You know that scene from Finding Nemo where the turtle is all like “Whoaaaaa!” and then is all like “Whoooooooa”? That’s totally been our year here at Amelia C & Co. There were some totally righteous WHOA’s and a very tearful whoa… So here we go.
(I’m not entirely sure, but I think I just made a haiku…)
I get all kinds of worked up at the start of the year, there’s so many possibilities and so much to look forward to. In a fit of eagerness, I decided it was a great idea to do 30 shoots in 30 days, and dubbed the project #30daysgorgeous. The ‘Co was a little scared, but like the troopers they are they rallied and we made it happen. It was an intense month- organizing and phone calls and concepts and models and locations and wardrobe… I need a nap just writing about it. But, hey, I don’t have to! You can just swing by the archives and marvel that we made it out of 30 days with 26 shoots! Yea, so we fell short. But here’s something you can cross-stitch and put over the mantle…”Aim for the moon and if you miss, you’ll be among the stars.”
In the spring, we got a friendly email from a hair and makeup artist inquiring about joining the team. After scanning his credentials and looking at his impressive portfolio, I couldn’t wait to meet him. In April we officially welcomed Tyler to the team, and we just love him! Our brides and clients do too – he is sweet and funny and just has this completely comfortable vibe about him. You feel immediately like you’ve known him for years and want to hear about how his dog is doing, when he’s going home to Ohio to visit family. He’s just incredible and we couldn’t be happier that he reached out.
June was a huge month of hello’s and goodbyes. What I mean to say is, I pretty much cried my way through it.
On June 1st, we welcomed our fist boy Kids of the ‘Co, Kade. Hayley and her fiance George had an absolutely too-cute-for-words, blue-eyed baby boy. He is just the sweetest baby and always so happy. Now that Kade is here and healthy, it’s all about the wedding planning! Dress shopping has officially started for Hayley, and she’s getting wifed up in November 2015!!
And then, on June 26th, Alana did her last wedding with the ‘Co. An amazing opportunity for her husband required them to move to Hawaii with their beautiful daughter and, we later found out, soon to be baby boy. Alana had been with the ‘Co since the very beginning, so it was a rough time. I’m not gonna lie, I literally sobbed for a week. But, at the same time, I’m so happy for her and her growing family. Besides, you can’t get too upset with someone for moving to Hawaii!
Oh, and in the middle of all the arrivals and departures of loved ones, Melissa F and I flew to San Francisco to do a long-time clients hair and makeup for her wedding! Our bride Rochelle had a gorgeous wedding on an old mission-style vineyard just outside of the city. We decided to bookend it with a few days to play in the city and had a lovely time with our husbands joining us for a quick mini trip.
Wanting to get our hands a little gory for Halloween this year, we staged a photo shoot in July with our buddies from Orange Soda Photo featuring sugar skulls and zombies. At the very last minute, one of our zombies had to cancel so Chief Dude Rob stepped in and was the baddest zombie ever. Until he tried to eat me. And glamour me. Yup, when his eyeliner wouldn’t come off he tried channeling Bill. Ask him how it went sometime.
In August among fashion shows and more zombie requests and weddings, Rob and I escaped for a quick trip to SoCal to meet new artists for our expanding region and do a couple weddings. We are READY for you, San Diego Brides! And getting more ready by the day! So if you’re getting married in San Diego and need professional wedding makeup or hair for your big day, give us a call!
September and October flew by as they always do. Las Vegas is just positively perfect for an outdoor wedding that time of year, so naturally it’s our busiest. November 1st & 2nd we co-hosted our fourth year doing the Patriotic Pin-Ups fundraiser, helping raise more than $7k for homeless veterans in two days! And now we are official in that we actually have a Facebook Page. Spots go fast, so go right now and like the page so you know when next year’s fundraiser is.
Later that month we did our annual company photo’s for 2015. We were super lucky to have Mindy Bean behind the lens. That woman is magical, and we are just absolutely obsessed with how she managed to capture us. Thank you Mindy, you are a rockstar and we love you!!!
