brisbane wedding photographer makeup tips

For a bride, getting married is one of the most exciting days in her life. She wants to look like the most glamorous version of herself and in order to do that she needs to choose the right hair and makeup artist for her – a professional who knows how to bring out her best features and someone who is there to help her relax, feel calm and get her excited for the day ahead.

As a wedding photographer, I have worked with many varied hair and makeup artists. Over the years I have observed a few things and today I want to share these tips with you. Here are our top 5 tips for finding the right hair and makeup artist for you.

brisbane wedding photographer makeup tips


When you are looking for a hair and makeup artist for your wedding, you want to look for someone who has had a good amount of experience doing weddings. You want to know that they can create a look that brings out your best features and makes you look like the best version of yourself.

You also want to make sure that both your hair and makeup wears well for the entire day – that your makeup will last throughout the day and possible tears and that your hair will still look amazing even at the end of the night. Booking an experienced hair and makeup artist will allow you to still look as fabulous as you did first thing in the morning even at the very end of the night.

brisbane wedding photographer makeup tips


The best way to know if you have chosen the right hair and makeup artist for your big day is to have a trial. A trial is a great way to make sure that you know what your hair and makeup is going to look like on the day and if your artist knows how to interpret and understand what you want. Choosing an artist who is great at listening, interpreting and communicating with you will give you the best results.

And if you don’t like something, don’t be afraid to say something. They will not be offended. They would rather have the opportunity to change something then and there, then leaving you unhappy. I have witnessed this a few times over my years as a wedding photographer and have chatted to artists about it as well. Don’t be shy, speak up.

A great way to tie in your hair and makeup trial is combing it with your engagement session. This gives you the opportunity to see how that hair and makeup style will capture on camera and if you want to make any changes.

brisbane wedding photographer makeup tips


One of best things that you can do is book a hair and makeup artist that comes to your getting ready location. Every single wedding I have ever photographed where the bridal party has had their hair and makeup done at a salon has always run late as they are not the artists only priority. By booking a mobile hair and makeup artist they come to you, you can chill and relax and know that you are their top priority. Plus it is so much more comfy lounging around in gorgeous robes shipping champagne versus being in a busy salon.

brisbane wedding photographer makeup tips


One of the biggest disappointments I have as a wedding photographer is when hair and makeup completely disregard timings. As a photographer, you always want to capture as many beautiful photographs of your bride during the preparation stage as possible. When hair and makeup run 30-45 or even 60mins over time it really cuts into the photographers time capturing beautiful photos for the bride. And it completely stresses the bride out.

My advice is to communicate with your hair and makeup artist and let them know what time your photographer is arriving and ensure that they are just putting on the final touches to your hair or makeup so that the photographer can capture some of those gorgeous action photos without cutting into the photo time too much. No one wants to be stressed out!!

brisbane wedding photographer makeup tips


Here are a couple of final tips for hair and makeup for photography:

  • Make sure your foundation matches your skin tone. If you are planning on having a tan on your wedding day, make sure that when you are doing your makeup trial, you have the same tan on. That way the makeup artist can match the colour of the foundation to your tanned skin tone, not your natural colour
  • Hairstyles – make sure that you choose a hair style that matches the weather… if it is a super windy day and you are having your hair out and down it will fly around EVERYWHERE… or if it is raining, make sure you apply extra hair spray to avoid that frizz look…
  • Lashes – I believe that every bride should wear lashes. It just finishes of your look and they make such a difference in photographs!
  • Make sure that your foundation is long lasting… whether that is via airbrushing that will give you that light long lasting coverage or a traditional foundation make sure it will last the entire length of the day
  • Waterproof mascara – A must if you think you might tear up… no one wants panda eyes!
  • Hair – make sure you have some hair spray on hand. If it is windy or you want to just smooth down those fly aways make sure you have a can handy. No photographer wants to be photoshopping hair out!!
  • If you are wearing your hair out and curly, think about and chat to your hair stylist about how they will wear throughout the day. I have seen many brides with stunning curls at the start of the day only to have them straighten by the reception… again this all comes down to the look you are after, but definitely something to consider.

So there are my top 5 tips on how to choose the best hair and makeup artist for the day. You want someone with experience who gives you an amazing experience and knows how to create a look that will last throughout the entirety of the day.


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A little while ago, the gorgeous Miss L asked me to capture a gorgeous bridal boudoir session to give as a gift for her hubby to be! She was so excited to be doing something he wouldn’t expect. We had so much fun capturing these beautiful photographs. I absolutely love the final result. Miss L brought some awesome props to the shoot including a gorgeous floppy hat and a cheeky cheerleader outfit her fiancé loves. I love being able to personalise every boudoir session to each client and I especially love hearing about their experience. So here is Miss L’s boudoir experience:

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1. Describe yourself in 3 words
Joyful, giving, organised

2. Describe 3 things people might not know about you
I love baking, children and am a Music Teacher

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3. Describe 3 things you wanted your boudoir session to represent
Growth in confidence, healing and love to my fiancé

4. How do you feel about your body?
I am continuing to grow to love it

5. What is your go-to item when you want to feel absolutely gorgeous?
Getting a really long deep tissue massage 🙂

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6. What is your best tip for feeling beautiful?
Smile!!!! Everyone’s face completely lights up when they smile.

