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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.

Douglas Lim the Malaysian stand up comedian

In Studio with Douglas Lim the Malaysian Comedian

It was my pleasure to see Douglas Lim in my studio recently to spruce up his online portfolio. Not so long ago I had the pleasure of covering his wedding day and we have kept in touch since that time. Douglas is a quite well known Malaysian comedian and his stand up is well worth the viewing. I am including only a small handful of the images below. Douglas Lim We started playing with some lighting Simulating the on stage look in the studioView full post »

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Sikh Birthday Celebrated at the Gurdwara

I was asked to cover the 1st birthday and baby dedication at a Sikh Gurdwara last weekend. The ceremony began with some prayers, then we went out to do some portraiture while we waited for the guests to arrive. Then the main blessing ceremony was conducted followed by the cool Mickey Mouse cake and party.  As can be seen it was a colourful affair The photos below are small sample of the 350 images taken. Sitting with Grandad Cute as a button Family portrait Getting tired about now SikhView full post »

Group Photo at Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur

Event 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 muggyView full post »

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A Wedding in Saint Barnabas Klang and Wedding reception at the KL Sentral Hilton

Annie and Andre’s wedding was a split affair between the traditional Bidayuh wedding in Kuching, Sarawak and dinner at the Hilton in KL Sentral. I only covered the Kuala Lumpur side, which included a church wedding at Saint Barnabas church in Klang. The decor at the Hilton was stunning. Really fine affair with everyone dressed up for a fantastic evening out. You cannot have a Bidayuh wedding without the traditional Tuak. It is called a rice wine but in reality it is much more like Sake orView full post »

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Corporate Photography for Vipod

I did a series of head shots for an international investment company recently. They liked the this photo a lot. Originally posted 2015-07-23 02:37:01.View full post »

A Childrens birthday party at the Raintree in KL

I shoot birthdays quite frequently. The birthday featured below was a pool side one at the Raintree in KL. It included swimming, a clown, balloon artist and of course a nice birthday cake. Birthday photography is all about capturing the children having fun. Photographing the event is usually quite hard for the parents who are busy entertaining their children, or in the pool, or making sure the cake doesn’t melt! I make sure my rates are clear, simple, fair and straight forward, and thisView full post »

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Corporate Head Shot Photography for Atlantis Capital

These photos were taken in one of the studios I regularly use for corporate head shot photography. Everyone (yes I mean you!) should have a current head shot photo. Head shots are important for every one in business, whether it is for LinkedIn, Facebook, resumes or web site purposes. A good one can get you an interview, while a poor one will get you passed over when they are short listing candidates. I offer very good rates for these. Technical: Photos were taken with an 85mm F1.2 hence theView full post »

Fresh Lobster in Episode restaurant publika

Food Photography Shoot in Episode Restaurant at Publika

Episode Restaurant in Publika is a fantastic place owned by Wolfgang. His vision is to provide great food at reasonable prices. Believe me, the food is AWESOME. They serve lobster just how I like it. The owner is a food importer for many hotels and restaurants and saw a niche market for providing quality food at affordable prices.  The photos below were shot using medium format PhaseOne and small format Sony A7 cameras. If you would like to know more their facebook page is here. BeautifulView full post »

Fujifilm 56mm F1.2R vs APD Bokeh

Fujifilm 56mm F1.2R vs 56mm F1.2 APD Bokeh Comparison at a Wedding

Now it’s time to go to a wedding with the final installment of this real world test. As weddings are incredibly fast moving there are limited opportunities to actually set up a tripod and play lens switching with a bride and groom waiting around for me. So this set of photos is strictly limited to while we were waiting at the dinner venue. I DID shoot the bride and groom’s portraits with the 56mm F1.2 APD and at other times during the day but as this is a comparison I am notView full post »

Fujifilm 56mm F1.2R vs APD Bokeh

Fujifilm 56mm F1.2R vs 56mm F1.2 APD Model Shoot Comparison

This model shoot was a really fun project. Having an experienced model really helps the shoot run smoothly. As before all photos taken at F1.2 in aperture priority on a tripod. Let’s see how the 56mm F1.2 APD stacks up against the R. 56mm F1.2R looks nice 56mm f1.2 APD – Subtle improvement over the standard 56mm. 56mm F1.2R again nice. 56mm f1.2 APD – Look at the detail/bokeh in the flowers behind the model. 56mm F1.2R looking good again 56mm f1.2 APD- Compare the yellowView full post »

