Arsene Wenger in Kuala Lumpur

Arsene Wenger. Manager of Arsenal.

Originally posted 2009-06-08 17:21:57.

Arsene Wenger’s visit in Kuala Lumpur was exciting for football fans in this country. We were selected as the official photographers.

Arsene Wenger. Manager of Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger. Manager of Arsenal.

Corporate Shoot at ISTHMUS restaurant

Originally posted 2007-12-10 15:45:56.

Robert Khaw, owner of the Isthmus Restaurant, corporate, photography
Robert Khaw, owner of the Isthmus Restaurant

 

This shoot was done for an Australian magazine called “In the Black”. They wanted a shoot of Mr Robert Khaw the owner of ISTHMUS restaurant for one of their stories.

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

Steven Kaplan and YB Idris Jusoh

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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President of the University of New Haven Steven H. Kaplan

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Prince Andrew the Duke of York at the Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur

vip and royalty photographer

Originally posted 2016-06-29 11:25:07.

His Royal Highness Prince Andrew the Duke of York is visiting Malaysia currently and carrying out many of the diplomatic functions he does on a regular basis. This visit to Malaysia has a very heavy schedule and included visiting the war graves of troops who fought and died in the defense of Malaya. Monday evening he was scheduled to be the at the Mandarin Oriental hotel, in the heart of Kuala Lumpur to address the Alumni of the University of Huddersfield. The event was hosted by the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce and I was asked to be the photographer to cover the event. Below are some of the images from the event.

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Prince Andrew going through the University of Huddersfield promotional material

prince andrew duke of york malaysia visit mandarin oriental

The Brexit vote happened only last week so people were very keen to hear what the Prince had to say.

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Prince Andrew talking about the needs for closer ties with Malaysia

prince andrew duke of york malaysia visit mandarin oriental

Prince Andrew gave a good case for Malaysian students to study in the University of Huddersfield.

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Prince Andrew also encouraged the Alumni to keep their ties with the University of Huddersfield active.

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Alumni were very keen to meet the Prince after the meeting

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Prince Andrew sharing thoughts with one of the attendees

 

Event Group Photo at Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur

Group Photo at Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur

Originally posted 2015-10-09 14:43:37.

Group Photo at Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur

Group Photo at Le Méridien, Kuala Lumpur

Just a quick post today. I was covering an event at the Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur in Sentral this morning for the INCF event. I was asked to do a group photo for it so got to work. Part of a successful group photo is to feel at ease in front of a crowd of strangers and chat away in a good natured manner explaining what you need from them. Once they know you are wanting to make them look good people will work with you. Important when it is warm and muggy outside. Note the smiles and that everyone is visible. I asked some of them to stand on tip toes in order to achieve that.

This photo was taken with a 24mm lens. This focal length is usually classed as too wide for groups shots because people on the corners start to distort. Switching to anything wider would have been very noticeable and introduced branches from the trees that were adjacent to me into the sides and top of the frame. I would have been happier going to 35mm for a more pleasing photo, but in this case it was simply impossible. That said, the hotel was happy and have a copy of the photo for their future clients reference. Thumbs up.