FILLER Magazine: Full of Grace

Full of Grace
FILLER Magazine, Summer 2013

Photography: Zhang Jingna
Styling: Alicia Simpson
Art Direction: Ryan Johnson
Hair & Makeup: Anna Nenoiu @ Page One Management
Model: Kenley @ Elmer Olsen Models
Photo Assistants: Ben Von Wong, Sam Tsang 

Haven't done location work in a long long time, it was fun! :D Many thanks to my awesome team for putting up with me and the great work all round, especially Ben and Sam for lugging all that lights with us the whole day! And also my lovely Canadian agent Suzy Johnston for the support and encouragement from start to end!

Motherland Chronicles #17 - Calypso

Motherland Chronicles #17 - Calypso

Photography/Art: Zhang Jingna
Hair & Makeup: Anna Nenoiu @ Page One Management
Model: Kenley @ Elmer Olsen Model Management
Photo Assistant: Ben Wong
Choker and body chain from Harlequin Romantique

I'm in Toronto!

So originally I wasn't really sure what I was going to do for this week, but the morning of this shoot Jeff Simpson randomly messaged me to say someone commented on one of his paintings and noted how the character resembled me a little. It was something done after we hung out in Montreal a couple years back, it got me thinking about his work (which I love!) so I decided to attempt this week's picture in his style and even got some advice too. :D

And I finally got to use this majestic choker/body chain piece from Harlequin Romantique! I approached Julee at the beginning of Motherland Chronicles and invited her to collaborate. This was one of the few pieces designed specifically for the project and honestly, words cannot express how perfect this is. (You might remember week 2's Winterland Fairytales self portrait, the headpiece was by her too!)

And of course there's also my awesome Toronto team, the beautiful Kenley who agreed to stay and model for my personal work after a long day of location fashion shoot, and Anna Nenoiu's brilliant makeup, pure magic. And my agency pal Ben Wong for assisting!! Flying hair was all him.

And and! Boobies! I haven't done anything that shows nipples since Celosia (4 years), expect more nudity coming up for Motherland Chronicles to make up for all these years lost! :D

FILLER Magazine: A Beautiful Death

A Beautiful Death
FILLER Magazine, Fall 2011
Photography: Zhang Jingna
Fashion Editor: Tricia Campbell Hall
Art Director: Ryan Johnson
Hair: Adrian Carew/Push
Makeup: Greg B/Push
Manicure: Charisse Feliciano
Model: Heather Peat/Sutherland
Styling Assistant: Roma Singh
Photography Assistants: Jason Mckenzie, Kevin Luc
Just realized that it's been a long long long long time since I'd blogged. Omg my last photo post was NASL finals wtf. To think that 2 MLG's have already passed since then.... ;_;
I want to start off by saying just how much I love this shoot. Omg you have no idea~ 
I was so so super in love with Heather's face, it made me super happy that we got her for the story. And Tricia! I'd seen her work for FILLER so many times in envy of the other photographers who worked with her, words can't express how fortunate I felt to be able to have her styling my story this time~ Ryan was once again amazingly brilliant and put in 200% for all the little (and big) things I demand for (yes I can ask for a lot for my shoots T_T). And I'm super glad that everything came together perfectly as I envisioned it to be at the end of the day thanks to an awesome team of hardworking people. ILU all <3
Moving on~ Just a quick recap of what I've been doing -- 
MLG Anaheim ended July 31st, we had a superbly fun after party (and then an after after party and everyone went home at 4am in the morning). I headed back to Singapore from Aug 4th-8th to appear as a guest judge in The Big Shot Season 2 for two episodes. The production value and quality of work from the photographers have increased so much this time, it was actually pretty impressive. I was a little bit mean though because everyone else was super nice, so sorry T_T. Overall it was very fun and I managed to catch up with a lot of the editors I work with which is something always filled with much joy and laughter~ 
But argh still... long flights are super painful. At least I'm finally close to getting my Krisflyer Gold after a year and will be able to start using the lounges to relax during transits soon... Can you believe that no one ever told me that I just needed just a frequent flyer program per ONE alliance instead of one for every airline this whole time I'd been flying until last year?!?? as;ldkjfg
Anyway, when I returned to L.A. I did a shoot for Evil Geniuses when the BlizzCon StarCraft II Invitational happened. A bit of a random job but I've always enjoyed doing things related to my hobbies and IdrA was really nice in person. :3 
Mid month I flew to Toronto for 2 weeks for some shoots and appointments. This spread for FILLER is one of them and I can't wait to share the other one with Flare which is super pretty too~ 
After Toronto I flew back to the US for MLG Raleigh. It was a bit scary because Hurricane Irene was due to hit the coast that exact weekend. But I guess the gods decided we were to have our StarCraft II tournies in peace so nothing really damaging happened where we were and I'm really grateful for that. 
Came back to L.A. after MLG Raleigh and had been busy catching up with retouching deadlines since.

