When it comes to doing photo shoots, I can be the most awkward turtle in the planet. I normally get away with just looking at the camera and giving my hundred-watt smile, as my colleagues call it (this is one of the reasons why I can never be a fashion blogger). But recently, I did a collaboration with Thinking Chair Studios where we did a casual, street-style photo shoot that would capture my personality.
Thinking Chair Studios is the brainchild of a friend from Ultimate and climbing, Gerard Aquino. They’re a small team of photographers molded by creativity, innovation, and perseverance where their passion lies in creating uniquely personal, honest and enthusiastic photos of their subjects. They work to understand who you are and how you see yourself—to be able to immortalize your meaningful moments into memorable photos. The name Thinking Chair was inspired by the idea that everyone needs a thinking chair—it’s where you start to visualize your thoughts and eventually turn these creative concepts into reality.
Below are just some of my favorite photos from the shoot (with little stories about my outfit, or what I was doing or thinking), and how I went from awkward and uneasy to eventually warming up to the camera. Gerard made it really easy for me, because he created an atmosphere where I could be myself.
This purple floral dress was made by my grandmother, who loves making clothes for me in her spare time.
When it comes to fashion, I like keeping it simple and sticking to basic pieces that never go out of style.
The story behind this trench coat is pretty funny. The Cupcake and I were going around Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh, and I came across a stall that sold this at a really cheap price. Without thinking nor even asking for a smaller size, I bought it! Since then, I’ve never found an opportunity to wear it (when on earth would I be able to wear a trench coat in the Philippines, right?) until this shoot!
I love how this dress really pops in every setting!
I really loved these series of shots, because I never thought I’d be able to pull off a semi-somber look.
I kept thinking to myself: Do the Tyra Banks eyes!
In the middle of the shoot, it began to rain and I ran under this hut for cover.
For inquiries or collaborations with Thinking Chair Studios, you can e-mail them at email@example.com. You can also check out their Facebook and Instagram for more photos of their subjects.
Thinking Chair Studios x Greta’s Junkyard