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Can You Say Ulzzang?

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models/styling/concept: Joanah Uy & Alandia Enomoto
make-up/styling/concept: Michelle Uy
photos/post-processing/direction: Anne Lorraine Uy (me)

A few months ago Al and Mich invited me to a casual shoot with the concept of ulzzang. If you’ve been around the asian Internet scene I’m sure you’ve encountered this word at least once. If now you find yourself totally ignorant, you can click here to know more.

I don’t have a photo of Mich doing the make-up. :( But she’s getting more and more awesome at it. I’m really proud of her! She’s a great artist as well and has been doing her own shoots lately since she’s off from tons of Chemical Engineering schoolwork. Keep it up Mich! *hearts*

Starbucks Caramel Cream Frappuccino.

We went around the places near our houses just to shoot Alandia and Joan for fun. Paseo Arcenas was fairly near so we headed there first. I missed the Caramel Cream Frap so I grabbed one while shooting. That’s me waiting for our next move while Mich did her shots on the girls.

These girls actually have a good wig collection, I’ve noticed.

Mich’s younger sister, Joanah Uy.

Their adopted sister, Alandia Enomoto.

Not only wigs but cool footwear too.

After a few shots here we drove out since the sky started to dim and rain (ah, the weather lately…).

But on the bright side, it’s a good sign that it’s almost Christmas!

We ended up at Autofocus, a car shop which is owned by Mich’s uncle. They actually had a really cool store display but I failed to take nice photos of it since I didn’t bring my UWA lens.

Look at all those shiny rims~

Posing with a cherry red Toyota Yaris.

Bokeh bokeh, baby.

Thanks to Caleb Uy’s dad (Sorry I dunno his name. I’ve been working with a lot of Uys lately but it’s weird that I’m not even closely related to any of them) for being so game! I think he really enjoyed watching us shoot the girls. At least it wasn’t a normal boring work day for some people at the shop.

Came and entertained!
Probably not the usual girls you see posing with cars huh.

Chic Sophisticate for Detail ByDetails.

Mind tricks on you.
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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.

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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.
Argh, uniform.
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.

All the scrap paper here are now used to print the slides for my midterms next week. lol.

I have further plans for shots like this in the future since I was kind of limited this time.

And this is probably how every student will feel after midterms!

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!

Romance of a Doll.

Erica Tudtud of AD Models as Doll.
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A real love story.

Models/styling/wardrobe: Erica Tudtud of AD Models and Ed Chua.
Make-up/styling/hair: Marion Alcasid
Lighting: John Borga and Johan Sisno
Photos/PP/direction: me (Anne Lorraine Uy)
Shoot with: Lea Ann and Paolo Crodua

Special thanks to Mark Chan for venue shoot.

This is my second time working with Erica. The first was for my geisha concept.

And yes, that is Erica’s real life boyfriend. :) Everything was really natural since they’re both so in love IRL.

A posed and a candid lovey-dovey shot. Aweeeee~

First off, I’d really like to point out that I loved Erica’s make-up in this shoot. Having a true make-up artist come and take over was really something new for me. It made me realize I’m such a noob with make-up! And that it’s really different when the pros share their magic and collaborate with you.

I mean look at that! The precision, the skillz. The real deal.
Oh and Marion didn’t do much with Ed. I think he just straightened his hair and put light foundation.

He and Erica already worked together before this shoot so all went smoothly.
Spot the little top hat I bought in Bangkok? (used it on Alandia before too)

Erica bought her rose top when she went on a vacation to Bangkok (ah, ultimate shopping place indeed) and had someone make that rose choker to match her outfit. This shoot was planned since the summer but we only got to shoot around early this month.

Mark’s dog, Trevor, loved putting things in his mouth. We caught him chewing on Mark’s slippers so I immediately got the idea of letting him hold Erica’s roses!

Talking about the concept. This was originally Erica’s concept as she was inspired by the discovery of that rose top. When she got back from her vacation she texted me for a shoot and talked about roses and stripes (yes, of course it was still vague for me at that time). So okay, as the days went on I started thinking about it while doing usual mundane tasks, and ideas would just suddenly pop out.. *this is how my creativity flows* Before I’d sleep ideas would come again… And thus concepts and little details would keep changing as time goes by.

Ed’s hands were guided by Mark’s since Ed didn’t actually know how to play.
You can actually see Trevor at the lower right. He likes to be where the action is~

Working with Erica is seamless as she is already very skilled in posing and putting out the right facial expressions.

