Posted on October 8, 2013
I had a great assignment the other day with a new client–Domi, a small new brand from a boutique fashion designer based in the United States. It was basically six outfits–all nightwear and all white cotton–that she sent over to me in Hanoi. She gave very little in the way of direction, saying that she loved some of the other fashion work I’d done, and that I should just kind of go out and find some nice photos. So pretty much a dream job. Here are some nice simple clothes and I want you to hang out with a beautiful model and not worry about makeup or hair or wrinkles or anything else. Just get on a motorbike and go. Which is what we did. We ended up finding an old abandoned bus in a rice field on the outskirts of the capital. We also visited a longan garden on the river and a factory rooftop downtown. Plus a few seedy short-time motels. Luckily I’ve worked with Trang Pham–in my humble opinion the most gorgeous and talented model in all of Vietnam–many times before, so she was game to entertain me on some of my stranger requests with barely more than an arched eyebrow. Here are a few photographs from the day. Thanks to Ali for being such an amazing and relaxed client and letting me loose with her clothes. And thanks to Trang for spending the day with me and never giving less than 110%.
Posted on July 10, 2013
I just finished photographing a fourth collection for Sula Clothing out of the UK. AW 2013. This time the designer, model, and I found ourselves in an old pharmaceuticals factory on the outskirts of Hanoi for the shoot. Sula is one of my favorite clients to work with, as Alison, the designer, is always up to try out new ideas, and is never afraid to get her hands–or clothes–dirty. Here are a few images from the day. Enjoy.
You can see more of my fashion photography on my website :: HERE.
Posted on April 25, 2013
Here’s a quick look at some new fashion work I shot in Hanoi, for Sula Clothing out of the UK. Sula has been a regular client of mine for a few years now, and I always look forward to their new collections. Our styles match up perfectly, and Alison, the owner and designer, is always game to take a few risks with the photography. I really couldn’t ask for a better client relationship. For most of the images this time around, we went to old abandoned factory in the capital, plus a short-time guesthouse, to get a really gritty, tactile feel to the pictures. Much thanks to everyone involved. Until next time.
Posted on April 24, 2013
So I usually reserve this blog for short bursts of inspiration, irreverent postings, and off-topic ramblings, but I think today I’d like to talk a little about consistency in photography. It’s something I’ve been thinking about, since I’m in the middle of a pretty big update to my website, and so I’m looking through my photographs, trying to tie things together and pace things properly and just generally create a mood and vibe that is steady across the entire portfolio. Thus I’ve come to this idea of consistency. Though hopefully not a foolish one.
I didn’t grow up in the heyday of photography, if there ever was one. The only way that I’ve ever known to be a photographer is by fighting, sometimes tooth and nail, to make a name for myself. And in time this has led to some great jobs with great clients under several different disciplines. I’ve shot for six-star resorts on small islands off the coast of Southeast Asia, I’ve traveled through Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, India, and China on magazine and newspaper assignments, I’ve done fashion shoots with designers from the UK and France, and I’ve worked on ad campaigns for some very big name clients across Vietnam. All in addition to the documentary and portraiture work I do on my own time.
The most difficult thing is having my style of photography come across these different disciplines while keeping my clients happy. I want people to see my fashion work and my travel work and my ad work and know that they’ve all been shot by the same photographer. I want that slight edge to show in my lifestyle photos, I want to keep some of my ad shoots a bit gritty and exotic, and I want my fashion photographs to have an air of mystery to them and to invoke that same sense of discovery that you should see in great travel images. I want everything to tie back together, even if the thread is sometimes a bit more difficult to find. I guess I want to show consistency in variety. If that makes sense.
Anyway, the photographs in this post don’t follow any kind of storyline. They’re from across Asia, from different projects and assignments, and they’re just images that I’ve been sifting through recently. If you have a spare minute, you can see my updated website here: Aaron Joel Santos Photography.
Posted on April 18, 2013
Just some quick shots from a fashion shoot I did a few months back for a local clothing company in Hanoi, Kilomet 109. The owner is a good friend and an extremely talented fashion designer. The shoot was a lot of fun. With nods to Gustav Klimt and Annie Leibovitz, among others. Plus just copious amounts of flowers and incense.