Miel: The African Barbie

The first time I saw her in HUCOMIN class last term, I immediately piped up: “You know, you could be a model.”

Miel is of African descent and has really distinct features that all blend into this one beautiful face. When you see her with the rest of the pretty mestizas strutting onstage, she really stands out. Of course, the shoray hair helped a whole lot. In these photos, I was awed with how she projected. She looked like Barbie!

I experimented with different white balances here. My favorites are daylight (for the yellow effect) and white fluorescent light. Tungsten hates me. Of course, it depends on where you put the strobes. Wish the photos could be sharper, though. I only got it right on the last shot. Haha!

I got really exhausted halfway through (that was from chasing the models in the GE Fashion Show) so I rested beside her. Lei, Red and Arvin took photos of me and Miel but I protested about posting them. I was like, “Hallo! Pwede ka na mag-prito ng itlog sa mukha ko tapos itatabi niyo ako kay Miel. Mukha akong P.J.! (Personal Jalalay)”

(Lei, however, managed to capture angles that I never thought I had. I hate seeing pictures of me laughing. My face gets all scrunched up. But Lei did things differently. Kudos to you!)

Nude photo shoot with Apple, the FHM Model
For limited viewers only, since many of my contacts are under-aged.


  1. Bea Lapa

    August 23, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    my sharpest photo. *sigh*

  2. Rowena Wendy Lei

    August 23, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    She looks like a model nga. 😀

  3. Bea Lapa

    August 23, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    may future. hehe. now all i need is a concept. i already have one concept running through my head but that's for my cousins and it would take a major production to make it work.

    now all i need is a concept for the abma peeps.

  4. Haya Benitez

    August 24, 2008 at 2:47 am

    ganda sana nito… i wonder why blurry… are you using manual focus?

  5. Bea Lapa

    August 24, 2008 at 3:59 am

    my hands. slight camera shake. lol. and yap, i just remembered that red made pakialam my settings cos he's a manual focus nazi.

  6. JC Ruiz

    August 24, 2008 at 4:37 am

    baka naman dahil mababa ang shutter speed. hehehe

  7. Bea Lapa

    August 24, 2008 at 4:51 am

    yan nga yung malinaw eh. pag masyadong mataas bumabagal.

  8. JC Ruiz

    August 24, 2008 at 5:00 am

    that hair is like whoa!

  9. Bea Lapa

    August 24, 2008 at 6:09 am

    that's actually what makes her stand out. ^_^

  10. mieL (^_^)

    August 24, 2008 at 6:43 am

    nahiya naman ako missssssss………………..

    pero thank you narin po………….
    thank you thank you……………..
    (>_<) (>_<) (>_<) (>_<)
    (^_^) (^_^) (^_^) (^_^)

  11. Bea Lapa

    August 24, 2008 at 6:46 am

    sana may agency makakita nitong post ko. hehehe. sana maging model ka nga ng tuluyan. hwehwehwe.

  12. thadeus 0018

    August 24, 2008 at 10:53 am

    nice nice nice.. libido? parang sarap na sarap si mariel dito ahh.. mag photoshoot / =]

  13. Bea Lapa

    August 24, 2008 at 10:59 am

    amf. nagbibinata at nagdadalaga na kayo. huhuhuhuhu.

  14. jonna b.

    August 24, 2008 at 11:40 am

    were you using the live view?

  15. Bea Lapa

    August 24, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    nope. i never did get how to use it until red pressed “set”. hahahahahahaha! feeling ko nga sometimes nanlalabo na mata ko.

  16. jonna b.

    August 24, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    a ok. i thought you were using it, most people kasi who use it end up with blurry shots unless they use a tripod.

  17. Bea Lapa

    August 24, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    nung pinakita ni red how to use it, medyo hindi ako comfy kasi parang ang dilim wala akong makita. eto kasi puro test sa lighting and white balance. nung finally nakuha ko na ang timplang gusto ko…pagod na ako. XD

    may pagagamitan pa naman ako niyang shots na yan kahit blurry. kasi tatanggalin ko siya sa studio setup.

  18. Cj Padilla

    August 26, 2008 at 3:44 am

    i like this shot. ^_^ nice lighting too.

  19. Bea Lapa

    August 26, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    haha, pareho tayong mahilig sa yellow light.

  20. Cj Padilla

    August 27, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Yep ^_^ Mas may dagdag na effect. Para sakin, either it's yellow lighting or it's on black & white.

  21. Rafael Cases

    August 27, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Give some offwhite clothing in the shot and golden-toned colours. Add some goldenaccessories and it will give off a certain elegance. She looks like a model, just add more formal clothing to make her look elegant.

  22. Bea Lapa

    October 15, 2008 at 7:15 am

    ate cris! eto po yung pictures ni miel. toldja she was good. sayang lang nahirapan ako sa ibang shots kasi nag-blur pero ang ganda sana.

  23. Nutz Strife

    November 17, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    i like her bone structure. she's got limbs nga na reminds me of my barbie dolls. pretty!

  24. zerah mercado

    December 9, 2008 at 6:50 am

    naks naman maganda to maganda to

  25. zerah mercado

    December 9, 2008 at 6:53 am

    buravo buravo maganda ang shot na ito. maayos din ang hair sa shoot na ito.

    pati no shakes and good lighting and…and… and…

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