FEATURED VENDOR HIGHLIGHT SERIES: Bray MUA – Artist & Educator in Central Florida by Carolina Irais Photography

Good Morning/Afternoon! Today we are presenting to you a very special and incredibly talented Bray, she is a Professional Artist and Educator here in Central Florida, and when I tell you that she has a true gift for make-up and all things art, I SO mean it! Keep reading to learn more about Bray’s journey + story, but also some of her most stunning work. Just take a look for yourself!

xoxo

– Carolina

Tell us a little about yourself!

A little about me? 

I’m Bray, a 30-year-old (man did I say 30? Whoa! lol) artist based in Orlando FL.  

I consider myself a fun, eccentric, and creative individual who just happens to do makeup. I also am Addicted to avocados and old bay seasoning and could probably watch harry potter on repeat for the rest of my life lol.  On a deeper note, I grew up with my fair share of obstacles. I attribute my art, creativity, and “make something out of nothing” attitude to a lot of those obstacles.

Art has always been an outlet/ coping mechanism for me but became an even better bonus when I realized I could use it to help others. I spent my earlier years drawing, writing, doing music engineering, performing, tattooing, and even painting…. which led me to my first job as a children’s art teacher at a community center.

Getting that job meant a lot to me and was such a pivotal point in my life.

I figured out that I could help give city kids something to aim for and it was a place/ environment where I was known for my personality, talent, and knowledge vs. my disability. It was the first time I had that feeling and shined a light on to a passion I never knew existed, makeup and teaching.  

I have been doing makeup for 10 + years working with reputable companies and being published in respected publications.  I have been instructing in the art world for nearly 15 years and I am excited to keep that going.

BRAY, PROFESSIONAL ARTIST AND EDUCATOR

How did you get started?

I have always been a horror fan and LOVE scary movies. One day I was watching the movie Thirteen ghosts behind the scenes footage. I awed at how they put the different ghosts/ characters together.

I can’t remember whether I said it out loud or to my sister who was watching with me at the time, but I said “ I WANT TO DO THAT!” and next thing I know I was doing my research and my family was helping me move 1000 miles away. 

Funny enough because of my love of horror I had absolutely no interest in anything beauty. I went to school and quickly realized I had a Niche for it all and I was skilled in combining genres which got me into the main thing I have been noticed for, high fashion avant- garde. During and after school I was at a very low point mentally. I had no family in the area, was in a toxic environment, and was so broke lint didn’t even want to be in my pocket. I knew I couldn’t waste all the money, time, and effort that was put forth to get me to that point, so I hit the ground running.

I began to do sooo much trade work, which I quickly found out wasn’t always a good thing. But I networked and made connections and lasting friendships that have helped me grow and gain the opportunities that I have been given throughout the years. And here I am in Central Florida, I have been based out of the Orlando area for 9 years.  

I work as a freelance artist and an educator. I cater to every type of client/ event. From bridal to Film and everything else in between.  I also teach professionally, I work with clients, established and aspiring makeup artists in skill development as well as business. 

I teach every genre/ type of makeup from color theory, to state-of-the-art special fx. My business is built on fun, compassion, and creativity. It’s important for me to have clients feel like there is someone for them. Like they don’t have to fit into a mold to be accepted.

I bring that belief to every gig and every learning environment.  I’m so excited to dip back into tattooing and adding microblading to my services. 

I am so passionate about makeup/ art and education. It’s such a powerful tool that can change so many people. I realized that no matter what makeup look someone is put into (their request of course) it can empower and give them confidence.

The look on a bride’s face when you are done or the look of someone on Halloween after you just turned them into a character. Two completely different looks with one thing in common, Confidence. Education is no different, I absolutely love seeing a student who showed up timid, shy, and unconfident leave with a crazy number of skills and so much confidence because they put in the work.

The ability to be able to promote change in such a way is amazing to me and I wouldn’t change it for the world. 

bray mua

Here is how you can get in contact with the incredible Bray herself!

