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KCL 2018 Beauty Awards

Welcome to the latest beauty edit and the very first beauty awards here on the blog! I’ve tried so many wonderful beauty products this year and wanted to let you guys know which were my top must-have products of the year. I’ve picked from new and small businesses only, as I love to work with indie brands. And like most of the beauty brands I review; most of these are organic, natural, and cruelty-free.

These are the items that long after the required testing and promotion period, I find myself still using and preferring above any others. The're the products which despite a never ending stream of free PR samples, I would still spend my own money (and in some cases have) in order to get more of. And whether affordable or more costly, these are the beauty products that I truly think are worth the price. So if you’re thinking about adding more beauty or selfcare products into your 2019 routine, I highly recommend each of these brands.

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Fall-Themed Engagement Ring Photos {Krisztina Williams Photography}


I had the pleasure of photographing my best friend for her autumn engagement session in Washington DC, and I just knew I had to get a shot of the ring on a leaf or pumpkin. I chose a winter squash because the stem was the perfect size, and there was a better variety of color, which created the perfect backdrop for a fall-themed engagement ring close-up. I got one macro shot of the ring with the squash set on a bed of leaves. I found a slight slope in the ground so I could arrange more leaves behind the squash and place it at least a foot in front of the leaves so they would blur into the background. That helped to subject (the engagement ring) to really come into focus and stand out. I also did one shot with more mulch in the background so the squash would stand out more. I still can't decide which one I like best.


I also had the bride-to-be hold the winter squash for another fall-themed ring shot. The tendency for most people is to hold objects right up against the body, but to get the subject into focus and the background blurred, the object has to be held out in front of the body. It also help to angle the camera down to get the fall leaves from the ground into the background, which of course adds to the autumn look of the photo.


More Ideas for a Fall-Themed Engagement Ring Close-Up
  • Use a pumpkin or apple in place of the squash. Remember to get a lot of leaves in the background.
  • Place the ring on top of a leaf placed on the ground. Don't angle the lens straight down on the leaf. Get the camera close to the ground and angle your lens straight on with the ring to include far away leaves in the background. That way the other leaves in the background will blur, and the ring on the leaf will appear nice and crisp.
  • Place the ring on a fall-colored flower like a mum.
  • Place it on fall foliage but instead of on the ground or in the bride's hands, place it up on a brand.
  • Place it of a leaf or apple or any of the above-mentioned props, but use a hay bale as the backdrop instead of leaves.
 Images by Krisztina Williams. Do not use without proper credit and link-back. You can find more autumn wedding ideas on my Pinterest board Fall / Autumn Wedding.


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