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Winner! Senior Portrait Session Wins Best Photography Awards

I am thrilled to see the results of Olivia’s epic Senior Photos session continue to gain critical acclaim in the photography industry.  Chic Critique, a huge forum of pro photographers, chose Lori Michelle Photography‘s image of Olivia as one of five winners for photographs featuring Light.  At the moment she was taking the photo, the sun was setting beautifully giving everything around it a gorgeous golden glow.  I didn’t even have to look at the camera to know it would be amazing.

Chic Critique Forum winning photograph of senior portrait

Olivia opted for on location professional makeup and hair styling.  This allowed for her to dramatically change her look during the session, starting with a beautiful girl next door look and ending with a hint of vintage modern take on the 20s.  The vintage-inspired look also won Honorable Mention in the Lemonade and Lenses cover contest for their photography education magazine.

Lemonade and Lenses Honorable Mention best portland or senior portraits phorography

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Olivia’s mother came on location to help with the shoot and when she saw her daughter come out all dressed up and standing for her first pose, I could see her eyes were filled with tears.  I had to look away to stop myself from crying!  I am quite certain that will be me someday – when it hits me that my babies are grown up.  Being a little part of these milestone moments in peoples’ lives give me such joy and gives my work such meaning.  Thank you Lori for you continued generosity in sharing these images with us.  Olivia, we wish you and your family nothing but the very best.  Enjoy your senior year to the fullest!


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Mt. Hood Wedding with Super Secret Dress and Hairstyle Change

In the entire history of Mt. Hood and Timberline Lodge, I venture to say that there has never been a more beautiful day on the mountain!  The sun was shining, birds were chirping, wildflowers were in bloom and the mountain still had snow on it.  I had grown so fond of Jessica and I wanted her day to be perfect.  I knew right when I arrived it would be!  Mt. Hood wedding We had been keeping a little secret – that she was going to change her bridal gown and hairstyle after portraits so that when she walked down the aisle there would still be a surprise!

Mt. Hood wedding portraits

The couple’s photographer, Chris Arace, came all the way from Michigan.  He was as inspiring to be around as his spectacular portfolio of work.

Mt. Hood wedding portrait

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Before the ceremony, we put her hair up in a side chignon with a jeweled pin leaving much of the bangs loose and flowing.  Her fitted lace gown looked so romantic!

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The day was a busy one and her Matron of Honor Christy kept everything flowing smoothly.  She deserves a special shout out for being so attentive and just all around wonderful.


Emotions ran high and I had to blink back a few tears as I saw others tearing up!  Reverend Steve Sharp performed the ceremony as the lodge window inside filled with guests peeking out at the wonderful moment.

Timberline Lodge outdoor wedding ceremony

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And they danced the night away!

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I wish you all the happiness in the world Jeff and Jessica! xxxooo

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Published! Portland OR Senior Portrait Session with Gorgeous Photography | Hair and Makeup

I was so thrilled to learn today that Seniorologie has published our Senior Portrait Session with beautiful Christina!  Seniorologie is one of the top blogs in the country for senior portrait photography.  The images were shot by Lori Michelle Photography, a super talented Portland area photographer who I absolutely love working with.  GREAT JOB, LORI!!!  Christina did not have any specific look in mind for her session and let me do whatever I wanted for her hair and makeup.  I used purples on the eyes and pinks on the cheeks and lips.  I added volume and wave to her gorgeous hair.  What a photogenic girl.  Enjoy your senior year, Christina!

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Vista Hills Vineyard Wedding | hair and makeup | Canby, OR

Vista Hills Vineyard in Oregon Wine Country was the beautiful setting for Kelli and Brian’s relaxed, rustic-yet-stylish outdoor wedding.   bride and groom kiss at Vista Hills Vineyard

Kelli chose a messy (but not too messy!) side chignon updo for her hairstyle and natural makeup tones.  Her nails and her shoes were a bold coral red which added a little fun element to everything.  Her dress was one of my all time favorites with delicate little layers that looked like sheer ribbons and a sparkly sash.  When I asked her about her fiancé, she just lit up and said simply “He makes me laugh.”  Looking through their wedding photos, there was so much laughter that day.  I have a feeling this will be a lifelong thing for these two!

