderry, NH but also serving the surrounding areas of Windham, Nashua, Hollis, and Brookline.  Laura also works with clients in the Greater Boston area, including Groton, Newton, and Quincy.  Laura specializes in maternity, newborn, child, family and high school senior photography.

Fall Family Photos – cornfields and pumpkin patches and fields, oh my!

Now that the crazy Fall photography season has come to a close, gifts have been given and holiday cards received, I am excited to share with you some of the great sessions that took place this past Fall.  So, let’s kick this off and what better formula for excellent Fall family photos than a great organic farm in Newton, MA that not only featured a cornfield and pumpkin patch, but also a weeping willow by a pond, rolling fields, and beautiful Fall foliage!

My clients seriously make my job easy and fun!  What a great time I had with these two adorable and gorgeous girls!  They were go go go and had such fun at the farm!  We headed off first to the cornfield to play some games.

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We pulled some silly faces and chased each other…

Newton, MA family photos, cornfield photos, fall photos, fall family photos captured at an organic farm in Framingham, MA by Fleur Foto Photography

…we found a tractor with HUGE wheels we could sit in…

Newton, MA family photos, cornfield photos, fall photos, fall family photos captured at an organic farm in Framingham, MA by Fleur Foto Photography

…we picked some flowers and we had piggybacks…

Newton, MA family photos, cornfield photos, fall photos, fall family photos captured at an organic farm in Framingham, MA by Fleur Foto Photography

…and of course, they were just generally and absolutely ADORABLE!

Newton, MA family photos, cornfield photos, fall photos, fall family photos captured at an organic farm in Framingham, MA by Fleur Foto Photography

You can’t have Fall family photos in New England without featuring a red barn!  Don’t you just adore these girls?  Oh we giggled, and we hugged…and we may have kept the momentum going with some chocolate M&Ms.  Luckily mom came armed and prepared with wipes to hide the evidence!

Newton, MA family photos, cornfield photos, fall photos, fall family photos captured at an organic farm in Framingham, MA by Fleur Foto Photography

This entire family just exudes love and fun!  That, and unmistakable style!  If mom looks familiar to you, then you are correct super sleuths!  This is business owner, Karen who was featured on the very first blog post of our relaunch.  Karen owns and runs the wonderful Hanu Skincare which uses only organic ingredients.  I absolutely love these products and my latest obsession is the French Green Clay Mask – you may have been the recipient of this as a gift this Christmas because I love it so much!  I adore repeat clients and greatly treasure the trust given to me in capturing these special family memories. Thank you, Karen and Patrick for this trust, and thank you, girls, for what is to date my most energetic and fun family session.

Laura is Newton, MA family photographer specializing in portrait and lifestyle photography.  Laura is based in Londonderry, NH, but serves the surrounding area of Nashua, Windham, Hollis, Salem, Amherst, and into the greater Boston area.  The 2016 calendar is filling up quickly.  Get in touch today to book your session!

Photography gift card, deliveries, exciting new product

I won’t tell you how many shopping days you have left till the big holidays, but I will say that if you don’t already have gifts planned, you might want to start thinking about that.  If you’re anything like me, there are plenty of people on your list who are impossible to shop for; if they want something, they’ve already got it.  These people make this time of year incredibly hard for the rest of us who wish to give them a thoughtful, yet personal gift.  Well, I’m here to the rescue!  Surprise that loved one with a gift certificate for timeless photography.  Included in our holiday photography gift card offering for the bargain price of $200 are the following:

  • A pre-consultation to ensure all your wishes are captured during your session
  • 1 hour on-location photography session
  • An ordering/reveal appointment
  • 1 x 8×10 print (additional products are available for separate purchase)

Order online today and you will receive the following photography gift card in the mail to present to your lucky recipient:

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It already feels like Christmas around here with all the deliveries I am making to my clients.  It’s so much fun to wrap up your beautiful print products and then see your delighted faces as you open them.

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I also wanted to take this opportunity to present to you an exciting new product I am carrying.  I just LOVE this product (and judging from those lucky clients that have been able to see my sample, YOU will love it too!)  So far, everyone who has seen this, wants it!  Available sizes are 5×7 and 8×10 and this is perfect for a bookshelf or a desk.

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I am looking forward to solving that holiday gift dilemma for you.  Psssst – dads – mom would love the gift of photography.  You’re welcome :).

Laura Bower is portrait and lifestyle photographer, based in Londonderry, NH.  She serves Southern NH and the Greater Boston area, including Windham, Hollis, Nashua, Derry, Amherst, down into Groton and Newton, MA.  Laura loves to capture natural and emotional connections with her clients.

Windham High School Senior Portraits

It was an unexpectedly warm evening when I met Ashley for her senior portraits at Mack’s Apples in Londonderry, NH.  Ashley is a senior at Windham High School in Windham, NH.  Her family is very special to me and I was thrilled and honored when Ashley’s dad asked me to take her senior year portraits.  Ashley really wanted a natural setting to match her natural look and I think you will agree that we achieved that goal!  Ashley was a little nervous being such a focus of attention, but you would have never known as you can see in her relaxed smile that would light up a room.Windham High School Senior Portraits captured at Mack's Apples, Londonderry, NH by Fleur Foto PhotographyWindham High School Senior Portraits captured at Mack's Apples, Londonderry, NH by Fleur Foto Photography

Windham High School Senior Portraits captured at Mack's Apples, Londonderry, NH by Fleur Foto Photography

Windham High School Senior Portraits captured at Mack's Apples, Londonderry, NH by Fleur Foto PhotographyWindham High School Senior Portraits captured at Mack's Apples, Londonderry, NH by Fleur Foto PhotographyWindham High School Senior Portraits captured at Mack's Apples, Londonderry, NH by Fleur Foto Photography

Windham High School Senior Portraits captured at Mack's Apples, Londonderry, NH by Fleur Foto Photography

Windham High School Senior Portrait captured at Mack's Apples, Londonderry, NH by Fleur Foto Photography

Windham High School Senior Portraits captured at Mack's Apples, Londonderry, NH by Fleur Foto Photography

Windham High School Senior Portraits captured at Mack's Apples, Londonderry, NH by Fleur Foto Photography

It was an absolute pleasure working with you, Ashley.  I wish you, and the entire Class of 2016, the most fantastic of senior years!  In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”  Ashley, you have so much beauty!

Are you looking for a photography for your senior portraits? Check out this male senior portrait session I took in Amherst, NH.  I’d love to learn more about you and help you create the exact session you are looking for.  Drop me a line here or give me a call at (978) 571-6280.  I look forward to getting to know you!

For more information about Windham High School senior Portraits, please contact Laura Bower.  Laura is a Southern NH-based lifestyle portrait photographer specializing in families, children, newborns, maternity and high school seniors.  Laura shoots senior portraits on-location throughout NH and the Greater Boston area, including Londonderry, Derry, Hampstead, Windham, Salem, Nashua and Amherst.