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.

A decent picture solution! Click on my website for more great pictures!

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.

Commercial Photography by Capture Asia

Capture Asia is a Singapore based photography company specializing in annual reports, corporate, events, editorial, food, interior & architecture, lifestyle, travel stock images and documentary photography in Asia region.

Beside taking exciting pictures for client. My website offers secure downloading access for the capture images in our website. Client can either hired us by assignment. Or purchase of images with minimum photographic fee charges, we will advice accordingly what works best for the company.

Capture Asia is working with the founder of Imp studio, a Creative Director who has more than 10 years’ experience in the media industry, ranging from designing newspapers, magazines, books and marketing collateral. Targeting to produce the best result for you. All the resources are already under one house for production.

Below are the links to my portfolio, if your company is in need of professional photographer do drop me an email for enquiry, or even a hello.

Singapore annual report photographer | Corporate annual report photography | Annual Reports images

Singapore Corporate Photographer | Asia photographer | Business Headshots & Executive Portraits

Singapore Editorial Photographer | Asia Editorial Photographer

Singapore Food Photographer | Asia Food Photography | Singapore commercial photographer

Singapore Interior Photographer | Asia Interior Photography | Interior Photography

Singapore Architecture Photographer – Architecture Photography

Singapore Industrial Photographer – Asia Industrial Photography

Singapore Event Photographer | Event Photography Singapore

Annual Report photography introduction

This is the first time am going to share my experience shooting annual reports photography through a blog. It will be divided into a few blogs to share my thoughts and details regarding annual report photography.

What is an annual report? Annual report is a detail report of a company’s activities throughout the preceding year. Annual report information are compiled in a thin magazine size book, giving it to the share holders and people who are interested in the company’s activities and financial performance. Most jurisdictions require companies to prepare and disclose annual reports, and many require the annual report to be filed at the company’s registry.

It was a pleasure working with the art director during my overseas stint. Probably the best man for the job when dealing with clients, understanding local languages, and type of annual report images envision in his mind. Starting from marketing, receiving enquiring interest from clients, concept planning of the book, photo execution that can take days to complete. All these are done on the ground, later stage would be the choosing suitable images for the design, how the layout is be in view, chunking in all the financial statements, final approval by the client, and lastly print in mass. All this takes about few weeks or longer to complete depending the time allocated.

This is not any typical daily photography shoot for beginner and amateur photographers to be call easily and later call it off a day. A proper professional photographer requires good dedication, focus, technical skill and experience to achieve the objective wanted by the client. There are always many different situations popping out, such as bad location, time limitation, dealing with different characters, bad light, poor stylist and make-up, over crowded situation etc, those are some of the examples that will ruin the photo shoot. I will touch on these in my next blog why i enjoy shooting annual report and overcome each challenges.

Whether the company excel for the financial year, or not projecting well as expected, maybe due to economic depression. A good annual report book should not do it for the sake of doing due to strict regulatory. By looking at the book, people will understand how much effort the company put into this project, how serious the company is projecting their image to the public. Is either a make it or just do for the sake of doing it. Depending on individual company.

Capture Asia specialize in corporate and annual report photography. Capture Asia is working together with Imp Studio. Staging from planning to final print of company annual report book, all under one house. For Singapore and Asia companies that requires our services or requires further enquires do drop us an email.