what a privilege it is to give back to your parents the skills that they have helped to invest in. they have always been willing models but for some reason, it has taken me this long to finally give them a photoshoot they deserve. having said that, this shoot was not planned at all! my mum wanted to visit the crossrail roof garden up in canary wharf and i literally just happened to have my camera on me.
perhaps it is the cringe and goof of my parents which put me off from doing a proper photoshoot with them for so long. i told them to simply walk down an aisle with each other but my mum, being mum, kept talking as she walked so they ended up having to walk that aisle five times. i guess shoots like these teach me patience. (thanks mum.)
it was only until i took this photo that my mum told me it was similar to the one my uncle took for my parents’ wedding invites! interesting fact i never knew.
maybe it was just meant to be, but not only did we have a sweet, quiet, bright location, we were also at the garden just in time for golden hour! that means beautiful, softly lit photos and a magical glow.
i guess my parents can be cute!
as part of etain’s modelling portfolio and in addition to the studio setup in the previous post, we made use of the rare sun in my garden and got in some lifestyle shots. as a way of creating diversity and range, i also edited the images using different styles to create softness or drama. i love how etain can pull off so many looks and by the end of the shoot we were utterly drained. awaiting for another creative outburst soon bbz!
this girl (@etainleung) is making a comeback on the blog. having been signed recently (thaaaats ma girl!) she wanted to take a variety of photos as part of her portfolio. it was a simple studio set up using a black and white backdrop and we also used a few flowers as props. so proud of ma bestie and how confidently she slays in front of the camera. much love!
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‘yooooo’ is how this guy right here starts all his convos, and all his posts on his blog lifefromdust.com (check it out now!). having attended his 22nd bday a few years back whilst not really knowing him, we followed each other on instagram, before zunen hollered at me a few years later wanting to do a collab. say whaaaat!!
as creatives, zunen reached out to tell my story on his blog on how i keep my passion for creating alive, whilst i had the joy of photographing him around covent garden. we grabbed pub grub for lunch and then moved around for a chill, urban shoot. not gonna lie, i was put out of my comfort zone having to shoot in the heart of london and its buzz. surely i’m not the only one who feels weird when people stare at me shoot, or otherwise feel like i might get robbed whilst distracted shooting. but hey ho, at least i didn’t have to pose in the middle of london lol.
tbh, i didn’t know what to expect before this shoot. firstly, i had never shot with a male model (i was searching for male poses on pinterest frantically the night before). secondly, i never saw covent garden as much of a grand shoot location. but man was i glad the sun came out (hello beautiful flare), and all fell into place. i guess the madness of this shoot was also owed to zunen who was dressed for this location – his green jacket and green sneakers literally match the market’s colour. see for yourself:
i told you so. oh wait i turned two of them into black and white.
we then moved to a cafe called le pain quotidien for a cappuccino and chai tea. it is sweetly located in covent garden and has a second floor so you can overlook the market.
it was here that stories and testimonies came to life, and here that we exchanged encouragements to keep creating and refining our crafts. if there is one thing that zunen has reminded me, it is that we are created to create. amen brother.
as well as the studio shoot from my previous post, reg (and i) did a lot of running around the garden, chasing bubbles to get the following photos. enjoy!