Hot Mama

Hi there, I’m back in the saddle here as my medically induced vacation officially came to an end yesterday. I’d postponed a cosmetics shoot twice over the last couple of months and the agency was losing patience with the aging, decrepit laowai who for no obvious reason or benefit charges twice as much as any of the other local photographers. It was at a point where I had to get the job done or lose it. I was able to wrangle a lot of help in the studio and we got through a 6 hour shoot without much trouble.

It’s still not clear to me whether the company manufactures the cosmetics or is a distributor or both. They feature products like Moistening Whitening Nutrition Milk and Oxidation Resistance Whitening Milk. Mind you, that’s not milk you drink. Chinese women chase white skin like I chase Reese’s Cups. Other products translate as Vitamin Facial Dew, Fresh Cool Sun Block and… Placenta Essence. Yep, good ole’ placenta essence, which was absolutely perfect because when our model waltzed in an hour late it was clearly evident that she was with child. Maggie Liu came over from Nanning and was great and really funny and really pregnant, a first for me. Everything was head and shoulders glamour stuff so we shot around her tummy. It looks like they may use the shot below and if you look very closely, you can just make out her ampleness in the shadows. I don’t know why really but I was somehow taken aback at first, it was really weird. The art director explained that when she first booked Maggie she wasn’t really even showing yet AND that she’d already been paid. She further added that it was me who’d postponed twice. Anyway, I got over it. Maggie asked me not to use any images that portrayed her in a bad light so I’m honoring that, but honestly, I don’t think she can take a bad photo.

She was adorable even without any makeup but this shoot was all highly stylized, over-the-top, heavy makeup glamour stuff, which I enjoy from time to time. Looks like they’ll go with the color version of this next shot but I kind of like the black and white. I should get tear sheets and agency proofs inside of a week but they say will do the majority of the post work themselves. I say sweet.

Thanks to Steve Peer at Phottix for the wireless triggers and for the Portrait Professional software tip. I don’t have the program dialed in just yet but even bumbling through it cut normal processing time almost in half. I do think I probably over-baked it a bit on this first batch.

So yeah I am able to type and process photos with both hands again so things are looking up. I plan to have a complete accident update/prognosis here on the blog in the next day or two but I’m obviously doing better. I’m glad I waited to write about it because I can now find a bit humor in it all.

Until then, nice to be back… Peace!

Oh… and I love Apple. My under warranty hard drive is failing and after relatively very little complaining/lamenting over the course of a couple of phone calls, Apple agreed to send me a new, albeit refurbished, faster machine! It’s supposed to be here no later than Wednesday. The supervisor in Beijing said I was the kindest complainer he’d ever fielded. So I got that goin’ for me.

4 Responses to “Hot Mama”

  1. Dana McCall says:

    Mama always said you get more flies with sugar than with vinager Mike:) So glad you are back up and better. Love seeing your pics and you’re right… that woman couldn’t take a bad picture..

  2. Evan says:

    Hey Michael, love that first shot. Top work. That´s why they need to pay you top dollar:) I must have missed one of your blog entries as I didn´t know that you´d been off your feet for a while. Anyway, glad to hear that you are on the mend. All the best, Evan

  3. Steve says:

    You are learning the ways of the flash, young grasshopper. Nicely done.

  4. Alex Khoo says:

    Nice strobist photography!

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