Montage Wedding Album Design for Marcus and Kathy’s Wedding at St Ignatius Church Petaling Jaya

Originally posted 2006-08-26 01:47:33.

Montage wedding album design for Marcus and Kathy. Their wedding was in St. Ignatius Church, Petaling Jaya. Dinner was at the Grand Plaza Park Royal hotel. Marcus and Kathy now reside in New Zealand, my home land.

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David and Sally’s Montage Wedding Album Design: Wedding at City Harvest Church Subang Jaya

Originally posted 2006-08-05 01:40:00.

David and Sally asked me to be the wedding photographer as they celebrated their big day in City Harvest Church (CHC) in Subang Jaya, Malaysia. This is the old church building. They have some lovely new facilities now. Good to see a church flourishing so well.
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Mark and Liz Barley’s Montage Wedding Album

Originally posted 2006-07-08 00:13:15.

This Montage album was designed and produced for Mark and Liz’s wedding in July, 2006 at St Katherines in the village of Teversal, in Nottinghamshire. Their reception was held at Cockliffe Country House Hotel & Restaurant.
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Hamish and Lynettes Wedding at SFX and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Originally posted 2006-05-07 02:18:44.

Lynette was the wedding co-ordinator for the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Kuala Lumpur when she contacted me to cover her wedding to her fiance Hamish. They decided to honor the traditions of both their heritages, and decided to have both a Hindu temple wedding and Roman Catholic ceremony. For the temple wedding Lynette and her friends all dressed up in sarees and looked very elegant. The ceremony was at the Sri Sakthi Easwary Temple in SS3. The Roman Catholic wedding was held at  St Francis Xavier church (SFX) in Petaling Jaya. The wedding dinner banquet had to be held at only one place, Lynette’s place of work, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Their wedding was a joy to photograph and I still keep in contact with them.

For the photographers wanting to know what gear we were using in 2006, these photos were taken with the now rare Kodak Professional DCS Pro SLR/n, Canon 20D and the Nikon D200. Back then cameras really struggled with the  mixed sodium and flourescent lighting in SFX (which is still bad in 2013) so black and white was often the way to go.

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Wedding Dinner at the Carcosa Seri Negara

Originally posted 2006-04-29 20:14:45.

Ming and Ezane’s wedding was held at the luxury hotel Carcosa Seri Negara in the heart of  Kuala Lumpur.  The hotel consists of two mansions dating from colonial times. They were the residence of the British Governor General and Queen Elizabeth has previously stayed there, making it a fairly exclusive place to hold a wedding. The name Carcosa Seri Negara is given to describe both venues as one building is named “Carcosa”, whilst the other is the “Seri Negara.” Many friends flew in from around the world to enjoy the wedding and dinner banquet.

Do note the date of this post. In 2006 we were shooting film and digital simultaneously. The black and white images were digitized from the film negatives. I used Ilford HP5 and Delta 3200 exposed at 1600ISO to take these photos with a Canon EOS 1V. Digital Capture was with the Canon 20D, and Nikon D200 and D2H. Shoes by Jimmy Choo.

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I am in the Star….again!

Originally posted 2006-02-25 14:12:24.

I have been i  several newspapers in the past but never kept the articles..oops!!  I better swallow my principles and start posting some of these newspaper clippings up! This one is from the Star Newspaper. They decided to do an interview with three of us photographers, so here we are. Enjoy.

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Montage Wedding Album Design for Alex and Yuchi

Originally posted 2006-01-07 01:34:41.

Wedding Album Design for Alex and Yuchi. Alex and Yuchi celebrated their wedding day with a Buddhist Temple Wedding and then followed it up with a dinner at the Lake Club.

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Montage Wedding Album Design: Alex and Yuchi’s wedding at the Lake Club

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Romantic Portraits at the Avillion Port Dixon

Originally posted 2005-09-29 21:42:04.

Tyler and Chin Vens pre-wedding portraits were taken at the Avillion in Port Dixon using black and white film. This was 2005 and the industry was in the middle of changing over from digital to film based photography. Film has a magical romantic quality all of its own.

Please note the following images have been transferred from my old site when we were all “Internet load speed” compromised. That’s a fancy way of saying that they are of lower resolution than more recent weddings. Think of them as being “mobile device optimized” as they should look great on your phone screen.

 

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Victor and Michele’s Wedding in Tirtha Uluwatu Bali

Originally posted 2005-07-22 23:23:00.

