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. 

Walkin’ in a Ghinda Wonderland…

Yesterday, we held a magical little Holiday photo shoot in our studio! No sneak peeks from the shoot just yet, but our inspiration is super classic and beautiful:

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We collaborated with The Blowout Bar for hairstyling, Lindsay of Cheek by Lindsay for makeup, Allison Bankieris was our model (she walked in our CMH Fashion Week show!) and Dana Pauly will be our fashion stylist–she writes the fashion blog The Casual Classic (check out her Instagram for some sneak peek behind-the-scenes!)

20’s Everything!

So, we are in LOVE with the 20’s…

The entire era, the feel, the makeup, the clothes, the opulence, the everything:) Along with the rest of the world…we are obsessed with Downton Abby, and now we are just as obsessed with The Great Gatsby…if you haven’t seen either…you MUST!!!!!

I got together with one of the best photographers in the city a few months ago and picked her incredibly talented brain about a hoot inspired by Downton and the 20’s era…..Jennifer Schaaf Osbeck came up with an amazing narrative like aesthetic and we went from there.

Jennifer Schaaf Osbeck is the woman behing JoJo Photography and Film. Take a peek at her site and you will see why she is one of the most sought after photographers. http://jojophotoandfilm.com/

Her photos have an unmistakable quality and precision to them. She knows how to create a picture…if that makes sense?! She has the ability to take a photo whose image will stay in your mind for a very long time.

What I personally love about shooting with Jen is her incredible direction. She takes a shoot and makes it a living breathing story!!!!  Her images tell a creative, delicate, and moving story unlike any you will see. We were so honored to work with her on a collaborative shoot!!!

Here are a few sneek peaks 🙂 More to come on accessories, flowers, and the hair and make up team!!! We want to thank our lovely models Eileah Ohning and Bekah Winske.

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So just when we thought things couldn’t be more amazing…..Jamie from White Truffle Studio went ahead and blew our minds!!!!!

We participated in her look book shoot yesterday….and WOW!!!!

I’ll let you see:)

Here are some sneakypeekys from our Instagram during the shoot yesterday!!!!

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Check out this AMAZING new collection at http://www.whitetrufflestudio.com/

More photos to come!!!!

Models: Rachel and Erin

Accessories: White Truffle Studio

Hair and Makeup: Sarah from Virtue Salon

Gowns: by Ghinda

Its All in the Hair!

Big curls, braided textures, and gorgeous waves are the three most important parts of looking your most carefree beautiful! Melanie at Virtue Salon does all of this and…..she does it all VEGAN!!!

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Our model’s hair looked gloriously tousled through out the entire shoot! Being a part of the getting ready process with Melanie, Sarah, and Teake   at Virtue Salon was AMAZING!!! The salon is so welcoming and unique. You will find hand held mirrors from the 20’s, old perm machines, and these incredible classic beehive dryers!!! Loungey birghtly colored couches and coffee waits for you to relax and enjoy your Virtue experience. The atmoshphere at Virtue is so warm, bright, and happy, each person there is ready to welcome anyone and everyone!!

Not only does Virtue Salon know how to decorate, they know how to make you look stunning!!!

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Dewy skin, and perfectly done makeup complimented our bohemian bride look!

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As a bride, you want to look your most beautiful, natural self on your dream day!! You want the love of your life to see you, and you want stunning photos:) the team at Virtue will create a gorgeous look for your day that will complement who you truly are, and give you that brilliant sparkle that is so gorgeous in all of your wedding day photos!

 

Check out Melanie’s amazing salon here http://www.virtuevegansalon.com/ to get to know the Virtue Salon team…you are gauranteed to feel relaxed, welcome, and BEAUTIFUL!!!

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A big thank you to everyone involved!!!

