The Value of a Fabulous Makeup Artist {Asheville Beauty and Boudoir Photographer}

How do you determine the value of a makeup artist for a photo shoot? Many of my clients and other photographers often ask who I work with, how often, if it is the same company or artist regularly, how I found them and of course…how much they cost. I cannot stress enough how important a great makeup artist is for a shoot (or a wedding for that matter). It is absolutely paramount that, for you to look your absolute BEST in your imagery, that you start as flawless as possible.

Many artists, directly out of school while having incredible potential are still stuck in fleshing out all of the techniques they have learned. Personally, our policy is that recent graduates are welcome to join us on set with guidance from an experienced artist. No one will ever get better without proper guidance and communication not only from their mentor, but also from the photographer and most importantly, the client. The point of your makeup artist is not to make you look like a different person. The main goals of your makeup artist (at least on my set) is to:

  1. help you to look like the best version of yourself
  2. feel as though you are appreciated by everyone in the room (common goal)
  3. feel carefree and excited about your shoot

So, how do you go about finding a makeup artist? And not just any makeup artist, but a Great makeup artist! When I first started 828 beauty and boudoir photography sessions, I reached out to artists via Google and to others that other photographer friends have employed in the past. Some of them were incredibly skilled but a little too diva, others were incredibly gracious but their skill-set wasn’t quite up to par. All the while, I was able to give my clients beautiful imagery, I have been able to narrow down my favorite artists here in Asheville and thought I would share them with you today.

I hope you’re all having an amazing week! Ready for your beauty or boudoir photography session? Feel free to reach out, I would love to shoot for you! Go ahead, give yourself permission to embrace and celebrate your own beauty.


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