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*
The famous celebrity MAC makeup artist, Jigs Mayuga, and his assistant, Pong Niu, doing their magic on Nicole from Wafer Models
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.
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?
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.
Sven Chua, headhunter for Wafer Models Philippines, talking to David Jones Cua, Zee Lifestyle Youth Editor
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.
For 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).
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
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
February 2012 Design Issue of Zee Lifestyle
(my first cover shoot!)
Months ago I shot for Zee Lifestyle again, this time for a personal feature on Lani Pasquet. Here’s what Island Souvenirs says about her:
“Lani, at the age of 25 has already been around the world. She even lived in a boat for three years — but Cebu is where she found home. Lani is currently the Marketing Head for La Galuche(which means stingray in French), a leading manufacturer of furniture and accessories in Cebu.” Read more…
If I’m not mistaken, this was shot when I was still early on in my programming job… Getting shoots scheduled is quite a hurdle these days since I’m only free on weekends.
Makes me sad but I’ve learned to just be patient and understanding about it. Currently working on a few things in preparation for a year plus’s milestone. I’m praying it will all go well. I might share some insights when I’m readily capable and credible of doing so. (Hint hint, financial literacy and independence in your youth)
Zee Lifestyle’s talented people: Mikey Sanchez, Katsy Borromeo and David Cua.
Working for a fashion and lifestyle magazine looks quite fun and glamorous but it has its fair share of stress and drama. Zee is a magazine I’ve worked with quite a lot ever since David came in and I’m really thankful for all the opportunities. Too bad I didn’t get a shot of Daneeka, who is currently doing her internship there. It’s always interesting to know what goes on behind the scenes. Makes you appreciate the outcome more.
So here are some of the photos taken at the Crimson Resort & Spa. The weather was dreadful that day. Drizzling, dark and pouring every now and then. We envisioned a bright and sunny shoot so it was a bit difficult since the peg had to take a totally opposite turn. Thankfully, I was able to save the photos again (I hope you think so too). Haha!
With her brother.
Summer beach vibe on a somewhat stormy day.
And the cover that didn’t make it.
I particularly loved that last shot. We were racing against time as the sun was leaving us second by second, thus the dimness of this particular one compared to the others. I was hoping for a sunset but it never came. But I think the elements created a different mood for it all, unexpected but hey, I actually like it.
Here’s a clearer photo of this beautiful sheer digitally printed paint-splatter dress by Mia Arcenas, a young and talented designer, who is also running for Bb. Pilipinas 2012.
Thank you Mia for being such a good sport and letting us drench your dress for the love of art.
Right now I’m packing for my trip to Singapore and Malaysia. Going to Singapore for the nth time, I don’t even feel like taking touristy pictures anymore. I love staying there for even a couple of days since my relatives there are the best! Been traveling to SG alone since I was 18 (unaccompanied minor pass). It’s getting to be like a second home to me.
Vacation with my family for a week = YAY. I miss hanging out with my sister and aunt.. Thank God our vacation leaves are pro-rated. Heehee.
One of the most challenging editorials I’ve done yet again with my favorite sittings editor and creative director, David Cua. Hello world, meet David!
Sorry, he’s a bit shy. 😛
If you’ve already grabbed the magazine I think most of you wouldn’t expect this particular editorial to be done by me. The Preservation was a tease on the future of plastic surgery, wherein instead of having the face/body parts fixed, one can just purchase the appropriate part and attach it instead. Meet my lovely humanoid, modeled by the very talented Rogelie Catacutan and face art by Joe Branzuela.
Here’s a little unveiling of the magic for the curious.
Rough draft… And final result.
Each humanoid took roughly 3-4 hours of work… With a lot of tweaking from time to time (coz I’m OC like that).
The beautiful wallpaper is what you see when you visit Anya’s Place. A recently opened studio+decor+bistro. Wanna try a new hang out for a change?
Here’s the creative director in action with the headgear he made himself!!
I feel very blessed to have been able to work with such passionate and talented people. I’m still in the midst of a crossroads but it seems I can’t let this go, photography, will probably always be a part of me. Maybe not commercially, but personally.
Aside from the editorial, I shot two beautiful fashionistas of the Fashion Femmes feature. Be sure to check these girls’ blogs if you like fashion and lifestyle. Warning: These are not your ordinary girls next door.
Samantha Elise Benitez. On the running for Elle x Nokia’s The Next Style Correspondent and current FIDM student in LA.
It’s not too late to grab the June issue of Zee Lifestyle! I’m still seeing them everywhere these days.
It was my first time working for Zee, and it was a learning experience once again. I’m really thankful I had the opportunity to work with David Cua. He’s the nicest and most professional young editor/manager/boss I’ve ever worked with!!
I shot the fashion editorial, The Callithump. It’s a unique concept merging cosplayer fashion and designer pieces. At first I was honestly nervous about the concept… I respect cosplay and admire the designer fashion world, but they were totally worlds apart! To bring them together seemed like something that would either be a huge hit or a major bashing issue waiting to happen.
Jessica and Edd Buenaviaje
Thankfully, the team was super so I think we were able to pull it off! What do you think? Oh and by the way, the two people (cosplayer and model wearing designer clothing) are both the same person! I had to do the doppelganger effect for this shoot.
It was nice seeing familiar faces again. I’ve shot Miles, Jessica and Edd already for my photostories before and they’re really easy to work with. Such sweet and nice kids. These cosplayers really have a special place in my heart since I’ve seen them “grow up” (we don’t have a huge age gap but I dunno why I feel this way. Haha!).
These are just some of the photos from the fashion editorial. If you want to see more, you can get Zee Lifestyle from your major bookstores. Thank you everyone for the support and Zee Lifestyle for the opportunity. I can’t thank you all enough for helping me reach this far. It’s been a really great experience.
Sittings editor: David Jones Cua
Photography: Anne Lorraine Uy
Lighting assistant: Ryan Riveral & John Borga
Fashion styling: Mia Arcenas & Alyssa Lao
Hair stylist: Mae Gonzaga
Make-up artists: Joe Branzuela, Arianna Gajudo & Christine Francia
Models: Jessica Ouano, Yuki Akai, Miles Semblante & Edd Buenaviaje of LINES
Production assistant: Rizbelle Ostrea
Locale: Bubble Bee Tea House & Family Park
Documentation: Trishia Lim