Despite my former life as a hairdresser, I have never been a full-face-of-make-up-on-a-Wednesday kind of gal. So I was somewhat nervous at meeting hair and make up artist, Sophie Knox in real life with my plain face on. My insecurities put completely at ease, as Sophie welcomed me into the studio space she shares with fellow biz chicks at Wedding HQ in Mornington. With her bubbly disposition, it’s no wonder she receives glowing reviews from her clients. It’s obvious to see that she has a true talent, bringing out the natural beauty of the women she works with. Mostly though, we love her passion for working with other creatives, especially Mornington Peninsula’s best photographers, stylists + event planners.
From brides + wedding parties, to fashion shoots + styled collaborations, Sophie is one busy lady! As the wedding season slows down through the cooler months, there is always another project on the horizon for Sophie. I was fortunate to be able to catch up with her to find out about her creative journey, the importance of surrounding yourself with creative people and some of her favourite hangs on the Mornington Peninsula.
LC : Are you a Mornington Peninsula native? if not, how did you come to be here?
SK : No, I was born in Yorkshire in the UK but our family moved here when I was about one.
LC : What a glorious part of Australia to move to! So, how did your journey as a creative begin?
SK : I grew up with my mum as a hairdresser, so I guess it started at a young age. I did try and repel and told everyone I would have an office 9-5 job. So I went to RMIT and started my PR degree. It didn’t last long…I soon went on to do beauty therapy. I worked overseas for a few years, came back and started my own beauty therapy business. I slowly got more and more into hair and makeup, where it came to a point I had to sell my business. And now I freelance full time as a Hair & Make Up Artist.
LC : Obviously all clients requests are different but where do you find inspiration for your work?
SK : Pinterest and Instagram are amazing for inspiration.
LC : Tell us your favourite place to eat or grab a coffee on the Mornington Peninsula.
SK : It has to be Commonfolk.
LC : A popular choice of our feature creatives! Tell me, a Sunday on the peninsula is best spent doing what?
SK : Visiting a winery – usually somewhere where the kids can run around.
LC : Speaking of kids, do you have any advice for kids wanting to pursue a creative career?
SK : Always run your own race. Don’t pay too much attention to what other people are doing. Remember why you love what you do, and always come back to that.
LC : What role do you think the Arts play in our community?
SK : I think it can bring people closer together as a community. Especially down on the Mornington Peninsula, I believe we have quite a large creative community.
LC : Who are your favourite Mornington Peninsula creatives?
SK : Oh my gosh so many! Working in the wedding industry I have genuinely met so many amazing talented people, some of them I now call my closest friends.
LC : Finally, where can we find you and your work?
VISIT : Wedding HQ, 10 Satu Way, Mornington
SOCIALS : Insta @makeupbysophieknox