NEW & HIGHLIGHTS
PORTRAITS • FEB 2017
It was that dizzying, spiraling journey into oblivion that we all call love. YTL Hotel's latest pride and joy in KL, called Stripes Hotel, is our latest playground for this series of portraits.
PORTRAITS • SEP 2015
My love for Taman Bukit Pantai, or the fishy neighbourhood as I affectionately call it, started many years ago with the discovery of Baba Low and Sekeping Tenggiri. It's not easy to be hip with streets that are named after fishes, but when you have houses that are rebuilt with a strong sense of artsy progressive architecture style yet still marvellously staying true to its vintage roots, you get this really promising neighbourhood that continues to excite at every turn.
Here's a few noteworthy gems of this taman that you may want to check out:
PORTRAITS • JAN 2010
A shoot over in the charming town of Sekinchan, with a theme set in the 70s, loosely revolving around a group of nerdy (but fashionista wannabes) students on a field trip out with their favourite teacher – this has got to be the most challenging yet fulfilling portrait shoot that I have embarked on so far.
But thanks to all the passionate and talented people out there, with just over a week of planning and a long string of discussion thread in facebook, there really is nothing that we cannot achieve if we put our heads together.
And I couldn't have done it without my truly inspiring fashion stylist Daniel Henry, who arrived at my place for the fitting session with two luggages-full of retro goodies, and who injected so much insights and ideas into the final conception of the shoot. And of course the shots wouldn't have turned out half as convincing without his charming Mini. :)
PORTRAITS • AUG 2015
During my research in Instagram of exciting things to do in New York, I chanced upon Rudolf's profile and so my first portrait shoot over at this exciting, new playground in the West was arranged. Naturally, the backdrop will have to feature one of the top destination in my off-the-tourist-map to-go list - this really cool underground metro station on the Path line on 9th street, which did not disappoint! Rudolf also suggested the High Line Park to take advantage of a sunny summer afternoon, which we covered as well. The whole experience felt surreal, doing some that I'm so familiar with, yet in a very unfamiliar setting.
PORTRAITS • SEP 2014
In time for the upcoming release of her second music album, slated for this October, gospel singer Carmen Sarah Chung drops in for possibly my sixth portrait album to be shot in the charming labyrinthine landscape of Centrio. The good news is that I'm still finding angles and spots that I have not discovered yet, confirming my love for this gorgeous abode as perfectly justified.
WEDDINGS • MAY 2014
The Andaman played host today to a magical beach wedding ceremony for the gorgeous couple Jon and Camelia. Joined by their family and friends who flew in from all over the world, it was indeed a day to remember, nevermind the looming rain that forced us to move indoors for the dinner, the perfect day is just made more memorable now.
PORTRAITS • AUG 2016
Collaboration with Message Boutique on their Autumn/Winter collection. Centrio has been the backdrop of way too many of my portraits but it's not everyday that I get to experience it in the presence of a sweet 16yo frolicking in its maze garden and hanging bridges.
WEDDINGS • APR 2016
Frolicking under the sakura blossoms on a cold late morning in April, perhaps a perfect compliment to the memories of the best garden wedding a girl could wish for. Kimrana held on well on her light purple dress despite the chilly weather. Well of course, the hot packs helped loads too.
PORTRAITS • NOV 2015
It's a real honour to have the charming Deanna Yusoff herself join the line-up of the Heartpatrick People series in this small collection of shots done against the backdrop of HeartAbode at Centrio Pantai Hillpark, just fresh from yet another round of refurbishment.
WEDDINGS • JUL 2015
So a year has passed since my last prewedding assignment in Melaka and this giggly, happy couple is all it takes to reignite another round of passionate recollection of the wonderful memories that I have had in one of my favourite heritage town in Malaysia.
As we braved our way through the throngs of weekend crowd from the Stadthuys to Riverwalk to Jonker, I'm glad to note that, as development continues, the authorities does see to the strict conservation of heritage sites and surrounding area to maintain the charm of this UNESCO heritage site.
PORTRAITS • JUL 2015
Lee Sin is a self-proclaimed cafe rat, one of those hipster girls you see spotting the latest trendy wear, always seen with a vintage-styled mirrorless camera hung around their neck, and a latte next to them. She is simply one of those fresh young faces that you cannot say no to, and there certainly is no better backdrop for the shoot than her favourite cafes in town.
Special thanks to Awesome Canteen and Prologue in Petaling Jaya for the opportunity to use your beautiful space.
WEDDINGS • DEC 2014
I can see why Indian weddings is everyone's favourite event, hectic and noisy yet colourful and elaborate, it's the kind of ceremony that I could not take my eyes off from. And I'm truly honoured to be the photographer covering this beautiful day for the sweet young couple Aravin and Hema, their antics perhaps as fun as the ceremony itself. Sri Sakthi Easwari Indian temple in Petaling Jaya was the setting for the morning event, followed by another similarly elaborate event in Seremban.
