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A day of glamour and beauty may not be high on your list of things to do. At least, it wasn’t at the top of mine. Perhaps somewhere under root canal. Or taxes. But when Ashley Bee Photography (Ashley Bee Portrait and Makeup Studio in Temecula) contacted us for a glamour photo shoot, Temecula Grapevine took the chance.
When you arrive, bring a plethora of outfits (arranged per our first meeting and Ashley Bee’s style guide), come clean face, and bring some Pinterest ideas of portraits you like. We did! I say we. Because when you’re invited to take part in a photo shoot with Ashley Bee Photography, it’s always more fun with friends.
My friend of choice, Temecula/Murrieta business woman and all around wine country rock star, Corie Maue.
Ashley Edmonds, of Ashley Bee Photography is one of Temecula’s finest wedding photographers. Named The Knot.com’s Top 2013 Wedding Photographer (selected by her brides), Ashley also boasts a photo portrait studio that is ridiculously pinterest worthy. Walking inside, from the chevron carpet to gray convertible sofa, the lighting is elegant through sheer curtains, private, gorgeous. As is the makeup studio where her subjects are transformed from humdrum (and yes, I was included in those ranks) to glamorous.
“When I was 10 years old my mother (who was a Mary Kay lady at the time) invited a group of girls to a mall portrait studio. I tagged along. I watched these 20, 30 and 40-something women be transformed from already beautiful to stunning. I was mesmerized. I watched them laugh and play and just have a plain old good time while they sifted through sequin boob tubes and feather boas.” Bee describes on her website. “We craft the photo-shoot of your dreams by creating timeless portraiture. Consider it your mini fashion shoot to experience with the women you love.”
How long has it been since you’ve thought of yourself in any other way but mama? or grocery getter? or busy working woman? Husbands, think on that, too. Chances are, you haven’t had glamorous shots taken of yourself since your wedding. No matter what age, you need–no, you deserve to be celebrated. As a woman. As a beautiful child of God. Because you’ll never be this age again. Revel in it. Toast to it, with a bit of the bubbly.
“I always think about the women who’ve had something happen to change them. Whether age, or a life event that takes them from this world,” Ashley Bee stated during the shoot. “Whatever happens, all of us deserve to be celebrated.”
Corie Maue wanted to celebrate a particular, fun look from a timeless Marilyn Monroe poster she adored. “I had no idea if I could pull it off, but Ashley Bee set me totally at ease,” Maue said.
“The image she captured was even more than I ever hoped it would be.” Maue said, of the pose. “I loved how the ladies at Ashley Bee Photography made me feel so beautiful, and yet so me. Ashley put me at ease and captured a side of me that I had not seen in a long while.”
When a photo session with Ashley Bee Photography is booked, the glamour makeup is paired with champagne and relaxation. Both Ashley and Riley are approachable, fun, and instantly set the clients at ease–perhaps due to the fact that you come in clean-faced. Not exactly the side we show the world on a regular basis.
Once Riley gets her hands on you, she helps you decide how you want to present–from natural to rich, night on the town exotic looks. I went with the more natural, while Corie chose vixen. At least, in my opinion. Man, she rocked it.
Ashley Bee, who picked up (and never returned) her grandfather’s camera as a young girl, has always loved the art form of photographing people, making them glow, capturing that expression, that lighting that transforms the every day into art.
Having photographed couples in love for over nine years, Bee loves her ability to work with her own husband in their established wedding business. But glamour photography is her new passion. “I love connecting with my clients. So many women have no idea what to expect when they walk in the door. Everyone is different. I try and show them how fun it can be, how beautiful they are, inside and out.”
Her pictures show the true soul, the true nature. “Women forget how awesome they are!” Bee said. “Now, I don’t do the traditional boudoir shots. If there’s sexy, it’s implied. Softened. What is or isn’t underneath–that’s in the eye of the beholder.”
Bee knows how to set up a shot. What comes across as quite natural is actually the result of yoga-esque poses, tilting, turning, pausing, phrasing with hands, mouth, neck, and body.
“I have a specific idea in mind when I talk with my clients. I want to make people comfortable, to draw out the real person inside. That’s what I hope for everyone I photograph.” Bee said. When she edits photos, she does photoshop pictures, but mostly for the right finish, shading, and color that will work with each image. “I use tones and color to warm up images, create that glow, the black and whites. Often, while shooting, I see an image that will be perfect for black and white. They’re timeless.”
To book your glamour photo session with Ashley Bee Photography and to keep up with regular specials, follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ashleybeephotography
To book a makeup session with Riley Brianne of Riley B Beauty, contact: MAKEUP ARTIST | HAIR STYLIST | SPRAY TANNING | ON LOCATION | firstname.lastname@example.org | (951) 764-2384 |
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