Braymua.com

IG @face_beaterr

Email: BrayMua@gmail.com

Lisette & Peter’s Engagement Session in Winter Park, Florida by Carolina Irais Photography

I met this lovely couple that I now call friends (due to our common interest in succulents) in Winter Park last weekend, and it was nothing short of amazing and definitely filled with lots of giggles, kisses and laughs that will forever be cherished through these images you will be seeing!

You can seriously just FEEL the love between Lisette and Peter without even being present in this captured moment. That is why I am so passionate about what I do and who I do it for!

How long have you been together?

10 years!

Favorite song?

Lazy Afternoon by Rebelution

Favorite date night?

Finding places and restaurants in Orlando we’ve not yet been to!

FEATURED VENDOR HIGHLIGHT SERIES: MeLissa Duran,Professional Make-Up Artist in Central Florida by Carolina Irais Photography

I am super excited to be featuring this very special artist and vendor that has been a part of my photographic journey from the very beginning, and when I tell you that MeLissa is a true professional artist, I totally mean it!

MeLissa Duran is a freelance make-up artist with over 20 years of experience in non-union film, television, commercial, print, corporate video and live events.

This craft has been well received by her clients, which include celebrities, actors, musicians, models, authors, politicians, and dignitaries. Her artistry has been displayed for names such as NBC, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows, Bravos Award Winning Show, Bridezillas & Say Yes to the dress, The Bachelor, MTV & VICE. She has illustrated her magic on legendary faces in the world of fashion, music, print & film. MeLissa’s hair and makeup have been featured in Central Florida Bride Magazine, Allure
Magazine, Slate Magazine, Paper.

MeLissa’s talent, flawless artistry & determination are the traits which set her apart as a
published artist. With an innovative eye and a devotion to her craft she will continue to paint faces with elegant sophistication. After years of partnering with some of the best artists & stylists in the industry, MeLissa has assembled a on-location team of experts in hairstylists and makeup artists to represent MeLissa Duran Glamour Services. Professional advice and customized looks are tailored to your personal style and taste by our team. This team works together often, ensuring a seamless coordination of expertise.

Here’s how to get in contact with her for your make- up needs!

(407) 227-2506

Melissaduran01@gmail.com

Melissaduran.com

FEATURED VENDOR HIGHLIGHT SERIES: The Fancy Florals with Owner + Creator Denae Zoellner by Carolina Irais Photography

We are featuring a very special and talented vendor, she is very dear to me and an excellent artist. Denae and I first worked together on a styled shoot a few weeks back, so naturally, when I saw her amazing work in action, I just HAD to reach out and get her featured on our blog!

I’m a freelance florist with a love for a pop of color, added texture and creating floral designs to help a vision come to life. I absolutely love being able to use my creative side! 

There are two components of The Fancy Florals.

Part one is working with brides to be through DIY wedding floral services and design services for small events and weddings.

The Fancy Florals also offers monthly delivery flower subscriptions and custom arrangements. 

Owner + creator, denae zoellner of the fancy florals

The Fancy Florals came to life in September of 2020. With a love for plants and all things in nature, it only makes sense that I landed here, creating with one of nature’s most natural gifts.

  I have always had a love for floral design and started by making arrangements for friends and occasionally styling small events. Constantly working to educate myself and refine my designs. With the encouragement of friends, family and a leap of faith I launched The Fancy Florals.

My goal is to share my love and knowledge of floral design. My DIY Wedding Guru services were created to add an affordable option for the creative bride. It’s a great way to connect with brides.  My love for bringing smiles into your homes is fulfilled through customer orders and my monthly flower subscribers. 

My greatest joy is seeing arrangements brighten someone’s day. Having the ability to create freely and share my love for natures gist with others is truly a blessing!.

Here is how you can get in contact with Denae for all of your floral needs!

Dena Zoellner : Owner + Creator of The Fancy Florals

order@thefancyflorals.com

www.Afancyflower.com

IG @thefancyflorals

Dean Family Farm Photography Session by Carolina Irais in Groveland, Florida

Today I am going to be sharing a very special family session; I was so lucky to have been reached out to capture these once in a lifetime, beautiful yet fleeting moments. I met the Dean family on a beautiful Sunday morning a couple of weekends ago in Groveland, and they are the warmest, most kind + genuine people! I arrived at the most beautiful farm ever, and when I finally met Norelis; we really hit it off! She is such an incredible mother, and now soon to be mother again to her second born. I truly had the best time frolicking around the farm creating beautiful images that will remain in their family for generations to come. It’s truly nothing less than an honor, so THANK YOU!

