Meeting New People in Work

An email came in.

“We need you to go xxx place to meet with Mr/Ms zzz for a photo session for our editorial work. Are you able to do it at this time and date, deliver by this date?”

Oh yeah, this is the type of work that i enjoyed. I received many last minute request in the past when i was doing editorial work. I usually will agree to it unless i got a job planned ahead.

Rather than working photography as a job. It was more of a fun adventure for me, the opportunity to meet a new person, visiting places that is not accessible to public eyes, all these reasons excite me. Over time i realize i was actually doing an environmental portraits on location.

In 2010, this (left) was one of my first environmental portrait photography for an editorial work in Singapore. 

Only a flashlight mounted on camera was used.

 

Whenever i reach a new location, ring up the person i am going to meet with, exchange pleasantry. Breaking the ice is very important, it can be quite nerving wrecking for the person to meet a photographer for the first time to have their picture taken quickly. These people i met are not a professional model or having their portrait picture taken frequently. I usually will ask the person to show me where are their working area and share with me any nice environment for a photo session. In-between the walk, i have a few questions to ask them about their work to get to know my subject better. This is a way to make them more relax, let them know i am Mr. Friendly.

 

 

 

Environmental Portrait of an engineer inside an aircraft manufacturing factory

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depending on my subject’s schedule. I usually have 30 mins to 2 hours with my subject. I don’t bring an assistant for a short period, no point bringing huge bags of lights to do set-up, which will be a kill of time. I also need to offer a variety of pictures for the clients to select. I need to prepare myself really quickly to familiarize of their working environment. I will bring a tripod in case i want to stabilize my camera while i can communicate with my subject.

Once i had found a suitable background or position. I will start to give some art directions, telling the person what i want. I don’t need them to deliberate pose, i usually demonstrate simple poses for them to follow, also considering the type of attire they are wearing. Make use of the props such as books, laptop, and files if needed if the person is uncomfortable standing or sitting down for a picture. If possible i would also try to portray the environment they are working if the place is neat.

Regarding the lighting – direct flash can be harsh in a controlled environment, rather than directly firing the flashlight on the subject. I will turn my flash head to a certain angle and have the light bounce it off the wall or ceiling to create a softer tone.

 

 

 

Portrait picture of a radiographer in a healthcare environment

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will also include the company name or branding of the places (2 pictures below) that i am working at, especially when client emphasize it for their requirement. Many years down the road, this became a good habit for me to include branding in the pictures whenever possible.

After so many years of environmental or editorial photography. I am still intrigued today to meet new people such as business owner, CEO and celebrities. I loved to hear more about their job, their thinking about work. There is always a new knowledge to take back home each day. Or even a new friendship.

 

My Editorial lifestyle portrait photography has a wide variety such as
-Celebrities
-Personalities
-Interviewee
-Executives
-Senior management
-Doctor/Engineer/Architect etc
-Government

If you are interested to hire Capture Asia Photography for photography service, drop me an email to enquire. 😉

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Corporate Storytelling Pictures

I almost forgot to share an industrial corporate environment i did a few months ago.

I was tasked by an overseas company to create images for a company based in Singapore. From my understanding, the local company was bought over by an overseas company, so the designated agency requires me to create some new pictures. Spare you the boring business details. Am going ahead sharing the images and explain each in detail.


Is quite rare to see an orange colour wall in the background. I like how the poster was neatly placed. I decided to place a staff right there to show her using the phone while looking into my camera. Also taking note the overall colour scheme is quite pleasing to the eye when you look at this picture, the focus point is straight on the staff. I deliberately include the corner of the laptop as a foreground to add in more depth.

 


Using a 16-35mm lens, the focus was the people in a positive discussion about the products. Items such as catalogue,, writing materials, pen, notebook were placed on the table to reflect how an actual meeting looks like, but i try not to make it clutter as well on the table. The background has a nice shelf that is placed with some company products, i had swapped some items to make it look better.

 


During a photo session. I will always give clear and specific instruction to the staff what to do. Normally, the selected staff got zero experience of being a ‘model’. With the proper guidance and instruction for my inexperience subjects. It is my job to make all of them looks naturally good on camera.

 


Another angle to use, i am capturing this scene from outside the office lobby through the window. Is like a passerby caught the scene of people inside a meeting room in the meeting. I deliberately include the sticker in the foreground as well so the focus point will be the people inside.

 

 
Arranged two staffs to stand at the office entrance to act a scene between customer and salesman talking about the product. i deliberately compose this way as i find it a very good balance. First, on the left are two persons presenting a product introduction, the background also has a nice shelf to house all the products. Next, on the right is the company logo with their tagline and corporate colour scheme in orange.

 


I did another close up of the 2 persons in conversation, with the shelf directly in the background. I just realised even the helmet right on the top of the shelf is so neatly placed.

