Saturday, November 27, 2010

Special Christmas Photography Package

Have you been thinking about getting the appropriate gift this celebratory season for your loved ones?

A special Christmas promotion package is now available at my studio.

Please visit Dragonshutter Photography website for detail - www.dragonshutter.com

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

In memory of my dad

In memory of my dad, a wonderful and loving man who taught me about honesty, trust, integrity and being patience.

My dad who lived a full life passed on peacefully tonight with all the family by his side. We will miss you dearly dad but we know you are in a better place, with mum that you loves dearly.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wedding Photography Promotion


A wedding day is one of the happiest moments for the bride and bride-groom. I have recently released a special promotion for Actual Day wedding photography with complimentary fine art paper prints and art gallery professional frames. Its value is worth up to $482.00.

This is for a limited time and please enquire for detail - info@dragonshutter.com

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Graduation Studio Portrait

I had the honour to photographed Allan recently for his graduation photography. He graduated from a university from Ireland and hence the green scarf on the gown. The university does not provide a graduation hat.

For this shoot, he requested that his family and relatives be in the photos.

Other Graduation photos link

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Marina Bay Sands Photography

Marina Bay Sands on the official opening ceremony with dancing laser lights that was a spectacular sight. To me it looks like a giant spaceship with its huge architecture marvel that has landed in downtown Singapore.

It certainly going to be a new icon of Singapore. Enjoy the photography.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Children Studio Photography

I had a wonderful time shooting for a family on Sunday. You can never imagine how much coaxing I have to do to get the the boy and girl to look at the camera.

One second they would look into the camera and the next they would giggle and their eyes would be off the camera. Anyway the two kids were fun to shoot as at least none of them cried which was an experience I had one time.

In these photos, I have rendered them like canvas and this is how parents would usually print in a series of three to hang on the wall.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Vesak Day

Vesak day or Vesākha is one of the most important days in the Buddhist calendar. It is the celebration on the birth, enlightenment and final nirvana of Buddha, who was born Prince Siddhartha Gautama.

I visited Ju Si Lin temple (Singapore Buddhist Lodge) at Kim Yam Road to mark this special day (28 May 2010). I haven't been back to the temple I would think in the last ten years since I was living in Australia. I used to do the yearly ritual with my mum and I remember vividly burning joss sticks, offer prayers and "bathing" the statue of Buddha. Bathing the statue of the Buddha symbolizes our aspiration, determination and effort to purify our body, speech and mind.

On this day it reminds us on the teachings of Buddha, to be compassionate, selflessness and non-violent. It is his universal peace message to mankind that highlights the potential for inner peace and happiness that lies within us all.

One of the teaching of Buddha is to shelter the weak and provide food to the needy.

On this day, temples offer free vegetarian meals. For most people consuming the vegetarian meals during this special occasion symbolise the blessing by Lord Buddha.

One experience I will never forget is when I was in National Service and I was in an army training exercise high up in the mountains of Taiwan. I was with my fellow soldiers in a land rover out in the field for a few days without bath and surviving on ration food (can food and 'dog' biscuit).

We have parked our land rover nearby a temple to rest. Apparently the monks noticed us and invited us back to the temple for a bath and offered us fresh hot meals. I will never forget this wonderful experience and their kind gesture.

Read more:
http://www.jendhamuni.com/buddhism/articles/buddhaDay.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ves%C4%81kha

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Wedding Fair with Fairmont Singapore and Swissotel The Stamford Singapore

I had the opportunity to photograph three ballrooms at the Fairmont Hotel and Swissotel The Stamford during the Wedding Fair on 24th April 2010.

The themes for the Wedding Fair is mid-autumn and the ballrooms are very elegantly dressed up. Two ballrooms are mid sized and the largest ballroom is my favourite. It is dressed in red and black and looked very sophisticated.

The wedding couples who have the opportunity to hold their wedding dinner in any of these ballrooms would be very lucky.

Raffles Ballroom - Romance website

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Family Studio Photography

Here are some photos for a family photo shoot at my studio recently for a lovely lady with her daughter and son. I had a bit of difficulty initially try to get the best composition for their family portrait as the lady wasn't very tall. We finally settled for the standing pose.

Monday, April 12, 2010

High Tea at Tiffin Room

I cannot remember the last time I visited Tiffin Room at the Raffles Hotel but it must have been a long time ago. Last week I was invited to tea on a sunny afternoon together with some friends from the theatre. A friend of mine was running a vocal workshop and the high tea was specially organised for his trainer Bill Pepper. Bill is vocal trainer from the prestigious acting school in Australia called NIDA.

Tiffin Room has long been a Raffles tradition. Tiffin curry has been served there since 1899 and hence the name Tiffin. Walking into the quiet room brings me back to the Hotel’s glory days from the turn of the century. First thing that caught my eyes was the
neutral colour tone of the wall and the white table linen. I understand the designs of the tables, chairs and the smart waiters uniform are copied from Raffles early photographs.

I was the last guest to arrived as I had a business lunch earlier. Sitting down I immediately noticed how elegantly the table was laid with the fine china and cutlery. In front of me was a 3-tier plate stand that serve finger sandwiches and tarts. There were also delicious scone that are served with four different jam and fresh cream. At the end of the room, is a local buffet spread of dim sum like siew mai, char siew pau, dry mee siam, poh piah and kueh to name a few.

We stayed for quite a while enjoying the food and conversation with regular refill of tea and coffee. On the whole, Tiffin Room is certainly a wonderful place to visit for an afternoon of high tea and to experience the elegant of Raffles.

Reference: Raffles Hotel website

Monday, April 5, 2010

Event Photography at the Esplanade Theatre- The Tempest

I was the Esplanade Theatre on 2nd April 2010 to cover the opening of the play presented by the Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT). The Shakespeare's play "The Tempest" is a Bridge Project, a partnership between Sam Mendes, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and the Old Vic in London run by Kevin Spacey (Academy Award winner for The Usual Suspects and American Beauty).

The first night of the play see in attendance Singapore ministers and special guests and VIPs. The post-show party was held at the stunning IndoChine Bar and Restaurant located at Empress Place by the Singapore River where fans get to mingle with the cast and crew from the theatre groups.


Reference:
Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) website
IndoChine Bar and Restaurant website