Photo Shoot at Tropical Spice Garden

We’ve been a bit ‘missing’ from the blog. For good reason.

We were mostly busy with back to back web design projects for clients (though we’re still swamped, we are promising, no, forcing ourselves to take a break this month) and for our pro bono commitments.

Yesterday was particularly exhilarating (and took us out of the office which is a good thing sometimes!) as we had to coordinate a photo shoot at the Tropical Spice Garden for the Paul Penders Company, a client of ours.

Actually both the lushly gorgeous Tropical Spice Garden AND eco-friendly Paul Penders are our clients so it was just bringing two good companies together. Both responsible, both eco-conscious.

Tropical Spice Garden at Teluk Bahang, Penang
Tropical Spice Garden at Teluk Bahang, Penang

Reason for photo shoot: we’re building the new Paul Penders European website so a bunch of spanking new photos were needed. The brief was communicated to the photographer a few days before so he could prepare for his Caucasian model.

So Katja Penders, the official face of Paul Penders Company, flew into Penang with Paul and Noori for this shoot which involved Ty, the photographer chosen for this job and of course, the rent of Tropical Spice Garden for this commercial photo shoot. A makeup artist was also hired for the shoot and Kat, the manager of Tropical Spice Garden, recommended Keith for the job. And of course, us because we had to coordinate the shoot, the hiring of these people on behalf of Paul Penders Company and to make sure things went the way we wanted them to.

Getting ready for Paul Penders photo shoot
Getting ready for Paul Penders photo shoot

So all in all, we had about 10 people involved. Oh and let’s not forget the very able Robert, the taxi man who kindly brought the Penders to Teluk Bahang from the Penang airport and took them shopping for the needed white dress in Penang on a Thursday morning!

The sun was lovely and bright which made everyone relieved. It was better to be scorching hot and humid than rainy! To our delight, the rain only came after we’d wrapped things up around 5pm.

It was great working with a professional and accommodating team of people. We made Paul haul from Langkawi his complete skincare range together with the 22 herbs which made up his LevensESSENTIE Gold formula. (And we have to haul them back to Langkawi end of this month when we meet up again.)

Finally we check out the photos Ty took!
Finally we check out the photos Ty took!

Everything was made easy, fast and convenient. I remembered asking Kat for some banana leaves and she managed to get one of her staff to get us a whole 2 meter long leaf! Or scouting around the Spice Garden gift shop and “loaning” some rattan trays, coconut spoons and wooden bowls to be used as props for the product shots!

Although our photo shoot took about 4 hours in the intense mid-day heat, I was grateful for the lovely tree shade and greenery which helped offset the humidity. We were sweating, no doubt about it, but we probably had more fun too!

After the shoot, with Katja (the model)
After the shoot, with Katja (the model)

Photos coming up in our next post! Catch our Part 2 tomorrow.

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