Meet The Co-Founders
Head Make-Up Artist
Head Hair Stylist
Coming from a family of talented hair stylists, Zara has always had a deep-rooted passion for the creative industry. Her journey began at the renowned London College of Fashion, where she pursued her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Special Effects & Make-Up for the Performing Arts Industry. It was during this time that Zara's fascination with wig setting and dressing flourished, captivating her interest and igniting her artistic spirit.
Embracing her newfound skill, Zara embarked on a remarkable journey working on some of the most iconic West End musicals, including the timeless classics such as Chicago, The Sound of Music, Dirty Dancing, Wicked and Les Miserables. Thriving in the fast-paced environment of the theatre industry, Zara's talent blossomed and she constantly pushed the boundaries of her artistry as a hair stylist.
Seeking to expand her repertoire and delve into the world of hair cutting, Zara pursued a Diploma from the prestigious Vidal Sassoon Hairdressing Academy. This exceptional qualification not only elevated her skills but also solidified her position as a highly skilled and sought-after hair dresser/stylist in the industry. Zara's unrivaled expertise led her to excel in various domains, from event styling and fashion to editorial work. However, it was her undeniable passion for weddings that truly captured her heart.
With an extensive portfolio, Zara's work has garnered widespread recognition. Her exceptional talent has attracted a loyal and diverse clientele, who have trusted Zara to create stunning looks tailored specifically for them. Believing that every individual deserves to shine on their special day, Zara's expert touch promises to make any bride feel like a vision of absolute beauty.
Whether it's capturing the essence of current fashion trends or channeling the timeless elegance of the past, Zara's artistic vision and technical finesse allow her to create captivating hairstyles that leave a lasting impression. With an innate ability to understand her clients' desires and transform them into reality, Zara ensures that each and every person who sits in her chair experiences not only a hair transformation but also a cherished memory. With a profound love for bridal hair and an innate ability to bring visions to life, Zara continues to redefine beauty one strand at a time.
Growing up within a Persian household, Nadia was frequently exposed to the opulence, glamour, lavishness and beauty of Persian weddings, celebrations and people. Nadia initially followed an academic career path completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honours) in English Language from King's College London (University of London). Leading on from her degree, she enjoyed a successful career in a number of sought-after industries including fashion, retail and luxury goods.
Nadia's natural talent in make-up and art was apparent from a young age, and over the years she became increasingly drawn towards this passion. Nadia studied as a Freelance Professional Make-Up Artist at the Academy of Freelance Make-Up, (London/New York/Paris), one of the best training institutes in the world within its field. With names such as Versace, Armani, Dior and British and Italian Vogue within their portfolios, the academy's tutors are the most talented in the business. As a student, Nadia gained comprehensive knowledge from artists with extensive work experience and exceptional creative flair in their respective fields: editorial, catwalk, glamour, body painting, film/TV, advertising and weddings.
Nadia continued to expand her portfolio and skills over the years, working as a make-up artist with a number of exceptionally talented photographers, fashion designers, celebrities, publications and events including backstage at London Fashion Week and also featuring in publications such as Elle Wedding, Vogue, Dotty Vintage Magazine and Kit Magazine.
Throughout her work experience, Nadia was always drawn towards her love of weddings, and together with her business partner Zara, they formed their company, Portraits. Nadia and Zara had passion and enthusiasm about fusing their expertise in make-up artistry and hair styling. They combined the ethos of paying exceptional attention to detail and also creating a truly special, and above all individual experience for each and every bride on her wedding day.