Jul 10

 

David is firstly a family man, a man of nature and has travelled to over 80 countries. He loves nature and has hiked thousands of miles of backcountry, including above the base camp of Mt. Everest. He was one of the first registered trackers for Arizona Search and Rescue. He worked for the US Forest Service for 12 summers as a Hotshot firefighter fighting fires around the US and Canada, all the while carrying a Nikon SLR with a 50 mm 1.8 lens. David is a fine art watercolor painter and lover of all things artistic.

And yes, he is also one of the top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World by American Photo Magazine. He is also featured as part of the Masters of Wedding Photography video which both Jason and I watched in amazement how they mastered and created works of art.

David was here in Malaysia last month, and we took the opportunity to meet up with him at one of this workshops in KL. 

It was great to meet the man in person. Oh, yeah.. he had a mishap while hiking just before coming to Malaysia. What happened was that he was rappelling down some caverns. And no, he fall. All was good and as they packed up the ropes and started on a leisurely hike back, that’s when the mishap happen.

Anyways, all was good

..and being the David that we all know, he did not let a wheelchair from slowing him down.

The day started of with David giving a short brief and of his methods. He then took us outdoors and did a impromptu survey and photoshoot.

He walked us through what he saw, what he was thinking as well as why he was thinking what he was thinking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He will also take a sample photo, just to show exactly how he would like the photo end result would be.

This was really a hands on type of workshop.

He would personally direct our models of the day as well. And while doing so, explain his logic behind that particular pose, or direction.

See what I mean by “hand-on” workshop? David brought his personality into the workshop, which was fun!

Some behind the scene of the workshop. Basically David would explain the model position, pose and angle. And then explain how he is seeing the light. Then he would take a couple of shots as an example.

Even the models enjoyed themselves.

See what I mean. She is not smiling for the camera, but basically smiling to a joke cracked by either David or by a participant.

There were quite a number of participants, and only one David, and only one model. So obviously there were lots of distractions around. The key is to find your angle, your composition. In an actual day wedding, you can be sure to have more people involved blocking your view.

But David is always at hand to guide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He was also there to demonstrate alternative angles.

And he took time to explain, and to give a little bit explanation when anyone of us were not very clear.

Very often he would just take a photo to demonstrate or to explain what his intention was, or what he was seeing that moment.

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Now that’s only the outdoor session.

We then moved back indoors, to the cool inviting air conditioned lecture room.

Here, David whipped out his little bag of goodies and some lights to create fantastic light patterns and interesting illuminating methods.

Of course, the day would not be complete without a photo with the man himself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The workshop was great! David was great. He kept us on our toes all the time. We learnt a great deal from him, on composition, angles and how to keep an eye out for interesting background, be it nature or man-made architectures. He also showed us how to use  everyday items to create interesting patterns and lights.

Thanks David! We hope you love Malaysia… Come back soon, and hope you get better!

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Jul 07

David is firstly a family man, a man of nature and has travelled to over 80 countries. He loves nature and has hiked thousands of miles of backcountry, including above the base camp of Mt. Everest. He was one of the first registered trackers for Arizona Search and Rescue. He worked for the US Forest Service for 12 summers as a Hotshot firefighter fighting fires around the US and Canada, all the while carrying a Nikon SLR with a 50 mm 1.8 lens. David is a fine art watercolor painter and lover of all things artistic.

*image by David Beckstead

And yes, he is also one of the top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World by American Photo Magazine. He is also featured as part of the Masters of Wedding Photography video which both Jason and I watched in amazement how they mastered and created works of art.

He is the man behind many spectacular images such as the one above, and the ones below.

*image by David Beckstead

*image by David Beckstead

He never allow the situation or the environment to dictate the outcome of his work, instead, he sees opportunities, angles and composition to create his masterful works of art.

*image by David Beckstead

Here’s a little video clip about David about composition.

 

Having met him in person recently, I can say that David has a big personality. He’s cheerful, fun and is as much an entertainer as he is an educator.

Here’s a fun pic of David with both of us…

Do check back soon for some details on his workshop soon.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Oct 30

We recently had the opportunity to photograph the sizzling Patricia for a local lifestyle magazine, Today’s Choice. People like Patricia is always on a tight schedule, and being in a tight schedule often make people cranky, but not Patricia. Her warm personality and ability to connect with people around her made the photoshoot much easier than anticipated. Of course, the peeps at VMA were very accommodating and pleasant to work with as well.

You can pick up Today’s Choice at selected various locations like Starbucks and Coffee Bean, Dome and Chawan, gyms, and other restaurants. The magazine is also now part of the inflight magazine for Berjaya Air.

Patricia is a well known DJ, especially in the local music industry with a stunning talent to spin interesting beats and a very nice lady with a big heart.

Here are some of the ‘behind the scene’ shots during the photoshoot.

While we were busy setting up the ‘studio’, our resident make up artist, Alexis, was hard at work..

Direct to Macbook for maximum reviewing.

A shy Patricia?… nah!! .. just fooling around :)

The VMA team was rather hands on as well.

Checking outcome of the photoshoot to ensure that everything jives. Here, Jason seems to be explaining how to hold a kaya bun for maximum grip without sacrificing ‘biting spots’.

Patricia also likes to get involve…

Hmm.. I wonder what were they looking at to have that kind of response from Patricia.

Our resident make up artist, Alexis, also wanted to ensure that she has done a fine job. Well, Alexis, you did a marvellous job! Most of the time she was hogging the Macbook to ensure that the make up is spot on, and to see if there’s any need for a touch up or two.

So, should you require make up service, do contact Alexis. You can find her contact information HERE.

BTW, anyone notice the team shirt? :)

We certainly had a fun time photography Patricia. And thanks to the team at VMA who made this possible, and also thanks for the lovely dinner :)

There’s more projects and shoots to come. So stay tuned.

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Mar 05

Hi guys…

As promised, here are some of the photos from last weekend’s photoshoot with the lovely Ras. As mentioned in our earlier blog, she’s multi-talented with a wide interested including the male dominated drift and paintball sports. Maybe one day we shall include these two elements into the next shoot? What say you Ras?

Anyways.. let’s have the photos shall we?

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See the smile… can melt the coldest and hardest of any stone cold hearts.

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Thanks Ian for putting together this shoot.

And of course, thanks Ras for being our wonderful and professional model :)

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