Getting my whole team of magicians together came so easily for this Fall Photo shoot more so than my previous 2 photo shoots earlier this year indicating I was becoming a veteran at this Blogger lifestyle! Yesss!??
I already knew I would use my one & only talented Hair Stylist Renata @rhhairstylist, Lash Extensions extraordinaire Carmen @eyelashedaz & my Amazeballs Photographer Alyssa @alyssaryanphotography. For Makeup however I was approached by Mimi a deliciously multi-talented Makeup Artist, Photographer & fellow Type 1 Diabectic I’d met at a Type 1 Diabectic Event held @dermalogica in Scottsdale, Az hosted by a blogger friend Paloma @glitterglucose earlier this year! MiMi handler @mimivonlacebeauty sincerely offered to do my makeup for my next shoot & I was floored & overwhelmed by her generosity so when I got the date set for the shoot we planned to meet up.
I researched locations online for the shoot & wanted to go somewhere where the leaves had changed indicating Autumn was in fact here but living in the desert has its limits & Sedona was the closet location to showcase that, 2 hours away & we just didn’t have the time for that!? So… we made the best of what we had & settled for the same location as my first ever photo shoot with Alyssa at Papago Park.
For my wardrobe I knew I wanted the theme of hats, belts & jackets featured throughout. I also knew I wanted an undeniably holiday look planning ahead for Xmas/New Years. Lastly I wanted to showcase my favorite trend of the season Animal Instincts! I derived 4 looks to encompass all those themes in mind & created the looks you see below.
Wednesday, November 14th was set for the date of the shoot. The weather started out overcast & became more cloudy & windy the closer it got to our meetup time & Alyssa shared concerns about the clouds & if I would be okay shooting if it rained, being the optimist, I was rareing to go…
After getting all my beauty services done being pampered rotten from my lashes going for a baby doll look by Carmen @eyelashedaz, Renata for my hair created a customized red violet tint & rolled up loose romantic waves. For my makeup I had 2 pictures in mind & Mimi re-created them with her own twist to perfection going for a smoky heavy eye & nude matte liquid lipstick. She brought her own ring light to apply my makeup which i’d never before experienced & it worked wonders as it brought literally everything to light. MiMi customized my entire makeup & mostly used Tarte products her expert line & after that I was ready to go.
How amazing are these photos @mimivonlacebeauty took after she applied my make up!?
Packing up my car like I was going on a 2 week holiday across Europe I met Alyssa at Papago Park??♀️?. We’d shot at Papago Park Earlier in the year but on the other side, this photo shoot would include more mountainous images.
With the clouds rolling in as soon as we picked the first spot for the photo shoot to commence it was like magic, the clouds disappeared & the sun came out to say Ello & that was it! When I needed the wind to showcase my dusters like magic we got the shots we needed! It’s always so amazing working with Alyssa, I’ve said it once & I’ll say it again she’s wonderful at giving direction but also trusts your suggestions & also more importantly listens to what you have to say.
This shoot has been by far my favorite shoot to date due to how easy everything came together so organically. From all the talented women doing what they do best to the looks created & lastly the weather, like a sign from up above it was just meant to be.
My T:Slim X2 Diabectic Pump Shanaenae came out to play in all my looks so look out for those special images as she is indeed my lifesaver & I’m proud to celebrate & show her off. In addition to Shanaenae, Shanequoi (my medical device Dexcom G6 CGM Continuous Glucose Monitor) remained placed on my Torso the entire time so no images of her in this shoot like my last 50’s style Photo shoot.?
Happy Christmas from me & mine to you & yours Lovies & I’m so looking forward to showcasing my plans, pictures & blogs for a brand spanking new year!
Cheers for reading this post & your love & support Lovies, I appreciate you.??✨❤️ I’ll catch you next time,
Cheers & Best Wishes,
Afi Like Taffy A.L.T