Miss Universe

Motions through light

Natalie Glebova was crowned Miss Universe in Thailand. She loves the culture and country so much that she left her native Canada (formerly Russia) to take residence there. I had an opportunity to photograph her in Bangkok. For more info about her story, check out her wikipedia.

A few days prior to my shoot, I had the good fortune to meet Amm Panisara Chompaisal. At the time, Amm was in charge of the Thailand Mac Cosmetic Team. We made a good connection and thanks to Amm, we had a 6-Member hair and makeup team, a hotel to shoot at the 5-Star Pullman Bangkok King Power Hotel and a very very good Thai fashion designer. It truly was a lot of work for Amm and I am forever thankful for her generous time and, of course, Natalie’s time as well.
On the topic of shooting fashion or beauty in water, this shoot unleashed a new approach and new inspiration. Rather than do the conventional studio beauty shoot, a nice pool like this is a superb backdrop and less of a cliché beauty shoot. Prerequisite: water-resistant makeup. Can you imagine a splotchy face or eye liner streaming down the cheek? Another key factor is the beauty of the swimming pool and model. This was the only dress that I brought on the trip to Bangkok. It was designed by Max Azria and held up very well in the pool.
NOTE: The fashion part of our shoot will be posted soon and will be linked here.
Natalie’s Instagram is: @natalieglebova

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