Monday, June 20, 2011

*behind the scenes CRYSTAL JIN lookbook shoot*

I recently worked with Crystal Jin, an amazing swimwear designer and her awesome team shooting her 2011 lookbook for her new collection. I shot her lookbook last year which you can see on her website here:

Her collection this year had more of a native american, earthy tones more natural feel to it so we decided to shoot this on location in a place that had a desert type of feel to it! We ended up finding the perfect location right here in the tri-state area!! The shoot was 2 days, and the first day it was blaring sun which made things a bit hard and everyone ended the day sunburnt. The second day was overcast which made things a lot easier. In the end, the shoot went smashingly well and we all had a blast working and hanging out with each other!! The final images will be done soon, more to come!!

Here is the crew:

Phtographer: Ken Pao
Designer: Crystal Jin
Stylist: Jamie Grace
Makeup/Hair: Anetta Klemens
Model: Mariana M. @ S Models
Photo Assistant: Leo Selvaggio
Stylist Assistant: Rollie

The Crystal Jin Crew

Anthony filling in for the model....

end of day crew shot!!!

my favorite shot, so epic, ha!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Audrey Magazine: June 2011

Check out this new cover + story I photographed of Chinese super star actress Li Bing Bing that just came out in the June 2011 issue of Audrey Magazine! She is promoting her new movie that just released this summer called "Snow Flower & the Secret Fan."

Check out the trailer here:

Actress: Li Bing Bing
Actress: Li Bing Bing
Photography: Ken Pao (
Hair/Makeup: Elle German
Styling: Anna Katsanis
Photo Assistants: Leo Salvaggio & Noah Ehlert

*new* behind the scenes video of one of my photo shoots for

Check out the behind the scenes video of a recent beauty editorial I shot for the beauty

See the final shots below or on the website:

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Sleep No More in NYC

Last night my sister and I went to the late night 11pm performance of the much hyped, interactive performance of "Sleep No More," a production of the Emursive and Punchdrunk theater companies located at the abandoned McKittrick hotel in Chelsea on 530 West 27th St.

Honestly words cannot describe the experience nor would I want to give away what one would see during this amazing, interactive show filled with mind blowing set designs and hauntingly beautiful performances. Imagine a "haunted house (remember the haunted mansion from disneyworld?)" with a dash of "choose your own adventure," mixed in with some "eyes wide shut," and then throw in a heavy hand of moody, interactive in your face performance art. Mix it all that together and you get a fresh, never before seen take on a 3 hour Macbeth-ian traged that will guarantee to blow your mind, go see it if you can still get tickets!! Here is the link to the website for more info:

Unfortunately they do not allow any type of photography while your inside so I couldn't take any pictures, but I did find a few online, along with a zillion other reviews. *spoiler alerts* Click on the links below to read more but I suggest if you plan on going to go into seeing the show not knowing what to expect, I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised!!

Also if your looking to grab a bite in the area before the show or if you happen to just be in Chelsea, I highly recommend this darling French Bistro with AMAZING food:

Le Grainne Cafe (

183 9th Ave

(between 21st St & 22nd St)

New York, NY 10011

Sara Krulwich/The New York TimesSlophie Bortolussi, center left, as Lady Macbeth dancing with Phil Atkins as Duncan in “Sleep No More.”

Friday, June 10, 2011


On my last leg of my west coast trip I got to go to seattle, a place I went when I was young with my family but I had very little recollections of things so it was like my first time there! I was staying in the downtown area which was walking distance to a lot of really cool things like:

Pike Place Market ( eat at these places below:
- fun place to take the kids

Seattle Library (
- an amazing architectural gem!

The Seattle Art Museum (
- didn't get to go to this but it looked really cool!

Seattle Underground Tour (
- a fun tour of Seattle's seedy past!

A big thanks to my buddy Justin for hosting me and showing me around! ;-)

Dungeness Crab Roll & Clam Chowder!
Some of the exhibits at the Seattle Aquarium


Seattle Public Library

Start of the Seattle Underground Tour