Dancing Photo Shoot - Ye Qi
This was the first photoshoot after the Singapore's lockdown rules for the pandemic were relaxed.
I was excited because Ye Qi had a very pleasant look that I knew would help to produce excellent work. Furthermore, she was a dancer and her body language would be beautiful. At the same time, I was a little pressured for there was a queue of photoshoots being lined up and I didn't want to have a big pile of albums for post-processing.
Although Ye Qi had a lot of personal commitments, she took the effort and time to show me photographs of her outfits. As I was quite occupied during one of our discussions and I simply told her to pick some of the outfits and put them on to show me; I was amazed that we had similar taste or maybe she was a good mind-reader.
On the actual day of the photoshoot, we arranged to meet up at the MRT station. Ye Qi and Xindan arrived earlier while the makeup artist, Lee, was finishing her lunch nearby. I led the two ladies nearer to my place under the hot sun. Since Lee was only a short distance away, I decided to wait for her near the road junction instead of going up first. As I continued to perspire under the sheltered area, I was quite worried for the two ladies, especially Ye Qi, since she's the one who had to appear in the photographs.
Since I slept only after sunrise and had to wake up before noon, my mind wasn't in a good state. I did try to wake up even earlier to set up the studio but I failed. Therefore, instead of disturbing them during the makeup session, I had to continue with the setup.
As I tried to move a table to the usual spot for makeup, which had a full body mirror, Lee suggested sitting on the bed instead of using the table. She was probably used to doing makeup at harsh situation at outdoor.
My priority for the photoshoot was on dance and I made Ye Qi bring along another set of fitness wear to have a secondary concept for warming up. However, Ye Qi was sharp and pointed out that wearing a sports bra would leave bra lines on her skin for quite some time. Therefore, we decided to begin with the dance concepts instead.
It was a pity that there was limited space for her to do certain poses. She almost kicked my lighting a few times. I was glad that she was able to perform well against the constraints.
Xindan was one of the most useful assistants ever. Being a dancer, she was able to provide feedback and ideas. I also depended on her to help Ye Qi physically whenever necessary.
I made a big mistake during the setup as I didn't rise the backdrop to the highest point. I neglected the fact that I was going to make Ye Qi tip-toe or even jump, while she would occasionally point her hand straight up for some dance poses. Therefore, I had to readjust it while she got changed into the second leotard.
This first set of album was a morale booster.
|Makeup Artist (MUA):||Thao Lee|
|Lens:||Canon 24-70mm F2.8L II|
|Strobe:||Godox AD600BM, Cononmark B4, Yongnuo 560 EX-III|
|Venue:||Studio (Tanjong Pagar)|
|Date:||30 June 2020|
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