Behind the Scenes: Distortion and Control Photoshoot

So you may remember that a couple of months ago, the Razz My Berries Magazine’s editorial team (of which yours truly is a member) worked make-up and styling for the Issue 14 photoshoot: ‘Distortion and Control’. Editor Becky Lodder wrote up the day’s Behind the Scenes article with sneaky preview photos from Online Editor Katherine McIntosh – and my intensely-concentrating face even featured in a cheeky photo on the website. It was a fabulous morning of tense make-up overseeing – and most importantly, the role of light diffuser holding – in the beautiful Reed Hall. For this project, the editors worked closely with London-based photographer Charles III Photography, who was on set both photographing and filming under his sub-company Travis & the Gentleman for the day…

Hair and Make-Up: Distortion and Control Photoshoot

And here’s a sneaky few shots from the day! The landscape shots can be opened in full by clicking on the photos.

Razz My Berries Magazine | Issue 14 Distortion & Control

© Charles III Photography
Models Left to Right: Conor Bryne, Emma Brisdon, Mellissa Bryan, Alina Ivan, Toby Craddock, Ioana Cristina Minulescu
© Charles III Photography
Model: Ioana Cristina Minulescu
© Charles III Photography
Model: Toby Craddock

© Charles III Photography

© Charles III Photography

© Charles III Photography

It’s always interesting  to look at photos in hindsight – an artist, or at least I, am never 100% happy with my work; call me a perfectionist, but there’s always something that I would love to try differently or improve on. However, this is the real world: time is money, experience is all about making mistakes and unfortunately, you can’t start out calling all the shots on set – all we can do is keep moving on and upwards. I can’t wait for the next chance to work with such a great team of the creatives to build a shared vision of something beautiful; I am dying to do big shoots like this in the future…

Ladies and Gents, fashion is my drug of choice.

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Taiwan: Dazzling Cafe Mint Excursion

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This week I lucked out on an invitation to a ‘Drinks and Desserts’ leaving do at Taipei’s branch of the Dazzling Group‘s Dazzling Café Mint – and it’s not one to be turned down! This mildly terrifying corporate group originated in Taipei City, the brain-child of Janet Yang – already a local fashionista designing collections and collaborating with fellow Taipei designers – who in 2011 launched Dazzling Café Pink, selling a speciality of honey toast. With it’s elaborate white decor from plush carpets, decadent upholstery to trimly dressed waiters providing a fairly overwhelmingly executed back-drop to some stunning desserts it’s no wonder the Dazzling brand has since opened five different high-class branches across the city.

It’s an excursion not to be missed. Lines for seats stretch around the block at peak times, so unless you’ve got a friend that can cheekily seat you up the list, it’s best to call not only beforehand, but on the 16th of each month – the only day when reservations are even taken. The drinks and desserts are pretty pricey for Taipei standards, but you’re paying for the whole experience – so treat yourself! My choice of the obvious Dazzling Classic Toast comes in at a neat 200NT with a sweet pressed kiwi drink of 70NT – totalling around £5 for you Brits out there. Pretty unbelievable by foreigners’ standards.

Dazzling Café Mint
No.3, Lane 248, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Rd.
Daan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Resv. 02-8773-9229

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