Photography : Shavonne Wong/ Zhiffy Photography
Art Direction & Styling : Irene Chan
Model : Ting Wai /Style Management
Make-up & Hair : Angel Wong
Styling Assistant & Coordination : Tammy Chan
My first fashion editorial for Cosmopolitan HK and another all girl power team! I keep finding myself with one these days haha. It has it's pros and cons; pros being that the models are usually more comfortable in an all female environment and cons being that there's no muscle to help with all the heavy lifting! Boo! Anyway, this shoot showed me again the importance of location scouting. It was my first shoot in HK so I didn't really have any locations in mind. I did some online research and had found this quaint little fishing village called Tai O (大澳) at the far end of HK and happily thought that I had struck gold. I mean, aren't all fishing villages super photogenic and awesome? Well yeah, this one was... Except after arriving with the stylist and her assistant for our location scout, we realized every good spot for shooting were miles away from each other! The plan for the photo shoot was to shoot up to 10 outfits which meant 8- 10 different shooting sites. With the good ones so sparsely located from one another, it would be impossible for us do the shoot without the model tiring out midway and us exhausting ourselves from dragging all the equipment from one point to another. Just not logistically possible. So onto the next. Good thing Tammy (the styling assistant) knew of another location she came across recently, a beach/wetland called Pak Nai (白泥). When we arrived at the next location around 5pm after a long day, the view we were greeted with made it all worth it. The sun was slowly setting, the light was gorgeous and the scenery amazing. It was pretty much everything I was asking for. With that, we unanimously agreed to do the shoot there. We noted that the sun light fades off by about 630pm and knew that the shoot would have to end before that.
There are a couple of things to keep in mind when location scouting: - Logistics For this shoot, it would be mainly shot in natural light. I would still be renting a big soft box just in case natural lighting doesn't work out in my favor so that's an extra weight I have to keep in mind about. Always try to have a backup plan! Also, the stylist would have bags and bags of heavy outfits so that's an issue too. Good thing she has a car so at least transportation wouldn't be a problem! - Outfit changes Thank God the stylist has a portable changing tent! - Lighting Being on location itself helped me visualize how the lighting would be on the shoot day itself, especially during the sunset time. Knowing the direction of the sun also lets me know the the possible placements of the model on location. If all else fails, I still have my softbox. (: - Power Haha it'll be the day when wetlands/beaches start having powerpoint ports. Till then, portable battery packs! Hair and makeup done back in stylist's studio. - Food Ah, we'll just eat before the shoot and bring some snacks in. -Clearance Looked like a pretty empty public beach, the sort that people keep as their secret spots, so it didn't seem like a clearance was needed!
Happy faces from a successful location recce!
Hair and makeup done at the stylist's studio office!
Behind the scene shots are pretty much for showing the reality of how unglam photoshoots really are
Frog stance pose!
Touching up of hair and makeup on our beautiful model, Ting Wai
Viewing images during the outfit change behind my reflector
Low tide became high tide by the time we were leaving and it became an adventure getting out of that place without dropping everything into the muddy water!