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It’s your day! Have fun!

August 7, 2015
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Summer is engagement season and wedding season is in full swing in Las Vegas.  This time of year is always a thrill for us as we gear up for the Bridal Specular  on August 21 and 22.  We get to meet so many planning couples this time year and get to hear so many great love stories so now is the perfect time for us to pause to take a look at a real life wedding. These photos are amazing and tell a story in and of themselves, they also remind us of the reason all of us at Makeup in the 702 do what we do!  No one tells a great love story better than a blushing beautiful bride here’s what Denise shared with us about her day and her groom.

We met on Match.com 7 months ago and have been inseparable ever since…we knew we were perfect for each other in the first few weeks and knew we were meant to be…he proposed under a tree, at our favorite park surrounded by fireflies…

We wouldn’t have gotten married any other way…he had always said if he got married, it’d be in Vegas, by Elvis and that was exactly what I wanted!  The helicopter was a double bonus to boot!!!  We had so much fun, even we couldn’t believe how awesome it was.

My advice to couples is: if you’re gonna get married, elope!!! Do the wedding for yourselves and no one else. It is YOUR day and it should be fun and stress free!!! If you want to include family and friends in your happiness, celebrate throwing a party for them later…

If you’re planning your day please stop by our booth #533 at the Bridal Spectacular on August 21 & 22 we’d love to meet you and hear your love story!

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Colorful & Creative Floral Designs with Naakiti

July 31, 2015
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132The countdown for the 50th Bridal Specular show is on!   Today we are interviewing Randi Garret owner of Naakiti Floral and Sit on This.  Randi’s attention to detail and innovation are what keep planners like Andera Eppolito Events and venues such as Paiute and Dragon Ridge swooning and coming back. When I think of Randi’s “style” I don’t think one genre or area of specialty, I see an individual that custom fits the design to the clients needs.

This girl is busy!  Somehow we managed to pin her down though to share a little bit more about Naakiti Floral Design.  Hi Randi!  Thank you so much for taking a few minutes to share with us today.

Planning couples have so many choices and options these days when it comes to florals and decor for their wedding, what would you like a planning couple to know about Naakiti Floral Design?

“I want my clients to know that I love weddings and look at each one of them as I am going to be in there future for the rest of there lives.”

Are there any common misconceptions about the services you provide?

“That we are too expensive but we do customize to there fixed prices.”

What sets Naakiti apart from others that provide similar services?

“Quality, customer service, attention to detail, and know we care”

It must be challenging for you to come up with so many unique designs, where do you find your inspiration?

“In Napa drinking a bottle of wine with Dalisa and Dennis,  ALTF Photogophary and Four Seasons Las Vegas”

Any final thoughts for our readers today?

“This is my passion and I want to make visions come alive. I want them to always remember me when they look at their photos and say awh that was Naakiti that did that.”

Long before the countdown for the Bridal Spectacular we begin preparing for the largest bridal show in Las Vegas with Randi. She and I sit down months prior to plan the design. Certainly there are challenges I have for Randi with a 10×10 booth. The first always is that we need a work space for several people. During the show we touch each and every bride not just talk to them. At any given time we have 3 clients in the makeup chair, 3 waiting and of course all the girls from Makeup in the 702. That’s a lot of activity in such a small space. Of course we like to display our past work, but the challenge I have for Randi is- how will the bride know I’m not a photographer? She nails it each and every time. Here are a few examples of the Makeup in the 702 booth from the past few shows.

Please join us in booth # at Cashman on August 21st and 22nd for the next Bridal Specular when you will be able to see Randi’s latest work.
Picture5In closing I want the world to know that Randi is in love with love- seriously! Any given day you can see her post quotes like these to Facebook…Lastly, and I quote Randi on this “I love being with a person that makes me not want to look at my phone”

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He said he had already decided…

July 17, 2015
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Sometimes a girl meets an amazing family and we quickly become friends. That is the case with Heather and her mom. Hands down they are some of the sweetest- most genuine and gracious ladies I’ve ever met.  We’re so happy they chose Makeup In The 702!  (Before and After for Mom and Heather)

 Now on to another AMAZING love story…..the story of Heather & Eli!

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Eli and I met in San Francisco 4 1/2 years ago. We met at a Hanukkah party and because parking is so horrible in San Francisco I almost never went. But, luckily a spot opened up right as I drove up.
I came in and saw a woman I knew, and he and his friend knew her, as well. I saw Eli and I noticed him right away. We spoke for a while, and then I left. Though our mutual friend would not give him my number, Eli still managed to find me online.

