Elle n'est pas là par Quan Mai

Creativity is a force that takes you over, if you don't have it, you can't fake it! I had the privilege of working with such a force, his name is Quan Mai, aka Genetic boi. He is a do it all artist. Not only is he the Creative Director, he was the photographer, stylist and make up artist. Did I mention he edited and retouched all his photos?  I am glad to call him my friend and an inspiration to get my art and designs out there. He flew from New York here to do one last shoot with his muse and friend Vanessa Hong before she moves to China. It was a great week hanging out, lots of laughter, food and insights. I had the pleasure of being involved in 2 shoots with the both of them. Vanessa is such a natural model, the camera loves her. I was the Creative Assitant and one of my designs was used(she is wearing it in the first 2 photos). Watch out everyone this shoot is fierce, creative and intelligent with a touch of sadness:
Model: Vanessa Hong 

Photography - Retouch & Editing - Text -
Hair & Makeup - Styling - Art Direction: Quan Mai

Creative Assistant: Melissa Araujo

Behind the scenes:

Quan in the zone working his magic and I was doing the last touch ups.
If you want to see the second amazing shoot check out Quan's blog


  1. I love these shots of Vanessa. Som amazing. Great styling, makeup, location, everything. Can't wait to see more Melissa !

  2. a touch of sadness instantly makes everything more beautiful, no?! Thank you for coming that day, gosh... I wouldn't know what to do without your help, ahahaha cuz *ahem* ain't nobody wanna show up! :) love you mami!

  3. melissa!
    all of these shots are beautiful! quan, vanessa and you did SUCH a great job. i can just imagine the creativity flowing thru that shoot. love your designs....i think i need a LBD from your line ASAP. keep it up girl!

  4. Yes this shoot was such a pleasure to be in, ideas and creativity was everywhere!
    @Natasha: You know we still going to do a shoot together, love your style. The Mills forever! ;)
    @Quan, thanks for letting me be part of this experience papi!Next Year I will be visiting you in NY No doubt!!
    @Nicole, girl thanks for all your support!

  5. Melissa you are so creative. love the photos and of course the clothing... GOOD JOB!!!

  6. LOVE the tone of the photo shoot. Great job mel!

  7. Where is the jacket from on this.. i want it..
    yes sure i can afford fur jackets..
    so glad you got the props you deserve mel! <3


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