Friday, November 28, 2014

294 - NEREID (Part II)


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We started shooting this part in the late afternoon after I’d finally managed to wake Lizzi up. Rednotion on a beach plus some Michael BublĂ© meant that it took a while for the combined efforts of three people to rouse her.

Part 2 was our first time shooting in public, and let’s just say that it was a new experience. I think Lizzi didn’t particularly like it - she kept muttering at her camera because the guy in the water behind me wouldn’t stop moving around - and I’m pretty sure the lifeguards were laughing at us. Either that or at the guy in the loincloth behind us.

In all, it turned out to be a pretty fun shoot once we stopped caring about the amused onlookers (popcorn, anyone?), not to mention that having two friends assisting us made it a lot more enjoyable/efficient as compared to our previous two-man shoots.  Probably one of my favorites, if you can discount the makeshift changing room made out of a purple beach towel, three people and a tree.

If anything, naming the shoot might’ve been one of the toughest bits. Our initial idea was “Mother of Pearl” since we were originally planning on centering the shoot around my necklace/choker but neither of us thought it was all that relevant/sounded very nice. A Nereid is a sea nymph, and apparently 32 of them gathered on a coast to mourn the death of Achilles, so the all-black-ensemble-while-lying-on-the-sand thing is actually quite apt. And it just so happens that one of them is named Thalia as well. A little ego boost for me right there.

Photography & Editing / Elizabeth Lim
Model / Thalia Lee
Assistant / Jessica Lee, Eunice Yau

Furry pullover, Open back high neck sweater / Thescarletroom
Shorts / Forever 21
Jewelry / Lovisa, Hong Kong

Friday, October 3, 2014

293 - NEREID (Part I)

 

 


There has got to be something off with shooting leather jackets in tropical Singapore at a beach in the late morning, but we found ourselves doing that, so kudos to Thalia for dealing with it (while the rest of us were clad - not any less comfortably though - in shorts and dry fit shirts). Even before prelims ended, we were planning a shoot (what is A levels) and we decided to combine it with an 'enjoyable' day at the beach. The most enjoyable part was actually the 1 hour I napped in the sun before I was rudely awaken to a reminder that we needed to shoot the other two pieces of clothing before the sun sets and we weren't allowed in the water. (Those will be posted in Part 2 :D)

Our original plan was to shoot on the rocks, which went not bad in my opinion, but in the end some trees and branches worked out the best. Relatively more shady and lots of 'props' and textures to work with. An entire day at the beach, close to 1000 shots, and being burnt to a crisp (nose as red as rudolph right now - no jokes about rednotion) later, we present Nereid.

Annie from thescarletroom (who I had the pleasure of meeting one or two years back at the ST Classifieds event) was more than helpful and supportive in lending us some clothes to shoot with (Thalia's closet is only so big). They're from the current/upcoming collection, so do drop by her site if you're interested.

Photography & Editing / Elizabeth Lim
Model / Thalia Lee
Assistant / Jessica Lee

Pleather Jackets / Thescarletroom
Shorts / The Editor's Market, Forever 21
Jewelry / Lovisa, Hong Kong

Friday, September 26, 2014

292 - La Vie En Rose


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"You are beautiful, but you are empty," he went on. "One could not die for you. To be sure, an ordinary passerby would think that my rose looked just like you--the rose that belongs to me. But in herself alone she is more important than all the hundreds of you other roses: because it is she that I have watered; because it is she that I have put under the glass globe; because it is she that I have sheltered behind the screen; because it is for her that I have killed the caterpillars (except the two or three that we saved to become butterflies); because it is she that I have listened to, when she grumbled, or boasted, or ever sometimes when she said nothing. Because she is my rose."

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Shot this way back at the beginning of June holidays before my second round of common tests - and phew, just finished prelims. Time passes fast.

This was my painstakingly created paper dress - entirely made from paper, from the base to each of the individual roses which were glued on then painted (very very, painful and late night process) - that I created in the 2 or 3 weeks leading up to the show on a whim, for the theme of "painting the white roses red". I've been toying with the idea of a dress littered with flowers since last year, and this was a simpler and easier method I picked to do it. Velcro for the back, a bit of stitching for the body, and a whole lot of glue gunning and finger burning.

Big thanks to all my friends who chipped in little bits like helping me cut roses and petals during class and gluing them together during rehearsals - this wasn't even complete till 2 or 3 days before the show. Absolutely proud of it, and blessed that my good friend and model Thalia could shoot in it for me.

Fun fact: makeup (what makeup?) and red 'eyeliner' is actually part of a Chanel lipstick sample that we got when passing by their publicity booth in Ion HAHA. We had to keep reapplying it because the heat was honestly unbearable and the lighting way too harsh for my liking. (Also, mosquitoes) (Also, two man shoots are extremely tiring)

But yes I will always treasure this dress (even though I can't bring it home because I have no mannequin for it to stand on and no place to store it) even though the bodice has been a bit ripped up from sweat and moisture HAHAHA. It's so artificial, stark and rigid that I think it actually possesses a degree of "artistic fantasy" about it.

Photographer Elizabeth Lim
Model Thalia Lee
Dress Elizabeth Lim
Shoes Charles & Keith

Monday, July 28, 2014

291 - Turning 18


There's always good food around CBD - and there's always one of my favourite locations - the Tokio Marine building (see over 1.5 years ago when I dropped by SPR MKT for breakfast). Coincidentally, I'm not getting any less sporty (although you'd say otherwise when you see me during physical education classes), but I've aged considerably. Passing the threshold of 18 doesn't actually feel much different, but humans will make excuses, and I planned out a whole day of liberal money spending to pamper myself.  (think GAEST, Arteastiq, National Day fireworks and overpriced burger sliders)

Photos taken by me, Shauna, Thalia
H&M (Men) top
The Editor's Market skirt
Shito shoes
Zara bag
Zara, H&M, Lacquar arm candy
Taiwan cap



When patriotism coincides with your birthday. 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

289 - Alice in Wonderland


I haven't been active here in almost 3 months - with very good reason? Other than the perennial drowning in perpetual exams and assignments, Runway had me engulfed in work. Passionate and enjoyable work, but not without its own stress and conflicts. Nevertheless, while I work on getting some new photos done (and maybe deciding what to write, because I have spieled at length about my experience on other private journalling platforms), here are some behind the scenes photos I got from the day we went down to Dairy Farm Nature Park to get some photos for our photo book.

I had about 20 mosquito bites to deal with for the next week and a half after.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

288 - Take Five (To Ten)


What a treat, two shoots (can we even count them as proper editorial/photoshoots?) in a row. Not intentional, but Runway had a small performance at Take Five yesterday in Sentosa, and given that some of us made new outfits (See: Thalia's very plain strapless wrap top and light pink double slit skirt; and Sandy's orange dress) and I've been feeling tropical vibes, a few photos.

Not that bad for a 10 minute shoot (with no helping hands again), if I do say so myself. 


Hope everyone managed to catch a breather!

Photography & Editing/ Elizabeth
Models/ Thalia, Sandy
Outfits/ Elizabeth, Sandy
Makeup/ Runway members