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He emailed me asked me on a date, two dates later I went to Budapest for a month. We spoke over Skype every day, and Eli asked me on our 4th date 3 weeks early for when I came back. That’s when I knew he was serious. He told me that he already decided I was his girlfriend after the first date. I always liked that he said that.

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Some advice for brides:
Do what’s right for you. Have people with you on the wedding day that will keep you low stress. Think of everyone’s personality and consider if you were in the same room with all of them during this heightened time would you stay calm and happy?

I did not have bridesmaids as I had been one before and it ruins too many important relationships even in the best of circumstances. But, if you do have bridesmaids consider whether you need an extra moment to be alone before the ceremony (after everyone’s hair and makeup is done) to just be with your mom or a close friend.

If someone asks to throw you a party….let them. They really do want to do it. It took me 6 months to let a dear friend throw me an engagement party because I didn’t want to impose!
Be clear with your vendors about what you want. I was slightly worried that I was coming across harsh because I knew what I didn’t want, but they all seemed to be happy with that attitude because in the end everyone gets what they want. Also, you need to click with them personally! If they are going to be around you on such a special day you need to like them.

 FYI – Don’t book expensive B+B’s in Hawaii! Its not worth it, GO TO THE RESORT!

 Thank you and much love to Adam Frazier Photography for capturing these spectacular moments!

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Las Vegas Photography “Shoot Out”

June 19, 2015
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When you pause to think about how technology has changed our world in just the last twenty years you probably wouldn’t think that it has affected hair and makeup artistry much but you would be surprised.

As a makeup artist I’ve always tried to maintain my education and stay updated with products, tools, training, and techniques. However, over the past 20 years technology in the actual camera has changed tremendously. The days of “pancake makeup” and 35 millimeter cameras and darkroom are almost obsolete.   So how does an old dog learn new tricks and stay current?  Join the national ordination of PUG. PUG stands for Pictage Users Group and the Las Vegas Chapter was spear headed by the lovely Chelsea Nicole of Chelsea Nicole photography.

This group of professional photographers, now 150+ has so graciously allowed me, a makeup artist, to join their group so I can learn right along side with them.

The organization hosts a monthly meeting with its members that is over 150 strong where they discuss the latest photography and business topics, host guest speakers, and just have fun.  I absolutely love that this group of men and women are so open to sharing and educating each other to elevate the level of work produced here in Las Vegas.

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Each year PUG holds a “shoot out” where Chelsea Nicole organizes a theme, location and of course style along with education for photographers. This year the shoot out was hosted by Alt f studios, John Michael cooper, Dalisa Cooper, and Chris Purdum of Orange Soda Photo.  Different lighting workstations were set up for the photographers to utilize learning the best lighting techniques for both indoors and out.   Makeup in the 702 was asked to join the learning experience to incorporate the hair and makeup for the models in the different lighting stations.

I asked john Michael cooper of Alt f photography why he gives so much to the organization and his words were “if I help others and give them an education I give them an inspiration to become better and continue to make Las Vegas a sought after photography market”. Wow john wow!!!

I could go on and on and on about how truly AMAZING this group of professional is and how being a member has helped Makeup In The 702 remain an industry leader here in Las Vegas….  but as they say a picture is worth a thousand words!  So please take a moment to browse the galleries below and enjoy the best of the best photos from the workshop all submitted by Chelsea Nicole herself!

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Joey Allen Photography

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Divine Envy Photography

Kristen Joy Photography

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When Passion Drives You Grab The Wheel!

June 12, 2015
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biopic1_1366756121As we congratulate the class of 2015 we wish them well and much success in life. High school for most of us is where we started to develop our own ideals and passions that have shaped our lives. This week we met up with Kristen Hansen from KMH Photography this week who tells us high school is where it all started for her. As a member of her high school’s photography club she would spend countless hours perfecting her black and white prints and began experimenting with techniques and discovering her passion for image making. Following college she began shooting weddings and portraits for friends and family, in 2009 she took her passion and created KMH Photography which has really allowed her to find her style, her artistic voice and discover what fulfills her.

