Friday, 23 January 2009

Meeting up with George & Jofanna - Tanjung Aru - Kota Kinabalu

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(Photo taken by Janet.. My new apprentice)

As promised on my previous post, here are some shots I did while George (Jofanna Bridal) was 'working' on shots for Felix & Linda's E-session. I never thought of meeting up with another fellow photographer at an 'excluded' location that day.. Same site where I was photographing Stevenson's portraits.

Being in the photographic arena for few years, I haven't experience work in it. Its very much a passion & I believe that is one source tat gets us going. To George & Jofanna, it was nice meeting you both. Finally we get to shake hands. I followed your work since you started ur blog & I've gotta say, you guys are doing wonderful art for the couples there in KK. Hope to catch up soon guys!

George on his D300 & Nikkor 24-70mm lens (Powerful bazooka that one!)
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-Correction: Its the Nikkor 70-200mm lens. Consequences of dreaming while writing. My mistake.. Hehehe.

The ever smilling, Jofanna
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Showing the couple their results..
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Here are two of my attempts on Linda (thanks George for lending me your model). Did a 'high key' portrait on her.
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Here's a quick glimpse of George's shots on Felix & Linda that day. Click HERE.
To my surprise, Linda is currently working in Miri while Felix is from Sandakan. When asked, Linda said she chose to do their shoot in KK coz there are many beautiful sites there. I have to agree on that, totally. To Felix & Linda, have fun preparing for your big day kay! See you all soon!

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Stevenson's Portraiture Session - Kota Kinabalu - Sabah

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My holidays will always be accompanied by impromptu assignments. Not complaining but I'm actually in awe of the appreciation I get when friends fully utilize my presence, from the artwork I've created of course. What means so much to me personally is observing people flipping the photos I did for them over & over again. I'd like to thank all of you whom have 'experienced' making memories lasts with me.

So, here's another session I did in KK. Also located somewhere around Tanjung Aru, I brought Stevenson to the same place I 'shot' Philip & Gevany coz he wanted to have something different from his usual concepts. Stevenson is an uprising musician based in KK. A good friend of the family, I was approached to do some shots to add to his personal collection. So since he's into guitars, I thought of not just do a 'face portrait' with him but to include 'his soul' in his photographs. So here goes the artwork!

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Here's a group shot of us presence at the location
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(From Top Left : Yours Truly - ME, Stevenson & my sis-in law Janet)

Before I end this post, check out this story:

While I was on the ground (taking more shots of Stevenson of course).. a nice looking guy approached me. He said, "Anderson?".. then I was like, "Yeah..and you aaaaaaare...?" and he said, "George.. Jofanna Bridal?"
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(Excuse my simplest attire here kay. For the 1/2 hour session, I went extremely casual! By the way, thanks Janet for the photo.. you're one fast learner babe!)

I halt for a sec! Imagine this guys.. I was at a 'left behind' building with no people around, quiet some more, suddenly someone approached and talk to you by the name, wouldn't that question you? I know I was! But then, when he mentioned his name was George, I somehow thought he look familiar.

If just now I was sharing about Stevenson, the uprising Guitarist, here's KK's uprising photographer, George & his mrs, of Jofanna Bridal whom happen to picked the same location for their photoshoot with a couple too!..(George has been in my list of contact blogger all this while but only met him in the flesh that day). I'll load some more shots in my next post. Gotta run now.. Gotta pack for our drive to KK tomorrow! Yup... we'll be in KK again so.. Call me! (number is on my profile above)
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Ex Stella Maris Boarders Reunion - Le Meridian Hotel - Kota Kinabalu

Here's a brief posting on where I was before the New Year. Jenn & her ex-schoolmates (SM Stella Maris), organised a meet up.. a reunion at Le Meridian Hotel. I was inform they were all in boarding together. Since I was rather free for the night, I was also invited to join em...Well actually, I made the 'puppy face' to Jenn so she would bring me along. True enough, it was a success! I tagged along...hehehe. Hey... they wanted a photographer too okay!

To all you beautiful ladies that nite (Jenn's not included coz she's supper-dupper gorgeous), thank you for having me. Nice knowing you all! Here's a card I made for you all. Hope you like it!

