Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Sooooo so very very sorry for those who have been asking where I have been. Things have been really crazy here at JSP - PLEASE follow us on Facebook. I can't stress that enough, because while JSP is moving to a new home (that's right, a completely new website and a completely new blog), we will be doing all future updates there until then! Our facebook page is: www.facebook.com/jennysunphotography - so hop on over and subscribe to the page by pressing 'like' and you'll get all the new photos, updates and news until our new sites launch!
We just finished the new blog yesterday, and I was tempted to press 'printscreen' just to show you all a sneak peek, but that would just spoil the fun. But I promise the wait will be worth it. We've already shared the page with a few people and I'm excited to share it with the rest of you in a couple of weeks! In the meantime, we're working on the website which is the main cake baking in the oven - its a HUGE amount of work to be trawling through 3 years worth of photos and putting them all into the website. So stay tuned!
And thank you so much for your patience! I promise to launch soon!! Remember to keep track of us on facebook in the meantime!
Monday, May 30, 2011
I was in Kuala Lumpur city over the weekend shooting a wedding. As with alot of weddings in this corner of the world, there were alot of cultural aspects to the day like the tea ceremony, and the door games to win the bride. And I am going to profess - it is rare for me to be putting up wedding photos on the blog, so soon after the wedding has happened, but I was asked to put together a same day edit slideshow (ie. images shot on the wedding day, and then shown on the same night to the guests) for the wedding over the weekend, and after looking at the images, I felt I had to share. I hope you don't mind Hwee Yen and Jon. I was just so encouraged by what I witnessed between you and your families, that it left a rather deep impression within me.
After shooting so many weddings, I can say that today, weddings are all about how 'beautiful' it will look... they are all focused on how much decor can be sprinkled throughout the day...or how many details will furbish the big event. And as a girl, I have to admit, I do love those things very much, but at the end of it all, they mean absolutely nothing if the heart of the wedding is void.
So, when I walked into Saturday's wedding, and what met my camera was a multitude of tears, big hugs, even bigger smiles, and a very palpable love - it was refreshing. So very very refreshing. Like solace or a breath of fresh air. The emotion and the closeness between the between the bride + groom and their family and friends was so real, you couldn't help but sigh a little and maybe even swallow a forming lump in the throat. It is the moments that really get me at weddings.... without them, a wedding is so empty. My pictures would speak nothing. I don't know about other photographers, but for me, these genuine instances and snippets are like food for the soul.
So thank you for letting me into your lives for that day Jon and Hwee Yen and allowing me to tell your story. I don't think I did your wedding any justice with my blog post in words... but I am hoping the images will do better than my limp verbal account.
ps: A huge shoutout to the bride's family - thank you thank you thank you sooooo very very very much for making sure I had as much natural light and pretty light as possible to work with all throughout the day and night. It made all the difference. I hope you know that :)
Friday, May 27, 2011
Just a little touch of spice to warm up your screens :)
I'm not really a car person, but honestly? Vintage cars like this, make me happy :D Have a lovely weekend ahead everyone!
Thursday, May 19, 2011
I'm really thrilled to be able to announce that our second Jenny Sun Photography Workshop is launching today! It will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this time around over 3-5 August 2011. The last one was held in Singapore earlier this year in January, and it was a completely full class with alot of great feedback. If you want to read about what some of the participants of the last workshop said about it, have a look here:
That's right, it is a 3-day intensive (and I mean INTENSIVE!!) workshop where we will be covering aspects of shooting/posing/lighting, workflow/editing, and business/branding. I am not joking when I say this will be a very packed 3 days - the syllabus is very full, with ALOT of information to take in, and then apply and execute, so expect your brain to be hurting a little by the end of it all :) The participants of the last workshop in Singapore all mentioned that they likened the workshop to a bootcamp - that is how intense it is. Be prepared to be pushed, to do alot of hard work, and to be challenged.
Just like the last one, I'm kind of biting my nails as I write this announcement - I'm hoping there will be a group of you cool people to hang out with in Kuala Lumpur. I know the food is amazing in your city, so I'm excited to meet you guys and make friends with you at the workshop! :D The last workshop sold out in less than a week, so do get in early to get your place and also take advantage of the early bird rate we have!
Anyhow, here are the workshop details! :D
Date: 3-5 August, 2011 (9AM - 5PM each day)
Where: The Gardens Hotel, Mid Valley (This is RIGHT NEXT DOOR to the awesome Midvalley Megamall Shops :D That means you have direct access to the train, various options for accommodation if you are coming from out of town, shopping, and lots of food :D )
Capacity: Limited to 20 people. First come first served basis.
- $750AUD/ RM2300 (early bird rate, until 23rd May 2011) - If you need more time to get your leave approved, please email us immediately!!
- $850AUD/ RM2600 (normal rate, from 24rd May 2011)
So, what is the deal with this workshop?
I have honestly, always always believed that the success of a photography business rides on how well a photographer does two things:
(1) produce their art, and
(2) run their business.
My philosophy has followed the strength of that marriage and this workshop is about those two very things. We are going to spend 3 very intense days working from the inside-out. Working out who you are as a photographer and your style, and helping you carry that through to your photos as well as your business and brand. Sounds scary? It is! But that is the fun of it - Learning to be a better photographer AND a better entrepreneur! :)
Our aim from the workshop is to help you walk away with the skills and confidence to shoot better photos that you love (that is covering use of posing, light, composition and post processing), AND book clients that love the photos that you shoot! :) Win-win! :) Time will also be spent learning about how I work with my clients from the moment I meet them, to the shoot, to the finished product, as well as opportunity for 1 on 1 time with me for questions and feedback/critique :)
Who is this workshop for?