Fujifilm 55mm F1.2R and APD Comparison test

Fujifilm 56mm F1.2R vs 56mm F1.2 APD Corporate Shoot Comparison

Side by side the 56mm F1.2R and APD version look nearly identical I had an opportunity recently to compare the Fujifilm 56mm F1.2R with the newer APD version. They are both currently in production so the Fuji user has a choice on which to purchase. The APD version is about 60-70% more expensive. That’s about USD600 which may or may not be a major factor in your decision to purchase the lens. It is designed for the portraitist with the goal of controlling bokeh. Some disclosure. I own theView full post »

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A Medical Drug Rehabiltation Center in Kuala Lumpur

The University of Florida contacted me to take photos of one of their post-graduate medical students at work in one of the drug rehab centres he has been working with since the middle of last year. It was sobering to meet people with HIV and Hepatitis C. I found my heart going out to them as they struggle, often alone except for the sterling service provided by the medical staff at these centres. I had to be very discreet with shooting due to the sensitivity. I am including on my web siteView full post »

Childrens Full Moon Party at delicious

Children’s Full Moon Party at Delicious

I do a fair number of Full Moon parties for families and thought I should start sharing. So here we go.  Steve’s was held at Delicious in Bangsar. Food was great. Company was friendly and fun. And the star of the show was on his cutest best behaviour. The cake looked wonderful and tasted even better! I’m done….nap time. Originally posted 2015-05-23 18:37:58.View full post »

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Behind the scenes at Asian Food Channels “Family Kitchen” with Sherson Lian

I was asked to take behind the scenes photos for a TV production called “Family Kitchen” starring Sherson Lian which is shown on the Asian Food Channel. The photo shoot was for 4 days and part of the brief necessitated shooting and moving quietly while the TV camera’s were rolling. I looked at my equipment and it was a no brainer that I leave the professional looking DSLRs at home and take my Fuji X-T1. Why the X-T1? Because it is quiet. In fact it is absolutely SILENT, whichView full post »

toy story themed childrens birthday party

Toy Story Themed Childrens Birthday Photography

Covered a wonderfully planned Toy Story themed birthday party recently in Setia Alam. Photos below Zerg! Pizzas ooooo Barbies party Bo Peeps sheep were a hit Lego of me! Finger painted tree Daniel turned 2! The beaming family Originally posted 2015-05-16 18:18:51.View full post »

Baptism at St Thomas More Church in Subang

Baptism at Thomas More Church in Subang

I do a lot of family photography shoots to mark mile stones in families lives. For Roman Catholics one of the first of these is when their baby is baptized. Early in May I was asked to photograph one of these momentous events at St Thomas More church in USJ Subang. I try to keep these shoots very affordable for couples and tend to do a lot of them. Christian baptism can be carried out by pouring, dipping, sprinkling and full immersion. Roman Catholic and Anglican churches usually practicedView full post »

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A Musician Portfolio Shoot

Yuko was a violinist with the Malaysian Philharmonic (Dewan Filharmonik) who asked me to take some portfolio photos for her with her beautiful Testore violin as she was transferring over seas.  I occasionally ask to do photography for musicians and I love doing them. She also owns a really nice cat! For those who are interested: Nikon D3 and 85mm f1.4G. Shot on location in her apartment. Purrrrrrrr-fect Originally posted 2015-04-28 12:16:45.View full post »

The Delightful DJ Yoon from One FM Malaysia

DJ Yoon is a Chinese radio DJ (Mandarin stations) in Malaysia and I was taking photos with her in a studio for a local product shoot. Originally posted 2015-04-21 02:04:38.View full post »

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The Lovely Model Felixia Yeap during a Food Product Shoot

I spent a very pleasant morning with the Malaysian model Felixia Yeap. She was absolutely delightful and as a model very easy to work with. This was part of a product shoot and includes photos of Felixia in the kitchen and relaxing on a couch. Tips for girls wanting to be a model, feel relaxed in front of the camera and change poses quickly every time you hear the shutter click.   Originally posted 2015-04-21 01:17:43.View full post »

