I recently had the privilege of doing my first L’Officiel C Middle East over shoot for both the English and Arabic Editions. For those who don’t know L’Officiel is one of the oldest magazine brands out there. Been around since 1920’s bringing consistent great editorials and content so I was super excited to be part of the team!
The re-launch issues cover story was about the lovely and talented Jessica Michelle Kahawaty (Miss Australia World) Jessica was placed 3rd in the 2012 Miss World competition. She is also now the host of 2 Yahoo shows, ‘omg! NOW’ and ‘omg! NUJOOM’ which will be airing shortly. An absolute delight to work with and such a sweet soul, must say she made everyone’s life easy on set.
I was assisted by a lovely creative team who made this shoot possible. The artistic director for this shoot was stylish Samar Sadik, great team of Dresscode by Farah, Farah Kabir and Oscar Badibanga, my assistant Evelyn, the sweet Katie Cousins who did the makeup and the talented Shindesu who was responsible for the hair and the wind machine. Been wanting to work with Shin for a while so was elated when he came on board, such a calm soul and creative soul!
Our studio for the shoot was the newly built HotCold Studio in Al Quoz. Definitely my favorite studio in Dubai with all the equipment you need, super friendly service and a BIG plus Dog Friendly as well!! Needles to say my little one Assie came with to add the charm factor!
The light coming through the windows was amazing and an added bonus the slight film of sand on the window created a wonderful diffusion of the light. I added some fill with large white and silver foamcore reflectors, and later add some more fill with the SB 900 flashes at 1/8 stop on Manual Mode. Overall was a great day with a lovely group of creatives and a lovely editorial! Here are extra photos from the shoot!
Some behind the scenes shots
A big thank you to all who was involved in this shoot, Kudos to you guys!
Photography Belinda Muller www.belindamullerphotography.com
Art Direction Samar Sadik
Makeup Katie Cousins
Styling Farah Kabir and Oscar Badi Dresscode by Farah.
Model Jessica Kahawaty
Assistant Evelyn Garcia
Location HOTCOLD Studio