Conceptual Photo Shoot - Gilbert Lew & Shirlene Chew

Conceptual Photo Shoot with Gilbert Lew & Shirlene Chew at Tanjong Pagar

Conceptual Photo Shoot with Gilbert Lew & Shirlene Chew at Tanjong Pagar



This is yet another creative conceptual shoot designed by Japanese HMUA, Yuko Imoto. It represents the different stages of romance. At the initial stage, both parties often hide behind their "masks" before revealing their true affection for each other. Eventually, they start to open up and show their true faces.

The masks were handmade by Yuko from scratch during her stay in Singapore; both of the masks took up great amount of time. She also styled both the models impressively. Due to time restriction, we were unable to shoot both the models at the same time. I had to set up the makeshift studio twice for the indoor shoot. For the outdoor sessions, the challenge was the strong wind, especially for the day shoot.

I was thankful to both the models for being extremely accommodating. Firstly, the location for makeup was not very cosy since the area was small. Secondly, the location for the "indoor" shoot didn't look grand and definitely not as comfortable as studios with air-conditioners. For the outdoor shoot with Shirlene, she had to bear with the provoking typhoon-wannabe wind while Gilbert had to endure a lengthy shoot at night.

It was a rather simple three-light set-up for the makeshift studio, although it was draining to fix up the two softboxes and backdrop. A third light was used to brighten the backdrop at the location with limited space. For the daytime outdoor shoot with Shirlene, I had to keep to speedlite instead of my powerful strobe since the weather was bad and I could only keep it simple with just one light, while the idea was to create bokeh effect for the background and thus speedlite could provide the minimum power required. For the outdoor night shoot with Gilbert, I kept to one light as well, but also "borrowed" an existing light on the location for the hair light to distinguish his head from the dark background. Both outdoor shoots were very good experience.

The post-production process was extremely long due to the fact that Yuko had to go back to Singapore and it was months later when she returned, we were able to sit down together and run through the photographs together. We took more than three hours selecting the most suitable photographs out of many nice ones; it was a difficult and tiring process that most people would not be able to understand.

Honestly, I don't like to put photographs in collage because it means having to edit many photographs in details and only to present "one" to viewers. However, it's an artwork that delivers the story wonderfully and I appreciate the final result.


Venue: Tanjong Pagar
Date: 19 December, 2017

Model: Gilbert Lew & Shirlene Chew
Hairstylist: Yuko Imoto
Makeup Artist (MUA): Yuko Imoto
Wardrobe: Gilbert Lew, Shirlene Chew, Yuko Imoto

Camera: Canon 6D
Lens: Canon 24-70mm F2.8L II
Strobe: Cononmark i6, Cononmark B4, Yongnuo 560 Ex-III
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