Therefore I think my concepts are greatly relative to time frames… Somehow I never can make them objectively, or at least have never successfully tried to.

But the wardrobe and Ed’s styling was all done by Erica herself. Not only is she good at modeling, she also has an arsenal of good ideas when working with concept shoots.

Another great help here is John’s being a social butterfly (lol am I using the term right?). He has lots of friends who have cool houses and Mark’s was one of them. I was able to first utilize the place during John’s lingerie shoot (which is only available at my FB to selected people 20 years old and above) and then here, now with my concept. I invited Lea, Kuya Johan who in turn brought Marion, and Mara to shoot too but Mara was busy so she’s M.I.A here. Lea brought Paolo too by the way. Nice tidbit for the Lea-Pao fans. :))

The most notable aspects of the party room were the wallpaper and the blank frame.

The black markings on the wallpaper are my idea of discreet burned wings. Random stuff.

A candid shot of Erica retouching her make-up. Erica’s form is really supermodel-like.

As you can see, Ed patiently waits on the sideline. It was amazing that he had no complaints about anything. Let him wear this or do that, whatnot, he had no qualms.

So no wonder it’s no surprise to know that he’s always the proud supportive boyfriend who’s always there when Erica has shoots or fashion shows! Aweeee

The Erica-Ed duo. Ed’s not really modeling right now but I won’t be surprised if he decides to.

Oh and to prove Cebu’s really small, Ed and I are actually next-door neighbors! I used to go to his house a lot when I was little to play with his youngest sister. Looking back, who would’ve thought I’d become a photographer and shoot him and his future girlfriend ey? Life, amazing.

Fun shots for me again. Hee.

If you guys have been following Gillian Uang, you’d know I’ll be one of the five photographers for her big batch 5 concept shoot for By Details. I’ll be shooting at my high school classmate’s house again this Tuesday. I’m sooo excited for reasons that I will not reveal yet. =D heehee.

So busy, busy, busy.

Til then, I’ll be busy doing a few set extensions for the movie that’s gonna be shown for our acquaintance party. It’s a sci-fi one where it involves two survivors battling aliens in our own USC TC campus.

I’m probably gonna blog about it so geeks prepare! It was really cool watching my classmates edit the video. They’re pro with After Effects and Particle Illusion. Ah, if I had time I’d self-teach myself really.. So awesome CG is. *.*

Unrelated Plug:

Ink’d facebook page [here].

And that is all John’s fault I’m wearing the blue tee!! T_T Ahh, I’m really not used to being the one taken a picture of honestly.. But anyway, I will help advertise because I like the shirts! Haha

The designs remind me of those state university tees in America. I might take a clearer picture soon. Good quality for good price already! So order your tees now! :)


Literal Introspect.
model: Rizbelle Blanch Ostrea
MUA/stylist/concept/PP/photos/direction: me (Anne Uy)
lighting master: John Borga
shoot with Mara Mejos

To start off, somebody asked me about the make-up I did on Riz so I’ll talk about that. Actually, her friend was supposed to do her make-up but canceled on the last minute because something suddenly came up. (Too bad! I was really looking forward to another make-up artist coming in. I really like the idea of collaboration.)

Anyway, here’s a little something I drew for her so she could visualize what I wanted for the shoot.

Gold to turquoise eye make-up in theory.

Applied in real life! (The turquoise looks green because of the yellow lighting)
So do I pass? =D

I’ve never attended make-up classes or anything, but my knowledge in basic drawing and painting skills has always helped me in a lot of aspects and unsurprisingly, that applies to the art of make-up! I have a lot of make-up stuff but I only use them for big events or parties (like twice or thrice a year. lol). Most of it I buy only for my models or for shoots. I treat my make-up stuff like my art stuff! It’s a lot of fun actually.

Click the picture to zoom if needed. Photo by John Borga.

