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Shooting on Location

Shooting on location is indeed not an easy task. It takes many people to make it all happen: hair, makeup, driver, assistant, designer, models, people to carry, and more. Shooting outside you must be prepared for bitter cold- a frozen model is a useless model. Red hands hard to photoshop, red nose not the right atmosphere-unless you are a raindeer. These are body things you can not controll, but these are some steps clients can take to reduce the stress of it:

1. Warm water bottle for models warm their hands while waiting
2. Big coat for model to stay warm while waiting
3. Keep the car doors closed to keep the car a warm haven
4. Have an assistant throw the coat on the model quick if photographer changes memory card
5. Carb snacks
6. Lunch break
7. Work quickly and efficiently
8. Hot tea in a thermos
9. Morale-if your model know you appreciate their efforts it will warm them from inside

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Anina Long Hair

Every model must have the ability to act a little - Become something she's not every day. This is the mark of a great model to be able to assume other roles and become the living painting. Today we are the romantic girls in the forest, so long hair is it.



What's Yours Comes to You

Sometimes I think, what's yours comes to you. Since I left my agency in Beijing, I know that lots of clients are still calling them asking for me. I found out they were saying that I'm not in town and of course sending the girls they have. Unavoidable. But what's yours is yours, and at the Lacoste party I was introduced to a German designer working for a Chinese company in Beijing, who knew exactly who I am. He proceeded to lament how he wanted me for his editorial shooting and now he had already booked two models but he really only wanted me. I told him if he wanted to work together no problem. He said he could not cancell the girls though, but then called the next day because the agency had cancelled a girl on him. Lucky day for me! So up at 6am and out the door to the photo shooting for Pelle Moda. The shooting outside in the freezing cold and I got long light red hair wig.



China-Fashion-Week-093914.jpg Laughs with Jon Huntsman, US Ambassador to China

The new USA Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, is charming, experiences, and speaks fluent Mandarin. Together with his wife he's setting an example of international style. They have 7 children, some their own and several adopted. His youngest daughter is Asian and she knows her fashion brand names! She designed her own dress, and I fell in love with her golden shoes. Ambassador Huntsman was very kind to receive me at the Marine Ball and very happy to hear that as an American, I was reaching such success in China. His wife was excited by my offer to invite her to fashion events and encouraging to me to contact her any time. Ambassador Huntsman was very proud of his youngest daughter, who loves fashion and writes about it in her 11th grade class. I was very honored to finally be invited to the USA Embassy and meet the Ambassador finally. I always thought it was funny that the Australian, Italian, French, and English Embassy's always invite me to their offices or events, but until the Marine Ball I had never been invited by the Americans (and I'm American!).

"With Jon Huntsman representing the United States in China, I'm confident that we will launch a new era of partnership between our two nations that will advance our shared dreams of opportunity and security in America, in Asia, and around the world," Obama said in the White House Diplomatic Reception Room.

It will be exciting to see how Ambassador Huntsman interconnects with China, and I am curious to get to know them better. The Marine Ball was definitely impressive! He was really happy to introduce his daughter to China's Top Foreign Model.



US Embassy Military Ball - Celebrating 246 Years of the Marines

The Military Ball was a treat--there is something to be said for men in uniforms. It was very interesting to see what Military fashion is all about. So many stars and medals. Everything has meaning. Even the way the ropes were tied on their uniforms showed their position, rank, and job. The event was held in one of the top hotels in Beijing--it was definitely daunting to be in a room full of generals, ambassadors, and men who can really kick some serious a***s.



IMG_2693.JPG Stars in White Collar Brand Campaign, Beijing China

White Collar is the number one domestic brand in China. For the year and half I've been travelling back and forth to China, I've always been in the last selection but not got the campaign. This season I landed the campaign and the catalog! The other day we went to the White Collar office and they gave me the catalog. I'm all the way through. The concept of the catalog is to show all the week of a White Collar woman. From family to superstar to business woman to academic, this catalog really shows how the asian mind sees women. Mao said men and women are equall, and i find there are more women entrepreneurs, CEO, and support for a womans multi dimensional lifestyle than in the west. Here you see more women having a good mix of family life and high powered career. I think it's because they can have family help them with their kids, they can hire nanny for low cost, and the society here is more supportive of women. So i really like this catalog, not only for the photos but also for the message behind.



Billboards Around Town

It's always a strange feeling to see your face so big around town. I've had a super stressful week where I decided to leave my agency, so seeing this poster made me feel good. I don't really remember taking this photo, but my friend Jess assures me that i look beautiful. Funny how we see ourselves differently than others. Sometimes my best photos are indeed the photos of me where I think I look my worst. I wonder if that happens to other models too?