Saturday, April 25, 2009

       

Beauty stuff

This was photographed a loooong while back. Makeup by Amar, model is Fruzsina.

Man, these days I no longer look at my backlog in horror -- the list of shoots I've yet to DI has gotten so long I don't even feel like they are my works anymore, haha. /emo


Packing for Tokyo now, just why are the camera and lenses so heavy... *grumble grumble grumble*

Anyway I'm currently feeling slightly very annoyed with myself for making a super stupid mistake in booking my air ticket. Yuta's having some public performances from the 24th till tomorrow, and at the back of my head I kept thinking, so long as I arrive there in the day, I'll be able to catch the show. However, after checking with Chris I was reminded that it starts at 2pm for tomorrow and I only touch down in Narita airport at that time. =_= So gah~ I'll be arriving a couple days early in Tokyo for almost nothing. >_>

Oh well, crossing my fingers and hoping he'd at least have time to model for me again, though I really don't know whether it'd be possible. Blahhhh I wanna shoot I wanna shoot~

Ok pack pack, gotta focus~!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

       
Vue Studio, 24 Apr 09.

Probably the last time for me to use this place before the studio moves to a new location. They were already halfway through with the tear-downs when I was there today.

I'd done some 30 shoots here since the end of 2007 -- agency tests, fashion and portrait editorials, covers, interviews, filming... The very place where I was first granted ample chances to play with various Profoto lights, Hasselblad backs and lots of studio space; the very place where I printed the beautiful canvas prints for my exhibition last year; the very place, where I'd spent days with my assistants and interns, where it had felt like family.

I was a little sad, enough that I didn't want to see the new studio after the photoshoot today.

Ahhhhh~ I'm going to miss the old lady who couldn't write receipts for the lunches we ordered. She made everyone who came to the studio succumb to her awesome burgers, fries and chicken wings. I really loved her milk tea ;_;


It was bare, beautiful and quiet. I looked at the lights, makeup room, stashes of comp cards, the space, and I tried to memorize this place, bit by bit, for the little corner that I'd reserved for it in my heart.

Friday, April 17, 2009

       

The Lady of Night.

Recent work done for Female Brides Spring 2009.

Editor: Allyson Klass
Photography: Zhang Jingna
Assisted by: Lim Jin Yi
Styling: Vernon Sim
Makeup: Jasmine Tham
Hair: Greg-O
Models: Miriam B and Sharon V/Ave

Hectic schedules throughout after I returned from Japan. Photoshoots, meetings, with agencies, stylists, editors... Things were going up and down in such extremes I think I aged a couple years in the span of a few days. But it's all good, I'm still alive (just having a horrible flu, sore throat... and I think the fever's coming up), I even received an early birthday present. *happy*

Did some amazing photoshoots and met great new people to collaborate with. Retouching's a pain but oh well... Nothing I can do about it ;_;

I'm going back to Japan again. Yoshitaka Amano's exhibition~~! Amano's exhibition!


PS: For those who're still contemplating about Dominance War IV, it's not too late, yet, just do it~! Deadline is 11th May.


Oh god. I really feel miserable. Flu, sore throat, I hate youuuu.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

       

Japan Part III: Day 8-12 Kyoto-Hakone-Tokyo

Day 8: Temples

Koryuji Temple.

It's famous for a large wooden statue of the "Miroku-Bosatsu" which was designated as the first national treasure in Japan. It's also the oldest temple in Yamashiro, Kyoto. Couldn't take photos inside the hall, but, I loved the place for the gardens. So so so so beautiful. ;_;

I wish I brought my camera. D:


Ninna-ji. The temple boasts a collection of more than 600 treasures, which can be seen at Reiho-kan twice every year, April-May and October-November. (So yeah, I didn't see any, except for the temple's unique low-branched sakura trees called Omuro Cheery T_T) It's also a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site~ (reading from pamphlet ha)

Well, I think the photos aren't quite enough but, yes, it's super beautiful~ T_T

And Abby demonstrates her awesome self portrait skillz (with her point and shoot, I can do it with a DSLR hey~).

Ryoan-ji.

Didn't take as many photos there... was a bit tired and too crowded. And well.. it was under renovation. ~_~

Headed back into the city after a while and went down to Teramachi Street.

Had awesome parfaits~


Day 9-10: Photoshoot #3

Well, Kami-sama decided he didn't love me as much that day. So with every element in the photoshoot possible working against me, model's flight, styling, makeup, hair... oh and the weather, having us nearly freezing to death, there weren't really any photographs. We did have lots of fun being silly though. Just a pity it was one of the photoshoots that I'd really been looking forward to...

