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Zee Lifestyle: Urban Oasis

Zee Lifestyle: Urban Oasis

Zee Lifestyle May 2013 Fashion Editorial: Urban Oasis

Last year in the summer, I was tasked to shoot another fashion editorial for Zee Lifestyle under the creative direction of David Jones Cua. If you’ve been following my work, you might remember that I’ve praised him over and over again on my blog every time I work with him to shoot for the magazine. He has a brilliant, young creative mind and it’s a breeze to collaborate with him; I usually end up surprising myself with what I was able to accomplish in terms of artistic photography when I take on a project that’s spearheaded by him!

That being said, I miss these kinds of photoshoots… *sigh*

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The famous celebrity MAC makeup artist, Jigs Mayuga, and his assistant, Pong Niu, doing their magic on Nicole from Wafer Models

Zee Lifestyle: Urban Oasis

Jigs is truly a master of his craft, just look at how subtle and translucent, but beautiful the makeup turned out making it look so natural. Makeup that doesn’t change the face, but enhances it.

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It really impressed me how he and the whole team were so proactive throughout the photoshoot, making sure to check and retouch makeup details here and there, wipe off sweat from Nicole, fix up any strays from her coiffed hair, and even helped with the fit of her clothes. True professionals. I’m hoping to work with Jigs again in the future if the opportunity comes… Because really, who can forget those aqua streaked / electric blue highlights?

We shot at the infinity pool of Best Western Plus Lex in Escario, Cebu, thanks to Ryan Tanchan the hotelier. It was a hot day, as usual in Cebu, which made for the perfect condition in achieving our theme for the photoshoot. Can you guess what it is from the shots? :)

Zee Lifestyle: Urban Oasis

Well yea, the title did give it away….

This fashion editorial was inspired by desert oases (did you know that the plural form for “Oasis” is “Oases”!? lol sorry, logophile moment)! David particularly stressed how important it was to have that “desert sky blue” in this editorial. I also made sure to emphasize the golden yellow tones of the desert. Side note: as I composed this blog post I always spell “desert” as “dessert” first. Mmm.

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Sven Chua, headhunter for Wafer Models Philippines, talking to David Jones Cua, Zee Lifestyle Youth Editor

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 Pong Niu retouching Nicole. This photo struck me when I saw the thumbnail. Nicole’s strong features remind me of those old Greek statues of women (but of course thinner). It’s not a surprise that models look like heavenly beings I suppose.

And guess what, I think she was just 16 years old when I took these photos. I don’t know why I’m always surprised at how my Caucasian-Asian models look so mature for their age. Then again, it’s common for models to start their careers at 16.
Zee Lifestyle: Urban OasisFor that last layout, Nicole’s dad arrived and acted out the supportive father role, even making fun of her and joking around. It’s unusual that I see fathers who are supportive of their young daughter’s modelling careers. Most of the “uncles” I know would keep their daughter in a closet and single for life if they could (but that’s a secret they would never tell).

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This is an example of how I would be willing to do absolutely anything to get that perfect shot. Even risking serious injury by standing on a high ledge? lol.

But as with all productions, safety measures are taken into account: David held one of the belt loops on my pants and Ryan supervised the model.

Sittings Editor: Shari Quimbo
Creative Director: David Jones Cua
Photography: Anne Lorraine Uy
Fashion Assistant: Lor Yutico
Dresses and accessories: Mia Arcenas
Hair: Gino Fonghe (Matrix Professional Hair & Color)
Makeup: Jigs Mayuga (MAC Cosmetics) assisted by Pong Niu
Model: Nicole Jordan (Wafer Models)
Locale: Best Western Plus Lex Cebu Rooftop Pool

The Stylogist: Glamour in Detail

Okay, quick post! Worked with the cute girls behind The Stylogist again for another collection of theirs/here’s the first one. If you’ve been following my work for a few years, you’ll definitely find the setting of this next set of photos familiar. Clue clue?

beautiful backdrop = easier editing job = pretty photos = happy photographer & client

What I especially enjoy about shooting fashion is how limitless the possibilities are. I can experiment freely with how I post-process and direct models ala editorial style. It definitely pumps up my creative juices and I find myself with a new arsenal of editing techniques to carry on to the next photoshoot.

For this collection, the dresses were mostly sophisticated chic so I tried using muted and milky tones but still keeping it a little dark. Definitely love how it came out! What do you think? 😀

If you like any of the clothes, check out their Facebook page [here]. All of them are designed and tailored and you can also have made-to-order variations according to your taste.

