Month: March 2013

Cosmopolitan’s Fearless Men

These are some of the fearless men who I shot for Cosmopolitan Magazine Singapore. They were featured in September 2012’s issue. This is my personal black and white edit which I only just got around to doing, months later! I say better late than never.


I have shot Bobby Tonelli and George Young before so it was a very easy shoot and these guys are great at what the do. They all have such ease in front of the camera. They can relax into different moods and be sexy and laugh on cue – that is what I call talent.

I am using this post to draw some light to how a commercial shoot goes. You can see here that I have edited these images to look sultry and sexy and a little bit dark, just like the fearless men themselves. However, on the set of the shoot it was anything but dark and sultry – we were all having a laugh and teasing each other, getting the shot, checking make-up and just rolling along. Very different to what the end result actually looks like.



George Young posing perfectly.


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Oli Pettigrew is also featured and although he looks very sombre here – between shots he managed to try and eat his shoe!

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Commercial shoots are planned and organized well beforehand. The tone of the images can be edited and what goes on during the shoot is definitely not what you end up seeing. I enjoy seeing how shoots are made and what goes on behind the scenes so I thought I would share a little insight with you. The cheeky posing of George and Bobby and the shoe eating Oli are not necessarily going to make it to print but it is definitely fun to see and know about.


I am re-blogging this as it seems the ‘Love Happy’ shoots will be happening more frequently. Details will be coming soon.

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February has become the month of ‘Love’. I think that love comes in all forms. I was lucky enough to get to photograph these two best friends. Best friends. There is something so special in that title. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t felt completely honored to have it bestowed upon them. This shoot was just plain fun!

During the shoot we worked out that these two lovelies had been best friends for nearly twenty years.  Twenty!

I asked if they remembered fighting about anything growing up. The answer was a simple no. What could you fight about when you are 6 anyway? I like pink and I want you to like pink too! Stomp! Huff!

Our whole shoot was a session of fun, remembering old times and even remembering old, read bad, outfits!

Here’s to another twenty years of friendship! Thank you for a great shoot you two besties…

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The Hermès Tour and The Story Behind the Picture

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Hermès Scarf by Hiroshi Sugimoto

I got to tour the Hermès Boutique and the Singapore Tyler Print Institute yesterday. The scarves that were exhibited were gorgeous but the way that they conveyed the story behind the scarves really got me excited. The process and the ideology behind the photographic art that inspired the editions.

The Hermes Editèur collection of items collaborates with living or dead artists to translate their photographic work onto a silk scarf worked on by the artisans of Hermès. Hermès believes that collaborating with artists keeps the artisanal spirit alive and keeps them on the edge of technology. This helps to make Hermès continually  innovative.  It also sets them aside from other brands because their underlying strength is defined by tradition, yet, here they are pushing the bounds of modern technology and tying it together with the past.

Hermès Boutique Exhibition

Hermès Boutique Exhibition


Hermès Editèur, in my eyes, is the perfect blend of past and present, photography, innovation and traditional craftsmanship. When I started listening my heart grew with wonder and joy at the ‘arts’. The pure expression and freedom to create and translate that Hermès has conceived is simply fantastic.  Just writing this down makes me think the possibilities are endless. (This is where you virtually hear me sigh with happiness.)

You see beautiful items and think ‘sure, that’s nice’. When you start thinking  about where did it come from, who developed it, how was it made, how long did it take, what were they thinking when they created it then look at the same item again – your mind is blown wide open at what has been involved in making this object.

The three photographers and artists on display are Josef Albers with Hommage au Carre, Daniel Buren with Photos-Souvenires Au Carre and Hiroshi Sugimoto with Couleurs de l’ombre.

As a photographer I was thrilled to see how the photographic works of these innovative men were translated into their untraditional form and put on silk scarves. To be worn, hung and experienced.

With photography there is so much that goes into the final picture. It is always great to know the story behind the story. As I always say ‘seek the untraditional’. There is such beauty in new, untraditional perspectives.

Hermès Scarf individually signed and numbered by the photographer Josef Albers.

Hermès Scarf individually signed and numbered by the photographer Josef Albers.