CHICAGO GLAMOUR : LAUREN of LG MAKEUP DESIGN

I have known this pretty lady for years. Lauren and I went to high school together, but it wasn’t until we both started our businesses that our paths really started to cross. This beauty is an extremely talented make-up artist. Her company LG Makeup Design is one of the best for make-up and airbrush tanning. (Brides, if you are looking for someone to make you extra gorgeous on your big day, I promise you, Lauren is the gal for you!)

What I adore most about Lauren is her passion for what she does. Over the years, we have had lots of conversations about owning our own businesses and every time we talk, she always stresses how blessed she is to do what she loves, and I couldn’t agree more. When you do what you love, it never really feels like work, and you can tell that Lauren loves making women feel beautiful. Lauren is the type of girl who just gets you …. right off the bat. She is outgoing, fun and beyond sweet, and it was such an honor to photograph this beauty for her new headshots.

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Lauren isn’t a stranger to photo shoots, but she is normally involved behind-the-scenes so she was a little nervous about being in front of the camera. I have no idea why though because she was a COMPLETE natural. I mean seriously, how gorgeous is she?!?!

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We wandered around Chicago for some fun urban backdrops to give Lauren’s headshots some personality and edge.

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When Lauren threw on this amazing lipstick color, I was beyond jealous because she pulls it off perfectly.

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Bombshell … right here!!!

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If you need someone to make you feel extra gorgeous, be sure to contact Lauren! AND Lauren and I will be teaming up this summer / fall for boudoir mini session ladies, so be sure to be on the look out for those coming soon.

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CHICAGO GLAMOUR PHOTOS // jenny, kaereilly, + theresa

A couple weeks ago, make-up artist and hair stylist, Emily Cummings, and I got to together to create an afternoon of glamour. These glamour photos are not your 1990s mall glamour photos (which I never got to do … and I may still feel a little cheated out of) … but rather a photo shoot of sexy, glamorous and editorial photos. My glam sessions are all about being a strong and confident woman.

Three gorgeous ladies came over and got all glammed up for my camera. It was an afternoon of so much fun and pretty that I wanted to explode with happiness. A very special thank you to Emily for being a hair / makeup superstar (seriously .. amazing!) and to my stunning models, Jenny, Kaereilly, and Theresa for working it in front of my camera. You all are simply gorgeous!

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If you are interested in a glamour / boudoir photo shoot, just email me at brittany@brittanybekas.com

HAIR + MAKEUP by emily cummings // MODELS (in order from first photos) : Jenny Milkowski, Theresa Avella, Kaereilly Brennan

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CHICAGO FALL MINI SESSIONS // october 12

Pre-season football is starting … back-to-school shopping sales are everywhere … and I am digging out my boots which only means one thing … fall is right around the corner. I love summer like a high school girl adores her first love, but fall … well it is my happily ever after. I could, and would, photograph only in the fall. So in honor of my love for cozy knit sweaters, hot apple cider and chili, I will be hosting fall mini sessions. This is the perfect way to get in a short mini photo shoot to update the photos in your house or get a family photo for your holiday cards.

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Fall mini sessions will be Sunday, October 12 at the Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville. I adore photographing at this location, and I know it will be the perfect spot for these fall sessions because of all the amazing trees in this spot! I am starting with 5 afternoon sessions (3:00, 3:30, 4:00, 4:30, 5:00)

Each mini session is only $195 and is 25 minutes long and includes 25 digital, high resolution images printable up to an 8 x 12.

A deposit of 50% is due within 7 days of booking in order to reserve your spot. These sessions will fill up fast, so book early. E-mail me at brittany@brittanybekas.com for scheduling.

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CHICAGO MINI SESSIONS // lincoln park zoo

Could it be? Spring is actually here with summer right around the corner?! I hope so! Which means it is the perfect time to get some gorgeous outdoor photos taken. My spring mini sessions are perfect to grab some photos of your family, little one, senior or your other half and you.

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Chicago mini sessions will be Saturday, June 21 at the Lincoln Park Zoo. I am starting with 5 evening sessions (5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30).

Each mini session is only $195 and is 25 minutes long and includes 25 digital, high resolution images printable up to an 8 x 12.

The first person to book a mini session will get a complimentary softcover book with images from your mini session. A deposit of 50% is due within 7 days of booking in order to reserve your spot. These sessions will fill up fast, so book early. E-mail me at brittany@brittanybekas.com for scheduling.

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CUSTOM SMARTPHONE + TABLET GALLERY APPS // iphone + andriod

Ok, so do you remember when you used to carry around those plastic photo cases in your wallet full of all the VIPs in your life?! You know, the days pre-Facebook or Instagram where you actually had to have a physical photo on you to show someone. If you don’t remember, then you are clearly way younger than me …. but I remember I carried those wallets around with me EVERYWHERE.  I never knew when I would need to show someone a picture of my hot BFF.

But let’s face it. No one does that anymore. If you can’t show someone a photo of your dog, baby or love of your life on your phone, then people may or may not believe you that Charley / Payton / Mike even exist. Ok, maybe not that extreme … but it seems like if it isn’t on Facebook / Instagram or on your phone … it didn’t happen, right?

Now as much as I love for all my clients to have physical prints from their sessions with me, I realize that it is sometimes MORE important for them to always have their images with them. Which is why one of my favorite products that all of my 2014 clients receive is their very own custom smartphone gallery app. This little app also works great on tablets.

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It is an app custom designed for each client with photos from their wedding / session. You just download it on to your phone and/or tablet, and you always have your photos with you. Best of all, the app is designed so you can share with with friends and family. So all those loved ones who are out of state or your Mom who loves to brag about you, can add the app to their phones so they can whip out their phones to show you off. No more plastic wallets for them. ;)

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WHAT to WEAR // sassy glamour shoot

What woman doesn’t want to feel confident, sexy and amazing when they are having their photo taken?! This sophisticated look knocks off all those goals with a sexy, fitted black dress and bold accessories. It is the perfect look for a sassy, glamour photography session.

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If you love this look and want to purchase what is featured, click here. Or just use the color palette as inspiration to come up with your own look for your photo shoot.

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WHAT to WEAR // GLAMOUR SHOOT

Nothing makes me happier than making a woman feel gorgeous … and that is exactly why I adore glamour sessions. Many ladies think glamour/boudoir sessions require sexy lingerie and pouty lips. But there are so many looks to glamour … it is about what makes you feel beautiful! This look shows you that you can be flirty, gorgeous and sexy all in one. Toss a big flower in your hair and some light pink lips and you are all set to bring out your inner bombshell.

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CHICAGO GLAMOUR // COURTNEY

I have this obsession with glamour photography lately. Maybe it is because I adore fashion editorial shoots and yet, I love photographing real girls (aka not models). So when I was looking for some pretty ladies for a glamour session, Courtney sent me a note … and I couldn’t have been more excited to photograph her.

Not only is she beyond sweet, but she brought the most AMAZING clothes (I was hoping she would forget a couple of the dresses she brought over because they were … well … to-die-for.) Oh, and Courtney … well she could … and … should be a model because look at her. Tall, thin and drop-dead-gorgeous. I’m not going to lie … she made my job pretty easy.

Courtney – Thanks again for being a “glam girl” for me. I’m so glad we could catch up in between all the shots and bond over our love for sexy, zebra chairs.

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