We did up quite a few fashion editorials for this month; many boutiques are launching their new season collection and the magazines are in turn preparing for their next quarterly or biannual issue.
The following are three videos we had done up for our August spreads and we still have one more to be published, the creme de la creme entitled Backstage. We will leave an entire post for that, it being our favorite for this season.
– LE NOIR –
Le Noir is a club in Clarke Quay, Singapore, and we had attained their permission to shoot inside. Modern, chic and lush leathers are their choice of decor to calm the working world with bubbles and beer.
– HARLEY –
The Harley Davidson group in Singapore are really an energetic bunch to work with. We went to their showroom in Alexander Road to shoot men’s wear, and they were thoroughly rock and roll to be around. Maybe it’s the nature of their work, after all, it is Harley Davidson.
– SKATE PARK –
This decent sized skating park is located just off the beach, within the bustle of East Coast. We had quite a fair bit of younglings staring at the us, and we’re not sure if they wanted us to finish quickly so that they can start burning the concrete or if they were amused by the sight of an evening wear model in an unlikely venue.
We’ve just finished the convocation fair at NTU Singapore which saw the largest number of graduates in their history. Was it fun? The people were. Young and old. Bachelors, Masters, PhDs. And some of them were our previous couples even. So yes, it was tiring, but enjoyable.
There are a few milestones in life that one tends not to forget, and graduating is one of them. Most can recall the day their secondary and tertiary exam results were out, and some can even remember all the details from their primary school leaving examinations.
College is one experience everyone would recall well. There will be days where students seem to see no end in research and assignments, and pre-examination cramming over countless coffee refills was quite the norm. The funny bit would be you telling yourself, ‘Get this over and done with!’, only to consider post grad studies on convocation day.
Like how I wish my wedding couples, I can also say to graduates. The journey forward holds endless possibilities, and for today you only need to focus on enjoying the moment that you’ll innately remember. And who says graduation shots are all stiff and stuffy? If you want a riot of a photography session, we’ll be waiting for your call.
The Chris Ling team will be at the NTU Convocation Fair from July 25th to August 1st 2011.
We’re always on the lookout for new talents and are currently interested in engaging entry level photographers and digital artists. More information on the details linked here.
Our boutique partners need new talents too, they are looking for gown designers and sales personnel. More details linked here.
We have received many applications in the past, and some are rather amusing. So much so that I actually typed out the 3 things not to do when sending in your resume or portfolio. Here, I’ll share them with you:
– If your portfolio exceeds 1mb, consider using a filehosting site (eg. www.yousendit.com) and provide us with the link to download your files. Alternatively, you can also submit your web folio for us to view. Most companies appreciate that you do not send in portfolios sized 20mb or 50mb, our mail servers will reject you automatically.
– For entry level positions, a simple introduction in your email about your interest in joining us is sufficient. Cover letters are necessary for executive and top level positions, but bear it mind to keep it simple. 1000 word essays aren’t recommended as most HR personnel would just go straight to your attachment. Likewise 10 word statements like “Hi heres my resume pls call me back thx : )” does not really put a professional light on yourself.
– Always remember to leave your basic information. Name, age, contact numbers, nationality and residing address. We have received applicants who only listed their names and email addresses along with their work experience. Not knowing if you are male or female, fresh grad or experienced, local or foreign, gives us too little information on whether we can shortlist your application. Furthermore, it would appear rather abrupt to the HR personnel reading it.
I remember Chris telling me how Singapore Bride’s Chin Leng and himself had gone a long way back. Reading Chin Leng’s first entry on his new blog about how he started one of the most frequented bridal portal in Singapore placed a personal element to the site, it was very pleasant. I also realised another thing: It’s been 11 years already. Then I counted back to when Chris embarked on his own studio in 1993, oh my it’s been 19 years for him already.
Well, the months will continue making the years regardless of what we do, so let’s make the days as rewarding as possible.
Gregory Colbert plunged himself into traveling the world for 10 years, breathing places such as Namibia, Burma, Dominica, Antartica and so forth. To quote Colbert, he had wanted to “explore the relationship between man and animals from the inside out”. During this time, he had never released any images.
In 2002, he launched the largest solo exhibition in Italy, Ashes and Snow, at the Venice Arsenale. After which, he brought his aptly termed nomadic museum to New York, Santa Monica, Tokyo and Mexico City. To date, it is the most attended solo exhibition, attracting a total of over 10 million visitors according to it’s wikipedia entry. Describing his images as captivating is an understatement, and we would like to share our finds with you; what inspires us, what drives us, and a reminder that good work will speak for itself. None of Colbert’s images are digitally enhanced. The photographic prints are created through an encaustic process on Japanese paper.
It may be wishful thinking, but I do hope Ashes and Snow comes closer to home. I will be willing to set up tent and park myself at the ticketing office the night before. Metaphorically speaking, that is.
We stumbled across an interesting concept of customized engagement ring boxes while surfing the information highway. It’s not an uncommon idea, indeed, but the idea of the groom commissioning a ring box in the shape of his other half’s movie obsession, Up, is very thoughtful. Furthermore, isn’t Up a heart tingling storyline about a match made that somewhat transcended “death do them part”? How apt.
Themodelmaker.net, Michal Miszta, is based in Ireland, and I’ll let his wonderful work speak for itself. I also believe there are model makers in Asia, it might be that they haven’t received commissions to do ring boxes yet.
Leave your comments on our Facebook post if you wish to share about anybody you know that can do commissioned one-off wedding boxes. On a note closer to home, we recommend Card Blanche in Singapore for customized wedding stationaries. I will also let their very lovely work speak for itself.
We would like to thank all the participants, especially our 4 legged friends, who took the effort to join us on our Pets Day fundraiser shoot for the SPCA. Many have donated very generously indeed, and I’m sure the SPCA appreciates your amazing kindness.
Contributing photographers: Martin Yeoh & Edwin Tan.
Together with the Chris Ling studio team.
Meet Heinz, adopted by Orlando and Samantha. Coincidently, Heinz was also the mini Bull Terrier that I had wanted to visit at the SPCA, but I couldn’t get to see him. Orlando and Samantha, you beat me to him! But I’m elated to be able to finally meet the little one and I love how roads somehow cross each other.
In light of the recent animal abuse cases, and also inspired by the wonderfully adorable Ikea Cats advertisement, our studio will be opening our doors to our clients, Privilege subscribers, Facebook fans, and their beloved pets. The details have been emailed out so do check your inboxes.
Date: Sunday 28th November 2011
Time: 1pm to 5pm
Venue: Chris Ling Studio – 50 Saunders Road Singapore 228280
All efforts for our Chris Ling Pets Charity Cause are in support of the SPCA. On that day, we humbly request that you consider a donation to the SPCA! Placings will be limited to the first 30 individuals/couples and their pet/s.
Chris Ling International Photographers started out with Chris embarking on wedding portraitures in 1993. Now, we have grown to a team of dedicated photographers, producers, directors and digital artists working in clockwork unison, and we hope to share our journeys with you. Contact us in Singapore at enquiries(at)chrisling.com, telephone +65 6220 5600, and in Hong Kong at info(at)chrisling.com, telephone +852 2156 1933.