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VIRTUAL PHOTOSHOOT

It is so important to keep yourself creative while social distancing. Tash Serena(my sister) and I have been doing photoshoots and being our own creative directors since we were kids. At such difficult times we managed to find some inspiration and had our first virtual shoot.

We gave this trend a go as it is definitely a solution for the time being for many photographers, models and others in the creative industry for the time being.

What you’ll need:

  • A device: Any smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop computer that works with video calls should work just fine. I used my laptop as I personally felt it was much more stable than leaning a smartphone against a pile of books. I found it a lot easier to adjust the screen as well.
  • Videotelephony software: Skype, Facetime, Zoom, Whatsapp, etc. whatever works best for the model and the photographer. We used zoom. Think of a normal video call on the laptop, I just posed while the photographer (my sister) captured the images directly off the screen using her camera.
  • Set time and date: Plan this out as time difference may interfere. Bali and Vancouver has a crazy time difference, so we agreed to shoot at my sisters 9AM Bali time and my 6PM Vancouver time.
  • A photoshoot concept: Looking for inspiration pictures are good as a reference. My sister sent me a whole collection of inspo pictures from Pinterest which made it a whole lot easier to understand angles and the vibe we were trying to achieve. This allowed myself to somewhat take part in being a creative director.
  • Props and any accessories/clothing: I recommend having an organized pile of all the useful props and outfits to save time and messiness. We used my standing mirror, a table lamp for lighting and a few outfit changes.
  • Setting and location: We decided on a bedroom setting, using the bed and simple backgrounds to focus on shadow play and natural lighting.

PREVIEW

My take on it: 

It was different and surprisingly super lively. It is convenient in a way as I was able to see myself pose, fix my angles. It was simple and I felt much more involved with inputting ideas as I was in charge of creating the setting, the placement of the laptop and styling myself. However, the only issue would be the outcome may show the glare from the screen, but with proper editing and lighting this shouldn’t be an issue.

The outcome:

MY INK

We all have our own ways of expressing ourselves, and some choose to express it on their bodies forever, and that includes myself. The story of getting one, the meaning, the placement, it’s all so unique.

THE ARROW

I got my first tattoo when I was 15 years old for my birthday. A little arrow on my left side rib. The arrow is a simple reminder to always aim for your goal.

THE LOTUS

There we were, my friends and I getting tattoos spontaneously. So memorable. The lotus and moon on my upper back symbolizes the rising from the dark to radiate into the world.

THE WAVE. THE 9.

I got these together, the wave to symbolize where I grew up, the island of Bali, and the number 9, my dads lucky number and my favourite number so I decided to always have it with me.

THE COORDINATES.

The coordinates of Indonesia and Canada represents where my parents come from, which represents a part of us. This was our first matching sister tattoo.

Love and Light.

My dads handwriting, love and light. This is the most meaningful tattoo I have as it is a reminder of him and his words to always do things from love and that light and happiness will always be found.

CHARLIE

Charlie is the model in the image, although it isn’t her real name, Charlie is her name within the story. She has that spectacular city life, yet struggles financially but always makes the best of things. Her adventurous and free personality has her exploring the city, meeting new people and gaining opportunities to fulfill her career as a photographer. Life is fast paced for Charlie, plans are made last minute.