Been digging around the archives and finding some of our older weddings. This one was in Tirtha Uluwatu, Bali. We went down in 2005 to shoot this for Victor and Michele. This is the montage poster we produced for them. I will look around to find more photos from their wedding to fill this out later on.beautiful cliff top Wedding at tirtha uluwatu baliwedding at tirtha bridal chapel bali uluwatu victor and amywedding bouquet at tirtha bridal chapel bali uluwatu victor and amywedding at tirtha bridal chapel bali uluwatu victor and amywedding at tirtha bridal chapel bali uluwatu victor and amywedding at tirtha bridal chapel bali uluwatu victor and amy

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The Wedding of Pastor Kevin Loo to Esther Ku in City Harvest Church

Originally posted 2005-07-06 23:56:02.

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I have been going through the archives and posting up these golden oldies recently. Here’s Pastor Kevin and Esthers wedding in City Harvest Church (CHC), Subang Jaya. When they asked me to be their wedding photographer I didn’t realise that I was going to end up covering weddings for almost the entire leadership team. City Harvest Church has moved into a newer, larger and nicer lit building. These photos were taken in the old windowless “blue cave” church with the Canon 20D, Nikon D2h, and Nikon D70. Back then these were considered the wedding cameras of choice but it was challenging. The new generation of cameras have changed things quite a bit!

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Dushen and Sherri’s Wedding in Ubud Bali

Originally posted 2005-04-02 23:15:54.

Dushen and Sherri had a huge multi day wedding back in Kuala Lumpur, but had a smaller intimate and really fun filled wedding in Ubud Bali. The first night was a cool chill out at the Jazz Cafe, a well known restaurant and night spot followed the next day with a wedding ceremony put together by their friends. These photos tell part of their story.

Technical: Camera used was the Canon 20D with the 17-40L, 50mm 1.4 and 85 F1.8. Thankfully DSLRs have advanced quite substantially from 2005 as the 20D was put under an enormous stress test with the low light and high contrast situations prevalent in this shoot. Newer cameras like the D3, D800 and D610 would have handled these situations much better and are part of the reason why I switched to Nikon.

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Peter and Dianne’s Renewal of vows in St Andrews Church and Dinner at the Carcosa Seri Negara

Originally posted 2005-02-05 01:56:09.

I know Peter and Dianne from Calvary Church in Damansara Heights (now relocated to the Calvary Convention Centre in Bukit Jalil). They wanted to do a renewal of vows and opted for St Andrews Church in Raja Chulan. An officiant flew up from Singapore to do the rites as they are done back in Peters home town. Regarding the standing on chairs and kissing….it’s a traditional thing. 🙂

The black and whites were shot on Ilford film hence the “sand-grain” look. Digital cameras used were the Canon 20D, Fujifilm S2pro, Nikon D70 and D2h. looking back camera sensors have come a very long way.

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Montage Wedding Album for Cheryl and Jinhun

Originally posted 2004-12-15 17:36:50.

Old Traditions Made New: Like most weddings we shoot the bride and groom had FUN!  Cheryl and Jin’s wedding started as a traditional Chinese wedding, complete with bargaining and tea ceremony, progressed to wedding portraiture at the Sheraton imperial, and then on into a dinner and party.  As always, the photography for the portraiture was done on the wedding day. We schedule about an hour for formal during the day, either in your home or at the hotel venue. This not only saves you money, it also means every portrait shoot we do is different from the last as we have to improvise for the locale, lighting etc. Incidentally: we photographed the opening two pages of their album in the bedroom while the bride was waiting, not a studio. Our studio is everywhere!

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Jehan and Shariman’s Traditional Malay Wedding captured on black and white film

Originally posted 2004-08-21 16:31:38.

Jehan and Shariman’s traditional Malay wedding was shot on Black and White film and then scanned for this web site. It was a happy day for both of them and this is certainly apparent when you view the photos. Malaysia is a melting pot of foods and cultures and is one of the reasons I love living here. Traditions like Henna came from India and are commonplace at Malay weddings. The intricate patterns are quite something. The University of Maryland contacted me as they were keen on using some of them to show various wedding traditions of Malaysia and the region.

Please note that the apparent grainy-ness is due to the digital scanning of the original silver halide based negatives. The actual hand prints looked very smooth and had much deeper tonality than the digital images visible here.

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Paul and Marissa’s Montage Wedding Album. Carcosa Seri Negara.

Originally posted 2004-04-10 22:04:44.

Paul and Marissa had a wedding covering several days and really laid it on for their friends and family who flew in from around the world. Day one was a welcome dinner at tamarind Hill. Day two the wedding at the Carcosa Seri Negara. Day three was a wedding banquet at the JW Marriott, held in a function room due to the smaller size of the dinner. Their wedding album page designs are included below for your viewing pleasure.

