Mollie, owner of The Glow Lounge is taking the spray tanning industry by storm.  I love this girl and I want you to love her and her business more.  I met Miss Mollie at the Twin Cities Wedding Professional Christmas party. Jenn from Rosetree Events would always tell me, “You have got to meet Mollie from The Glow Lounge. She is hilarious!!!! You will love her!” There isn’t a time Mollie and I don’t talk that we are laughing together.  Did I mention she’s the most beautiful red head on the planet? And yes, her tan always looks effortless.

The Glow Lounge is located in now three locations; Edina, St.Paul and Excelsior. Go check them out – you will not regret it!!!

Makeup & Hair: Allison Jean Aubuchon
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Tell me a little bit about you and your business.
The personal stuff.  I’m married to my BFF and love my big Mastiff, Tilly.  I enjoy traveling, delicious food and wine, and being with the people I love.

The work stuff.  I’m a redheaded girl who just wanted to look tan like all my non-ginger friends.  I pushed my skin to the limit as a teenager just trying to get some color, but the only color I ever got was red.  Not fair, huh?  In my mid 20’s I found sunless tanning and bought my first airbrush machine.  My skin thanked me. 

I’ve been in the airbrush tanning industry for 8 years.  Launching The Glow Lounge was an idea I’d had for quite some time before I finally bit the bullet and set up our first shop on France Ave. in Edina.  We hit the ground running 4 years ago and I’m still loving it.

The Glow Lounge is a custom airbrush tanning boutique with locations in Edina and St. Paul.  We specialize in giving our clients the most natural-looking tan to fit their skin tone and desired look using our heated airbrush system.

What should a person expect when going into a spray tanning appointment?
We recommend taking some steps to prepare your skin for the tanning appointment and we send all that information to our clients in an email when they book their appointment.  At the appointment you can expect to have a consultation with your technician which helps her be able to formulate the best color for you.  The application itself is heated and takes about 8-10 minutes. You can expect to be in and out in 20 minutes.  It’s quick and easy!

What is your fav thing about being in your line of business?
There are so many things!  But one thing I love is that we provide a service that makes people look and feel good without causing any damage to their skin.  

Usually people come to see us before going to a fun event or on vacation, which means they are looking forward to getting their tans.  Our clients do the funnest things and we love hearing about it.  The energy is always high at The Glow Lounge which makes our work fun.

How early should people book their appointments?
If you’re tanning for something important like a wedding or vacation, book as soon as your dates set.  We tend to book up at least 2 weeks ahead of time, or even more during wedding season.  So if having the tan is a must then it’s best to plan ahead to be safe.

We suggest that if you’re tanning for your wedding that you come in for a trial appointment at least a month before the wedding.  No bride is the same! That is why we customize your tan to your skin tone and preference.   A bachelorette party is the perfect excuse to schedule your trial tan.

What is one thing you do not forget to tell your clients?
Can I say two things?  First, after your appointment you have to stat dry, meaning sweat-free and shower-free,  for 10-12 hours after the tan is applied.  Plan ahead.  Schedule all mani/pedis and waxes to be done the day prior to your tanning appointment. 

Second thing, the products you use on your skin while you have the tan can make or break it.  We will go over the do’s and don’ts with you before you walk out our door, so no worries.

If you weren’t in the tanning industry, what would you like to do?
Good question.  In a perfect world I’d be living on an island with my main man and my Tilly, and I’d enjoy making and selling natural skincare products made from local ingredients.  My life now is a close second to that dream though.  No complaints.

Tell us something we do not know about you?
I’m also a sign language interpreter.

Pick one:  Pop or Soda?  (no judgement)
This one’s easy…Pop!

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How to be become a Wedding Photographer
How did you become a photographer? It’s the number one question people ask me.  I’m happy to share my story with you.  So grab your cup of coffee or choice of drink, sit back, relax and read on…..

Back in 2008 I was given a Canon d30.  This camera was one of the first “home grown” DSLR cameras from Canon.  Right away I was smitten (I didn’t know otherwise).  I was taking this camera to the farmer markets, photographing my cat, I was even practicing my depth of field on rocks.  Yes, rocks!  I was photographing everything. I even signed myself up for a community recreational photography class.

That winter I booked my first family session for $75. Oh man, I was SO freaked, intimidated, feeling not good enough. You know all those feelings.  I remember talking with my brother before I went into my shoot and he said, “You have to start somewhere.  Remember this day in 2-3 years.”  I went into the family session and it lasted literally 15 mins.  *Gasp* haha. Just for funsies, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and take a look at my first photo session. Oh, look at that, I can’t seem to find it. Oh darn!? Sorry about that  (???)

