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Wedding Photos of Makeup

The following “Makeup” images were created by documentary wedding photographers from the WPJA, who regularly submit their best candid moments, artistic portraits, details, and scene setters for review by our WPJA competition judges.

WEDDINGS + ELOPEMENTS + ARTISTIC PORTRAITS & DETAILS + ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS

Some of the “Makeup” marriage photography samples below may have come from the getting ready events, the actual wedding ceremony, the reception after-party, an engagement session with the couple, or possibly be artistic portraits or detail shots.

FINE ART WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: Our Artistic Guild award winners take a more creative approach to wedding day Portraits and use their innovative skills to capture the Details of each couple’s special day. The Artistic Guild’s Scene Setters are some of the most notable and breathtaking from within the artistic WPJA contest categories. Playing with light and shadow, special effects, and post-production editing, these images embrace the artistic component of wedding photography.

PRE-WEDDING ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY: The story of every couple starts long before the wedding day, and the engagement marks one of the most important milestones in their story. Engaged couples often want to celebrate the occasion and announce their upcoming wedding with a photoshoot. Pre-wedding portraits of an engaged couple can be just as moving and compelling as the images taken on the wedding day. Engagement portraits can win a Diamond Award, an exclusive WPJA award whose winner is selected from the best engagement photography in the world.

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A wedding photojournalist in Zhejiang captured this moment of the bride and bridesmaid making up
A wedding photojournalist in Zhejiang captured this moment of the bride and bridesmaid making up
A MN documentary-style wedding image showing a moment when Bridesmaids are dancing while getting ready
A MN documentary style wedding image showing a moment when Bridesmaids are dancing while getting ready
View this aesthetic Fujian wedding image of the Bride doing makeup, which was a featured picture among the best wedding photography in China from the WPJA
Fujian wedding image of the Bride doing makeup, which was a featured picture among the best wedding photography in China
Mountain Top Inn - Chittenden, Vermont getting ready for marriage award-winning picture capturing The bride getting her makeup done below the clouds outside - from the world's best wedding photography competitions held by the WPJA
Mountain Top Inn - Chittenden, Vermont getting ready for marriage award-winning picture capturing The bride getting her makeup done below the clouds outside
Siena marriage preparation time award-winning picture capturing the bride getting ready. The world's best wedding image competitions are held by the WPJA
Siena marriage preparation time award-winning picture capturing the bride getting ready
Córdoba, Spain marriage preparation time award-winning picture capturing a seated bride Getting ready with makeup
Córdoba, Spain marriage preparation time award-winning picture capturing a seated bride Getting ready with makeup
Belgrade, Montana marriage preparation time award-winning picture capturing the extra ordinary makeup and bear
Belgrade, Montana marriage preparation time award-winning picture capturing the extra ordinary makeup and bear
Wedding photography from Wychmere Beach Club, Harwich, MA showing The bride gets her makeup done before the ceremony
Wedding photography from Wychmere Beach Club, Harwich, MA showing The bride gets her makeup done before the ceremony
A cottage in Yorkshire, UK wedding reportage photography showing The bride and her bridal party get ready on a busy wedding morning
A cottage in Yorkshire, UK wedding reportage photography showing The bride and her bridal party get ready on a busy wedding morning
Best wedding photography from Vendee showing a pic showing a Slihouette of the Bride having her make up done   
Best wedding photography from Vendee showing a pic showing a Slihouette of the Bride having her make up done
A Turkey wedding photographer at Mandarin Oriental in Bodrum created this image showing bride is getting ready
A Turkey wedding photographer at Mandarin Oriental in Bodrum created this image showing bride is getting ready
A wedding photographer in Guangdong created this image of The brides makeup applied in BW
A wedding photographer in Guangdong created this image of The brides makeup applied in BW
Taranto wedding photo from the Apulia	house of the bride showing the eyes of the bride while putting on makeup in mirrors
Taranto wedding photo from the Apulia house of the bride showing the eyes of the bride while putting on makeup in mirrors
Tuscany wedding detail picture of the bride putting the finishing touches on pre-ceremony
Tuscany wedding detail picture of the bride putting the finishing touches on pre-ceremony
Pennsylvania Hotel wedding photography showing the Bride getting her makeup done by one of her friends after her first attempt at doing it herself was unsuccessful
Pennsylvania Hotel wedding photography showing the Bride getting her makeup done by one of her friends after her first attempt at doing it herself was unsuccessful
Vendée, France silhouette detail shot of the Bride having her makeup done at Domaine de la Gerberie
Vendée, France silhouette detail shot of the Bride having her makeup done at Domaine de la Gerberie
Chateau du taillis, Normandie, France artistic wedding photo of The Bride having her make up done, shot in a mirror
Chateau du taillis, Normandie, France artistic wedding photo of The Bride having her make up done, shot in a mirror
At home creative wedding detail photo from Vietnam of eye makeup applied
At home creative wedding detail photo from Vietnam of eye makeup applied
Brazil bride captured in this wedding detail image having makeup applied
Brazil bride captured in this wedding detail image having makeup applied
Alberta creative wedding photo of the Bride reflected in glass during makeup
Alberta creative wedding photo of the Bride reflected in glass during makeup
Colorado creative wedding photo from Windsong Estate, Severance of the bride and bridesmaids doing hair and makeup
Colorado creative wedding photo from Windsong Estate, Severance of the bride and bridesmaids doing hair and makeup
Wedding photography of the bride in Gebze during Make Up Time
Wedding photography of the bride in Gebze during Make Up Time
MD wedding photographer taking pictures at The Belvedere, Baltimore of The mother of the bride steaming a white button down shirt while the girls do their makeup
MD wedding photographer taking pictures at The Belvedere, Baltimore of The mother of the bride steaming a white button down shirt while the girls do their makeup
Pennsylvania wedding photographer created this image of a Philadelphia Ceremony	of the Groom helping his bride touch up her makeup after the hike up to the top of this mountain for their elopement ceremony
Pennsylvania wedding photographer created this image of a Philadelphia Ceremony of the Groom helping his bride touch up her makeup after the hike up to the top of this mountain for their elopement ceremony
Alsace wedding photography from the Hotel Kientzheim during the Perfect makeup for the bride
Alsace wedding photography from the Hotel Kientzheim during the Perfect makeup for the bride
Italian wedding photo of a young child with a red balloon watching the bride have her makeup done - IT movie
Italian wedding photo of a young child with a red balloon watching the bride have her makeup done - IT movie
Indoor wedding photo from the Bride's house, Ubon Ratchathani of her Getting Ready with makeup
Indoor wedding photo from the Bride's house, Ubon Ratchathani of her Getting Ready with makeup
England getting ready close up ring shot while bride enjoys getting her make up done
England getting ready close up ring shot while bride enjoys getting her make up done

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