How to Score a Job by Using a Professional Headshot

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Featured image by Stefanus Ian We all know first impressions count, so beef up your text-filled résumé with a professional-looking photo. Just as a résumé should chronicle your dedication to professional life, you should also put in the work when it comes to your headshot.

Here are our tips for putting together an image that showcases you at your best. HR managers will be firing off reply emails in no time.

  1. Decide What You Want Your Image to Say About You

Anyone can sport a business suit and look like they are a profit-creating, coffee-carrying corporate machine who works ‘til dawn. But is that the image you really want for yourself (especially when photos like that are a dime a dozen)?

The industry you are in also matters. If you are applying to be a bartender at an upscale bar or a full-time clown for a children’s hospital ward, looking like an uptight hedge fund manager will turn off anyone looking to pay for laughs and charm.

  1. Cherry-pick a Unique Background to Showcase Your Personality

Take your photo in a setting that provides an eye-catching background and even says something about your character. Just make sure that you stand out, instead of allowing the background to overwhelm you. If, for example, you are keen to enter the creative or architectural industry, opt for a photo in front of a colourful shophouse, rather than under soulless fluorescent lights.

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    Tone Down the Filters

It may be tempting to tweak your pockmarked complexion with Photoshop, but your interviewer might be taken aback if you show up looking markedly different from your headshot. Touching up a tad is acceptable; digitising yourself flaunting sinewy arm muscles is just dishonest.

  1. Say Cheese Like a Person, Not a Passport Photo

Back in the ‘90s, one might think that only morose and glum-looking people were looking for jobs, based on the passport photos attached to application forms. But passport photos are passé for the job market these days.

You wouldn’t wear flip-flops when trying to get past bouncers at a club, so should you jazz up your look and facial expression when in front of the camera. For example, don’t look straight on into the lens; it looks too official. Move your head slightly to the side and look over the photographer’s shoulder, not into the lens, for a more casual look. This will add depth to the photo and make your face look slimmer.

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Quick Tip: A pearl of wisdom from supermodel Tyra Banks — make sure you’re “smizing”. What’s smizing? Smiling with your eyes. Too often we go full-wattage with a grin but our eyes remain lifeless, resulting in an artificial rictus grin of joy. Follow the 70-30 rule. Seventy percent of your joy beams out your smile, and the rest through a cheerful-looking gaze.

  1. Hire a Pro

We are all trained to take selfies in this digital age, but it is best to use a professional photographer who can work magic that your smartphone cannot. A good photographer can also help you to loosen up during the shoot. That way you look more like a pleasant colleague to work with, rather than a tense serial killer taking a jailhouse mug shot. After all, the perfect smile can take you places, and a well-taken headshot can charm even the most stone-hearted HR manager.

Interview with Joseph Li Jing Xin, Wedding Photographer

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Joseph Li Jing Xin just completed the first KODAKIT wedding shoot. We are thrilled that KODAKIT helped a happy couple preserve their special day and sat down with Joseph to discuss his experience. IMG_1271a

How long have you been shooting photography? I first started photography in 2007 as the school photographer. After that, I was a full time photographer in the army during my NS. I created a documentary of the 2-year journey.

You recently did a wedding shoot engagement that happened through KODAKIT. How was the experience? The platform is very convenient. The reminders I received through the app helped me remember important dates. Payment was very prompt; money was received within a week after I was finished.

How did you communicate with the couple before the photoshoot? I used the chat function within the app, then switched to WhatsApp to communicate the day of the shoot.

What kind of information do you need from them before the wedding day? Besides the basic information like location and time, it’s important to find out the couple’s story. I like finding out how they met, where they’ve traveled, etc.  It builds a relationship so they're more comfortable taking pictures with me. For our KODAKIT shoot, we went to Fort Canning so we needed to do our homework to find the best location in the park to take pictures.

In your opinion, what differentiates one photographer from another? Besides equipment, personality and work ethic are the two key factors. The photographer must click well with the couple so their true personality can show in the photos. The photographer must have a good eye for shots, what a person sees is different than what the camera sees. That comes with time and experience. Things like composition and editing skills make a difference as well.

