Hi friends! I’m convinced that time moves more quickly as you get older. Here’s another long (and long overdue) update! I recently celebrated another birthday and thought it’d be an opportune time to reflect and share some exciting things that have happened since my last blog post, along with things I’m excited about for the future!
One of the things I’m most exciting about work-wise is something that has unknowingly been in the making since as early as 1999. I think that’s the year Ken Wu and I met in high school in Hong Kong. Long story short, we ran into one another many many years later in Southern California, he taught me how to use a camera, I fell in love with photography and subsequently switched careers, we created How I Met Your Style together, and now he’s moved back to Hong Kong. HIMYS was such a success and we had so much fun collaborating so we wanted to keep moving forward :)
Photo: Aimee Han
So what does this mean? Well, we’re combining our photography and graphic design forces with a vision to serve the fashion, lifestyle, and creative brands/community in Hong Kong and beyond, in the form of Lightseed Studio!Lightseed Studio
Ken designed the website and our first project together was a SS’13 Lookbook for The Armoury. Thanks to Ethan, Allen, Jake, and Mark for the opportunity! Head on over to the site to browse through some of our work.
We are currently working on a couple of things for Melissa Bui's first collection debuting next month. It's so in line with my style of photography, and I finally had the chance to work with talented friends Priscilla I’anson and Alexa Bui! I can’t wait to share the images and her collection. The model, Gao Jie, was aaaabsolutely amazing to work with, despite the mosquitos eating her alive.
#crewselfie - Thanks Jacqui, Aldous, and Andrea for all your help!
Here’s a look at some of the clients I’ve been so thankful to work with earlier this year:DKNY Fragrances
I visited New York late last year while it was snowing to shoot Natalie for the DKNY Core Girl campaign and was able to return earlier this year to photograph her for DKNY Fragrances again! This time we shot on the rooftop of her new apartment on the Upper East Side and in Washington Square Park. It was a beeeaautiful day.
I also visited Dallas Shaw, their newest Core Girl at her beautiful new house in Delaware. It’s a complete dream home with whole room that’s been converted into a closet and another room that houses her amazing home office. She’s not only incredibly photogenic, sweet, and stylish but she is a really talented fashion illustrator as well! If you’re looking for inspiration, check out her Pinterest.
Thank you for the opportunity, J!
It was a lot of fun shooting for Lane Crawford again for their Victoria by Victoria Beckham online brand feature, and “Game On” menswear editorial. A bit hectic because they were shot all in one day but everything worked out in the end!
Centurion Magazine | American Express
This shoot for the FW’13 issue happened in the middle of summer! Can you imagine how Rob felt wearing those turtlenecks and jackets? He barely broke a sweat - and was in good spirits the whole time singing rap lyrics between shots. We braved the light rain and heat and ran around various locations in Central to make this happen. I was also really happy to be able to work on this shoot with amazing talent and friends.
Stylist: Christie Simpson / Hair: Ross Kwan / Makeup: Gabbie Lee / Producer: Cordelia Choy
Huge thanks to Elisa for the opportunity. See more images from the shoot on the Lightseed Studio site!
H Magazine | South China Morning Post
After such a great experience working with the team for Centurion Magazine, we all reunited for another men’s editorial for H Magazine, a SCMP publication. This time the summer weather was more like typhoon weather and as you can see in the opener, it was pouring and windy while we were shooting. Of course, things always work out and we came away with all the shots we needed! Do you recognize the locations around IFC? :)
We shot more than they had space for so they would have options, here’s a shot that didn’t make the cut that I love!
Thanks so much to Pin for the opportunity and to Christie for thinking of me!
I always love working with Tina, previously for a collaboration with Loewe, this time was for Tod’s. We spent two afternoons shooting on the rooftop of IFC and then at a hiking trail near Happy Valley. We shot in a style a bit different from my usual which actually ended up being a lot of fun. Can you tell who we drew inspiration from? See more images from the shoot on the Lightseed Studio site.
Lanzavecchia + Wai for Surface Magazine (US)
So excited to have the opportunity to meet and photograph the talented design team known as Lanzavecchia + Wai for Surface Mag! This was one of the most chill shoots I have ever done for the following reasons:
1) Fran & Hunn are two of the coolest people I’ve ever met AND they design and create amazing objects together.
