Laura Vlad

When I Learned From THE MASTER

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    As an artist, you always search and admire beautiful work in your field. And this is how one day, some time ago, I saw this “piece of art” that I couldn’t believe a human being have done it. A blend of art, perfection and preciseness, so sculptural that I needed to find out right away who was the master of such beauty. He is 2-time World Champion On Hairdressing ArtGeorgy Kot of Russia.

    Ever since, I was eagerly following his work on all social media sites, dreaming that maybe one day I will have the chance to meet and learn from him.

    In the summer of 2016 my dream came true. The artist was coming to the United States for the first time to teach a 3-day hands-on class in New York City. I did not think twice and I got myself a seat into his class. The techniques and basic rules of hairstyling art that I have learned are unmatchable with any other of the classes that I have taken. The curling iron is not used anyhow just to achieve some curls or waves. There is a rule in everything, the way you hold the tool, the way you over-direct or elevate the hair strand, the angles and placement of each and every element of the updo has a crucial importance in order to enhance even more the facial features of your model.

   I feel extremely fortunate that I had the chance to experience and learn from an artist with such a level of knowledge and talent and I am very pleased to be able to apply into my work all that I have learned from the master – Georgy Kot

Laura Vlad

How To Pose For Wedding Photos

London Wedding Photographer

    As I used to be a model and spent many hours in front of the camera, and even though I’m only doing your hair for your big day, if the idea of taking thousands of photos seems daunting to you, I would like to give you some advice on how to look your best in your wedding photos. So how do you pose for your wedding photographs to guarantee shots that you’ll actually want to frame or put in your wedding album?

“Wedding pictures can take eons, and grinning through every one can be torture. So if you start to feel your brow furrow, your eyes squint or smile stiffen, feel free to push the reset button.”

    Find Your Best Side

    No one’s face is perfectly symmetrical and while I’m sure both sides of your face are gorgeous, you probably have one you like a bit better. Take some selfies (or ask your BFF to help you out) and practice posing with your face tilted in each direction. Once you know your ‘best side,’ always pose to put your best face forward.

    Contour Your Face

    A great picture is all about the angles—and a picture taken with you looking directly into the camera flattens out your natural ones by eliminating the shadows that help to contour your face. While that’s not to say you can’t look stunning in a straight-on shot, if you don’t have exceptionally pronounced bone structure, a slight tilt of your chin (either up or down) and turn of your cheek (to your best side, of course) will help to make your face look more chiseled. Also a great makeup artist can help with enhancing the bone structure through contouring as well.

    Mind Your Chin

    To make a round or oval face look slimmer, angle your chin down ever so slightly (careful not to create a double chin in the process!). If you have a pronounced forehead, lift your chin up just a bit to create more balance. Regardless of your face shape and chin angle, push your entire face forward a little. What’s closest to the camera will look the biggest, so pushing your face forward a bit will make your body appear slimmer. Alternatively, you can ask the photographer to shoot you from a slightly overhead angle to create the angles without you having to do anything.

    Use Your Tongue

    Try pushing your tongue against the roof of your mouth. This somewhat awkward feeling pose will help to elongate your neck and reduce the appearance of any double chin. Just practice ahead of time to make sure you don’t look uncomfortable doing it.

    Relax Your Face

    Wedding pictures can take eons, and grinning through every one can be torture. So if you start to feel your brow furrow, your eyes squint or smile stiffen, feel free to push the reset button: Close your eyes, let your lips fall back into place and relax your face. Don’t hesitate to ask the photographer to count out loud while your eyes are closed. On three, open them and turn on that winning grin.

    Don’t Underestimate the Beauty of Laughing

    Fake smiles are not flattering, but the same cannot be said for fake laughs. Next time you need to loosen up for a photo, let out a forced “Ha! Ha!” And then do it again. And again. The ridiculousness of it will make you and everybody else laugh for real. And that photo will be a keeper.

    Stop Trying So Hard Not To Blink

    Don’t freak out if you happen to blink when the shutter snaps—with digital cameras, it costs nothing to shoot another frame or three. If you’re notorious for blinking in pictures, go ahead and try to perfect your timing, but don’t rely on opening your eyes wider or they’ll get drier and be more apt to close. And for those who wear glasses, consider taking them off if you’re around bright lights or a flash is being used. It’ll prevent glare.

    Accentuate Your Arms

    The key to posing your arms is to keep them away from your body so they’re not smushed against your torso, causing them to photograph wider than they actually are. One of the most flattering poses is to put the arm closest to the camera on your hip to accentuate your waist and slim your arm. Just be sure to tuck your elbow so it’s pointing behind you and not out to the side. Feeling too posed? Just make sure your arms are lifted ever so slightly off your body or hold the person’s back next to you to conceal your arm altogether.

