The Makeup Show Orlando 2018

Back in September 2014 I attended my first Makeup Show in Dallas, TX. It was a really cool event to attend and I captured a lot of interesting photographs. While I was a photographer living in Dallas, I never attended another Make Up Show. In October of 2016, I moved to the Tampa, FL area. This past summer (2018), I just happen to come across a ad promoting The Makeup Show Orlando, scheduled for September 15-16, 2018. After verifying my calendar was clear for that weekend, I immediately made plans to make the hour and half drive to the Hyatt Regency Orlando. 

The format and layout for the show was similar to The Makeup Show Dallas, but in Orlando, it was $5 cheaper for a one day pass and $4 cheaper for a two day. As stated in my previous blog, the event isn't open to the public, you have to show some proof that you are in the industry as a makeup artists, cosmetologists, hairstylists, fashion stylists, photographer, model, etc. I provided my business card and I was good to go.

Unlike 2014, I attended this years show with a photographic purpose in mind, which was to capture images to add to my editorial stock portfolio on Shutterstock. The first time around in Dallas I was so excited to be there, that I photographed a lot of the same things. This time around, I was a lot more selective. After all, once you’ve been up and down each isle after a few hours, the scene looks the same. It was however, interesting to see the progress of the models being body painted. Whenever I felt the visual monotony, I would stop shooting and starting observing, even having a conversation or to or take a break in the lobby. When I became bored from just walking hunting for a opportunity, I would “work” an area, and whatever I found interesting at that spot, I would photograph it.

The Makeup Show attendees are probably the most interesting subjects of all to photograph. There’s a real buzz of excitement by all the passionate beauty professionals and there’s a steady flow of new faces. In the middle of the second row next to one of the makeup vendors, there was a full length mirror with beautiful bright lights around the edges, a photographers dream. I noticed attendees would look at themselves in that mirror after sampling various makeup looks. Periodically through out the day, I would park just to the left of the mirror and photograph attendees as they admired the work on their face. I even managed a few ladies to pose for me.

Well, The Makeup Show Orlando, was just as much fun this time as it was in Dallas. Please check out a few images blow, or see my collection on Shutterstock.

A Few Published Images

Every creator loves to see their work published. Whether it's a local publication or international, it's still exciting to see your images displayed for all the world to see. As a Tampa, FL based photorapher, I've had my work sporadically published over the years, but the in the past few weeks, several have popped up. Some of the clients I've worked with have been interviewed or recognized in an online publication and the images I photographed, was used in the article. I realize they probably have hundreds of images to chose from, so it's a rewarding feeling to see that one or more of my images were selected and in some cases, featured.  Below are links to the articles and some additional images from the photoshoots.


Kat Rogers Interviews


Kat Rogers Photo Shoot - Clearwater Beach, FL


Sienna Jade Interview


Sienna Jade Photo Shoot - Lofty Spaces in Dallas, TX





One Minute Tip #12: Confidence in Front of the Camera

Confidence in front of the camera is built over time and comes with experience. One way to build confidence is time spent in front of the camera. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. Take some time each week if possible and practice being in front of the camera. Don't just practice taking still images, but include video as well. When is comes to posing, practice in front of a mirror. Find a friend with a camera and PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.

One Minute Tip #11: Envision

As a Tampa, FL based photographer, I approach each photo shoot with the end in mind. I have an idea of what the end result will be and begin to work toward that vision. In this One Minute Tip, I discuss how you as the client can have the same mind set going into any portrait session or photo shoot. 

One Minute Tip #7: Hands & Feet

When preparing for your photo shoot or portrait session, don't over look your hands and feet. They maybe featured in the photograph and if your hands and feet don't look good, then those photos will be unusable. My photo shoots and portrait session are fluid, meaning I may have an idea based on how the shoot is going and go in another direction. There have been session where I couldn't include certain hands or feet placements because the client neglected those areas. 

One Minute Tip #6: Red Eyes

As a Tampa, FL based photographer, I've had clients show up for head shots with red eyes. It's something we all have to deal with from time to time for various reasons. There are a few things you can do to remove or at least minimize red eyes. That's the topic of today's one minute tip video. 

One Minute Tip #5: Dealing with Glasses

People who wear glasses are faced with the decision of, "should I wear my glasses for my head shot or portrait session?" As a Tampa, FL based photographer, I admit, it can be a challenge to photograph clients with glasses. The primary issue is the reflection or glare glasses produce when the light hits them. It's helpful if you buy corrective lenses with anti-glare. Another option is to have a pair of frames with no lenses. I wouldn't buy a pair of frames, instead, ask your optometrist to borrow a pair for the day. 

It took some study and practice, but I learned how to completely avoid the reflection or glare that lenses produce. With that being said, if people recognize you with your glasses then my suggestion is to wear them for your head shot or portrait session. Plus, you want to look authentic in your head shot and if family, friends, and business associates are used to seeing you with glasses on, you should wear them.