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October 12, 2009

Linda+Reeve

Linda+Reeve are an awesome couple who allowed me total freedom to do what I do best – at creating imagery with my vision from my point of view. And what resulted from our portraiture session, are photographs that melt the rubber off your shoes. Which, I might add would never have happened if L+R didn’t let me do what I know I love to do. The proof is in the photos.

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dazza_linda-reeve-PW_325_1 We started singing “I’m a little teapot…”

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Linda’s hilarious reaction.

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Out of town to Sydneyisfound

October 06, 2009

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Hey ho. Quick note to say I’ll be out of town in Sydney for a workshop from today (6 Oct) till Friday (9 Oct). Catch y’all in a while.

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Q2’09 [AG]WPJA Award

October 01, 2009

Brides & AGWPJA Contest

It’s been a a little busy this season with wedding shoots, commercial jobs, the editing that comes after and attending some workshops. And it was a pleasant surprise a couple of weeks back to learn that [AG]WPJA saw fit to award a place for a moment I captured earlier in the year.

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Ann+Sebastian’s lovely wedding was held on Valentine’s Day at the Botanic Gardens this year. The solemnization at the garden’s Band Stand was followed by a fantastic course lunch at Halia Restaurant, which I was so humbled to have had a place set for me together with the couple’s guests. If I do recall correctly, I had chosen the beef main – yums. It was towards the end of lunch, when I noticed Ann had gathered her flower girls and some of the guests’ daughters for a stroll in the gardens. By this time, the couple’s contracted slot for photography service had ended, but for some reason that afternoon I decided to stay on a little bit longer.

So I trailed the entourage back into the gardens, where they were heading towards the bandstand. The girls were in a world of their own, looking at flowers and basically running circles around the bride playing with Ann’s bridal train. Unbeknownst to the older girls, the youngest flower girl had been having some difficulty with her long dress – she had been stepping on the hem and had to pause several times as she drew breath to catch up with the rest of the girls. It was when they hit the flight of stairs – skipped, hopped and jumped to the top, did they totally forget about our little flower girl here. As I saw this happening, I stood back and observed her lifting her dress up as she tried her best to catch up to her posse…*click*

This was a one-off moment that I cannot imagine would ever happen again nor could I ever capture again unless contrived. Which is just it. Moments like this happen only once, not staged, scripted, rehearsed, nor re-shot after an ‘N.G’ take. And that is what I love, to observe a moment in time, clicking open the shutter and feeling the warmth of knowing that I caught a genuine moment.

PS: She did catch up to the rest of the girls at the top of the stairs.

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Dazza+Redco Present: BoomScience

September 24, 2009


Sonic Echoes are visible – BoomScience by dazza+Redco.

For some time now, Jeremy and I have been working on a side project which involved a whole lot of late nights that saw us driving around, getting bitten by mosquitoes and being stopped by cops. To clarify, we weren’t up to any mischief at all, but we were up to our necks in having an awesome time just being able to collaborate. And collaborate we did, with a little project we call – BoomScience.

Born out of the sheer need to create and exercise our left brains, we got together, chanted ‘abracadabra’, snapped our fingers and made science-work. Then using the urban-scape of Singapore as our blank canvas, we literally painted the town red, and blue, and white, and green, and boom. Well…here’s a peek.

BoomScience www.boomscience.com

We’re unabashed to point out that, painting with light isn’t anything new at all. In fact, anyone can grab a torch or light a bunch of sparklers and run around making random shapes. But it was the exercise of experimenting, failing and more experimenting did we then create these brilliant images that we were really proud of. Needless to say, we enjoyed the process of not having to compete, outdo or outwit each other but to just come together as a collective of two like-minded collaborators in producing great artwork.

So we’re very excited today to announce the launch of BoomScience [www.boomscience.com], where we will be sharing our ongoing light art collaborations online. The outcome of the experience was just uplifting and we feel shows in the experiments we’ve made and of which there is definitely more to come. And while you’re at it, head on down and join our facebook page, where we would love to discuss and work with all the other artists out there.

  1. dazza says:

    That is going to take another 2 weeks to order that part.

  2. Jeremy says:

    I was just thinking if we use a DFO10DSE 7.2V with auto stop clutch and add another 74 lines (total now : 148 lines) we should get a full circumference orb with the top and bottom node points being covered. Will update you after my wedding.

  3. dazza says:

    That is going to take another 2 weeks to order that part.

  4. Jeremy says:

    I was just thinking if we use a DFO10DSE 7.2V with auto stop clutch and add another 74 lines (total now : 148 lines) we should get a full circumference orb with the top and bottom node points being covered. Will update you after my wedding.





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Jeremy+Ann = BOOM!

September 24, 2009

Ann+Jeremy=Boom

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What do you get when you put two amazing individuals together? Well the cliche would’ve been to say ‘when sparks fly’. But in the case of Jeremy and Ann it wasn’t sparks, it was BOOM! Boomtastic.

When you meet people for the first time, there’s always an aura one would sense if you’d be able to click with the other. When you do, there’s always that je ne sai quoi that makes the relationship all the more special. And that is what I felt when I met Jeremy, a brilliant photographer of whom I humbly am able to call and count on as a friend. In the short span of a year, we’ve helped each other out on various projects, shared countless laughs and exchanged experiences not just as fierce competitors but also as genuine friends. Then when I met straight-talking Ann, whom X immediately clicked with I just knew this relationship was looking long-term.

As a wedding photographer himself, J had been wondering what to do for his own Pre-Wedding shoot for his upcoming wedding. We had been experimenting on a little side project for a while, when one day we looked at each other and it clicked – we knew that this project waiting at the wings would be perfect.