PORTRAITS • OCT 2015
Just a few weeks away from delivering her second bundle of joy, Erica the bubbly mummy is back to get a fresh set of pregnancy shots in our second assignment together, this time against the charming setting of Lake Gardens to take advantage of those giant rainforest trees around.
WEDDINGS • MAR 2012
There was a time when all I wanted was for the chance to shoot at the mother of all quaint neighbourhoods, this living, thriving cacophony of bustling markets, chic cafes, narrow back alleys all playing to the laid-back tunes of yesteryears. And so to actually be roaming Georgetown's streets with an excited couple became rather surreal for a moment. Ben and Jin flew in from Singapore to experience the thriving heritage zone for themselves and left with buckets of beautiful memories.
Perhaps one day you'll hear me proclaiming myself as a Penangite, we all can dream.
WEDDINGS • SEP 2014
Client Ben and Karen made it a point to arrange for their family members and guests to be flown in from all over the country into Georgetown, Penang, to attend their marriage ceremony in the gorgeous embrace of Macalister Mansion, and I can certainly agree that it is well worth the effort.
This beautiful mansion became the perfect setting for a set of sweet and emotionally-charged wedding memories, as we made our way from the charmingly appointed suites to the cellar, the den, and onwards to the white-washed dining room.
PORTRAITS • JUL 2016
In celebration of VV's first birthday, Kelynn commissioned this family portrait session to commemorate the special occasion, and I had another fun two hours laughing myself silly over the antics of this beautiful family of three.
PORTRAITS • JUL 2013
There's an afternoon when watermelons are best enjoyed underwater.
This theme is a marriage of my new-found passion in underwater portrait photography and my all-time favourite food fetish subject, one that started many years ago with watermelons. And so this bright red juicy fruit has made a comeback, this time against the blue hues of a pool bathed in midday sunlight. The result is a beautiful contrast of red and blue. :">
Special thanks to my absolutely cooperative model Jeff Ling for enduring the gulps after gulps of chlorine-soaked melon juice, all in the name of art.
PORTRAITS • AUG 2010
The collaboration with Doris, the stylist on a start-up to promote her collection of bridal accessories, brought us this beautiful set of photos. Jaclynn was the model of choice and I can certainly see why. She strutted, she ran, she posed, all in her fluffy white gown on a piping hot late morning in Putrajaya, without the slightest show of displeasure. We couldn't have landed ourselves someone better for the job.
WEDDINGS • FEB 2012
Back again in the warm embrace of charming Melaka (Malacca), this time in the company of Loong and May. Could the weather be any hotter? Yes! But will i ever get bored of this old town? Apparently no.
PORTRAITS • JUL 2012
Underwater portrait is all the craze now, and here's my interpretation of the magical world beneath with Priscilla.
The first thing that we quickly realised was that, contrary to the claims of non-swimmers, it's actually really hard to sink downwards, and we were struggling to go lower in order to position ourselves into more interesting angles. We also only had two hours to complete the shoot, that's the narrow timeframe when the pool enjoyed the blessing of full sunlight before the shadows of the condo blocks set in.
The only extra gear that I used to allow us to shoot underwater is this wonderful soft casing from Dicapac, bought online at a price that is just a small fraction of those impossibly-priced hard casing.
WEDDINGS • MAR 2013
A minute spent with Kenneth and Bee Yong and I already knew they would have nothing but an album of candid and care-free, slightly quirky shots. There's no room in their fun-loving hearts for pretentious poses. And so the theme for this prewed album, set against the familiar backdrop of their beloved hometown of Georgetown, Penang, is confirmed. This charming heritage neighbourhood simply refuses to bore. In fact with the gradual rise of arts establishments and tasteful f&b outlets, things are set to get even more exciting.
PORTRAITS • NOV 2015
White works, especially when it is used as a clean backdrop to highlight the sunny cheerful smile of Peng Sheng on a sun-blessed afternoon.
PORTRAITS • SEP 2014
The Happy Mansion Apartment blocks in Seksyen 17 has been in my to-shoot list for awhile. Today I checked that off in the company of a sweet couple in this themed shoot done in commemoration of a recent heart-breaking event.
PORTRAITS • MAY 2014
An unsuspecting neighbour's adorable toddler became the target of Heartpatrick's attention on a boring afternoon at home.
PORTRAITS • MAR 2014
Kids! Shooting them is one-half pain, and one-half joy. These stills are in done conjunction with the TVC of a children milk powder brand, truly an experience that I absolutely enjoyed.
