Mandaue Foam Awesummer Sale 2013
Here’s another one from the backlog, my first photoshoot for Mandaue Foam! This shoot was one of the projects that made me realize how I much wish I could concentrate on advertising photography. The feeling I experience throughout the creative process is similar to when I used to shoot my photostories back in university.
Marienella Calderon from OZAR Models and Catherine Heiser from Stacy’s Exclusive
The make-up is by Raisa again. I’m not very sure, but I think this was the first time I worked with her! Which was the first of many shoots and collaborations to follow. 😀
I met up with Ryan Uy and Michille Seveses-Perez from Mandaue Foam, together with Yanyan (Gillian Uang of By Details) who I’ve had the pleasure of working with before. This shoot was one of the easiest projects I’ve ever done, because they already had a specific idea about how they wanted the photos to come out, from the post-processing to the number of layouts and direction. Yanyan was the creative director for this campaign, as well as the stylist of the models and set layouts! All I had to do was refer some models from agents I’ve already worked with, and send some pegs to the team to make sure we had a mutual understanding about the mood/theme we were heading for.
So of course, summer photoshoots and pretty girls in swimsuits wouldn’t scream SUMMER without the glorious B-E-A-C-H! But the problem with this kind of shoot is the people, it’s almost impossible to take photos at a nice beach without having people photobombing or disturbing the background (cloning out beachgoers? = Photoshop nightmare)… So we needed to find a fairly secluded beach.
Solution: We took a van all the way to a private beach house in San Remigio, which was REALLY far away from the big cities. It’s at the very very tip of Cebu! lol
I am dead sure the drive wasn’t just an hour and 25 minutes…. Google Maps, you lie.
It was super hot that day. One of the challenges was keeping the lighting consistent since the clouds would come over, leave and come back again, forcing me to keep shifting my camera settings. It was all good though thanks to a great team (Fritz was my assistant for that day)!
Yay for team shots. This is outdoorsy Cebu, chill people, super sunny and tropical with coconut trees almost everywhere~
Always happy to see my photo works blown up with great graphic design (c/o Michille)!
Creative Direction: Gillian Uang of By Details and Ryan Uy
Models: Marienella Calderon from OZAR Models and Catherine Heiser from Stacy’s Exclusive
Photography: Anne Lorraine Uy
Make-up: Raisa Bercede
Hair: Shyra Qyumbi
Fashion and Set Stylist: Gillian Uang
Swimsuits: Cesa PH
Assistants: Fritz Cañedo, Princess Lim and Kirtz Aniol
Rejoice! My Internet connection is back. Everything is as normal as day again.
One time not too long ago, someone commented on my photography… and why I only shoot girls. I was honestly surprised since I didn’t really shoot only girls. Because, in my defense, I think I’ve shot dogs, food, landscapes, skyscapes, seascapes, architecture and boys too (Royce Gracie should even increment that by a hundred).
Anyway, it wasn’t anything offensive to me but it did give me an idea of shooting men in a photostory. I was like, “Why not?” and tried giving it a go. So after a time of brewing ideas I thought of asking Eddie and Doyzkie for a shoot! A few months after this was how it went…
Full photostory [here]
Models/wardrobe: Edd Buenaviaje & Doyzkie Buenaviaje
Stylist: Gillian Uang
Photos/post-processing: Anne Lorraine Uy (me)
I asked Gillian/Yanyan to be the stylist for this shoot but since she’s a pretty girl herself, I asked her to come as a model too. She was a good sport as I directed her with some couple shots with Edd. And I should say she did a great job styling her according to the pegs I gave. I was really impressed with her and the wardrobe the boys had. They brought the whole closet!
Okay maybe not the whole closet… But they brought a lot of tasteful clothes for men.
Yanyan told me of her surprise since she didn’t think men like the Buenaviaje brothers existed here in Cebu.
Yanyan: “Where did you find these guys, Anne??”
She was pointing out that the general male population here are too simple to care about dressing up deliberately. In contrast, these guys actually had great fashion senses! I’m really proud to know them.
Look who came by to support the guys~ Aweee.
Thanks for the behind-the-scenes photos, Nowie!
And the more mature cosmopolitan look for Doyzkie.
Here’s my very pretty stylist as she plays along for a couple shot.
This is the shot in my head that started the whole photostory idea for me.
I honestly didn’t expect that I’d come to fondly post-process this photostory. It was enriching since it was my first real shoot with men as the main subjects. I must say, it is predictably easier shooting women than men tho still, I think it’s important to be able to direct both as a photographer.
I’ve learned to be quiet and listen more lately.
Oh, and if you’re impressed with the styling visit Yanyan’s Lookbook
to see more of her looks.
“Proportion is everything.” -Gillian Uang
Mind tricks on you.Full FB album [here]
model: Ayana Jara Jordan Jimenez
make-up/photography/post-processing: me (Anne Lorraine Uy)
hair/stylist/wardrobe: Gillian Uang of Detail By Details
jewelry: Neil Felipp San Pedro
lighting master: John Borga assisted by Germaine Uang
Special thanks to the Garcia family for venue shoot! They’re really sooo nice and I owe them so much for their support and hospitality. They have the most awesome place. It’s in the same compound where I shot Fragile, my geisha shoot.
So yes, I skipped work again for this! HAHA But of course, I made up for it by doing over time. I’m almost through with my 350 hour requirement to complete my OJT. Can’t wait! Being assistant project manager is cool, but sometimes it gets kind of stressful.
