Not Your Mama's Maternity Session: Dark & Sultry Makeup

If I'm honest, I had a hard time wrapping my head around the concept for this styled shoot because I have become so accustomed to descriptions like "light", "airy", "soft", "pretty", & "romantic" when being briefed on the look & feel for 99.9999% of all maternity sessions. So while I was excited to do something new, Breanna (Blooming Images) had to really coax me along; "A little darker lipstick, Christy... come on... daaaaarker". & boy, am I thrilled with the results! I love it & I love that it is different than what I've always done for maternity photos. As for hair, I wanted to showcase the makeup, the florals by Stephanie Yardman, & Cameron's gorgeous face, so I decided to put her hair up high & leave it sort of casual & effortless.

Photos by Blooming Images

Florals by Stephanie Yardman Floral Design

Makeup & Hair by C. Johnson Makeup

Thank you to this beautiful mama; Cameron Storie

Located in Northern New Mexico

Real Wedding

With a background in dancing & pageantry, our gorgeous bride, Carin looked incredible wearing a sophisticated makeup look, emphasizing her natural beauty. I took extra care to keep her makeup very clean & precise, & our team was especially excited to show off her beautiful hair by giving her a sexy, loose curl (which paired perfectly with the elegant neckline of her dress). Carin is undeniably beautiful & her bridal party was one of the most fun groups we've had the pleasure of doing makeup for! Leave it to wedding planner, Maria Socha from Sealed With A Kiss to coordinate a stunning wedding featuring bold red bridesmaids gowns & elegant white flowers amidst the gorgeous backdrop of Hotel Albuquerque. & thank goodness for the immeasurably talented Tony Gambino for capturing it all!

Chic & Stunning Hair & Makeup

Here are some of our favorite images from the Anniversary photo session we did at the end of August. Take a peek inside the beautiful new chapel at Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Downtown. Photos by Blue Rose Photography. Flowers by Albuquerque Florist, Inc.. Styling by Lauren, owner of Just Lovely Weddings. Makeup & Hair by us - C. Johnson Makeup. Groom's attire by Suits Unlimited Models: Emilia and Konrad.049bluerosephotography

Ultra-Elegant Bridal Hair & Makeup

For this photo shoot I paired bold, elegant makeup with classic, romantic hair. I wanted to make sure that Emily's makeup was noticeable enough to stand up to the beauty of the landscape & the bright, outdoor lighting. Then, I selected the hairstyle with her gorgeous hair in mind. I wanted to simultaneously emphasize the beauty of Emily's hair while allowing it to flow softly in the gentle breezes of our lovely New Mexico landscape. I hope you all enjoy these photos as much as I do & maybe this hair & makeup will give you a little inspiration for your own wedding day or photo session. :) Hair & Makeup: C. Johnson Makeup

Venue: Paa-ko Ridge Golf Course & Event Center

Photography: Emily Joanne Weddings

Flowers: Floriography Flowers

Model: Emily Tafoya

90's Inspired Boho Hair & Makeup

We had the crazy fun opportunity to do something we absolutely love - our take on 90's hair  & makeup (I'll never not feel like the 90's were only a few years ago </3 ). Photos by the always amazing Alicia Lucia Photography

Hair & Makeup by C. Johnson Makeup & Hair

Model: Kelcie Diglio

Our Gorgeous New Studio!

We have wonderful, exciting news! We now have a physical location where we are able to host our bridal preview sessions, group makeup lessons, beauty classes, & makeup parties for special events.  Panorama Our space is well-lit & spacious, with plenty of natural light, which we all know is essential to a superb makeup application. I also purchased studio lighting, similar to what you might find in a photographer's set up, for those cloudy days when we'll need the supplemental light.

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We also have a beverage station (yay, Keurig!) because, let's face it... coffee is a necessity.

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Our walls are adorned with canvases from some of our favorite photo shoots that we've done (these canvases are from Blue Rose Photography).