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Chinese New Year Family Reunion Photo Sessions

Originally posted 2016-12-04 21:08:37.

Just a quick post today. I suddenly realised Chinese New Year is just around the corner! It is the time when families get together and celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year. Over the season I do a lot of family shoots, both in my studio as well as at some of the larger Chinese New Year reunion dinner celebrations. So that means if you are planning on booking me please let me know soon to avoid disappointment.

In the meantime let me share what I usually do in the studio for family shoots.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

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Anna from That Special Occasion’s Wedding Photography

Originally posted 2002-12-15 01:37:10.

That Special Occassion owner wedding

“My mother in law didn’t understand why I changed my wedding date to get Grant to cover our special day. Once she saw his photos she knew why!”

Anna Lee is the co-owner and partner of That Special Occasion, as well as a good friend of mine and I was very please to be asked to photograph her wedding in 2002. Digital SLRs were rare and pricey at that time, so we shot film. I used Ilford Delta 400 and 3,200 black and white film to take these images. Their wedding was celebrated at the Holiday Villa in Subang Jaya.

 

 

 

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A Tudung Catalogue Shoot for an Online Store Web Catalogue

Originally posted 2016-11-12 12:13:50.

I was approached to shoot the online catalogue for a new web store specialising in selling imported Tudungs. One of the advantages of having my studio in Petaling Jaya is having makeup and changing facilities easily at hand. It was a fun and fast moving photo shoot thanks to the lovely models.

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Alana and Tims Studio Session

Originally posted 2016-11-12 02:49:10.

Alana and Tim had a fun shoot at my studio in Petaling Jaya earlier in the month. They make a lovely couple.

 

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More Baby Cake Smashing Photography

Originally posted 2016-11-11 14:05:14.

Here is another baby cake smashings in my studio. No encouragement was required to set this cake on its way into wholesale demolition. Much fun!

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Graduation Photos at my PJ Studio

Originally posted 2016-10-31 11:34:28.

My studio is located next door to the open University in Petaling Jaya and is in an ideal location for doing graduation photos. Patricia graduated at the most recent convocation and popped in to the studio to have her family photos done. I approach it in the same manner as when I shoot weddings…pleasant friendly and shoot as many varieties of images as I can.

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Baby Birthday Cake Smash

Originally posted 2016-10-27 10:50:40.

Babies First Birthday Cake Smashing is lots of fun! I seem to do a lot of them in my studio but haven’t been posting them. Time to change that! Babies are just so cute, and seeing them play with their birthday cake is super cute!

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Best Photographer I’ve Ever Known! – that’s what she said!

Originally posted 2016-10-23 21:18:07.

“Thank you for the photos. You are the best photographer I’ve ever known! You captured the joy and inner strength of everyone! Thanks again, Jackie”

So read the email I just received. What a wonderful way to start my morning.  An overjoyed client, happy with the photos just sent half way around the world to the them.

To set the record straight, I am not the best photographer in the world. I can only wish! Every photographer can, and will receive many emails or SMS messages similar to this over the course of their career. I have had many myself, but I never let it go to my head. Sometimes a clients expectations and the deliverables match perfectly, other times they don’t. For me they were pretty much my “bread and butter” normal photography, however for the client the exceeded expectations.

The photo shoot concerned was for the University of New Haven’s Alumni event at the Mandarin Oriental. The President Dr. Steven H. Kaplan of the university, along with the current Minister of Higher Education, Yang Berhormat Menteri Dato’ Seri Haji Idris bin Jusoh both graced the event.

My tips for this kind of shoot:
  1. Be communicative. Enter the spirit of the day. People are there to have fun so enhance it. Talk to people.
  2. Control the light. Most venues have strong down lighting so panda eyes are unavoidable unless you control it. I use remote control strobes at nearly every shoot I do.
  3. Bring the right gear. A good 70-200mm F2.8 it is every professionals go to lens.
  4. Over deliver.

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Renewal Lutheran Church Wedding of Patrick and Evelyn

Originally posted 2016-10-22 12:46:36.

“Hi Grant!!! I have downloaded all the beautiful pictures!! Love it! 🙂 Thank you!! Cheers! ~Evelyn”

I LOVE getting this type of feed back and it is always nice to hear. Sadly so many people deny themselves good photography on their wedding day citing it is too expensive little realizing that the only thing that will definitely increase in value after their wedding day are the photos. Evelyn and Patrick’s wedding was held at Renewal Lutheran Church, the Oasis of Care, in Petaling Jaya. The church has several venues for weddings. Patrick’s mother is a Korean Pastor and sang a beautiful song for the couple, while the wedding ceremony was presided by Reverend Joshua Yee.

