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It has come to our attention recently that on more then one occasion our images had been published as portfolios for other studios and bridal houses. How did we come across them? Our clients, who have been fans of our hard work, brought it to our attention. There were even cases where they had seen the same albums in other shops. The silver lining from these episodes is that we must be doing something right for our couples to be fans of our work that they can recognize our photos!

Copyright infringement is a never ending battle, and to help us with the fight we would like to engage you! If you have evidence that our images have been replicated, please bring it to us. You can send us an email of the link if it’s a social media page or a website, and you can also take a snapshot of suspected reproduced albums/images on your phone or digital camera. Our bridal partners Le Grand and Z Wedding are also with us on image protection, you can visit their boutiques to show them what you have captured. For your effort, we will be offering a reward for finding our stolen albums/images.

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We have built the Chris Ling style and technique for the past 22 years. Our approach to photography and digital imaging does not happen overnight, we spend the time to research and we learn from our experiences. As a group, from producers, digital artists, and photographers/video, we often burn the midnight oil to come up with new imagery. Therefore, we are able to deliver what we promise, and create what we have now. It is not surprising then that an amateur or unethical company would resort to downloading images instead of creating them, it is so much faster.

As newlyweds, it is advisable to also do your research on the studios or the bridal houses. Check their history and their track record, this will prevent you from being misled by the appealing albums they possess. In fact, it is an open secret that portfolios can actually be bought. Chris had been to industry only wedding trade fairs in China and had come across sample albums professionally done up. The purpose of these albums are not, as he thought, to showcase the printer. The entire album, images and design, are for sale. Bridal houses or photography studios across Asia will buy them and present these albums as their portfolio.

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We have to admit, it is quite a tiring task for newlyweds to constantly be on their toes. Bridal houses or studios fooling couples with samples that are bought or stolen do not help. Yet, you must remain vigilant and aware, the homework has to be done. Go to a reputable studio or bridal boutique that you trust!

Note: Names and faces have been blurred, and company names have been omitted so as not to name and shame. Our studio will be privately pursuing the matter on a legal platform.

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My husband and I love simplicity. It shows in our design choices and our lifestyles. We also have a penchant to display repressed anger toward bad service. To top it off, when it comes to food his Japanese taste buds are spoilt by the splendor of flavours available in Japan. Our expectations are not high, it is just that we are hard to impress. Yet, the Grand Hyatt Singapore made us very happy people.

Minimalism is often construed as having a white sofa placed in the middle of a white room. That is neither minimalism nor simplicity, it is, instead, just plain boring. There is an art to creating a pleasing space with as little items as possible. Should one want to undertake this endeavor, any design flaws would stick out like wine stains on an ivory wedding dress (touch wood). It was this minimalism that sealed my husband’s decision of having our wedding at the Grand Hyatt. Why would we choose and older hotel? Its exterior is modest, one might say reminiscent of the 1980’s Post Modernism. Inside, Hyatt made an excellent decision of investing in the Super Potato team to revamp their interiors.

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Super Potato Co. is one of the world’s leading interior firm. It is a Japanese firm run by renowned designer Takashi Sugimoto. Their touch turned Grand Hyatt chic, welcoming, and stylish. When the husband stepped into The Gallery (their banquet hall), he was won over. The entire space would solely be ours, including the spacious lounge with its high ceilings. Personally, I prefer high ceilings for the banquet room, but he does not. He finds high ceilings imposing and unfriendly, whilst I find it grand.

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This difference in our perspectives showed that taste is indeed subjective. The decisions you make when choosing your wedding celebration venue would come to light as well. What I strongly recommend though, is for one not to neglect details. The space that Grand Hyatt Singapore provided was bar none. Placement of furnishings, lightings, accent pieces, while leaving other areas  open, provided an extra stretch that seemingly embraced all your guests when they arrive.

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My prerequisite for any hotel is a decently sized bridal suite. Decent translates to large; it is one of my must haves, and they delivered. For most hotels, if you approach your sales coordinator about viewing the rooms first they would be able to accommodate to your request.