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We'd love to have some visitors & our space is open by appointment only. Contact us today to set up an appointment - we'd love to see you!

Real Wedding: Historic Santa Fe Hotel

Last month, C. Johnson Makeup provided makeup & hair at a gorgeous wedding in Santa Fe, NM at the Historic Hotel La Fonda on the Plaza.  Emily Joanne Photography provided these incredible images to capture how exquisite the bride looked in this gorgeous setting.

The September weather couldn't have been more perfect - from prep to final touches on hair & makeup this was one of our most memorable weddings & we're so excited to share these images.

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A gorgeous capture of our makeup on this stunning bride.

 

We love our real weddings & are happy to travel across New Mexico & beyond to serve our clients on their loveliest days. Please call or email for your upcoming event. (505)715-9490 or christy@cjohnsonmakeup.com. Please visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/cjohnsonmakeup or online at www.cjohnsonmakeup.com

Engagement Photo Session: Hair & Makeup.

We absolutely loved working with this naturally beautiful bride. In preparation for her wedding day, we provided her with a hair & makeup trial on the day of her engagement photo shoot. Any good photographer will tell you that a professional makeup application is critical for excellent photos, even if the desired look is very natural. A good photo-ready makeup application should obscure any dark shadows, highlight the cheekbones, and emphasize the eyes. We always lightly fill in the eyebrows & add some color to the cheeks because bright lighting & camera flash can cause the natural color in our faces to become washed out. We wanted this gorgeous girl's natural beauty to shine through & we made sure to highlight all of her best features (Hello BOMBSHELL EYELASHES!). Bridal makeup and hair. C. Johnson Makeup

Bridal and engagement makeup. C. Johnson Makeup. Albuquerque, NM.

The happy couple. Albuquerque, NM.

Hair & Makeup by C. Johnson Makeup. Old Town, Albuquerque, NM. Photo by Blue Rose Photography.

Bride, Groom, & Daughter/Flower Girl at their Engagement Photo Session. Albuquerque, NM. C. Johnson Makeup.

 

Isn't this a gorgeous family? We are so excited to see them get married & to be part of their wedding day.

 

C. Johnson Makeup is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We offer on-location bridal hair & makeup for the entire bridal party, including the mother of the bride, mother of the groom, Jr. bridesmaids, and flower girls. We specialize in all-natural options for clients who have sensitive skin, & also offer airbrush & traditional makeup options.

Bridal Makeup: Moroccan-Themed Wedding.

Bridal Makeup by C. Johnson Makeup. Gown by Bridal Elegance by Darlene. Flowers by Flowers and More. Styling by Sealed with a Kiss, LLC. Photography by K. Mari Photography

Bridal Makeup by C. Johnson Makeup.

Place Cards, Menus, Table Numbers, Invitations, Etc... by Funky Olive Design Co.

Bridal Makeup by C. Johnson Makeup. Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Styled by Sealed with a Kiss, LLC.

 

Gown by Bridal Elegance by Darlene

Flowers by Flowers and More
Venue: Hotel Andaluz, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Jewelry from Chloe and Isabel/ Representative Heather Garrison
Models: Heather & Eric Garrison
Stationary, Menus, Invitations, Etc...: Funky Olive Design
Vintage/Moroccan Props: The Antique Co-Op

Victoria & Peter's Engagement Photos. Fun, Youthful Makeup.

First of all, can I just say... Victoria & Peter, C. Johnson Makeup's newest clients are the nicest couple. EVER. Just so so nice. Anyway, now that I've gotten that off of my chest, let's talk about the makeup. Victoria has such a lovely bone structure & a great natural eyebrow shape. I filled in the brows ever so lightly, just to give them a totally polished look. We also used a fun, bright pink color since the rest of the makeup was so natural. With a smokey black liner & some AWESOME, thick & bold lashes the look is complete.

Enjoy these photos of this sweet couple. I feel like these photos really captured the love between these two, as well as each of their kind, genuine personalities. Photos by Affordable Wedding Photography of New Mexico.