What will be your advice to a couple looking to hire a wedding photographer? Always check the portfolio of the photographer before hiring. A couple needs to find out what they need so their explications are met. My advice is to ask for photos that the photographer did not put on his website to get a more accurate representation of their work.  It’s also very important to be very mindful of your budget for a wedding. Photography should be one of the first things to look at when allocating budget. Good photos are like good wine, the value increases over time when nostalgia kicks in so spending a bit more will be worth it.

To learn more about Joseph please visit his website.

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Annette Wong: Natural Light Portrait Photographer

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Our team had a conversation with Annette Wong this week to discuss Mother’s Day photography. Below is a list of our questions and a summary of her responses. How is doing a mother’s photo session different from a shoot with other members of a family or other people?

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Mothers can be very conscious about their appearance in photos. Most commonly ask “are my arms too big?” I often tell them to concentrate on other things, not looks. When shooting families, there are many compromises, there’s a lot going on and you need to be there taking it all.

Fathers in family shoots tend to relax and like to finish fast. Mother make the most out of the time. I usually advise them to not put pressure on kids to be perfect. Letting the kids be themselves will make the most beautiful shots. Engaging children is very important. Bring snacks, toys - bubbles work well.

How much do you speak with a mum before you start the shoot? What do you ask her?

The first thing I ask is, “have you gone through my portfolio?” I like to make sure she knows what kind of photography she’s going to be receiving from me. I always make sure to communicate her preference when it comes to different types of shooting.

Do you have any tips for mums (or other members of her family) preparing to have their portrait taken?

Dress appropriately and comfortably, avoid trying new looks. Mums need to be really sure about the type of photography they want to receive from their photographer. Come prepared with examples of a photographic style that you want.

What types of locations do you usually use for a family portrait? Would you make any recommendations on a location?

Annette Wong motherIt’s always the mother’s preference, I respect their decisions. Try to make the location meaningful for the family. Bright environments help, preferably with some green colour in the shoot. You can change the location of the photoshoot midway through to obtain the best natural lighting. 8:00-10:00 a.m. is a good time for early-rising families, 4:00-6:00 p.m. is a great time as well since it is the golden hour of the sun.

Have you ever done a photo shoot with your mum? How did it go?

No, I feel guilty about it now that you ask. I have some selfies with her on my phone, but no studio shoot.

What is your idea for a unique family photo shoot?

To me, if a client would allow me to shoot a day in the life of a stay-at-home Mom that would be best. To start at her house early in the morning to see how she begins her day. Then capture her taking care of children, cooking, sitting down to play with kids. I would like to capture her natural appearance for authenticity.

Which photographer influenced your thinking, shooting style and career most?

I wouldn’t say I have just a single photographer who inspires me. I have seen a lot of good work. Some people are good in some things, not so good in other things. I do a lot of wedding and natural light photography, that’s my specialty. I check out Jasmine Star’s photography. I’m not inspired by her work even though I think it’s great, but I like her way of doing business as a photographer. She is very generous about sharing her experiences and style with others.

What was your career path? How did you get from being an aspiring photographer to actually doing it full time for a living?

There was no path I followed. I became a photographer on accident. I happened to have a camera and free time, so I decided to shoot. I put some work on my Facebook and after receiving positive encouragement from friends they asked me to shoot some pictures for them. There was no plan, it was very organic.

What motivates you to keep taking pictures?

We have no idea what will happen tomorrow, what we have today is today. I want to preserve the moment. I think life is worth celebrating. Whether it be a small birthday party or big occasions like weddings, I think it all needs to be documented. I think a good camera is a good investment for anyone and always print your pictures!

Mother's Day contest

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With Mother’s Day a week away, what better way to give your mum something to smile about… in a portrait photo, of course! Stand a chance to WIN a 2 hour family photo shoot from KODAKIT in our Facebook contest! So head on over and tell us why your mom deserves to win a photoshoot in the contest comments section and the best answer wins! ‪#‎KODAKIT_BestMum‬ Just follow the steps below to enter 1. ‘Like’ our KODAKIT Facebook page 2. Tell us in the comments why your mom deserves to win a photoshoot 3. Share the contest post on your wall.

