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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

Dollface Cosmetics S/S Lookbook 2012

Dollface Cosmetics shows you how to rock the vivid and neon trend that’s hot this summer.


Again, it was a pleasure working with Pearl Sarcauga, the young super entrepreneur behind Dollface Cosmetics. She is an amazing, very driven businesswoman in her early 20s. It was also the first time I actually got to meet Eden Villarba, the electric fashionable style from Chic in the Tropics who did a great job styling the lookbook. And of course, shy newcomer Queenie from Wafer Models Philippines.
Great team! :)

We shot at the Dolled Up Studio on a Sunday. I used my trusty old flash and medium-sized soft box with a white background and we were all good to go. Felt so great to do something creative again. I’ve been super busy with work and a sideline business, this blog entry is even old news. Altho kinda half knocked-out, I’m forcing myself to blog because this entry has been procrastinated for as long as I can take.

Our simple set.

Make-up palettes for all.
Eden checking out Facebook. We were on live stream during the whole shoot! Did you see us?

Masterfully perfecting that winged eyeliner effect. The secret is revealed: use tape!

The pretty studio where you can check out the make-up and have lessons in Eden’s Place.

Taking BTS shots in between make-up and styling changes. Elo.

This weekend I’ll be shooting for an online accessories brand which I’m so proud about! They have beautiful hand-made pieces that suit all kinds of occasions. For now I’m keeping it a secret, but stay tuned to check out their S/S campaign which I am so excited to shoot for on Saturday.
model: Queenie of Wafer Models Philippines
photographer: Anne Lorraine Uy
make-up artist / layout: Pearl Sarcauga of Dollface Cosmetics
stylist: Eden Villarba of Chic in the Tropics
shot at the Dolled Up Studio located at the Ground flr of Eden’s Place corner C. Rosal & Acacia St. Brgy. Camputhaw, Cebu City.