📸 Skai Chan Photography

Portrait Photographer in Singapore

Personalized High End Photography for You

Approach me if you wish to get personalized pictures that are:

creative portraiture photography in Singapore
flattering lighting photography in Singapore
natural portrait photography in Singapore
  1. Eye-catchy. creative concepts and lighting
    Creativity is in my genes; my pursuit of uniqueness helps to create special art work. My professional lighting equipment enables me to take control of the lighting and create the mood to suit the specific themes. My forte includes dimming down the background while lighting up my models, so as to draw viewers' eyes to them. Photography shoots can be taken at any location of your choice, including photography studio, your residence and even outdoor (during the night). I will keep you visible so that viewers can recognise you, which is the main purpose of doing a shoot.
  2. Flattery. flattering light & styling
    I create flattering light to make you look gorgeous. I take care of styling (outfit, hair and makeup). I select outfits that look flattering on you and suit both the concept and background. I also work with professional hair and makeup artists.
  3. Natural . natural lifestyle shoot & editing
    My lifestyle and casual style of work not only gives a more natural feel, but also allows every inexperienced model to feel comfortable. My respectful behaviour towards models make them feel safe and relaxed, such that they would be more comfortable during the session. I lean towards the commercial style for photo editing. I know what to edit, what not to edit and how to edit. I take extra effort to keep the photographs look unedited (natural).

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My Portraiture Style

I began photography with a "crash course" from an experienced photographer friend. Then, a masterclass commercial hair and makeup artist (HMUA) friend drilled me hard on professional styling and commercial standard of photo editing for over a year. Due to these blessed and extraordinary encounters, I've managed to build my foundation, including appreciating models and spotting flaws in photos, differently and have the edge over most other photography enthusiasts.

  1. Ideas / Concepts
    I don't like to be mainstream and thus I often make special suggestions. I also love exploiting the creativity of my teams, including models, to combine with my own idea to create unique work together.
  2. Model's hair & makeup
    I prefer a natural makeup for my portrait photoshoot, unless it's a special concept, such as creative makeup shoot. Hence, the HMUA (hair and makeup artist) who works with me must know my style and I will trust her in her craft.
  3. Model's wardrobe
    I'll go through the outfit together to select the most suitable set and avoid fashion disasters. An outfit may be nice but it may not necessary suit a person, the style we want to create for her, the mood of the concept or even the background. The design, colour and texture do make a difference.
  4. Model's poses
    I don't like to over-pose models and I usually go for lifestyle poses that are natural.
  5. Body contact
    None. I've been practising safe-distancing since the start of my photography journey and way before the pandemic. I'll correct the model verbally and refrain from having any skin contact with her. Any hair and outfit adjustment will be made only with the model's consent if no female assistant is around.
  6. Camera & lenses
    I'm using a full frame DSLR. My favourite lens is 24-70mm F2.8L, which is sharp, has good depth of field and covers the range of distance that I usually need, which helps to avoid switching of lenses during the photoshoots. I may also bring along a wide angle zoom lens or a prime lens.
  7. Photography lighting
    My expertise is on using of professional lighting to create eye-catching and flattering light to make the model stands out and look good.
  8. Pace of photoshoot
    I work on a slow pace to ensure the best quality of work possible. I try to get everything correct during the actual photoshoot. Working on professional lighting requires much more time than natural lighting.
  9. Timing of photoshoot
    For outdoor photoshoots, I'll schedule them at the best timing (golden hours) possible to produce the best photographs.
  10. My attire
    Shorts and Sandals usually. I'll be in the most comfortable wear possible to be able to move around freely and also get dirty and wet if necessary.
  11. Post production
    For advanced enhancement, I work towards the commercial standard, which may require hours to work on every picture.

My Portraiture Vision

"Beautify subject and bring the best out of her"

I love portraiture photography because I love making people look good and happy, which in turn will increase their confidence. I take pride in the transformation of girls into beauties through my photography, and help them to build confidence and make everyone happy; and I believe happiness is contagious.

Art is a way of life and I'm determined to deliver it in a tasteful way. Due to my frankness and respectfulness, my models trust me, get comfortable and eventually able to produce nice pictures together even for sensual genres such as art and boudoir.

Everyone has his or her own flaws and I have the desire to hide them. With the help of a professional hair and makeup artist (HMUA) and both my photography equipment and skill, the good features of the model can be highlighted. Together with proper props, poses and expression, everyone can be beautified.

I've been working mostly with non professional models (as featured on my portfolio) and most of them had no experience nor confidence in photoshoot. Portraiture photography isn't about getting the most beautiful model to work together but is about how the photographer can bring the best out of the model. Photography is also about capturing the moment to implant the desired looks and improving the visual pleasure of the viewers. Without doubt, working with an appealing and experienced 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."



