Editorial Portraits for Rabobank CEO (Singapore Office)

A recent outdoor photography session for  Mr Marcel van Doremaele, CEO of Rabobank Singapore.

We were blessed with an almost cloudless and beautiful morning. Upon meeting up with the friendly Marcel and finalizing with him on the art direction and what he would like to achieve, we wasted no time to make full use of the soft but yet directional morning light to our advantage. Here are some of the images selected by him.

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Singapore Corporate Portraitures and Editorial photography

Shots from a recent photography session with a team from Henderson Global Investors where we assisted with their corporate portraits as well as some situational shots done in an editorial style.

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Editorial portraiture session at BD Medical

A last minute request for an editorial portrait for David Capes, Vice President of R&D, BD Medical.

We arrived in the late afternoon at David’s office/research facility and met up with him. Before we went down, we were told that David just got back from his overseas business trip and had a really busy schedule and thus. to make the shoot a fast one. But we did not expect David to be so friendly and approachable that he actually took his time to walk us around the facility and building, showing us the various settings which we can explore shooting against. Well, that already made half the job easier.

In order not to take up too much of his time, we opted to shoot mainly with ambience and environmental lighting as the late afternoon sun presents some nice directional light at the sheltered link bridge that connects their building with the one next to it.

He is one of those who prefer a casual and smart casual look and we obliged by taking more shots of him in his shirt or jacket/shirt combination without tie, except for the very last scene where we captured a more formal shot of him and played around with colors a little at the reception area of his office.

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Editorial portrait photography session with Dr Rachid Yazami

We were recently commissioned by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) to photograph Dr Rachid Yazami, one of their distinguished awards recipient for the Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering 2014, for engineering the rechargeable lithium-ion battery that enables compact, lightweight mobile devices. Dr. Yazami invented the lithium graphite anode, which is still the most commonly used anode in commercial Li-ion batteries today.

Dr Yazami has been the research director at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).

Currently, he is a Professor in the School of Materials Science & Engineering at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU). We met up with him at the campus where he was really friendly and kind enough to spare us an hour to two of his time to show us around and for us to take some photographs of him in the various environment he worked in. Here are some of the images captured on that day and the published article of him.

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Fashion and Beauty photography

One of our recent fashion and beauty shoot for Ho Sin and Clovie.

Models: Ho Sin and Clovie (Red Carpet Invite)
Makeup artist: Joann (Simply Joann)

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Lifestyle Architecture photography for ARC and AMK Hub’s mall Christmas decorations

The time of the year is here again as we kick off the festive season shooting some of the lovely in-mall christmas decorations for AMK Hub and Alexandra Retail Center (ARC).

It is not just a matter of capturing the deco itself but also to incorporate the crowd and movement into each shots to make them stand out and come alive. :)

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Corporate Portraits at Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

We were at Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to render our corporate and editorial portraits photography services for one of their many teams within their Singapore office.

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The Candid Portrait Challenge at Anglo American

We had a challenging request to shoot the people as who they are in Anglo American. The brief was to capture a tight candid headshot of each and everyone for the company to transform the end-product into a huge photo montage of all of them in one big print, showing a big happy family.

After giving it some thoughts, we went about organizing them into small groups of 3 to 4 pax and have them sit around, either in the lounge or meeting room with a nice view. We then had them relaxing and engaging each other in a 3 to 4 way conversation, talking about anything and everything else but work. As they start to get immersed in their small, it is our turn to start to work as we move around, trying our best to capture as candidly as possible the expressions and personality that oozes and flows.

We must admit this was no easy task, even for seasoned shooters like us. Though shooting with a long lens helped, but many of them were still quite conscious of the camera pointing at them and tends to hold back. This was really a time consuming process as it takes time to get each group and individuals warmed up and slightly forget our presence before the good shots came rolling in. You can see some of the photos here. Hope we didn’t disappoint.

Overall, it was a different approach and process from how we usually shoot but we brought something back with us from this experience, which we look forward to revisit and improve upon the next time, definitely.

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Singapore Corporate Editorial Portraits Photography for Deloitte – 2013

We were back in Deloitte again in 2013 for another round of  corporate portrait sessions done in an editorial style for more than 100 pax of their staffs over several days.

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New York! New York!

While the techniques and concept of projection photography (where an image or pattern is projected on to a subject and photographing it) is not new, we have decided to take the concept a step further by merging it with street photography for a fashion shoot. The idea here is to show the contrast and juxtaposition of the modern city life against the old and rustic New York city.

Known as “The city that never sleeps”, what’s more suitable to show underneath the Big Apple’s jagged skyscraper skyline than its nostalgic street scenes, ethnic flavor and infrastructure of the 1960s projected against the bustling icon of the modern city’s working fashion.

The selection of the projection image plays an important role as it sets the story for the scene. However, there are some projected photos that just won’t work (due to its tones and composition), no matter how strong graphically it is. Guess it all boils down to experimentation and trying out.

We experimented with and without the use of strobes for complementary lighting. What you see in the first 2 photos are solely lit by the projector’s lighting (you can tell by seeing parts of the scenes projected on the model’s clothes). For the last 2 photos, a strobe light was used on the model to remove the “overlapping” scenes of the projection from her, giving a cleaner look and a different feel.

And lastly, conversion to black and white completes the transformation. And so this is how it is done, without the need for a time machine.

Model: Charlott (Red Carpet Invite), Makeup: Fiona Teo

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