The question: "Lindsey, how do I avoid the appearance of a shiny face and sweating bullets in summer photographs?! Help!"
The answer: Awesome cosmetics (makeup is an incredible tool)
The information source: Cosmetic industry rockers

I get a lot of questions from clients about the best way to "stay cool" when shooting in the summer. Yes, it's hot and humid, but summertime in NY is an amazing time for photographs with beautiful light. And, when couples get married/engaged or families want summer family portraits, they want to look great outside in the sun (for my signature sunflare shots!).

During many of my shoots, I work with unbelievable makeup artists, but often they don't come along for the entire shoot. So, I set out today to find out from some of the industry's best how to do quick touchups. I mean, I get shiny too (note: I am crazy, and I bounce, jump, bend, and run throughout the entire shoot), and it doesn't hurt to know how to fix a little shine!

I called my friend Erik Kaiser, CEO of GLAMCOR, a hyper innovative cosmetics company that is revolutionizing the makeup industry with their incredible products designed for professionals. He was going to visit Donna Artz, an expert markeup artist with a passionate cult following on YouTube, to introduce her to the super secret product that GLAMCOR is launching this weekend at IMATS in Pasadena. This was another chance to be at the cutting edge, and I wanted to learn from the best about preventing shiny faces!

I couldn't believe my eyes when Donna spent two minutes touching up my face. I was wearing a little bit of makeup already, but she applied a few products with expert brushes... and BAM! Huge difference. Stay tuned for some footage of this awesome day (along with the products that I will be carrying to share with clients) that is coming in the next few weeks. For now, enjoy these shots of the three of us learning from each other!

What are your favorite shine-reducing products? Leave a comment below.

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Em Wyllie says:

I'm definitely excited for GLAMCOR's cosmetics launch! I've been loving their lights and I think they'll be a great brand to follow in the future!

As far as shine-control, I really enjoy Urban Decay's De-Slick In A Tube underneath foundation to control high shine areas. After that, I lean toward MAC's Blot Powder Pressed to control shine that might leak through.

(06.21.11 @ 10:18 PM)
shelly block says:

i saw Donna's video- i am so happy you guys found that gem of a woman! i just love her and the video was adorable-now i am going to learn about you!- lots of love shelly

(06.24.11 @ 03:23 PM)
LINDSEYBELLE says:

@Em GLAMCOR's products are totally insane! Thanks for the shine tips! Did you see Donna's video with what she used on me?
@Shelly So happy you like the video! And happy to have you over here too!!

(06.25.11 @ 09:42 AM)
susan Goldman says:

Hi I am a Donnashorts1 junkie. We correspond here and there. She is an awesome, beautiful soul> Keep me posted on everything. Best
Susan

(06.25.11 @ 10:01 AM)
Buffy says:

I love the chunky beaded silver necklace you are wearing, and wore on Donnashoets1 video. Where can I buy it? Thank you. BTW, your photos are awesome!

(06.27.11 @ 11:27 AM)
LINDSEYBELLE says:

@Susan Awesome! Donna is great! @Buffy, I am wearing Jane Pope Jewelry's necklaces (www.janepopejewelry.com). Her jewelry is beautiful!!

(06.28.11 @ 09:30 AM)
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Leah and I love to dress up in hats and go out. We have so much fun. You can't even imagine some of the comments we get when we wear Leah's beautiful creations on our heads. It's fun to be a little crazy! Makes life more fun. And we like to document our fun in photo booths! We could spend the entire day acting wild in those things!

What's better than amazing hats, cute dresses, hot pink and purple lipstick (although you can't see our crazy lipstick here in b/w, trust us!), sunglasses, and good friends? Tell me what you think is better... I would love to hear from you!

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Those were the first words out of Mike's mouth when he saw me dressed this way. Not Bohemian. Not cool-cat. Not hipster. Hobo-mian. A mixture between a hobo and a bohemian. Big scarf. Huge hat. Too many patterns going on. What? Man Repeller? Are you out there? I think Leandra has a point. When women wear things that they think look cool, often men are actually repelled.

Speaking of repelling men, sometimes photography sessions actually repel men. The mere thought of it gives them the frozen/panicked/eyes-glazed-over look. They have these visions of standing still for hours not knowing what to do. Posing awkwardly. Bored. Kissing. But once they have had a session with me, that all changes. I promise. Every single guy that I have ever photographed has said how they actually had fun and how the session was completely different from what they had ever imagined.