The jetty at the Perhentian Island Resort

A Bulgarian/Punjabi wedding dinner at the Perhentian Island Resort

Recently I travelled up to Perhentian island off the east coast of Malaysia to cover a Bulgarian/Punjabi wedding. It was a pretty intense  5-6 hour trip as I ran from one wedding in KL to the airport for my flight, land travel then boat to get to the venue which was the Perhentian Island Resort. Within minutes of arrival I was able to set up my gear and get shooting the walk in for the sumptuous barbecue wedding dinner. There were a number of interesting Bulgarian traditions including theView full post »

intimate pastel wedding at the four seasons langkawi malaysia by Grant Corban photography

An Intimate Pastel Themed Wedding at the Four Seasons Langkawi

Steve and Natalia are from the UK and Russia respectively, and decided to have a beautiful intimate pastel themed wedding at one of my favourite resorts, the Four Seasons in Langkawi. Only two of the family could make it out to Malaysia and it was a wonderful experience despite it being one of the hottest days I can remember while shooting at this location. Steve enjoyed it so much he had a quick swim during the portrait session! The civil ceremony itself is usually fairly fast (5 minutes) so IView full post »

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E&O Penang Photography Competition at the 18 East at Andaman Quayside and Straits Quay Marina

E&O hotel is a colonial classic set up by the same brothers who established Raffles in Singapore. (iPhone) This week I participated in my first ever photography competition.The idea behind the competition was to promote the E&O properties which include 18 Andaman East. Through their Facebook page (Click here to see it or if the link is broken or expired do a search on Facebook for the 18 Andaman) they selected 9 amateur photographers out of several thousand, and decided to pair them upView full post »

Thean Hou Temple Fuji XT-1 56mm f1.2 APD lens Chinese New Year Model Portrait photography

Model Portrait shoot for Chinese New Year at the Thean Hou Temple with the Fuji X-T1 and 56mm APD f1.2

Just before Chinese New Year I had a test shoot with the new Fujifilm 56mm APD f1.2 lens on my X-T1. The model and I decided to go down to the Thean Hou Temple to conduct her Model shoot. I will be doing a review later on this lens but for now… Gong Xi Fa Cai     Originally posted 2015-02-17 14:36:59.View full post »

Outdoor Family photography in Bangsar

Studio and Garden Family Photography in Bangsar

The lead up to Chinese New Year was busy with a lot of family photography shoots. Some were in the studio while others were on location. This time we had a combination of both studio and garden.   Originally posted 2015-02-17 08:20:25.View full post »

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A Wedding at the Majestic Hotel in KL, Ceremony at SFX Church, and Dinner Banquet at the Lake Club

Over Chinese New Year we covered a wonderful wedding in KL. We all started off at the Majestic Hotel which is simply beautiful. The wedding cars were a classic Rolls Royce and a Bentley which both wafted the wedding couple to SFX church in Petaling Jaya for their wedding ceremony. We then went to the Lake Gardens for portraiture and I would have to say the Fujifilm X-T1 paired with the Fuji 56mm APD 1.2 is simply stunning as a light weight portrait combination. It seemed I couldn’t take aView full post »

friends reunion lunch party at kompassion in damansara kim

Reunion Luncheon Party at Kompassion in Damansara Kim

Tiffany was visiting from a long stint overseas and asked if I could join her and her friends for a reunion lunch come party at the Thai restaurant Kompassion in Damansara Kim. So I did. Originally posted 2015-02-15 13:51:36.View full post »

Fuji XT-1 APD high ISO Matchzsticks Valentines Day party at Happer's Pub Bar

Valentines Day Pub and Bar Photography at Happer’s

I was asked to shoot an “Anti-Valentines Day” singles get together at Happer’s Bar and Pub in Damansara Jaya near the Atria shopping Mall for Matchzsticks on Valentines day. It was a fun event and lots of singles got together to meet old friends and make new ones. Shooting was fairly challenging as it was mostly lit by candle light.  Due to this most of the photos below were shot between ISO 6,000 and 10,000 using the Fuji X-T1 with 56mm APD F1.2 and a Canon 5DMk3 with a 24-70View full post »

