Monday, November 10, 2014

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Professional Make-up Artists Conference (PMAC) 2013

I had a great time attending the first annual Professional Make-Up Artists Conference (PMAC) in Atlanta, GA on November 16 & 17, 2013. This has been my dear friend Gwynnis Mosby's vision for over a decade, and I'm so glad I was able to be with her as she brought it to life! I attended the first day, which was really fun  and full of interesting panelists and demonstrations. I was honored to have been asked to be a judge for one of the competitions, and a guest.

We shot the promotional images for PMAC back in March at my studio. It was one of the more elaborate shoots I have ever done, because the model had her nails done, hair done, make-up done, and then later she had her face painted on as well. The photography part of the ads was actually the quickest! Emily, was a great model even though it was her first time. She has such beautiful features and really made the image of PMAC come alive even more! Below you can see a few behind the scenes snaps and the final images that were chosen. These images were shown all over in the advertising for the conference.

During the shoot, I decided to try my hand at making a video. I did it just for fun, and it was actually my first time shooting, editing and publishing a video. I found it so different from photography, and it was difficult for me and took a long time, but in the end I am very happy with how it turned out and glad I did it. It really captures the spirit of the shoot and what a great time we all made that day! You can watch it below, or watch it how it is meant to be seen in full screen (and straight from my website) in HD.   


Now that I've posted all about the making of the advertising images, let's talk about the conference! The conference was held on November 16 & 17th at Le Fais Do Do event space. As I said, I was so honored to have been asked to be a judge and a guest on the first day. I judged the "haute couture" competition, which had some great talent. I was a little bit nervous realizing that I had to score the contestants and talk about what I thought worked and didn't work, but in the end it was fun and I enjoyed it! The day was also special because my husband and my dad were able to join me. As you know, I took over the photography business from my dad about 7 years ago, so it was really special for him to see this with me. My husband is also one of my biggest supporters and made sure I had everything I needed all the time.

The event space at La Fais Do Do  
(Top photo) with my judge badge, and my husband. 
(Bottom photo) Posing with PMAC founder and one of my longtime friends Gwynnis Mosby, and my dad Brian Dougherty.

Another highlight for me was meeting the legendary Reggie Wells. He was Oprah's make-up artist for over 20 years, and has worked on over 100 covers of her "O" magazine! He is such a legend in the make-up industry. He is such a sweet man and took so much time throughout the whole day to talk to everyone who came to speak with him. He also wanted one of my cards because he was impressed with the advertising photos for the conference, and said he loved my work and wondered who had shot them, thinking it wasn't shot in Atlanta. 

With the great Reggie Wells. 

Speaking about my career, and studying one of the contestant's work.

After my judging part was over, I was free to roam around the exhibit hall and see what was really going on! This is where all the vendors, and artists were working. It was amazing to see everyone's creativity. 

Later that night, there was an awards ceremony. I walked down the red carpet, and was able to see and catch up with some of my friends. There were also performances by Micah Kiyo, Wish and Skye. The awards ceremony was hosted by Eshe of Arrested Development, and actor Cedric Pendleton.    

Walking the red carpet, and with my friend and one of the hosts for the evening Eshe.

The show kicked off with a fashion show by Bramer Leon Couture.

Cedric & Eshe hosting

Toby Sells, make-up artist of the popular TV showing "The Walking Dead"  presented the award for best special effects make-up. He also won an award that evening for his work. Other winners also included Roy Wooley from Syfy's hit show "Face Off".

This peacock won the award for best in body art. It was really spectacular when seen up close! 

PMAC founder Gwynnis Mosby on stage

At the end of the night, I ran into over cover model - Emily! As it turns out, she is having a baby in March of 2014 (I am January). It was so good to catch up with her, and we couldn't believe what all has happened since we did the cover shoot months ago.

Overall it was an amazing experience to be a part of the first PMAC. I am excited to see how next year's unfolds and to participate again! 

Friday, November 1, 2013

A new addition

Hi everyone! I know, I rarely update this blog, but I am really trying to be better about it! A lot has happened since my last update, mainly that my husband and I are expecting our first baby, a boy, in January 2014! We are very excited about this time in our lives, and it has been a great journey so far. 

