Dec 27

Life is not all roses, nor is it everyday a Sunday for a photographer. It is not just buying a Digital SLR camera and going out there charging people for photographs. And you just do not only take photos during that one event.

And it’s definitely not about the gear.

Let me tell you a typical actual day wedding assignment. Or rather our typical wedding day assignment.

Firstly, even before the wedding day itself. It’s a lot of communication between us and the client, setting dates, meeting up to go through the wedding itinerary and having a few laughs in between. We are a bit more hands on and prefer to get to know the couple before we being a part of the happiest day of their lives.

Then comes the actual day of the wedding we are up and about as early as 5am in the morning. And this goes on until probably lunch time, maybe 1-2pm. Then we rush back to download and backup the photos, do selection and processing of the photos before organising them into a slideshow. The slideshow is not just about dumping a bunch of photographs in chronological order, whack in a lovey dovey love song and export it out into DVD format. We pride ourselves in our slideshow. And we arrange and re-arrange the photos to paint the best picture of the couple and their actual day morning session. Then we select a suitable song and time them nicely against the photos. More or less, like producing a short movie.

Then it’s rendered into the highest quality possible without ending up in a huge video file. Then its the dinner reception time which we take photos and are usually around till about midnight at times.

So it’s just not the 8 hours you see photographers around the wedding with their cameras. You would probably work from the time you wake up until you go back to bed late that night.

 

And it just does not stop there. For the next couple of weeks, you will see yourself working late into the night, especially if you have a day job, to get the photos selected and processed. Then it’s the album designing time. And probably re designing.

So a single actual day wedding will take up roughly a total of 14 working days. And that’s not 2 weeks, it’s a total cumulative days in which you are actually working on that particular wedding.

So if you think wedding photographers are all glamour and stuff like that, and that you earn tonnes of money from taking photographs of weddings. Think again.

 

But, having said all that, we love photographing weddings. It’s the time where you see the pure joy and happiness of the couple, and especially the parents of the couple. We get to photograph the joy in their faces and we are very happy to be part of it.

We also meet all sorts of people during our photography journey; strange, fun, nutty, even eccentric people, all who have a deep love in photography.

We also get to meet many other people especially the couples and their family. We see people of diverse background coming together to celebrate the happy day.

So it’s still worth it. Do not get us wrong. We are not discouraging you. We just hope that you do not expect rose petals and rainbows on your way to being a photographer. There are roses and rainbows at the end of each journey though. :)

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Dec 03

We finally got this issue. The hardcopy right in our hands!

Photoshooting Carl was a breeze! Talk about working with a professional. He knew how to stand, where to stand, how to turn and angle himself. Easy! The tension was that we were photoshooting a 10 year plus veteran!

 

Carl is an international  model and has been so for the past 10 years or so. He has been travelling extensively an has done numerous campaigns including Diesel, Levi’s and many other brands like Rexona, Nescafe, Nintendo as well as the lastest advert featuring the brand new Honda Accord. He also had served as judge, speaker and as mentor to many talents. He has set up his own creative and talent company called RollModels.

 

The day started as usual. The magazine gals were thoughtful enough to buy us a wonderfully delicious bread with some filling. I was not sure what the filling was, probably chicken sausage slices with ketchup, mayo and some other sauce. Very tasty.

Anyways, I digress… back to the photoshoot. ..

Jason going through the brief and some direction… well picked up by Carl.

Some final adjustments…

And the shoot was on the way… and of course, minor adjustments which needed after test shots.

The team behind the scenes. We had a large team for this photoshoot; the editorial, wardrobe and make up. And of course, photography.

Carl was very hands on, seen here checking photos to get his posing right. Oh, by the way, Carl is also a photographer.

Carl and Jason going through some points with the wardrobe team to make some adjustments.

Jason going through the photos with our editor for confirmation on hitting our brief while Carl was there taking it in.

and… here’s the one of the final shots before off to the next location.

General set up for the second location.

I could sneak in a couple of shots during the short breaks in between.

The team anxiously awaiting results from the second location.

… reviewing photos…

.. and the photoshoot continues..

We had a video crew as well…

Great interaction and feedback and suggestions.

