Being IN FRONT of the camera for once...
You'd think that after so many years of working on ClubCouture, I'd be seasoned with photoshoots. And yes, I'm seasoned with them alright.. FROM BEHIND THE CAMERA.
I can spot loose threads from a 10-metre distance, I know where the hands should go (just slightly 0.8cm to the left) and of course I know just the right amount of hair to go behind. When I travel, I automatically spot lookbook-worthy locations, I tell my friends to chin down and I art direct them like they're on a ClubCouture shoot and reassure them, "Don't worry, this one very easy to photoshop." :joy:
But put ME in front of the camera... suddenly I clam up, my legs go everywhere and gosh, the way I DON'T put my chin down, I often end up with a face so round Chang Er will be proud of her moon buddy here wtf.
Sorry friends, all those posey posey modelle wtf photos I post on Instagram - my life is a lie! Out of 100 shots, perhaps only 8 are usable. That's on a good day. On a bad day, the ratio is like 1 : 1 gazillion. But things have improved recently (thank God!), largely because I work very closely with Keira so I always get her to go first and then I'll err, pick up tips along the way. Plus Zach who is usually the one shooting me is insanely talented AND patient.
So anyway, I lucked into a #SG50 project recently sponsored by Fujifilm Singapore.
At first, I was pretty chill about it since I after all had one month to you know, watch all the Youtube videos and by the end of it, I'll be posing like Gisele Bündchen HAHA. But weeks soon turned into days and into hours, and I still have yet to watch ANY tutorial and I suddenly found myself panicking the night before.
Certainly didn't help that Michelle told me she saw Jacelyn Tay and Glenn Ong involved with the project too. :scream:
And then I saw on Facebook that the other names involved are all much, much, much bigger than mine. People like Keith Png, Danny Yeo, Dr Leslie Tay from ieatishootipost :scream: :scream:
Thankfully, my award-winning photographer friend Ivan from Pigs Can Fly Photography was SUCH a joy to work with. I immediately felt at ease, he is impossibly good at directing (I felt a little bad at how much I have to be directed considering that he has shot for so many major publications and A-list celebrities) and eventually we ended up with a few pretty good (if I may say so myself) shots. Yay!
(Kudos too to Christine Chia for dolling me up. THAT HAIR :heart_eyes:)
Anyhow, in the greater scheme of things, I had to complete a quick interview at the end of the shoot detailing my life in Singapore, what it means to be Singaporean and my birthday wishes for this country. To be honest - as much as this shoot seems like it's kinda about me - it really is about our nation's birthday and how far we have come. I don't mean to sound all cheesy, but honestly, without the numerous opportunities presented to me especially when it came to education, regardless of race, social class or family background (we don't have to look too far to know what I mean)... I wouldn't be here typing this in a cushy office, with my Instagram-worthy yogurt parfait w/ chia seeds next to me and not having to worry if a missile will suddenly land on my roof wtf.
So, thank you, thank you and THANK YOU, Singapore (and the stork that brought me here :joy:). Here's to another 50, 5000, 500,000 amazing years ahead!