Portrait Photography Singapore

You don't have to be pretty to appear in photos;
you just need to appear pretty in photos.
We will work on it together.

My portfolio

The albums in this page are listed in order of the date of shoot, from newest (top) to oldest (bottom). Each album may contain multiple themes and various number of photos. Click the photo to view its full set of photos and write-up about the model and the shoot.

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Yoga Photoshoot - Sharon Ng En Hui Glamour Photoshoot - Cheryl Alicia Chua Editorial Photoshoot - Boon Hui Corporate Photoshoot - Kyan Soo Wei Qiang Corporate Photoshoot - Tengy Gay Teng Yong Conceptual Photoshoot - Boon Hui Prewedding Photoshoot - Leslie & Sally Fashion Photoshoot - Erica Chan Fashion Photoshoot - Sirachar Ong Fashion Photoshoot - Angela Ni Bikini Fashion Photoshoot - Martina Novotna Corporate Group Photoshoot - DPG (Prudential) Group Corporate Photoshoot - DPG (Prudential) Art Photoshoot - Kelly Lim Fashion Photoshoot - Tan Rou Ying Conceptual Photoshoot - Nathalie Blue Conceptual Photoshoot - Constance Huang Cheerleading & Dancing Photoshoot - Jasmine Tan Maternity/Pregnancy Photoshoot - Monica Weng-Ong Lifestyle Photoshoot - Emilia Yoyo Ngai Fashion Photoshoot - Beverley Angkangon Travel Photoshoot - Ao Xuan Fashion Photoshoot - Ao Xuan Lifestyle Photoshoot - Ao Xuan Editorial Photoshoot - Angie Mui Editorial Fitness Photoshoot - Jolene Chui Lifestyle Photoshoot - Low Kah Yoke Fashion & Night Fashion Photoshoot - Marjorie Lining Glamour Photoshoot - Rachel Liew Bikini, Lifestyle, Fitness Photoshoot - Beverley Angkangon Pre-wedding Photoshoot - David & Jess Boudoir & Glamour Photoshoot - Jun Fashion Photoshoot - Alessandra Wong Fashion Photoshoot - Joanne Animal Conceptual Photoshoot - Luckie Chan Lifestyle Couple Photoshoot - Tommy & Evelyn Corporate Photoshoot - Thomas Ng Prewedding Photoshoot - Ryan & Yuanzhi Lifestyle Photoshoot - Mitsuya Nakata Boudoir Photoshoot - He Ling Fitness Photoshoot - Kayla Wong Conceptual Photoshoot - Nathalie Blue Bridal Photoshoot - Jessyca Ang Dancing Photoshoot - Vanessa Lum & Tan Jiamin Dancing Photoshoot - Tan Jiamin Dancing Photoshoot - Vanessa Lum Fashion Photoshoot - Leila Louise Couple Photoshoot - Brian & Claudia Bikini Photoshoot - Lovelle Tan Bikini & Fashion Photoshoot - Bianca Pietersz Fashion, Glamour, Santarina Photoshoot - April Pre-wedding Photoshoot - Terry & Lynwen Fashion Photoshoot - Joey Tay Fashion Photoshoot - Nowell Tan Fashion Photoshoot - Emily Chan Night fashion Photoshoot - Lovelle Tan Fashion & Night Fashion Photoshoot - Alessandra Wong Night fashion Photoshoot - Alessandra Wong Pre-wedding Photoshoot - Peter & Peiwei Animal Photoshoot - Elmo & Eby Conceptual Photoshoot - Claire Fashion Photoshoot - Anastasia Butrim Bikini Photoshoot - Esther Choey Couple Photoshoot - Michael & Valerie Children Photoshoot - Random Editorial Photoshoot - Ethan Leslie Leong Lifestyle Photoshoot - Puang Shujuan Boudoir Photoshoot - Selvy Sequence Self Portrait - Skai Chan & Luckie Couple Photoshoot - Derrick & Ariel Fashion Photoshoot - Vanessa Lum Lifestyle Photoshoot - Vanessa Toh Dancing Photoshoot - Dance Channel Conceptual Photoshoot - Christmas Fashion Photoshoot - Amelia Chang Conceptual Photoshoot - Maisie Chew Ao Dai Photoshoot - KT Pham Fashion Photoshoot - Constance Huang Fashion Photoshoot - Oh Yongpeck Fashion Photoshoot - Amelia Chang Animal Photoshoot - Luckie Chan Portrait Headshot - Joyce See Children Photoshoot - Dchane Children Photoshoot - Dylan Couple Photoshoot - Random Couple Conceptual Photoshoot - Nicole Children Photoshoot - Jacob Christopher Fashion Photoshoot - Amelia Chang Conceptual Photoshoot - Puang Shujuan Conceptual Photoshoot - Maisie Chew Fashion Photoshoot - Famel Tay Bikini Photoshoot - Jade Lee

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Disclaimer: The write-ups for each individual album/model are limited to the interaction with the models between the planning phase to the delivery of the final photos. As no one is perfect, I do not imply that my models are flawless. Most of them are especially nice and trustful towards me because they bother to find out about me and that I show them respect during the shoots.