How do I do it? Easy. Often at engagement sessions I haven't met the couple before, so I let loose and get to being myself really quickly. It's like we are really good friends walking around the city talking about fun things and there just so happens to be a camera clicking away while we chat. I talk so much while I shoot that when I get home I can't talk for the rest of the night. I jump. I run. I get really really excited. I love what i am doing so much, and I know that I couldn't portray happiness and love with real laughs if I was merely asking people to laugh for me. In every picture that you see laughter, it is contagious laughter. Just picture me in my hobo-chic (love this new word) outfit laughing and saying silly things behind the lens. Because that's really what is going on.

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Shy says:

So Chic!

(06.18.11 @ 07:12 AM)
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How do you get a good picture of the two of you on vacation? Everyone has this problem. The options are: bug people to take it for you, do the old-arm-stretch-one-of-you-isn't-in-the-picture/face distortion set-up, or you can find a cool mirror and roll like we do! 

What do you do? I would love to hear from you! Send me questions/comments/thoughts!

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Shy says:

Cool mirror and a cool couple!

(06.09.11 @ 09:11 PM)
em says:

Nice shirt Mikey!!

(06.11.11 @ 01:51 PM)
Elizabeth says:

We set it on timer a few times & alternate between looking nice & jumping in the air. Then usually someone will walk by and ask if you want someone else to take the photo for you :)

(07.27.11 @ 01:10 PM)
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Yes, it's true. I do love to whip my hair back and forth! And I especially love it when people that I photograph do the same. It's liberating. And oh so fun.

You may have noticed the new blog headers circulating. I always have a lot of questions about WHO takes your pictures on the blog. I am lucky to say that Michael takes a lot of them (so does my sister!). He has a little art direction help, but he is good! Don't you think? And I like being in front of the camera. It's super fun. I like to know what my clients feel like. 

We were in Miami this weekend, and we stayed at the Mondrian South Beach. We loved it. Very cool rooms. Chandeliers everywhere (even in the showers). Lots of white and black furniture and cool patterns. Awesome pool scene. Pictures everywhere of a girl that looked like she is part computer part human. Very cat-like eyes. Mike and I were placing bets as to whether she was completely made up or part real/part fake. What do you think? 

I would love to hear from you! Send me questions/comments/thoughts! 


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Brittany Williams says:

my vote is not real...definitely not. she looks like a feline/extraterrestrial/human hybrid.

(06.08.11 @ 12:25 AM)
Kayla says:

Love the new photos! :-) That hotel looks awesome! I'll have to check it out if I am ever down that way!

(06.08.11 @ 01:30 AM)
Adie says:

Looks like an amazing weekend in Miami! xoxo

(06.08.11 @ 11:56 AM)
Shy says:

I say she's not real, but she's real pretty!!!

(06.09.11 @ 09:14 PM)
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Mike and I were in the Hamptons with three of our favorite couple friends this weekend. I love relaxing and being with good friends. People always ask me what places I like to go to the Hamptons and what things I like to do. More than anything, I love to eat at places on the side of the road, have BBQs at home with friends, and swim in the ocean.

Things that remind me of the Hamptons: Rose wine. Clam Bar. Shelter Island. Friends. Golfing. BBCs at Cyrils. La Fondita. Mint. Bathing suits. Long car rides through windy roads with the top down. Lobster rolls. Sand. Popsicles. Fresh watermelon juice. The ocean. Cucumbers. Flip flops. Deli sandwiches. Windblown hair. Surfing. BBQs. 

Taken with Instagram

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timmi says:

love these and love the hamptons! looks like you guys had a blast!

(05.31.11 @ 04:46 PM)
Shy says:

It looks like a great time!

(05.31.11 @ 08:51 PM)
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I have been traveling a lot the past few weeks. I photographed two beautiful weddings in St John and Naples, Florida. They are coming soon on the blog. In the meantime, here are some photographs that I took in St. John. I can never get enough of palm trees, boats, water, flowers, and sunshine (and iguanas! of course).

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Beebe says:

I LOVE that photo of the ice! so cool. le sigh, i want to go back :)

(05.18.11 @ 04:30 PM)
Shy says:

Beautiful!

(05.20.11 @ 06:41 AM)
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