CHINESE OPERA PERFORMANCE | NEW YORK, NY EVENT PHOTOGRAPHER

CHINESE OPERA PERFORMANCE | NEW YORK, NY EVENT PHOTOGRAPHER

As promised, here are some photos of the behind-the-scenes workings during my shoot of the Cantonese Opera performance in Chinatown, Manhattan.  It’s really too bad the images can’t show the time necessary in which to create this look (several hours worth!) of intricate costuming and elaborate makeup..  My own parents are in some of the shots, and I’ve always been proud of them, for their dedication to this performance art.  Hope you enjoy the images!

 

Pretty detailed embroidery…

Testing some lighting using my lovely assistant for the day…

I LOVED getting the musician shots…

CHINESE OPERA PORTRAITS | NEW YORK, NY PHOTOGRAPHER

CHINESE OPERA PORTRAITS | NEW YORK, NY PHOTOGRAPHER

Recently, I’d been given the opportunity to photograph a Cantonese Opera performance in the Lower East side of Manhattan, (where else but Chinatown) and go backstage.  I loved it, because I felt like a VIP (Very Important Photog) or something, running around and capturing just how everything unfolds…  You wouldn’t believe the time and effort it takes to achieve the look of the final product!  I’m splitting this event into two posts, this one as a replacement for my typical sneak peek.  Many of the actors requested some portrait shots, so they’re the subject matter for this post.  Lighting setup was typically my 580EXII speedlite bounced into a 45″ Westcott umbrella, and my lovely assistant holding up a reflector.  Tomorrow, I’ll post the behind-the-scenes action of how they got to this point, as well as some performance shots!