7. What does confidence mean to you?
Acceptance to be you in all you do. Being proud of whom you are, is truly beautiful.

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The Experience

1. Why did you book a boudoir session with Nicole Barralet Photography?
I booked this session as I wanted to surprise my fiancé with a fun and cheeky present for our wedding. I also wanted to truly grow in confidence and love for my body.

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2. What does the term “boudoir photography” mean to you?
I believe it means really embracing who you are and loving your body. You get to have a lot of fun whilst being cheeky, sexy and completely you.

3. How did you find the experience of being photographed by Nicole?
I loved it!!!! I was so nervous at first but Nicole is so professional and she was able to have me relaxed and laughing so quickly. I loved the end result and I would definitely recommend this experience.

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4. If you did the shoot as a gift, how did your fiancé react to the gift?
I am sure he will absolutely love it!!! I am a pretty shy kind of girl so he will be very surprised 😛

5. Has the experience of doing a boudoir session helped you feel more confident, more empowered, sexy and comfortable with being a woman?

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An Unplugged Ceremony… What on earth is an unplugged ceremony you might ask? An unplugged wedding is a trend that has arisen over the past couple of years of couples asking their guests to be present and in the moment during their wedding ceremony instead of viewing it through a screen.

As technology and social media evolves, everyone wants to be at events, capturing the moment and sharing their experiences all over social media. Now I as a photographer am never against taking lots of photos (heck, have you seen my instagram @nbpnicole) but I know there is a conscious choice every time I pick up my camera or phone to capture the moment. There are times when I would rather be present in the moment and enjoying how it feels, versus capturing a shot on my phone for instagram. There is plenty of time for both. Just choose your moments wisely.


Unplugged weddings are becoming more and more popular as in recent years professional photographers have had so many issues with guests getting in the way of them doing their job. Every professional photographer knows that at every wedding everyone is going to be taken their own photos, on their phones, iPads and even their own cameras. Where this becomes an issue is when guests deliberately (or sometimes unaware) get in the way of the professional photographer who is paid to capture the moments for the couple. I know most guests don’t mean to, but others just don’t care. A good wedding photographer will make it work no matter what happens… but still.. be present!!

A prime example of this is when the bride is arriving and walking down the aisle. There are some weddings where EVERY.SINGLE.GUEST has an iPhone or iPad covering their face and as the bride walks down the aisle all she sees (and the photographer sees) is a sea of phones. Then there are the guests who literally step out in front of the bride or the photographer just to capture a moment on their phones… it’s crappy for the photographer but it is even more crappy for the bride. She has invited you there to be present, to witness the most magical day of her life, she wants to see your face and your reaction, not the back of an iphone.

So if the bride and groom have paid for a professional photographer to be there to capture the moments during the ceremony, put down the phone. Be present. Let the couple see your faces. Shed tears with them. Laugh with them and then when all is said and done capture as many photos as you like after the ceremony.

And if that hasn’t quite convinced you to put the phone away and be present in the moment, these two little stories that I have witnessed over the past 10 years might give you some insight. The first one is the mother of the bride. As the bride was walking down the aisle she was playing around with the camera, looking down trying to figure out how it works and missing the moment her beautiful daughter walks down the aisle.. then throughout the entire ceremony instead of just being present and witnessing one of the biggest days of her daughters life, she kept trying to snap and photo here, pull the camera apart, get frustrated… all while two professional photographers where there to capture the beautiful ceremony… she was more worried about missing out on taking a photo to show everyone who couldn’t be at the wedding… then actually WITNESSING her daughter get married.


(This is what you want to see during a ceremony, the beautiful emotions, not the backs of phones)

And a second very similar moment is a father of the groom messing around on his phone trying to figure out why it wasn’t taking a photo all the while his soon to be daughter in law was walking down the aisle. I have the most beautiful photograph of the groom watching as she walks down the aisle, his Mum with the most beautiful expression showing how stunned she is to see her daughter in law walking down the aisle and the Dad is looking down playing with his phone. It really does take away from the beautiful moment captured and when I look at that photo I feel so sad that he missed the moment.


(And just so no one is confused, I am not say don’t take photos at all on the day, bridal prep a-ok, just don’t let it overtake being present in the moment)

So please, if you are a wedding guest be mindful during the ceremony that the couple invited you to be present, to witness their vows, capture their love and help them celebrate their wedding day. They don’t want you to be on your phones all day. And brides and grooms, consider having an unplugged ceremony. Your wedding photographer will thank you.


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Today I wanted to share a beautiful little photograph from Bec & Dale’s wedding. The moment just after Bec walked down the aisle with her Dad. Bec looked absolutely stunning and as she walked down the aisle Dale was overcome with emotion. I love this little moment of Dale wiping those tears away while Bec’s Dad gives her a beautiful hug after the privilege of walking her down the aisle. I love capturing beautiful moments like this!

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