My team has also just signed some new players and sponsors and it's been crazy trying to juggle the team stuff and photo work but I really like both so just gotta keep trucking along~ 

I'd also just shot a really beautiful cover for Random House, and whilst I don't know when it'd be released I have to say I enjoyed working on it so much that just thinking about it makes me smile. 
So... I keep telling myself I need to update the blog and write about some stuff that's been on my mind but... I take so long to write something even remotely readable, it's just really hard for me. What really made me a bit sad was when I read this, it was then that I realized how tired and dejected I am sometimes these days that I don't even know or want to say anything anymore. 
Maybe I've become a really boring person than before over the years? I don't know D: but anyway here be some behind the scenes photos~  

Toronto Meetup

Managed to squeeze a meetup in before leaving Toronto last week. We had a record number high of people turning up (more than the time in L.A.~!), and I think it's pretty impressive considering I only gave about a bit more than a day of notice to everyone. ^^;

The meetup was held at Scotland Yard, a nice/chill pub/restaurant downtown. Discovered it when Conan visited from L.A., thought it'd be a cool place for a meet~

Scotland Yard on the Esplanade
Despite the size of the group the atmosphere at the meet was really great that day. Everyone was super friendly and cheery. (Big groups can be a little difficult to manage sometimes I think, and if people are shy they tend to just all go quiet together ._.)

I took turns going around cuz the group was just way too large for me to speak to everyone at the same time. Talked a little bit about what I'd been up to the past couple months, with photography, travelling, Suzigo, StarCraft, and other projects. Answered some questions, and also checked out cool works by others who brought their portfolios as well. I super love the setting at Scotland Yard, so here be a lot of photos~ XD

The group settling in
Adding round tables on ends because there wasn't enough room in the original table arrangement
Ted Belton's book "Where I've Been"
Cornelia Klimek's portfolio 
The group checking out some of my new works on my iPad 
More of the iPad!
Gift art from Ted. (Sorry I look creepy here T_T)

The evening went on for quite a while, before I decided to go home to get my markers for some who wanted to get their books signed, as well as pick up some postcard books for those that wanted to get a copy but didn't manage to after it became unavailable from my web store.

And while I was away they decided to fool around with my camera. >_>

And at one point... someone documented the camera was being touched by everyone.

Photo by phoenixleo

Was actually pretty funny, so I decided to take a couple more shots :D

With some of the girls
And the obligatory group photo

That'd be all from me, thank you everyone for coming and it was really really great meeting all of you!! <3

Do also check out the posts by PhoenixleoTed Belton and Tiffany S as well, they have pretty photos too~ :D

Gonna watch Space Battleship Yamato tomorrow! (Even though all I really care about is a live-action Gundam movie ;_;)


The view outside my windows when it snowed today.

The whole pavement is completely covered in white now, I feel as if I spent the whole day just watching the snow fall. It's really beautiful. 

I was looking forward to the snow on my way back to Toronto, but it stopped when I returned. It's nice to actually be able to work and finally watch it happen just outside, so quiet.  
Tokyo was wonderful, I felt so happy being back there. I didn't get to go back as much in 2010 as compared to 2009, I'd missed my friends so much. There's something very cozy about our get-togethers that I love, it always gives me this warm and fuzzy feeling that I can't quite put into words, really really sweet. :)
Luna Sea was beyond my imagination, their performance spectacular. I met all the members, and everyone was so nice and down-to-earth it was touching. I'll definitely talk about it a bit more when I can share the photographs, the experience was so amazing.  
There had been a lot going on the past weeks, it's so draining dealing with everything. But hey, I made it through another year at the very least, for that I'm glad, and extremely grateful for the support you've all given me. So thank you everyone, here's to a happy and amazing new year~~ <3

Postcard Book Giveaway!

I'm giving away 3 copies of my postcard books along with a mystery gift on Facebook. If you haven't heard about the giveaway, check the details out here 

Some photos - 

For those who're interested in purchasing, I apologize that it is not available at the moment. I'll update again when it comes back into stock. :3 

On another note, hello Toronto!!! 

On the way to our apartment in the morning
I was talking with my agent Suzy in the office today and when afternoon came it started snowing! The snowflakes were so big and fluffy and pretty, and I haven't actually seen snowfall in a long time, it made me a very, very happy girl. :D