   Love Your Legs

    Even if you’re wearing a gown that completely conceals your legs, don’t forget to pay attention to them. Either bend one knee (even the littlest bit) so you don’t look stiff or cross your ankles at your calves to elongate your legs and make your hips appear narrower.

    Angle Your Body

    Turn your body so it’s at a 45-degree angle or so you’re facing the person you’re standing next to in order to put your body’s depth (not width) on display, which, for most women, is more flattering.

    Stand Up Straight

    When you’re feeling self-conscious, you may be inclined to shrink into yourself. But slouching won’t do you any favors, so try to rock the good posture instead. “I try to think about being a ballerina or pianist at a recital,” said a past bride. “I put my shoulders back, chest forward and pull my belly button in toward my spine. The better posture I have, the thinner I look!” Remember: You can still be relaxed while maintaining good posture, so don’t forget to take a few deep breaths and let the tension out of your neck, shoulders and jaw.


    Have fun, laugh and be you. You want your pictures to capture the essence of the occasion, not to look posed. Feeling stuck and uptight with all eyes on you? Look away from the camera, or have a moment with your love, and then come back to it. Or when all else fails, dance around a bit!
Laura Vlad

The Hottest Wedding Hair Trend Of 2016


    As summer approaches, weddings multiply Whether you’re tying the knot yourself, participating in someone else ceremony, or simply attending, you’re going to to need a great dress, soft makeup, and a pretty style that holds up from aisle-walk to bouquet-toss. Traditional wedding styles, flouncy curls, stiff updos, and piled ringlets, can feel dated and oppressive, but the usual beach waves or French braid don’t really match a formal gown. How do you look fancy while still feeling stylish?

Well, here are some examples from the new trend of 2016:

  • Flowers: from flower crowns to single blooms, fresh blossoms are a big trend this summer. Splurge on the real thing instead of opting for silk and you’ll look fresh and cool. Ask the florist to leave stems long so you have something to pin.
  • Ponytails: It may seem like a ponytail is too casual for a wedding, but with a smooth finish and a little volume in the crown a ponytail can look both sophisticated and modern.
  • Asymmetry: This trend can be applied to all sorts of looks from side swept curls to braided updos. Shifting the weight to one side of the head gives traditional styles a surprising twist.
Laura Vlad

Wedding Hair & Makeup: Guide for Every Bride


“Some people have a hard time seeing the art in hair & makeup artistry and would prefer to save on the cost of their wedding hair and makeup.”

    It has been a long journey planning your wedding and I know you are exhausted. It is finally time for your hair and makeup team. But a big part of your budget has been poured into the caterers, the flowers, the cake, the gown, and those cute little napkin holders. While all these things are very important, I would say it is absolutely crucial for you to look your best. Not only is the bride the main attraction at any wedding, but the photos will last forever. And what is it that you are going to see first? The beautiful napkin holders or the way you looked? I have seen too many brides cut corners on their hair and makeup in an effort to save money. I cannot understand the reason behind not investing in this important aspect of your day. There is no doubt that all eyes will be on you. If everything regarding the planning of your wedding it turns out perfect, but one, I’m convinced you wouldn’t want it to be your hair or makeup.

    So the question is, how do you get the look you want for the price you are expecting?

    Contact the hair and makeup artists you have in mind as soon as you start planning for the wedding. Have them work with you while you are building your budget. Avoid calling them only after you have destroyed your entire budget on that Vera Wang wedding gown and those Christian Louboutin pumps expecting them to cut their rates to the cheapest amount possible.

    Be realistic on prices. The upfront quote you get from an artist might seem like a lot at first; however, there is much more that goes into your hair and makeup than you think. On average we spend a total of seven to ten hours with a bride. We have multiple conversations preparing for the wedding day. We prepare the look together and make sure she is happy with it, three to five weeks in advance. In the end you are paying for much more than the designing of your hair and makeup application. You are paying for the time involved in creating your perfect wedding look, traveling to your venue/returning, setting up a mini hair and makeup studio just for you in your bridal suite, repacking, cleaning and sterilizing all the products used for the next client.

    Some people have a hard time seeing the art in hair & makeup artistry and would prefer to save on the cost of their wedding hair and makeup. But if you value your look on your big day in front of your guests and in your pictures, then investing in this essential component of your wedding is a must. Doing your research is an important part of the process. Usually, the more experienced the artists are, the bigger the price tag for their services. Newer artists tend to be cheaper, but experience speaks for itself.