On the way back.

Round 1 of more-parfaits-to-reward-ourselves-for-a-day-of-hardwork. XD

Headed back to Tokyo the next day, but before that, Chris and I stopped by an awesome dessert place in Gion.

Matcha+azuki crepe. Awesome is awesome. Suuupperrrrrrrr delicious can~ ;_;

Back in Tokyo, I found awesome green tea cream puff. It's seasonal~! I wanted to bring some back home but the freaking thing expires in a day. @!(*&$)@%

Day 11-12: Hakone

Walked around Hakone Yumeto station just a little bit to buy my Himitsu Bako (Japanese Puzzle Box). It's a specialized art in Hakone (and I'm currently having an obsession with it)

The himitsu bako unopened.

And opened. :D This is the 12-move puzzle box, I also bought a 21-move one later on at the airport.

The view nearing our ryokan.

View from our room. I absolutely loved the pine in front of us, hearing the streams was super serene.

Kaiseki dinner. :3


Met up with Chris back in Tokyo the next day to head for the airport.

Found this at the Lawson there. It's a seasonal item again~ I'd love the Morinaga milk puddings since day one, finding a matcha flavoured one was just pure bliss.

Well and with that... we'd come to the end of my trip. I... I... wanna go back to Kyoto again~!! ;_;

But umm. I am heading back to Tokyo again end of this month to early May for the X Japan concert... =X

> Japan Mar-Apr Part III
Japan Mar-Apr Part II
Japan Mar-Apr 09 Part I

Thursday, April 9, 2009

       

New Display

My order finally came today. *is happy*

26" of goodness~~~ Retouching's going to be so much more comfortable from now on.

And well, yes, those are masking tapes you see on my tablet. But!! I'll be getting my Wacom Intuos4 soon~

They're also holding a pretty big contest right now -- Bring Your Vision to Life. Really really wish I could join too, alas, if god would give me Noah's painting skills... I'll just have to be content with photography for now.

Anyway, just wanted to mention that together with Noah, yours truly is one of the featured artists for the new Intuos4. You can see Noah's image here and mine here. So so terribly honoured~ ;_;

Monday, April 6, 2009

       

Japan Part II: Day 5-7 Tokyo-Kyoto

Forgot to add that I went to see the Daibutsu at Kamakura on Day 4. Here's an additional photo. We also had really nice ice cream there~~ XD

Day 5: Ginza + Akihabara

I generally try not to schedule shoots back to back for the sole reason of needing time for recovery... since I had super little rest the night before, I slept in and missed the trip to Tsukiji in the morning. ;_;

Got up around noon-ish. Walked through Ginza, but didn't really do much. Bought a nice white file from Ginza Hands (Tokyu Hands). It's really really pretty ._.

Had our late lunch there too~

Then headed off to Akibahara.

I bought a few books, but I mailed them back so I haven't got photos of them...

Also bought a 70-200 f2.8L lens from Yodobashi. Ahh I just love long lenses so much.

If only they weren't so damn heavy... (and expensive?) Argh.

Super awesome okonomiyaki for dinner~

Day 6: Ohanami~

Went to watch cherry blossoms at 小石川後楽園 in the late morning, they were selling amazake at the place!!! I was so happy because I really wanted to have it again after trying the last time (at Arashiyama ;_;)

Made a point to go to Laforet in the afternoon, it's like, my compulsory shopping stop.

And totally overspent there.

I'd been eyeing Gadget Grow ever since the first time I entered Laforet. I can finally sort of afford to buy something from there. My spending plan for GG was one top and one accessory, but I ended up getting 3 tops and a wallet. D:

But oh I love their stuff so much ;_;

Shopping is sin~ T___T

It has totally taken over Alice Auaa's #1 spot not just because I love their designs, but also because of the fact that they actually fit me pretty well. I have to admit, thought, it's simply because Alice Auaa's pieces have cuttings meant for petite Japanese girls... and I am able to fit Gadget Grow's stuff well because it's a menswear label. *sighs*


Day 7: to Kyoto


Met up with Rimfrost and saintsazzle from dA in the morning. They're from Norway. :3

Chris and I brought them to Ueno Park~ We had a very very short hanami, but it was lovely. (Chris makes an awesome tourguide desu)

Headed off to Kyoto in the afternoon.

By the time we reached and settled in it was pretty late already, so nothing much went on for the rest of the day, other than meeting up with my assistant Abby for dinner, who arrived in Kyoto a day before.

The streets of Kyoto at night... so very nostalgic.

Japan Mar-Apr Part III
> Japan Mar-Apr Part II
Japan Mar-Apr 09 Part I