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.

Dallas International Fashion Show

The Dallas City Performance Hall was a nice venue for the 2nd Dallas International Fashion (DIF) show. The DIF was presented by Trendy Africa Magazine and was co hosted by the City of Dallas. There were several special guest in attendance, including Councilman Dwaine Caraway. The Emcee's for the show where comedian Wamilele and Jennifer Onwumere. The show included designers; Nick Rose, Aphropolitan, Blokes N Divas, Style is Innate, Bose Trendy Beads, TeKay designs, Studio D’Maxsi, Wumi O, Elizabeth Mae and Lucas Escalada. The designers displayed some incredible. 

From a photographers perspective, it wasn't an ideal setting. The Dallas City Performance Hall has a stage so there's no traditional runway. The models came from the back of the stage, two by two. Then one model went left the other went right and walked along the side of the hall. They then walked up to halfway section and carried on to the other side, then went back to the stage, making a complete circle. The media was seated on the front row, I knew then that would be an awkward place to shoot the event. I shot about half the show from the front row, then I moved the sides where the models would walk after they left the stage. That was a much better place to shot the models. I was able to stand and shot them straight on, versus from a seated perspective on the front row looking upward. Overall I got some good shots from different locations in the Hall adding a nice verity of shots. 

Here are some shots from the event, you can click "here" to see the entire gallery. 

Latino Fashion Week® (LFW™), Dallas – 2014 Tour “Beyond Exceptional”

Back on May 1st, I had the pleasure of photographing the 8th annual Latino Fashion Week 2014 tour in Dallas. LATINO FASHION WEEK® |LFW™| is the only full week and tour dedicated to Latino Fashion in the United States, showcasing top Latino designers from Central and South America, the Caribbean and the U.S. In its eighth year, the theme for LATINO FASHION WEEK®, “Beyond Exceptional,” exemplifies those in the Fashion Industry that continuously push the boundaries of excellence.  LFW™ is a showcase of all that is fashion during the 2014 Tour in the cities of Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami. 

The event featured local designers Binzario CoutureCaritoCaróElvira DíazHueso Outlaw by Anthony MuelleKHG by Krystle Holnes and Rulli Torres.

SISU Uptown Resort

SISU Uptown Resort

The event was held at SISU Uptown Resort. The fashion show itself was held by the pool, which created a challenging environment to shoot in. There was no runway, the models walked along the side of the pool, and walked over a platform that was placed across the narrow width of the pool, then walked back where they came from. There were quite a few photographers there, so space was tight.  I arrived early and I was able to get a decent spot to shoot from. It was interesting to see the late comers jocking for position, even getting a little pushy. Lighting at a fashion show is always a challenge, and it was no different at this venue, especially with an outdoor event. The lighting was uneven along the pool side and there was a spot light at the other end of the pool that caused lens flare, I just deleted most of those shots with the lens flare. Overall, I was still able to get some good shots and I met some really nice people. I big thanks to Delia De Avila from LFW for approving my press pass. 

Below are a few shots from the event, click "here" to view the entire gallery.

InfiniteLUXE Fashion Show | 3.22.14

Last Saturday, I photographed a fashion show hosted by Curvy Fox and Choices Boutique. The fashion event showcased spring and summer collections from local Dallas designers, Curvy Fox, Sade Wooten, Jaggad Hanger, Pink Sorbie, G3 Concepts, and Fly’ish Clothing. The event was held at Gilley's Dallas with sounds provided by DJ Dirty Rae

This is my 5th fashion show and I'm enjoying them more and more. However, It can be challenging shooting a fashion show, because you never know what the lighting will be like. For this event, there was a spotlight that lit up the runway, which made it easier to get the shots exposed and in focus. 

Here are some of the shots from the fashion show. Big thanks to Melanie Arango, Bel Flores and Mario Abad for the press pass to the event. Click here to see the entire gallery.