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Thank you so much to Powers Photography Studios for sharing these beautiful images with us!  Best of luck to you, Kelli and Brian!  I enjoyed getting to work with you!

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Spring obsession: glossy balmy stains

My spring makeup obsession is glosses and balms that leave behind a lovely stain.  The first one I ever tried was by Tarte and they are still my favorite.  Now Tarte has many imitators.  These don’t need to be applied “perfectly” on the lips.  In fact, it looks better when they aren’t.  Don’t even think about using lip liner!  Fresh, casual, pretty.  These are available at many price points and can even be found in the grocery store.  I think my brides will love these!

a collage showing lip stain glosses and balms

Shown in collage: Cover Girl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, Tokidoki Gelato Lip Balm Stain, L’Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Wet Shine Stain, Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture, Clinique Chubby Stick {looks like the others but I just learned does NOT leave a stain behind:(}, Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Tarnish, Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint.

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Timberline Lodge Winter Wedding

Just when I had sworn off doing Timberline Lodge weddings in winter (my car can’t make it in all the snow), along came Kara.  Her enthusiasm and excitement was infectious…even via email.  She was absolutely certain she’d find a way to get me there and not to worry.  And so I left the Portland rain for a day and got to experience a true White Christmas after all.

Timberline Lodge winter wedding

We hadn’t met before but we were able to look at a few inspirational pictures and create a lovely updo for her chin-length bob.  A floral comb and a section of hair that longed to be free completed the look.  Classic makeup enhanced her beautiful face.

bride putting on her gown

The biggest treat of the day was trailing behind the 6-ft. tall bride as she breezed through the lodge for her bridal portraits.  Skiers and guests and tourists froze in their tracks when she walked past.  Jaws dropped.  People stopped talking mid-sentence.  She really was a sight to behold!

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I love love love these portraits in the snow!  I’m so glad they went for it.  I used a weatherproofing spray on her hair and so I was able to just dust off the snow and water with a fluffy makeup brush when they were finished.  Her hair was completely unaffected by the snow and lasted clear through the night.  Yay!

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Kara, I’m so glad you got the cozy and romantic wedding you wanted.  I wish you and Ryan a lifetime of happiness together.  Thank you so much Tor Studios for sharing these gorgeous pictures.  It was a pleasure working with you and seeing you in  action that day.  Also an extra big thank you to my chauffeur Ron who helped make it all happen!

Nightfall at Timberline Lodge with snow and icicles

Sandy Kennedy Brumnett - February 10, 2013 - 11:46 am

Gorgeous Wedding!

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Siren in a Silver Dress: Kristen’s Jenkins Estate Wedding

I loved getting to know Kristen and enjoyed some really fun quips back and forth before we even met.  The peachy tones we chose for makeup with a hint of shimmer combined with her obvious happiness really made her glow on the big day.

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She delighted in ribbing me about the insane amount of bobby pins used in her updo, emailing me the exact number.  Hey, I want it to be secure!:) I love the comb she chose and I love that her photographers captured it so beautifully.

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Little girls love to look at the beauty kit and all of the makeup and hair products but her daughter REALLY loved it.  It reminded me of myself at that age.  I believe we may have a future makeup artist on our hands.  How sweet are they together?

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The picturesque Jenkins Estate was the sight of their nuptials and the joining of their families.

Jenkins Estate wedding

I couldn’t wait to see her in the silver dress she told me about.  It was perfect for her and draped so beautifully.

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dancing under the tent at night

A huge thank you goes out to Altura Studio for sharing these images with us.  I also want to wish Kristen and Rob and their family a very happy life together!  xxxooo!


Sandy Kennedy Brumnett - January 23, 2013 - 12:50 am

A lovely wedding. The little girl is especially adorable.

