Thursday, February 28, 2013

Male Portrait - Elvin

This is a test portrait I did for Elvin in year 2012 after so long I have not try photograph any man or guys. I feel lucky to be able to experiment capturing the water dripping over the face scene like those facial wash commercial.


 And here's Jason who helped me to do the water dripping and the lighting test shots. =)

Saturday, February 9, 2013


The last album and last theme of the same day photoshoot, total of five different looks photographed on the same day, have we broke a record for ourselves? I mean makeup artists, model and me. Its my first time doing 5 different looks and props in a row, happy!

But there's down side of taking photos too long from model's perspective, especially the lighting I used to set up an indoor photoshoot is not flash, but fluorescent lights which is a pain to the eyes for staring long hours which will be better if I can afford flash lite which can be softer light when is not shooting and only brighten with flash once I snap pictures. Anyhow, model can stay away from lights when no shooting to rest her eyes. 

After hours of a long day photo shoot, I have decided to switch off one sharp light standee the last 2 themes photoshoot as the model eyes were starting to get tired and tearing. So the side effects on the photos will be, darker and harder to capture without noise or more noise will be capture. At this fifth shoot, we have reached the night time around 7pm - 8pm.  To flash back the memories of that day, it really wasn't a good savvy idea as we starve or have late meals and kind of exhausting long day work for model and makeup artists. I wasn't having a really energetic spirit to began either because the day before I was burning midnight oil to add one more prop into the White Queen theme photoshoot which was the studs with feathers shoulder wear. I remember my face is the ugliest as sleepless gives you dark eyed circles and bad face day. Ya, when I am serious rushing work as a photographer and artist, I could care less how I look at work. On the opposite side, if I am the modelling for the photo shoot day, I will be pay more effort to sleep early, eat healthy to look good and perform well. 

The butterfly concept was initially just wanting to try do something which I don't normally do which is just capture nice photos. Then on second thought, butterflies are formed from caterpillars in metamorphosis process and butterflies have short life once they became butterflies. So butterflies represent, limited beauty of youth where also is a age where you get to shine, climb the sloppy road to the uphill before downhill. White also represent the purest time is during youth.Thus, I've started to put my imaginary thoughts and my art skill together with my photography as I thought it will be outstanding to convert what I can draw on a canvas into reality and captured by me. I know it sounded very cosplay at the same time. So I have to be very careful not to over cross the line between fashion and cosplay, but still remain the recycle green concept by handmaking the props or accessories. Which it also saves a lot of money to do something big to me.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The White Queen

Just want to say, "wohoo!" I finally finish editing the total 5 albums photos that shot on the same day with different concepts. But editing the photos from starting the first look until here, my patience is really being tested badly. I almost felt hard to be aspiring and inspired for continuing the editing and gettings the photos to be on the right colour mood or feel. To be honest, there are some photos in this White Queen album aren't fully satisfied by me. And have the feeling of wanting to re-edit but also time is running out and I did set a deadline to complete for myself. Really want to give a big thank you to my sister as my model, my friend who helped me on the makeup and hairstyle, Grace Wong and her partner, Genneve Tai. Also thank them for giving a place to photograph as well. Without them, this outcome will be incomplete. I spent two months on handmaking all the props to match the theme and dress and finally get to production and post-production stages. I feel a big comfort and great achievement for making my visions came true, made my life felt meaningful for doing what I love and closer to my dream and goal.