Food was excellent. Some dishes were served individually, some were communal. The abalone and sea cucumber in an individual claypot for all guests was their pièce de résistance. I would rather have all dishes plated out to my guests, but I was not charming enough to convince them.

Service staff is another factor not to overlook. Their banquet personnel came from all over the world, and we speculate that it could be exchange programs with all the Hyatts around the globe. Don’t quote us on that though. We had a party of Indian, German, Japanese, and Korean service staff and managers amongst the Singaporean personnels. All of them were extremely professional, and I dare say more so then the banquet staff who served me at a friend’s wedding in a 6 star hotel (I shan’t name and shame).

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Comparatively, there is one other hotel that received raving reviews on food and service. My clients who had their banquet at Capella swear by them. I remembered one groom told me their butler uprooted a small tree because it was blocking their view! I felt sorry for the tree, but at least it was planted somewhere else within the compound.

Now, we come to the price list. Grand Hyatt’s tables are $1388+++ for the year 2013. It’s the median price for hotels their caliber. Other hotels do have lower rates around the $1188/$1288 price range (Corpthone, Fullerton, etc. to name a few), while Capella, like St Regis, is on the higher tier ($1588/$1808). Here’s the full list of wedding venue prices from Singapore Brides.

For our 2012 wedding, the husband and I took up Hyatt’s add on package of pre-banquet  hors d’oeuvre and free flow of alcohol at an extra $400 or so per table. I recalled our total bill, after taxes, was around $1800-$1900. In retrospect, our guests didn’t drink that much and we would have saved tons if we had not went for it, but that extra amount of money relieved us of the tremendous “what if not enough” stress. All we did was sit back, enjoy, and have the ball of our lives with our friends and family. There was so much fun I wish I could bottle it up and give it to North Korea.

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Safe to say, The Grand Hyatt exceeded our high expectations. We are now Hyatt club members, and we plan to stay with them during our future travels.

(All articles written on our blog are not paid spots, and no barter trade of any form was involved. These views are the personal experiences of the writer.)
 


 


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So… what cameras does Chris use?

It all started 33 years ago in 1979, his first camera:

 

This is his latest equipment:

 

And this is always in his bag:

 

Photographers and their cameras, there’s no such thing as too many toys.

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Our team is clocking overtime again, bustling about as the last quarter draws near.

 

 

 

 

 

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Details, lovely details, never fails to enhance a wedding album.

Most of the props are from our studios, but we do encourage you to bring your own should you have any. A tip on the balloons, helium ones of any colour can be purchased from party shops around Singapore. There is one in Centerpoint Shopping Center as well, near our studio in Orchard, and your darling groom would have to make a trip down to purchase them. It wouldn’t cost more then a few dollars per balloon.

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We have wrapped up the next fashion editorial for Z Wedding’s Summer collection. This series, we proposed a backdrop of a construction site that also had building materials strewn all over the place. We suspect the site was simply the backbone for a future development before major works get started. As it is, the pipes and steel are slowly creeping in to occupy more then half of what was once a lush field. We’ll miss the green expense, there are getting lesser plains in Singapore. For now, though, it makes for a perfect location to shoot this editorial.

Check out more of our behind-the-scenes photos on our Facebook album. We promise you a buffed male model without his shirt on!

 

 

 

 

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Our dearest Ernest Goh is launching another book.

The Fish Book.

 

Seriously. The Fish Book.

And I really like the Fish Book. In fact, like would probably be an understatement. Its whimsical nature doesn’t belie the excellent photography, and that could be why I find it so intriguing. Well, it could also simply be the fact that those fish faces made me happy!

 

The Fish Book will be launched on the 17th of November at Chan Hampe Galleries (27 Kreta Ayer Road), and the book exhibited until 24th November. Do delight yourself and grab a copy at $27.80.

On another note, here is a glimpse of Raymond and Miin’s wedding covered by Ernest last month.

 

I’ll be posting up more images onto a facebook album, but there would not be much of the couple themselves as they have requested for a certain amount of privacy.

[Update]: Images posted, do find them here.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

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