Ghinda Beauty Project: Make You’s Leigh Ann Ehmann…

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Last summer, were were lucky enough to hold a Ghinda photo shoot at an an absolutely beautiful greenhouse here in Columbus. We were blessed with (dare I say) perfect weather, and an amazing team with their collaboration feelers totally tuned in. That was also the first photo shoot that I, personally, got to work alongside make up artist Leigh Ann Ehmann of Make You Special. And let’s just be honest, she is special! Leigh Ann starts work quietly, but is a hurricane when it comes to getting each girl ready for the camera. Everything she does is so precise, and beautiful. She will make a model striking in an instant, and without taking away from that individual’s natural beauty or features…She is truly an artist, and a joy to be around. After working with her again this spring, we decided we had to hear her voice on the Ghinda Beauty Project, and here it is. 

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Above, two of Leigh Ann’s personal favorite images of her work.

Donna: How does Make You LLC reflect your personality as an individual? How does it feel to be at liberty to put yourself into your work?
 
Leigh Ann: Make You is adventurous and constantly motivated by situations in which to be creative. Since I have a creative mind, I am historically unsuccessful at a 9-5 schedule. By unsuccessful, I mean unchallenged and under paid. To be at liberty to put myself into my work is the most refreshing way that I have ever earned a living.
 
Donna: You work independently, but do plenty of collaborating with others.. What is your favorite part about working solo? And also your favorite part about collaborating?
 
Leigh Ann: Working solo is nice because makeup is my art medium, so I am able to be creative and then influence my clients with said creativity. Collaborative work is a treat in a number of ways: I get to build relationships, participate in a team vision, learn from other creative minds, and benefit from killer final images along with behind the scenes memories.
 
Donna: You travel around often for your appointments and events, but what is your favorite kind of work space to be in?
 
Leigh Ann: The sets and spaces I have worked in are all accommodating and sometimes inhospitable in their own ways, but my favorite kind of work space is one with good, productive energy. The attitudes and passion behind a shoot creates favorable work spaces, in my opinion.
 
Donna: What are your favorite “wind down” suggestions when things get tense at work?
 
Leigh Ann: I wind down by talking things out with non-industry, objective friends or family – usually my wonderful husband, and usually over coffee or wine. 
Donna: How do you think the idea of pampering oneself and beauty in general has evolved for women over time?
 
Leigh Ann: It may sound silly, but I believe our desire to pamper and beautify ourselves has not evolved one bit. Beauty is a constant pressure placed on both women and men by our spirit of competition.
Donna: Inspiration is something that all creatives need, and some days it’s hard to get there. What do you like to do when you need inspiration?
 
Leigh Ann: I like to do other forms of art for inspiration: sketching, painting, even cooking.
Donna: What is the most rewarding part about working in the beauty industry?
 
Leigh Ann: Working in the beauty industry challenges me as a student of communication and business.
 
Donna: At times, the media’s portrayal of what’s beautiful seems one-sided.  What do you feel is the most important element missing from the media’s interpretation of beauty?
 
Leigh Ann: Individual interpretation is missing from the medias portrayal of beauty. Unfortunately, the media has the ability to skew the subjectivity of beauty, and it is important to stay true to my roots amidst this over-stimulation of global society.
 
Donna: Last but not least, what does beauty mean to you?
 
Leigh Ann: Happy confidence.

Visit Leigh Ann’s website to learn more about her business, and how you can book her for you event! 

Watercolor logo created by Linzi Rigsby.Interviewed by Donna Hoffman, Social Media and Event Coordinator at Ghinda Couture Bridal. 

Ghinda Beauty Project: Jennifer Kessler…

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The project all began with a conversation this winter that I had with Jennifer Kessler, owner and Creative Director at Ghinda. After a day at our downtown studio, we settled in to finish our neglected lattes from that morning’s meetings, and wistfully discussed the impact the fashion and beauty industries have on us all the time—be it on the day of your wedding, your first day at a new job, the last visit from your family—and how, unfortunately, the force that these industries have on our lives can sometimes take us away from ourselves. Our goal behind the Ghinda Beauty Project is to present a reminder to all women  that beauty—really, truly, and simply—isn’t on the outside only. It shows itself in your drive, your actions, what you do when you get out of bed in the morning. Beauty has many facets and we are delighted to shed light on them with you. Don’t get us wrong, we still love (love, love, love)  shopping and getting our eyebrows done, but we want to take time to highlight other awesome features, too; The women we’ll be interviewing may be entrepreneurs, brides-to-be, freelance artists, or just acquaintances who inspire us. No matter what, we can’t wait to share them doing their thing, their way with all of you.