 


Gather 3 staffs to do a group discussion looking at the computer. In the final picture, i personally like to see the three staffs smiling looking into the camera. The office staffs had previously kept the office neat for the photo shoot on the next day. This will actually accelerate the process instead of doing the arrangement on the shoot day. Because much time will be wasted too.

 


I like the row of the red cabinet that was placed at the corner of the office. There was a board on the wall that was pin-up with images of the company event.  This picture may look like a candid shot, but after taking a few pictures of both men standing there looking at the magazine, u decided to make some position adjustment to see their faces.

 

The client’s brief wanted the overall feel to look as natural as possible. So my method was to hook up the flashlight on the camera, adjust the head of the flashlight in various position to bounce the light onto the ceiling or other direction, depends on the type of effect i want, Another way is to make use of the ambient light with a slightly higher ISO.

The whole shoot i did it without any assistant because i think is manageable after having a very detail discussion with the director of the company. The entire photo session was a very positive experience for the client and myself. The agency that engaged me was satisfied with the pictures too.

Hope you like what i wrote today. Feel free to check out more of my Corporate Storytelling images.


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Singapore Corporate Photographer

A quick share. This is one of the latest corporate photography work in Singapore. Capture Asia Photography was commissioned to capture pictures of a local employee on location. The pictures were to be used in their company Sustainability Report months later.

Although three pictures were used in the report which is really wonderful! Like any other photo shoot, i put in lots of energy and heart into it. The client herself flew in personally from Thailand office to be involved in the process. I only managed to meet up with her on the photo session day. We quickly got into the business because time schedule was tight, their employee i am working with only got half a day instead of a whole day due to his hectic work commitment. An unexpected twist of an event.

Panic button was not required. One week before, i already did a recce trip at the company to have a better visual understanding of their corporate office environment. Even much earlier, there was​ already discussion about the photo shoot through email and phone discussion. Hence the change of situation was calmly, yet only to be focusing on working out the various scenes i needed. I also constantly checking back with the client to confirm several spots and art direction. While my fantastic assistant was busy preparing the lightings and gears for me, a good assistant rocks!

I somehow always took interest how the final pictures I’ve​ captured will turn out to be in use. Because of the way how the designer will crop the pictures to use it.

My Workflow On Corporate Photography

How do i work on Corporate Photography, my way!

Basically there will be enquiry made. I either talked on the phone or through email with the potential client. Once the fee for my corporate photography service is successfully agreed upon. I will request to do a scouting at the client’s office to understand their office surrounding. This is also an opportunity to build rapport with the client on the ground rather than communicating through the phone or email. Unless the point of contact is not based here, which always happened.

The day before the photo shoot, all logistic must be prepared and tested. I will also hired an assistant in advance depending on the scale of the project, time and budget given.

On shoot day, i will be on location an hour or 30 mins earlier to prepare. When the shoot commence. I will introduce myself to the person i am going to work with. Shake hand, ask for the name of the person so i can communicate better when directing for poses.

I will give specific instruction to the person to either stand or sit, depending on the client’s brief. I have a designated spot for my subject to position, also clearly brief the person what is expected, and also share how the picture is going to turn out; i want the person to have an idea what is going to happen.

The first few pictures usually is a warm up session for my subject. Allowing the person to get used to my camera or presence. Some people i came across were nervous, scare or stiff. I think is understandable. Posing in front of the camera can be a little nerve wrecking. I always double check to make sure the person is comfortable in whatever pose i request.

If the person is not comfortable during the shoot, i can sense it immediately. That’s what i like about shooting through the viewfinder. It has this “hidden power” to see through a man’s thought. I have to communicate more to make the person is at ease.

Encouragement is very important in the process. People from the corporate are not train models. They won’t understand what is main light, how to pose for picture, whether to smile or not to smile. My instruction is undemanding. Be relax, smile. Easier said than done, trust me.

Capturing a good corporate picture for a person is not only about setting up the best lighting, or arm with the most expensive or the latest camera model. The key is communication with my subject. Telling the person to relax and smile may seems like a very simple thing to do. But i wouldn’t know what is going through the person’s head. The person may have a rough day, stress in work, or may have an important presentation coming up later. Whatever the reason is. The photographer need to be patient and understanding of the situation yet getting that good picture.

A few even asked me to tell them a joke to make them laugh. Sorry to say my occupation is not to be a clown or entertainer to make you happy. I usually brushed them off politely, show them i am professionalism in my work, of course i never tell the person off, is rude.

Is not hard to make small talk to ease off my subject’s anxiety. My profession also require me to be very good in PR. I was never shy of speaking with various people of different nationalities and industries, different positions from executives to the CEO.

