Contact Skai

I'm looking forward to meet people who appreciate my art to create more beautiful work together. I hope you are one of them.

To set up a shoot with me (engage my services), the procedure is:
  1. Read and understand the service agreement page
  2. Contact me through my Facebook with details
  3. Place deposit via bank transfer to confirm booking
  4. Pay remaining fee on actual day
I'll send you the final photographs via a web link once they are ready.


Please contact me only via Facebook!

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Will greatly appreciate if you can follow my social media profiles above!

Details required for proper quotation

Quotation will be revised any time if you do not state the full detail/requirement.

Any additional request may be rejected once the shoot is confirmed. Do not make an assumption; Go through the service agreement to avoid any wrong expectation.

In order for me to (1) understand if I'm able to take up the project and (2) give you the correct quotation, do let me know the details as stated below. Do note that the more information you provide to me, the better prepared I will be for the project. To prevent any misunderstanding in future, do communicate with me!

Do also let me know your budget so that I can customize and propose a package for you.

    Portrait
  1. What's the purpose of shoot?
  2. What's the number of advanced edited photographs needed?
  3. What's your prefered date?
  4. What's your prefered duration?
  5. Where's your prefered location(s)?
  6. Do you need any documentation, such as quotation, invoice, receipt?
  7. Do you need to buy over the copyrights of the photographs?
  8. Do you need express delivery of photographs? (subjected to photographer's availability)
  9. What's your budget?
  10. Have you read the service agreement?
    Event
  1. What's the event?
  2. What's the rough programme outline?
  3. What's the estimated number of guests?
  4. What's the date?
  5. What's the starting and ending time for my presence?
  6. Where's the location and is it indoor or outdoor?
  7. Do you need any documentation, such as quotation, invoice, receipt?
  8. Do you need to buy over the copyrights of the photographs?
  9. Do you need express delivery of photographs? (subjected to photographer's availability)
  10. What's your budget?
  11. Have you read the service agreement?
    Interior
  1. What's the use of the photographs?
  2. What's the type of housing?
  3. Where's the location?
  4. What's the number of photographs needed (if you know)
  5. Do you have a visual merchandiser?
  6. Do you need any documentation, such as quotation, invoice, receipt?
  7. Do you need to buy over the copyrights of the photographs?
  8. Do you need express delivery of photographs? (subjected to photographer's availability)
  9. What's your budget?
  10. Have you read the service agreement?
    Product / Food
  1. What's the use of the photographs?
  2. Where's the prefered location?
  3. What's the number of photographs needed?
  4. Do you have a stylist?
  5. Do you need any documentation, such as quotation, invoice, receipt?
  6. Do you need to buy over the copyrights of the photographs?
  7. Do you need express delivery of photographs? (subjected to photographer's availability)
  8. What's your budget?
  9. Have you read the service agreement?

For your understanding:

These knowledges might answer some of your questions/doubts.

  1. Professional photographers have various clients to assist at the same time.
    You're not the only client. Therefore, be lenient with their time.
  2. Photography equipment are expensive.
    Photography comes at a price. If the photography rate is cheap, you better beware.
  3. Photo-editing takes up much more time than the actual shoot.
    The total effort spent is much more than you presume.
  4. There're many "budget" photographers around.
    If you're simply looking for someone to take photos for you regarldess of the image quality, there's absolutely nothing wrong. Let me know and I can recommend you other photographers.

Foreword

Self Portrait Hey! Thanks for trying to contact me! I'm sure you've seen my portfolio and understood the quality of photographs you will receive by working with me.

Passion
Photography is my passion, which I have yet to plan to strike a fortune through it. I may not be financially stable but I'm not desperate for money - I don't take up just any job. Whenever someone approaches me for a shoot, my first thought is whether I can accomplish the task and not how much I can profit from it. Therefore, a more complicated or unusual request may take longer time for me to respond. Naively, I just hope more people will get to see and appreciate my work.

No contact detail online
I don't put my contact details online due to various reasons. (1) I'm working alone without any PA since I prefer to handle the important things, including discussion, by myself to ensure the best quality of work that I can produce with more understanding. (2) You won't want your photographer to keep picking up phone call during the shoot or when editing your photographs (serenity is important for doing art work). Besides, (3) I sleep at irregular hours. I also prefer to (4) know who I'm talking to (through your Facebook profile) since you've already known me through my website. (5) My phone is usually in silent mode and thus I always miss calls. Lastly, my website has quite high traffic and thus I've to (6) prevent spammers. Therefore, I'm using Facebook as a medium for initial communication, which has tools to block spammers.

Style of communication
I have a major issue typing on my smart phone (just too slow and difficult to QC the messages before sending) and thus I rely a lot on my computer's web browser for both Facebook messenger and Whatsapp (web whatsapp), using the big screen, mouse and physical keyboard. It's much easier for me to drag, copy and paste information as well. For corporate and other organisation that requires me to communicate via email, my replies may be slow since I have to be more formal (which is not my style anyway).

Photographers have choices of job
While clients have their own preferences and budgets, photographers have their choices too. For any price I'm going to quote you after knowing your requirements, it's my baseline - I'd never sacrifice the quality of my work with lower earning and you won't want your photographer to do a half hearted work. For any lower rate, it's better that I spend the time resting at home or sorting out my new work to put online. After all, I can only take up limited shoots due to my tight schedule. However, your requirements may more simple, and perhaps, it will be good if you can state your budget so that I can propose to you what kind of services can be provided, instead of simply "frightening" you with the rates.

You get what you pay for
My rates may not tally with the "market rates". I quote them in such a way that the amount of my effort and quality of art work will be compensated and appreciated. You are advised to check out other photographers' work and rates to make comparison first, and be sure you are comfortable with both the photo quality and price. It's easy to get a photographer who will accept low budget assignments if the quality of photographs isn't important.

Conclusion
I appreciate people who bother to read and appreciate my sincerity through my work and words. It will definitely draw us together and make communication much easier given the trust, because communication matters a lot for any kind of shoot.

skai chan

Beware of scammers impersonating me

I don't know if I should feel honoured and flattered by the scammers. Usually, only the babes and celebrities face such problem.

Unfortunately, the social media companies may not remove the fake profiles immediately. Within less than half a year after I created my photography account in Instagram (@skaichanphotography), I noticed there were around four or five fake accounts of mine. Instagram has removed all, except two, within a few days. I'm not able to keep track of the known fake profiles that are removed, but the following is a list of them.

- https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008329246932 (removed)
- https://www.instagram.com/n_cesallid/
- https://www.instagram.com/eisopo_l/
- https://www.instagram.com/lawanwsw/ (renamed to appletikat_)
- https://www.instagram.com/appletikat_/

If you come across any fake profile that's impersonating me, do let me know! *love plus hugs*



The toughest thing about photography is to educate people and manage their expectation;
the constraints and effort required are not obvious and may require lots of explanation.
Eventually, it is the trust and communication that matter the most.