Hello! Gotta thank the wedding photographer I met at my friend’s wedding years ago. I was in the design line back then, working on graphics and doing product photo-shoots for marketing materials. But I realized my DSLR can actually do much more after I’ve seen his inspiring works and ever since that intriguing experience of wedding photography, this is the new journey that I’ve embarked on… 5 years and counting!
It was indeed exciting. As a newcomer, I’m fascinated by all the styles that I can take after from all the master photographers’ works which I encounter and see on different resources, both online and offline. For a while, it was all romanticism and emotions, and then it was all about posing, followed by me being a photo-journalist documenting the moments in a wedding and eventually… I got lost in all that fascination and wanderlust of photography. Until I met my self-declared mentor, Kelvin Eng, who’s a veteran in this field. During the early days, he’d bring me along as a second shooter whenever he’s on a job and I would just observe how he interacted with the people, intervened with the wedding flow at the right time and in the right doses in order to get the ideal shots and so on. I’m fortunate to have his guidance, and eventually, I found my way of doing things in my own style.
I would say that the satisfaction coming from photography is very straightforward and instant; you’d know when you have gotten a good shot. In design work, it is inevitably to go through many rounds of changes until the client or your superior loves it, not you. This was also the reason which pushed the switch in path to pursue photography. I guess it’s because there are lesser rules in photography compared to design work. Everything can be beautiful depending on the poses, how the composition, editing and lighting are grasped through your very own judgement. That’s why it is easy for many to become obsessed with photography since a lot of it calls for free play and creativity, but to last in this line, one definitely needs more than just passion to succeed and excel.
Haha, only my mum. She said “I sent you to school to study design and now you play with camera, ah!?”
Okay now you’ve got me a little depressed, ‘cos besides shooting, most of my time is about facing my laptop and taking care of all the post processes. Em… no life, lol. Drowning in all the unedited photographs makes it quite a challenge to just shove them aside and find time for gym, which I used to visit 3 times a week along with Thai boxing. Now, I try to make time to head to the gym once a week. Luckily, I don’t need to upsize my pants yet!
Be genuine with your work and be humble. Get all the work done during the shoot instead of leaving it to the post process.
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