Month: November 2012

Rewind: Lauren DiMarco

Rewind: Lauren DiMarco

Just reminiscing on one of my earlier shoots with my first Brazilian model, Lauren DiMarco. Shooting with her was so different from the  other models I’ve worked before. She had the moves, the looks, and the amazing angles. It was, I believe, a Brazilian model thing. 

Behind the Scenes with Model Nicole and Stylist Cassidy Mehlman

Behind the Scenes with Model Nicole and Stylist Cassidy Mehlman

Yesterday I did a test shoot with model Nicole from LOOK Model Agency, stylist Cassidy Mehlman, and makeup/hairstylist Adrienne Finley. We shot in the San Francisco Maritime (if you don’t recall, think Ghirardelli Square). We were very fortunate to have several things: good weather, amazing 

Designer: Phuong My

Designer: Phuong My

Model: Mirela. MUA/Hair: Jessica Carlisle Lee. Designer: Phuong My.

Designer: Orlando Shih

Designer: Orlando Shih

Designer: Orlando Shih Model: Mirela P. MUA: Sarah Pugh-Dean — at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA.    

Rewind: May 21 2011

Rewind: May 21 2011

ASTONISH Diaries: May 21, 2011 I decided I wanted to have my 28th birthday in New York City. It was also the perfect opportunity to visit my friends and make new connections in the fashion industry. I was fortunate enough to have a wonderful partner-in-crime, 

How to Shoot Lifestyle

How to Shoot Lifestyle

When I first started my photography career, I thought I’d never touch on these so called “lifestyle” shoots. They aren’t as glamorous or exciting as fashion editorials. However, I did end up shooting a couple during the beginning of my photography journey.

I found these lifestyle photos from my old harddrive, a set with Stacey Lee and Justin back in 2009. I thought these were cute. The models did a great job having fun and being natural in front of the camera.

So here’s my guide to shooting lifestyle:

1. Be as natural as possible. Have the models act the part as if it is actually happening. Bring out their inner actor / actress.

2. Props props props! Without them, your shots will rely heavily on just the model (which would be very boring).  But with the right props, you’ve taken your set to the next level.

3. Natural-looking models. Of course, anyone can be a lifestyle model. But it’s easier when you’re working with men and women who look like the average joe, but with more attractive features.

4. Natural lighting. Things will look better with natural lighting than flash / studio lights.

5. Wardrobe: Nothing too flashy so that the clothes don’t drown the “lifestyle” feel.

Hope that helps.

Designer: Jumpei Ando

Designer: Jumpei Ando

Model: Déborah Paunot Pro MUA: Justine Tallot Designer: Jumpei Ando