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Capitol Optical Photoshoot

Sunday, May 29, 2011
So to make up for some recent blogging inactivity... here's a long post about a shoot I did for Capitol Optical sometime in October last year! It's really backdated I know, but I was waiting for the photos to be ready first before blogging that with the behind-the-scenes (sounds lame, but no other word for it) shots I took!

Anyway of course I had to go for the casting for it; tried on tons of spectacles etc. The shoot was meant to be for Capitol Optical to make a 2011 calendar for customers, as well as use the photos for their posters and what not.

I was told I would be shooting with a hot Caucasian model ^^ then somehow... it became my friend Errol. Some older readers might remember him in some of my blogposts when I blogged photos of us studying in NUS!
Errol appears a lot in like bank/insurance ads. His face is like... very insurance-man hahaha. He was also in a McDonald's TVC recently which was about their Monopoly contest!

So anyway I have ONE calendar, and I took pictures of each month. It's a little blurry but I was lazy to scan the pages in instead. I also typed out captions of what each page actually says. The calendar kinda features a "story". In which Errol is my boyfriend hahaha.

COVER
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I look like... an aunty. Or ok maybe I would wear this to meet my future mother-in-law.

JANUARY
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"You know that old saying - the future's so bright you've got to wear shades? Well this year is looking brighter than ever. Thanks to my trusty prescriptions sunglasses, I've got sunshine in my brain but never in my eyes!"

Hahaha there's such a saying meh... never heard of.

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FEBRUARY
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"Love may be blind but thankfully I'm not. Despite my astigmatism, which always seems worse at night, I can see my Valentine clearly through my toric tinted daily disposable contact lenses... And i love what I see (lucky me)!"

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MARCH
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"Did I tell you how I met the guy? He's my client! Given his goofy nature, it's quite amazing how serious and corporate he looks in his work threads and sleek frames. But even through glasses, I can still see the twinkle in his eye..."

Ironic since Errol actually sells insurance part-time in real life haha.

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APRIL
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"Whenever I have some 'me time', I like to go jogging with a playlist of my favourite songs for company. Even on windy days, my soft contact lenses never dry out. They're as comfortable as wearing no lenses at all!"

BAHAHA ME JOGGING?! UNBELIEVABLE.

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MAY
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"I've got the best mum in the world. And since she's been looking out for me since the day I was born, the least I can do is look out for her vision. That's why I'm buying her a pair of spectacles with progressive lenses for Mother's Day."

HAHA WHY MY MOM SO BOHLIAO ONE.

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Random staff from Capitol Optical became models for a day haha.

JUNE
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"Hip-hip hooray, we're going on a holiday! I never board a plane without my oxygenating contact lenses. They ensure optimum oxygen reaches my eyes even in the dry air of the cabin. No more red eyes on arrival!"

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JULY
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"Our dream vacation includes sunshine, sand, surf, seafood and sangria. My sunglasses have prescription lenses to help me focus on the things that matter the most, like where to eat next... what cocktail to order... which swimsuit to wear?"

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AUGUST
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"My boyfriend's a bit of an action man. How cool does he look in his sporty wraparounds? They must work pretty well, since he's never crashed his bike - except that time when we first started dating and he was trying to impress me with a wheel stand..."

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SEPTEMBER
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"Besides work, family and friends, my big love is music. Once in a while we catch a concert and cut loose, dancing and screaming like crazy teenagers. I don my rock chick best and make over my eyes with coloured contacts. Fun huh?"

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OCTOBER
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"Sometimes there's no better place to be than home sweet home, just chilling out in front of the TV. Whether it's a comedy, a drama, a horror movie or my boyfriend's second big love, football, everything looks better through my super sharp prescription lenses."

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Haha I think this shot is cute!

NOVEMBER
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"My maths whiz of a boyfriend coaches my 9-year-old niece (she pays him in hugs). Whens he recently had her eyes tested and found out she needed glasses, my sis wisely invested in special lenses to slow down her myopia. Love her funky frames!"

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DECEMBER
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"It's party time! The only way I can compete with all that sparkling champagne and twinkling tinsel is to put on a pair of fancy gold flecked contact lenses... What a brilliant end to a brilliant year!"

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BEHIND THE SCENES
This was actually a 1.5 day shoot because there were quite a lot of scenes!

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They usually have examples or a mood board so that everyone roughly knows what shot the client/creative team is looking for. I just always wonder... since they already got these pics for the examples, why do they need to shoot them again??

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LOL Errol having to look like he's focused on the goal. This picture wasn't used!

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With the boss of the... company that did the shoot. The Caucasian girl that's "my niece" is really her niece!

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HEHEHE Errol has to look lovingly at me hahaha.

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This shot wasn't used either!

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HAHAHA FAKE OR NOT. I hate jogging btw. Like hardcore hatez.

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Think here they were talking about how they liked the hair so they might cut it out and place it on another shot of my body.

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Looking quite a bit older... And carrying a REAL BIRKIN OK. $13 000 in my hands. Probably the first and last time I'll carry one for the next... 15 years at least haha.

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The niece getting hair done!

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Actually I think a child model's job is quite easy. Too bad I was in China when I was a kid (obviously advertising there 15 years ago wasn't that developed)! I was cute lor ^^ I appeared once in some ice-cream TVC haha.

Anyway for child models... everyone gives in to them like crazy and all they have to do is smile. And the photographer is content with just a few usable shots of the kid smiling and they're done!

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Insurance-man face!

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Pretending we saw a friend.

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Do these shots look familiar?

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By right they're not allowed to do that! If models are booked and paid for a particular shoot, the company can't use the photos for another brand, even if they're all under the same company.

I mean let's take an exaggerated example - LVMH now owns part of Charles & Keith. Imagine if they go take Madonna's photos for Louis Vuitton and use them for Charles & Keith? HAHAHAHA.

Anyway to avoid questions - Nope I don't get discounts if I want to shop at Capitol Optical, or get LASIK at Shinagawa. Models never get to keep clothes/products from shoots either (seems to be an extremely common myth) unless there happens to be surplus/they catered the product for you for the shoot anyway.
In this particular shoot the clothes were actually sponsored by Flash&Splash, so they need to be returned!

Like I got almost a year's worth of coloured lenses haha because they were in my degree so that I could wear them during the shoot.
I don't wear coloured lenses though, because I have high astigmatism so it ends up blurry for me. I mailed out some lenses to some girls who were keen (and have the same degree as me obviously); gonna keep the rest for random occasions I guess!

Ok I gotta go shower! Bye!