When lululemon’s PR agency approached me to contribute some photos for their #choosehongkong campaign, I thought of Sean right away as my model. Knowing that lululemon is a fitness and wellness brand, I wanted to do something playful in front of their #choosehongkong murals, hence the idea of showing off Sean’s flexibility as a dancer and his handsome good looks!
Here are some casual snapshots from our little photoshoot… More photos after the jump…
Isabelle is the brilliant entrepreneur (or as she calls it, Create-preneur) behind Shiliu Design Bureau in Hong Kong. Her current business provides consulting services to create unique events and spaces using her artistic vision and connections. She has a great eye for curating content, having worked with over 100 brands and talents and earned international recognition on her work at her previous WUHAO Curated Shop in Beijing.
I remember we chatted for hours at our first meeting together. I was in awe to see how she incorporates the Chinese 5 elements philosophy into her work by curating artist works that go with the seasons, colors, textures, and moods. The finished displays are always meaningful and edgy, mixing contemporary with traditional concepts.
Having spent the recent years in Beijing and the past year traveling, Isabelle settled in Hong Kong not long ago and needed a refresh on her headshots to show her new chapter in life. We had such an easy rapport, and it felt great to capture her glowing, confident character at our outdoor portrait shoot!
One of the main reasons that I don’t shoot in a studio is for flexibility for my clients. Isabelle is based on Lamma Island, and I photographed her at her home and its nearby areas for the photoshoot. At the consultation before our head shot session, I researched and tried to understand her business and personality so that we could best represent her brand on camera.
Here’s Isabelle showing off her moodier side and one of her signature rings made by artist Wu Mian, from the series “Rejuvenation“.
Ayumi wanted to take some new profile photos for social media such as LinkedIn and Facebook, and I’m so lucky she chose me as her photographer! Interestingly enough, she found me through my wedding photography guide on Sassy Hong Kong. Though this project wasn’t wedding-related, she liked my portfolio of outdoor portraits and natural photography style.
We met up in Admiralty to start off our photoshoot at Pacific Place. Although Ayumi intended to use her portraits for both personal and professional settings, she requested that the photos had a natural background. We spent some time at Hong Kong Park, where there was plenty of foliage to choose from. Towards the end of the hour, we went down the hill through the Cheung Kong Park and finished the portrait session at Chater Garden in Central.
I know I’ve been all about PMQ lately; my last blog post was about the Hermès exhibition there… but what really is this place with the mystical acronym? I went to find out more with London fashion and lifestyle blogger Little Laws.
PMQ stands for “Police Married Quarters”, as it used to house married police officers in the 1950s until 2000. After being left empty for a few years, the site reopened earlier this year as a new hub for creatives. The main structure and look of the apartment buildings were preserved, including the turquoise and white color scheme. I know that the location of PMQ makes the land a piece of prime real estate, and I’m glad that the non-profit organization behind it is giving priority for local brands and artists to establish themselves there.
We started off our visit with lunch at Isono Eatery & Bar, a restaurant serving dishes from Spain, Italy and France and has a glamorous industrial look to its interiors. We split a set menu of 2 starters, 1 main and a dessert and also started with a platter of Iberico Ham, Lomito and Salami. Yay for sharing! Also pictured here is the beef tartare with a Japanese egg yolk and truffle mayonnaise… so rich and delectable.