I knew I wanted to do a photoshoot in Chengdu-- I did one in Taiwan about four years ago and it was one of the most fun experiences ever. This time two of my friends went with me and we all got dolled up. They had a harder time since they are African-American and didn't exactly fit into doll-sized Chinese clothes, but thankfully brought their own outfits to wear.
I got to pick three outfits: one traditional and two "fashion". While I knew I wanted to wear hanfu (traditional pre-Qing dynasty clothing) for my traditional shoot, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do for "fashion". I ended up wearing a sailor-type dress that is somewhat popular around here for the first "fashion" part, and I did a rather grown-up look for the second one. That's why there's only one black-and-white photo... the rest aren't for the internet!
Since my first outfit was the "traditional" one, I spent about an hour and a half in the makeup chair getting my face painted on and my hair done up. It was amazing to see how simple makeup could transform normal-looking me into someone I could hardly recognise. All the women getting photoshoots kept looking at themselves in the mirror. Even looking at the pictures now I love them, but can't believe they are me!
I don't even look like a real person in this picture! I look like a pretty doll :D
The photographer said, "pose like a fifties housewife!", and he got this.
Some people may disagree with me, but I think you should enjoy your time of being young and pretty as much as possible, because you are only young for a little while!