2014 was absolutely incredible. And you know what? I have every intention of making 2015 even better.
Most of the time when I have to say good byes, it’s usually more like “Good Riddance!” As much as I’d like to think I’m some kind of super wise and uber svelte soul that can peacefully send someone on there way, they’ve usually done something that left me so disenchanted I showed them the door. So, having to say good bye to someone I really don’t want to say goodbye too is a rare thing. This whole well-wishing on those Hallmark cards that you buy for someone starting a new journey? Yea, I’ve only had to buy a couple of those in my life. And, thank God, because this feeling sucks!
Alana is moving to Kauai on June 25th. Our Alana, the first hire I ever made, our sweet, funny, talented Alana is moving. As in, won’t be in Vegas anymore. As in, won’t be part of the ‘Co anymore. SOB!!! (Seriously, I flat out cried into my pizza a couple weeks ago. It was ridiculous and I’m pretty sure I wasn’t wearing waterproof mascara.)
Let’s time warp till a far away land in history- the great city of Las Vegas in 2011. I was just starting out as an agency after spending the first 6 years of my career with another company and another year all by myself (sing it with me!). I didn’t want to be all by myself annnnyyymooooorrrreeee! I put an ad up and Alana called- and I was about as awkward as it gets. She reminded me recently how I would call her all the time, because I would forget to tell her something while we were talking, and then immediately call her back once I remembered announcing myself as “guess who?”. I didn’t have my act together at that point as an agency, so there were lots of dropped balls, fumbling, and basically faking it like I knew what I was doing. I guess she liked me enough though, because she kept calling back till I finally got it together and officially hired her. For three solid years, we’ve laughed, cried, celebrated Christmases, annoyed each other more than we would probably admit to the other’s face, made it through the *very few* doozy brides that occasionally sneak into our calendar. (If you’ve ever asked us, you know most of our brides are amazing!) Company nights and early mornings, new hires and unfortunately, a couple of fires too. More has happened in the past three years, both with the ‘Co and with our own lives than I could possibly fit into a single blog post. It feels like so much longer than just three years.
Though I openly admit I am heartbroken, I’m also excited for her. I mean, who DOESN’T want to move to Hawaii!?! Her husband got an incredible career opportunity out there and it was simply too amazing to pass up. So, as sad as we all are to see her go, she’s got a bright and beautiful new chapter of her life about to unfold. For all the laughs, all the love, and of course all the beautiful brides she made up- we wish her nothing but the happiest of happy days on her new adventure. Cheers to Alana, her husband Shane, and their adorable daughter Abby. Thank you, so much, for having faith in me! I really couldn’t have done it without you. And, just to keep hope alive, it doesn’t hurt to mention you ALWAYS have a place in the ‘Co. A hui hou, Alana G.
The last few months of every year are so exciting. The holidays, the parties, and just around the corner my favorite holiday, New Years Eve. Every year, the ‘Co does something of a family photo shoot. It’s fun to get in front of the camera once in a while, get glammed up and have some killer images. And laugh. Oh do we laugh. Being only our second year doing photos of the Las Vegas hair and makeup team, we haven’t quite come up with a set order of how it all should go down, but we did learn some very valuable things. Like, if you give Bianca just a small glass of chardonnay before the shoot, she’ll get giggly but is more comfortable in front of the camera. And I (Amelia) should probably wear some thicker leggings if the ‘Co is going to have a great view of my butt. And how damn fine Chief Dude looks on camera.
That particular day was cold and windy, but we still trooped out to a much-used-but-not-by-us dry lake bed for our photo shoot that would be, of course, followed by margaritas. Our pal Ralph James of PinUp Bride Photography had the patience to do our photo’s last year, and they turned out amazing! How he managed 8 females and our Dude I’m not sure, because we can be quite a handful when we are all together, but he did and the results killed it. 2013 ended with a bang, and if the start of this year is any indication of how the year is going to roll, it’s going to be amazing. So here they are, Amelia C & Co Las Vegas Hair and Makeup Team, 2013.
