Behind the scenes video:

This is the forbidden city in Beijing and was our first proper photoshoot in China. Greg and myself had flown in from Dubai the day before and were then taken out on the town by my lovely friend Leah. (Thanks!) It was so much fun, we stayed out until the small hours of the morning. Sadly, this is a ridiculously stupid idea when you need to get up an hour before sunrise. After a minuscule amount of sleep, we left our hutong and walked about 20 minutes to The Forbidden City, one of the best places to visit when in Beijing.

We spent a couple of hours shooting around here, hoping the sun would do something exciting. Sadly it didn't, but the sky had enough texture and cloud to make it interesting. That, plus the blue hour colours gave the scene a mystical feel which helped give character to this ancient part of the capital.

If you want to see how awful I look and sound after very little sleep, feel free to watch the behind the scenes video of this sunrise shoot:


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