2) The shoot happened on my rooftop
3) We went to eat scrambled eggs and steamed egg custard at Australia Dairy Company afterwards
Thank you so much Jada, Fran & Hunn!
Del Store for Monocle Magazine
Shooting for Monocle is always interesting because it brings me to places and people that are usually off the beaten path. I previously photographed a feature on the neighborhood of Chai Wan, featuring Chaiwanese, Tangram, the best photography book store I’ve ever seen - AO Photo Book Store, and a few other hidden spots. Most recently for Issue 67 I visited Delstore tucked away in a small back street in Wan Chai. It’s a carefully curated menswear boutique and their selection of publications include dreamy foodie mags like Gather and Kinfolk.
Tangram for Goods of Desire for 48 Hours Magazine / SCMP
I think this is the 4th time I’ve visited the Tangram studio of Paola and Ignacio to photograph them for a different publication and I’m still not tired of their space! There is always a new knick knack to discover and their little garden on the top of the bookshelf is ever expanding. I always love spending time with them, their passion is contagious! Paola is not only a fashion designer but an avid baker/chef - she baked a delicious sponge cake from her grandma’s recipe and this fluffy cake was complimented by homemade guava jam! I am spoiled. The purpose of this shoot was to document their inspiration and process behind the upcoming collaboration - Tangram for Goods of Desire - a womenswear collection. Instead of shooting another portrait in their studio, Paola had a great idea of shooting it at the Shau Kei Wan wet market where they also stopped to buy their ingredients for dinner that evening. The collection can be found in G.O.D. stores in November.
I’ve had the chance to witness Berayah grow from an idea to a become a SS’14 collection in a short span of time and was so happy to help Enoch photograph it. Each piece in the collection is inspired by geometric photography and narrates the story of creation in Genesis. It always amazes me how artists, musicians, designers, create things out of what seems like thin air. The dress below is my favorite from the collection. Check back in January to purchase from his online store!
Phottix Pro Team
I’m excited to share that I’m the newest member of the Phottix Pro Team and they’ll be sponsoring my portable lighting equipment! This is awesome news because a lot of my work is in small spaces on location, without much time to prep/shoot so it’s crucial that my gear is portable, easy to use, and reliable. Phottix carries so many accessories, I’m excited to experiment with their light modifiers! <geek out> They even have a flash that has a built-in wireless receiver that is compatible with a wireless transmitter that allows you to control the power of your flash. This is going to be really helpful when I’m testing light on a subject who I only have 5 minutes to shoot with. Instead of running back and forth to the light I can just adjust the power from the transmitter on the top of my camera!</geek out> I really am excited to use their gear. So in light (HEE HEE) of being a new member of the team, they brought me out to Manila for an event and for a shoot out with one of their Philippine photographers! We were given a crazy circus-themed suite, a model, the same gear, and free reign, to see how our results differed. Check out the video (and the tigers) below!
It was a brief but fun trip despite the constant rain and insane traffic (I dare to say it’s worse than LA). A huge thanks to Steve, Laurence and all the photographers in PI for taking such good care of me!
KELY Support - RISE! Photography
Last thing I wanted to share is that I’ve been volunteering with KELY Support to teach photography to a group of high school students for the RISE! (Realizing Inner Strengths, Empowered!) Programme. It’s my first time teaching with an actual syllabus and slides so it has definitely been challenging, but rewarding nonetheless. I have huge respect for teachers! Recent studies showed that 40% of low-income ethnic minority students indicated that they did not see a real need in furthering education, as they feel they will not be accepted due to cultural and racial differences. The programme aims to motivate students through a series of community-based training workshops and to empower them with leadership skills, a network, and knowledge, for advancing their studies and future careers. I’m excited for the students because at the end of the programme they will be having a photo exhibition at Poly U and have this great platform for their work to be seen and voices to be heard! I can’t wait to see the images they capture and how they share their unique cultures and points of view.
If you’re interested in becoming a mentor or volunteering, check out their website or have a look at this application. :)
Holy Moly. That was a lot of catching up. Well, that’s it for now! There’s so much more to share in the upcoming months as things are released. Keep up with my random moments via instagram and check out the Lightseed Studio blog for more updates in the future! I’ll be heading to the US at the end of the year for a break/meetings/work, this is what I’m looking forward to… food, friends, family, and sunsets!
Thank you for taking the time to read this mega post and for supporting my work! :) Till next time (hopefully less than 8 months from now) TAA TAA!