Contemporary chinese style, with a couture twist!
For the Chinese shoot, Mandy used white camouflage coverage cream and setting powder to create the extra matt, white finish on the model’s faces. MAC pigments in dark pink and yellow were then brushed on to create the fabulous look that enhanced the traditional dresses. Eyes were made up of blue, gold and pink shadows and defined with black liner. Rows of sequins, large black-spot lashes and black crystals were glued to eyelashes and eyebrows to stunning effect. To complete the Chinese theme, pink MAC pigment was applied to the girl’s lips, just in the middle, top and bottom, leaving the rest white.
As this shoot was a modern take using traditional Chinese dress we wanted to work as much as possible outside in the beautiful garden with the unusual tree foliage surrounding our studio. We dressed an old maple tree with bright coloured paper lanterns and shot through the trees at various angles. The natural light was incredible, and a silver reflector was chosen instead of a flash to whiten the skin for a more realistic Chinese effect which worked very well. No other lighting was used outside for any of the images. We moved around the location to capture various angles. We used a 50mm and 24-300mm to gain some depth of field.
In the studio we wanted to capture some images with a clean background, so we used a grey to bring out the cream pale colours of the makeup and props. We then had the models postioned further away from the background, in oriental style poses to complete to look.
Studio Set up in Barn
PHOTOSHOOT Magazine – Issue 1
The China Girls shoot was published in Issue 1. We used my favourite image as the introductory double-page spread. We added an article by Jan our Group Editor about the history of Chinese Dress and then a mixture of studio shots and outdoor for the last spread.
Photographer: Jane Kelly | Makeup Artist: Mandy Elizabeth | Models: Cassie Jackson & Jessica Walshe
Dresses: Jessica Louise | Words: Dr Jan Davidson & Abi Highfield
Design & Direction: Paul Sutton | The Venue: The Barn Studio