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A list of all the latest family, corporate, model shoots and wedding photography shoots in a chronological order. This is by no means and extensive list. It takes time to put posts together and the busier I am the less likely for me to update here. I am also constrained by server space.

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Corporate Profile Photo Shoot in my Studio and Surrounds

I do a lot of corporate profile photo sessions at my studio in Petaling Jaya and thought I should post some images up from yesterdays shoot so people know what to expect. I believe photo sessions should be relaxed, enjoyable and fun. This ensures my subjects are relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera which is how we get the best look.View full post »

Wedding at Carcosa Seri Negara Kuala Lumpur

Wedding Dinner at the Carcosa Seri Negara

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.” ManyView full post »

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I am in the Star….again!

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.   Originally posted 2006-02-25 14:12:24.View full post »

Montage Wedding Album Design Lake Club Alex and Yuchi

Montage Wedding Album Design for Alex and Yuchi

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. Montage Wedding Album Design: Alex and Yuchi’s wedding at the Lake Club Originally posted 2006-01-07 01:34:41.View full post »

Romantic Portraits at the Avillion Port Dixon

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.View full post »

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Victor and Michele’s Wedding in Tirtha Uluwatu Bali

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. Originally posted 2005-07-22 23:23:00.View full post »

Wedding Photographer City Harvest Church Pastor Kevin and Esther

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

Pastor Kevin and Esther’s Wedding in City Harvest Church 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 inView full post »

Malaysians Dushen and Sherris Wedding in Ubud Bali

Dushen and Sherri’s Wedding in Ubud Bali

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 theView full post »

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

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 camerasView full post »

Montage Wedding Album for Cheryl and Jinhun

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 youView full post »

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

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 usingView full post »

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

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.   Originally posted 2004-04-10 22:04:44.View full post »

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Chinese New Year Family Reunion Photo Sessions

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 familyView full post »

Anna from That Special Occasion’s Wedding Photography

“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 celebratedView full post »

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A Tudung Catalogue Shoot for an Online Store Web Catalogue

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.View full post »

Open University Graduation Photography in Petaling Jaya PJ

Graduation Photos at my PJ Studio

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.  View full post »

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Alana and Tims Studio Session

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

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More Baby Cake Smashing Photography

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!  View full post »

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Baby Birthday Cake Smash

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!  View full post »

Steven Kaplan and YB Idris Jusoh

Best Photographer I’ve Ever Known!

“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 messagesView full post »

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Renewal Lutheran Church Wedding of Patrick and Evelyn

“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, inView full post »

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Tips for Capturing a Wedding Discreetly without being a Distraction

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 whileView full post »

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Underwater pool photography with a Mermaid

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, eventuallyView full post »

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Profile photos for Web site, Facebook and Linkedin

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 bothView full post »

21st Birthday Photograhy

21st Birthday Photography

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.  View full post »

Family Studio Photographer Petaling Jaya PJ and KL

Family Photography in my PJ Studio

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 andView full post »

Wedding at Renewal Lutheran Church Oasis of Care PJ of Sarah and Louis

Wedding at Renewal Lutheran Church of Sarah and Louis

“Thank you for all the photos, they’re so lovely! It was very thoughtful of U to add the little surprise in as well 🙂 “~ Sarah Sarah an Louis celebrated their wedding at Renewal Lutheran Church aka Oasis of Care, in Petaling Jaya.  It is a really warm and wonderful church. I have shot 3 or 4 weddings there over the years and I still remember the first time I was there how friendly the staff were. The wedding itself began with a Tea Ceremony at home, and then on to the churchView full post »

Portrait photo with the Fuji X-T2 shot with the XF 18-55mm R.