So here’s the list of the make-up used in this shoot:

Eyebrows: Beauty Bar taupe eyebrow pencil (Riz’s own)
Foundation: The Face Shop foundation with SPF 15 (I’m not sure if she used it here. Just took this from her formspring)
Eyes: The Body Shops Shimmer Squares in velvet browns, Suily #2, Maybelline waterproof expert eyeliner
Lips: The Face Shop Color-full Lip Pallete #1
Cheeks: Penshoppe Bronzer
And The Body Shop shimmer powder all over face.
So that’s about it. The make-up’s really simple compared to my other shoots.
The main concept of this shoot kept changing and changing as we kept postponing the date. It took a while before we could find a good time when both of us were free. Until then, I went around and bought some tule and turquoise cloth that I thought of using for my concept. As I’ve said in another entry, this shoot was inspired by John Willian Waterhouse’s painting of Boreas from Greek Mythology.
Most of the shots were taken in my aunt’s room. I chose it for the big windows on one side and the floral wallpaper.
My guess would be she’s politely laughing at John making some corny joke.
It would probably be a bit funny to look at our set-up from another point of view because we were three photographers fumbling to get that angle without obscuring another’s–climbing on chairs and going through obstacles. Haha! It was full of laughs and another experience for me dealing with a new model.
Eventually, we took it outside but I didn’t want her to stay out for a long time cause of the scorching heat. I fear damaging her perfect skin. :))
Sun dance.
With the flowers in my terrace.
Mara bought mojos and pizza from Shakey’s for snacks. I told her to ask around what Riz’s favorite food are from any of her friends. I think we shot for around 3 hours and a half excluding make-up and styling time.
We didn’t really strobe so much for this shoot but this is one shot with it.
It’s not obvious but we used the same green bounce card from the slumber party shoot. Aside from that, it’s all manual aperture and shutter speed with natural light.
In a blink of an eye.
I’d like to thank Rizbelle, John and Mara for the time and fun! Especially to Rizbelle who was a pleasure to shoot. :)
To close this entry, I’d like to congratulate Fretzie Bercede and everyone who supported her. She placed third in this year’s teen edition of Pinoy Big Brother!

Geisha shoot + Karina + Fretzie + Bangs FTW

model: Erica Tudtud of AD Models
stylist: Michelle Uy
MUA/photos/PP: Anne Lorraine Uy (me)
lighting master: John Borga
shoot wit: Lea Ann, Mara Mejos & Joanah Uy

Yours truly as the make-up artist again.
I’d really appreciate it if someone would intern/practice as an MUA for our shoots really. I enjoy doing my models’ make-up but it’s nice to have other ideas come in for a change.
That’s Mara and I in the second picture. She’s really shy about people taking pictures of her even though she’s awesomesauce herself. Thanks John for the BTS shots again.

This would not have been possible without the hospitality of my high school classmate’s family. Special thanks to the Garcia family for venue shoot. Their house is full of awesome!

I met up with Erica and John at the Banilad Town Center at around 1:30PM then proceeded to the venue. There we caught up with Michelle, Joanah, Mara and Lea. I did Erica’s make-up and we started shooting in the “Japanese room”.

I loved the sliding Japanese doors the best! John played with external flashes once again and we all just went around and shot Erica in different angles. lol. It was more of all of us bonding than concentrating on the shoot in the end.

We ended up going around the house because John wanted an “umbrella” shot.
Sadly, it rained shortly afterward so we went back in after a few shots and gave Erica a break.

It’s like Spring Love.

For those of you who have no idea, modeling is really stressful so it’s important not to tire out your model or else it’ll show up in your photos. I brought some kopi buns for everyone and the house served us iced tea. (Thank you~)

I’ve always wanted a Geisha shoot like forever. I’m glad Erica contacted me because I instantly had an epiphany the moment I saw her profile pictures. (Photography epiphanies. lol.)

In other news, two of my models need love and support from all of you!

Karina Nikko Gajudo for Miss Mandaue 2010

The final selection night will be on May 3, 2010 at the Mandaue City Plaza Square and the Grand Coronation Night will be on May 6, 2010.

You can support her by texting MSMANDAUE POLL N send to 9977 for SMART subscribers only. Online voting is going on from APRIL 21 – MAY 6 at 8pm only.

Or you can vote for her online. Here’s the finalist page and vote for Candidate #14. Go Kin!

Fretzie Joans Bercede for Pinoy Big Brother Teen Clash of 2010

She’s not nominated for eviction so she’s safe this week but in the following months to come, please support her! I’m saying this with bias and knowing that the whole country probably loves her by now. Haha. Plug: Fretzie’s FB fanpage!

My late April Fool’s day gimmick. Clip-on bangs FTW. Got them from my Bangkok trip for those of you who are curious as to where to get them. Elsewhere? I have no idea. Irl I don’t think I’m gonna go for this look now. I already look too young for comfort.