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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.

The Make Up Show Dallas

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.


Makeup Creator of Serenity and Scott Cosmetics

Makeup Artist Jinnymakeup - Mehron Makeup

NYC Makeup artist Nicky Posely | Model Kseniya Bardabush


Model Kseniya Bardabush

Model Kseniya Bardabush

Makeup For Ever Academy

Glamcor from NYC

Attendee Mia from Phoenix, AZ

Attendee Erika

Natural Light Portraits

For the past year, I've exclusively focused on studio lighting when it came to photographing head shots or portraits. My goal was to learn the different lighting techniques and to develop my own sense of style in the studio. It has been a great learning experience and there's a lot more to learn. Over the last year I've made some great images and some not so great. But, that's apart of the learning experience. I found that I really like the look of beauty lighting or clam shell lighting styles. 

I recently attended a workshop called "A Models Workshop." This workshop consisted of models, make up artist, photographers and stylist. The workshop had classes for the models and one for the photographers. The photographer classes were on studio lighting and posing, both where very good. Once the class was over the photographers attending the workshop, found a location in the studio to shoot the models.

The workshop was held at Brown Lane Studios. I've photograph almost all of my head shots and portraits in this studio. There is a huge natural light studio with windows from the floor to the ceiling. I've always wanted to shot in that studio. Although I brought my lighting gear to the studio, I decided to shoot all natural light portraits (except for a few shots taken during the studio light and posing class). I found a spot close to the window, and got a couple of V-Flats a reflector and shot ONLY natural light portraits. It was a partly cloudy day, but there was plenty of light streaming through the windows. I used a small reflector to add just a bit of pop. What I loved about this workshop is that the models had a session with each photographer through out the studio. I had the opportunity to take plenty of natural light photographs. I will say I was tempted to get my lighting gear, but I resisted. Overall, I was  pleased with the outcome of the images, some of which I use in my portfolio. The great thing about natural light, you don't need a studio, just a good location and some shade. The best time is actually overcast days as the clouds act as a natural diffuser, softening the sun light. Below are some of my favorite natural light portraits from the workshop.

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