PORTRAITS • SEP 2013
Officially the first portrait session in the labyrinthine maze that is HeartAbode v3, I have but merely touched the surface of this photography wonderland. Nevertheless the pace for more fun things to come has now been set. :">
PORTRAITS • OCT 2012
Contrary to those in the Klang Valley, reservoirs in Singapore are so much more accessible. After my very pleasant discovery of the Kranji reservoir in the previous visit, I'm now back for more at MacRitchie.
PORTRAITS • DEC 2010
This 62th portrait album is technically my first fully commercial assignment, shot in Dec 2010, for a new Malaysian-based singer, Athena Beh 马嘉轩, whose new mini album 配角 has just now been released on 9 March 2011.
While most of my previous work has been pretty much independant, it's definitely an interesting experience to now collaborate with a team of art director and stylists who have as much interest and say in the theme and directon of an album as me. The Saturday morning weather wasn't exactly perfect, but I had fun! :)
PORTRAITS • JUL 2010
The Jalan Alor/ Tengkat Tongshin neighbourhood still hold a dear place in my heart after all the numerous shots that I have done there over the years, and today, yet again, it has become the backdrop of my latest portrait shoot for new-comer Wesley Yap. This young chap comes with loads of enthusiasm and passion that I'm glad to say match that of mine, would definitely look forward to working with him again!
PORTRAITS • APR 2011
This commissioned shoot for Weng brought me all the way to Singapore, back to the very gorgeous Henderson Waves structure of which my original visit was love-at-first-sight. And so I finally completed my year-long dream of doing a portrait shoot here.
Done on a sunny, windy, Saturday morning, the weather could not be better, but nevertheless I guess I could have chosen a weekday instead, as it was an absolute nightmare trying to cut off from my shots the throngs of joggers and visitors who had come to admire this little wonder.
And erm, please excuse the japanese characters. These are mainly used for illustration purposes. :P
WEDDINGS • JUL 2011
Heartpatrick does preweds at a beach resort, that's virtually unheard of, but when the elements are right I could try to put away my obsession with old-school heritage and learn to appreciate the sea and the sand too. ;)
Patrick and Fiona play this sweet young couple who flew in all the way from Hong Kong into the charming embrace of Pulau Bintan, and against all odds (despite a contradictory weather forecast) we got a sunny day that continued to stay that way till sunset!
PORTRAITS • DEC 2015
Two years since their first child, the Giles family introduces Elizabeth, the newest bundle of joy to join this cheeky, fun family.
PORTRAITS • NOV 2015
A little more than a year since the first portrait session, Akira is back for a fresh set of shots as we document her growing up years.
PORTRAITS • AUG 2012
There was a time when the only portrait shoots I did were those done in the convenience of my humble abode, so much so that my buddies said they will puke if I ever publish another album shot at the Tamarind. Well, the last published album done here was in Dec 2010, so with our relatively short attentive span given all the distractions that is facebook, I'm sure it's a safe time now to sneak in another one, no? I promise I will try to get some fresh perspectives. And for sure a fresh model, at the very least.
WEDDINGS • SEP 2015
Charming vintage churches like the Trinity Methodist Church in Petaling Jaya don't come by often anymore nowadays, and what better than the bubbly couple and their truly warm and fun bunch of closed ones to complete the whole package of an unforgettable morning close to God.
PORTRAITS • SEP 2015
Colin wanted a set of photos to commemorate his coming of age by, and thus the slipping on of the tux, though rare as an attire in Heartpatrick's lineup, is all but appropriate, especially so when set against the chic modern setting of the St Mary Residences.
PORTRAITS • MAR 2015
HeartAbode v3.0 has not seen as much tickling and giggling as this fun-filled morning in March 2015.
WEDDINGS • DEC 2012
Looks like the month of December is another hectic one for me, with this second actual-day shoot schedule back to back with the first one.
PORTRAITS • JUL 2012
And so, a planned shoot at the dilapidated Neo Tiew housing estate turned muji-inspired sunset take-a-breather kinda relaxed theme instead - that's the unexpected twists life tend to bring with it sometimes. But in the case of this hurriedly-organised People 78 shoot, it's this kinda life's little surprises that become pleasantly memorable. Seriously, how can the combination of a keen setting sun, stretchy shadows, salty breeze, and a large body of glittery water go wrong. :)
PORTRAITS • JUL 2011
After having shot 67 grown-up (or semi grown-up) official models, Hearpatrick finally got to point his lenses at a newborn darling! The little one takes no order to pose, makes faces and expressions as he pleases and takes breaks as he feels appropriate, but the two-hour sessions was filled with quiet little oohs and aahs that made this shoot undeniably the most heart-warming one for as far as I remember. :">
PORTRAITS • JUN 2011
Thank goodness for the 'fan mail' from Erika, for I've been waiting for my first official pregnancy portrait for quite awhile now. Didn't take me long to seal the deal, along with the rights to document Giles Junior's first few weeks out in this world. :)
And finally the weather gave in to my cries for a strong morning sun. A beautiful day, and a lovely couple that took just ten minutes to warm up to the lens, what more could I have asked for.
