Was super suprised this morning to wake up to winning Honorable Mention in Fashion | An Elegant Story at the 5th Annual Masters Cup Competition! I actually forgot about it, blonde moment so it was truly a big surprise! See below excerpts from the Official Website and have a look at the amazing work.
“Photography fans logged on live from 83 countries to see the climax of the 5th Annual Photoghraphy Masters Cup Photoshow Saturday, Oct. 29th, 2011. Among the first attendees on the virtual red carpet were Liesa Cole of USA and Jean-Paul Nacivet from Indonesia. Opening ceremony enthusiasm turned into a night to remember for both photographers when Liesa Cole went on to win “Photographer of the Year” with a stunning portrait “Miss Anita” and Jean-Paul Nacivet receiving the Merit of Excellence in Silhouette. From that point forward it was a whirlwind of inspiring work, cheerful quotes and Honorees giving thanks to their respective spouses, partners, family and colleagues. All winners & nominees are now on exhibition at the WINNERS GALLERY.”
A big congrats to all the winners, there are such beautiful work out there and I feel truly blessed to be mentioned in this distinguished group of professional creatives! Also thanks to the wonderful Jessie Talba, Mo Al Falasi, the wonderful Ezra for his beautiful gown and my dear friend, the gorgeous Stefanie Ost for their wonderful contribution to this great award!
I had the wonderful opportunity to work with a great team for the Zahrat Al Khaleej’s (Arouss) bridal edition with their amazing sponsor PIAGET. This consisted of the cover and a 5 page spread. I pitched my idea to “The Final Fitting’ to the gracious Souha Abbas and she was very enthusiastic and happy with the concept. The concept I wanted to convey was a bride having her last fitting in an old “vintage styled studio somewhere in Italy or Paris hence the vintage feel for the shoot. The classic design of the Piaget brand would tie in very well with the look! Souha sent it to Piaget and they were very happy with the concept.
A meeting was set up with the amazing Olivier Dolz, a French event and wedding planner who graciously let his team build us 5 amazing sets in HotCold Studios. We brainstormed how we the set should look like and as Olivier has so much experience in this field it was great to get his opinion. We decided that we would build the shell set the day before then we could change from look to look when needed. Diana, Olivier’s assistant was such a great help helping to put together the set and design, getting all the props together etc! They did an amazing job! We basically did 5 mockups the day before the shoot for the various looks we wanted to do, took snaps so that it would streamline the shoot on the day!
The jewelry pieces were truly beautiful. So true is the saying, Diamonds are girl’s best friend! We have had between DHS 20 – 30 million worth of them in the studio! I even got to try on a DHS 6 million bracelet.
Our wonderful stylist for the shoot was the talented Natalie Trevis. I have worked with Natalie on a number of shoots and she is the consummate professional. She brought the most beautiful bridal gowns, so many that we were spoilt for choice. It gave us the freedom to experiment with different looks.
I also had a meeting with the makeup artist Rolla Farahat and good friend Toni Malt (hair) to discuss the look and feel of the shoot and what we wanted to do. It was my first time working with Rolla and she was a real pleasure and professional! Both the hair and makeup turned out beautiful and complimented the look perfectly!
Our gorgeous model for the Piaget shoot was Rene from Bareface. I have worked with Rene before on the “BOHO CHIC” shoot and she is a joy to work with. She brings an amazing energy to the shoot and has an ability to emote with the camera making my job so much easier!
Overall we were able to get in 9 different looks which was an enormous feat. I want to thank Souha for allowing me to prepare this concept for her and the Piaget team. Also to the team who worked so hard on the shoot! It was a great experience and a great time together!
I collaborated with Toni Malt, my good friend and fellow creative on a hair and makeup shoot called “Ethereal Geishasm” The look was a gradual progression experimenting with various black hair wig pieces combined with edgy, modern makeup with some interesting new techniques.
Our lovely model was Ira, originally from the Ukraine but currently resides in Dubai. She has worked in Europe for several years and is a joy to work with. Tall, slim and really works the room.
We shot in my studio with a simple beige background. The great thing about experimenting is that one can change if one feels that the light wont do the look justice. The lighting consisting of a Profoto Acute 2400 pack, a strip light, beauty dish, hair light and my trusted silver sunbounce. The sunbounce really gives a kick to you photos when you want to lighten the shadows but keep up the fashion look. I shot with the D700 with the 85mm and 70- 200mm lenses and must say it is still a wonderful camera after all the new models that have come on the market since then!
Some behind the scenes photos
I want to thank Toni and Ira for all their hard work and was a pleasure working with them.
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I had once again had the privilege of working with the lovely Stefanie Ost on a sports shoot for OK! Magazine. I have worked with Stef on a couple of shoots and am always impressed by her professionalism and grace in the way she carries herself! A true professional and a lovely one at that!
We were fortunate to have a great place, The Dubai Ladies Club to do our shoot in. Literally! Not everyday that an empty swimming pool comes to you disposal! After looking at the other facilities available to us we opted for the pool as the colors matched perfectly with the neon colors of the sportswear. The weather was great and the sheer net across the pool gave enough shade and diffusion to the high sun.
I used my trusted silver sunbounce for a high fashion look and pumped 3 speedlights in as fill on occasion to balance the light in Stephanie’s face. Toni did a great job with hair and makeup especially with the paint brush. I’m really enjoy working with her as she is always dedicated and willing to try new things and has a thing for “props” as yours truly. I always smile when I hear us talk about our adventures getting our props together for shoots!
Jen Haward from OK! Magazine was our stylist for the shoot and she brought with her an array of lovely items to work with. As always a joy to work with. Thanks to OK! Magazine ho published the shoot!