Editorial Photoshoot with Jolene Chui
I was probably one of the unluckiest photographers ever as I had waited more than two years to do this shoot with Jolene. There were a few cancellations and I initially thought it wasn't going to commence.
The location of the pub was quite unique since patrons could only get there via the carpark at the back of the building to take the lift. It was a Halal pub and thus there's no alcohol. Another cool thing was that it was located at the roof top and thus it had outdoor tables for those who preferred natural air and wanted to enjoy the view of the surrounding. The interior design was nicely and uniquely done up for its different corners. I thought it was romantic.
On the actual day, I brought along a lot of equipment, less the backdrop system, because I knew the pub wasn't very bright. As I pushed my trolley over, I prayed hard that nothing would fall on the way, especially when I was crossing the roads.
The first and only damage of the day wasn't my equipment but my leg. The carpark was quite steep and my trolley's wheels hit the kerb while my leg was too quick to stop and thus hit on the back of my trolley.
Apart from having to push the heavily loaded trolley over a distance and up the slope at the carpark, I had to carry everything up two flights of stairs after alighting from the lift.
Jolene got her makeup done earlier by another makeup artist since my friends were all booked. Then, she got changed into her outfits to do up a fashion show for me to select.
I realised I should have arranged for the shoot to start earlier since the setup was rather massive - main light, filled light, hair light, background light. I took quite some time to get it done. I tried to eliminate the dim ambient light while keeping the ISO low so that the photographs would look cleaner.
The first step was the most difficult especially when there were a good number of spots - I was too spoilt for choice. I was thinking of working near a windows area but I didn't want to interrupt the staff who was at the bar counter nearby and thus I chose another spot.
Since there were more lighting to play on, I took longer time to test the lighting. It was also a test on Jolene's patience. Eventually, I underestimated the time taken for the first few scenes and by the time we moved to the windows area, the sun was setting and thus I didn't get the actual feel that I had planned.
One of the greatest challenges of the shoot was the number of reflective surfaces around. Therefore, it was difficult to position my lighting for some of the shots. Next, my biggest strobe was giving problems of misfiring or auto shutting down at times.
It was too long hours of hard work and thus I had to give up shooting at the outdoor space. We ended the night with a great meal from the chefs.
|Lens:||Canon 24-70mm F2.8L II|
|Strobe:||Conomark I6, Cononmark B4, Yongnuo 560 EX-IV, Yongnuo 560 EX-III|
|Date:||30 December, 2018|
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