Eugene Cho

photo shoot

Some magazine is doing an article on me/Quest Church and needed a very tight black and white head shot picture.  So, I spent an hour+ this morning at Quest with some photographer in his mobile studio doing a photo shoot.  He shot over 300 shots to find that one perfect picture.  And after tons of the following instructions:

Sit back.  Scoot forward. 

Chin up.  Chin down.

Lean right.  Lean left. 

Relax your forehead.  Relax your cheeks.  Relax your shoulders. 

Move your face left.  Move your face right. 

Don’t look too angry.  Pretend you like me…

I can now be honest and say, “I have no future in modeling.” I’m the most un-photogenic person.

Sadly, he did not find the perfect picture but I’m sure he’ll find something [I hope] that he can use.  But, if the magazine wanted the perfect photo, they could have just asked.  I would have given them this beauty:

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Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.

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7 Responses

  1. LK. says:

    i wonder if that is what the indigenous peoples from the cheju island of korea looked like…

    you look like the type who would chomp on raw ginseng roots and eat your kal-bi raw too…

  2. Oh, my gosh, we can’t stop laughing…uh, I mean…admiring. Strike that male model pose.

  3. Alex Oh says:

    Awesome picture 🙂 What magazine was it?

    Have you ever played Myst? You kind of look like the character Achenar lol

  4. Tommy says:

    Umm, Pastor Eugene,
    That’s just downright scary.

  5. Nina Seong says:

    Wow, I really like that picture of you with the Einstein hair!

    It reminds me of a quote I remember vaguely…

    “In the wake of my eyes,
    I fear the dream that is not.
    To reconcile these frail images of God
    to the images of man….” …something something profound….
    -Elijah Sung

  6. […] wrote couple months ago about a photo shoot where I had to take several hundred shots [for that one perfect picture]?  Well, they […]

  7. j says:

    korean version of kenny rogers

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