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Photography Spotlight – M.Studios

Photography Spotlight is on M.Studios this week — Learn more about this talented duo as well as their best advice!

1. How did M.Studios come to be?

Marisa and I have been friends for almost 20 years.  One thing that we’ve always had in common is a love of photography.  We were both doing photography professionally but separately.  I was working for Snap! Photography as a lead photographer.  Marisa was shooting portraits and doing freelance work for companies like Alex and Ani.  We started hiring each other to assist on jobs we had when we finally had that “aha” moment!  We saw the opportunity of not only doing what we love but being able to do it with your best friend.  Could it get anymore perfect than that?!  So, in 2011 M.Studios was born and it has been the greatest thing for both of us. 

2. What types of photography services do you offer?

While we mostly focus on weddings we also do portraits, head shots, and event photography.  We also have a super swanky photo booth that is always the life of the party! 

3. What is the best advice you can give to anyone being photographed?

Trust your photographer!  You hired them because you saw something in their work that spoke to you.  If you trust in their vision it allows your photographer to work their magic.  Also don’t be afraid to ham it up!  Laugh a little too much, flip your hair, be overly romantic, and just have fun with it! 

4. How far are you willing to travel?

We will travel anywhere and everywhere!  We have shot weddings in New York City, Washington DC, Boston, Maine, New Hampshire as well as many other places in New England.  We even traveled to Philadelphia for an engagement session.  This year we are going to the Adirondacks in upstate New York and we can’t wait!  We love to travel so destination weddings are our favorite!

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Photography Spotlight – M.Studios

Photography Spotlight is on M.Studios this week — Learn more about this talented duo as well as their best advice! 1. How did M.Studios come to be? Marisa and I have been friends for almost 20 years.  One thing that we’ve always had in common is a love of photography.  We were both doing photography […]

4 Ways To Get the Most From Your Hair and Makeup Trial

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Wedding prep almost always includes scheduling a hair and makeup trial. (You don’t want to wing it on your big day, do you?) Here are 4 ways to make sure you get exactly the look you’re going for when you say “I do.”

Browse Pinterest. The best way to communicate the look you’d like on your wedding to your hair stylist and makeup artist is to bring inspiration. Find a bride with the updo or tousled curls you’d like and save it to your phone (or tear sheet it from a magazine). This will give the people helping you go glam a starting point. You can modify your look from there.

Ask questions. Find out exactly what you should plan to do if you need to touchup your makeup post-ceremony (hello, there will probably be tears!). For example, she may tell you to carry loose powder–or purchase the lip color she used to create your look. You’ll want to write those products down so you’re totally prepared come the big day.

Replicate your wedding day look. If you can, try to wear a white tee-shirt or button-down to the trial that mirrors the neckline of your wedding gown. This will help you get a sense of the full picture–even if you’re not wearing your dress.

Take tons of pics. You want to capture every angle possible–not just so that you can show your friends, but so your hair stylist and makeup artist can recreate the exact same look on your wedding day.

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4 Ways To Get the Most From Your Hair and Makeup Trial

Wedding prep almost always includes scheduling a hair and makeup trial. (You don’t want to wing it on your big day, do you?) Here are 4 ways to make sure you get exactly the look you’re going for when you say “I do.” Browse Pinterest. The best way to communicate the look you’d like on your wedding to your hair stylist […]

8 Extra Items To Pack For Your Honeymoon

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You’ve been so caught up with the wedding, you almost forgot: Immediately afterward, you leave for your honeymoon — and you have no idea what to pack. Here, to make it a much easier task, we’ve pulled together a packing checklist with the “extras” — the special must-have items you want to have, but might forget. Our advice? Pack the weekend before the big day.

1. AN OUTFIT FOR YOUR FIRST NIGHT OUT. It’s your first meal as dinner out as a married couple and you’ll want to commemorate it right.

2. PRETTY LINGERIE. Even if it’s just a comfy new bathrobe, you’ll be glad you splurged on something pretty and romantic just for you.

3. A PORTABLE SPEAKER. Depending on where you’re traveling, you may have Wifi, but no easy way to listen to music. A portable speaker makes it a breeze to amplify the playlist from your wedding as you reminisce. Pack a cheap one in your bag.

4. BOOKS. You won’t be mooning over each other the whole time. Pack a couple of “his” and “her” riveting reads for when you’re lounging beside the pool.

5. LUGGAGE TAGS. Seriously, nothing is worse than losing your bags en route to Paris–and trying to locate them so your travels can begin.

6. PHONE CHARGERS. And international power adapters depending on where your honeymoon travels may take you.

7. WORK OUT CLOTHES. If it’s part of your regular routine, you don’t have to make an exception just because you’re supposed to be totally relaxed on this trip.

8. A PAIR OF SHOES YOU LOVE. Practicality rules, but you should also splurge on something that’s fun and unique for this trip (just be sure to stash some extra band-aids, too).

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8 Extra Items To Pack For Your Honeymoon

You’ve been so caught up with the wedding, you almost forgot: Immediately afterward, you leave for your honeymoon — and you have no idea what to pack. Here, to make it a much easier task, we’ve pulled together a packing checklist with the “extras” — the special must-have items you want to have, but might […]

5 Tips for Staying Relaxed on Your Wedding Day

Erin and Jeff's Wedding. Photography by BellaFoto Studios

Erin and Jeff’s Wedding. Photography by BellaFoto Studios

You’ve done so much to prepare for your wedding day and now it’s here! There’s nothing more you can do except relax and enjoy everything you’ve worked so hard to organize and plan. Here, 5 tips for a relaxed getting-ready experience with your bridal party.

Create a pre-celebration playlist. Your hair and makeup squad is getting busy and your mother-in-law is running all around. You want to set a tone that’s chill and low key and the best way to do this is to prep a “getting ready” playlist on Spotify (or iTunes) in advance. Choose songs with a chill vibe — you want to feel calm, not anxious or jittery, while your waterproof mascara is being applied.

Plot out a good-for-you brunch and snacks. Make sure you map out a menu for the day-of festivities in the bridal suite. Hair and makeup takes a while depending on the number of bridesmaids and flower girls you have. Plan ahead to be sure you have bottled water, healthy and low-maintenance breakfast foods like yogurt and granola and more munchies like fruit salad or light sandwiches to nibble on throughout the day.

Print your run of show and a phone list. Hello, peace of mind — if you have everything in one place (and printed), you’ll be a much happier and relaxed bride-to-be. Include the cell numbers for everyone from your day-of coordinator to your florist. Every vendor and member of your bridal party should be accounted for in case you need to reach them at the last minute.

Go for a pre-wedding run. Best way to calm those nerves? Physical exercise. Even if it’s a brisk walk for 15 minutes to get a cup of coffee, it’s worth it. Fresh air does a stressed out body good.

Delegate, delegate, delegate. You chose your bridal party for a reason and they’ll totally understand if you need to put them to work. For any and all conversations, let them handle it and report back to you later. You’ve got a lot going on and you need to just stay focused on the day ahead (and all the relatives you’ll need to greet and say hello to). Your bridesmaids have got this, promise.

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5 Tips for Staying Relaxed on Your Wedding Day

You’ve done so much to prepare for your wedding day and now it’s here! There’s nothing more you can do except relax and enjoy everything you’ve worked so hard to organize and plan. Here, 5 tips for a relaxed getting-ready experience with your bridal party. Create a pre-celebration playlist. Your hair and makeup squad is getting […]

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