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Get that "Happy Bride Glow"

Last week, my client, Candace, came in asking for a moderately smokey eye & a beautiful natural looking lip for her engagement photo session. In preparation for her loveliest day (her wedding is coming up in the winter of 2014), Candace wanted to try out a makeup look similar but subtler than the look she envisioned for her wedding. Because Candace already had gorgeous skin & loooooong, enviable eyelashes, I focused on giving her the iconic 'happy bride glow'. I used my favorite highlighter from Victoria Secret - the very subtle pinkish tone gave Candace the most youthful, 'lit from within' look. Lorac's Pro Palette also came in very handy for rimming her eyes in the shade "Pewter". Typically, I avoid lining the bottom lashes, but because we were working on an engagement session & not a wedding (where we risk the bride crying off all of the bottom eyeliner), I went for it! & let me tell ya, the bottom liner MADE THIS LOOK; it was the perfect final touch.

Photos by the amazingly charming Alena Swanson (who also happens to be one of the finest Wedding Planners in the biz!). 

Aren't these photos gorgeous (& gee whiz, doesn't he look HAPPY? Maybe I should have called it the "happy groom glow" ;) )

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We just adore this couple! Thank you Candace for allowing us to be a little part of your love story. 

C. Johnson Makeup has been Featured on EvokingYou.com

We have wonderful news! Christy from C. Johnson Makeup was recently featured on EvokingYou as a guest writer.

Check out our article Professional Makeup Tips for Photography to learn the best techniques for highlighting your natural beauty for a photograph.

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Here's a before & after sneak peek image from the article:

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Click here to read the full article.

Thank you to the wonderfully talented Stephanie of S. Strine Photography for the accompanying photos.

Makeup  & hairstyling by Christy of C. Johnson Makeup.

Updated Head Shots

In the upcoming months I'll be presenting at a handful of different Bridal Shows & Expos & needed some updated head shots for marketing materials, handouts, business cards etc... I wanted to make sure everything was polished, pretty, & up-to-date so I sought out after some awesome new photos! The amazing Alicia Lucia Photography met me for a mini photo session. I am not usually the one in front of the camera so this was a fun new experience for me. Alicia has a great way of making the photo taking process easy & comfortable. Here are some of my favorite images from the session: alicialuciaphotography-18alicialuciaphotography-36 alicialuciaphotography-39

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For more info on this photographer, please visit www.AliciaLucia.com

To book C. Johnson Makeup for hair & makeup services for your next event please visit www.CJohnsonmakeup.com

Behind The Scenes: Hair & Makeup/ Sultry Boudoir Photo Session

Makeup & Hair Styling: C. Johnson Makeup. Christy Johnson & Merideth Baxter Photos: DreamSpirit Portraits

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Initial prep: old makeup removal & skin prep. We used jojoba oil & a cotton round to gently wipe away any left over mascara. We also used jojoba oil as to moisturize the rest of the face to help provide a smooth foundation application.

 

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Merideth begins curling the hair from the bottom layers to the top, working in small sections & gently spraying with hairspray after each section.

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Before & After photos showing the hair & makeup transformation. Natural/dewy skin finish. Pink/natural lip color. Light, smokey grey cat-eye.

 

Here's the final product from the photo shoot.

 

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Quick Look: Natural, Effortless Makeup for Senior Portraits

Photos  by: Alicia Lucia PhotographyMakeup by: C. Johnson Makeup

 

 

Congratulations to the smart, kind, & lovely Emma on her upcoming graduation from NMSU. The following photos are from her senior portrait session with Alicia Lucia Photography.

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Congratulations Emma; thank you for being a wonderful client & a beautiful canvas (you wear the makeup so effortlessly). & a big thank you to Alicia Lucia Photography for allowing me to share your gorgeous photos.

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For more information on pricing or makeup application packages please visit my website www.cjohnsonmakeup.com.

To find out more about Alicia Lucia Photography visit her website www.alicialucia.com.