Hands on mini review of the just announced Fujifilm X-T2

Portrait photo with the Fuji X-T2 shot with the XF 18-55mm R. A possible future Fuji Ambassador? The Fuji X-T2 shot with the XF 18-55mm R At last the Fujifilm X-T2 has been announced! For the past few months I was privileged to be one of the beta testers for the X-T2 prototype camera, in exchange for reporting back back to Japan regarding handling and improvements. I am a working photographer (not a reviewer) and have been shooting a large variety of photos with it, including His RoyalView full post »

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

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 BritishView full post »

Kiran Jassal, Miss Universe Malaysia 2016

The Beautiful Kiran Jassal, Miss Universe Malaysia 2016

The lovely Kiran Jassal, Miss Universe Malaysia 2016 graced my studio a few days ago and I decided I would be remiss not to post about it. She does a lot of Miss Universe related activity and photo shoots are part of this. Her entourage came in and once she was ready we proceeded to do several costumes including swim suits and gowns. I will post up a few of the photos below. BTW Please use the hash tags below to follow her. All the best at the bigView full post »

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Interior Design Photography taken with the Fujifilm X-T1 and 10-24mm

Recently I was asked to do an interior design shoot for a show home that is going to be featured in a European home style magazine. I brought along a full frame DSLR mounted on a tripod with the intention of shooting tethered composites using multi-flash. However as the shoot developed, and due to both time and constraints on positioning of the camera I reached into my bag and pulled out my trusty Fuji-film X-T1 and mounted the the very handy 10mm-24mm F4 lens. This lens gives a ultra wideView full post »

Wedding at Hilton Auckland Emma and Aiden

Emma and Aidans Wedding at the Hilton Hotel in Auckland New Zealand

Emma and Aidans wedding was held on a glorious summers day at the Hilton Hotel situated on Princes wharf in Auckland, New Zealand. Auckland is my home town and it was certainly a treat to head down there with my shooting partner Pacino Wong so we could capture this really spectacular wedding. The gown was beautiful and the pastel colours of the bridesmaids dresses was really pretty. Aiden and the lads really looked smart too. Hope you enjoy it. And if you are in Auckland planning a wedding,View full post »

Testing of Lighting for Shell Stations

Commercial and Industrial Photography

This commercial photography session was in a large factory owned and run by a large signage manufacturer in Nilai, Malaysia. If you are living in Malaysia you have no doubt seen their work before. Every Mercedes, Petron, Shell, Pizza Hut, KFC…well just about all the big companies who require signage use this company. Techniques used for these photos are subtle, as the location required “light painting” and multiple layered exposures to give quality images. Testing of LightingView full post »

Nikon 200mm F2.0 bokeh

Nikon 200mm F2.0 VR Bokeh Balls compared to Canons 70-200 VR2 and Fujis X-T1 with 56mm and 90mm

While I have the Nikon 200mm F2.0 VR I wanted to do a quick test to compare the bokeh of the portrait lenses I have on hand. These are the Canon 70-200 F2.8 VR2, arguably the best 70-200mm F2.8 in the market, along with the Fuji 56mm F1.2 and 90mm F2. Until recently I had the Canon 85mm 1.2 and the Canon 135mm F2.0. I have sold both with no regrets. The 135mm F2.0 was redundant since I prefer the look of the 200mm end of the 70-200mm F2.8 which has stabilisation thrown in as well. And the 85mmView full post »

Nikon 200m F2.0 portrait bokeh review

Nikon 200mm F2.0 VR Model Portraits

Nikon 200m F2.0 at 1/200 sec. ISO 1250 I have the Nikon 200mm F2.0 VR on loan from Nikon for a week, one of the benefits of being an NPS member. The purpose was to shoot a Christmas production but I decided to take advantage of it to shoot one of my favorite models around town and will be using it for an upcoming portrait shoot later in the week. If you read nothing else: The Nikon 200mm F2.0 VR is one of those lenses you can’t help but fall in love with. It snaps into tack sharp focusView full post »

Wedding portrait on top of Menara KL wedding

Wedding on Top of Menara KL (KL Tower)

Leena and Ravin’s wedding was held on top of Menara KL.  Leena is based in Qatar so we communicated on line to sort out all of the main details for the wedding. The big concern was that it has been the rainy season in KL and so we were all a bit nervous, especially because the day before the rain had been very heavy. Fortunately the two heavy deluges we could see from the tower during the ceremony completely missed us and we had a really nice experience. The wedding banquet was also heldView full post »