I am still shooting, and will continue to do so until December 10, 2013. Then I will be on maternity leave until the beginning of March. I will update my website when I am accepting appointments again, so make sure you check it! I've never taken so much time off, so I am curious to see how I handle it (although I know I will be busy adjusting). I appreciate all the support and understanding all of my wonderful clients have shown me over the past few months! All the nice comments, cards and present were so sweet, and I'm so blessed to be able to call a lot of my clients friends too! 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Behind The Scenes of P.M.A.C.

Here's a behind the scenes look at the shoot I did for the Professional Make Up Artists Conference (P.M.A.C) that my friend and master make-up artist Gwynnis Mosby is having this November. I can't share the final images yet (they are beautiful!) but here's a glimpse at what went on! Thanks to everyone involved (some not pictured) for a great shoot! A big, big, thank you to Gwynnis for choosing me to shoot this for her!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


Here's Max! He does mostly theatre, but is looking to get into film & commercials when he finishes high school. He wanted 2 very contrasting looks, which I think really suited him!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Here's Zoe! It's funny how we had a bunch of mutual friends, but she and I have never worked together. She is an actress and her mom owns / runs East Coast Talent Agency! I enjoy working with them both, and Zoe and I had a wonderful session. She knew exactly what types of looks she was going for, and I enjoyed capturing them. Look for her starring in the upcoming movie "Destiny Road", which is premiering in Atlanta on April 18th!

Monday, April 1, 2013


I loved these 2 shots of Angelica! She is just getting serious about acting, so she decided she needed her first set of professional headshots. She was so expressive and very easy going, which made her a dream to photograph! Make-up: Gwynnis Mosby

Friday, March 29, 2013

Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors" Video Ft. Giuseppe!

In 2010, I had a crazy idea of just putting some shoots together in NYC. I was going to be there anyway for one of my best friend's birthdays, so why not make a dream come true, right? I went on ModelMayhem (which was different then!) and I landed some models, a stylist, and a make-up artist and shot them over 2 days. It was tons of fun, and I was free to just shoot.

One of the models I contacted and ended up working with was Giuseppe. I was drawn to his vintage look. He had been modeling and acting a little while, but was starting to get serious about it and wanted different shots. We met at the South Street Seaport and did some classic type shots there, and then wandered down back roads to shoot some more. We really got along, had the same mindsets, and together we captured really cool images showing a lot of different looks. After our shoot, he took me to lunch where we chatted about the differences of Atlanta and NYC among other things. I loved working with him, and his images are still some of my favorites to this day (some snapshots below). I have a large photo from this session in my studio, and all the guys want a shot like his, and all the girls wonder where he lives!

Even though it's been a couple of years, we've stayed friends (thanks Facebook!) and I have seen him do more fashion shows and films, but I was BEYOND EXCITED today when I was flipping channels and saw Justin Timberlake's new video for his song "Mirrors". I bought JT's album and have been enjoying it so I was interested in this video. I stared at the TV for a minute, and sure enough there is Giuseppe in the lead role! I went to Facebook to see if my eyes were deceiving me, and there was the truth that he was in it (the lead young guy in the denim jacket). HOW AMAZING IS THAT! I love seeing my clients accomplish great things and I'm so happy for him! Check out the official video here! It really is touching, and I love how it shows the 2 couples and has a story. Congrats Giuseppe!!!

Thursday, March 14, 2013


I worked with Ari earlier this week, and really had a fun time! I enjoyed getting to know him, and also enjoyed shooting for the types of characters he usually get casts for (mob boss, drug dealer, terrorist, bad guy, but also a lawyer & CEO). He moved here just recently (as in a few weeks ago), but is originally from Canada! We had a nice time talking about snow tires and how Atlanta doesn't need them. He can be seen in the upcoming blockbuster "Iron Man 3" with Robert Downey Jr., and plays a terrorist who takes a girl hostage. It's always exciting to see my clients in the movies, so I will definitely be watching!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Kyler made her appointment way in advance, and knew exactly what she wanted! I love when my clients are prepared like that, as it makes the whole process easier. When she arrived, she was so excited and READY! I loved working with her, because she was just so full of energy! It really made everyone around her happy, and the time we spent together just flew by. She did the deluxe package with a make-up artist, which is great for 2 different looks. I'm so excited to see where the future takes her, and am sure we'll be seeing a lot of more of her!

Make-up: Gwynnis Mosby