Elle Singapore, Dec 2010
Fashion Direction: Daphne Chen
Photography: Zhang Jingna
Photography Assistant: Karin Xiao
Styling Assistant: Rueban S
Hair: Ken Hong/Evolve Salon
Makeup: Elaine Décor
Nails: OPI/Forum Galleria OPI Centre
Model: Sasha Luss/Ave
This shoot was done just before I left Singapore. Daphne was a sweetheart to work with and it was really a great experience. We clicked right away and I found it super easy to suggest ideas for the concept. We also made the effort to cast models and do fabric shopping together.
I was so sad to find out that she stayed right across the street from me, because if we'd known each other sooner it'd totally have been awesome to have a supper buddy!!
Karin who assisted me a few times in London happened to be back in Singapore at that time so she did some wind magic for all the fabrics which I think turned out really beautiful. Hair and makeup were pretty much flawless and I really couldn't have asked for much more.
My only bit of unhappiness was probably the experience with the model. So I'm gonna rant for the rest of the post, please feel free to skip it. - -;;
I'd shot Sasha for another job just the weekend prior to this shoot and she didn't seem happy to be there then. I attributed her attitude issues to being upset over not having the weekend off since she was called in to replace another girl at the last minute. But I guess expecting her to be all nice and good the week after was really just me being naive. Many times in my attempt to direct her movements or adjust her hold on the fabricc she'd swat my hand away and shoo me off telling me "I know I know!" and then continue doing it wrong.
I don't know whether she behaved that way because I was a female photographer or young or both, but I hadn't really worked with much models who're disrespectful and stubborn and it was really super frustrating. At some point I gave up and told Daphne to talk to her since she just flat-out refused to listen to me.
Later that week while shooting for Bazaar I recollected the episode while setting up and Greg-O said that I was just way too nice—that I gotta be more firm and assertive in the future since we totally have the choice to drop the girl and get someone else from the agency. Now that I think of it, it was a bit lame to let myself be bullied too. -_- But I guess it's just my nature to not want to cause too much tension on set because it's so easy to upset everybody altogether. It's always about finding a balance I guess. But definitely a lesson learnt.
Anyway despite all that I'm really loving the photos~! It's exciting to have some splashes of colours in my portfolio since I don't do colourful stories very often, and I'm super glad I got to shoot with Daphne before I moved cuz she's just so so awesome. :3
I took some behind the scenes in video but I have too little patience and knowledge with editing, StarCraft II also seems like such a better alternative to spending my time in comparison so maybe next time~~ XD