Behind the Scene of Novaella

During this shoot, I realize how important it is being on time for things is. It really make and break a lot of things. Timing is everything. Either in getting the right lighting, talking to people on time, and arriving on time.

On May 7th, 2017, everything seemed to fall within those 5 hours of renting the studio. The shoot starts at 11am, and I arrived at 9am. I had less than 6 hours sleep because it was just so exciting to have this day come together.

My vision for this shoot was just simply youth, happiness, and fun.

Trying to color coordinate the balloon colors. While trying to make them not block the model. Model: Nico.

Trying to color coordinate the balloon colors. While trying to make them not block the model.
Model: Nico.

Photographer Rudy and model Mimi both arrived first and at the same time. They helped me setup clothing, and we were already doing test shots before the other models arrive.

 

When most of the models arrived, it seem like there were three of me. I was answering calls, making sure the models knew where to go, and directing and making background sets as I go.

Mimi helping me test out perspective while Nhi finishes her make up. Model wearing: Wake up Make up.

Mimi helping me test out perspective while Nhi finishes her make up.
Model wearing: Wake up Make up.

Watching over both the lighting and balloon setting.  Model: Nico. Wearing Emergen Sass Burn Kit.

Watching over both the lighting and balloon setting.  Model: Nico. Wearing Emergen Sass Burn Kit.

Throwing ballons into the shots. Ended up asking staff to help me throw ballons at Nico. lol.

Throwing ballons into the shots. Ended up asking staff to help me throw ballons at Nico. lol.

Creating hair silhouettes with hair, and trying to direct the shot

Creating hair silhouettes with hair, and trying to direct the shot

Adjusting the folds as much as I can.

Adjusting the folds as much as I can.

It was such a big help to have my assistant Marcos there, and Kyla one of the model's friend as a helper. ;v; They kept me in check when I was running back and forth between shoots like a headless chicken.

Adjusting model Nhi's hair. With Stylist Eileen. Wearing Diesuki Sweater.

Adjusting model Nhi's hair. With Stylist Eileen. Wearing Diesuki Sweater.

We were 2 hours a head of scheduled after shooting 3 models. Eileen, the stylist made everything so gorgeous. She was the fairy godmother of the shoot. Transforming the models. It really felt unreal that few weeks ago we were discussing models styles on paper, and now we seeing them transform before our eyes. It was so blissful, easygoing when we everyone came together to do test shots. We had trial and errors, but we still go things done. It was a good feeling to see them happy while we worked.

We were struggling with long arms here. lol

We were struggling with long arms here. lol

Look at all these nerds. I love them!! <3

Look at all these nerds. I love them!! <3

Towards the end we had some setbacks, and we were able to shoot 2 apparels within 20 minutes. It almost seem unheard of. Rudy was a trooper, and I really relied heavily on his professionalism. Thanks to Eileen, we were able to come up with quick concept and throw together to make up for lost times.

In the end everything worked out and we wrapped it up with a final selfie. It was the roses on top.

Final group shot of all the models. Me not included. lol Model from left to right: Tokki, Nico, Nhi, Mori, Grace, Mimi

Final group shot of all the models. Me not included. lol

Model from left to right:
Tokki, Nico, Nhi, Mori, Grace, Mimi

The whole Crew eating at Menho having some hot ramen after the pouring rain. In LA.

The whole Crew eating at Menho having some hot ramen after the pouring rain. In LA.

After the shoot everyone was hungry and we went to a ramen shop to eat! Everything ended on a good note. Now we just wait to see the photos!

 

Special thanks for everyone's Time and effort! Thank you!

Models:
Mimi, Nhi, Grace, Nico, Tokki
Photographer:
Rudy Martinez
Stylist:
Eileen Dinh
Assistant:
Marcos Castro.