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Francesca for Eye Sparkles

Posted in Equipment, Lighting, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2012 by projectxo

I am so thrilled; it’s been a while since I’ve had this much fun.  I have been in contact with Ann off-and-on over the past year.  I am actually embarrassed to even contact her because I’ve canceled on her too many times.  This time, I am determined to see the project through.  Ann agreed to collaborate with me to shoot some accessories for Eye Sparkles fashion outlet.  To sweeten the pot, I recruited the amazingly captivating Francesca.  She is simply wonderful; I could shoot with her all day.  So many looks, so little time.

We decided to start with a clean natural look with Francesca’s hair tied up.  This way we can showcase the accessories without too much distraction.  But seriously, how could you not be distracted by Francesca?  Ann and her assistant Trang Le quickly went to work.  Watching Ann work is like watching a maestro perform.  Every move is crisp and confident; it must be such a pleasure to be doll’d up by Ann.

Meanwhile, I started to prep the set.   A white seamless paper is used for background.  For lighting, I started with the following:

  • PCB Einstein with white beauty dish.  Center, above eye-level.
  • PCB Einstein with softbox.  Behind Francesca, pointing down for hair and rim light.

Francesca by Sheng Huang (projectxo) on 500px.comA quick test shot.  Not bad, but rather boring;  too catalog-ish.   Continue reading


Liz Ashley in Jeans

Posted in Equipment, Lighting, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on February 23, 2012 by projectxo

Liz AshleyFrom my second shoot with fabulous Liz Ashley.  I wanted to create a set with tight pants and tied top.  Liz didn’t disappoint me. Continue reading


Posted in Lighting, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on June 6, 2011 by projectxo

IsaOh my… I missed the chance to shoot Isa last year when she was a guest at BAMPS.  I jumped at the chance when I heard from Erwin that Isa just came back to town. Continue reading

How to Make your Bottle Look Expensive

Posted in Equipment, Lighting, Uncategorized with tags , on January 30, 2011 by projectxo

Guess how many lights I used?  3?  Gridded strip boxes on each side?  Beauty dish?  Nope.  I spent less than $10 on this picture.  Continue reading

St. Augustine Church

Posted in Personal, Travel, Uncategorized with tags on May 13, 2010 by projectxo

It was our first night in Paris; it started to rain shortly after we checked into the hotel. We found this restaurant at the street corner that looks pretty good. Quickly, we learned that in France the waiters will come when they want; it’s useless calling them. While waiting for our waiter, I noticed that the rain eased and the sky was turning blue (sunset was around 8PM). So I decided to get a few quick shots across the street. Continue reading