Why hire a professional makeup artist!

From a professional photographer’s point of view, working alongside a professional makeup artist is an endless list of pros so I thought I should share a few of those reasons to help future brides decide on whether or not to hire a makeup artist for their wedding day. I personally get a sense of relief when I get booked by a client who understands the need to be prepped by a professional who knows their stuff.

Be camera ready and confident

Booking a professional makeup artist means you will be camera ready throughout the day as he/she will know what products work best for flash photography, as well as knowing how to blend in the right shades of makeup. There is little worse than having makeup done in the wrong shade, which is mismatched to the rest of the bride’s body. A professional makeup artist will have you looking camera ready in flawless makeup that stands out and lasts throughout the day even with all the dancing.


The natural look still requires makeup

I have worked with clients in the past who have never worn makeup in the past and wanted to retain that natural look on their wedding day but still look like a bride. That natural look requires the skills of a professional makeup artist to achieve not opting to go makeup free on your wedding day! A professionally finished natural look will have you feeling and looking yourself but still give you that added confidence you get from looking glam on your big day. 


Quicker delivery of your wedding images

As any professional photographer will tell you, post-production takes up more time than any other aspect of wedding photography. While some photographers decide to retouch every single photo from your wedding day, this will definitely leads to a longer waiting period before you have your photos delivered, as this does not include the actual production time needed by the album company. Having the input of a professional makeup artist, coupled with good lighting and composition of course, will no doubt result in delivery time being cut down.

You get good skincare before and after your big day

Most professional makeup artists will offer a trial session with their bridal makeup package or at a small fee if you will simply like to try before you decide on booking. In this session you will most likely get tips and procedures on how to prepare your skin for your wedding day, tips you can carry on with your afterwards to maintain healthy looking skin. During this trial session you also get the chance to study your potential makeup artist to see if your personalities are compatible as one of the ways to having a positive attitude through your wedding day is starting off the day surrounded by people with the right attitude and energy.

You get what you pay for

I distinctly remember a wedding I photographed last year where I had to set my camera down before the reception and reapply the bride’s makeup because everything had wiped off, from powder to eyebrows to lip gloss, everything was gone. The direct effect of having a makeup artist who isn’t exactly knowledgeable in what products were right for the bride’s skin and did not take into account other factors like an emotional bride or the scorching Abuja sun.

When choosing a makeup artist, be sure to have seen some previous works from that person. You really do get what you pay for when it comes to makeup artists and while you may be on a tight budget, you should still go for someone with the right skills. On the other hand, just because a makeup artist charges a fortune does not mean they will be right for you and the look you wish to achieve on your wedding day.


In conclusion, hiring a professional makeup artist alongside a professional photographer gives you the best options for your wedding portraits so it really is a win-win situation when you hire both.

Tosin Pedro Studios offers both professional makeup and photography services and through the month of September will be offering Bridal makeup packages at a discounted rate for all weddings taking place in Abuja. Contact 08101682860 or info@tosinpedro.com; instagram: @tosinpedro

The Kurfi Sisters, portraits

What better way to kick off the blog this week than with a! Over the Sallah holiday, I went over to photograph my friend Zainab (see her portrait session here) and her sisters in their home. Zainab and I have been friends for years and so the session was pretty laid back as her sisters are just as cool. This family of beautiful northern women was a great and fun shoot! I also got to do all the girls’ makeup, so added bonus. Check out some of the photos from the session below and Saadatu’s portraits too.

To book a contemporary portrait photoshoot for yourself or with friends/family, please contact me on 08101681860 or info@tosinpedro.com


Saadatu, Portraits

This was initially going to be a part of a different blog post scheduled to feature Saadatu and her sisters tomorrow but I couldn’t help it, I just had to share these portraits in a dedicated post.

How cute is this young lady, seriously! Saadatu is such a warm, lovely and funny girl and it was such a pleasure photographing her!


For enquiries or to book a portrait session, please contact me on 08101682860 or info@tosinpedro.com


12:35am and I really should be asleep but here I am. Just thought I’d drop a quick note here to say my blackberry is out of order and so contacting me via my PIN will be impossible for the moment. 08101682860 or info@tosinpedro.com are the two best options for now, and always!

Cheers x


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