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Stephanie’s summer wedding, Washington, DC 2014

23 Oct

It was very early in the morning when we met with Stephanie to get her ready for such an important day, but looking at these happy faces you would never guess what time the bride had to wake up to be all glammed up! Loving the photos that Stephanie shared, photographed by Exclamation Imagery Hair and makeup by Alina Karaman

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Anisa + Allyshah Engagement

25 Jun

Photos by Shayan Photography, hair and makeup by Alina G Karaman

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To spray or not to spray – that is the question

15 Jan

I see this happening at absolutely every wedding I work at, when bridesmaids come from the salon with curled hair that starts to fall down in a couple of hours (and for those with natural hair – I mean not colored – it starts even sooner then that). They take the hardest spray available and spray whatever is left like nobody’s business in a hope it will help. No, it will not, ladies! It will actually make it worse. Hard spray weights your hair down and you end up with straight hair that looks greasy and undone. If your hair does not hold the curl, and you know it ahea


d, try different style if to begin with!

If curls start to fall, let it go! You can brush them with soft brush to have soft curls, you can re-curl them (if it doesn’t have too much product = doesn’t feel plastic). But no spray, please!

Beautiful headshots from Monica True

12 Jan

I’ve known Monica True for some time now (2 years? 3 years? If to take into consideration that I came to US in 2009, 3 years is a long time). Working  behind the scenes and knowing that modeling is a hard work, I believe I could never be one. It takes only 30 min before the camera for me to get tired of it. But Monica brings out the best out of you in first minutes you work with her. The beautiful head shots she did for me were so amazing, I could not believe it, and of course it was so hard to choose just a few from many great! Here is Monica’s web site if you want to look like you just got out of the cover of fashion magazine, but make sure you book ahead – she is a very popular lady www.monicatrue.comweb Alina-6817 ret web Alina-6824 ret

Lisa and William’s wedding in Remington, VA

11 Oct

Lisa and William’s wedding took place at the beautiful venue called Inn at Kelly’s Ford in Remington, VA. The weather was a challenge – it was raining now and then, but the couple was able to have the ceremony outside, just the way the wanted it! The beautiful photos are taken by David Abel Photography. Makeup by Makeup and Hair by Alina G Karaman


Behind-the-scenes for the 2013 Balls & Galas feature for the September issue of Washington Life Magazine

9 Sep

Behind the scenes video from the 2013 Balls & Galas feature for the September issue of Washington Life Magazine, photographed by Tony Powell

Kathryn’s wedding throwback

3 Sep



Beautiful photos from one of our brides Kathryn, whose wedding took place in October 2011 in Alexandria, VA. Can’t believe it’s been almost 2 years since then!
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