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!
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!
I recently did a shoot “An Opulent Affair” which has recently been published in the recent issue of KURV Magazine(Australia). The theme was inspired by the movie English Patient period with a “lonely isolated woman” wandering around in her desert surroundings. This is my 3rd time been published with them and as always its an honor to be in such a beautiful magazine. A big thank you to Nicholas Sage and Nic Davies for all their support. It’s especially special as our lovely model is the fantastic Lydia Hunt who is a fellow Aussie and really made this shoot! The fantastic team consisted of Sleiman Dayaa who was responsible for styling, all clothing from (Bugati Store) (Dubai), the hair stylist magician, Mike Toro, and the lovely makeup artist Ieva Nemciauskaite.
Here is the teams inspirations for the shoot
MAKE UP ARTIST
“My inspiration for these looks was a strong, independent but at the same time fragile woman, who wants to escape from her cage and be somebody else at least for one day.”
Face: Make up forever
Eyes: Mac, Kryolan
Lips: Mac, Nars
“Considering the opulent jewelry and gowns, I started with the natural curly look that moves with the wind and later raised the hair to show the details of the jewelry and the gowns. The styles also had to be compatible with windy desert that could be aggressive and messy. I raised style to give the model a more glamorous look to show her powerful beauty while she struggles against the cruel wind forces in the desert.”
Lighting consisted of natural light and as silver Sunbounce, and a Profoto 7b Battery kit and a Beauty dish with grid for the sunset shots. We were blessed with an amazing sunset but goes down so quickly.
Here are some extras photos from the shoot.
Some behind the scenes photos of creatives at work.
A BIG BIG Thank you to an amazing bunch of creatives and such a joy to be around and create great work together!!
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