Bringing the best out of every model

Most of my models (clients and friends) are not professional models. Portraiture shoot is not about getting the most beautiful model to work together but how the photographer can bring the best out of the model; it is about the transformation even though most people could and would only look at the final product. Photography is also about capturing the moment to implant the desired impression and improving the visual pleasure of the viewers.

Without doubt, working with an appealing model has an edge over working with an average one. However, I do like to challenge myself, as long as the model is willing to cooperate fully.

"What shines through most is the model's personality while her looks complement it beautifully."

My shooting and editing style

Natural, tasteful, beauty.

I do all kinds of portraiture shoot, such as bridal, casual couple, conceptual, fitness, lifestyle, fashion, modelling portfolio, boudoir, art... etc. I oversee the entire production process, from the planning of the theme to the outfits (including inner wears), props, location and timing of shoot, to ensure the highest quality of product as seen on my portfolio. I personally think my work are still far from perfect but I'm glad that I have produced the quality of work so far with the challenges.

I care a lot about the hairstyle, makeup, wardrobe, poses, expression, composition and lighting.

  1. The feel
    My work leans towards lifestyle and causal for non professional models, which gives a more natural feel; most importantly, almost every inexperienced model (most of my clients don't have any/much experience) will feel comfortable. My vision is about tasteful work and thus even my glamour or boudoir shoots will turn out to be stylish and not sleazy. My models trust my professionalism and thus, eliminating the usual awkwardness between photographers and models who have not met before. I'm looking into more varieties of shoots, especially art and conceptual shoots.
  2. Beauty lighting
    I usually go for the softest light possible to make the model look more beautiful. As brightness is one of the main aspects that will draw human's eyes to the portion of a photograph, I always try to keep my subjects' faces properly lighted, unless I want to create a specific kind of feel (eg. moody). These are very challenging.
  3. Framing the subjects - subject(s) VS scenery
    In most of my work, I tend to focus on my models by filling up the frame with more of them instead of placing them tiny inside the photographs because they are the most important subjects. A portraiture photograph is pointless if the friends and family of the model cannot identify the model due to him or her appearing too tiny inside. Capturing good expression is so much more important than drawing the viewers' eyes to the scenery.
  4. Photoshop editing
    For photographs that require advanced editing (depending on individual client) during post-production, I work towards commercial standard, being very detailed, such that the photographs will look good even in big print (high resolution). This certainly requires more effort and time.

Perfecting my portrait shoot

Planning and planning!

It takes a lot of time and effort to plan and execute in order to produce good photographs. The cooperativeness of the model can determine the outcome, especially for outdoor shoot. There are always unforeseeable situations but we can reduce the impact by doing proper planning and not simply counting on luck.

  1. Manage expectation - understand and advise model
    Discussions usually take up lots of time and effort, and spread over days. To begin with, some models may not know what they exactly want. In order to understand more about their preferences, I will spend a lot of time to have causal chats with them. I always try to find out more and advise them against any plan that may reduce the quality of the photographs or if they exceed the limitation.

    Problems: Some models are more suspicious of others, especially male photographers, and thus there may be problems with communication. Without finding out more about the model's expectation and preferences, the photographer will definitely feel lost. Besides, some models may have unusual expectations that do not follow the trade's rules.
  2. Wardrobe
    Wardrobe can make a big difference and they should not only fit the models' looks but also the theme and background, in terms of both design and colour. For example, I will not want my model to wear the shirt that has similar colour as the background unless the theme requires her to camouflage. During discussion, I get my models to take photographs of themselves in the outfits to ensure the outfits are suitable and usable.

    Problems: Some models do not have a five-minute time to snap a picture of the wardrobe for me (the photographer) and makeup artist to visualize the looks before the shoot. As a result, the design of the wardrobe does not match with the actual theme or the colour is different. There are also times when the model cannot find the wardrobe right before the shoot or she realises the wardrobe is no longer fitting for her. Sometimes, the model also has very limited varieties of clothes or she thinks she has any clothe that the photographer can name.
  3. Hair and Makeup
    Hairstyle and makeup are decisive factors to the success of the shoot on the model's part. Without proper hair and makeup done, the result will be undermined no matter how good the photographer is. I always give feedback on the model's self grooming and try to involve a hair and makeup artist (HMUA) in the shoot.