Models: Maybelle Huang, Janine Gesalem & Justy Gesalem
Stylist: Janine Gesalem
Shoes: R Shoes
Makeup: Anne Lorraine Uy (haha yes I did some makeup for themlast minute)
& Janine Gesalem
Photography: Anne Lorraine Uy
Location: Garcia Residence

EDIT: Was supposed to attend the Nuffnang Road Show today at The Henry Hotel but I woke up too late from being sick yesterday.. :(

The Stylogist: Lace Garden Collection

I have too many overdue posts… T.T I’m sure most of you have already seen this collection from my Facebook posts and portfolio site, so sorry for the untimely blog post (read: 4 months old!) Lately I’ve been busy with a lot of advertising and commercial works, plus a 3-day prewedding shoot at Sumilon and other things… My domain name is also set to expire next month so I have to do something about that. Above all things, Thank You Lord for a lot of work opportunities! I am a super happy girl contented with life right now. *happy dance*

Pearl from Dolled Up Makeup Supply & Studio did the makeup for this collection once again.

I was really impressed by how she made different natural looks that all complemented this dainty floral theme. So pretty! <3

Click to read more about this photoshoot~

What A Girl Wants PreFall 2011

Many months ago I shot for WAGW again and consecutively photographed for three campaigns! It’s always a pleasure working with KryzJackaye and Diane Uy. They are all such a pleasure to work with–professional, lovely and generous women with of course, an inborn flair for fashion.

I don’t have any decent BTS photos coz I lost the ones from Kryz and Kaye! :( Saaaaadness. You could have seen my super assistant who is also my beloved brother from another mother and the many many clothes WAGW stocks up when they shoot.

Anyway, you can click on the corresponding titles of the campaigns and it’ll lead to the whole collection. These are a few months late already so some may not be in stock anymore.


Nina Calimbas.

Olga Moriles. One of the easiest girls I have shot to date. So pro.
Ika Empleo and Kaye Homecillo.

Olga Moriles.

 Kaye Homecillo. I remember that she had such a sweet smile.
Happy shopping at What A Girl Wants! :)
photography: Anne Lorraine Uy
assistant: Jon Ong 
stylist: Kryz Uy
make-up: Pops Capul

TotalGirl:The New Stars of Style

August 2011 Issue with Emma Watson on the cover.
I went to Manila a couple of months ago to shoot for TotalGirl Philippines again. This time it was going to be for a shorter fashion feature pegged on the looks of Elle Fanning (younger sis of my fave child actress Dakota Fanning), Hailee Steinfield (honestly don’t know her) and Willow Smith (but who doesn’t know her?)
My pretty young models :3
Coincidentally, I’ve worked with Maureen and Denise for the last January editorial of TG this year. They are a breeze to work with just like the last time, having those perfect looks and pearly-white smiles generic in any leading magazine. In short, naturally beautiful and photogenic models of tomorrow. Of course, same goes with half-German darling Ashleigh. 
 Channeling the Retro Fashionista: Elle Fanning

Gracing the Glamourous Girl Next Door: Hailee Steinfield

 Exuding the Fierce Free Spirit: Willow Smith

 And some of you might have gone “I whip my hair back and forth”.

The magazine is still as bright as sunshine and lovely for preteen girls filled with dreams. Whoever does the layout for TG, I give kudos to you! It’s always creative and funky fresh.

Because I needed more space in the tiny hotel room. Anything for that angle!
My photoshoot and child-friendly look achieved by cutting my colored skinny jeans short. I’ve done it to most of mine already since I’m beginning to hate the suffocating feeling of pants. Plus, these half-cut pants (what do you call these formally?) paired with a long shirt make me look quite taller. A simple fashion tip from a fashion nobody like me. 😉
Once again, I’d like to acknowledge the bubbly creative mind behind these shoots, Katsu Modomo. Thank you for the opportunity and for believing in me once again even if I did have some mishaps shooting indoors. I am forever grateful.
Styling: Jacque de Borja of Stylebible.PH
Photography: Anne Lorraine Uy
Assistant: Brian Jefferson Tan
Editor-in-Chief: Shiloah Matic-Ma
 Art Direction: Katsu Modomo
Sittings Editor: Krizette Chu
Production Designer: Genie Ranada-Babista
Make-up: Ria Gamboa
Hair: Borge Aloba for L’Oreal Professional
Models: Maureen Decripito, Ashleigh Nordstrom and Denise Samson
Locale: Manila Marriot Hotel


Unrelated stuff on the table, happy birthday to one of my favorite bloggers who also happens to be my dear friend Chip Young! *hearts*
There are a lot of us sharing our birthdays this month. I was thinking about what to blog about for my birthday and came back with no idea. Hmm… Does anyone have any particular questions for me? If so, you can comment below and I’ll try my best to answer them for the heck of it on my birthday. :) Take care everyone!