I don’t usually shoot family portraits. It’s like a special order. Challenging and scary but exciting at the same time. Again every family is different, unique and special. So the direction, needs and style varies. Intimate, fun, quirky… the list goes on. Below are some photos of families that I have the privilege to photograph.
When Tommy approach me for a family portrait session; he mention it’s a total of 10
people for his family shoot. Tommy; his wife, 4 children and 4 god-children. His children’s age ranges from 15 to 23 years old. I was apprehensive about this project. After giving some thought and I pitch my idea to him. As a photographer, I don’t want it to be another family photo. Instead of having everyone in the shot; I propose this family photo session to be shot individually. I am glad Tommy brought the idea. He is a cool dude.
As much as family photos should be shot as a unit; I propose it should document
a moment of their lives; individually. Instead of having a group photo hung on the
wall, now he needs to have 10 individual photos framed and group it on the wall.
Each member of the family will need to have some props to help in the making of their shot. Each should tell a story in moment of their lives, now. This gathering of ideas took Tommy and myself about two to three weeks to firm up. This theme will mean nothing to me but it a moment in time to them. Like a milestone. Sharing their passion, dreams, reality, negativity, love, desire, selflessness through a frame in time.
Below are the 10 individual photos. Shot with GFX50S + GF110mm.
Below are some behind the scene photos. I had fun photographing this family and with some time to spare before the end of the session; I also did quick corporate profile for Tommy and Elaine.
Tommy getting the props ready.
Instant custom fit.
Show me the money.
Briefing session with the teens.
Photographing the Super women.
It’s raining money.
Some for some selection.
Broncolor Siros 800L with Para 133 as main light.
There is always time for some mischief.
The money shot.
Natalia the make-up artist checking the photos with me.
Did I say that Tommy is also a Fuji Fanboy? Here is he with his X70.
Ivan Loh, A Fuji X-photographer is known for his quirky and different approach through his lens. He has received numerous accolades from the International Photography Award, New York and Photography Master Cup. Most Recently a Gold, 1st Place at the 2014 PX3 Prix De La Photographie in Paris .
Ivan started shooting since his teenage years with his father’s Nikon SLR and he hasn’t stopped since. He has lensed campaigns for clients such as Singapore Airlines, MTV Asia, Nike, Bossini, Nanyang Technological University(NTU) Tuas Power, Allianz Insurance, Manulife Insurance, HSBC Insurance, DHL. TNT, UOB, CAAS, Hilton Group, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Raffles Hotel, Diegeo, Embraer, Carlson, TATA Communication, HDB, Clark Quay, HOT FM 91.3, Kiss 92FM, JIA 88.3, Power 98, and CHIMJES.
His editorial works have appeared in magazines such as Conde Nast, Home+Living, TopGear Singapore, Her World, Cleo, Seventeen, FHM, Parents World and Home & Decor. His works have also glossed the pages of international magazines such as Asian Photography and Digital Photography(UK).
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