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Behind the Scenes w/ Alodia Gosiengfiao & Mark Nicdao – Pt.1 Globe Tattoo: PRINT AD SHOOT

Lo! The Philippines’ cosplay queen cometh!  If you’ve not seen Alodia Gosiengfiao lately on local TV ( I will embed that video in my behind the scenes Pt.2 feature  of the TVC shoot) in the latest Globe Tattoo TVC nor heard about her…you’re missing out on big time beauty, cutting-edge cool, and well…you are simply not in the know.  Sprint to your tube sets this instant if you want to catch her Globe TVC by advertising agency Harrison Communications on primetime programming or click here to watch on YouTube.  Here are a few photos I scooped up from the net to show you just so you understand what I mean, that if you haven’t seen what she’s good at, you are totally missing out on hardcore beauty, fun, and yes uniquely wholesome but still sexy eye candy!(First two photos by: Tricia Gosingtian)

So you get it now?  Alodia (the name is Hebrew for “love” her mom shares) specializes in the art of costume play or “cosplay” as it popularly called.  She’s brought the art of dressing up for fun to another level and it also can’t be much of a problem that she’s as beautiful as she is, WITH OR WITHOUT makeup.  Now please note she isn’t some spoiled pretty child who pays people to dress her up.  Alodia has been an independent and active cosplayer since her highschool days and back in the day before the flame of fame came she put on and participated in making a lot of her costumes AND props.  In fact it wasn’t uncommon for Alodia’s mother to find her fantastically precocious and dressed-up child burnt or bleeding from the soldering guns or cutters for the props WHEN SHE WAS YOUNGER OK (I had to insert that because some people commenting are quite particular, which is fine by me, now her props are commissioned), guys, you seeing stars yet?  She’s popular worldwide in the cosplay industry and has been invited to various countries to do what it is she loves to do she has a staggering online realm of cosplay fandom.  Though many mistake her to be completely Chinese, Japanese, or Korean she is based here y’all and she is largely Filipino especially at heart.  Today you get to see her up close, bare faced, and gussied up for a print ad by Propaganda make-up artist Jing Monis and Fine Arts graduate stylist, Mara.  Totally make-up free here and yes unedited, she flashes a peace sign for my BlessMyBag readers. :).

Last December I had the pleasure of meeting up with my Fine Arts batchmate and blockmate Mark Nicdao for this print ad shoot of Alodia for Globe Tatoo, here we are at the studio!

Yes, yes, I have proof that we studied at U.P. together…and he’ll hate me for this. LOL!  Cue Eraserheads/ Rivermaya music…

LOL!!  That’s a classic pose, me giving my college building a hug!  Now now, Mark only happens to be the second friend I made on my first day in university and is…(ok, Mark, if you’re reading this you must be laughing silly, libre na toh ha, wahahaha) currently the country’s most in-demand fashion photographer.  He is also Rogue Magazine’s lead in-house photographer, so if you haven’t picked up a single copy of that magazine and you want to know what kind of an “unfairly” talented pest he is you should grab one.  It’s also one of those magazines that has better art direction and content a lot more worth my while than a lot of others.  Most if not all of Rogue’s cover features are shot by him now.  Now take my hand and click on “Continue Reading” for a photo overload! We’ve got backstage passes to Alodia’s dressing room for the shoot!

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My First Pre-Pro Photo Shoot – Pt. 1 The Photos

This takes it to another level.  This was loads of fun and I wanna give myself a good solid pat on the shoulder, yey  :).  Thanks, Chroma Studio :).

This is the level of veteran Filipino photographer Pancho Escaler.  At his online folio (I have provided the link) you will find professional photographs of the likes of Dayanara Torres, Aga Muhlach, Georgina Wilson, and surprisingly even one snapshot of Claudia Schiffer.  On September 4, 2010 I was graced with my first low profile makeup job with no formal training yet under his and his photography interns’ supervision at Chroma Studio in Mile Long, Makati.  Modeled by Nicole Kaufman, Binibining Pilipinas 2010 candidate.  It was a professional lighting in photography workshop and a shoot for Nicole’s modeling portfolio.  Impressively, at 24 years of age (boy, did I feel old) Swiss-Pinay Nicole has already modeled locally and internationally.  She happily shared about her  modeling experiences in New York and Europe, naturally I had a few questions about make-up artists behind the runway in that scene.  As I whipped up a face for her, she chatted me up.  More about that in Part 2.

I wanted to have my work photographed at this level and gain professional feedback.  The photos have not been “photo retouched” to the point that my work on Nicole’s face is affected.  From what I was told, it was post processed, but minimally.  I can also tell because I checked and I can still see her pores in the high res photo file.  Photos here are shot by Pancho, two workshoppers, Carlo and Mari, and some of his upcoming interns, one of whom is my friend, Samantha Godinez.  Sam has a talent for photo editing and compositing.  She shot, stylized, and color treated this photo which did not have a wall with water beads in the actual shoot.


In this post I am including all the rest of the looks we did that day withrandom short descriptions and some behind-the-scene photos.  I will save my detailed explanation on each look, how the day went, my techniques,  and what products I used in each for the next post, Part 2.  For now, enjoy the rest of the play (ahem) work we did. 🙂  Continue reading to see the rest of the photos.

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