I used my Fuji X-T2 in classic chrome for many of these photos. It gives beautiful film like images.

Please enjoy these photos from the wedding below.

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Tips for Capturing a Wedding Discreetly without being a Distraction

Originally posted 2016-10-01 02:32:41.

I was asked recently by another photographer to write a post about one of the distinguishing features of my own particular shooting style. That is, how to capture a wedding discreetly, without being a distraction to the proceedings. I think we need to examine why this is important, as well as the factors which enable you to be discreet. I have been shooting weddings for nearly 25 years, and so I have managed to think this through a fair bit. Also with my corporate work I shoot on set while television shows are being shot and this also requires extreme discretion, where the slightest noise, or even your reflection in something shiny on the set can mean a reshoot.

Briefly the reasons why you want to be discreet and not a distraction are as follows.

  1. You capture people naturally thus getting better photos
  2. You enable the couple and guests to enjoy the wedding so they remember the wedding was fun, not the obnoxious photographer
  3. You don’t anger the pastors/priests which bites back the next time you are in the same venue.

In putting together this post I thought it best I contrast good and bad practices as many photographers learn by watching other photographers. I have encountered churches which had been burned by insensitive photographers in the past, and due to this now impose draconian policies restricting photographers. I can only hope these tips help budding photographers to help change the perception of our trade.

Now the secret to becoming a discreet photographer. The key is mind set. Mind set. Mind set!

Ask yourself, ” Why am I here?” “Who’s event is this?” “What are the requirements” These are basic and simple questions. At a wedding you are either the hired professional or the enthusiast.I will address these below.

If you are the enthusiast, the infamous Uncle Bob, ask yourself…why are you lugging your camera to the event? When I am a guest I LEAVE MY CAMERA AT HOME. And here is why. I am there to have fun, to eat drink, laugh and enjoy the moment and talk to my +1 or the people at my table. If I want to do a selphy I have my phone just like everyone else. I learned this lesson many years ago when I was first starting out. I wanted to “practice” at a wedding I was invited to. While shooting I was conscious of the hired photographer being cramped out by the other relatives who were all busy shooting. I realised I was adding nothing to this circus, so sat down and watched. I learned a lot. One of the key features that distinguish between a good photographer and a great one is if you are observant of what is going on around you.

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And here we have the family friend, the “Uncle Bob”, blocking everyone’s view of the cake cutting. The video guy is also guilty here.

The other issue with Uncle Bobs is that they can get in the way of,  distract or slow down the professional. The above photo illustrates this. I wanted to trade my camera for a rocket launcher at this particular moment. I had been lined up anticipating the cake cutting when this fellow did an “Austin Powers” and jumped on stage.

If you are the Hired Professional: The key thing to remember is that it is the COUPLES and their families day first. You are of secondary importance. As painful as this is going to be, may I illustrate this?

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Beautiful. Wedding vows being made. Everyone can see.

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Oops..there is a ring exchange in there somewhere.

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And I think we have a kiss.

How would you feel if you had come to this wedding? I was not amused. I had known the boy since he was a young teen. Unfortunately this style is very common. Friends and family may have flown in from half way across the world, they came to see their friends or family get married. Not the backs and bums of photography and videography teams.

Another illustration below of why we need to think. We need to be discreet.  With the following photo set, TWO photography companies were hired. Believe it or not, this is common place with Malay weddings. The brides side hires a team, and the grooms side hires a team. Yes, it is much cheaper and better coordinated for one team to cover both sides however I don’t make the rules. In this wedding there were 3 in my team and 4-6 in the other. My guy is outside the window. We have been shooting together for nearly 15 years… so shoot very similarly. The team crowding around was censured to move back, as guests couldn’t see what was happening.  The problem with this team crowding  meant that both my other photographer, stationed in a mezzanine floor to the right, and myself, couldn’t get a clear shot due to the crowd. Not to worry as we act like a football team, playing using the whole room so to speak. This is another reason we can be discreet as we can hold back in various positions knowing one of us will get the required angle. The following close up shot of the bride was shot from the window photographers position. You don’t need to be in someone’s face to get great shots. annoying wedding photographer

The “mob” was asked to move out of the way. Note the photographer outside. He is part of my team.

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And the discreet “outside the window” photographer gets the money shot

So how do I shoot? My personal philosophy dictates this: “I shoot every wedding as though it is my own”.