Anyone who loves photography and their craft, and is wanting to develop their style and business. This workshop will be a best fit for amateurs wanting to start a business/gain regular paid work, or photographers who are wanting to become full timers. The workshop will also suit photographers who are already running their business and want to improve and fine tune/update/change their brand or clientele. While we will be talking about how to see and use light, it is also best that you have a good grasp of manual exposure before coming into the workshop as we will not be teaching basics of shutterspeed, aperture, and ISO during the 3 days.
The Itinerary For the 3 days:
Day 1 - All about style (yours and Jenny's!). Discovering and developing your own style of photography and hearing about how Jenny molded hers. We will also be covering and teaching how to pose/engage with your clients, composition, how to see light, wedding day run through, how to get a maximum number of shots within a small space or short period of time, workflow/editing, elements of business and branding will start today and continue on day 3, and Q&A session.
Day 2 - Demonstration shoot in the morning (to see how Jenny shoots), followed by a shooting/Assignment day for all participants (this is a surprise! Be prepared to be challenged and pushed out of your comfort zones! :D )
Day 3 - The day will be split into two. One part of the day will be spent going over and critiquing photos from day two on aspects of posing, use of light, composition and style. The other part of the day will be spent learning valuable branding and marketing techniques that will help bring you in touch with the right clientèle, bring you business and strengthen your consultation/sales confidence :) If you have prior and current marketing material, that is encouraged to be brought to the workshop as well for critique and feedback.
Please note that this is a highly practical 3-day workshop so be prepared to do ALOT of work!! There will also be plenty of opportunities allocated on each day for Q&A, as well as 1 on 1 time with Jenny at one point of the workshop :)
I'm ready! How do I sign up??
Perfect! Here are the step-by-step instructions!
(1) All you need to do from this point is to press the 'PAY NOW' button below to make payment and reserve your seat.
(2) Once you get to the next page, you will have the option to pay via PAYPAL or CREDIT CARD. If you do not have a paypal account, please select the 'PAY BY CREDIT CARD' option (which is the option to the left of the paypal login section - see picture below the PAY NOW button below).
(3) Enter your credit card details/log into your paypal account and follow the instructions.
(4) Once payment has been finalized, THIS IS IMPORTANT - please drop us an email (at email@example.com with a printscreen of the payment confirmation and the following details: your first name, your surname, your studio name, your studio website, phone number, and email address.
You MUST complete the above steps to be properly registered! You can click the below 'pay now' button to make payment and get your registration process started :)
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
"I carry your heart" by E. E. Cummings.
Probably my favourite poem in the world.
Meet Trish + Joel.
Thank you for your beautiful faces that gorgeous afternoon, across a random patch of backyard in the hood we both grew up :)
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
For those that don't know yet, Vincy is a resident photographer and PA at Jenny Sun Photography, and the wonderful news is that she is now hitched to her man, Jose! :D I had the pleasure (and scary task!!) of shooting their wedding day portraits on their special day! Unfortunately, it POURED like it was going to be the end of the world (Im not kidding!! It rained ALLLLL DAY)... so their portrait session took place the following day. Thankfully, although a little cloudy, it was dry enough to shoot, and the sun peeped out just long enough for us to take some photos for the newly minted Mr and Mrs!
And, for those wondering, or saw on facebook, there is a story behind the dress and makeup. Because the portraits were pushed to the day after, we were down a makeup artist, so.... erm... I ended up doing vincy's makeup. I don't profess to be a professional...not at all!! I just didn't want to see the bride go makeup-less for her wedding photos :)
And the dress... hahaha..... there is an epic story behind this... while I won't go into the nitty gritty details, let's just say the old dress wasn't quite right... so what eventually happened was that I got the task to design a new dress for vincy - which ended up being so much fun! I think after seeing soooooo many gowns at so many shoots over the last few years, I had an idea of a dress that would suit perfectly for her height, build, shape, and the place she wanted to take photos...the mood was to be soft, romantic, and classic...and you'll what was created in the photos below. Thank you to Pretty In White's designer, Steph for creating what was in my head - your tips and advice was perfect and made the dress all the more better :) Then I borrowed Vincy my own veil (that I wore on my wedding day), and my hairpiece (from the FABULOUS Pinmeup Couture ) for that extra touch of 'glam' I thought would look lovely on our Vincy! :D
I ABSOLUTELY ADORE ADORE ADORE, tulle material in dresses - it really has to be one of the most romantic and soft looking fabrics.... and I've ALWAYS thought that one shouldered dresses were very pretty.... :)
Hope all of you are having a great week so far!! We have to get back to the crazy busy at JSP now! :) Back soon!
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Love story sessions at JSP are a little different... Instead of going to beautiful locations, with spectacular views, or amazing props and decor, these sessions capture couples just as they are.... that is, what they love doing, things that are important to them, and just documenting their essence in their day to day lives. It could be in their home, or following them on a date, to washing dishes or fixing car together, doing laundry together, enjoying coffee, listening to music, cooking, or just shooting them doing whatever they love most. The heart of these sessions are really to show who the couple are in their daily lives so that they can look back at the images and say, this is really us to the core.
I had the pleasure of documenting Ivy and John's love story awhile back and it still brings a smile to my face everytime I see these images, because I know it really is THEM. There is nothing fancy or artsy fartsy about these images, but what I adore seeing is just Ivy and John being who they are in their home, doing what they love in pure simplicity. Thank you for inviting me into your home and your lives for just one afternoon, Ivy and John. It really was an honor... so relaxing that it almost felt like I was not working :)
I loved their house - cosy and homely, but at the same time modern and full of beautiful natural light!! :D