May you enjoy this gallery as much as we enjoyed creating it!

Caught this super sweet moment between Ellie and dad!

Then Mom changed into something a little something more fancy and really slayed this session!!! Like COME ON LOOK AT THIS QUEEN!

Here is Mr. Dean protecting his family! So sweet.

I told you this gallery was dreamy! I’m going to wrap up this blog post with a round up of randomized shots throughout the shoot in no particular order. Thank you for looking!

Wishing you an amazing evening/day!

xoxo

Carolina

FEATURED VENDOR HIGHLIGHT SERIES: The Flower Studio with Owner + Lead Designer Andie Muller BY CAROLINA IRAIS PHOTOGRAPHY

The Flower Studio was created in 2013, and since 2015 we have been in Altamonte Springs – FL

We are a retail boutique studio, not your conventional retail store. We have limited hours open to the public, first due to COVID, and second because we limit ourselves to make sure our services are outstanding and the best possible.

We have no minimums to provide services. We try to accommodate all and any.

We are a member of the Seminole County Chamber of Commerce, Central Florida Wedding Association, Florida State Florist Association, and the American Institute of Floral Designers.

I am an educator by nature, and I do offer workshops, mentorship, and tutorials for each level of floristry. If you are a hobbyist, a wannabe florist or already a professional designer, I can help.

Owner + Lead Designer at The Flower Studio; Andi Muller

I am originally from Brazil / Portuguese is my first language – where I started developing my floristry career. Have been in the USA since 2000.

I am a Florida State Master Designer, Certified Floral Designer, and a proud accredited member of the American Institute of the Floral Designers since 2018. Next, I am studying to become a certified Judge / Evaluator for Floral Competition and State and National Accreditation.

I love to meet new people; I love to learn about others, and I love coffee.. and dark chocolate.. and coffee! 🙂


Photography by Tamara Knight Photography

Andie Muller, AIFD, CFD, FSMD
Member of the American Institute of Floral Designer
Certified Floral Designer
Florida State Master Designer

Lead Designer

The Flower Studio
Events by The Flower Studio

Phone: 321.422.0823
Mobile: 321.436.7746

http://eventsbytheflowerstudio.com/
www.theflowerstudioonline.com
E-mail: theflowerstudio@hotmail.com
Address: 580 Palm Springs Dr #582A – Altamonte Springs – FL – 32701

FEATURED VENDOR HIGHLIGHT SERIES: ELEGANT AFFAIRS BY DESIGN, TAMPA WEDDING PLANNER BY CAROLINA IRAIS PHOTOGRAPHY

I hope you’re all having a safe + great week so far! Today we are featuring a very special vendor in this industry! Her name is Riley Gersch, and she’s the owner and lead wedding planner at Elegant Affairs by Design. -Carolina

Elegant Affairs by Design is a professional wedding and event planning service based in Tampa, Florida. We service all of Florida and destination. We offer a boutique approach to wedding planning and design by limiting the number of weddings we direct to provide an unparalleled, curated experience for our couples. From origin to execution, our mission is to provide style and sophistication in every detail of your special day.

RILEY GERSCH, OWNER + WEDDING PLANNER

Elegant Affairs by Design services wedding rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, and receptions, ensuring that each aspect of your special day is executed seamlessly. We prioritize the creation of a lasting connection with each soon-to-be-newlywed, gaining an understanding of their desired vision.

We have experience in the coordination of a wide spectrum of wedding styles including elopements, destination weddings, and religious weddings.

Engaged couples have the opportunity to avail of a variety of planning services such as full-planning, partial-planning, and day-of coordination features.

In addition, an array of convenient features are on offer including budget analysis, guest list creation, and vendor referrals.

