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.