Meet Makeup by Katie-Laine Thornton – Specializing in Makeup for Your Family, Maternity Photos

Planning your maternity or family photos is oh-so fun and not only looking your best, but feeling your best in the photos is key. This will definitely come across in your photos and you’ll want to feel comfortable and happy with yourself through this process! So to take that stress away, why not leave it to a professional maternity and family photo makeup artist in Nashville like Makeup by Katie-Laine Thornton? I personally have had my makeup done by Katie-Laine (see below!) and I have felt amazing! She really knows how to make you feel like yourself and not like you have a mask of makeup on. With her years of experience, she knows how to highlight your best features and create a natural and beautiful look you want. So keep scrolling to read our interview below!

Tell us about Makeup by Katie-Laine Thornton and how long you’ve been in business!

Katie-Laine: I’m a makeup artist + hairstylist and I’ve been in the business for about 16 years!  I worked for MAC for 10 years, taught a makeup academy at Paul Mitchell, and then started doing freelance full-time about 4 years ago.  I now work full-time on weddings, photoshoots, album covers, commercials, etc. and I love it!

What made you want to work with moms + families?

Katie-Laine: I am a mama to a 5 year old little boy and the transition to motherhood really rocked my world, in every way possible! I really love working with mamas on their maternity sessions and family sessions because it’s such an important, transformative time. I think it’s so special for you to have great photos of yourself and your family to capture it. I also strongly believe that it’s not even about how you look, it’s about how you feel and I really love helping mamas and mamas-to-be feel like the amazing women that they are!

What is the philosophy behind Makeup by Katie-Laine Thornton?

Katie-Laine: I want my company to always be approachable and inclusive. I also want to always be doing this business with integrity.  

What are your strengths compared to other makeup artists?

Katie-Laine: I think my experience in the industry and specifically, with makeup for photography, is one of my greatest strengths. I also am really dedicated to helping people feel beautiful in whatever way feels authentic for them. I don’t believe in a “one size fits all” approach to much of anything.  My goal is to make sure you feel like yourself and also to make sure you photograph beautifully. 

Thank you for sharing the heart of your business with us, Katie-Laine! You can check out more on this amazing maternity makeup artist in Nashville at And be sure to follow Katie-Laine over on Instagram!


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