Check out my interview with Reuben Dixon & see some of his awesome photography below!
Reuben Dixon is an awesome Picture Taker, Graphic Designer, Web Site Maker, Duke of Awesomeness at Glamtography, and now a Makeup Maker at Event Makeup. Reuben started out as a friend, then a photographer who was hiring Event Makeup for his photo shoots, and now works for my company, Event Makeup! I personally know what a great guy he is and so I think everyone else should too! Read below to get to know him a little better and see his picture taking abilities!
A little more than 7 years ago, Reuben took his first “real” set of photos. If it involves a camera and taking a photo, he loves doing it: glamour, fashion, weddings, landscape, architectural, products, etc. Recently, a friend walked him through the basics of applying makeup. So before shoots, he started practicing on the models and learned that he also has an addiction (passion) for makeup. “Makeup seems to come very naturally and even a little easy to me, maybe it is because I have done extensive makeup in Photoshop or that I stay up into the wee hours of the morning watching YouTube videos,” he said.
Why did you decide on photography? Honestly? For the girls. A friend said she wanted to take some modeling pictures and I thought that would be fun. So I bought a camera and starting taking pictures of everything.
What is RedLips clothing all about and what part do you play in that brand? We are a dress and bikini clothing company making the sexiest, eye-catching clothes around. When you want to wear something that every other girl in the club isn’t wearing, you come to us. Depending on my mood and how much free time I have I do everything from manage the Web Site, take photos, recruit new models, sell clothes, etc.
What have been your top 3 favorite/ most exciting photo shoots? OOhhh, good question.
1) My first time shooting for Louis Vuitton
2) Shooting a 40th birthday party with a budget well into the six figures
3) Shoot with The Diamond Dozen models for Kandyland bikinis that ended up on the back cover of Lowrider Girls and was my first national magazine publication
Where are you from? Everywhere. Illinois, Tennessee, Maryland, California Bay Area, and now San Diego.
How many cameras do you own? Not including my iPhone and iPad, four. Canon 5DmkIII, 5DmkII, 50D, and 20D.
I know you have two cats, what kinds and what are their names? They are Selkirk Rex cats and brothers from the same litter. Pancake and Lion-O (from the Thundercats)
What got you interested in makeup? Originally, I wanted to learn more about makeup so that I could become better about adding makeup in Photoshop. Turns out, I like doing “Photoshop live”! It has been great because now, I can create the looks I want and make sure the makeup is done specifically for the camera.
What about Event Makeup appealed to you as an artist? Well, Event Makeup was actually my preferred vendor for hair and makeup before I started doing makeup myself (and they still are!). If I am doing a big shoot I will still use them for hair and makeup. So it seemed like a natural fit for me to work for them!
What advice would you give to an aspiring photographer? Take LOTS of pictures. Then take some more. Personally, I think that it is good to have taken photos of different styles/genres. It is kind of like cross-training in sports. I have been able to apply glamour-style lighting to my wedding photos and use interaction techniques that I learned from doing romantical, engagement shoots to be able to build a good photographic connection with models.