I can’t believe January has flown by so quickly. I think this past year more than any, I wish I had more hours in a day! Fortunately I finally have some time to provide an update.
I’m not sure how to summarize 2012 but I will admit that a lot of amazing and unexpected things happened work-wise and I’m thankful to still be working in Hong Kong, while being able to spend time with family and be a part of an amazing community here. I really miss and appreciate the support of everyone that I was able to see in LA, Costa Rica, Vegas, and NY at the end of the year, and I can’t wait to see them again in May. I’ll share some travel photos in future posts, but without further ado, here’s what’s new!
How I Met Your Style
Ken and Eric helped give HIMYS a facelift! We will still have 120 film features but we’ll also be sharing blog posts in between features. We also have a really exciting collaboration coming up with a major Hong Kong publication and are very excited to share it in a couple months! Follow us on instagram (@himys_) for sneak peeks of what we’re up to ;)
I updated my website with new work from last year! The layout is similar to the previous one but I’ve split up my work into Fashion, Portraits I, and Portraits II portfolios. Leave me a comment on my facebook page and let me know what you think :)
Last year brought exciting new clients and subjects my way, along with the chance to work with some of my favorite people! These included:
Natalie is one of the first models I photographed in LA and we’ve worked together so many times since then. She has done so well at such a young age (check out the newest pair of badass boots that her and her sister designed!) and always has great energy. It was so much fun to photograph her in the streets of New York for the DKNY Core Girl campaign. It was my first time shooting in the snow! Thankfully it wasn’t as cold as it was last year so I could still feel my fingers. Thank you x a million, Jeanette! <3
It was so exciting to be able to shoot for Lane Crawford for a Sacai brand feature that was featured on the front page of their website. I photographed the lovely Yu Xuan from Model Genesis who didn’t speak much Cantonese, so I was able to practice my stellar Mandarin ;) Massive thanks to the amazing team - Jason, Sha, Jessica, Andey, Vincent, Ken Hui (hair), Gabbie Lee (makeup), & Aimee - for making this happen so beautifully!
Tina was invited by Loewe to be one of the 7 international bloggers to showcase the new ‘Leo’ bag. I had the opportunity to run around Happy Valley with Tina for an afternoon capturing her in a couple stunning looks she put together. The images were debuted on the front page of the Loewe website! A big thank you to Adrian and Tina for inviting me to be a part of such a fun project.
Diane Von Furstenberg for Prestige Magazine
With most Prestige shoots, the brief is to shoot a strong portrait and you often have no idea what the environment will be like when you arrive, so you work with what you’re given. That’s not really the part that made me nervous, it was more because I was photographing THE DVF! We met her in the Presidential Suite at the Four Seasons which was grand in itself but there she was, unassumingly perched at the desk in front of her Macbook saying, “Yes! Come in!”. She hopped around without heels, asking whether we would be photographing her full length and if so, she’d have to change because the length of the dress wouldn’t allow her to wear heels. She came out of the dressing room in her evening attire and wouldn’t stop gushing about how beautiful everyone was. She was such a delight and very easy to photograph. Confident and strong, but very kind-hearted and humble as well. Thank you William, Vivienne, and Aimee!
Olivier Rousteing for Prestige Magazine
I’m incredibly blessed in that I’ve had the opportunity to meet and photograph some of the most amazing and down-to-earth people (there is hope in humanity!). Olivier was no exception. He is the insanely talented, impossibly handsome, creative director/designer for the house of Balmain. Did I mention we’re the same age? Thanks to William, Vincenzo, and Aimee for making this happen!
Prodip & Munka for Lane Crawford/TOMS
Environmental portraits/reportage is something that I always really enjoy and even more so if it’s related to style/art/creative. Even in LA with my friends Ed, Jeff & Zee, I could spend hours hanging out in their music studio, and it’s also what HIMYS is all about. I’m always blown away by people’s talent - their ability create art from thin air and their uniqueness. The commission by Pedder Group, to shoot some behind-the-scenes of the artists invited to customize a pair of TOMS for charity, was right up my alley. I visited Prodip and Charles Munka at their studios. See more images and read about the artists and TOMS on the LC website and on my website. Thank you, Jason!
The Armoury for Materialist Magazine
Mark Cho & The Armoury were featured in the inaugural issue of Materialist Magazine, where Mark shares about his most prized possessions. I spent some time taking portraits of him, Alan and Ethan at their Pedder Building and Landmark stores. Thanks to Mark, Jocelyn and Agata for the opportunity!
James Jean for Lane Crawford BLITZ
This project was my first video commission. American artist James Jean was in Hong Kong painting a mural on the glass house inside of Lane Crawford Canton Rd. It was a privilege to watch and film him for 3 days. He told me that he didn’t draft anything beforehand, he painted the entire thing freehand. So insane! The entire time we were trying to figure out a way we could immortalize the mural - it’s washed off once they bring in another collaboration/project. Wishing I could have had a piece of that glass in my home! Watch the video and hear the story behind Velum and the line of OVM accessories. Thanks so much to Pedder Group, Kim, The Agency HK, and Def Perception for the perfect eerie yet bangin’ track!
Whew! Writing that was such a good reminder of some of the blessings that I’ve received in 2012 and all the clients, crew, and people I’ve photographed and built friendships with, so many that I haven’t even mentioned. I’m thankful for each of these people that God has placed in my life, and for you as well! Thank you for taking the time to read and support my work. I hope you had an amazing start to 2013 and I’m excited to continue sharing this crazy journey with you!