The Evolution of Photography

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In 1888, Kodak’s founder George Eastman invented film: the revolutionary flexible, unbreakable, cellulose nitrate base that captured a still image. The evolution of photography through the next century is mind-blowing. The early adopters of photography would need to carry an 8-pound camera with a resolution of just 0.01 megapixel. If that doesn’t sound ancient, then I don’t know what is. Once the image was shot, photographers still needed to wait long periods of time for black and white photos to be completed in a darkroom.

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How has photography grown over the years? A simple scroll through your timeline will give you the answer. Pros spend thousands on lenses, camera bodies, lighting and editing software. They keep the spirit of photography alive with fantastic images that express who they are and preserve the moments they have lived.

But what about the enthusiasts, documenters and amateurs who care less about image quality?  Selfie sticks, out-of-focus images and – gasp – filters that completely change the colours of the image. The privilege of having a mobile device capture instant digital photography has greatly increased the quantity of photos, but what’s happened to the quality? Snapping a picture on your phone is easy and convenient, but do you actually cherish those unedited, poorly-taken photos?

frontviewWhat’s the next evolution of photography? We think it’s a return to the original approach of letting the professionals do their jobs. George Eastman’s original camera offered a way to capture a scene with the push of a button. That camera has evolved through the years into a major part of your everyday life. Now KODAKIT is giving you the step next: a way to professionally preserve life’s most memorable moments – big and small – with the touch of a button.

Back when having your picture taken was a privilege and only for the highest class, photographers took pride in their occupation. Their constant struggle for perfection aided in producing the best images imaginable. Having photo shoots with professional photographers makes a huge difference in creating photos you are proud to share, display and store.

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Why Professional Photographers Matter

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shutterstock_387655525As memories pass and recollections fade, a photograph is the most effective method of reliving a moment that mattered to you. Moments end, photos are forever. However, creating photos that truly make you happy should be left to professionals. Most people don’t know that to complete a photo album could take a professional a full week to sort, edit and present a finished product. Professional photographers pride themselves on making every shot the best, and it takes significant experience, skill and knowledge to achieve that. So why do we treat photography like it’s a common skill? The answer is simple: because photography is more accessible than ever. If smartphones had paint and brushes built into them, more people would claim the prestigious title of Painter. With amazing optics built into small smartphones, people have never been more excited to test out their photographic abilities. Today, there’s been an explosion of photography generated by smartphones.

However, this comes at a cost: those who take pictures don’t appear in them. Photos from a memorable afternoon with your loved one could’ve complemented both timelines; instead you took turns taking mediocre pictures of each other, or even worse, took a bunch of arms-length selfies where you couldn’t even see what you were shooting!

Professional photographers in 2016 should be taken very seriously. Their knowledge goes much further than knowing how to control a camera manually. Some went to university to learn; others choose the freelance route. A professional doesn’t just take pictures, they create and capture memories. Proper lighting, equipment and editing software all play important roles in how we look at photographs after years past. Unless you’re serious about crafting images yourself, leave all that work to the professionals. They will know best how to make memories last.

KODAKIT has more than 200 photographers who want to help you. Be in the picture and enjoy the memories!

Stan Goh Discusses his First KODAKIT Photo Shoot

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StanstillsStan Goh was the first photographer to be booked for a family photo shoot on KODAKIT. He completed the shoot recently and was kind enough to answer some questions about his experience before, during and after the shoot. Thanks to Stan for answering our questions. Was your experience with KODAKIT different from other photo shoots you've done? If so, how? Apart from the regular photo shoot experiences and processes, the pre-photoshoot conversation exchange was pleasant and straightforward. With the assurance from the KODAKIT team that the photographers are legit and professional, the potential clients are more at ease in expectations of quality of work and professionalism.

Describe the day of shot in your own words. The 2 hour photography session started at 8 a.m. because the weather later on might be unforgiving for the client, especially the children. Before the photo shoot, I introduced myself and engaged the client to understand them better and discuss the style of photos they were hoping to receive after the session.

I started with some warm up shots, which I believe is important to build a certain understanding between the client and the photographer. Along the way, I suggested to the client what I photograph next  to prepare them and also to gather feedback about their comfort level with different shots. Being a natural light and candid photographer, I like to give my clients their own space and time to interact and relax. This way I can capture moments that are uniquely them.

