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01/18/2005: "Feng Shui Beauty"

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No, really. This was shot for an article on Billy Yamaguchi and his unusual approach to beauty...
model: Gosia Michnicka
haircut and style: Billy Yamaguchi
colorist: Toni Hill
makeup: Eric Reyes
styling: Karie L. Frost
retouching: Daniel Ferguson

This photo shoot started with me photographing the model getting a consultation to "cultivate the chi surrounding her." They look for the dominant element of a person (fire, earth, metal, water, wood) and use that and other personal information to determine everything from hair color to personal style tips. Hey, don't look at me, I just take the pictures. :-) You want to know more? Read the Book.

camera/film: Hasselblad, 150mm. Fuji Provia 100F
lighting: Lighting is pretty simple. I used a XS Chimera lightbox as the main light and an open Speedo head with a diffuser along the wall behind the large wood pillar on the left to side light her face and hair.

Replies: 9 have commented

i'd kill for that shirt

shark said @ 01/18/2005 09:57 PM PST

Mmmmmmm, I love that shirt too. I also do my hair like that all the day, I got awesome chopsticks for Christmas from my boy.

We doing lunch this week or WHAT? GEEZ!

Alli said @ 01/18/2005 10:18 PM PST

First time visitor- Superb.

Excellent, excellent stuff.

There are times I forget just how expressive really good photography can be- and then, I'm reminded, with images such as these.

Sigmund, Carl and Alfred said @ 01/19/2005 05:55 AM PST

I wonder if she liked the look? This may be rhetorical, but is Feng Shui beauty designed to benefit the person or viewer primarily? Personally, I would have felt more chi if her hair was natural and down. Of course, that's Willful Expose' Shui, and it's very exclusive and understood by few.

Willful Expose said @ 01/19/2005 09:02 PM PST

Okay, and I went to the website and they offer $200 haircuts. Don't worry, Brooks, I'm not blaming you. It's a great photo.

Willful Expose said @ 01/19/2005 09:03 PM PST

January 18...the most recent submission! I'm not surprised after the midnight shoot! I am loving spending endless hours surfing your Blog...

Elaine the Nail Artist said @ 01/20/2005 07:36 PM PST

I used to work at Yamaguchis and I think you also took a pic of me at the front desk holding products...what magazine was this for again???

Andrea said @ 01/22/2005 11:40 AM PST

It was for a supplement to Dayspa magazine called Hairspa. You can see the cover here:

Brooks said @ 01/22/2005 06:41 PM PST

This photograph absolutely took my breath away. I am so fascinated by photography and how someone truly talented (like yourself) can bring out elements in a person he/she never realized existed.

It's amazing.

Marybeth said @ 01/29/2005 03:33 AM PST

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