Started shooting my foto project: Cafe, on sunday May 6th in the new Sushi restaurant Ichi-E in Amsterdam-Zuid-oost. But before we got there, I had to pick up my homie and photographer Pinta Mawi ( Go check out his facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pintamawi?ref=ts). The man called me a day before telling me he got struck by a mild flue, that was not good news, still he managed to sweat it all out in one day. The dude is awesome! Much thanks go out to him!
Around 9am I arrived at his apartment to pick him up by car. He wanted to bring some lighting with him, eventually we did not have to use the lighting because we used the natural light of the location.
Around 10:30am all the others who are involved in the project arrived at my apartment. It was me myself and I together with Pinta Mawi, Lorraine den Engelsman as girl one, Vivian as girl two, Sheena Keyer who took on the styling for the girls, also check out: www.sheenakeyer.com and Wanda Manku who took on the make-up.
Before I could do my introduction thank you speech, we just talked and talked and because the sun was shining I opened a window and yes somebody’s Rayban sunglasses fell out of the window down on the pavement. Wanda almost died haha.
We arrived at 2:30pm at restaurant Ichi-E, a very nice Japanese restaurant where they serve some nice sushi. If you are ever in Amsterdam Zuid-Oost, go check it out. Because we were there 30minutes in advanced we could work out our working schedule and start with the shoot at 3pm. The initial idea was to use only the first floor but we heard the second and third floor were not booked for the day. So we decided to move to those floors for the rest of the shoot. We had all the time and space. Lovely!
So let me tell you a bit about the story. The story of Café is inspired by the song “Café” performed by big time Korean pop group; “Big Bang,” who are signed with “YG.Entertainment.” These dudes are freakishly popular in Asia and are taking the western world by storm! I wrote a short story about a guy who works in a restaurant and when a girl walks in, he is taken away by her beauty. He manages to get a date with her, drinking coffee, but she is not really into him. Meanwhile another girl who’s kind of a regular in the café sees the guy’s being stood up, she then takes her chance to finally talk to the guy. That is the story in short.
The whole project was shot as a photo shoot, wanted to try something else for a change, the only thing I’m bugging about is how am I going to present the series of pictures. Don’t know yet but I will work that out. Oh there will be a behind the scenes video. My good friend Ishan Qureshi stopped by to capture the whole day on film, I will try to edit it into a nice video.
So I need to thank the people I worked with because without you guys this project would not be completed. So here goes the shout out: I hereby want to thank my friends:
Pinta Mawi – Photographer
Sheena Keyer – Stylist
Wanda Manku – MUA
Ishan Qureshi – behind the scenes Videographer
Lorraine den Engelsman – girl 1
Vivian Wey – girl 2
Have to thank my girl: Jennifer.W. who supports me like crazy! Love you! I’m not going to do a shout out to myself, that would be weird.
You can check out the song “Café” in the video below performed by; “Big Bang.” Hope you like the song, I like it a lot.
Stay tuned for the pictures and you can see the behind the scenes video below.
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