JSP InsideOUT Workshop, Sydney 2013

Reflections of an aspiring photographer… What I’ve learnt from the JSP InsideOUT workshop in Sydney.

I’ve been very fortunate to have been able to participate in my second photography workshop for the year!  It has been an intense but inspiring 2 days at the JSP InsideOUT Workshop in Sydney just last week.  I came out of it with a renewed passion for photography and a whole lot of other things to think about.

Jenny provided a very candid and genuine insight into her journey as a wedding photographer from when she started till what her business and brand has become of today.  “Jenny Sun Photography” is well-known for her sun flare photos and dreamy and romantic style of photography in both Australia and Asia.

However, she definitely did not achieve this overnight!

As with all businesses — whether you’re an entrepreneur starting a new business venture or an aspiring photographer (like me) trying to get a foot in the door in this very much saturated world of (wedding) photography — there are no miracles or short cut routes to success!

I do recommend that you check out this article by Cheryl Jacobs Nicolai about some of her words of advice for an aspiring photographer.

I particularly like this quote from her:

“Never compare your journey with someone else’s.  It’s a marathon with no finish line.  Someone else may start out faster than you, may seem to progress more quickly than you, but every runner has his own pace.  Your journey is your journey, not a competition.  You will never “arrive”.  No one ever does.”
– Cheryl Jacobs Nicolai

Because I’ve been so busy, I’ve been feeling for the longest time ever that I’m just not cut out to be a photographer.  I’ve been sporadic with my blog posts, slow with my photo processing and just not having the time to do what I love.  More importantly, sometimes I feel that I just need a chance… a chance for me show what I can do.

This workshop was a real reminder and the nudge that I needed to get off my bum and to do something about it.  Sitting at home and just talking about it is not going to get me anywhere.  I need to get out and practice, practice and practice.  I need to meet other photographers and like all things, patience is a virtue.  Rome wasn’t built in a day and people don’t just miraculously turn into “photographers” overnight.  However, the key is to keep trying and not to give up!

During the workshop, we were each given the opportunity to work with a couple to practice our photography and one-on-one interactions with them (i.e. the client).  I am so humble and proud to present to you these very lovely pictures of the friendliest and most accommodating couple who just got engaged, S and J.  Thank you very much to both of you for your time and patience with us!  Congratulations again on your engagement 🙂

This photoshoot wouldn’t be possible without the following vendors:
Hair and make-up: Amy Chan
Styling: Styled by Linda
Flowers: SweetBride

Please also check out the work of these awesome photographers and videographer whom I met during the workshop:
Bailey Wang: Wedding Soul Story
Michael Cheong: Michael Cheong Photography
Bianca and JJ: Bianca Cardenas Photography
Andy Yang: Andy Yang Films

With much luv.

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Jay Roxas [Portrait]

Following on from my previous post, I decided to do another portrait post.  Jay Roxas is a professional mixed media designer, a very talented dj and a photographer in the making.  Check out his awesome website here.

with much luv.

 

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Love <3 [Portrait]

Hello!  How has everyone been?
Time flies and I can’t believe that we’re almost halfway through 2012.  Ok, maybe not quite halfway yet.. but we’re definitely more than a quarter way through.

It’s been a very long while since my last post and I do sincerely apologise for that.  Lots have happened (both personally and professionally) – work has been hectic and crazy as usual and it’s been rather difficult to find a little bit of “me time” let alone update this blog (alright, no excuses).  I hope that you do forgive me for the lack of updates though.

However, I’ve decided to do a late night personal portrait post – Thanks to a friend who reminded me today of why I first started this blog and my passion for photography.  Thank you CC.

Special mention: The last photograph is in dedication and loving memory of my beloved grandfather who was called home to the Lord in December 2011.  It was also one of the last photographs that I took of him at his 90th birthday dinner.  He was an inspirational man, a teacher and a great role model.  But above all, he was a dedicated father and a loving grandfather.

People say that “a picture is worth a thousand words”… well, the way I look at it is that “some pictures hold a thousand memories” and it is simply priceless.

People never know what they’re missing until it’s gone.  It’s true.  We take things for granted and never ever tell those who are close to us, how much they mean to us and how much we appreciate them until they’re gone.  We never take the chance to just slow down, spend a minute and say ‘Hello, how are you?’.  We’re often too busy working or doing something “more important” that we don’t make time for the really important things in life, for those that matter.  We often forget to take a step back and just be still and be thankful.

Don’t let this be you and don’t live a life of regrets.  Tell someone today that you’re thankful for them and/or that you love them.

Treasure each day, appreciate your family and be thankful for your friends.  Don’t let it slip pass you because you’re “too busy”.  Each day is a gift from God and be thankful to Him for all that you have.

with much luv.

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Bonnie+William [Married]

Bonnie & William have been going out for many years and I couldn’t be happier for them when Will finally popped the question and Bonnie said ‘Yes’!

They were looking around for a photography team to cover their wedding ceremony and landed on Foto Expression as their preferred choice. It was their vintage style of photography that attracted Bonnie & Will.

They then asked if I would be interested to cover the wedding reception. I was obviously over the moon by their offer and very very honoured that they even considered me! 🙂 It was a most humbling experience to be there firstly as a friend and secondly to capture one of their happiest moments.

Here are some of my and Bonnie & Will’s favs from their special day!
Hope you like them too!

Thanks again Bonnie & Will for giving me the opportunity to be part of your special day.

with much luv.

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