April 8, 2015

Saratoga Wedding Vendor Spotlight | Joanna Romanzo of Lipstick N Lashes

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The lovely Joanna Romanzo, proprietress of Lipstick N Lashes in Ballston Spa.

One of the great things about being a Wedding Photographer in Saratoga Springs is that I get to meet some really talented people.  One of the people I have gotten to know over the years is Joanna Romanzo, the owner/stylist of Lipstick N Lashes.  Joanna and her staff provide hair and makeup for lots of Capital Region brides.  In addition, Lipstick N Lashes is a full service salon.  So without further ado, here is the scoop on my friend Joanna:

How did you get started as a stylist?

“It was shortly after High School, and I was not sure what I wanted to do.  I was not cut out for college–I was more of a creative type.  I went into retail, which was fun and I was able to be creative with clothing and accessories, but it was not a career.  I talked to my mom about Cosmetology school, and we went and visited a few schools together.  That was it!  I was all in and could not wait to start.  I went to a school in Albany called Colonna, and it was the absolute best experience.  I met one of my very best friends Lisa while in school, and we have been friends over 20 years now.”

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When and how did you start your business?

“I started out on my own in 2008 after working for other people for many years.  I did not work many different places.  I was always very loyal so I stayed with employers for many years until it was time for me to move on.  I never wanted to have my own business–it seemed like so much time and work, and with three kids, I did not want them to suffer.  At that time in my life, it was just the right time and I made it work.  I have my own style, my own vision, and I love it!

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What have you learned from being in business?

“I have learned so much!  I think one of the most important things that I have learned is the value of good employees.  I have a great solid team, and I treat them well and they treat me well.  I have also learned that it is a dog eat dog world out there, and if I want to be successful, hard work is the key.  I am a hard worker–I get that from my Dad, who is retired military.

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What do you love about weddings?

“I love the emotion and the energy when it comes to the wedding day.  I tend to get really close to my brides (and bridesmaids and moms).  When it comes to the wedding day, I just want everyone to feel pretty and happy!  Enjoy every moment of the getting ready process, it is part of the big day!

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What is the biggest mistake you have made and/or what would you have changed or done over?

“I have made a lot of mistakes, a ton–but I would not change anything.  Those mistakes got me to the next level personally and professionally.  You have to make mistakes in life, that is how you learn and grow.

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