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A LEARNING CURVE

ANJHULA MYA SINGH BAIS  (click here to know more about this blogger)

Last month, I shot something that was part of a new learning experience. Different from any shoot I have done, I was the chosen one to be photographed in three looks, each look shot by three different photographers in the heart of New York. Captivating to me was how three individuals would interpret the same look/clothes on the same person. Interestingly, this workshop done by Kevin Michael Reed on the inside out of photography talked about Photoshop techniques, running and marketing oneself as a photographer and how to choose the perfect model! Whilst I had my hair and make-up done by the super talented team of Adrian Alicea and Ana Sicat (collectively we were know as A-cubed), I learnt more in-depth what it means to be photographers past the cliché of ‘make love to the camera’. Too often we view other occupations as much easier than appears in reality. 

Speaking with photographers Kevin Wong and Alejandro Benavente, here are excerpts of our conversation between shots:

Wong, a New Yorker wanted to see how an established photographer like KMR conducts his business and couldn't pass up on the perks of several days of intensive shooting with agency models and styling teams in place. He felt the pros and cons were hands-on learning experience and the ability to ask direct questions to those who have the knowledge. Cons: having to figure out how to apply and adapt what you learned from the workshop to your everyday situation. Being definitely satisfied with the workshop experience Wong is very pleased with the great new portfolio work! Wong said after seeing 20 models back to back in the span of less than hour, he settled on me because he felt I produce some very intense looks (that sounds familiar), but “I’m glad I was able to capture a somewhat softer side to you in some of the photos!” Focused and to the point, Wong churned out some classic shots.

Alejandro was excited to shoot as I was the first Indian he has ever shot. He describes always being into photography and carrying a camera around. “It was about two years ago when he “really got into it and realized I could be good at it, so I decided to prepare myself and started doing business with friends so more people got to see my work, so people would call me more often to get photo shoots.” A gentle and intuitive photographer, Ale and I shared some laughs. Ale said it was my eyes that he was capturing, the tender look I can achieve, and “a face great for shoots”. “The only regret was I wish we had time for fashion looks”. Hoping to do his masters in fashion photography in Spain, Ale counts Mario Testino and Annie Leibovitz as his inspirations!

As they say, a photo speaks a thousands words, see below!

PIC CREDIT: ALE BENAVENTE
 
PIC CREDIT: ALE BENAVENTE
 
PIC CREDIT: ALE BENAVENTE
 
PIC CREDIT: ALE BENAVENTE
 
PIC CREDIT: KEVIN WONG
 
PIC CREDIT: KEVIN WONG
 
29-JANUARY-2011
 
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19 Comments
 
05-FEBRUARY-2011 Bhanu Nath
I do hope you are publishing these on the cover page of a glossy... thy are FANTASTIC!
 
 
01-FEBRUARY-2011 Ale Benavente
Hey, thank you guys for the compliments, although the model is the star here!! =) go to www.alebenavente.com :) Regards from Mexico!
 
 
01-FEBRUARY-2011 Anjhula Mya Singh Bais
Shruti and Lata, thank you!! I wake up to another day of fashion week auditions in New York and your message makes my day :-)
 
 
01-FEBRUARY-2011 Anjhula Mya Singh Bais
Dion, thank you, I have passed on your compliments to both the photographers. It's nice to hear feed back, it's very motivating so thanks for taking time out to write!
 
 
01-FEBRUARY-2011 shruti pillai
I agree... marriage suits you. You're glowing and so confident in the looks!!!
 
 
31-JANUARY-2011 lata nishchal
BEAUTIFUL.... Marriage suits you!!
 
 
31-JANUARY-2011 dion
Beautiful and very extraordinary photographs... almost like paintings. I really admire them. Am an illustrator.
 
 
31-JANUARY-2011 Anjhula Mya Singh Bais
Marce, I have passed on your compliment to Alejandro!
 
 
31-JANUARY-2011 Anjhula Mya Singh Bais
Malaika, good questions. Please feel free to start a discussion and pose questions on http://www.facebook.com/pages/Anjhula-Mya-Singh-Bais/178983212112543?forceClose=1
 
 
30-JANUARY-2011 Marce
I really like Alejandro's work, it's awesome... keep going!!
 
 
30-JANUARY-2011 MALAIKA CHOWDHURY
Once a model gets married she is thought of as 'former model' as she now has additional responsibilities to her family. How do you multitask... if I'm not being rude in asking? It would help me as i'm on verge of entering the industry and trying to comprehend its DNA.
 
 
30-JANUARY-2011 Anjhula Mya Singh Bais
Namrata I don't define myself' people are multi-faceted. I love what I do and give my full in everything. Modeling is not who I am but something I do. It's an expansive life state ;-)
 
 
30-JANUARY-2011 namrata kishan
I'm very intrigued about a successful model's lifestyle.. how do you manage multitasking between countries and a family? It seems so glamorous and jet-setting but must be tough?
 
 
30-JANUARY-2011 ashima singh
O wow! Will surely look forward to seeing you then. I would be coming for a few shows.
 
 
29-JANUARY-2011 Anjhula Mya Singh Bais
Thank you Rohini and Poojan! Yes Abhishek, walking Lakme this season.. Viresh see you soon! Join the page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Anjhula-Mya-Singh-Bais/178983212112543
 
 
29-JANUARY-2011 rohini das
Gorgeous!!!
 
 
29-JANUARY-2011 Abhishek Anand
Stunning as always... are we going to see you during fashion week in India?
 
 
29-JANUARY-2011 Poojan Rai
beautiful images :)
 
 
29-JANUARY-2011 viresh verma
good to see you donning a new cap as a writer anjhula and yes the pics are as stunning as always...keep going...
 
 
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