Images: Dee of Souldeelight Photography
Hair/Makeup: Vanessa Abad
With splashes of color bursting through every corner and a penchant for capturing even the slightest bit of hidden light, Souldeelight Photography, led by the lovely Dee, is hands down one of the most talented photographers in Singapore. As there are dozens who hold this title – and many of whom I've had the pleasure to work with – I can say without a doubt that Souldeelight Photography does exactly what photos should do in the first place: excite and delight all those who witness it. Which is why I was honored to work with Dee for one long but incredibly rewarding evening in which we did a portrait session. Tucked into a quaint and wonderfully secretive area of the island, Dee and her team, which included a fabulous hair and makeup artist, Vanessa, brought immense amounts of talent and dedication into our shoot. The theme, which was time in all forms, was almost daunting for me as I was nervous about how to bring this idea to life. However, this fear was put to rest with the help of the team and, of course, the beautiful ancient clocks which served as props for the shoot. For makeup, subtlety was the main factor and Vanessa did an incredible job to carefully apply this theme, with light and fairytale-esque makeup. For the hair, I was over-the-moon with the stunning bun and braid combination, which I hope to master someday myself. As I was the stylist-of-sorts for the shoot, I opted for a simple maxi-dress from the ever-reliable Forever 21, which evoked the concept – youth, love, and long summers. For the second look, I chose a chic, though innocent, mini dress, pulled together with an elegant black belt. The dramatic neckpiece was the finishing touch and added flamboyance to the ensemble. While this is not a look I am accustomed to donning on an everyday basis, it speaks to my inner style perfectly and with all the surrounding factors – the breathtaking location and talent of those I worked with – it worked to our advantage. It was one of the most memorable evenings for me and it could not have been possible without Dee, whose photographs continue to astound me in every way. Whether she is capturing the precious moments of family life or completing a series of photographs for one of Singapore's popular blogshops, Dee never fails to portray her subjects with all the natural beauty she can find. The shoot we had in mind, while planning together for countless hours, had the purpose of bringing ethereal, princess-like qualities to it. Dee managed to do this and more, and I had the pleasure of being princess for a day.
Once again, an immense thank you to Dee for one of the best experiences I've had in my years of blogging. I will most definitely be looking forward to our future projects.