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Alumni Mentor Dena DeMint

Dena DeMint has been creating hair and makeup styles since 2004. I’ve studied makeup books, the MAC bible, magazines and spent years practicing my craft. Dena’s styling work has been published in Fiori, Cut n Dry magazine, 417 Bride, AfterCapture, Trend Guide, and Digital Photo Pro among others.

Recently, I purchased an airbrush to experiment with and also for traditional flawless makeup application. I’ll be bringing my new toy to AfterDark and am excited to play.

I love seeing the result of the photographer’s vision combined with the styling. When a model looks the part, I believe she transforms into the muse that the project needs.

From Dena:

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. -Coco Chanel. I love this quote because Coco’s creative process uses it all thoughts, sky, street, life!” If you’re thinking about coming to another After Dark Event remember, each event is so jam packed with information and goodies that it would be difficult take it all in. Each pod and class has so much to inform, inspire and connect you with other photographers that repeat AfterDark events won’t repeat your experiences. If you’ve never been to After Dark Before remember, get your rest now, take your vitamins, be ready to learn, have fun, and get to know REAL people who do amazing things with cameras.

How did you get started in the business? Who helped/guided/mentored you?

It all started with my husband, Brian DeMint and a need for a last minute makeup artist. “I was nervous but took the leap and LOVED it. I love being able to make people feel beautiful and cared for. “ Brian is a the driving creative force in our team. I’m creative but I’m also the technician. He wants the lips to match the dress or a wall, I’m hand mixing pigments to achieve it. Once a model told me, “This is just like dress-up!” with all the excitement of a four year old and I agreed. Dress-up with pictures! What could be better.

How many After Dark Events have you attended and what’s your favorite moment?

Five! (Charlotte NC twice, Tuscon AZ, Kansas City MO, & Dallas TX) My 17 year-old daughter attended Afterdark recently… I loved how she was nurtured and encouraged by many of the mentors. It was amazing the friendships she made and the techniques in lighting, compositing, and photoshop that she is continuing to build on at home.

What your top 5 skills?

  • Eyeliner for the Cat Eye look
  • Blending bright colors on the eye for a standout look
  • Messy Up-Dos with tousled curled
  • Ability to put up with MR. Demint’s crazy requests
  • I rock at False Eyelashes!!!


Contact Info:Eyeworks Photography

Fun Facts:

  • Specialty Market: Fashion, Fantasy, and Beauty Makeup!

Majority of Business:

  • We mainly style and shoot for designers, model portfolios, and magazine work.