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And they danced to the light of the moon…

Super Moon.
Super Moon.

I LOVE this photo and it reminds me of the poem “The Owl and the Pussycat”

A beautiful young couple, the historic architecture of downtown Salem and a Super Moon: what more could we have asked for?
We photographed Tom and Cecily’s wedding ceremony on July 11th at St. John’s Church in Beverly Farms and their reception at Colonial Hall in downtown Salem, MA. We went out to take a photograph with the great architecture of the brick building in the background and timed it perfectly so we could capture the Super Moon in a crevice between the buildings in the upper right section of the photograph! The moon stayed with us only for a few minutes, just long enough to capture this unforgettably romantic image.

Getting the skinny on make-up.


Lights, camera, action! Regardless as to whether you are having your publicity portrait done as an actor, model, author or engineer, you’ll need to apply make-up to look your best. Salem professional make-up artists at Rouge (Jennifer, Tracy, Brandon or Kira) will coordinate their schedules with your portrait session.  Rouge has natural lighting and the artists are trained at how to have you looking your best for the photo shoot. You can also receive complementary instruction at department stores such as Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor. If you prefer to apply your own make-up, here are some tips.

*Apply foundation in an even and natural way. Be sure the color matches your skin tone and brush on to achieve a smooth and blended coverage.

*Use a matte powder to reduce the shine on forehead and nose- men and women.

*Eyes are the focus. Naturally applied mascara, eyeliner and shadow can define and enhance your eyes.  For special occasion portraits consider false eyelashes, they can be applied just for the shoot and removed easily. They are the most natural way to bring out and brighten your eyes. They are subtle and flattering.

*If you’re a hay fever sufferer consider a few drops of Visine before your session.

*Use lip liner with your lipstick but don’t overdo it.  Be sure to line the entire lip not just the outline. Use a natural lip tone or match the lipstick color.

*Do not use glitter or shimmering products.

*Avoid getting a facial or spray tan in the days before your session as they can cause irritation.

QUOTE from Ann Massey owner of rouge cosmetics “We love to work with Louise. She takes beautiful pictures and we work together to ensure you look your best for your photo shoot!” To book an appointment call rouge at 978-740-1044 or email info@rouge.com and for more info visit http://www.rouge.com/


Nicole’s Student Work

Photography by Nicole DeMaria, Gown by French Bridals, Hair and Makeup by Lee Aldrich, Louise Michaud Photographer Worshop

Settings: Shutter Speed-160, F-stop 5.6, ISO 800, Camera – Canon Digital Rebel, Camera mode AV, Art work none.

Lighting: Natural indirect sunlight.

Posing: Face – “Perfect Profile,” Crop – 3/4, The bride appears relaxed, as her flowers are pointing down while her mind races – preoccupied with questions.

Composition: This is a strong composition. The brides face follows the “Rule of Thirds” which creates a focus and drama within the photograph.

Expression: Natural & pensive. Perfect for the pose.

Comments: Nicole did a beautiful job finding the natural light and posing the brides face in “perfect profile.” She used the diffused sunlight to light the “Mask” of the face and photographed into the shadow side creating dimension within the photograph. She captured a beautiful texture by allowing the natural light to gently touch upon the gown. This crop provides extra space on the right to compliment the brides expression.