Every photo can tell a story and I want to create the memories for everyone. Event photoshoot is interesting because impromptu things can happen any time, even though it can be very challenging. I'm excited to freeze the happy moments of life and capture the expression of subjects during event photoshoots. My shooting style for event is a mixture of journalism and art, whereby I will try to capture moments in the best angles possible and piece the photos together like a story. When anyone looks at the photos, he or she should be able to feel the happiness of the actual day; whereby those who are present during the actual event can recall the fondable memories.
Events such as ROM, wedding and birthday parties are some of the most joyous events in life. I'm an affectionate person. As I indulge myself in the events, the happiness lightens up my days as well. Events that are more well-organised with activities that can drive me excitedly crazy. I rather get busy shooting throughout the entire events and thus you may see me run about during my shoot. For the sake of getting intimate feel of photos, I will get low and thus putting pressure on my knees, especially when dealing with pets and kids. I have also injured my hand a few times due to holding onto the camera on a single hand, in order to change the direction of the speedlite (flash) using another hand, for too long. I look forward to produce the best photos possible under every circumstance.
It is a joy to me whenever I get to capture unique or happy expression, especially natural smiles. Everytime I manage to snap such shot, like a easily contented kid, I will smile at the LCD screen of my camera in my satisfied looks. Of course, there may be times that I miss the shots and I'm unable to hide my dejected looks.
Since my work requires me to communicate with my computer most of the time, event shoots help to bring me out of my "cave" and meet real people (and a lot of them at one time).
"You can take charge and grab all the attention; I'm happy enough to do the same work quietly and produce better results."
The most important attribute to taking good event photographs is passion, which I've tried hard to preserve by taking up limited projects and screening of clients who approach me. What make me stand out from other talents in the same trade are:
Advice to clients
Whenever possible, I'll try to give advice to clients. I don't overpromise anyone just to clinch a project and claim that I will be able to produce top grade quality photographs when the shooting condition is bad. Most clients won't be able to tell the difference in quality but photographers should be frank with them. There was once after I honestly warned a client regarding a kid's birthday event held in an open space during noon time, she decided not to engage any photographer anymore - I lost the project but I also felt relieved.
I maintain my fitness level well even though I'm often being haunted by old sport injuries. My passion keeps me energetic. As long as the venue allows me to move around, I'll be all over the place to find good angles. You may also see me running about when there are special incidents across the venue.
I don't snap only the important moments like cake-cutting or march-in; I make good use of every second during the event to find interesting subjects to capture. I try to document down the full story of the event from the start to the end. The viewers of the album will be able to grasp the happenings of the event.
Natural candid shoot
Natural looking photographs are more artsy although they are more difficult to capture. When a person looks into the camera, there's a high chance that he will feel self conscious and thus unnatural. I've my ways to snap photographs of guests without them knowing.
Interaction with guests
I tend to get along well with people, including kids. When the guests like the photographer, they will be more cooperative and look better in the photographs. Besides, I've my ways to draw attention of kids and animals for group shoot.
Best lighting possible
Light can "smoothen" skin and "shape" a face. I always try my best to light up faces to the best, given the situation. This is why you can see me rotating my speedlite around. I've also injured my hand a few times due to carrying the two-kilogram camera and gears on a single hand while adjusting the direction of the speedlite for a long period of time during the shoots.
The last thing you would want is to have your photographer being late for your event and miss the important moments.
I run through every photograph countless times over a few days. This helps to improve the photographs' quality because a fresher mind always does a better job.
Event Shoot Albums
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