We started at 8 AM
Hair and makeup (for the first time) took 2 hours. While I didn't get the exact hair style I wanted, what she gave me was adequate, it looked nice enough. I will say the 'natural look' wasn't very natural looking but for pictures you kinda go overboard.
So we went across the street and took pictures as the CKS memorial. Those were kinda fun, too bad it was so bright out. So I was Squinty and Chi was More Squinty than Usual.
Awesomeness: I used America's Next Top Model advice and kept my eyes closed and counted down to take the picture so I only opened them right when the camera went off. Hopefully we got a few good ones.
So uncool I could kick myself for not saying anything: there is this little bridge and pond that I wanted pictures at, and we took a few around the pond but I wanted the stupid bridge! I should have said something before we left but I thought we were going to the other side. But we left. And my dreams were again dashed in a Koi pond of sorrow.
By then it was 12.
Next we went to the beach. A long way away. Maybe two hours. Nothing that great happened there, the sun wasn't as bright but the water wasn't as blue either (hello photoshop filter!) I asked for a makeup touch up because I wanted purple eyeshadow.
|after photoshop coolness|
So uncool I could kick myself for not saying anything: I'm sure the makeup was fine, but I have to say that my hair was a bit disappointing. I wanted it down sure, but I didn't like the stupid princess tiara comb thing she stuck on the top.
He wanted us to to lame ass poses like kick our feet up with the sand and play in the water...which was refreshing. But still, super lame.
Then we went to some waterfall in Beitou that was an hour away, that the taxi, YES TAXI DRIVER, couldn't find.
So for all that extra money when I thought we'd be hiring a car service with a van big enough to fit everyone, we get a taxi driver with a Toyota Wish. At least Chi and I didn't get the crappy back seats.
So taxi driver gets lost, photographer, assistant, and makeup lady don't remember where it is.
We finally find it at 6pm and we're losing light and a generous covering of off bug repellent couldn't keep the mosquitoes off and I hope I hid my flip flops under the dress because the hell I was wearing heels up slippery slimy rocks with garbage all over.
Hopefully those turned out nice because I like that green dress.
So uncool I could kick myself for not saying anything: that green dress kept almost falling off. I thought the lady was going to fix all my dresses to my size, I guess she decided that one was fine as long as I held it up the whole time. LAME.
After the waterfall we head to a place next to Taipei 101 where we can get some shots of the whole building. We only spent a few mins there. Most of the time was spent on makeup. And of course.
So uncool I could kick myself for not saying anything: I give her a picture of what I want my makeup to look like and she doesn't do it. I guess I wasn't aware I only get one makeup look and the rest of the time she just piled on the eyeliner and shadow. If I hadn't given her the lipstick I wanted, I bet I would have gotten the same thing in all the pictures. She also did this weird thing with the lipstick where she didn't put it on all my bottom lip, it was totally obvious but she said so that my lips don't look too big she did it on purpose. We'll see how those pictures turn out. She didn't even have any makeup remover once we were finished. So I wouldn't have gotten a change in makeup no matter what. LAME
A few shots at Ximen, someone else asking me to marry them, other people taking pictures of us and we were done outside. It was 930pm.
We went back to the studio for one last session in traditional Chinese outfits for the hell of it.
So uncool I could kick myself for not saying anything: I wanted to ask for two little buns for my next hair-do since I didn't get to chose the last three that I had (super lame!) But she just started doing something else. It didn't look bad, but I didn't get what I wanted!!!
But we had fun doing our own thing up in their studio. They had the usual red backdrop and some lame airbrushed forest one like for Sears family portraits in 1995. And then some old Chinese looking cabinet next to a random shelf of ugly old stuff.
The photographer tried to give us instruments to play with and we're like hell no. So Chi busted out his 3DS and I got out my Kindle and we took a few like that.
I think the photographer had no clue what we were doing but Chi got behind me and (ever so offensively) gave me the ole' chink eyes that we all used to do when we were kids making fun of evey Asian person.
We were going for something like this:
I can't wait to see how those turn out.