The ladies can attest to the late nights, early mornings and countless ‘N.G’ takes we had to pull through to get these amazing one-off shots. But we all think the results paid off and most importantly we thoroughly enjoyed the process of creating.

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Collaborators:
Darryl from dazza
Jeremy from Redco Photography

Special thanks:
Xuann, Eadwine, Eirik and The Scientists.





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Wedding of Yasminne + Alvin Part 2

September 15, 2009

Yaz+Alvin In part 1, we covered Yasminne and Alvin’s lovely solemnization at Sentosa. And we’re back this time to cover the second part of their amazing wedding held at the Shangrila Hotel, which turned into Las Vegas for a night. Every detail from the reception area – which was dressed as a casino with poker and roulette (Craps. No really, dice games are craps) tables, to the table placards, to the table menus were themed.

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plush_yasminne-alvin_AD_130 “Hmmm…should I double the bet?”

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plush_yasminne-alvin_AD_148 “Oh well, what can I say? I PWN this table.”

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plush_yasminne-alvin_AD_159 Some other guests preferred to take less risks that night.

plush_yasminne-alvin_AD_176 Conspiring some kinda ‘kena pluck’ scheme.

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plush_yasminne-alvin_AD_194 “Hey mister, I’m doubling down on this bet.”
“Aren’t you a wee bit young for the craps table fella?”
“Err nope.”

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plush_yasminne-alvin_AD_210 The ballroom was split in two – a casino half where you’d walk through the portal…

plush_yasminne-alvin_AD_216 …and come out the other side to the dining half.

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plush_yasminne-alvin_AD_377 I loved the details on Yaz’ dress.

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plush_yasminne-alvin_AD_410 No peeking.

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plush_yasminne-alvin_AD_511 Shan Wee celebrated his birthday at the couple’s dinner.

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plush_yasminne-alvin_AD_571 Tired, achy feet cannot compare to gorgeous shoes.

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Check out plush photography’s blog for more shots from the evening.





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Wedding of Yasminne + Alvin Part 1

September 09, 2009

Yaz+AlvinIt’s been raining almost non-stop for the last couple of weeks, which has made the weather purrrrrfect for cosing up to the other at night, with the TV on or just falling asleep to the radio tuned in to Class95. Which is such a contrast in the weather, to the nice bright sunny day back in January, when the host of “Love Songs” – radio DJ Yasminne and Alvin spent their big day at the Amara Spa Sanctuary.

Lovely weather out, brilliant lighting and warm personalities made capturing Yaz + Alvin’s solemnization at the glass pavilion magical. I mean just check out the photographs taken from that day, which will do all the talking.

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We’ll be back again to visit Part 2 for the couple’s dinner held a couple of weekends after their solemnization. So check back soon! (Part 2 continues here)

Photographs here by dazza for plushphotography.

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Weekend to Tioman…ish

September 05, 2009

The IslandLate July we escaped to the waters around Tioman on a weekend live-aboard for some diving, again. I just love being outdoors in the sun or in the water and I’ll take any excuse to head out. I can’t help with all the Lost TV show references, don’t we wish we could all disappear and get lost every once in a while?

I’ve been asked a few times which camera I’ve been using for these panoramic photographs. These were shot on a Lumix LX1 – the 1st generation of the 16:9 ratio chips made by Panasonic. The latest model of this series would be the LX3, which I’ve seen really great samples from – low noise in low light and much better colour renditions. Buy! Buy! Buy! Well, but for now I’d much rather Dive! Dive! Dive!

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Wedding of Yiru + Chris

August 31, 2009

Yiru+ChrisPhotographed wayyyyyyyyyyy back in January while second shooting with Eadwine.

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678x509_1 I loved the blue theme that day, down to Yiru’s very delicate dinner dress.

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plush_yiru-chris_168 A quiet moment together before the 1st march in.

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plush_yiru-chris_287 Shhhh…hush now….

plush_yiru-chris_290 Errrrrrr…..ga ga goo goo ga goo goo?

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Alot more than just 30 seconds

August 26, 2009

The thing with working in the creative industry is that, it is rather hard to quantify the amount of effort needed to produce any piece of art. Now I’m calling it art and not work because I’m still somewhat an idealist – I much rather create art than to produce work (Wait, that creates another argument with the term ‘artwork’, ok I digress, anyway…).

I sympathize with all my colleagues in any form of the creative industry – from graphic, media, online, photography or writing when we’re told “I want to add another 2 fonts and 5 colours to the logo”, “It’s a simple copy and paste job”, “Just photoshop it, easy right?”, or ____________________ (insert ridiculous “It’s so easy” line here). If only it were that easy.

And sometimes it is hard for clients to understand how much time, effort and man hours goes into creating art for work. Take the following video for example, which is only a 3min 18sec snippet of what it took to – light, photograph, re-touch, design and layout the cover for Macworld magazine. Keep in mind that – “lots of details were left out of the design process (like the cover meetings and rounds of layout options)”.

All that effort for just one photograph, one cover, one layout. Just one.

Cover creation from Peter Belanger on Vimeo.

After working on the latest cover for Macworld Magazine I wanted to show what is involved in making a cover. I focused on the three main areas: the photography, photoshop and design. I chose a time lapse format to convey lots of information in a small amount of time. The only drawback of time lapse is that since half a day goes by in 30 seconds, the whole process seam so easy! Lots of details were left out of the design process (like the cover meetings and rounds of layout options). I began to photograph the design process after the layouts had already been narrowed down to just three cover designs.

- Peter Belanger





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