📸 Skai Chan Photography

Photographer's Photography Website

The website

This photography website was done with a bottom-up approach for the launch initially with the basic and important contents necessary. I believe taking the first step is always the most difficult milestone and thus I didn't establish a large-scale plan that would take me forever to launch this website. Yes, I did it (put it online) within my capability (time) without dragging my feet.

As days go by, I overwhelm this website with more content in the battle within myself over the priority and importance of every piece of them. Every day, it's just like firefighting.

  1. Design
    This photography website is designed with the key specifications - simplicity and usability. It's not something difficult since I've been designing websites since my secondary school days. The greatest challenge is when new content is added, some minor design has to be tweaked. Over time, more changes have to be made to accommodate a larger amount of content.

    On the main page, the photos are displayed randomly among a few photographs that are in landscape orientation. Every time it's refreshed, the photograph will be changed.
  2. Coding
    Everything was started from scratch on a notepad. PHP language is used largely to reduce time in updating the site, simulating a database without actually creating one. I have played with HTML, CSS and JavaScript as well.
  3. Copywriting
    All contents are written by me unless otherwise specified. I have a limited vocabulary and thus I'm able to keep things very simple. I write much better than I speak. This website is therefore a good platform for self-expression while sharing ideas and knowledge with people from all over the world.
  4. Updates
    I update the website very frequently to add new content and improve on my language. Over time, I may have to restructure some of the content.
  5. Limitation
    Some of the photos are loaded from Facebook in order to reduce space usage in my server and also for easy updating. However, Facebook does reduce the quality of the photos. There may also be a dead link when Facebook changes the direct URL of the photos.

Goals

  1. Showcase my work
    The top priority of this website is to showcase my portfolio which I can direct my potential clients to. For a serious professional photographer, a simple portfolio website is minimal. Social media websites like Facebook and Instagram are very good platforms to display my work but they have limitations and definitely not as organised. For example, I'm not able to categorise my portrait, event and interior photo albums on Facebook. Some of my potential clients may find it messy. It's too tedious for me to create a different Facebook page for each kind of photoshoot work.
  2. Connect with people
    With this website, I'm able to connect with many people from all over the world, including clients and other talents in other fields that are related to photography. I also collaborate with other talents/artists. I gather my work, thoughts and knowledge to share with my visitors. They get to know at least a little about me before they even get to talk to me. People who are patient and detailed tend to know me even better because they make more effort to read, just like you are doing now.
  3. Educate people
    1. to judge the quality of photographs
      Having excessive interaction with bad photographs shot by amateurs with lots of LIKEs and compliments (due to hot models) may influence one's standard of judgment, in a bad way. I seek to help people learn how to appreciate tasteful photographs.
    2. to understand the effort of photographers
      Most people own at least one camera nowadays, be it a DSLR, compact camera, GoPro or mobile phone camera. To many people, photography is only about clicking of the shutter button to snap photographs. Therefore, most people don't really think about the cost of photography, or rather, simply assume photography is an easy job.
    3. to eliminate unrealistic expectation
      For example, if a client engages a photographer at a low price, the client shouldn't expect to receive very good photographs; rather, they should actually pray hard that the photographer is good but inexperienced (that's the reason for the low rate). After all, you get what you pay for. In order to help everyone, including photographers, I have created an artist about misconceptions and myths in professional photography.
    4. to improve collaboration
      While many photographers, HMUAs and models will collaborate (TFCD) to build a portfolio or for marketing purpose, there are many unspoken rules and procedure for the sake of fairness and getting better end products (photographs). There are many people who have been setting very bad trends and influencing newcomers. Eventually, photographers are taken for granted, apart from the fact that they are spending the most time on each project - planning, shooting, and post-production.
  4. Help enthusiasts to learn
    Helping others is also a way of helping myself. I have added many instructions, tips and articles to this website. These contents are up here for multiple reasons such as (1) for myself to refer to, (2) for referring people to and (3) for visitors to learn. For example, I have written various photography tips.
  5. Promote Singapore
    I have created a list of best photoshoot places in Singapore. I have tried to do photoshoots at places so that I can share the photographs. The list also serves me and my clients well during the planning phase, while many visitors visit the page for brainstorming for their photoshoots too.

If you are looking for a freelance photographer in Singapore, do contact Skai.

Short URLs

I name my pages with descriptive words so that I can find the files easier on my system whenever I need to edit them. Although the URLs of every page can be long and include ".php" at the back, I have tried to work on the navigation around the website so that visitors don't need to type the address on their web browser. However, I have also included some short URLs for the frequently visited web pages so that visitors can remember them easier.

  1. Best photoshoot places in Singapore
      https://skaichanphotography.com/places
  2. Bikini/ swimwear photographer
      https://skaichanphotography.com/bikini
  3. Contact Skai
      https://skaichanphotography.com/contact
  4. Couple photographer
      https://skaichanphotography.com/couple
  5. Dating profile rebranding
      https://skaichanphotography.com/dating
  6. Event & party photographer
      https://skaichanphotography.com/event
  7. Equipment
      https://skaichanphotography.com/equipment
  8. Freelance models
      https://skaichanphotography.com/model
      https://skaichanphotography.com/models
  9. Freelance photographer
      https://skaichanphotography.com/photographer
  10. Frequently asked questions
      https://skaichanphotography.com/faq
  11. Hair and makeup artist (HMUA)
      https://skaichanphotography.com/hmua
      https://skaichanphotography.com/mua
  12. Interior / real estate photographer
      https://skaichanphotography.com/interior
  13. Maternity photographer
      https://skaichanphotography.com/maternity
  14. Night portraits
      https://skaichanphotography.com/night
  15. Portrait photographer
      https://skaichanphotography.com/portrait
      https://skaichanphotography.com/portfolio
  16. Post production - photo editing (enhancing, retouching)
      https://skaichanphotography.com/editing
  17. Photographer's rates
      https://skaichanphotography.com/rates
  18. Service agreement
      https://skaichanphotography.com/agreement
  19. Studio photography
      https://skaichanphotography.com/studio
  20. Testimonials / Reviews
      https://skaichanphotography.com/testimonial
      https://skaichanphotography.com/testimonials
      https://skaichanphotography.com/review
      https://skaichanphotography.com/reviews
  21. TFP / TFCD photoshoot
      https://skaichanphotography.com/tfcd
  22. Photography tips
      https://skaichanphotography.com/tips
  23. Videography
      https://skaichanphotography.com/videography
      https://skaichanphotography.com/videographers
  24. Wedding
      https://skaichanphotography.com/wedding

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