[Style Editorial for Elegant Magazine] My Precious

After keeping these photos in wraps for SO many months, I’m thrilled to finally be able to share them! This photo series is one of my favorite series so far because it marks a major turning point in the way I approach my personal photographic projects and the way I retouch my images.

Fashion Editorial: 'My Precious' by Miu Vermillion for Elegant Magazine
Dress by NBD ❈ Poncho by MICHAEL STARS ❈ Earrings by NINE WEST ❈ Necklace by ANNE KLEIN ❈ Bangles by NATASHA ❈ Ring by SAKS FIFTH AVENUE ❈ Nail Ornaments by ANGELICA BRIGADE ❈ Hosiery by PRETTY POLLY ❈ Boots by JIMMY CHOO

At that time, I was plagued by deep dissatisfaction with the photos I created thus far. To me, they are visually-pleasing, but emotionally sterile and forgettable. I spent countless hours mulling over what I should do differently next time . . . and decided to start by creating the mood I want to convey through the images – in real life – during the shoot. Instead of asking the model to act a certain way or pretend to feel a certain emotion, I tried to use music, lighting, and thermostat setting to induce the feeling. It was my very first attempt; so, the result was not so stellar. But, I was getting there . . .

Fashion Editorial: 'My Precious' by Miu Vermillion for Elegant Magazine
Dress by NEEDLE AND THREAD ❈ Earrings by MADISON PARKER ❈ Rings by SAKS FIFTH AVENUE ❈ Bangles by NATASHA ❈ Nail ornaments by ANGELICA BRIGADE ❈ Hosiery (layered) by PRETTY POLLY pantyhose and CAPEZIO fishnets ❈ Sandals by JIMMY CHOO

However, apparently, that solution was not enough. I went ahead and retouched the photos the way I usually did; but, in the end, I came up with another set of pretty but bland images. Retouching the skin to perfection seems to remove all the rawness and emotion I want to convey through the photos. I still think we need to remove all of the components that would distract people from appreciating on the things we want to show through the photos (e.g: electric sockets, stray cables you can’t hide or tuck away during the shoot, stains, etc ). But we – or at least, I – need to do remove distractions and imperfections in ways that don’t take away “the spirit of the photos’. A tiny crease between a person’s eyebrows and hollowness under a person’s eyes can show the worry or gloom the person feels. The moment we remove those things from the photos, we remove the emotion from those photos as well.

Style Editorial: 'My Precious' by Miu Vermillion for Elegant Magazine
Belt worn as tube top by WOLFORD ❈ Sculptural body harness and nail ornaments by ANGELICA BRIGADE ❈ Bangles by NATASHA ❈ The shorts are STYLIST’S OWN ❈ Hosiery by PRETTY POLLY ❈ Boots by JIMMY CHOO

We see under-eye bags, red veins on the white of the eyes, as well as creases around the mouth and neck on contemporary artworks all the time. And yet, we still find the drawings or paintings beautiful. Moreover, we admire the artists for being able to infuse emotions into their works by drawing or painting in those details.

I still want to create stories and dreams through my personal projects . . . so, I will not stop retouching my images . . . just not in ways that take away “the spirit” of the photos.

Personal Project: 'My Precious' by Miu Vermillion for Elegant Magazine
Dress by NBD ❈ Furry coat by EAVES ❈ Bracelets by NATASHA ❈ Rings by HOUSE OF HARLOW 1960 ❈ Nail shield by ANGELICA BRIGADE ❈ Hosiery (layered) are by PRETTY POLLY (panty hose) and CAPEZIO (fishets) ❈ Shoes by JIMMY CHOO

After numerous trials trials and errors,  I decided to use VSCO Film 07 on Adobe Lightroom to emphasize the mood. Then, I removed clutters (such as electric sockets, using clone stamp, and removed unnecessary/distracting details by doing some light dodging and burning on Photoshop. When I was done, I printed the image, and fine-tuned the exposure, highlight, and shadow on Lightroom.

I used several other methods as well including frequency separation and the usage of several other Photoshop plug-ins. But the combination of Lightroom, VSCO, as well as clone stamp plus dodging-and-burning on Photoshop works best for this photo series.

Fashion Editorial: 'My Precious' by Miu Vermillion for Elegant Magazine
Dress by NBD ❈ Furry coat by EAVES ❈ Bracelets by NATASHA ❈ Rings by HOUSE OF HARLOW 1960 ❈ Nail shield by ANGELICA BRIGADE ❈ Hosiery (layered) are by PRETTY POLLY (panty hose) and CAPEZIO (fishets) ❈ Shoes by JIMMY CHOO

These are just some of the images from the series. I will share the rest of the images next month, along with all of the edits I dislike. That way, you can compare them and – perhaps – let me know which editing style you like better.

If you are wondering what photographic gear I used to shoot these images, you can find the complete list on the bottom of this post.

Personal Project: 'My Precious' by Miu Vermillion for Elegant Magazine
Dress by ANGELICA BRIGADE ❈ Necklace by ANNE FONTAINE ❈ The legwear is STYLIST’S OWN
Style Editorial: 'My Precious' by Miu Vermillion for Elegant Magazine
Chemise by ONLY HEARTS, The furry coat is VINTAGE, Earrings by NINE WEST, Ring by SAKS FIFTH AVENUE, Hosiery by PRETTY POLLY, Boots by JIMMY CHOO

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