After nailing several shots, including this one…. away we went to the next location!

Oh.. it was this location which we got our covershot!

Next location.

 

And one final check before wrapping up for the day.

 

It was really fun and exciting working with Carl. It took photoshoot professional models to a whole new level.

We met Carl again during a Today’s Choices event. Great catch up. Photo credit to Today’s Choices.

Get a copy or go on to their website for more information. Click Today’s Choices.

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Nov 26

That’s what we did! By the beach, covering a TV Commercial shoot. It was one of the few unique assignments we got.

 

We got up in the wee hours of the morning for the morning call. And this place was not behind our houses! It was quite a distance away. But no matter, our spirits were up and we were very excited to be part of this.

And of course, we were very excited to be able to meet in person, the world champion! She is a very easy going person.

None of those “I am famous therefore you shall worship the ground I walk on” attitude. Easy going, easy to chat with, gets on well with others and even had her lunch with the rest of the crew.

As you can expect, it was extremely hot and sunny at the beach.

Jason has his army hat and.. erm.. what do you call that thing anyway? Facecover?

That hat thing that covers almost the entire face.. as protection from the elements, in this case, the sun.

Fortunately we had ample supply of this, it was a Revive commercial anyway.

And there was enough shade being set up should anyone need to escape the sun for a while.

They too brought in mobile toilets. Not those portaloos you see on construction sites. These are full on toilets, complete with aircond!

Check out the rest of the photos! There’s lots of them.

 

Trying to stay out of the way of the crew.

Can you spot anyone familiar?

This needs a special mention. That thing you see next to Jason, that’s similar to one of those studio lights, except that it is used outdoors, when extra lighting is needed to compete with the afternoon sun!

Check out the lights in action. And.. oh look!! that’s me again trying to sneak in a shot and at the same time trying not to get in the way.

5 men are needed to move this thing around. That fella in green is so huge, I counted him twice!

And when it shines on you, trust me you can feel it’s “eyes” on you. Literally! The glare and the heat from this thing is intense!

The photo of Jason above is an example of the light in action, and it was shot right in the mid-day sun!

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And time for some posing shots!

Those lights behind me are the Arri lights mentioned earlier on. They were so bright, they made this photo looked like it was taken at night, or.. almost night.

With some adjustments made.

Me with some props.

 

and finally….

See, so friendly.

Nov 21

Just a little glimpse of what we did some time back.

This is the location. And yes, it took place at a beach.

… a beach is not one of Jason’s most natural environment. Stay tuned to see how he made it through the 2-day assignment.

 

 

 

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Apr 08

Recently we had the wonderful opportunity to photograph Nadia Heng for Today’s Choices Magazine. She was on the cover!!

Nadia is such a wonderful person to be with. For the lack of a better description, she lights up the room simply by walking into it. She is that brilliant! She is easy to talk to, easy going and fun. None of those primadonna syndrome which some may choose to exhibit.

Nadia is a former Miss Malaysia-World 2010/2011 and is currently Hypp TV Host. She is also XIXILI’s ambassador and Asian Shark Conservation ambassador. Oh.. and should you need an emcee, Nadia’s your girl as she too is an awesome emcee.

The photoshoot location was at Saujana Hotel just off Subang Airport Road. Our first location was at Senja Restaurant. Although named in Malay, Senja is actually serves fine Italian cuisines. The aroma of the wood fire really gets your appetite going. Anyways, back to the shoot.

The restaurant is flooded with light which makes for wonderful natural light shots.

But of course we snuck in a shot or two with creative lighting.

Very interesting lighting we had that day.

The restaurant were kind enough to bear with us while we move some tables and chairs to make way for better angles.

We had load of fun photographing Nadia. As you can see from the photos, the team were enjoying themselves.

Nadia was always on hand to review, comment and improve on the photos!

See what I mean? At each location, and each set, Nadia makes sure that everything is up to par, especially on her end.. and to a certain extend, help us improve the photos.

Oh… there was an awkward but extremely hilarious moment. Not gonna post it up here. But you can, by all means, ask us :)

And last but not least.. here’s a quick group photo before we waved goodbye and got caught in the rain trying to get back to our parked cars :S

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