I think I have a thing about making children laugh… cause I myself am a big kid who refuse to grow up …
I have always been viewed as a “Big Kid” among my friends and families. I have my swinging moods, my endless questions, my annoying curiosity, and I talk more than I listen, and worse, I’m always doing the opposite.
In photography, I have gone through being a truly commercialized wedding photographer, shot dozens and dozens of couples in a year till you literally forget their names, faced fierce back-biting from fellow competitors in the industry and being called names. In those days, I have also earned enough to own many expensive equipments, ran 1 gallery and 1 studio at a time, and spent massively in advertising.
But now, I am telling you, “It’s always good to be like a child once again!”
I ask myself so frequently, “Why am I doing what I am doing?”, “Why did I ever pick up photography?” and “Why did I become a wedding photographer?” As for the last question, my answer is “I like to see people happy!”
Being a child again means, we’ve gotta get back to basics. We have to return to our roots. We have to love what we do and do what we love! We must be pure in our intentions. We have to be honest to ourselves and to the ones we love. We ought to be simple. We also have to be darn curious about everything. We ought to be sensitive to everything around us, our own feelings, others’ feelings. Bottom line – We have to be sincere.
Commercialization in weddings takes away it’s original true meaning. As wedding photographers, we should feel honored that we are chosen to document someone’s once-in-a-lifetime event. We should remain faithful to it’s original intention and meaning – documenting it in it’s happiest form! NOT use it to selfishly win recognition through awards to gain personal fame and glory.
Every wedding is already different by itself. We don’t have to try to make it more different. In trying too hard to make things different, we end up showing off more of the photographer’s gimmicks than the couple’s true joy. Now, before some industry award winners start shooting me, I am not saying awards are bad. Winning awards from established wedding photography organizations can motivate us to learn and improve our skills and give us more confidence to come out with more masterpieces. But I am talking about our intentions.
Don’t sacrifice your wedding couples. If all you are looking out for through your viewfinder on a wedding day is award-winning shots, you sure miss many simple but important and necessary document shots. Believe me, an artistically blurred movement shot of the back of a bride for example, won’t be more important than a F8 sharp smiling posed shot of the bride and her dad. Before you know it, dad won’t be around anymore. People die. We all die.
If I only live to win recognition, I’d rather die.
These are the gallery prints I could have put up during the previous joint-exhibition held by “hiplist” magazine at Times Bookstore-Pavilion KL. Only two of the following were exhibited, printed for the first time on HP Canvas. Well, I’m still perfecting my printing skills, but I must say, though the canvas were impressive, I still prefer Epson printers for it’s tonality, gamut and details.
The above are the 2 canvas I exhibited at Pavilion Times Bookstore. The one that attracted most attention is exhibit-1. I truly enjoyed the workshop I conducted there on a Sunday and enjoyed making new friends through the workshop like Andy from Penang, Joo, Juliana, etc. Keep your photography passion growing, guys! And not to forget, a “Big Thank You” to the 1 Avenue bunch who came to support me.
One of the toughest environment to shoot when you wanna preserve the beautiful candle-lit moods and yet keep the faces exposed correctly.. Fun!
Or Kodak moment you call it.. why not Fuji moment, Canon moment, Nikon moment.. aiya.. cut the crap.. it’s… “ta dah”… Baby Chloe’s moment!!! (not her real name).
I must say – the bride, Lizi’s favourite drink is the above and probably her only drink since Hin Tong gotta used that to get into her room in the morning