When we asked Riley how she started in this business and why she’s so passionate about what she does; here is her answer!

Planning my own wedding back in 2017 to my sweetheart Eric is when I fell in love with the design and details of weddings. I fell in love with designing, the organization, and the ability to create something magical.

“I was on a mission to create my fairytale dream wedding, and as the pieces started coming together, I realized that the complete joy I felt being able to bring my vision to life could be shared with so many other brides. Every single day, I dedicate my work to ensure that every couple is blown away by the details that make their day one-of-a-kind. 

Because the little girl inside us should never let go of the fairytale we’ve been waiting for.”

Below is how to get in contact with her + see if you’d be a great fit!

Email: riley@elegantaffairsbydesign.com

Phone: (585) 752-4143

To schedule your complimentary consultation, please visit our website: https://www.elegantaffairsbydesign.com/

Featured Vendor Highlight Series: Christina Garcia, Central Florida Officiant + Owner of Ceremonies by Chrissy by Carolina Irais Photography

Hi friends! Today we are introducing Christina Garcia, Owner + Officiant at Ceremonies by Chrissy in Orlando, Florida.

I absolutely love what I do. I love the couples, their love story and being the one to start the new chapter for the married couple. 

 

As a Wedding Officiant, I customize their wedding script and tell their love story as some family may not know exactly how they got together and how they got to where they are today, getting married. 

 

As I say in all my posts, Let’s get you married. Let’s create an unforgettable ceremony experience that you and your family will never forget.

Friends of mine got engaged in 2019 and my husband and I went out together with them to congratulate them on their engagement. I had mentioned that I would marry them… in which I was being a little sarcastic to say the least. But the couple took it seriously, they asked me to officiate their wedding.

Honestly, I was completely honored. My first wedding was Feb 2020. It was a a little nerve racking but I absolutely enjoyed it. Later on in the year, another friend was getting married and they asked me to officiate their wedding, again I was absolutely honored.

And of course, I gladly accepted their offer. That’s where it all began, Ceremonies By Chrissy

Here’s how you can find her!  

https://ceremoniesbychriss.wixsite.com/mysite

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/CeremoniesByChrissy

Instagram: Www.Instagram.com/CeremoniesByChrissy

Photoshoot Style Guide-What You Should Wear (and not wear) to Your Next Family Session with Carolina Irais Photography

One of the most important factors that goes into awesome pictures is the clothes you’re wearing and how you are all matching. When everybody is dressed great, everyone will feel great, and when everyone feels great, your photos will look even better! Remember that how you feel and your mood will reflect in the pictures.

We want to choose outfits for everyone that will stay in style for a long time. Our goal is timeless and priceless! Remember, family + friends will be looking back at these pictures for years and years. Let’s also not mention how much of a hard time our kids and teenagers may give us when it comes to what they want and don’t want to wear, so that’s why we’ve created this style guide, just for you! Now take a deep breath…you got this!

This style guide will also help couples + groups! Not just families.

Rule of thumb number one!

Color coordinate instead of color match. You want everyone’s colors to be complimentary to one another. You probably do not want a monotone photo with everyone wearing all the same exact color!

Second question to ask yourself: Do you prefer more saturated colors or more neutral ones for your home? And in which season will the photos be displayed? Summer, winter, fall? All year-round? These are all things to consider.

Rule of thumb number two!

Limit patterns, add textures. Texture can really add depth and interest to your images. It is also quite distracting in a picture when people are wearing very bold patterns that might come off as distracting. Therefore, limit your patterns and graphic tees and designs, and add more textures within your chosen color palette. You will look amazing, promise!

Rule of thumb number three!

Dress up one level above your normal everyday-wear. I recommend incorporating higher quality fabrics for your clothes. Instead of regular worn cotton tee, or polyester, consider silk, cashmere, even linen. Small details like the type of fabric you’re wearing will make a world of a difference. Remember, that you do not have to dress up in a suit and tie or a gown to look amazing. Some nice jeans and a button up go a long way my friend!

Quick Tip for all Moms deciding wardrobe choices for the family: Dress yourself first, then coordinate everyone else.

