A Random Opportunity!

Have you ever wondered what impact a single random photo can make?

During the year-end school holidays last year, I was keeping my four year old nephew entertained by doing some colouring with him. Most of his colour pencils needed sharpening, so I took a newspaper and started sharpening all the coloured pencils. I remember as a child, I always enjoyed colouring with finely sharpened colour pencils. We started sharpening the blues and the reds and the greens and before we knew it, we had rainbow coloured pencil shavings. It was such a pretty sight and I couldn’t help but whip out my camera to take some shots. I selected my favourite shot and used it as my cover picture on Facebook.

The next day, an old friend whom I hadn’t seen in about a year, saw the picture and messaged to ask if I would be interested to do some photo shoots for his and his wife’s new business venture. Of course, I said yes!

We met  and discussed about their business. Their business is about neuroeducation based pottery. I asked them to explain to me what exactly it meant, so I could better understand their business and ensure we captured the style of photography which would suitable. After an elaborate discussion, we worked out our dates and started a series of shoots. If you’re interested in finding out more, you may check out their website and Facebook pages.

Website: http://www.davincisg.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dvgsingapore?fref=ts

I did my third shoot with them today and it only gets more exciting. It’s quite fascinating the kind of imagination kids have and the stories they come up with! I never fail to giggle during my shoots with Da Vinci Group!

Below are some picture from my 3 sessions with them thus far!

Enjoy!

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My first shoot with DVG- This piece of clay awaits it’s little potter.

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Little potter about to create her masterpiece.

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That’s Amutha, one of the founders of DVG, teaching this little potter how to decorate her pot.

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Isn’t it amazing what our hands can create?

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That’s my nephew totally engrossed in creating his masterpiece.

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These 2 sisters from today’s session helping one another out.

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These masterpieces will have to wait to dry out first, after which they will be glazed.

ScrubGuru Photo Shoot

About a month ago, I saw pretty jars of homemade body scrubs on an old friends Facebook wall. Being a body scrub freak, I contacted her immediately and found out she started this business of handmade body scrubs. You may check out ScrubGuru on https://www.facebook.com/scrubguru?fref=ts . We met up so I could sample her 6 heavenly concoctions before I put in my order. I was so spoilt for choice and I thought they would make perfect Christmas pressies for my family and friends!

It had been forever since I last met her, so we ended up talking about everything we’ve been doing over the last few years.  We both spoke about living our dreams and starting our own startups and the amount of effort that goes into it. She needed someone to do her marketing campaign photo shoot, and yes, that’s when we decided that we should work on it together.

She has photography knowledge and can do product shots herself, but she also needed someone to take photos of her while she was making the scrubs. We worked out our schedules and we have done 2 shoots thus far. I ended up taking some product shots as well since I couldn’t resist not taking them! We shot 2 locations on the first day- a tent setup in a friends office and a rooftop with an old abandoned bath tub.

I’m sharing some photos from Day 1 of the photo shoot below.

Enjoy!

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1st setup: Tent for product shots.

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6 delightful concoctions.

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Since the scrubs are made from natural ingredients, we decided to use them as props.

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2nd setup: An abandoned bathtub on a rooftop.

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The Scrub Guru in action!

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One of my personal favourites, scrub and shot.

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Photowalk: Pont des Arts – ‘The Love Bridge’

In my opinion, Paris is all about the ‘air’. There is just something about the air. I’ve always felt that there is a certain romance and wonderlust that just floats around in every part of this beautiful city. One of the best ways to experience this city is by foot. Yes, wear comfy shoes so you can walk for hours and take in all that atmosphere. It’s hard to explain, but there’s just something about Paris!

One of my favourite places to photograph in Paris is Pont des Arts, also know as ‘The Love Bridge’. It’s one of the many bridges across the famous Seine. This bridge is just across from Louvre and the nearest Metro stations are Pont Neuf (Line 7) and Louvre-Rivoli (Line 1).

I enjoy taking a walk down this bridge and people watching. Many times, I’ve seen couples in action, locking their love and throwing the key into the river. They say that their love will last forever by doing so, though I’m not sure how true this is! Couples just tend to cuddle up a bit more, tourists seems to go crazy taking photos and the rest of the people just seem to have a warm glow on their faces.

Photography wise, I love that it’s so rich in colour. I love colour and I chose to photograph it despite the rain, as I love the contrast of the saturated colourful locks against the grey skies and gloomy atmosphere. You’ll see this contrast in the wider shot pictures below. Also, I feel the rain and grey skies add on to the already romantic atmosphere!

Enjoy!

Xx,

V.

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Thousands of locks- thousands of eternal love promises.

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Rain or shine, this couple is determined to lock their love. Notice how they stand out in the foreground despite them dressed in mostly black? It’s because of the richness of the colour in the middle ground and majority of the greyish washed out colour in the background.

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You see locks in all shapes, sizes and languages.

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You’ll also see quite a few miniature ‘Eiffel Towers’ hanging on the bridge too.

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For every kind of love- couples, friends, parent and child. Afterall, love is love. I believe the pink lock was locked by a mother and child.

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On most days, the whole bridge is filled with so many locks that there is barely any space left. Therefore people lock their locks on the other locks, and they tend to stick out a little bit more, like this red heart-shaped lock.

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Because it was a rainy day, all the locks have raindrops on them.

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On one side of the bridge is the Louve, on the other side is the Institut de France, which you can see in the far back of this picture. Don’t you think this grey atmosphere just adds to the romance!

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I just had to do a Black & White version. 🙂

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015!

Happy New Year folks! Hope you had a fantastic NYE celebration! I had a simple celebration with 2 friends watching fireworks, sipping wine and getting all kiddy with some sparkler fun!

Anyways, 2014 has had to be one of my favourite years. I did what I’ve always wanted to do:

1) Live in Paris

2) Learn French

3) Do photography professionally

4) Travel like crazy

I am sometimes in disbelief how I managed to achieve the above, and how everything fell into place so naturally and smoothly. I am so thankful for the amazing times I’ve had, and I couldn’t have asked for more. I felt like I was living in a dream in 2014!

So, what’s in store for 2015 for me? I super excited to find out too!

I usually don’t have resolutions as I seem to get too anxious and stressed and feel horrible when I am not able to achieve them, which has usually been the case! However, this year, I do have a wish list of certain things I want to achieve. I wouldn’t call it resolutions though, as I feel that people tend to associate resolutions with negativity for eg, “I’m so fat I need to lose 20kgs this year“. I think that itself is a negative start to the new year!

One of my top wishes for this year is to travel equally much as 2014, if not more. Including Singapore (home country), I managed to travel to 15 cities in 2014, same as I did in 2013.

Here’s a list of my 2014 travels:

  • Abu Dhabi
  • Amsterdam
  • Bali
  • Barcelona
  • Bath
  • Brussels
  • Copenhagen
  • Dubai
  • Geneva
  • Ibiza
  • London
  • Paris
  • Phuket
  • Singapore
  • Venice

If you ask me to pick my favourite, I can’t one city has each city has its own unique ‘flavour’ and I enjoyed them all!

Another wish is to be more active with my posts here! Hence, I’m starting the first day of the brand new year with this post! My plan is less wordy but more photographic posts about my travels and work I do.

I’m going to end this post with a picture that sums up my travels in 2014. I will post more about each city over the next few days.

In the meantime, enjoy and have a blessed year ahead!

Xx,

V.

2014 Travels