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Wedding of Dominic+Clarice, 10th July 2010

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

It all started from a casual lunch meet up when we happened to asked Charice about her wedding preparation, and Hong Ann just said “Why don’t you get AnDY Studio as your photographers?”…

It was our first experience to take photos of church wedding ceremony in Penang. The lighting conditions and structure of the hall impose many difficulties. We were worried, yet excited to face all these new challenges.

It started around noon time on the wedding day, when we separately covered the preparation work of Dominic and Clarice at the hotel and her house respectively.

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It followed by the most challenging part of the day, the church ceremony. On top of the complexity of lighting conditions, we also had to be fast and precise as we didn’t want to miss any important moments, and had to get a good shooting angle. Bare in mind that we were not alone… there were at least another half a dozen of videographers and photographers who had the same objectives as us, at the same time. :)

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It was nearly 5pm at the end of the joyous church ceremony. We rushed to the hotel, managed to squeeze some time to recharge both our gadgets and ourselves. We covered the  tea ceremony right before the dinner which started at 7pm.



The day ended around midnight. We were very much exhausted, yet glad to be part of this big day. And finally, we had time to have some nice chat with the newly wed couple, and some guests who stayed back a bit longer.

After that, were days of hard work in pictures selection and processing. We had lots of discussion (of course arguments too!), but most importantly, we learnt a lot through this process. These definitely help to improve our skills. For a quick glance of our overall work for the day, do check-out our slideshow below.

Last but not least, thanks to Dominic and Clarice who have trusted us for this big day of their life. We also received a lovely thank you card from them with bilingual (French & Chinese) wishes in it. Thank you so much, and may faith and true love be always in your marriage!


~~ dy

Banda Aceh

Monday, May 10th, 2010

We were in Banda Aceh, in Apr/May 2010, for 3 weeks.

I’m sure that all of you remember Banda Aceh. In December 2004, this city of North Sumatra, in Indonesia, was hit by the tsunami, and hundred thousands of people were killed or missing.

Our goal during this travel, was to see, and report, how is the city, 5 years after having being destroyed by the tsunami; and of course, volunteering, as there are still a lot of nonprofit organizations which are working there.

Banda Aceh looks good today, and people are just… living their life. Some places, or symbols, touched by the tsunami, are preserved for tourism, and the city built a brand new tsunami museum, designed by famous Indonesian architect Ridwan Kamil.

So, at a quick glance, everything looks good here. But, when you dig further, you will see that a lot of problems are still exist.

That’s why, as we love to help, we wanted to volunteer here.

But volunteering is never an easy task… big organizations, from foreign countries, have their rules, and the ones who work there, don’t want to be disturbed during their “days” spend at the beach and finished at some “underground” bars where they can drink some beers. So we ended up, as what we love, to volunteer for small local NGOs.

Usually, based on my experience in several countries, local NGOs are lack of funding, but they seriously do the ground work. Big International NGOs have the money… but, often, the fund is spent more on big 4×4 trucks, big offices (for the rental), and incomes of personnel who spend (usually, not all) more time on the beach and bars, than really helping locals, leaving the job to local little NGOs, which have no fund, but really do good jobs. However usually nobody say anything, because before leaving the place, big NGOs (trying to show off and look nice), offer the vehicles, or computers, to local NGOs. Nice gifts, but usually, computers are old and full of virus, so they prefer to give away cars; it’s more visible, as they “marked” on each side of the car with the words “donated by…”

For all these reasons, we always like to volunteer for small local NGOs, publish their names and contact info. If ever you want to donate, honestly, choose small local NGOs, than a big international one, your money will be used in a better way, and will really help the local people.

The one which touch me the most was a school, near the Banda Aceh Airport. It is a school for disabled children. I was there to take photos of them, because the organization which takes care of them wanted to set up a website fo fund raising, and they needed photos.

Norman, the Director of this organization, really takes good care of the kids. He visits them at least once a week to talk with them, play with them, have interactions with them… I could strongly feel his love towards the kids…

Norman just finished his university from medical school. However, he is not interested to be a doctor. His passion is to take care of these kids. I spent quite some time with him, and he is a guy with a big heart.

The kids in the school were awesome. I love them. They are very motivated to learn a lot of things despite of their handicap, especially playing music. If you could have a chance to meet them, I’m sure you will be amazed, just like me.

I will remember them all my life.

Apart from this, I also gave photography classes to the Tsunami and Disaster Mitigation Research Center, as  part of my volunteering. I had about 10 students, for 2 days. First day to explain some photography techniques, and the next day about post processing.

For another organization, Nusantara Indah, we took photos of counseling session for their new website. The goal of this NGO is to give free training classes to counselors in school, so that they can guide the young to develop their life.

Volunteering in Banda Aceh was a nice experience. People are very friendly, and we could make good friends too.

Beside volunteering, we also took some nice photos such as the wonderful Raya Baiturrahman Mosque.

In the heart of Alex : Aix en Provence.

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Town of water, town of art… Everyone knows that Aix was built and has developed around this dual identity.

Aix en Provence is a city in the South of France. In the well-known and beautiful Provence. Aix en Provence is also Alexandre’s hometown. We were there in June 2009, and brought some photos and wish to share them with you.

Aix en Provence is a very beautiful city, and very old too. Aix (Aquae Sextiae) was founded in 123 BC by the Roman consul Sextius Calvinus, who gave his name to its springs.

Aix passed to the crown of France with the rest of Provence in 1487, and in 1501 Louis XII established there the parliament of Provence, which existed until 1789. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the town was the seat of the Intendance of Provence.

Aix is often referred to as the city of a thousand fountains. Among the most notable are the 17th century Fontaine des Quatre Dauphins (Fountain of the Four Dolphins) in the Quartier Mazarin, designed by Jean-Claude Rambot, and three of the fountains down the central Cours Mirabeau: At the top, a 19th century fountain depicts the “good king” René holding the Muscat grapes that he introduced to Provence in the 15th century; half-way down is a natural hot water fountain (34°C), covered in moss, dating back to the Romans; and at the bottom at la Rotonde, the hub of modern Aix, stands a monumental fountain from 1860 beneath three giant statues representing art, justice and agriculture. In the older part of Aix, there are also fountains of note in the Place d’Albertas and the Place des Trois-Ormeaux.

Here, all is colour and sensation: the light of the sky, the golden stone of the facades, the transparent green of the fountains, the shade of the plane trees,…

Aix en Provence is also famous because of Paul Cezanne, the painter, and the Montagne Sainte Victoire (Holy Victory Mountain). Almost from everywhere in Aix en Provence, we can see the mountain. Now, the area is well-known for its hiking paths. All around, we can admire the famous Cezanne’s landscapes, who painted them hundreds times.

Yen Lin and Biao’s wedding

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

The 21th of November 2009 was probably the most beautiful day in the life of Yen Lin and Biao.

These two engineers get married.

We were happy to shoot the best moments of their wedding in Penang.

It was a lot of emotions. The whole event was full of blessings from family, friends and relatives. Some even came all the way from Singapore.

We wish them lots of happiness.

Chinese opera in Penang

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

This day was a great day for me.

I attended my first Chinese Opera performance show. One of my friend in Penang, who organizes cultural events, invited us.

I already heard about Chinese opera, especially the colorful make up that they use, but I was far from imagine that.

Before the show, we had a chance to meet the artists at back stage, during their make up and preparation. It was very interesting to withness these. Even though they were busy, they were very friendly, and we could have some chat and fun with them.

Then, we watched their performance. It was very nice, even though i couldn’t really understand, as they spoke in Hokkien, and the translation was in Mandarin.

Here are some photos we did that evening.


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