We adore Sophie, who is a talented freelance makeup artist and hair stylist based on the Mornington Peninsula. This is one lady that has her hands full. She chases around two busy children, is up early on campaign/editorial shoots during the week and that isn't where she stops- her weekends are booked up well in advance doing bridal makeup too. It's crazy but she loves what she does so much- this is so evident through the incredible energy and infectious laughter she carries with her everywhere, making everything seem effortless. Sophie has worked with Karen Willis Holmes on multiple campaign shoots as well as on collaborative, creative projects. We took a few moments with Sophie to learn more about what inspires her and makes her tick.
Your name? Sophie Reynolds
Business name? Makeup by Sophie Knox
Where is your business located? Mornington Peninsula
Tell us a bit about yourself, your company & how everything began. I moved out from the UK when I was a baby. My mum started her own mobile hairdressing business. So growing up I used to go with her to clients houses, or always had people at our house getting their hair done. I soon began to mimic what she was doing and by a very young age, my Barbies hair started to look fabulous - mainly with perm rollers and the occasional haircut. I never set out to be a makeup artist, but I always had very creative jobs. I eventually had my own beauty business within my mum's salon. From there I just went on to do more and more makeup. I now freelance full time and I am a partner of a studio in Mornington called Wedding HQ.
What does a typical day for you involve? Mornings tend to be a bit mental. I have 2 little children, so it's usually about getting them sorted for the day. On a good day, I get to the gym at 5 am and do all my emails before they wake up. Weekdays are usually filled up with editorial/campaign shoots. Then my weekends are crazy busy with bridal makeup.
Photography by Bek Smith
Why do you love your job? What's not to love about it. I get to be creative and make people feel beautiful! Then on wedding days, the energy is amazing. I also get to hang out with a group of fun girls and be a part of one of their most special days.
Where do you find your inspiration? I am usually on some kind of social media just checking out what is happening in the world of fashion. I love fashion and colour. And then I am inspired by other MUA like Pat McGrath - I love her work!
Photography by Mauro Palmiero
Any great stories from clients you have work with? I had a client who met her now husband on a Qantas flight. They sat next to each other and had a great chat. And that was that- they never swapped numbers. The next day he (future husband) called up the airline and ask about the girl he was sitting next to, and begged for her number. The customer service guy agreed to take his number, and contact her and pass it on...the rest is history. Oh and I still love a good old Tinderella story!
What are your tips or advice for couples planning their wedding? Make your day YOUR DAY. Don't just do things that you think you need to do for a wedding. There are no set rules. Make it about what you love.
Photography by Kas Richards
Your Coffee Order? Flat white, please
Favourite City? Cusco - Peru
Best way to spend $50? On something that has been reduced. It's my Prozac.
Best advice you have ever received? You are your own consequence.