Shanghai is ‘mafan’

A great word to know if you ever visit Shanghai is ‘mafan’, which basically means ‘annoying’ or ‘troublesome’. Everything here is quite a bit more mafan than I’m used to. For example, there is serious construction going on everywhere around me, including right above my friend Matt’s apartment where I’m staying. Every morning I wake up to ‘bam-bam-BAM’ ‘zzzzRRRRRRzzzz’ and other wonderful sounds – the noise is unbelievably loud, so I’ve started sleeping with my headphones on which helps a little.

Regardless of the mafan here, I’m having a fantastic time – Matt and his girlfriend Vicky have been showing me around this massive, chaotic city, and I’ve been enjoying every minute of it (except perhaps the morning parts).

Model Shoot – Stephanie H

Here are a few photos of Stephanie, most of which I snapped Saturday night in a snazzy restaurant called Imperia located downtown in the warehouse district (highly worth checking out, it’s quite amazing!). This was an incredibly challenging shoot for me as all of the photographs were taken at night with portable strobes, and I have much to learn about using flashes properly. Still, as you can see, it was impossible to take a bad picture with such a beautiful subject and venue.