Anyways…moving right along.  After the photo session, I knew that I wanted more of this photography world.  I went home and searched the internet finding the best way to learn.  I was certain that I would be attending Art School for photography for $xx,xxx.  I was quickly talked out of that!  Then the idea popped in my head to shadow a photographer.  I went on craigslist (because thats where you look when you need to further your education) and came across a wedding photographer in need of a assistant.  Doing weddings was probably the furthest thought in my mind to photograph.  I ended up contacting this gal, chatting and we hit it off right away. To speed up this story I shot with her until the wedding season of 2010. I even upgraded to the Canon 40D. Then of course like every other photographer I was stalking photographer blogs.  I ended up contacting Miss Laura Ivanova as I really wanted to expanded my knowledge of wedding photography and wanted to pick her brain, period.  I remember before I met with her she asked me to bring some of my work with.  At this point, I never printed images from a professional lab nor did I have work that I felt was good enough to show. You could say that I had a mini panic attack (I’m sure Laura is laughing if she’s reading this hahaha).  I also had very little time to get any type of professional prints.  I did the unthinkable and took my images to Target. *gasp*.  Trust me, I was MORE than embarrassed.  I remember my parents saying, “If she’s a true artist she will see your potential and not care that you printed your images from Target.”   It was a wonderful meeting that led to me becoming her second photographer for the 2010 wedding season.  That later turned into me being an Associate Photographer in 2011 as well as second shooting her weddings. 2012-2013 I was strictly Associate shooting as well as booking my own weddings. It was beyond my wildest dreams of a learning experience.  I traveled to some amazing destination weddings from St. Louis, MO to Watch Hill, Rhode Island.   With all of those experiences, it has truly formed the direction, the person I am and the business I own. And I am beyond blessed by this journey and honored to be photographing love stories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The one question I ask all my couples and potential couples when planning their wedding day timeline is, “Will you be seeing each other prior to the wedding?” The answers they give me are equally split.  Some are certain they will stick with tradition and not see each other and others are game to see each other prior to the ceremony.  While the rest are very uncertain what they will do.  Let’s talk this through and shed some light on answering this question for ya.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First let’s talk about “tradition”.  Once upon a time there was a time where you just did not think about seeing each other before the wedding.  The thought didn’t even cross their mind.  I remember my brother got married in 2002 and that was the first time I had ever heard of the bride and groom seeing each other prior to the wedding.  Slowly the movement of seeing each other spread and now more then half of my weddings see each other prior to the wedding.  There are beautiful moments either which way you choose.  It’s just deciding which is best for you and your honey.

The benefits of seeing your honey before the ceremony is simple.  You get to have those first moments together.  You get to have that moment where you look at each other and say, “Holy Moly, we are getting married! I love you!”  With my couples, I like to set up a private moment where you see each other for the first time.  Even though we are still photographing you, we try out test to give you that private time together without the cameras clicking ;–)  And of course the other benefits of seeing your honey prior to the ceremony is photos.  All photos can be done before the ceremony that way the rest of the evening is yours to celebrate.  Of course I encourage my couples to break away before or after their first dance for a few sunset shots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Now, the benefits of not seeing each other before the ceremony.  Obviously, there are huge pluses of having those doors open and bam there is your husband-to-be at the end of the aisle. *love sigh* That is a magical moment!  Tradition is always a cool thing. And of course, the waterworks will flow at this moment. haha.  Now, not to turn Debbie downer, but this is something to consider. When you get down to your honey there is really only a small window of time where you can smile at each other and try to read other’s mind.  Does he love my dress?  Does she think I look ok? Man, I love him!  I sure do love her!  Yeah, there are a million things you want to say to each right then and there.  So it’s up to you as a couple to decide where tradition beats out emotions or if you want to have that chat with your honey before the prior to.  With the photography piece of not seeing each other prior to isn’t impossible but you will want to consider that you have to take about 2 hrs after the ceremony to finish up the rest of the photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Sigh*  Deep breath. Lots to think about but I hope this helped. Happy Wedding Planning!!!!

Minnesota Engagement PhotographerAre you struggling as to what on earth you should do for your engagement session? Are you dreading standing in front of the camera awkwardly smiling to capture that moment in time when you were first engaged. Maybe you are clueless on what to wear.  Well lets just scrap that whole fear and lets have fun with your engagement session.  Let me help you change your thoughts towards your upcoming engagement session.

What if I told you engagement sessions can be fun?  Did you just gasp?  Understandable.  Let me share with you 5 things that will make for a grrrrrreat engagement session.

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#1. It’s all about you!
My personal approach is to capture your ‘relationship’ on camera.  Take a moment and think about what you and your love like to do together.  Do you like hiking?  Perhaps you enjoy snowshoeing or sledding.  Are you musicians? Play music with each other. It’s required that if you book with me, you must incorporate your fur babies. 😉  Ultimately, let’s take your interests and make that apart of your engagement session.  We will have plenty of time on your wedding day to take portrait type photos.
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#2. Relax.
No need to get all up tight and nervous about being in front of the camera.  Deep breath. Relax. Enjoy the moment and have fun with your love? Easier said than done, I know. Do whatever it takes to relax before the session to calm your nerves.  The more you relax the more you will look natural on camera. If it’s a liter of Coke, drink it.  If its a 2 miles run, run it.

#3. Don’t over think it.
I recall scheduling photo sessions for myself for updated head shots.  Some of the best photos I received were the ones that I didn’t over think.  I grabbed my favorite outfit that day, wore my best make-up or I hired a make-up artist, and I accessorize with my fav jewelry.  Going into the session feeling like yourself – the photos will reflect you as well.

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What to wear is one of the top questions couples will ask me.  First things first, do not wear something that isn’t you or that you wouldn’t wear on a daily basis.  With that said, do consider coordinating your outfits; do not wear matching outfits. #twinses. Sorry to crush your dreams. Choose complimentary colors.  Don’t be afraid to wear prints or layer your clothes.  The key thing here is wear your best.
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#5. Trust your photographer.
If an engagement session is important to you when picking your photographer, pick a photographer that you completely trust and feel comfortable around.  If you do not trust your photographer, the look of concern could translate onto the camera and will also rob you from the experience in tip #1-#3.
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Is there something that you are struggling with when going into your engagement session? I’d love to hear what you are planning for your engagement session.

Just remember, be you, relax and remember you are getting married to your one true love!