Gorgeousness at White Truffle Studio!!!
Hair and Makeup–Virtue Vegan Salon
Accessories–White Truffle Studio
Photography–Stephanie Tucker Barnes
Flowers–EcoFlora Designs
Models–Amy Crandall and Jenny Powell
Gowns–by Ghinda
Locations–Virtue Vegan Salon, Jeni’s Ice Cream, White Truffle Studio
For the I Do–an Artisan Wedding Event

 

 

Heaven is in the Details

As every woman knows, the perfect accessory is the element that transforms a look….a subtle stud, a statement cuff, a perfectly layered necklace…accessoires make your look YOU!

Working with Jamie during our I Do Photoshoot got us so excited about the endless possibilities White Truffle Studio accessories have!! What we love the most about White Truffle jewelry is the high quality and one-of-a-kind feel each piece brings to your look.

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Jamie, at White Truffle Studio, hand crafts each unique piece of jewelry. Her studio is this amazing mixture of  everything modern and sophisticated and all  that is timeless and vintage.  Her pieces make a statement, but hold a delicacy that breathes class, elegance, and true style.

White Truffle accessories are the  product of an amazing designer’s impeccable taste. Jamie creates her jewelry to accentuate a woman’s sense of  self and style and.

Your wedding day is all about you and your gorgeous self …White Truffle Studio celebrates YOU:) Click here http://www.whitetrufflestudio.com/ and fall in love with White Truffle Studio!!

The bohemian inspired head pieces are simply to.die.for.

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Every gorgeous metal cuff and intricately designed necklace will finish your wedding day look with an effortless brilliance.

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A big thank you to everyone who collaborated on this shoot:)

Stephanie Barnes Photography

Hair and makeup by Virtue Salon

Accessories by White Truffle Studio

Flower by EcoFlora Designs

Styling by Jamie Riley

Gowns by Ghinda

Models are Jenny Powell and Amy Crandall

For the I Do Artisan Wedding Event

http://www.idoweddingcolumbus.com/

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We will be spotlighting the amazing businesses that we collaborated with on our I Do shoot for the nest few days…

Today we are dying to tell you about Stephanie Tucker Barnes…

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I promise you will fall in love…check out her website and enjoy some gorgeousness:) http://www.stephaniebarnesphotography.com/

Stephanie is one of the most positive, calm, and creative photographers I have had the pleasure of working with! She totally gets the vibe of a shoot, and produces images that work with and for everyone!! Her photography makes a statement of beauty, but also captures a certain individuality that tells the story of the photo and the people in it. She is truly an amazing photographer!

We felt so lucky to be able to work with her on this shoot and we are SO EXCITED to see the rest of her photos!!!

Here is a sneak peak of Stephanie Barnes Photography for the I Do Photo Shoot!!!

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Hair and Makeup–Virtue Vegan Salon
Accessories–White Truffle Studio
Photography–Stephanie Tucker Barnes
Flowers–EcoFlora Designs
Models–Amy Crandall and Jenny Powell
Gowns–by Ghinda
Locations–Virtue Vegan Salon, Jeni’s Ice Cream, White Truffle Studio
For the I Do–an Artisan Wedding Event
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Hair and Makeup–Virtue Vegan Salon Accessories–White Truffle Studio Photography–Stephanie Tucker Barnes Flowers–EcoFlora Designs Models–Amy Crandall and Jenny Powell Gowns–by Ghinda Locations–Virtue Vegan Salon, Jeni’s Ice Cream, White Truffle Studio

February=Love=Bright Lips!!!

 

Bright full lips are stunning way to make a statement on your wedding day!! Check out these amazing lips by Leigh Ann of Make You LLC for Ghinda’s editorial shoot with Rouxby Photography!

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FADE3 lip perfection everywhere:)

 

 

For more amazing lips take a peek at Leigh Ann’s amazing make up at  http://makeyouspecial.com/

Photographs are by the creative and beautiful Claire of Rouxby Photography. The model’s hair was styled by the hottest stylist Jenna Burchett of Salon Lofts!!!

See both of their work at:

http://www.rouxby.com and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jenna-Burchett-at-Salon-Lofts/220815411362081?fref=ts

The beauties in these shots are Alex, Kristen, Erin, and Jen!!!!