MAC Gallery Event at South Coast Plaza: Costa Mesa, CA
You never know what kind of doors your are going to open for yourself by being willing to just say yes to something you may be a little uncomfortable with.
When my friend and kickball teammate Meesh asked me I would be available to come photograph her work event I went ahead and said yes, but I would be lying if I didn’t acknowledge that I was a little nervous about the job. See, Meesh is a make-up artist who works for MAC Cosmetics. I find when I am photographing other artistically-inclined people I am always a little intimidated. I don’t know why I feel this way. Obviously if they asked me to photograph them they like my style but I just feel this extra pressure not to disappoint.
Here is my friend Meesh working her make-up magic at said event:
Meesh described the event to me a little bit before hand. She told me that the artists at her store were being divided into teams and were being asked to make-up a model according a theme they were each assigned. These themes involved a time period and an adjective. For example, her team was assigned the theme “Medieval Alien.” She said she just wanted to make sure that she had photographs of her work on her model but if I could walk around and photograph the whole event that would be great as well. Upon arriving I was asked by the event’s coordinator to walk around and capture the process of each model being made up as well as the artists working. I had no idea the level of documenting I was getting myself in to.
The event turned out to be what they call a “Gallery Night” which is an opportunity for that store’s artists to showcase their work to other make-up artists in the area. There were five models, each with a team of 3-4 artists working on them according to their individually assigned themes (“Medieval Alien,” “Future Opulence,” and “Victorian Asylum” to name a few), in addition to a slew of other artists who came to the event to view their work. It was packed!
The work was incredible. Between the phenomenal make-up work on the models, the flawless make-up on the artists, and the extremely friendly lighting that a cosmetics store offers, I was able to capture some of my favorite images I have ever taken. Time for a portfolio update!
Get ready for an explosion of sample images from the event because I just couldn’t narrow down my favorites any further. These few images don’t even begin to cover all of my favorites but here are a few ordered from earliest to latest so you can appreciate a little bit of the process the artists went through in making their models up. Enjoy!
And just to follow up on my first sentence from this blog entry, “You never know what kind of doors your are going to open for yourself by being willing to just say yes to something you may be a little uncomfortable with,” my work at this event did open a unique door for me! After sharing my images with the artists I received a call from the event coordinator who asked if I would be available to come do head shots for approximately 80 MAC artists at an upcoming training event in addition to a couple large group shots of said artists that they plan to print hang in their local executive office. What an amazing opportunity! Blog entry covering that gig to follow…