Meeting (and Shooting) Fandi

I met Fandi (Ahmad) on Wednesday, 8th Feb. This happened through a series of people, as do all such meetings.

The day before, a fellow trainer asked if I was available to do a short photoshoot. Since I had helped to photograph the SG100 Carnival, he thought of asking me to do it.

He later passed my contact on and, before I knew it, I was asked if I was available on the morning of Wednesday. Since I was, I was told that the person I was photographing was Fandi. The pictures will be used in an upcoming project (can't release any details yet) and they needed a few high-res photos of our local star.

The meeting was scheduled to take place at Jalan Besar Stadium, where I found myself on the morning of the shoot.

I met Calvin, who plays a major role in the project, and he shared some insights on getting good portrait shots, he being a photographer himself.

One important thing he shared was that a portrait is all about the eyes and to make sure that the eyes of the subject were in focus and clear.

Bearing this valuable tip in mind, we walked into the stands and, after meeting Fandi's manager, I took some test shots to get the settings right, and finally got to meet Fandi in person.

Never having met him before, I had no idea what Fandi would be like.

I found him to be a very engaging, charming individual with a great sense of humour and fun. He was easy-going and very enjoyable to work with. 

The shoot lasted about 20 minutes or so and we got some pretty good shots.

Because Fandi and his manager had a meeting to attend, Calvin and I thanked them for their time and proceeded to our respective next destinations.

Of course, we didn't forget to take a quick photo with Fandi:

It was a great experience and a privilege to be able to shoot Fandi - someone I grew up hearing about.

Thanks, Calvin, for the opportunity. And, of course, thanks, Fandi, for being you.

Photographing the SG100 Carnival

A week or so ago, I was asked by a fellow trainer to help photograph an event at Our Tampines Hub. 

The event was put together by the SG100 Foundation, a society with the aim of engaging both the youth and the pioneer generation of Singapore to create a bright future for our beloved country.

Not being too sure about what to focus on, I asked the event organiser, who asked me to focus on the participants and the guest of honour, Mr Baey Yam Keng, as he visited the different stalls manned by organisations and companies which have involved themselves in social contributions and other worthy pursuits.

Once the performances began, people started getting into the swing of things and I was free to photograph on-the-ground activities, which I much prefer over stage activities.

I've posted the better photographs in an album on my Facebook page after spending some time correcting the colours (the lighting was orange). 

Apart from once again exercising my over-long-dormant photography skills, I got to speak with some entrepreneurs there. We may be working on some projects together in the near future.

A couple of things I learned while photographing the event

1) Unexpected things almost always happen at events

An individual with (I presume) her family was shouting and demanding to see the organiser when she and her family were asked to give up their seats to a large group of senior residents who were attending the event. In essence, she was saying that the organisers did not put in enough thought into the number of seats provided. 

While I find her behaviour ridiculous and self-entitled, I shall bear this in mind in the planning of my next event.

2) All you have to do is ask

Although I prefer to take shots silently, some of my photos were posed and they turned out very well - a result of my asking my subjects for a shot.

Perhaps it is the introvert side of me that overthinks the asking part, I usually assume that asking for a picture is bothersome to the other party (since I don't like to be in photos myself).

Well, it turns out time and again that many people are quite happy to pose for a photograph if asked. Perhaps they, too, think that it would be presumptuous to ask a photographer to take a picture of them and prefer to wait to be asked instead - a little flattery to be asked to be a model, maybe. I'm not too sure but, from this experience, I figure that it's all up to me to make the request.

The worst that could happen is that they say 'No'.

That said, the majority of my pictures were not posed. I still enjoy the 'captured moment' style of photography and I'll continue to improve my pursuit of this style.

Before I end off this post, Happy 2017! To more learning experiences and more sharing!

Group photo at SG100 Carnival
Mouth Painting
3D Pen

Upcoming Session with Toastmasters

A few months ago, I was invited to speak at an event organised by Toastmasters International, Division S, District 80 entitled 'The Introvert Speaks Out' and comprises 4 speakers, all introverts, of various expertise.

My topic is based on my book The Introvert Teacher.

It's happening this Saturday, 12 Nov, 1.30 pm - 5.30 pm

Basement 1, HDB Hub @ 480 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh

If you're keen on joining us, drop me a message, so I can help get you a seat.

It's going to be an exciting weekend!

Meeting Tom Abbott & Nicholas Ong

Last night, I was at the August APTS meeting, where I met a couple of new people and listened to Tom Abbott and Nicholas Ong.

Taken from APTS website: www.aptsg.com

Taken from APTS website: www.aptsg.com

Tom was an emphatic speaker and an expert in sales training. He shared his story and a few points from his signature training material with us. One of the things that struck me was his emphasis on developing expertise - something that I strongly advocate too.

In answering one of the audiences's questions, he mentioned that saying no to training in an area of our non-expertise allows us time and space to focus on our area of expertise. He acknowledges that, at the beginning of our training careers, we will want to take on practically any assignment, just as he did.

However, he reminds us that once we build up our skills and portfolio, we need to specialise so that we can stand out and focus on giving the best of ourselves.

A picture with Tom

A picture with Tom

Nicholas was a very different style of speaker. He was clearly more comfortable speaking in Mandarin, but, through his gallant effort, and the way he made his personal story so relatable, he received a standing ovation. 

His was a story of transformation, how he overcame a past mired in darkness and confusion to emerge as an entrepreneur and speaker. He told us about the hard work he put in to complete his books and his determination to make something of himself. He certainly has. And he isn't resting on his laurels.

Two very impressive speakers with so much experience to share. I'm glad I was there to take it in. I look forward to the next meeting.

A picture with Nicholas

A picture with Nicholas