Because children's attention spans are usually limited, they tend to wander around after a while. They may resist the shoot as well. To counter this, while the parents are resting, I photographer the children having fun on their own, playing with toys they brought. This definitely added some fun elements to the session.

The photography shoot went very well and was fun. It was a wonderful experience.

How many images did you end up delivering? With the family being spontaneous and fun-loving, I delivered around 80 images.

Will you do anything differently on your next KODAKIT photo shoot? Every client is different, so every photo session will need to be different.

Is there any advice that you'd give to other photographers on KODAKIT shoot? Believe in yourself and your style of work.

Thanks again to Stan for taking the time to discuss his shoot. See more of his photos at stanstills.com.

KODAKIT: 4 Things We Believe

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How many photos have you taken this week? Scroll through your smartphone and you might be surprised. Then ask yourself, how many of them are worth keeping? Not, I bet, as many as you would think. Eric MaheIn a world where the actual word “selfie” can be named the Oxford Dictionary’s “word of the year,” it’s not surprising that, in 2014, some one trillion photographs were taken. Thirty billion of them were selfies. But photography isn’t just about taking a lot of photos, it’s about capturing moments that you lived well. Here are some things we believe:

  1. There’s More to Life than Selfies Despite the ease of photography today, I would like to propose something strange: Photography is not truly a part of our life. It sits on top of it like an invisible film.When we take a selfie, when we pose for a travel shot, when we shoot a #foodporn image for our Instagram, we don’t really capture a moment. We manufacture a moment. We would like to change that. KODAKIT wants photography to weave into the heartfelt moments of your life, perfectly preserving the emotions you experienced.
  2. It’s Hard to Both Live in the Moment and Capture it If I look back, there are so many moments I would have loved to preserve through photography.I do a lot of sports with my son, who is now aged 21. We went to a Thai boxing bootcamp in Thailand. And let me tell you, Thai boxing is not easy to photograph. You need someone who shoots at the right moment. I took some photos, sure, but they’re not up to scratch.If I’d had a photographer there, I could have just enjoyed the holiday. Because you can’t really be both behind the camera and in the moment.
  3. Quality Moments Deserve to be Made into Quality Memories That’s what KODAKIT is for. It’s about freeing yourself from your smartphone. Snapshots from your smartphone are like taking a photo in a studio. You prep for them, yet you usually click at the wrong moment, when someone is blinking.By having a photographer present, you will get shots you would never see if you tried to do it yourself. As the artist Robert Heinecken said, “There is a vast difference between taking a picture and making a photograph.”We want to arm you with the ability to make photographs, and make memories, without taking a picture yourself. The result is that finally, your quality moments get the quality photo they deserve.
  4. The Small Moments are the Best In the past, hiring a photographer was something only done for big life events, like weddings.With KODAKIT, we give people the freedom to capture everyday memories. Like your daughter’s first day of school; the morning you brought your new dog home (and he turned your sofa pillows into a blizzard of ripped stuffing); the beach party where you laughed so hard you snorted ice cream out your nose.

All priceless instants, and not ones where you want to worry about pixel counts or what filter to use. If you could book a photographer for an hour or two at the tap of a button, then suddenly you capture a lifetime of memories.

So, enjoy the moment. Be in the picture.

Join Us for Singapore Cocktail Week

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It’s Singapore Cocktail Week, so it’s time to get out and celebrate with some tasty drinks. Even better, you can enjoy those tasty drinks and catch a real KODAKIT photo shoot in action. We’ll be partnering with TimeOut to send a photographer to capture their takeover of Park at Holland Village Park this Friday. They’ll be transforming the bar into a kopitiam-themed Jio You Cocktail Club full of unique cocktail creations.

Read more details and see close-up photos of some of the featured cocktails at TimeOut’s event page. Photos there (and the one above) are from Ahmad Iskander Photography.

We’ll be updating this post with images from the event, so check back for some professional images from a KODAKIT photo session. You can also see the delicious images by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Update: Here are some of our favorite images from the event:

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The Buzz About KODAKIT

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Last week, KODAKIT became available in Singapore and already the local press has already begun to take notice. The Business Times calls KODAKIT, “a comprehensive tool that facilitates the beginning-to-end relationship between photographers and their clients.” The Straits Times says KODAKIT is “designed to streamline what is currently a ‘fragmented, complicated market for photographers, businesses and consumers.’”