WEDDINGS • MAR 2012
It was love at first sight, this curiously bare-looking building from afar speaks volumes about Sek San's philosophy, a space jealously guarded by a close circle of avid photographers, and accessible only to those who have mastered their ways around the protective guards. I'm glad I didn't have to kill to shoot here, thanks to my wonderful client for having gone through the pain of getting the approval from the management.
PORTRAITS • AUG 2009
The first album to be published in August 2009 is also *finally* my first female portrait album in a very very long time! Haha, after being fed all the persistent questions of why most of my models are strictly male, I now have the answer halleluyah.
Further to the very successful collaboration the week before during her graduation portrait, I had the honour of shooting Vivien again in this fun outdoor portrait through the streets of Bukit Bintang and Imbi. Sporting a youthful, carefree yet often times sultry looks, Vivien is indeed a breeze to shoot. :)
PORTRAITS • SEP 2010
September has indeed been pretty productive so far, with the publishing of my third album this month, with another extension of my female portrait series. Has the vicious cycle on male portraits been broken? I dunno, but it's indeed a refreshing experience shooting Vivien again after our very successful collaboration a year ago. She's just as natural in front of the camera, a breeze to capture indeed, and a sunny day just will never go wrong. :)
PORTRAITS • APR 2016
On a quiet Thursday morning, I took a walk at the charming Rochor Center, this colorful set of HDB flats on its last few months of existence. The imminent demolition is slated for Sep 2016, bringing with it almost four decades of memory.
WEDDINGS • SEP 2010
After a ten-month break from taking on actual-day wedding assignments, I'm finally back! Have to admit that I do miss all the happy lovey-dovey emotions that are overflowing with so much abundance during this kind of joyous occasions. And this is definitely one of the main reasons why I still find myself waking up 5am in the morning and staying up shooting all the way till almost midnight everytime. Thanks Jo and Clare for your trust in me, and for all the wonderful people whom I have met along the way. :)
WEDDINGS • JUL 2014
Cut short my Bangkok trip to fly in to Singapore to cover this luncheon wedding reception for a small group of well-wishers who came together at Flutes at the National Museum, for the wedding reception of Richard and Vivien. But It was all worth it to be in the embrace of happy people whose memories of the blessed day will be forever sealed thank to this coverage.
PORTRAITS • MAR 2014
Never thought that this day will come, but it looks like I'm finally staring at the end of my double-digit running number for my people series.
Can't help but retrace the journey so far, those wonderful models that I've met along the way, these are the beautiful people to whom I owe the deepest gratitude for giving me the opportunity to grow and to experiment.
I guess I have always ponder what the future may bring, but regardless, the past seven years has been one hell of a joyride.
Thank you all for your love and support. :">
PORTRAITS • DEC 2014
The foray into family portraits speeds up as I continue to charm families with the beautiful resort-like environment of HeartAbode v3 at Centrio Pantai Hillpark.
PORTRAITS • JUL 2014
Nine sounds like the number of pax in a group portrait project that is bordering on havoc but this gang works like a charm with the kind of chemistry only life-lo ng besties could identify with. I could do this again any day! :">
PORTRAITS • NOV 2014
A coincidental acquaintance with Mr Chueamueangphan brought us People 111, an adhoc shoot with no lengthy discussion on art direction or attire selection.
PORTRAITS • MAY 2014
The pleasant nostalgic warmth of The Majestic Hotel demands no less than an executive look of which Kempes pulled off effortlessly. Been awhile since I dress my model this way, but it's always refreshing to redo a set that is simple and clean.
PORTRAITS • JUN 2013
Apparently one of the harshest time of the day for a shoot but there really is no stopping anyone from making a hot bright mid noon work, as long as you set your heart to it. The world would definitely be a rather boring place is shots are only done during the golden hours.
PORTRAITS • OCT 2012
The lobby of Lai Chun Yuen is charming enough to deserve a portrait shoot of its own, and on a quiet post-dinner weekend evening, a camwhore session can be surprisingly productive when in the right company. Thanks Jiric for this lovely shot, and please look out for your own too! :">
PORTRAITS • JUL 2011
My second collaboration with stylist Doris was a much-awaited event because I had fond memories of her attention to details, and the lovely accessories that she was able to cook up for the models. Done in about six hours or so, in the company of two fun videographers and my supportive photography kaki, this shoot saw us sweeping through the lobbies and corridors of Pullman Resort in search of the perfect spot to place model, dressed up as the hopeful bride who is out on a not-so-sunny day for a taste of love.