30 April 2013
// night out with my muse
Model: Andrea Chong
Photographer: Amanda W.
Equipment: 5DMII + 24-70mm f/2.4L + Nissin Di622
Flickr: night out with my muse
Sorry for the lack of updates this month! The long nights of project meetings and studying for finals are finally over! Now that summer break is here, here's a blog post to make up for my absence. (April iPhone diaries will be up next week!) You may have seen a photo or two on my instagram (@beautifuladieu) or Facebook before, but here's the full set!
Few weeks ago, Andrea and I decided to experiment with direct flash. We climbed over barriers, sat on the roads, swung around poles, and photographed till midnight. Honestly it was quite challenging to handle the mark ii, an external flash AND the 24-70 altogether (think: weight and my tiny frame), especially when this was probably only the third time I've handled an external flash - but I'm not complaining! (Also, I do need to get a proper flash...)
This Terry-R.-direct-flash-thing was really hard to pull off but I'm glad it turned out great (read: decent)! I also experimented with black and white film editing to give it a really dark and vintage look. If any of you have any tips for direct flash photography (which I'm really keen on trying again!), please let me know in the comments below! :)
P.S. Check out Andrea's blog if you haven't! She also blogged out it here.
P.P.S. Remember when I said I had exciting news coming up? Well here's it!
If you ever wanted to know how I worked... Well, I will be giving an introductory workshop on Fashion Portraiture using Natural Light on 1st June 2013! I will be bringing you through my pre-production, actual production (with Andrea modeling for us!) and post-production processes! Get your tickets soon if you're interested because there are limited spaces. The morning slot is already filling up fast!
There will be 2 sessions - 9-12pm and 2-5pm.
Ticketing details here! :)
Leave a comment or email me if you have any questions! xo
28 March 2013
// iphoneography: march 2013
Finally, an insight into my personal life here! This is March through the lens of my iPhone 4S (with the exception of the photo taken at Fox-Out's runway show). Descriptions on the photographs are all handwritten with love. ♥
Leave a comment if you want to see more iphoneography diaries! Hope you enjoy! xo
P.S. Follow me on Instagram (@beautifuladieu) if you haven't!
I've also created a new official Twitter account! (@beautifuladieu_)
P.P.S. Also, exciting news coming up - I'll be releasing details in April! :D
24 February 2013
// earl grey party lookbook
Model: Veena McCoole
Wardrobe: Earl Grey Party
Flowers: Mirage Flowers
Photographer: Amanda Wong
Equipment: 5DMII + 85mm f/1.2L
Flickr: earl grey party lookbook
I had the pleasure of shooting Veena again, this time for Earl Grey Party's Valentine's lookbook, and I also got to use my 85L for the first time! :) If you were wondering, I first shot her for Dear Laura's lookbook late last year!
It has been a busy but slow month, but I hope everyday had a wonderful time celebrating Chinese New Year and Valentines' Day! I'm currently working on a personal shoot (finally, I know) that's happening next week... Fingers crossed that we get really good weather and light! Oh, and if you're reading this and you're in Singapore, I'm looking for a assistant/driver for the aforementioned shoot on Friday. Drop me an email or comment if you're interested!
Hope you enjoy the photos. More to come! xo
26 January 2013
// runway bandits lookbook ii
Model: Irina Tan (Cal-Carries)
Wardrobe: Runway Bandits
Photographer: Amanda Wong
Equipment: 5DMII + 50mm f/1.4
Flickr: runway bandits lookbook ii
This was shot in December for Runway Bandits with Irina (whom I loveeee working with) at a house we call the Midget Residence because the ceiling height is probably only about 2m. :b
I really love this lookbook, also because it's RWB, edgy and there's Irina, and a lot of white! Photographers out there (in Singapore), you gotta work with her! She's versatile and so creative with her poses, she keeps me inspired throughout the shoot. :)
It's officially been a year since working with RWB, they were my my first client/paid shoot since establishing beautifuladieu as a business and I'm so happy to have such a great client as a friend :> (SY, if you're reading this - we're bound for life now ok hahaha)
Looking at the past 11 lookbooks I've done for them, I've seen decent improvement in the way I shoot and edit. (In that period, I forced myself to learn Photoshop to edit better, and I guess I can say I'm pretty proficient in basic Photoshop now. :B) And whut, despite all the tight deadlines and juggling school work at the same time, I can only say that I love what I do more and more everyday. :)
Thank you for keeping me going!
P.S. If you have me on instagram/facebook, you would already know that I just bought a new lens for myself! *Drumroll* ..........yes, the 85mm f/1.2L! The same lens I rented for the Dear Laura shoot - I fell in love with it the moment I touched it the first time. I already had my first shoot with it yesterday with Earl Grey Party, and it was nothing short of fantastic! Here's a preview :)
So excited to be shooting with this beauty from now on!
Follow me on instagram (@beautifuladieu) and Facebook for more photo updates if you haven't! :)