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80th Birthday and 50th Wedding Anniversary Combo Celebration at the Clark Ballroom in the Le Meridien Hotel

Valentines Day 2015.  CY Hiew was blessed with a lovely Valentines Day combination celebration at the Clark ballroom in the Le Meridien hotel. It was his 80th birthday as well as 50th Wedding Anniversary with his lovely wife. The event was organized by his children and they blessed their father by displaying his milestones for his guests to enjoy. One of the highlights was the family tree, tracing the family lineage back 50 generations (800 years) to the Song dynasty. I just received a whatssapView full post »

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1st Birthday Party Baby Photography at the Westin Hotel

Natalie’s 1st Birthday was held at pool side at the Westin hotel and featured family, friends, ice cream (Yummy!), birthday treats and a balloon sculpting clown. It was a fun and relaxed afternoon. Later we did some family portraits pool side. This was also my first experience with the new Fuji 56mm APD f1.2. Unlike Canon’s 85mm f1.2 this lens inspires confidence because it focuses faster than the Canon, and is almost always in sharp focus.   Originally posted 2015-02-07View full post »

underwater pool portrait photography

Underwater “Mermaid” Pool Portrait Photography

I have started doing underwater photography in pools recently. It has been a long time coming as I have wanted to do it for years. Here is my first attempt and I would have to say both my model and I really enjoyed the session.  It’s now her Facebook banner and profile photo so I know she was more than happy. If you are interested in having a series of underwater photos taken let me know and we can proceed to plan a session together. I look forward to hearing from you soon. BTW: I canView full post »

underwater pool pregnancy portrait photography in kuala lumpur

Underwater Pool Pregnancy Portrait Photography

This is part of an underwater shoot in which two ladies assisted me as models. One of them, pictured in this series of images, wanted to have her pregnancy recorded. I shoot pregnancy photos but have been wanting to do something quite different from what is being offered in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya at the moment. Shooting pregnancy portrait photography underwater was a relaxing and cool (pun intended) thing to do. I hope you enjoy the photos I am including below. If you are interested inView full post »

Nikon D750 flare problem issue

Nikon D750 Flare Issue

I got one the first Nikon D750 bodies that came into Malaysia. I loved it. Then we heard bout the flare issues. Well I was hit. Bright lighting from certain angles entered the mirror box and played merry havoc with the images. Lens used was the Nikkor 85mm 1.8G. Nikon were good enough to implement repairs on the body and I am happy to say that it no longer flares. But at the time…WOW!!   Originally posted 2015-01-11 19:54:51.View full post »

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Malay Wedding and Bersanding in Kunak and the Promenade Hotel Tawau in Sabah, East Malaysia

Razli and Llis wedding was celebrated in both Kunak and Tawau, towns in Sabah, East Malaysia. The first evening was the traditional henna night in Lli’s kampong and included a karaoke and some of the best satay I have ever enjoyed. The following morning we went to the local Masjid (mosque) for the wedding ceremony, followed in the evening with a bersanding ceremony and dinner at the Promenade hotel in Tawau. Awesome satay!   Originally posted 2015-01-03 12:00:53.View full post »

Sri’s Tongue-in-Cheek Fun Graduation Shoot

Sri wanted to have fun with his shoot. So we did! Not the normal Graduation photo shoot but something quite different, and a LOT of FUN! Originally posted 2017-10-26 22:42:43.View full post »

International Wedding at the Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie

Jared and Marianna contacted me 3 days before their wedding ceremony to ask whether I was free to cover their wedding. Yes 3 days! How does that happen? Romantic story. Jared is originally from Malaysia , and was visiting relatives back here with his parents and siblings along with his Russian fiance Marianna, when the suggestion was made to have their wedding ceremony brought forward so all of the local relatives including his aging grandmother could attend. And so it happened! WeddingView full post »

Chinese Wedding and dinner at the Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa Grant Corban

Chinese Wedding at the Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa

Kimberley and Nicholas had their wedding at the Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa. Consisting of a Christian wedding ceremony, tea ceremony and then dinner. We were shooting with the Canon 5DMk3, Sony A7, and Nikon D750 cameras. We are brand agnostic, but at this wedding I discovered the D750 has an absolutely phenomenal exposure range. Please enjoy. Originally posted 2014-12-27 16:17:04.View full post »