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Photography Tip for your Wedding Day – avoid ghostly makeup

So your wedding day has arrived, that oh so special day that you’ve been planning and dreaming about for a long time.  Everything is ready to go, except you because you have to do your makeup so you look bea-u-ti-ful.   WAIT just a second!  Check the ingredients on that sun screen and/or foundation you are about to put on.  If they have zinc or titanium dioxide as an ingredient, don’t use them.  Now, if you’re having your makeup done by a professional, they will already know this.

The problem is, these ingredients will cause your face to look like a ghost when photographed with an off camera flash like I use when doing your formals, family portraits, and bride/groom portraits.  I don’t know the science behind this, but those chemicals have a white foundation to them, which isn’t always visible to the naked eye, but the camera sees everything.

I don’t have any photographs of brides or family portraits where someone had this situation because I always educate my clients in advance, so this is a photo of me that I doctored up a little in photoshop, but it gives you the idea.  The first one is the proper color, the second, well it’s a little too white.

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Ahhh, it’s a Ghost!

by Karen Skelly


About karenskellyphoto

Hello there! I'm a Certified Professional Photographer serving the entire Western Slope of Colorado, including Durango CO, Cortez CO, Silverton CO, Ouray CO, Telluride CO, Pagosa Springs CO, and Farmington NM. I love photographing the emotions during a family session or wedding; the love, hugs, kisses, tears, and laughs. Please view my website at, and read the "About" page for more information. Thanks for looking. Karen

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