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June 1, 2010 /

Model Shoot in Shanghai with Xiao Zou and Xiao Feng

So much for the weekly blog post? Even though we have a million excuses as to why these posts didn’t happen, they still should have. We have been back from our trip to China for a week now, though eve...

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So much for the weekly blog post? Even though we have a million excuses as to why these posts didn’t happen, they still should have. We have been back from our trip to China for a week now, though even before our working vacation we had a couple model shoots that I wanted to blog about. Those will get pushed back a bit to save content for later, also because I was really happy with some of the shots from our trip.

Angela - Xiao Zou
Angela - Xiao Zou giving the victory sign

From all of the people photos I shot in China, our time in Shanghai really stood out. During some of the down time with our Chinese company we were there to see, JBSBio, I found myself sitting in an office with two good-looking women. Camera in hand, how could I not ask them to pose for me a bit?

Angela - Xiao Zou
Angela - Xiao Zou looking out the window

Half the fun of these photos was our lack of mutual communication. I speak very little Mandarin (Betty is the translator and travel guide), and the two ladies Angela and Helen, spoke very little English! This was the perfect storm to have a little fun with the girls.

Angela - Xiao Zou & Helen - Xiao Feng
Angela - Xiao Zou & Helen - Xiao Feng hugging each other for a portrait

Xiao Zou (Angela) was definitely the model of the two, and readily agreed to “POSE!” for me (one of those universal words in Chinese I guess). This shoot really challenged me with trying to provide feedback and pose information using gestures and nonverbal cues. Being an area I really need to work on for all of my portraiture work, it was a welcome challenge.

Helen - Xiao Feng
Helen - Xiao Feng staring seductively at the camera

Another thing that really made this shoot work was the beautiful side light in the JBSBio offices. The weather in the Shanghai suburbs during our weeklong visit was perpetual cloud cover. Coming through the lights of an office building, this really lit up the girls’ faces and provided some nice soft light without a softbox or any other lighting gear.

Angela - Xiao Zou
Angela - Xiao Zou leaning against a wall

This just goes to show you it’s not always the gear, use the natural light around you to your advantage and have some fun with your shoot!

Angela - Xiao Zou outside a car with umbrella
Angela - Xiao Zou outside a car with umbrella

All images shot with the Canon 5D Mark II and the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L

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