I'm always looking for opportunities to photograph interesting people. When I heard that The Makeup Show was coming to Dallas, I knew this would be a great chance to capture images of some very interesting people. I emailed the PR contact requesting a press pass the week of the show and I received a response asking where would the images go. I replied and stated they would be on all my social media platforms. I didn't hear anything else, so I sent a follow up email - still no reply. I'm always a little ticked when people don't respond to inquiry. I'd rather be declined instead of waiting around for an answer. Inconsiderate behavior is one of my pet peeves.
The Makeup Show is a two day event beginning on Saturday. The morning of the show, I contemplated whether I would go or not, in the end I knew I would capture some great images, so I decided to make the trip to downtown via Dart Rail. I wanted to bring a minimal amount of gear, so I took two lenses, my work horse the Tamron 24-70 2.8 and the 50 1.8. Because this was indoors, I took my SB-700 flash along with the Gary Fong diffuser. Next time I'll bring a macro lens to capture some of the amazing detailed work of the makeup artist.
The event was held at the Hyatt Regency hotel. The at the door tickets were $60 for a one day pass and $76 for two days, I bought a one day pass. This event isn't totally open to the public, you have to show some proof that you are in the industry as a makeup artists, retail artists, aestheticians, cosmetologists, hairstylists, fashion stylists, buyer, agent, photographer, model, costume and theater designers, face or body painters. Of course I fall into the photographer category, so I had to present my business card as proof. If you've ever been to a trade show or convention, it had the same type of layout. There were seminars, exhibits, keynote speakers, forums and of course tons of makeup to buy. The people involved where from all over the country, I met exhibitors from New York and attendees from Pheonix, AZ. It was an incredible eclectic mix of talent and creativity. I arrived at the event around 1:30 and I wish I had gotten there earlier. I had a great time taking photographs, networking and just talking to people. This was the first time this event was held in Dallas, I definitely plan to attend next year and attend both days - ALL DAY!
Here's a promo YouTube video by The Makeup Show. Below the video are some of the pics I took. You can see the entire gallery of images here.