The best compliment i can receive after the shoot was the person came up to me saying: “Thank you for the encouragement.” I feels really good to hear that, knowing i have make someone else more confident about themselves.

Email to check for my availability for your picture solution regarding corporate photography.

 

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Working On Corporate Photography

How do i work on Corporate Photography, my way!

Once the fee for my corporate photography service is successfully agreed upon. I will  request to do a scouting at the client’s office to understand the place am going to work at. Is also a chance to build up rapport with the client on the ground rather than only through the phone or email. Unless the point of contact is not based here, which  happened occasionally.

Each time without fail, i will introduce myself to the person i am going to work with. Shake the person’s hand, the name of the person so i can communicate better when directing for poses.

I will give instruction to the person to either stand or sit according to the client’s brief, i have pre marked a spot for the positioning. I will brief the person what is expected and also share how the picture is going to turn out, as i wanted the person to have an idea what is happening or excited about.

Usually the first few pictures serve as a warm up for my subject. Allowing the person to get used to my camera or presence. Some people i came across were nervous, scare or stiff. I think is understandable. Posing in front of the camera can be a little nerve wrecking. I always double check to make sure the person is comfortable in whatever pose i request.

If the person is not comfortable during the shoot, i can sense it immediately. That’s what i like about shooting through the viewfinder. It has a hidden power to see through a man’s thought. I have to communicate more to make sure the person is at ease.

Encouragement is very important in the process. People from the corporate are not train models. Most people won’t understand what is main light, how to pose for picture, whether to smile or not to smile. My instruction is simple. Be relax, smile. Easier said than done, trust me.

Capturing a good corporate picture for a person is not only having the best lighting set up, arm with the most expensive or the latest camera model. The key is communication with my subject. Telling the person to relax and smile may seems like a very simple thing to do. But i wouldn’t know what is going through the person’s head. The person may have a rough day, stress in work, or may have an important presentation coming up later. Whatever the reason was. The photographer need to be understanding of the situation yet getting that good picture.

A few even asked me to tell them a joke to make them laugh. Sorry to say my occupation is not to be a clown or entertainer to make you happy. I usually brushed them off politely, show them i am professionalism in my work, of course i never tell the person off, is rude.

Is not hard to make small talk to ease off my subject’s anxiety. My profession also require me to be very good in PR. I was never shy of speaking with various people of different nationalities and industries, different positions from the staff level to the head of the company.

The best compliment i can receive after the shoot was the person came up to me saying: “Thank you for the encouragement.” I feels really good to hear that, knowing i have make someone else more confident about themselves.

Email to check for my availability for your picture solution regarding corporate photography.

Shooting personality on the ground without any prep

Adhoc challenge, client ask:”Ricky we need a portrait picture of her, can you help?”

Such last minute usually picks my brain, experience starts to kick in. However my gears were prep for covering the client’s event. At that moment i would love to have a 50mm with me because of the wide aperture to shoot indoor. I usually open it up to F/2 for portrait shoot.

So, this lady am requested to photograph. By the name of Nani Marquina, Founder of Avant-Garde spanish rug designer. Her company name, NaniMarquina . The rug product was awesomely appealing, lay the right designer’s rug across the floor and your entire house can sell for extra few thousands dollar. *self-thought*

Nani was friendly, yet at the time speaking to her. I knew her mind was busy with something else. She was polite at her reply, soft spoken, understand a bit of English. Is my first time shooting a Spanish, nationality don’t bother me. My job is to get a good photo. My time was limited, as usual.

Took many frames, directed her in different positions, observing where the light coming from, should i used a flash to bounce light off elsewhere. Too many technical adjustment but so little time. Still, i managed to pull it off.

As you see in the picture below, my final shot was to get her to sit on the rug she had designed. Her dressing was stylish as well, i love the shoes she’s wore. Her constant wide smile was loving my lens. Her personality already make half of my job done.

Enjoy this picture of Nani Marquina.

Drop me email if you like me to solve your picture problem.

Case study for work problem and solution #1

Sharing my work experience regarding arising problem on set and creating solution. Photography is not just simply taking a camera and click a picture for the professional. Is also about solving problem and issue on the ground, giving solutions through varies suggestions. These requires with years of experience and handling the situation professionally.

Above is a picture last minute requested from the client to do a portrait picture, and i only have 2 wide angle lens with me, I choose the 16-35mm to capture this picture, another lens is 17mm fixed lens which is not suitable at all. Which explains the picture have more head space on top. Going in too near will cause distortion. In this way i have to make sure my perspecitve is correct. The next problem is there are no proper background inside the shop.I will have to choose an outdoor location with a narrow white wall available as the back drop. Make use of the available tight space and natural light to do this. And this is how the result turns out to be.

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Corporate Photography Promotion for a limited period

For a limited period of time only in Singapore. Starting from June – 31 July 2014. Capture Asia Photography is running a Corporate Photography promotion.