I get to work with so many incredibly amazing Las Vegas photographers and am always curious to know what makes it real for them.  Kristen tells us “I adore capturing real moments – real hugs, real tears, real glances, real belly laughs. During each and every wedding, my focus remains on creating memories for the couple. I want my couples to relive the crazy range of emotions they felt on their wedding day – from the nerves to the relief to the pure joy to the teary moments. If I can make them emotional over their images, I consider it a job well done. At the end of the day, that’s what makes this business the most fulfilling. I really have the best job in the world – I get to create art for a living, deliver it to clients who treasure it, and create lasting friendships with really cool people. “

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I imagine that you get to work with many other makeup artists in Las Vegas what makes working with Makeup In the 702 different for you?

“Working with Makeup in the 702 is a dream – your stylists and artists are super professional and truly know what they are doing. As a photographer, makeup and hair is so important. You have to trust that their face won’t be a different shade than their neck, that their eyelashes won’t fall off, and that their hair won’t be windblown after being outside for an hour. If I know Makeup in the 702 is working a wedding with me, I know that the bride will be stunning and her hair and makeup will last for hours.”
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Las Vegas is the “wedding capital” of the world what would you like a planning couple to know about you and your business?

“I love shooting portraits and weddings in Las Vegas and love traveling to destination locations as well. My packages are all customizable and all include digital hi-res edited images. If you’re not sure how many hours you need or how to plan your wedding day photography, not to fear! I always help my brides create a custom timeline and recommend however many hours work best for them. Just email me at info@kmh-photography.com or call me at 702-285-9588 and I’ll be happy to help!”

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It seems that there are so many choices for wedding photography these days what are some common misconceptions that you encounter in your industry?

“One misconception is that photographers are all alike. We all have our own style, personality, technique and method. I’d encourage couples to look online, pick out their favorite portfolios and meet with those photographers in person. Your photographer is going to be with you just as much as your bridal party on your wedding day – it’s important that you mesh with them and feel comfortable around them.” For me personally, I take great pride in connecting with my clients. I want to know them, what they like and who they are. By understanding them and their relationship, I’m able to create better images of them and take their likes and dislikes into account. Having a great relationship with my clients really takes my work to the next level and helps me create some beautiful memories for them.
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Every photographer finds their inspiration in different places, are there particular elements or places that inspire your creativity?

“I find inspiration in all sorts of ways! I love art, music, and films. I look at a set of wedding, art and design blogs daily to keep up on any new trends and make sure I’m feeding my creative side. I also love nature and travel, discovering new places always leads to a spark of photo inspiration and an idea of a styled shoot.”

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Thank you so much for spending time with us Kristen! Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers today?

(Smiling) “I’ve already been so wordy!  If you need any more info, just let me know!”

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Phone: 702-285-9588

Email: info@kmh-photography.com

 

 

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It Takes A Team To Build A Dream

June 5, 2015
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indexCongratulations on your engagement!  Now what! It’s time to build a team!!  Today we have some AMAZING photos for you from Alt F. Photography of the team Rebecca & Ross put together for their dream day!

Staring with the dress! Absolute layers of lovely from Vera Wang.  Who says you have to go with traditional white shoes these days?  Rebecca chose these stunning royal blue beauties from Manolo Blahnik a perfect choice! I do just love the simplicity of Rebecca’s bouquet of white roses from Naakiti floral.

Rebecca and Ross chose the Bellagio Hotel and Casino for their venue.  Perhaps one of our personal favorites!  Using wedding services provided for by the hotel streamlined many options for the planning couple such as arranging for the cake and linen coordination.

Last, but certainly not least on the list of incredible vendors coordinated for this wedding is yours truly Makeup In The 702.  As your makeup artist and your hair stylist are generally the first vendor the bride works with on her day we take that responsibility very seriously as we often set the tone for the others for the day.  Rebecca was just an absolute joy to work with.

Using a wedding coordinator, especially if you are a destination bride can really help relieve the stress of it all.  Rebecca and Ross chose Andrea Eppolito Events. As you can see there day turned out picture perfect!
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Additional wedding vendors chosen by Rebecca & Ross included:
Something New (Videography)
DJ Mike Fox & Company
Classical Entertainment Inc

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Destination Happily Ever After

May 29, 2015
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Planning a wedding is an emotional and stressful life event.  We want so many people to share our joy and happiness with us.  Like many planning couples the story of Kelly & Angela is the same.  Today we bring you the story of Kelly & Angela a destination wedding couple from Vancouver,BC.

