Tuesday, January 5, 2010

NUS Bash 2010 Photo Shoot

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of Mr and Ms NUS - http://bash.dragonshutter.com

These are the first few photos just published from the recent photo shoot for NUS Bash 2010.

The shoot was done for the National University of Singapore Bash competition organised by NUSSU and PRU to be held on 30th January 2010. The photos will be used in their publicity campaign to promote the event at their campus, students' network and Facebook.

Two days before the New Year, I must say it was the biggest shoot I have ever embarked on. The roll call started at 8.30am and the team of NUS Bash committee has arrived at my studio with the first pair of contestants to shoot. There are to be a total of seven pairs of contestants to shoot from seven faculties from the university. They are Arts, Business, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science and SDE. I understand Dentistry had to pull out at the last minute.

With the arrival of the contingent, my makeup artist and hairstylist was no where in sight. So I rang him on his mobile phone as a courtesy and to my surprise he said he was still in bed.

For every photo shoot, the models will need some make-up so they look their best in front of the camera. Simple make-up for men and more elaborate make-up for women that can be time consuming. There are shoots where by one female model can take up to two hours to complete her make-up.

The shoot schedule is to go like this. First I will shoot the male and female subject individually and then pair them up to shoot as a couple. After their shoot, they will then change and transform themselves into the "Punk Rocker" look.

I decided to first shoot the male contestant. I began applying simple make-up for the first male subject. Simple foundation with concealer and highlighter. Elshan was the first person to shoot. He was initially quite uncomfortable in front of the camera. This is usually quite normally when you never model in a studio before. The rest of the contestants I shot goes something like this - Yi Hui who pairs up with Elshan, Clarence and Zona, Sean and Cherissa, Raymond and Valene, Shane and Christine, Sophie and Terrance and the last couple Mathew and Rachel.

For sports wear we were fortunate to have NUM Wear (New Urban Male) clothing line sponsoring the male and female sports wear. We also had Singapore's Blogshop to sponsor some of the ladies dresses.

After the casual and formal wear shoots, the transformation to the next style was incredible. It was a great job by Justin in transforming the innocent looking guys and chicks into some serious Punks! They all come with thick eye shadows, dark lipsticks and big over the top hair style.

To make them look the part, I styled them to wear black outfit with metal chain and accessories. With a little coaching about how they should pose and create the emotion, the transformation was complete. The stand out couple of the day has to be Raymond and Valene who posed with sensuality. The surprise couple were Sean and Cherissa who really surprised me with their great energy.

The last frame for Mathew and Rachel clicked at 9:12:11pm and it was a wrap. It was a great relief and achievement for all. All the contestants put in a great effort and worked hard during the shoot, I thank you for the great work.

It didn't end for me and the NUSSU/PRU committees. We still have to select the pictures which we will use for the marketing campaign. There were over 700 images shot during the day. We finally narrowed down the images and call it a day at close to 11pm.

I would also like to thank Jomain and Craig my photographer assistants for helping out, doing the administration and running the studio.

Also thanks to September 21 for allowing us to use their seminar room as our dressing room.

Make-up/Hair stylist: Justin Lim, Style House (www.style-house.org)
Clothing: NUM (New Urban Male) Wear - http://www.newurbanmale.com/
Dressing room: September 21 - http://www.september21.com.sg/

Read related blog:
NUS Bash 2010 'Black Out' party link

NUSSU/NUS Bash 2010 websites:

The King and Queen of NUS have been crowned: see link

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