Introducing Bri T, Las Vegas makeup artist for Amelia C & Co We have someone we’d like you to meet! Introducing Bri T, our new Las Vegas makeup artist! Bri is a little bad ass- swing by her artists page to find out about how she managed to get a degree AND her aesthetics license all at the same time! We got to meet her through the grapevine, someone told someone that told her we were looking for a new, amazing artist to wow our brides and clients. It was pretty clear she had top-notch makeup artistry talent, but what really sealed the deal is how hard she made us laugh at our company dinner after this photoshoot. Not that we are admitting anything, but there may or may not have been margaritas involved. Just sayin’. It’s perfect timing, too- with spring 2014 wedding season just a handful of months away, Bri is ready to rock your big day with the stunning bridal look you’ve always envisioned! She’s a fashion makeup artist at heart so don’t be shy about asking her to do a little something exotic and sexy for the big day. She’s also pretty savvy with our commercial clients, so if your in need of a great makeup artist on set, she’ll take good care of you. Experience working in a celebrity salon has given her the etiquette needed to work with talent, presenters, personalities, and a so many more. We couldn’t be happier to have her, and we know you’ll love her too!
Introducing Kay H, Las Vegas Makeup Artist and newest team member of the ‘Co!
If you follow our Facebook page, you’ve probably heard a thing or two about Kay already. Brides telling us how much they love her, a few shots of the amazing work she did around Halloween, and if you look closely you’ll even see a sneak peak of her in some of the behind-the-scenes photo’s of our 2013 company photo shoot! So yea, she’s been around for a little while now, but we wanted to wait till the timing was just right to announce her official status as an Artist of Amelia C & Co! Of course, having her work featured in the 2014 Winter edition of Bridal Spectacular magazine is definitely a way to make a grand entrance.
Swing by her bio to get to know her a bit and see some of her work. This island-style chick is chill, super sweet, and very talented. She’s repped for major makeup lines, worked with celebrities, held positions in some uber-famous LVB salons, and now… with us! Her career as a makeup artist spans across an ocean- literally. She got her start in Hawaii, and then moved to Vegas to continue her career. Please help us welcome Kay to the team, we know you’re going to love her!
Like most families, the Las Vegas hair and makeup team of Amelia C & Co loves to do photo’s at the end of the holidays! So of course we called up our buddy Ron Miller and asked him to snap some snazzy shots for us. How the man did it, I’ll never know- have YOU ever tried to wrangle six hair and makeup artists? I imagine it’s something like herding cats. As usual, he killed it! Thanks Ron, we love you!!
From all of us at Amelia C & Co, best wishes for a bright 2013!
It’s with great pleasure that we introduce the newest member of the ‘Co, Las Vegas Hair and Makeup Artist Bianca S!
Bianca joined the Amelia C & Co team this past summer, and what a summer it was! This cute red-head showed up just in time to work her first busy fall season, and we gotta say, she did not disappoint Bight-eyed and sweeter than sugar, Bianca is truly a joy to claim as one of our own.
Her mother has owned hair salons for the majority of Bianca’s life, so it was no surprise that Bianca aimed to follow in her footsteps. Having been accepted into the cosmetology magnet program at Southeast Technical Career Academy, she graduated with her cosmetology license and her diploma at the same time! Solid educational credentials coupled with her natural artistic talents make her a truly exquisite hair and makeup artist. Even though she’s only been with the company a short while, already producers and brides are raving about her work and personality. We here at the ‘Co know a good thing when we see it!
Although her attention to detail and super-woman ability to “speak bride” make her the perfect hair and makeup artist for your wedding, Bianca also has a craving for gore. Zombies, flesh-wounds, even detailed artistic free-hand SFX renderings come out eerily real when she is behind the brush. Make sure you swing by her gallery to view her brides and her zombies… and if you want to be a zombie bride- We can arrange that.