The Missing Link – the print that scored 90 at the Master Photography Awards 2011

This print finally received the recognition that it deserves, 8 months after it was created – the Master Photography Awards 2011 gave this print an impressive score of 90, the highest I’ve ever achieved.  Oh yes, to top it off, it received also an Award of Excellence.

The Missing Link

Entitled “The Missing Link”, this is an example of poetic expression in our works – how two person bridge the gap (literall!).   And no, this is not the DLC for Deus Ex – Human Revolution, which by the way is one of the better games made this year.

We must have spent at least 50 minutes to get this image, so many thanks to my couple who believed in my work and vision; not forgetting my trusty assistants Joseph and Vee, who were both working tirelessly with me to create one of my best works this year!

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Jos + Rach gowns

More images from the Jos+Rach series.  One of the biggest challenges and part of the fun is how we make this set of bridal images look like it’s not photographed in Singapore!

Speaking of which, time to scout for more venues for wedding photography 🙂

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From yesterday’s photoshoot…

Was a crazy hot afternoon yesterday and among the crew involved in the photo shoot, the savvy ones who applied sunblock lotion got away with nasty sun burn.  That’s how the weather is like in Singapore, forever summer … and now we know why many of couples from overseas choose to get married here as well.

We finally headed to the Wanderlust hotel, a new boutique hotel near Little India, and after a whole of baking in the sun, even the slight bit of air conditioning is heaven.

Here’s one that I like, featuring the beautiful gown from Jos + Rachel , more to come 🙂


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Final Call for Overseas Bridal Photography in UK

Following my previous post on overseas bridal photography in London, we are going back to the charming city of Central London and possibly New Castle this coming October. This is one place that I have been visiting every other year since 2008 for overseas photography sessions.

Those who are keen to join us, please drop me an email at  asap! 🙂

And one of my all-time favourites photographed in Bath, UK

Beautiful Parisian bridal gown 'twirled' in Bath, UK

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Wedding photography tip of the day – Wedding dress = no touchie

One very useful tip of the day for everyone who likes to do wedding photography, either as a hobby or as a full-time job.  Do not touch the wedding dress…  no touchie, non, tak boleh!

So what’s the big deal with moving the wedding gown? Here are some incidents to share:

Incident #1

I know many videographers & cinematographers who are very passionate with their job, and one such bloke (no name mentioned)  took the wedding gown from the apartment to the ground floor for some video clips.  Being a very creative person, he took the gown and hung it on one of the trees by clothes hanger.  Beautiful golden sunlight that day, perfect for snippets that has lots of nice lens flare effects.  I greeted him from afar and went up to the bride’s apartment.

Minutes later, I heard the bride’s mother and bridesmaid screaming and yelling and to cut the long story short, the gown was blown against the tree trunk and part of it got soiled quite badly.  How badly? It was enough to ruin the bride’s big day and the videographer could only apologise profusely for it.

Incident #2

Read this over a professional forum where one bloke tried to emulate another famous photographer’s stun of hanging the wedding gown on a construction site scaffold.  He hung it behind a door frame and he probably thought hey, who’s going to work on Sunday at the construction site?  Half way through filming, two workers came out from there…  Cutting the long story short again, the gown got 2 boot marks on it on the front and part of the veil was torn.


Nightmarish isn’t it?  If these are not scary enough, think about how much some of these gowns cost.  Some of my clients pay as high as USD$13k for a gown , USD$2800 for a Cheong Sum (traditional Chinese gown) from labels like Tan Yoong or Vera Wang.  Would you want to be responsible for any mishap to them?

Bottom line is, unless you have telekinesis, leave that to the parents or the bridesmaid…(if it’s necessary for you to move the gown to a place to photograph it)

If you find this tip useful, please share it with your friends (you can tweet or share it on Facebook through this blog).   More tips to come soon! 🙂

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Jeanine & Mark – Top of the World@1-Altitude | Singapore Wedding Photography

When Jeanine & Mark told me about tying the knot at 1-Altitude, I was very excited because their event would be considered one of the first few weddings to grace the venue (in fact, some parts of the rooftop were having some on-going work in progress).  1-Altitude is

I love outdoor weddings simply because most of the wedding photography in Singapore are shot indoors and knowing how unpredictable the weather is over here, we were keeping our fingers crossed for great weather…

Over the past 2 years, international clients have formed the majority; out of the 30 jobs that we do each year, a good 80% are either 1) couples from overseas 2) couples working overseas 3) Singaporeans based overseas but having their wedding in Singapore.  Jeanine & Mark, like most of my clients, had guests from all over the world who really know how to enjoy themselves at a wedding!

Update on 18/07/2011:

Here’s a really nice slideshow of the wedding that I uploaded on youtube.  Let me know what you guys think of it.

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Ken & Lee Yen | Overseas bridal photography in London

Getting out of my comfort zone is really something that I’ve been working on since 2010.  Ask any photographers out there and they’ll tell you all the places that they like to do a shoot in.

If you ask me, London just happens to be one of those places that I had to step out of my comfort zone, and there’s a tendency to go back to the previous (and often touristy) sites.  When Ken and Lee Yen approached me to do a series in London, I actually sat down for a while to think about what more could I do in the location, trust me there are many photoshoots that are conducted there by other photographers from Singapore.

While the other part of me was drawn to this mystical charm of the busy city and for some strange reasons, someone showed me an image of Cannery Wharf underground station that really intrigued me.

I was attending the Master Photographers Association (UK) awards ceremony in Birmingham in Oct 2010, and just 10 days before I set off to UK, the job was confirmed.  I knew I had to do something more to make this worth my while, and now looking at the series that just made it as one of my featured portfolios, the rain and 6-degree cold that we endured in the morning of the photo shoot finally paid off!

Oh by the way, the lovely Cheong Sum is designed by renown gown designer, Tan Yoong.  Go check out this guy, he’s really one of the premier designers in Singapore.

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Weilun & Qiao Ling | Overseas bridal photography in Melbourne

1 month ago…

March 2011 had been a really busy month for us here in Lyrical Moments and above all the photo shoots, we had two overseas jobs at the beginning and end of the month.

ok, back to the present

I spent quite a bit of time reviewing and evaluating the photos that we have taken over the past month, not just because of the deadlines I had to meet to deliver the albums; I was looking around for the cornerstone images for Lyrical Moments and I don’t think I had to look very hard, which is a great thing!  I was also preparing for the workshop-cum-demo this coming Tuesday and trying to find which are the images that are worth mentioning.

This is one series that I’ve shot in Melbourne that I will highlight some examples.  I have photographed so many jobs in Melbourne, but this is one that we totally avoided the ‘common’ and ‘popular’ spots – especially those in the city (think Federation Square, Brighton Beach, Flinders Street station, the trams, etc).  My couple was exceptionally conscientious when it came to location selection and we had the advantage of one of their friends who happens to be living in Melbourne to drive us around.

At the end of the day, we had really good fun creating the series!

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