I may not come from a wealthy family to kick off my photography dream early but I am lucky to have met many generous and kind people who have helped me along my photography journey.
Tricia Lee was a full-time commercial make-up artist who had worked with many professional photographers and talents before quitting her job to take care of her three children. She has been taking up ad-hoc make-up jobs but often has to turn down requests due to her tight schedule. Even though she isn't an enthusiastic of cameras and lenses, she's trained to see results. She even has the skill to guide models during photoshoot.
Tricia had been spending time to go through photos with me to guide me on the outlook and poses of the models. Without her, I could never learn to spot obvious errors on models so quickly. Under her guidance, I've learnt more than other photographers. Benson Lin Benson is my ex polytechnic classmate and army platoon-mate. He moves into professional photography much earlier than me and has since built up his knowledge. He has been sharing photography knowledge with me unselfishly and even spent two lunch time to get the necessary photography gears to start off my professional photography journey. To me, he's a smarter search engine than Google as he could always give me straightforward and accurate answers, unlike websites that go on top of the search list because of Search Engine Optimization.
Nat Neo Wei Tat Nat Neo is my old time volleyball buddy who has never failed to be thoughtful and generous. He was the person who had encouraged me to take the first step out. He helped me to get my first decent camera (Sony NEX F3, mirrorless) with staff discount and lended me gears to test. Without him, I would probably still be playing with semi-pro cameras without knowing what are aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Chan Kaidi My elder brother was the person who introduced me to PhotoShop long before I took up professional photography. It was a good head start compared to people who knew nothing about the software and did not know how to even get started. A photographer without PhotoShop is akin to a cripple.
Tay Lay Hong My mum is a seamstress and thus she's able to help me to fix some of my broken tools, including my poor budget light stand bag. On top of these, she's helped me to customize accessories like bands for securing colour filter gels on my speedlites. Being a poor photographer, I manage to save a lot because of her. Gold's Gym Singapore My two good friends, Tze Khit and Bobby Tan, from Gold's Gym Singapore have given me unconditional help whenever I need a space to build my mid shift photography studio or even a gym. They are very busy businessmen and sometimes I feel very bad for being a "burden". On top of this, they also give me advices on running businesses.
My Hair and Makeup Artists (HMUAs)
Edel Goh (MUA)
Tan Sihui (Hair stylist)
Lavender Artistry by Mandy Yeo
Lovelle Tan (MUA)
Poon Sher Li
My Assistants / Chauffeurs
Jonathan Tan Guoxin
My models consist of my friends and clients. Most of them are non-professional models, except a few who may have some experiences in doing freelancing.
I have worked with people from various countries for solo portrait shoots. To date, my models come from Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Britain, Cyprus, Venezuela, USA, Japan, Philippines, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, Taiwan, Ukraine, France, Australia, Canada, Cambodia, Laos. I'm looking forward to create more portrait work with people from all over the world.
Staffs from Infunde Development
Vanessa Poh Yen Ling
Singapore Fashion Runway (signed models)
Teo Shu Ying
Craft by 3 (staffs)
Kaidi & Ivy (couple)
Vanessa, Vera, Vianne (family)
Bai Jia Wang
Phang Tsang Wing
Kaiwei & Stella (couple)
Shengyang & Huiting (couple)
Sharon Ng En Hui
Cheryl Alicia Chua
Kyan Soo Wei Qian
Gay Teng Yong
Leslie & Sally (couple)
Erica Chan Xuan Ni
Mr Chew Chee Chiang & Ms Lee (Chew Plumbing & Construction)
Angie Mui (Framing Angie)
Low Kah Yoke
David & Jess (couple)
Tommy Wee & Evelyn (couple)
Ryan & Yuanzhi (couple)
Brian & Claudia (couple)
Chew Si Pei
Terry & Lynwen (couple)
Peter & Peiwei (couple)
Michael & Valerie (couple)
Derrick Chin & Ariel Tan (couple)
Mike Ong & Monica Weng (couple)
Dance Channel (Dancing team)
Oh Yong Peck
Irene Ong Meiling
Hooi Yingyi Victorielle
KT Pham Thi Kieu Trang
Dionne Loh Xiuzhen
Constance Huang Wanling
When I was a beginner, there were countless opportunities for me to do practical work for event photography but not portrait photoshoot. It was very gracious for any model to work with a new portrait photographer, knowing there was low chance to get excellent photos. Out of ten friends I had approached online, nine of them would either ignore me, reject me or pretend to be interested before going MIA (missing-in-action). There was one who replied me that she would only shoot with professional photographer. Therefore, I really appreciate my models who are not interested in modelling but have worked with me purely to help me.
After I have established myself with a good portfolio, things get so much better and easier. I feel blissful to work with my models.
For the companies who have worked with me before, do refer to links.
Family and Friends
My family and friends have given me numerous chances to heat up my camera. I'm also thankful to friends, especially my volunteer gang, who have not blamed me for holding onto the camera most of the time instead of helping out with the work.
Kaiwei and friends - Thinktank backpack
Chan Seng Hwee (my uncle) and wife - Canon 600 EX-RT
Gold's Gym Singapore - Space for makeshift studio