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Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Philip & Gevany Hughes - Outdoor Portraiture Session - Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

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Residing in the UK after they got married, I finally came face to face with this lovely couple in Kota Kinabalu, few days right after Christmas! Booked for half a year for this photography session was indeed an intriguing experience for me.
Hmmm.. lets see, can count this my 1st international couple ah? hahahaa..

Celebrating their 2nd anniversary, this couple flew down to visit Gevany's family in KK...and then for another long 'honeymoon' around South East Asia.. Two months was it? Envy em!! Okay.. back to my story now. The site we shot at was located somewhere in Tanjung Aru. Planned to shoot at some nice paddy field around Penampang but time & sun did not permit us to travel. Though so, I'd like to thank brother Chai, for driving us around the day before scouting for sites.

We started shooting at Gevany's parents place and there on it lead to a beach & finally a run down building nearby. Having blasts of laughs with the couple, the session was very much ENTERTAINED! You see, being a photographer, sometimes it takes a lot from me to direct poses with my 'subjects' but these two were very much spontaneous, especially Gevany! I HARDLY find a moment to not hear her giggle and joke at us. Very bubbly this lady! Too much bubble bath at the hotel maybe. As for Phil, he did a lot of the 'cool' & 'macho' poses. Well, I'd say one full year of discipline work-out at the gym really pays of!

Alright now, these are chips of their anniversary portraits together with Gevany's family. Cherio!!

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(Gevany's brother, Danny is not in the photo coz he didn't manage to come back from Vietnam for Christmas)

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After the family left, We proceeded with the 'Just Us' session.
Equipments : Nikon D300 body, Nikkor 18-200mm, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8, SB600 & SB800 Speedlight, Reflector.
Assistants : Chai, Cecilia, Janet & Jenn. (Actually, only brother Chai helped with the reflector. The girls just 'help' watching!)

Few years of marriage.. the love is still strong! Aaaaawwwwww..
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To Philip & Gevany, thank you for your trust in Picturific! Thanks for the lovely dinner too! Jenn & I had a ball. From all of us at Picturific, Happy New Year & may over-flowing prosperity (babies included) come your way soon!

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Finally.. a shot of the couple & my fellow assistance after the shoot at the beach. (Not in picture: Janet)
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(From top clock-wise: Yours truly-ME, Ah Chai, Jenn, Phil, Gevany & Cecilia. Camera was set to 10sec timer & placed on the ground.)

For those of you who are already on Facebook now, view more of their sets HERE (It's okay...Gevany allowed me to link it)

Monday, 19 January 2009

Muliadi & Sabrah's Wedding - Majlis Khatam Al-Quran & Bersanding

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The 2nd day of their wedding ceremony was even more crowded. Before the "Bersanding Ceremony", the couple had to go through the "Majlis Khatam Al-Quran". The couple were guided by religious leaders from a nearby Surau.

Religious leaders guiding the couple on the Quran reading
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Muliadi looks on..(macam tak puas hati jer?!!)
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In full concentration, Sabrah read her part
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After about 30 mins of the ceremony, Muliadi left to change into the "Bersanding" costume (at a friend's home few kilometers away).

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Upon arrival of the groom's side, they were welcomed with beats of the 'Kompang'. Young & old they filled the air with loud claps & synchronized beats, all the way till the couple met & sat wondrously on the "Pelamin".

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Surrounded by Paparazzi..
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After the prayer of blessing & some more "Tepung Tawar", the Bride & Groom went out to greet their guests. As I expected, everyone 'swarm' around the couple to get a shot of the "Raja & Permaisuri Sehari".

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Come 'makan' time was one exciting scene to watch. A tradition they had was to feed each other. But they were told to beat each other to it! Meaning, whoever feeds the other first, wins! I tell you, it was one NASTY scene.. rice & curry was everywhere on the floor.

'Aksi ganas sesi menyuap oleh kedua mempelai'
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'Sempat agik berposing ngan tudung saji eh!'
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So.. there you go guys! Another happy moments I manage to freeze in Pixels. Hope you guys were entertained as much as I enjoyed photographing the couple's wedding.

Next in line?
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Our manager for the day..
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To Muliadi & Sabrah, Congratulations! To anyone who wishes to leave a message to the couple, the comment column is now open. Just click!
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