📸 Skai Chan Photography

Credits

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 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 makeshift 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)

Tricia Lee
Evelynn Tham
Edel Goh (MUA)
Andrea Lai
Tan Sihui (Hair stylist)
Lavender Artistry by Mandy Yeo
Lovelle Cengiya
Yuko Imoto
Koreen Hong
Kelly Lim
Vivian Chong
Jessica Chia
Poon Sher Li
Ivy Tan
Joey Jo
Nicole
Alicia Lim
Neetha Neha
Jaspinder Kaur Gill
Thao Lee

My Assistants / Chauffeurs

Gilbert Lew
Jonathan Tan Guoxin
Lovelle Cengiya
Shuh
Nicole ASY
Cherie
Candy
Yee Wei
Charis Tan

My Models

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, Netherlands, Paraguay, Taiwan, Brunei, Ukraine, France, Australia, Canada, Cambodia, Laos, Hungary, Austria. I'm looking forward to create more portrait work with people from all over the world.


Katherine Whiteway (Nekotsurin) (Singapore)
Samantha Chua (Singapore)
Beatrice Lee Mynn (Singapore)
Jade (Singapore)
Ye Qi (Singapore)
Akira Uchida (Japan)
Sana (Japan)
Yeong Ara - Tantiara M. Rosli (Singapore)
Janice Sui (Singapore)
Company: Team Disinfect (Singapore)
Ratna Juita (Indonesia)
Couple: Alexander Stiegler (Austria) & Esther Pai Min Lin (Taiwan)
Iidiko Ko Kissimon (Hungary)
Rosy Mai Xuan (Vietnam)
Cho Mar (Myanmar)
Angela Arlene Quek (Singapore)
Organisation 2019: Singapore Fashion Runway (SFR)
Nicholas Chan Jun En (Singapore)
Audrey Chen (Singapore)
Ridhwan & Ashikin (Singapore)
Ivia Xiaohui (Singapore)
Couple: Wei Loong & Shujuan (Singapore)
Renu (Malaysia)
Delphine Seto & friends (Singapore)
Isabelle Raphaela Leong (Singapore)
Karen Ivy Diaz (Philippines)
Syriicyaniide (Thailand)
Melaine (Singapore)
Ayumi (Japan)
Angeline (Singapore)
Robyn Skye (Singapore)
Khin Thuzar Kyaw (Myanmar)
Rina (Singapore)
Siao Jo (Malaysia)
Debbie Tan (Singapore)
Jasmine Lim (Brunei)
Ashley Xuanxuan (Singapore)
Zuzana Novakova (Zuzi) (Czech Republic)
Skylar Tay Shixuan (Singapore)
Hilary Tay (Malaysia)
Hannah Tan Her Joo (Singapore)
Regina Umali (Philippines)
Valeria Gonzalez (Paraguay)
Amber Nguyen Trang (Vietnam)
Esther Pai (Taiwan)
Organization 2018: Team Infunde Development (Singapore, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Thailand)
Organisation 2018: Singapore Fashion Runway (SFR) (Singapore)
Havanah Zandrea (Canada)
Teo Shu Ying (Singapore)
Priscilla Tang (Singapore)
Leila Barrick (Australia)
Company 2018: Team Craft by 3 (Singapore)
Camille Roux (France)
Ng Shinyi (Singapore)
Couple Kaidi & Ivy (Singapore)
Shirlene Chew (Singapore)
Nickolas Padgalskas (Netherlands?)
Ghislaine Nadaud (Netherlands)
Eva Loa (Singapore)
Gilbert Lew (Singapore)
Family: Vanessa, Vera, Vianne (Singapore)
Ivy Tan (Singapore)
Bai Jia Wang (Singapore)
Charis Tan (Singapore)
Wong Youer (Singapore)
Shermaine Koh (Singapore)
Svetlana Dabizha (Ukraine)
Phang Tsang Wing (Singapore)
