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Lisa requested my help with her hair and make-up for a masked ball in aid of two charities – The Forget Me Not Trust and the Anchor Trust.  We didn’t have time to arrange a trial but Lisa kindly agreed to having her photograph taken showing the process from start to finish, thank you Lisa.

When Paul and I arrived at Lisa’s house in Longwood just outside of Huddersfield, we were greeted at the door with Lisa in her funky monkey pj’s and sporting clean wet hair and a huge grin and off to the kitchen we went.  As I take so much equipment with me I virtually take over a room and poor Paul often has to lodge himself into an uncomfortable corner to take the pictures I want, but he always comes up trumps.  In Lisa’s kitchen he worked with the downlights only as his flash guns were being serviced but we really love the warm tones this gave Lisa’s tanned skin and auburn tresses.

Ready to go

Ready to go

When we spoke initially, Lisa told me her hair was unruly, thick and shoulder length and she had no specific idea in mind for the style she wanted just ‘up and posh’! Always up for a challenge I was delighted to work on Lisa’s thick, auburn wavy hair that absolutely did everything I wanted it to.  I started by applying a smoothing serum and blow dryed it with a large, round ceramic brush giving it volume and incredible shine – yum.

Blow drying

Blow drying

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I was on my way to pick my dog up from the vets when I received a text from Vicky, my long term client become friend, to say she was engaged! Yay!

Vicky was planning to move in with her boyfriend, Gareth, in New Mill near Huddersfield and they decided to start planning ‘the big day’ before ‘the moving in day’. I was so delighted when she asked me to do her hair and make-up for the wedding and couldn’t wait to start planning with her.

Their chosen venue is the divineNostell Prioryat Nostell near Wakefield but we will be getting her ready at her parent’s house in Holmfirth, so that’s where we decided to do the trial.

After untold traumas with the dress we decided on the hair style and make-up and set to work. There are lots of fabulous photos so I’ll try to keep the commentary short and to the point.

Vicky has long, silky, fine, straight hair and I wanted as much volume as I could get so I blow dried it using a root boost product to produce the lift required.

blow drying to achieve volume

blow drying to achieve volume

I have to say that both Vicky and her Mum (Tricia) seemed to thoroughly enjoy the day and there were smiles all round which was lovely for me.

Having dried the hair I put heated rollers in for body and curl.

Ouch! How many rollers?

Ouch! How many rollers?

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Nicole’s mum, Aidie, rang to see if I could do Nicole’s make-up for her school prom. Aidie was concerned that the desired look of lots of heavy black eyeliner, would not suit the dress for the evening. Although it was short notice we did manage a trial and agreed on a smokey look that managed to avoid the black eyeliner!

So, when Paul and I arrived on the night, Nicole’s short dark funky hair was already in place with tiara and her skin was cleansed, toned and moisturised in preparation.

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Holdsworth House

Holdsworth House

For those of you that aren’t familiar with West Yorkshire and in particular Halifax, Holdsworth House Hotel is a grand Jacobean Manor built in 1633 and is now run as a wonderful country hotel.  This hotel is a magnificent location for anyone’s wedding and offers wonderful photographic opportunities.  I love working here so much that here’s another view of this magnificent house…

And there's more

And there's more

Arty Black & White

Arty Black & White

Out of the blue I received a phone call from Christina wanting help.  It turns out that after an unsuccessful hair trial with her original hairdresser all did not go well.  In desperation Christina called in the hope that I could fit her in not only for a trial, but on her wedding day.  With a little juggling we managed it – phew!

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Bina

Bina

Sometimes it isn’t until you see the photographs that you can truly appreciate how beautiful someone is; sometimes you just know instantly.

Bina is an ‘instantly’

I had the great pleasure of working with Bina on her wedding day earlier this month. Even the wakeup call at 6am did not dampen the heart – this was a wedding session we stylists and make-up artists long for.

Along for the ride, actually to hand me hairspray, grips, curling tongs etc., was my husband Paul. In between being sprayed by the air freshener and my hairspray, he managed to capture some beautiful moments like the one you see here.

Bina, I hope your day went well and Paul and I wish you all the happiness and success for your marriage and if you want us to come to India with you to cover your wedding, we will be there any time – hint, hint!!

Love to you

Nikki G

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Here’s a video of a wedding we shot recently and what a fabulous time we had – thank you to Katie and Martin for sharing your day with us.

A small word of warning though, the video takes a while to load AND I suggest not maximising it on your screen for it will pixelate.  Right now I am waiting to see how rendering to dvd quality looks.

As always, thank you for looking and call soon.
Nikki x

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Christmas tree lights

Christmas tree lights

Pneumonia – yep, my body has given me an early Christmas present and not wishing to sound ungrateful, but this is one of those presents I want to return and get a full refund.

This is likely to be my last post in 2008 but maybe not, who knows.  Just in case it is let me take the opportunity to raise a glass of warm toddy andwish you all a wonderful Christmas and a fighting fit 2009.

Nikki
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