Motherland Chronicles #31 - Book of Roses

Motherland Chronicles #31 - Book of Roses

Photography: Zhang Jingna
Styling: Phuong My
Hair: Junya Nakashima
Makeup: Viktorija Bowers
Model: Germaine Persinger
Photo Assistants: Ngoc Vu, Ernie Chang, Tiffany Liu

Dress: Phuong My
Earrings: Harlequin Romantique

This was part of a shoot where I got overly ambitious and tried to do 3 completely different shots for Motherland Chronicles, when I usually do only 1 or 2.

I had the concepts and clothes all planned out, and even an order as to how I'll be posting the shots, only to realize on morning of shoot that the very first look was missing its dress, because I had forgotten to confirm with the designer I was borrowing from as I was super busy shooting the days before. I was so sad. T_T;;;

But!! I got to do braids and pearls, and books and flying petals, which is like all my favorite things combined. So not all is lost.

And my team has levelled up to professional petal-throwers. Which is rather awesome.

Here's a couple behind-the-scenes:

I like this shot a lot because it feels kind of poetic. But rather unintentionally, I realized later that it's a perfect a side by side comparison between a seamless paper backdrop and the Savage Black/White Collapsible.

Because the collapsible is made from light-absorbing fabric, it gives a much cleaner black background than the regular seamless paper backdrops which reflect light. It's also mobile and easy to set up since it folds and unfolds like a large reflector. Pretty handy. :D

Viktorija touching up makeup and Junya the hair. I love braids. ♥

Reviewing photos~

Going to L.A. this Thursday for more Motherland stuff! Can't wait to show you what we're working on. :D

Motherland Chronicles #29 - Lyle

Motherland Chronicles #29 - Lyle

Photography: Zhang Jingna

Hair: Junya Nakashima

Makeup: Yuui

Model: Denys Yakovenko

Photo Assistants: Ngoc Vu, Ernie Chang

Etched gorget armor by ArmStreet

Choker and circlet by Harlequin Romantique

First guy for personal work in 3 years! Dedicated to my love for 80's and 90's Japanese fantasy anime, or maybe just mostly Amano's work. Also may or may not have been thinking about Laurent from Captive Prince by S.U. Pacat a lot? The possibilities are endless. :D

So happy I finally got to shoot a piece of armor from ArmStreet! Thank you Misha for lending me this beautiful gorget. 

Dark Beauty Magazine: Demoure


Dark Beauty Magazine, July 2013

Photography: Zhang Jingna

Stylist: Michael Tucker
Hair: Shinya Nakagawa
Makeup: Fumiaki Nakagawa
Model: Kristi Wilson @ Q Management
Retouching: Pixo Imaging
Photographer’s Assistants: Ngoc Vu, Bitna Kim, and Tiffany Liu 

Featuring clothing by Lie Sang Bong, Gareth Pugh, Max Azria for Herve Leger, Joanna Mastroianni, Sally LaPointe and Katya Leonovich. Accessories by Rodrigo Otazu. Really adore the fashion in this story, such beautiful clothing and jewelry, makes the girl in me want to spend my monies. Special thanks to Ngoc for sourcing the lovely vintage books! ♥

Motherland Chronicles #19 - Lily

Motherland Chronicles #19 - Lily

Photography: Zhang Jingna
Hair: Junya Nakashima
Makeup: Gregg Brockington
Model: Lily Olsen-Ecker
Photo Assistant: Ngoc Vu
Head piece and choker from Harlequin Romantique

How apt is it that I have another Amano-inspired piece to coincide with the Final Fantasy announcement at E3? :D

This shoot was so amazing to work on. Magic team is magic. I loved this piece so much. Someone said it's like the live action version of Amano's Angel's Egg. Oh how I wish. Would be brilliant if anything Amano made is turned into live-action. 

Also I'm in Milan! The Photo Vogue exhibition opening is tomorrow! Swing by to say hi if you're in town! :D

Motherland Chronicles #18 - Julia

Motherland Chronicles #18 - Julia

Photography/Makeup/Styling: Zhang Jingna
Model: Julia Gorbach
Crown and choker by ArmStreet
Backdrop from Savage Paper

Did this on a Sunday night in my room after my trip back from Toronto. A lot of Game of Thrones comments on Facebook,  made me think I should've probably just title it Arya instead. :D 

Many many thanks to ArmStreet for the beautiful crown and choker, and Savage Paper for the gorgeous backdrop (collapsibles are so handy)!