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Lake Oswego Wedding | Hair and Makeup | Beenish + Malik

It was a lovely spring day when my gorgeous, smart, and stylish bride Beenish finally tied the knot with her long-time love Malik.

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral wedding portrait

She hadn’t moved to Portland yet so we shared many makeup and hairstyle ideas back and forth over email as we planned for her engagement photos and civil wedding ceremony. I loved seeing it finally come together so nicely!  We got ready that morning at the groom’s family home in Lake Oswego.  The mood in the house was festive, the smell of spices wafted upstairs as lunch was cooking and the sounds of Bollywood played in the background.  Ladies showed us their mehndi as people snuck in to take a peek at the bride and offer their congratulations.

The bride chose plummy shades for the eyes and a nice warm pink flush on the cheeks.  Skin was airbrushed and lips were rosy and glossy.  Her hair was swept into a side chignon, leaving height and volume on the top and sides.

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I especially loved her veil with removable netting.  Everyone ooh’d and aah’d as she descended the staircase in her gown.

attaching a birdcage veil

The couple took some amazing portraits around downtown Portland before the wedding.  I wish I could post them all!

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J.Crew Sararose wedding gown

There were tears all around as the couple read their heartfelt vows to one another.  Old traditions mixed with their modern style made the day uniquely their own.

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It is always wonderful to see a couple surrounded by such a loving family.  Best of luck to the both of you as start your new life together here!  I’d like to give a huge thank you to their talented photographer Shakil Noorani for sharing all of these beautiful pictures with us!!!

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Modern Vintage Bridal Shoot | Portland Hair and Makeup

It was such a joy collaborating on this styled bridal shoot.  Many brides today want vintage elements in their wedding yet want it to still feel modern.

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I love the way talented stylist Angie Sarac re-imagined this Victorian era dress by opening up the back and tying it with a simple piece of lace.

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Bre’s hair was tousled and loosely twisted to the side.  Her foundation was airbrushed and matte shades of purple eye makeup were softly blended for a sueded look.  Lips were kept subtle and close to her natural color.

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Petalos could not have made more perfect bouquet that captured the feel and colors of the shoot.  Nothing says Victorian like Queen Anne’s Lace, the touches of wheat were a nod to the farm-like surroundings,and the stems were wrapped in burlap.

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I’d like to give a huge thank you to Jennifer Pacurar of Spotted: Stills Photography , the mastermind behind the shoot and talented photographer who generously shared these images with me.  I love how they turned out!

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Ainsworth House Wedding | Hair and Makeup | Cassie + Cruz

I’ve never laughed so much at a wedding as I did on this day.  The bride and her friends had me almost crying for literally the entire day.  In addition to the bride’s hair and makeup, I got to put makeup on the whole bridal party throughout the morning.  It was hard to keep a steady hand when the gang was up to some seriously crazy shenanigans!  I kept saying “You guys!  I can’t go on…”:)

sparkler send-off at Ainsworth House & Gardens wedding

I also got to accompany them to the wedding at Ainsworth House and Gardens in Oregon City and do makeup touch-ups throughout the day.  I’d like to say that Cassie was in rare form, but I suspect she is always this cool.

bride with full sleeve tattoo

We had a nice spectrum of makeup looks, from barely there natural to the more dramatic.  I loved the different dress styles and everyone looked great in purple.  Ryan, you were a dashing bridesman in your suspenders.

bridal party with purple dresses

Maid of Honor makeup, Oregon City

Cassie chose beautiful shades of purple for her eyes, natural skin, and a stained lip.  Her hair was braided back on both sides and held a brooch that had been worn by brides in her family through the generations.

This cake is everything I love about her.  “One day when I was shopping at Safeway I saw them spraying this rainbow on a cake and I thought ‘Oh my god, I want that.’”  Awesome.

rainbow colored wedding cake

Cassie and Cruz had an epic Portland to Portland journey for their honeymoon in Maine.  I wish you two all the best as the journey continues.  Muah!

A huge thank you to Daniel Finucane of River Rock Weddings for sharing these great images with us!

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