Again, in no particular order, Ryan Chua’s Top Ten Photo Shoots of 2010.
5. Study Breaks – This was my first cover shoot and story shoot for a magazine! Study Breaks is a Texas-based college magazine. The editor, Jenny Baker, approached me to do a shoot for their “Guys Reveal All” spread in their October 2010 issue. I was more than happy to collaborate. We did the shoot at Hooters in Hollywood (right across the famous Chinese Mann Theater) with seven LA models. Our cover models are Jeremy Pascual with Catherine Yoon and Kathryn Trail. It was a very fun and interesting shoot. I let the models loose to recreate the male to female interactions in a bar & capture realistic moments for the spread. I started to regret that decision after some of the male models really did flirt with the female models, and it was impossible to get them to listen to directions. Nonetheless, one of the most fun experiences I’ve had in a photo shoot. My photography assistant for that shoot was Minda Wong.
Honorable Mention: Natalia Dominguez & Bruno – How could you not forget a photo shoot that involves a four-legged boxer / male model? Bruno was a very obedient male model (for the most part) and Natalia did an amazing job with both the modeling and styling for her own photo shoot. Brandon Leong was in the sidelines giving Bruno orders to pretty much “sit” or “stay” or “look that way”. Keke was our hair and makeup artist.
End note: It was a very interesting year. Lots of wonderful memories, met many amazing people and made lots of cool friends. Each photo shoot for me was a learning experience and there’s definitely plenty of room to grow in 2011. I hope you enjoyed my post!
My shoot with Corinne last weekend was intense. We did a photo shoot on Thursday at 3pm with MUA Zehra Ahsan in SOMA. Somewhere in between, Corinne’s car got towed. It was not fun finding out how much it costs to get her car out of the towing yard. However, Corinne kept a very positive attitude and we continued our photo shoot after we got her car back. Somewhere in between, my studio lights exploded in my face, rendering it out of commission. Still, Corinne and I continued to do a shoot using whatever indoor lights I had. We finished our shoot close to 1030pm.
Day One: With MUA Zehra Ahsan and Photography Assistant Mike Polce.