This means I take the photos as though I was paying for the best photographer I could hire, but also that I shoot in a style I would want my photographer to shoot i.e. discreetly so my relatives could view the wedding. This dictates many things. It dictates my thought process, dictates my shooting style, dictates how I speak to people. It dictates my equipment and it dictates my editing. In the following two photos you can see how I shoot. I use a 70-200 F2.8. I can zoom in tight without blocking anyone. Todays cameras have a monstrous number of mega pixels so I can easily crop in even further later in post. If I need to get in close I come in, crouch, then stand up and shoot, then crouch down again. So my first gear plug is get the right lens. A 70-200 F2.8 is ESSENTIAL gear for me.

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3 Photographers. Can’t see all of us can you? Discreet and all the guests can see the ceremony. That’s me in the back with a long telephoto lens.

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The right way for a photographer to be discreet. Standing well back, long telephoto. EVERYONE can see the wedding easily.

With regards to flash photography, fortunately in Malaysia it is allowed in churches. This is good because most have really badly thought out lighting schemes, mixing big sodium lamps with fluorescents and incandescents. Our eyes filter out the foul colours but digital captures every ugly colour cast. I use a multi-flash system for 2 reasons. Firstly I can control the light a lot better and that means give better quality images to my couples, and secondly, because my MAIN lighting is off camera I can turn my on camera flash way down in power as it is merely a fill flash. This makes it a lot more discreet than using one on camera flash to illuminate a big hall.

Last of all… shooting on a TV set. This is where mirrorless shines. I use a Fuji XT1 and XT2 to shoot in absolute silence. None of my Canon or Nikon DSLRs come close in their “silent” modes. Sometimes you need the right equipment.

So there it is. Have the right attitude. Consider why you are there. Try your best not to detract or distract from the main event. have the right gear and have fun.

Last of all an endorsement. I received this email yesterday from an American University I shot recently:

“Thank you for the photos. You are the best photographer I’ve ever known!
You captured the joy and inner strength of everyone!
Thanks again,
Jackie”
I definitely don’t claim to be the best photographer…but it certainly was a nice email to receive, and I owe it all to being discreet. Many of those I photographed didn’t even realize I had shot them.
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Underwater pool photography with a Mermaid

Originally posted 2016-08-14 00:53:02.

I have been so busy with shoots that I thought I had better bring people up to speed with what I have been doing. This is from Fridays pool shoot with the wonderful “Queen Cobra” who was in town with her Mermaid tail.  I absolutely love shooting underwater however it’s really hard work with constant dives and adjustments to camera equipment. The renowned underwater model “Tarachin” was the brains behind the shoot and both ladies took turns in the pool, eventually wearing me out after nearly 6 hours solid in the pool with a brief respite for lunch.  I will post more photos later for sure. Just have to psyche myself up to the selection process and edit. Having models who love to edit their own photos (as in this case…thank you QC!) is a real blessing!

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Profile photos for Web site, Facebook and Linkedin

Originally posted 2016-08-14 00:05:14.

I have been asked recently to do a number of profile photos for web sites, or their LinkedIn and Facebook profiles. And as people ask me about the types of images I can do in my studio I have decided to post up these from a short session I did a week or so ago for the effervescent Rowena Morais. You can find out more about her and her professional writing and training services by visiting her web site here.

As you can see I am able to do both natural and studio lighting styles in both traditional and modern styles in the studio

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21st Birthday Photography

Originally posted 2016-08-01 01:59:38.

Here we have a lovely 21st Birthday party we shot recently. The party had a Mardi Gras theme and was a very special birthday party. My colleague and I had a lot of fun shooting for Tharsika and we wish her all the best for the coming year.

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Family Photography in my PJ Studio

Originally posted 2016-07-31 11:50:26.

I have been asked by a number of people about family photography in my PJ studio, and so I decided to post up some shots from earlier today so people can see for themselves. I have chosen to go for a more modern look despite being asked fairly frequently for more traditional back grounds. People generally love the fresh clean look. Family shoots typically take about an hour, then they choose which photos they like the best which takes maybe 15 minutes or so. The whole process is fast and fun.

Lighting for the photos below utilized either 1 or 2 lights shot into my big white ceiling to give nice and even light. It is a fast and simple to set up, and less cables and stands for the children to knock down. I can go very complicated with set ups having perhaps 5-7 lights, but such setups are usually not used with families. These photos are pretty much unedited and direct from camera so you can see its an easy set up that provides some variety.

Pricing starts from RM300 for a session

BTW I do rent the studio out to photographers in need of a modern and clean facility.

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