    Problems: Some models are on a tight budget while some are over-confident of their own skill and thus do not see the need to engage a hair and makeup artist. However, without the help of a good hair and makeup artist (HMUA), there will not be a big transformation in looks. Although some models are able to do their own styling, the results will never be as good as those done by professional hair and makeup artists - otherwise, there will not be demands for these talents. Makeup is not only about hiding flaws, it is also the ability to enhance features. To add on, photographers are not makeup artists and there are also limitations to editing work in Photoshop even if the model is willing to pay for the additional time.
  4. Props
    If the model is not a professional model, she is likely going to feel awkward. Depending on the theme, I may suggest using props to help the model feel more comfortable during the shoot.

    Problems: Some props are expensive. Not all models has high creativity to make full use of the props. Besides, it is difficult to not repeat using of props.
  5. Location
    I'm usually more lenient in the location and give options for the model to choose. However, depending on the day and time, there may be more photobombs around in certain locations. The model may also feel awkward when there are too many spectators.

    Problems: Singapore is over-populated and thus there are photobombs in most outdoor places. The development is also very fast that some good places are being developed.
  6. Timing
    Every location has its golden time for shooting due to the sun's direction and strength. There are also general golden hours for outdoor shoot and I always stick to them to ensure the best quality photographs possible; I do not pack my shoots such that I need to shoot at bad timing.

    Problems: Some models have too packed schedule for an outdoor shoot that the time of the shoot is least flattering or they can only shoot during weekends when most places are more packed.

Professional lighting means less mobility

Lighting up faces properly, shaping them and creating a contrast against the background will often require the use of artificial light. In order to get better artificial light, heavy and bulky equipment are required. It takes time and effort to set them up and dismantle them. After setting them up, they become bulkier and thus more tedious to move around. Therefore, if you are seeking for professional lighting, you will need to have at least a photographer assistant and expect lower quantity of photographs and fewer locations.

Example: Lighting a model with bike at night

location with ambient light 1.
This photograph was taken using a mobile phone. There was one main continuous white light at the top. The dim orange/warm light on the right was produced by the street lamps of the carpark that were quite a distance away. It was not ideal for this shoot to have two colours for it would be distracting. The scene looks bright enough due to the high ISO setting, which had resulted in noisy image that I would avoid. Even at high ISO, the ambient light would be insufficient to light up both my subjects properly and the direction of light was not what I wanted.
one-light set-up 2.
Since the white light was not going to be included in the scene, I decided to eliminate it totally. In this way, I could also keep the ISO low for cleaner photographs. As the orange light was dimmer than the white light, they were eliminated as well. This photograph would be in total black if not for my main light on my right. The left side of the photograph was dark and the model seemed to be blended in.
one light with hair light set-up 3.
I added in my second light at the left back, which would act as the hair light to separate her hair and right side of her body from the dark background, such that she would stand out. The hair light actually simulated a street lamp shining downwards.

Note: The mood of this shoot was supposed to be edgy and thus I increased the power of the main light.
one light with hair light and grid set-up 4.
Since I wanted the focus to be on the model and the bike, I added in a honeycomb grid to the main light so that the light was more directional and it would not light up the background on the right. After limiting the main light's direction, the back of the bike was in the shade of the model.

Note: As the space was very tight and I wanted to use a narrower angle on my lens, I actually had the bike shifted nearer to the wall to allow more space between me and the two subjects.
two light with hair light and grid set-up 6.
Since the bike was one of the two main subjects, I added in a filled light on the left to slightly light up the back of the bike.

Note: Due to the lack of equipment (I was injured and didn't want to bring too many things along), the filled light was more scattered and thus a wider area was slightly lighted up as well.

All the sample photographs above are converted directly from raw images - unedited. Although some effects can be done in Photoshop, professional photographers will always try to get everything correct during the shoot. The reasons are: (1) editing may take longer time, (2) there will be repeat of editing work if a scene has more than one selected photographs and (3) there are chances that the photographers would make mistakes and allow viewers to spot the "photoshopped work".

As any step the model takes will change the exposure on her quite significantly - nearer to light source means brighter and further away from the light source means darker - and thus movements will be more limited. If the photographer wants to try shooting from different angles (to be more creative), some of the lighting equipment may appear inside the photograph and thus have to be shifted/changed and the power has to be adjusted accordingly, which will require testing of light again.

After the equipment is being set up, they become bulky on top of the (heavy) weight. Since it takes time to set up and dismantle them, it will be problematic to shift the location unless there are assistants around to help carry them. Given that the second location is a long distance away or require using vehicle, the equipment has to be dismantled and kept.

Of course, it depends on individual situation (e.g. location, number of locations, amount of ambient light, direction of ambient light and the mood that the photographer wants to create) for the number of artificial light to be set up. Unfortunately, in most situations, the budgets don't include the much needed assistants and time to do with more professional equipment that are essential to produce better lighting.



There is no such thing as "cheaper, better, faster" when it comes to photography.
If you are seeking high quality photographs,
do set aside a higher budget because lots of time and effort are required to achieve them.