Qiu Wanping (Singapore)
Couple: Kaiwei & Stella (Singapore)
Couple: Shengyang & Huiting (Singapore)
Karina Cognomen (Indonesia)
Hannah Lee (Singapore)
Sharon Ng En Hui (Singapore)
Cheryl Alicia Chua Dong Yi (Singapore)
Kyan Soo Wei Qian (Singapore)
Gay Teng Yong (Singapore)
Boon Hui (Singapore)
Couple: Leslie (Hong Kong | Singapore) & Sally (Taiwan)
Erica Chan Xuan Ni (Malaysia)
Sirachar Ong (Thailand | Singapore)
Martina Novotna (Czech Republic)
Kelly Lim (Singapore)
Tan Rouying (Singapore)
Jasmine Tan (Singapore)
Yoyo (Hong Kong)
Ao Xuan (Singapore)
Jolene Chui (Singapore)
Company: Mr Chew Chee Chiang & Ms Lee (Chew Plumbing & Construction) (Singapore)
Angie Mui (Framing Angie) (Singapore)
Low Kah Yoke (Singapore)
Marjorie Lining (Philippines)
Rachel Liew (Singapore)
Beverley Angkangon (Malaysia)
Couple: David & Jess (Malaysia)
Jun (Singapore)
Joanne (Singapore)
Couple: Tommy Wee & Evelyn (Singapore)
Thomas Ng (Singapore)
Couple: Ryan & Yuanzhi (Singapore)
Mitsuya Nakata (Japan)
He Ling (Vietnam)
Kayla Wong (Singapore)
Nathalie Blue (Malaysia)
Jessyca Ang (Indonesia)
Tan Jiamin (Singapore)
Couple: Brian & Claudia (USA)
Leila Louise (England)
Bianca Pietersz (Venezuela | USA)
Chew Si Pei (Singapore)
April Toh (Singapore)
Couple: Terry & Lynwen (Singapore)
Nowell Tan (Singapore)
Joey Yan (Singapore)
Emily Chan (Singapore)
Lovelle Cengiya (Singapore)
Alessandra Wong (Singapore)
Couple: Peter & Peiwei (Singapore)
Anastasia Butrim (Cyprus)
Esther Choey (Singapore)
Couple: Michael & Valerie (England)
Tan Kexin (Singapore)
Selvy Sequence (Indonesia)
Couple: Derrick Chin & Ariel Tan (Singapore)
Couple: Mike Ong & Monica Weng (Singapore)
Amber Meifeng (Singapore)
Vanessa Lum (Singapore)
Vanessa Toh (Singapore)
Company: Dance Channel (Singapore)
Ang Xiuling (Singapore)
Michelle Low (Singapore)
Nikoru Nicole (Malaysia)
Mia Manan (Singapore)
Angela Ni (China | Singapore)
Oh Yong Peck (Singapore)
Joyce See (Singapore)
Dchane (Singapore)
Dylan (Singapore)
Amelia Chang (Singapore)
Charisse Ee (Singapore)
Dawnice Gagamamayan (Singapore)
Phuang Shujuan(Singapore)
Irene Ong Meiling (Singapore)
Maisie Chew (Singapore)
Famel Tay (Singapore)
Kelly Chin (Singapore)
Jade Anastasia Lee (Singapore)
Hooi Yingyi Victorielle (Singapore)
Jasmine Ang (Singapore)
KT Pham Thi Kieu Trang (Vietnam)
Dionne Loh Xiuzhen (Singapore)
Constance Huang Wanling (Singapore)
Vanessa Poh Yen Ling (Singapore)

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.

Clients

Thanks to my clients who have trusted me, photography skill and professionalism!

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.

Sponsors

Kaiwei and friends - Thinktank backpack
Chan Seng Hwee (my uncle) and wife - Canon 600 EX-RT
Gold's Gym Singapore - Space for makeshift studio

Testimonials

A big thanks to everyone who has spent the effort to help me to write a testimonial!