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Picture making behind the scenes

January 9th, 2011

Nadine Kam photo

It’s always fun to go behind the scenes of a photo shoot because theret are always those pieces that never get seen, ending up on the proverbial cutting-room floor.

When choosing clothing we always gather a little bit more than we need, just in case a particular ensemble doesn’t work out on a model. But in the case of a shoot involving Anya Rozova, I needn’t have worried. She looked fantastic in everything. That brings a dilemma of another sort, what to shoot.

These are the final days for picking up the December-January issue of HI Luxury, where you can see what made it onto the pages, but one of the pieces that I really loved that didn’t make the final cut was the black dress above, from Neiman Marcus, with Art Deco lines.

It was very angular when she stood, in contrast with the rest of the shoot, which was more Art Nouveau, shot at the home of hair stylist Kensei Takeda. He had dressed his home for the holidays, down to the candles and red and gold flourishes around his whirlpool tub. Anya and I loved the bathroom and the dress, and just put two and two together for the impromptu iPhone shot.


Meanwhile DISfunkshion magazine is preparing to launch its next issue featuring E! Television’s Debbie Matenopolous as their model in a Fairytale/Bohemian-themed pictorial, with a March party to take place at The Edition Waikiki.

As a teaser, they send over a few photos from the session, featuring a mix of clothing from Andy South and Nordstrom, and dozens of accessories. Sometime model Adam Jung was the photographer for the shoot produced by Tyson Joines, with wardrobe by publisher Hugette Montesinos and Kyle Kagamida, with an assist by Allie Lee.

Photos courtesy DISfunkshion
Debbie Matenopolous in the makeup chair.

Matenopolous in a gold swimsuit from American Apparel.

Photographer Adam Jung, left, contemplates the scenery with videographer Steve Wyman.

Plenty of accessories to choose from.

And shoes.

Red carpet treatment at The Counter

March 29th, 2009


Nadine Kam photos
The owners, from left, Ed Robles, Daniel Dae Kam, Pablo Buckingham and DK Kodama.

The Counter celebrated its grand opening with a party Saturday night that included the red-carpet (that was actually blue) arrivals of “Lost” castmates of Daniel Dae Kim, a co-owner in the endeavor with DK Kodama, Ed Robles and Pablo Buckingham, all there to make sure guests had their fill of mini Counter burgers plus sushi and more grinds from DK’s other restaurant, Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar.

Currently the most buzzed-about restaurant in town, The Counter has been open a month and is already the top-performing franchise in the country. Popularity still has its drawbacks as I keep hearing about hourlong waits, but, like I said in my review, the solution is to go at off-peak hours, like 3 p.m., making it one of those rare places where people are willing to make accomodations rather than be accommodated. When does that ever happen?


From left, Beth Shady, Jorge Garcia, Hannah Cornett and pro surfer turned actress Keala Kennelly.

The space is rather small for a party of the magnitude of Saturday’s event, so people flowed in and out for air. It was probably just as much fun outside with the paparazzi as inside, because the celebs were in a good mood and willing to do just about anything for the cameras, whether stuff their faces or ham it up with mock interviews.

Oh, and the burgers were truly yummy!

I left before Josh Holloway got there, but you can see photos of him at photographer Jeannemarie Viggiano’s Web site blog. She’s in many of the photos, and yours truly is in one of them. (more…)