For individual who wish to update their new profile in second half of 2014. This is a great opportunity to follow make use of this advantage in term of pricing. Am also going to share a few ideas how you can fully maximize your picture usage.

1. Professional profile picture on your business card when giving it to your potential client.
2. Usage on business website if you are running your own business, it would be a great to show end users who is the person-in-charge/director/CEO, COO managing the business etc.
3. Professional profile image on your social media platform such as Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Instagram etc.
4. Clean look when submitting application for a new job, especially for fresh graduates who are joining the work force.
5. Front profile image for passport size photo usage in future.

Usual rate:
-45min session
-All soft images return
-Images download from website with secure password on the next day
-Choose 4 images for final editing
-$150

Promotion rate:
-30min session
-All soft images return
-Images download from website with secure password on the next day
-Choose 3 pictures for final editing
$120 (20% discount)
-For 3 people and above price is $100 each.

This exclusive promotion is applicable for all corporate client who is interested. Promotion is only applicable only on weekday from 10am-5pm and 7pm-10pm. Photo shoot will be in our studio. For more varieties, recommend client to bring at least 2 outfits for the shoot. Make-up artist is not included unless needed.

The direction of the shoot will be a very clean, sleek and professional look against a white background. A welcoming smile and confident posture will instantly generate ‘Likes’. First impression is very important. Hence making you look really in front of the camera is the photographer’s job. Photographer Ricky Gui had capture hundreds of corporate portraits in Asia for the past 7 years. Ensuring the best quality to you, nothing less.

For enquiry/booking of date, you can email through Capture Asia’s website.

Singapore Corporate Photography promotion for 2014 by Capture Asia

Is been a while since the last blog was updated. Am back with a piece of good news for 2014. Starting January to 1st April 2014 Capture Asia is running a Corporate Photography promotion.

For individual who wish to update their new look or profile in 2014. This is the best time to kick start a new work year with new update of picture. Am going to share a few ideas how you can fully maximize your picture usage.

1. A welcoming profile picture on your business card when giving it to your potential client.
2. Usage on business website if you are running your own business, it would be a great to show end users who is the boss/director managing the business.
3. A professional profile image on your social media platform such as Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, Blog etc.
4. Clean look when submitting application for a new job, especially important for fresh graduates who is starting a new life in the work force.
5. A front profile image for passport size photo usage in future.

Usual rate:
-45min session
-All soft images return
-Images download from website with secure password on the next day
-Choose 2 images for final editing
-$150

Promotion rate:
-45min session
-All soft images return
-Images download from website with secure password on the next day
-Choose 3 pictures for final editing
$120 (20% discount)

Additional promotion rate:
-For only first 5 clients that write a testimonial regarding service after the photo shoot will receive an addition 5% discount.
-$112.5 (Total 25% discount)

This exclusive promotion is applicable for all corporate client who is interested. Promotion is only applicable only on weekday from 10am-5pm. Photo shoot will be done in a studio against a white background. For a bit more variety, recommend client to bring at least 2 outfits for the shoot. Make-up artist is not included unless stated.

The direction of the shoot will be a very clean, sleek and professional look. A welcoming smile and confident posture will instantly generate ‘Likes’. First impression is very important. Hence making you look really in front of the camera is the photographer’s job. Photographer Ricky Gui had capture hundreds of corporate portraits in Asia for the past 7 years. Ensuring the best quality to you, nothing less.

For enquiry/booking of date, you can email through Capture Asia’s website.

What Capture Asia specialize?

After many years in the photography industry, shooting from weddings, family portraits, children parties, event photography as a start for a couple of years. 2 years ago i decided to fully focus my attention on a wider and more challenging perspective, been a commercial professional photographer in Singapore and Asia region.

Some people asked me, what does a commercial photographer do? Commercial photographic work is mainly done for commercial usage such as magazine, advertising, corporate publication, brochure, restaurant menu, fashion, etc. Using my years of experience specialized skill and eye for detail to make their images to look the best. On client end, they are able to create better business profile, product attraction, and sending a strong message across their targeted consumer market.

Currently Capture Asia company direction is 100% focus in B2B relations. Mainly commercial photography for target clients. Commercial photography fall into various type of categories such as annual report, corporate photography, editorial, lifestyle, architecture & interior, food and industrial.

Below are the type of photography images i am capturing in Singapore and Asia region.

Singapore Annual Report Photographer

Singapore Corporate Photographer

Singapore Editorial Photographer

Singapore Lifestyle Photographer

Singapore Architecture Photographer

Singapore Food Photographer

Singapore Interior Photographer

Singapore Industrial Photographer

With an end, i hope viewers have a better understanding of what i specialize in. If you have any enquires drop me an email. Myself is available for booking in Asia and world-wide.