#1 Portrait Portfolio

#2 Portrait Working Style

#1 Portrait Portfolio

  1. How do you get your models?
    When I was new and didn't have a portfolio, I had nice online and offline friends who modelled for me for free. I picked up my skill through working with them. Of course, the models gained free photos as well. After establishing a variety of portfolio with quality photos, more models and aspiring models start to approach me. Then, I start working with clients.
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  2. Are the models as good as you have described on their individual pages?
    I'm a very frank person and thus you can rest assured that what I have put down are always true, at least, for the shoot. However, since no one is perfect, there may be some shortcomings in everyone. I've also encountered a few very nasty people. I don't think it's nice for me to pen bad things down though.
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  3. Do models reward you with "special things" during or after the shoot?
    Fortunately, all my models are decent and they understand my passion is solely in photography. Do note that even if the theme the model has done is bikini or boudoir shoot, it does not imply any indecency in her character. There is a saying "you don't eat at where you shit" and professional photographers are usually skeptical of being dragged into scandals. To answer this question directly, yes, they do reward me with friendship, trust and respect, and these are some of the most special things in life.
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  4. Why is there no write-up for certain of your portrait albums?
    (1) I'm too busy and gradually forget about it over time.
    (2) I have shot with the model before.
    (3) I don't have much interaction with the model, including those shoots that I have set up with third party.
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  5. Why are some of your work being cut/cropped off awkwardly at your models' Instagram profiles?
    They have obviously done it without my approval. The original ratio/dimension is the artist's vision of the photograph and if it's been cropped by another person, it doesn't represent the artist's view. Unfortunately, Instagram still has restriction over the dimension of photographs even though they have relaxed on the original square ratio. Many Instagram users are either ignorant of using third party app to add side borders to make the photograph square before uploading or they are ignorant of the facts that they are hurting the photographers' reputation - cropping of photographs can make big difference to the focus of the subject(s) inside the photos.
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  6. Why do you add a copyright watermark to all photos that you upload?
    There are nasty rippers who will steal photos. I have the responsibility to protect my models and my rights. By adding watermark on the photos, it will reduce the chance of photos being stolen. Find out more about the necessity of watermark.
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#2 Portrait Working Style

  1. Do you plan a lot for each portrait shoot?
    I usually plan the basics and the rest will be on location inspiration. Basic planning includes the model's looks and outfits and researching about the shooting location. Anything more than that is not very advisable since most models are not sincere and it will be a waste of time eventually. Often, the models are not quick in their replies and thus will be leaving things to the last minute.
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  2. What kinds of theme will interest you?
    Most uncommon themes will be able to stimulate my interest.
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  3. Why do you want to try different genres and shooting styles instead of sticking to just a few?
    It's more interesting and it's good to know a bit of everything in order to learn more and apply the knowledge and experience in future when needed. No one knows what is good for him/her until after trying. I also wish to cater to a wider range of customers.
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  4. Do you do nude photoshoot?
    In the name of arts, yes if I'm comfortable with the model. However, I prefer glamour/sexy/implied nude shoot as it is less sensitive. Moreover, people are still very conservative in Singapore. Eventually, I probably won't be able to upload such photos online in order to keep my website more appropriate for the younger viewers. I think peer pressure from my ultra conservative friends do affect my decision as well.
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  5. Do you take very closed up photos during every photoshoot?
    It depends. If a professional hair and makeup artist is involved, I would want to snap at least a few closed up headshot photos, else it would be a waste. However, most of the time, my clients are not very good in their own makeup and hairstyling, and thus I have my hesitation to get a closed up shot. I'm not a makeup artist and thus I won't be able to do magic even I know how to use Photoshop.
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  6. What makes your portrait photos look good?
    Thank you, but they can be done so much better! Planning, styling (outfits, props, hair and makeup), setting/background, lighting, composition/angle, natural posing.

    Other than having a minimum amount of planning work, including styling, the model(s) play(s) a huge deciding factor as well. Having a good makeup by professional makeup artists is important too. On my part, I will try to make my models feel comfortable in front of the camera and also lead them into the mood. If given the time, I will bring and set up professional lighting even though they can weigh over 20kg (that's how I get my injuries). Apart from these, it is about my vision of tasteful photos, which is also being imparted from my HMUA friend, Tricia Lee. Do find out more from my portrait portfolio page.
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  7. When do you need to set up professional lighting?
    It depends on the situation and your expectation. Do you prefer quality over quantity? Do you have the time (and budget)?

    Setting up and keeping professional lighting equipment (with light modifiers) will take a long time and it will also restrict your movement during the shoot and when moving to a new location. Therefore, if you are looking for something like a poster kind of looks, be prepared that you will get back very few photos.

    For a night shoot, the photographer is likely going to use his lighting equipment. Photographers, of course, have the choice to not use big light modifiers to 'smoothen' their subjects' faces in order to move around faster with less set up.

    This is the reason why you need to book your photographer for longer hours for a pre-wedding shoot if you want it to be done very well.
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  8. Why do you ask me many non-photography related questions?
    I try to do this often for all types of shoots, including portrait and event. Most of the time, clients don't exactly know what they really want as well. It is to connect to you more, to roughly gauge what you subconsciously want from the shoot, to try to come out with something that can resemble your good memories and to build my confidence in working with you. If I don't know much about the shoot, I may feel lost during the shoot.

    That is to say if you don't open up to me, we probably won't have the rapport to work together; I'm also likely unable to do my best during the shoot.
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  9. Why do you only shoot in RAW and not together with JPG?
    1. To allow the camera to write faster to the memory card.
    2. Every photo will usually require basic editing to adjust the colour and exposure, and thus I don't see the need of camera's instant generated JPG.
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