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Feb 2013 to Oct 2014-Planning commences for the event of the YEAR! The wedding! The wedding that everyone wanted to come to and see “two chicks” get hitched. What started as a 150 person local wedding on Granville Island to a rustic 80 person event at the family cabin to a quick getaway to the Vancouver Island….the final decision was made when Nevada legalized same sex unions. They jumped at the opportunity and decided to elope with just close friends and family by their side in Las Vegas.

It all began with friendship and workplace camaraderie in the Surrey Emergency Dept 6 1/2 years ago.  Their friendship developed over attending numerous after hour events, a mini vacation to Penticton and working long night shifts together.  Over the years they traveled to many cities together; Las Vegas, New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville and Los Angeles to name a few.  They renovated a house to build a place to call home together, experienced joy and hardships together and discovered how easy it was to love and be loved.

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Which brings us to today! Makeup in the 702 had the pleasure of being a small part of this love story and we are so grateful to have met this wonderful couple. No one can express their experience with us better than those we have had the pleasure of working with. Here’s an excerpt from a review submitted by Angela & Kelly regarding their experience with the Makeup in the 702 team.

WOW!!! I don’t know where to begin. I choose Makeup in the 702 for my wedding day as I loved their portfolio as well as their amazing competitive rates. Megan was very professional from the start to end. The communication was amazing. As a destination bride from Vancouver BC, I was unable to do a trial run for hair and makeup…So I had a lot riding on them! They were my first vendors of the day and not going to lie, my heart was racing. I opened the door to my hotel room and to my surprise I was greeted by Megan, Crystal and Kiera (I was only expecting Crystal and Kiera). Megan immediately calmed my nerves but telling me she “couldn’t miss being a part of my special day”…From that point on I felt like a princess. Having an extra stylist was great as my sister decided last minute to get her hair done….She was ecstatic and loved the final product. I can’t stress enough how amazing these women were, they never made me feel rushed, they were so pleasant and engaging to be around.

These ladies are the real deal!!!! They know their stuff and work with your chosen look for the day. I’ve had my hair and makeup done before and never have I looked so good. Rates are amazing!!!! Pricing was all inclusive and it  included full makeup application, false lashes, hair styling, extensions and my own take away lipstick….not to forget my partner had her makeup done too all for that price.

I could go on and on and on! Thank you ladies for making us look amazing on my special day…….

Thank you Kelly & Angela for choosing us to be a part of your day!  We wish you a lifetime of happiness and joy!  Cheers and congratulations!

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Photography by Jamie Y Photography
Location: Nelson, NV

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Orange Soda Photography The “Pop n Fizz” in Photography

May 15, 2015
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Can I just start by saying how much fun it is to work with Orange Soda Photography!  Chris and Alicia are as cool as an ice cold orange soda on a hot summer day.  They make you forget you are even at work.  During a photoshoot there is little time to really get to know the backstory of all of the incredible people we get to work with in Las Vegas so we are truly grateful today to be able to share a little bit with you about Chris and Alicia from Orange Soda Photography.

I asked Chris and Alicia to share a little bit about their business and a memorable experience they have had with Makeup in the 702 and this is what they had to say.

We are a husband and wife team here at Orange Soda Photo. We both owned our own photography business before we met. We met at a wedding show in 2008 and it was true love at first sight. We knew we belonged together so we immediately combined our businesses and Orange Soda Photography was born. Photography is all we do, and we have a great passion for the field of photography, continually trying to improve our knowledge and skill.

We have had the privilege of working often with Make Up in the 702, however, one of our most memorable experiences together was when we used Make Up in the 702 for our own maternity session. We are so accustomed to working together on events, that it was an awesome experience to be the one being pampered. They did an incredible job on Alicia’s hair and make up, and only solidified even more why we love them so much.”

 

What would you like a planning couple to know about Orange Soda Photography?

We love everything we do. For us, every aspect of this is positive. We get to meet cool and fun people who are excited about their wedding, or their creative portrait or family session. We get to photograph and experience people coming together to celebrate and share with each other and then we get to edit those images and deliver them to excited people who always love their images. How can you not love doing something like that?”

Do you think people have misconceptions about professional photography?

The most common misconception is that people think they’re not photogenic, when in reality is has more to do with the photographer, lighting and posing than the subject.

