Darkness concept photoshoot

The first really concept-heavy photoshoot for me took place in May last year, when I put on a Creative Director hat (in addition to photographing) for the shoot “Darkness”. After putting off processing it for some time, I finally did it near the end of 2013 and did a limited release on my Facebook page. The delay turned out to be a good thing as it allowed me to look...

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Jesse Willesee x Kurt Johnson: BLACKOUT

Become re-acquainted with the darkness, my friend. In the murk of half-exposed profiles, of shadows blurring into each other, furtive hands, and the imagination of childhood stirs. Let not the garish light unveil all; let mystery and black enchantment rule. The light is now but a necessary evil: it defines edges, and in its revealment, implies unseen crepuscules, skin and...

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Fashion photoshoot: LIZ LISA style

Mid-week, Alana asks for a fashion shoot! Since I was free on Saturday anyway, yes, why not? I am at the stage now where I am trying to expand my fashion portfolio with increased diversity of looks. Examining the usual LIZ LISA fare, with their florals and curls and frills and organic pastel colours, I realised that most of them were lit. It’s an interesting thing,...

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Jesse Willesee’s FLASH/MOB

Now for something a bit different, but more of the same! Since 2010, I have been attending Jesse Willesee’s art events, starting from Seven Hundred Photos events. Last year, I enjoyed the Haunted Hotel show that he put on at the Kings Cross Hotel. So when the announcement came up for FLASH/MOB (which is basically the new name for Seven Hundred Photos), I knew I had to...

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Fashion photoshoot: Mori Girl

The Mori Girl style is one of the things I’ve had a fairly long-standing fascination with. Its focus on natural textiles and textures, rustic settings and sheer ethereal feel resonates with a part of me which longs for a fictional past of elegant and yet simple living. When considering a Mori Girl shoot, I wanted to be as true to the aesthetic goals of the style as...

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Fashion photoshoot: Atelier M’s Juicy Fruits

This collaboration with Atelier M (with models Straw, Ita and Alana) was for original designed clothes, or as we call, it, a conceptual shoot. For an artist’s statement, one would have to ask Minami, who for all intents and purposes was the director for the shoot (she was the one who organised/did everything). On my part, I just did my normal photographer thing, which...

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Sculptures by the Sea; Location 193; Haunted Hotel; Medium Format; Sydney Open; Facebook

Feels like a long time since I updated this blog! Two weeks, I suppose, since my last update for the Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls cosplay. Since then, I have been fairly active photographically, though perhaps not in the cosplay sense. But there are some shoots coming up this weekend which will be quite interesting (still trying to work out the logistics of a few of...

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Fashion photoshoot: Twinning BTSSB ALICE and the PIRATES

“Twinning” refers to the practice of two lolitas wearing the same dress (albeit in different colours), with differences in styling. Recently, I did a shoot for Alana and Kate for the dress ALICE and the PIRATES from BTSSB. Since there was a pirate element to the shoot, we used La Perouse. Unfortunately, while there was a certain look we wanted for the shoot, the...

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Fashion photoshoot: Retro-style Angelic Pretty Fantastic Dolly

This is the second part of the same day as the GLW split wig shoot for hehalana, but considered a separate shoot because the wig and look (influenced by the makeup) is different. As opposed to a purely glamour look, this shoot has a more retro look, involving a secret door disguised as a bookshelf, and the second half of the shoot becoming more purely retro in the...

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Fashion photoshoot: GLW Split Black & Lavender

This shoot was executed with hehalana, who had a brief from GLW (Gothic Lolita Wigs) to model their Split Black & Lavender wig. From the beginning, we wanted to do something which defied some of the conventions of gothic lolita photos, especially the stuff that had already been done for GLW. The word I had in mind going into the shoot was “glamour”, with photos...

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Fashion photoshoot: Casual in Red

Following the Macross Frontier shoot with Madara, we decided to showcase a coordination of outfits that she had brought back from Japan with a short fashion shoot. The overall concept was casual, kinda like how a catalogue type shoot would go, but I’m not very good myself at anything casual at all. This was done in the same room as the Niji iro no Kuma Kuma shoot, but...

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Fashion photoshoot: Gyaru!

Also known as the “black and gold” shoot! I expressed an interest in expanding my portfolio of fashion-related shoots and Hehalana graciously suggested another shoot with the gyaru style fashion. Unlike the pink colour scheme of the lolita shoot, the idea for this shoot was to darken the atmosphere. The image I had in mind, then, was that of a slick bar. Since it was...

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Fashion photoshoot: Proper Girl Princess

For lack of a better title for this shoot, I decided to use the name of the dress, which is Angelic Pretty’s Proper Girl onepiece, worn by the lovely Hehalana. It was great to work with her again for this shoot, and overall, the feel is definitely very different from the Alice-style shoot we did before. For one, this shoot was planned as an indoor shoot from the start....

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Fashion photoshoot: Gluttony Theme Lolita

The elegant gothic lolita community is small in Sydney compared to cosplay, but no less vibrant. Of course, my links to people within this community stems from those that I know through cosplay. Following the successful Alice Lolita shoot I did with Hehalana, alysael (an outstanding cosplayer who I have shot for a number of times) enquired about doing a lolita shoot. Of...

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Fashion photoshoot: Alice Lolita

This can’t really be considered my first not-really-cosplay photoshoot, since have done some studio shooting before. However this is the first where I was principal photographer, and I must say it was really fun. My constant position has been that cosplay shares many similarities with fashion; the lolita subculture further blends the two together. The various...

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