Product Shoot | Beauty Archaeology

If you haven't tried Beauty Archaeology's products, you should & just in time for the holidays!

I swear by the Repair Balm. I broke out with this weird and painful rash this July. The cream the doctor gave me didn't work at all. I put it on and the rash was still incredibly itchy. I also had these tiny blisters that were bursting. It was really unsightly and uncomfortable. I looked like someone had put out cigarettes on my hands, wrists and my forearms. I didn't leave the house for several days. Luckily I had a sample of the Repair Balm in my travel kit. The rash calmed down almost instantly. I was SO relieved because now I could leave the house without worrying about dealing with the rash! And FYI, the balm works on everything, it's magical.

I've also tried the clay mask from BA and it's lovely. My skin feels super smooth and cooled afterward. I also appreciated that these are natural, organic products without chemical additives. If you haven't tried BA's products, I highly recommend it. Check them out here: beautyarchaeology.com 

Below are the 3 images that I shot for their winter/holiday campaign.

Portraits Session | Johanna

I recently shot some headshots for Johanna, a production assistant and frequent extra on the UK TV show "Made in Chelsea." We shot in studio and on the streets of Shoreditch, London.

Food Styling + Photography Ace Camp with Aran Goyoaga

I've been following and drooling over both Aran Goyoaga's gorgeous food & lifestyle blog and the amazing trips over at Ace Camp for the past few years. So when the opportunity come up this year, I snatched up a spot for this workshop as soon as possible.

The workshop was jam-packed. I shot about 2,000 photos. Even though the workshop itself was on food photography, Aran also incorporated portraits lessons. Personally, because of my background as a home stager, I loved the French chateau we were staying. There were a lot of great textures and patina of the 400-year-old home that I found very charming (even though some of the closed rooms were borderline creepy and one of the group members may or may not have saw a ghost). 

Personally, the most nerve-wracking part of the workshop was to present our work in the end. We had to edit and select our shots to build a cohesive story. My story was about this particular trip, how I was inspired by the home itself and my fellow travelers. 

© Cindy Lin Photography : Interior & Architecture Photography
© Cindy Lin Photography : Interior & Architecture Photography
© Cindy Lin Photography : Interior & Architecture Photography | Portraits Photography
© Cindy Lin Photography : Interior & Architecture Photography | Portraits Photography
© Cindy Lin Photography : Interior & Architecture Photography | Portraits Photography
© Cindy Lin Photography : Interior & Architecture Photography | Portraits Photography

New Work: Flower Drawings

As a fun side project, I’m taking a theater set design class, designing the set for a one-act play written by Anton Chekhov. One of the creative exercises assigned was to take five random words from the play and create something artistic with it. The interpretation doesn’t have to relate to the play. My five keywords were: boy, her, dear, nerves and tail.

I had the idea of doing something with flowers since sketching and painting are not my strong suits. I used some foliage and leftover cuttings from a flower arrangement to do my flower drawings. The process was fairly straight forward. I sketched my concepts out first and then on large sheets of printer paper. Then I started arranging flower bits and pieces on my paper.

This is also an incredibly simple DIY project. You can do this with your kids, by yourself or with a group of friends. You can collect flowers and foliage from your garden, or buy some cheap flowers at the grocery store. Have a stack of blank white paper, some pencils, crayons, paints, etc. and you’re good to go!

Here’s “Boy,” an interpretation of the main character in the play, who’s a bit of a nervous wreck.

Cindy Lin Flower Drawings

Here’s “Her.”

Cindy Lin Flower Drawing

My favorite: “Tail”

Cindy Lin Flower Drawing / Squirrel

"Dear"

Cindy Lin Flower Drawing | Deer

“Nerves” I, II & III

I remember when I took a workshop from a stylist once, and she gave us all these creative exercises to start the workshop to get our creative "muscles" some warming up. Flower drawing’s a great exercise on playing with textures, shapes, colors, scale and editing. All you need are some scrap paper, pencil (or paint if you'd like) and a little bit flowers that you can collect from your own garden (or like what I did, from the trash can!).

Try it, you’ll be hooked!