First off, make-up care of me again. For this shoot I imagined a sophisticated mature look for Ayana. I wanted to make her look more mature since she’s only 17 years old. To emphasize her beautiful brown eyes, I opted for a gold shade to bring out her eye color and a gray/blackish shade to define the eye shape. While I was doing Ayana’s make-up, Yanyan did her hair.
First photo by Yanyan and the second by John.
I only had one shade of foundation so it made her face whiter, but I balanced it with lots of bronzer. On the second photo Ayana kinda looks scared of what I was doing. But I assure you she loved the make-up after I was through.
On another note, I need a make-up bag! I buy lots of make-up for my concept shoots but I don’t have a proper place to put them in. Must scout for one when I’m abroad. Probably cheaper there. And oh, after this shoot, I can further prove that anyone who knows at least basic painting can do good make-up! I’m no expert but I think the make-up turned out good enough.
She’s still so young. Modeling can totally be an option for her coupled with her super sweet and nice personality.
We first stayed in the living room and took a few shots of the first dress. John tried strobing at first but later on I decided that natural light would be best. And I miss shooting with natural light too.
It was fine to rely on the sun at this time since it was still around 4PM. So we used the interiors of the house until it got a little dark.
I absolutely love Nike’s (Neil Felipp) jewelries! This one here is from the Cleo Collection.
There’s a white version that I prefer more though. So beautiful.Facebook like page [here]
It’s really amazing how we can all pull of something like this with our age. I’m really impressed by how there are so many young and talented people around Cebu.
Watch out Manila! Lol, just kidding.
People are probably wondering how I conceptualized this so I’ll share my inspirations for this shoot. I actually wanted to do something like this since I saw the Vivien shoot of Yoon Eun Hye
last year. And yes, she’s my ultimate girl crush! Love everything about her. Such a talented young woman with an amazing personality.
But the pegs I gave for Yanyan weren’t the ones there of course (since that’s a lingerie ad). My pegs were of Yoon Eun Hye’s recent shoot for Cartier Korea. Thus having jewelry as an edge was also thanks to Neil. I also gave Ayana a video to study for the poses I wanted her to do. Heehee. It’s easier to give out your directions when the model already has an idea of how it looks like.
The ultimate chameleon Korean model/actress/singer/dancer, Yoon Eun Hye.
I also realized how convenient having a stylist is. My definition of a stylist would be – someone who runs around and tries to find all the clothes for you! Also, she would be someone who has awesome fashion sense and knows all the trends and styles of today. Amazing and cool really. I think Yanyan could be the young Liz Uy of Cebu. She’s so good at it!
After a while of shooting at the living room, we then proceeded to the building a distance away from the house. Took a few shots of the lower ground since the chandelier was too beautiful to miss. I got ready with my props (500 sheets of bond papers from National Bookstore lol) and told everyone to go up the seventh floor.
A shoot will never be complete without me having my model do a hair flip.
Precariously perched. But don’t worry, there were a lot of us ready to catch her.
Ayana brought her friends with her during the shoot too. How cute and supportive they were. :)) Yanyan brought us donuts to eat during the break. I initially planned this shoot to only last for 3 hours but it actually went on for 5 hours. I think I get carried away a lot when I’m in the zone.
I’m still not comfortable with the idea of using Elmer’s Glue for lash glue though.
The people at CAFA are really something. Resourceful would be an understatement.
Since I immediately met up with everyone after school, I didn’t bother changing at all. Because again, I really planned this shoot to be kind of quick since I was supposedly gonna bring Ayana back to school at around 5PM for dance practice. But later on she said she decided to skip it, so the rest of the day was dedicated to ByDetails then.
I also realized it was difficult to have a quick shoot when there are five outfit changes. Thanks John for the behind-the-scenes shots.
While I was shooting Ayana, I remembered a scene that I really wanted to take and discussed it with Yanyan to help me explain it to Ayana. It involved her having to sit on the table though. I was really really relieved we didn’t destroy it even with both Ayana and I on it, or else I would’ve died on the spot thinking of how I’d be able to repay my friend.
I’m really thankful I was able to work with such a wonderful team in this shoot. Yanyan, Germaine and Nike helped with the throwing of papers in the shots above! John was great with lights as usual and my friend’s super cool place was undeniably photogenic.
And by the way, this seven story place is for RENT! Probably more appealing to foreigners though so contact me if you find anyone interested. It’s also possible to rent it as office space since there are a lot of floors.
Gillian (Yanyan) Uang, me, Ayana Jimenez and Neil Felipp (Nike) San Pedro.
I know Yanyan already shared this but it was really funny that the three of us had Yan as nicknames. Yanyan, Yan and as for mine it’s derived from Ariane. That’s my real given nickname (not Anney) but only my relatives and really close friends call me that.
So a person going “Yan!” would probably make the three of us turn around. Haha.
After all this, congratulations to Yanyan
for By Details
‘ 25-minute sold out on all the chic clothes above! Watch out for the next four photographers to deliver the shop’s next collections! This would be featuring works from Paolo Manalac
, Armand Alforque
, Lea Ann
and Hannah Bacalla
These shots are just a handful from what I post-processed though. The rest can be found on my Facebook like page but some I’m keeping for a probable video experiment I’m going to do on my spare time.
So enough with my hobbies for a week while midterms keeps me occupied. I’m leaving for Hong Kong and China next week right after too so I’ll be back with photos from my travel again~ Cheerio!