Working for Jen at Ghinda for the last 10 months has taught me many things. Not only have I learned more about business, but I’ve seen firsthand how a positive outlook and kindness can totally enrich my every day life.  So, in honor of her recent birthday, and since a conversation with her got this whole thing started, I talked her into answering a few questions to kick things off for the Ghinda Beauty Project:

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Donna: What does beauty mean to you?

Jen: Beauty is about being completely comfortable and free in your own skin. It seems like beauty is about knowing it’s not about what’s on the outside.  

Donna: What do you think has driven you to accomplish what you have at such a young age?

Jen: I have never considered anything else.

Donna: What do you think the secret to feeling beautiful in your own skin is?

Jen: Confidence that you are free and perfect in whatever way you choose to express yourself. 

Donna: You work with a lot of women–from interns to brides to photographers–There are negative stereotypes about women working together, how do you disprove them?

Jen: It’s about building each other up and being genuinely happy for another’s success.

Donna: Name three things that routinely inspire you.

Jen: Nature, artists, music

Donna: What are your best words of advice to up-and-coming entrepreneurs regarding confidence? 

Jen: Just jump.

Donna: Do you think femininity is too often defined by appearance?

Jen: Absolutely.

Donna: What is the most important part of your work day (besides coffee!)?

Jen: My workout/run time when I get to be alone and rejuvenate.

Donna: Did you have any birthday wishes you want to share? 

Jen: Yes!! But if I told them they wouldn’t come true. 

 


Photo of Jen by Jennifer Schaaf of Jojo Photography and Film. Hair and makeup by Leigh Ann Ehmann of Make You LLC. Jewelry designed by Jamie Riley of White Truffle Studio. 

Watercolor logo created by Linzi Rigsby.

Interviewed by Donna Hoffman, Social Media and Event Coordinator at Ghinda Couture Bridal. 

 

Thursday is for throwbacks…And being thankful, too!

As the playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder said: “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” And we couldn’t agree more! Scientists have even proven that showing gratitude actually leads to better quality of life. And who doesn’t l-o-v-e that?!

So, in the spirit of thankfulness, here are some throwback Thursday images and memories for you all to enjoy. Thank you to everyone who was involved in any of these photo shoots…You all help build the dream, the beauty–and we couldn’t be more grateful. 

 

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Model: Taylor
Photography: Nick Fancher, Shutter Think Photography
Makeup: Leigh Ann, Make You LLC
Hair: Beth Gibboney Seitz
Jewelry: Peace Love Bride

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Model: Kristin Smetanko
Photography: Claire, Rouxby Photography
Makeup: Leigh Ann, Make You LLC
Hair: Jenna Burchett
Photo Direction: Katie Grace Kissel

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Model: Erin Thacker
Photography: Claire Roeth, Rouxby Photography
Makeup: Leigh Ann, Make You LLC
Hair: Brittany Hilbert-Stout, Spa at River Ridge
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Models: Jenn Rossi, Erin Thacker
Photography: Claire Roeth, Rouxby Photography
Makeup: Leigh Ann Ehmann, Make You LLC
Hair: Brittany Hilbert-Stout, Spa at River Ridge
Photo Direction: Katie Grace Kissel

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Models: Jenny Powell, Amy Crandall
Photography: Stephanie Tucker Barnes
Hair and Makeup: Virtue Vegan Salon
Accessories: White Truffle Studio
Flowers: Eco Flora Designs
Locations: Virtue Vegan Salon, White Truffle Studio, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

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Models: Rachael, Erin
Photography: Jessica Price, Bella Valentina Photogrpahy
Hair and Makeup: Sarah, Virtue Vegan Salon
Accessories: White Truffle Studio

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Models: Eileah Ohning, Bekah Winske
Photography: Jennifer Schaaf Osbeck, Jojo Photography and Film
Hair and Makeup: Jenna Burchett, Salon Lofts

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Models: Jenny Powell, Erin Thacker, Morgan Kauser
Photography: Benjamin Derkin, Derk’s Works Photography
Hair and Makeup: Kelli, Beautimarked by Kelli / Brideface
Accessories: Juliet Carey, Maya’s Curls