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There’s just not enough time in the day (or the night).
I’ve been so busy with various things (not least of which is getting ready for a trip to London and Paris; I leave tomorrow) that it didn’t dawn on me today that I’ve never really finished going through my shots of Faye Wan. I picked one out for an upcoming exhibition but then never returned to the rest of the photos. So I’m doing that bit by bit.
Friends asked me to shoot their wedding. I’m not a wedding photographer by any means but I think I did a fairly respectable job of it.
Then I was hired to shoot a CD launch party, complete with live sets from three bands. That was a paid gig, so I had no excuse not to finish that one off quickly.
And earlier tonight we had a bit of fun at our studio, PASM Workshop. It was supposed to be a competition amongst the partners, all shooting a model at the same time and seeing who would come away with the best shot – with the loser buying dinner. We never got to the competition bit, we just shot and then filled our bellies. During the shoot I was asked why I stopped shooting so soon. Well, I knew I already had some good stuff and there’s only so many hours in the day (and night).
Now I don’t consider myself a commercial photographer. If I was, like my buddy Richard Chen, then I’d be looking at every detail and making the sorts of minor adjustments to skin tones and texture that only a trained eye would notice. I did try something different here though – bringing out the eyes a bit more. I also have to say that we have a great crew. With this model (Yumi), Harris and Victoria setting up the lights, Tim on hair and Ash doing make-up, it made my work easy – and fun.
As always, more to come.
I apologize if the heading of this post is a bit disrespectful but it’s the only one that seems to fit. Last week I shot my first corporate event, the Mongolia Investment Summit. Two days wearing a suit, on my feet 9 hours per day, shooting speakers, panels and the exhibition floor. I learned more about Mongolia than I ever expected to learn in a lifetime, most of it serious but not all of it. (One speaker informed us that Mongolia has four seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter and Road Construction.)
You’d think that a conference of this nature would be on the dry side (and you wouldn’t be entirely wrong). However, even a serious event like this managed to throw in a little sex appeal. On the first day, there were four Mongolian models in traditional outfits.
It’s probably worth noting that each of these women stood around 6 feet tall (in heels). I was unable to get a shot of all four together because none of them seemed to speak very much English.
The booth for Mongolian Properties wasn’t too shabby either.
Here’s the reporter from Bloomberg TV Mongolia. Her name is Delgermaa Munkhbat.
All in all, not a bad way to spend a couple of days.
This past weekend, PASM Workshop hosted a 2 day seminar on fashion led by renowned U.S. fashion photographer Emily Soto. Emily has risen to fame rapidly in the US and for everyone who attended it was a chance to learn more about her unique style as well as get some tips on advancing one’s career. For me, it was a chance to meet and hang out with Emily and her husband Vic Soto, a 3D artist. We did a welcome dinner for them in Lan Kwai Fong, a “meet and greet” party for all of the workshop attendees in Tsim Sha Tsui and celebrated the completion of the workshop with a big seafood dinner in Sai Kung. Here are several photos from the past week.
Emily also found time to do two photo shoots in Hong Kong, including one at PASM the day after the workshop was over, with model Phuong Rouzaire, one of the two models at the workshop.
A great time was truly had by all and we can’t wait for Emily and Vic to return to Hong Kong.
One of the more popular current models in Hong Kong goes by the stage name Angelababy. She’s been in several films, released some records, has her name attached to some restaurants and other businesses – all by the age of 23. I’ve got no idea if she possesses any actual talent but she’s certainly easy on the eyes.
(It’s been rumored that she’s undergone extensive plastic surgery to achieve her current look, which would not be unusual in this part of the world.)
Why mention her in a blog post here (aside from the opportunity to run a picture of a pretty girl)? Well, she was a spokesmodel for Panasonic. And she leaked Panasonic’s GF5 camera to the world by posting a photo of it on Instagram. Panasonic has retaliated – canceling her contract, demanding a full refund on her contract plus 10% additional as a “penalty.” If you’re interested, you can view the original story here (in Chinese) and a partial translation and discussion here. The matter will be settled in a Beijing court.
Someone should have told her to stick to posting pictures of her meals on Instagram.