Photography

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN

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SUMMARY

"God Save the Queen" is a photo series about the beautiful life of bees and how important they are to our ecosystem. It all started out with the idea of personifying the queen bee through fashion -- demonstrating her characteristics through color, texture, and light. With a beautiful model, a romantic summer look, and an apiary filled with thousands upon thousands of bees, the scene was set. We are telling her story through digestible facts in hope of empowering our readership so they can make a difference too. 

Throughout this project we’ve had this amazing opportunity to learn so much more about bees. The honeybee plays an integral role in the environment, responsible for performing one of nature’s most essential processes–pollination. Through their tireless work, these committed creatures pollinate around $15 billion worth of crops in the United States alone, and are also responsible for producing many important products – honey, beeswax, and propolis – that we use in our everyday lives. 

Unfortunately, these diligent workers are facing a grave situation. As a result of numerous factors – from rising global temperatures to a heavy use of insecticides – honeybees are dying at an alarming rate, with losses ranging between 20-40% every year. As important pollinators of many crops, this steep drop in population continues to deeply hurt the agricultural industry. If left unchecked, this decline will ultimately result in higher food prices as well as a significant decrease in the variety of our diets. Everyday foods – coffee, apples, almonds, etc. – will grow scarcer, resulting in large price surges for these foods. 

In order to prevent this from happening, it is our collective responsibility to ensure that honeybees survive. Through nurturing and protecting these animals, we act for the health and prosperity of the future. You can provide help today by donating to the multitude of organizations devoted to the health of the honeybee, such as the American Honey Bee Protection Agency or the Honeybee Conservancy.

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Would we starve without bees?

A significant portion of the food that we eat is provided by bees one way or another. In fact, 1/3 of the food that we eat is pollination dependent. But honeybees are disappearing at an alarming rate. If these insects disappear, what would we do without them?

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More Than 700 North American Bee Species Are Heading Towards Extinction.

"American bee species are declining as habitat loss and pesticide use continue at a breakneck pace, according to a new report." --timeinc.net

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CREDITS

Creative Director + Photographer: Giselle Yeung
Model: Lauren Holshouser
Agency: Neal Hamil Agency
MUA: Natalie Barry
Hairstylist: Jeannette Stagg
Stylist: Bold 'n Chic by Monique Beasley
Videographer+ Assistant: Shane Qureshi
Assistant: HP Dodge
Bee Keeper: Shelley Rice
Bee Keeper Assistants: Hannah Stephens, Shawn Stephens
Article Written by: Jack Yeung


If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live.
— Albert Einstein

OUR LADY OF SORROW

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This series was an exploration of how clothes, intricate symbolism, and designs become objects of desire and worship, an editorial commentary about Our Lady of Sorrow. It depicts the intense suffering and grief Mother Mary experienced during the passing of our savior—Jesus Christ—as well as the courage, love, and trust Mary had as she received each new suffering. Our goal for this project was to use photography techniques to highlight these intense feelings and emotions. 

Be sure to check out our behind the scenes video down below created by the talented Adriana Salazar! Follow her on Instagram at @irretentiv

PHOTOGRAPHER/STYLIST: GISELLE YEUNG
MODEL: HALEY DEBENEDICTIS
AGENCY: NEAL HAMIL AGENCY
MUA: SAMANTHA LOESCH
HAIR STYLIST: DELIAS ARTISTRY
CLOTHING DESIGNER: MYSTERIOUS BY NPN
JEWELRY DESIGNER: JESSIE DUGAN
HEADPIECE DESIGNER: HP DODGE
DIGITAL TECH/ASSISTANT: SHANE QURESHI
VIDEOGRAPHER: ADRIANA SALAZAR
CRUCIFIX PROVIDED BY: MERCHANT AND MARKET

INSTAGRAM: @GISELLEYEUNGPHOTO | FACEBOOK: FACEBOOK.COM/GYEUNGPHOTOGRAPHY

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BEHIND THE SCENES

RACHEL

In today's test shoot, we channeled our inner "Twiggy". I first met Rachel while I was helping out a friend to assist and style their photo shoot (check out Shane's work by clicking here), and immediately thought she would be absolutely perfect for this concept! She was awesome, and totally rocked this shoot! I hope you love this unique, Twiggy-inspired photo shoot as much as I do! Follow Rachel on Instagram at @rayy_reee

PHOTOGRAPHER: GISELLE YEUNG
MODEL + MUA: RACHEL SILLS
HAIR STYLIST: MELANIE C.

INSTAGRAM: @GISELLEYEUNGPHOTO | FACEBOOK: FACEBOOK.COM/GYEUNGPHOTOGRAPHY

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TRAVEL: PETIT JEAN STATE PARK, AK

My boyfriend surprised me with a trip to Petit Jean State Park and I couldn't have asked for a better way to ring in the new year! It felt so nice to just relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and just surround yourself with nature and, of course, good company. 

Petit Jean State Park is an one of Arkansas' most iconic state parks and is definitely a place I would love to visit again one day. It's natural beauty and legendary Petit Jean Mountain inspired the creation of Arkansas's first state park! 

Sunrise overlooking the Arkansas River at the top of Petit Jean Mountain.

Sunrise overlooking the Arkansas River at the top of Petit Jean Mountain.

"The Legend of Petit Jean begins in the 1700s with the story of a young French Nobleman, Chavet, who lived during the period of the French exploration of the New World. He requested permission to explore a part of the Louisiana Territory, and for a grant to claim part of the land. The King granted Chavet’s approval.

Chavet was engaged to be married to a beautiful young girl from Paris, Adrienne Dumont. When told of his plans, she asked that they be married right away so she could accompany him. Thinking of the hardship and danger on the journey, Chavet refused her request, telling her upon his return if the country was good and safe, they would be married and go to the New World.

Adrienne refused to accept his answer, and disguised herself as a cabin boy and applied to the captain of Chavet's ship for a position as a cabin boy, calling herself Jean. The girl must have been incredibly clever in her disguise, for it is said that not even Chavet recognized her. The sailors called her Petit Jean, which is French for Little John.

Cedar Falls

Cedar Falls

The ocean was crossed in early spring; the vessel ascended the Mississippi River to the Arkansas River, to the foot of the mountain. The Indians on the mountain came to the river and greeted Chavet and invited the sailors to spend time on the mountain. Chavet, Petit Jean, and the sailors spent the summer atop Petit Jean Mountain until fall approached and they began preparations for their voyage back to France. The ship was readied and boarded the evening before departure.

That night, Petit Jean became ill with a sickness that was strange to Chavet and his sailors. It was marked with fever, convulsions, delirium, and finally coma. Her condition was so grave at daylight that the departure was delayed. During the illness, Petit Jean's identity was, of course, discovered. The girl confessed her deception to Chavet and begged his forgiveness. She requested that if she died, to be carried back to the mountaintop that she had spent her last days on, and be buried at a spot overlooking the river below. The Indians made a stretcher out of deerskins and bore her up the mountain. At sundown, she died.

Many years later a low mound of earth was found at the point we now call Petit Jean's Grave. Her death, and the legend that followed, is said to give the mountain and the overlook an enchanting quality that draws visitors back again, and again."

Light Flares at Cedar Falls

Light Flares at Cedar Falls

For more information, about the state park, visit http://www.petitjeanstatepark.com/default.aspx