It will make your life much easier and you won’t feel like you are moving one step forward and three steps back, so yes, fit and dress yourself first! If mom is not feeling it and doesn’t like herself in the pictures, she won’t want to showcase these pictures proudly, and that’s kind of a huge deal. I want you to be super proud + happy with how you look in the photos!

I always recommend that mom wear a dress, if you hate wearing dresses consider a shirt/pant with nicer fabric combo for the top. Pick the dress in a color that is complimentary, but that you also a color that you LOVE.

Let’s talk colors!

We have created simple color palettes for every season, just for you. It is important to always try to not choose oversaturated and super bright colors that will be very distracting in your photos, so try to choose the more muted version of the color you want. As seen below. The recommended amount of colors to work with for your outfits is ideally 2-3, but we will provide more options for every seasons as seen below, at least one of the options from the three chosen colors should be neutral

First up, is summer. We want airy, fresh, clean and fun! I recommend all and any neutrals, but when adding that POP of color, reference to any colors close to these below we have chosen to fit the mood! And again remember, coordinate – don’t match!

Keep in mind that you will only be choosing a total of 2-3 colors for your session.

Summer Color Palette For Family Photos

When we go into the less warm months, heading into Fall, it changes the dynamic a bit. With changing colors outside and depending on where you live, cooler weather comes with more cozy, warm tones. So usually families will go for more earthy, darker tones in their outfits when planning their fall session. Take a look below for some of the best options of colors to use to coordinate your outfits during the fall!

Fall Color Palette for Family Photos

Next up, winter. Now, think cooler colors. Refer to the graphic below for a winter-centered color palette for your outfits! I also want to say that by no means is this a rule book you need to follow to a T.

Especially when I know how much I love to wear red all Christmas long, hehe. So yes, I do personally recommend these colors below. However, we know fall and winter colors and season do have a very gray line of where one ends and the other begins. So what am I saying? Wear what you want and makes you feel amazing! Holidays are the most special time of the year, and we all celebrate in different ways. Take this style guide as some pointers to stick by, but have fun with it! I want to see you be your best and most amazing self.

Winter Color Palette for Family Photos

Next up is spring! I love spring oh so very much. From the blooming flowers to the changing colors and warmer air and sunnier skies, I just love it. Refer below to this table to see which colors we recommend you keep in mind when choosing your next spring family outfits!

Spring Color Palette for Family Session

What ‘not’ to wear

  1. Graphic tees.
  2. Too many patterns.
  3. Neon colors.
  4. Flip flops.
  5. Shirt with logos.

I hope this information helped at least steer you in the right and less stressful direction when it comes to picking out family outfits. Remember not to overthink it too much! Thank you for reading! And make sure to subscribe and follow the blog to get notified every time a post goes live!

I hope you have an amazing day!
Warmly, Carolina.

Featured Vendor Highlight Series: Ariana Detrez, Florida Artist & Designer by Carolina Irais Photography

Hey friends! We’re very excited to feature this very special lady! She is an amazing multi-talented artist and designer, based in Orlando where she works with brands and businesses to uplevel their marketing.

Hey, I’m Ariana Detrez. I’m an artist, dreamchaser, designer, and multi-talented creative who has a passion for creating playfully modern artwork for your home, everyday life, and apparel. My primary mediums are watercolor & digital illustration.

My passion for sharing positivity shows through my artwork and also through my teachings! Alongside creating artwork every day next to my pups, I share tips & bits for fellow artists over on the blog and Youtube.

-Ariana detrez, designer + artist

Fun Fact: Ariana and I actually went to high school together, but never actually got to know each other until I reached out and saw her beautiful work! So I am very excited to be featuring her! She is truly the sweetest!

Definitely make sure to check out her blog and website, she has really great content.

I offer custom illustrations, murals, art licensing, art prints for your home or office, stickers and accessories, and lots more! I also host watercolor workshops in the Orlando area. I also offer a mentorship program, called The Courageous Foundation, for emerging creatives to ensure they have the confidence, business aptitude,  and unlock all their artistic abilities. You can view my work and contact me over at

www.arianadetrez.com  

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