One of the statements we often hear is usually a variation of “I really don’t like my photo being taken” or I don’t look good in photographs”. We overcome that by engaging ourselves into the situation, we never see people as a job. We see the actual people with their own stories and backgrounds and bring that personality out. It’s one of the things we love, being part of the human experience on some of the happiest days of people’s lives.”

 

What are some of the benefits of choosing Orange Soda Photography?

A truly positive experience and photographs that aren’t like the norm, but still tell the story without being dated. We both started in film photography in the 80s and carry much of that over today. We’ve been photographing people since 1986 in one form or another and you don’t keep doing that unless you absolutely love what you’re doing. Chris started with his camera in the Army in Central America and Alicia traveled Europe and the US with her SLR and 3D cameras and combined we bring a set of experiences like few have.”

You’ve been doing this a long time, where do you two find your inspiration?

We find inspiration everywhere, but two favorites are high fashion and film noir. Chris’s grandfather worked in the movie industry during the depression as a cameraman, and that’s definitely carried over. Alicia often finds inspiration in the joy of family life and the strong bonds it brings.”

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Any final thoughts for our readers?

Every time we see that Makeup in the 702 is the MUAH for a wedding or shoot, we’re so happy because we know that our brides will be well taken care of, and will look truly amazing.”

Awwww now you have me blushing like a bride…. thank you so much for sharing with us today.

If you’d like to see more images from Orange Soda Photography please visit their website and subscribe to their blog.

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Persistence And Charm Gave Love A Chance

May 8, 2015
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Today it’s our great pleasure to share the love story of Marco and Jueen with you.  It’s so amazing to me each and every day that we get to be a part of so many lives and so much joy.

“I think happiness is what makes you pretty. Period. Happy people are beautiful. They become like a mirror and they reflect that happiness.” – Drew Barrymore

It’s the happy people like Marco and Jueen that make our work so rewarding…..now for their story.

JM_1413“Our love story began back in 2010 when my husband, Marco, and I started working in P.F. Changs China Bistro. I had just made a dramatic job change to do something non-design related. He had just left a restaurant on the strip. It’s funny because when Marco first asked me out on a date, I said no. He thought I was playing hard to get but in reality I just wasn’t ready to date. With his persistence and charm I ended up giving him a chance. Technically our first date involved a horror movie which is ironic because we rarely ever watch them now. Fast forward almost 5 years later, we have a house together, have gotten married, and also became parents to our beautiful baby girl Camila, who’s now almost 4 months.

Marco and I really enjoy cooking together which is our favorite pass time. We love to make our food taste and look beautiful on the plate. Our dream one day is to open up our own place together and we are working towards it. Aside from that, Marco is a personal trainer by day, works in a Brazilian restaurant by night and I’m a portrait photographer. We are passionate about what we do and it shows.

You know you have a good relationship with your significant other when it’s so easy to be with them. We connect on the level that shocks me and we can read each other so well it’s almost creepy. Day in and day out, it’s never a battle and we also don’t have many debates or arguments. In addition, we are so thankful and grateful to have each other and all that is around us. Living together has taught me how to really care for someone. Not only must you be considerate of their things, understand give-and-take, and be kind to one another, you become a team that always strives to win. I truly believe that’s what we do.”

hairandmakeupLas Vegas wedding professionals for this real wedding story include:
Venue: Springs Preserve
Photography: Elizabeth Le
Day-of coordination: The Wooden Trunk
Floral: Layers of lovely
Hair & makeup: Makeup in 702
Strings: Premiere Music Design
Officiant: Oriana Chun
Dress: Brides for breast cancer
DJ Livinh: High Flyin’ Entertainment
Photo booth: Joy Squad

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May 2015 Sin City Woman of Business-Megan Payne

May 1, 2015
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Makeup In the 702 Owner Megan Payne was selected as the May 2015 Sin City Presents Magazine Woman of Business!

About Sin City Presents Magazine

“Sin” City Presents” Magazine delivers the back-beat of Las Vegas! There’s something for everyone! Sin City Presents, your brand, your event, your cause… Sin City Presents… YOU! Entertainment, Business & Community! “Sin” City Presents” brings you news from the back-beat of the Las Vegas Community. Featured articles include industry news from the local music and entertainment scene, leading local industries, business and causes in SIN City. A publication for you and about you.

A note from the Sin City Presents Magazine Editor, Genie Forkner.
Each month we select a shining example of women in business in our community. These women represent the epitome of professionalism and integrity in their respective industries.
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