Weekender Singapore called KODAKIT "the quickest way to find a photographer when you need one," in a list of Apps that are Life Hacks.

Other media outlets were interested in the customer experience. For some ideas of what KODAKIT looks like and how the booking process works, check out Hardware Zone and E27.

Some of our launch attendees even took to Instagram to share their experiences. Here are a couple of our favorite images from the launch event:

KODAKIT’s Eric Yves Mahe also spoke to 938 Live about the Singapore launch, you can listen to that interview in the video below.

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Below are some of our favorite photos from the launch event. If you want to see more photos from the event, check out the KODAKIT Launch Day photo album on our Facebook page. Photos are from Haolun Li of Framewerks Photography. If you like his work, he’s available to book through KODAKIT!

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Photos from the KODAKIT Launch

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Earlier this week, we launched KODAKIT in Singapore. We invited some local media to explain how the service works and even had a few KODAKIT service photographers there to show off their skills. We collected some of the best photos from the event into the KODAKIT Launch Day photo album on our Facebook page. Go check it out to see some great event photography from Haolun Li of Framewerks Photography. If you like his work, he’s available to book through KODAKIT!

If you’re interested in seeing some of the press that resulted from the launch activities, you can read more about KODAKIT at The Straits Times and Hardware Zone.

Launching KODAKIT: Booking a Photographer Just Got a Lot Easier

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KODAK MEDIA CONTACT:Louise Kehoe, Kodak, +1 585‐615‐0549, louise.kehoe@kodak.com SINGAPORE AGENCY MEDIA CONTACT: Shanthi Regupathy, PR Communications, shanthi@prcomm.com.sg Marion Yong, PR Communications, marion@prcomm.com.sg

Kodak Launches KODAKIT One Tap Photography Service in Singapore

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SINGAPORE, Tuesday, March 1, 2016 --

Kodak today launched KODAKIT, an easy to use service that connects consumers and businesses to photographers. Whether you are looking for a photographer to capture images of your wedding, take a portrait of your family, create great images of the house you want to sell or show off your products, KODAKIT will make the selection process simple.

Kodak’s founder, George Eastman, coined the saying: “You press the button, we do the rest.” KODAKIT delivers on the same principle. You press the KODAKIT icon on your mobile phone and have instant access to a network of photographers, wherever and whenever you need one.

Users can select the type of photography they want, review photographer portfolios, check customer ratings, book a photographer and receive their images in a private cloud all via KODAKIT.

Great photos start with great photographers. Pro, semi pro and amateur photographers are all welcome to join the KODAKIT network. Already more than 200 Singapore photographers are participating.

“Today KODAKIT is a small startup within Kodak,” said Eric Mahe, President Software and Solutions. “We are launching in Singapore to tap into a pool of talented labor and a vibrant and connected market. In Singapore we can quickly get feedback from users and prepare to expand into new markets.”

Jeff Clarke, Kodak Chief Executive, said: “Kodak has a long history as a trusted brand in film and photography. The Singapore launch of KODAKIT marks Kodak’s first step toward building a global service for consumers and businesses.”

Download the KODAKIT app today for use in Singapore. iOS or Android. To register as a photographer visit us at KODAKIT, we are accepting registrations globally but will offer full services in Singapore for launch.

About Kodak

Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging. We provide – directly and through partnerships with other innovative companies – hardware, software, consumables and services to customers in graphic arts, commercial print, publishing, packaging, electronic displays, entertainment and commercial films, and consumer products markets. With our world‐class R&D capabilities, innovative solutions portfolio and highly trusted brand, Kodak is helping customers around the globe to sustainably grow their own businesses and enjoy their lives. For additional information on Kodak, visit us at www.kodak.com, follow us on Twitter (@Kodak) or Instagram (Kodak), or like us on Facebook at KodakNow.

About KODAKIT

KODAKIT is a service connecting consumers and businesses to photographers. Users can select the type of photography they want – for example a portrait, wedding, product or real estate photography – review available photographer portfolios and customer ratings, book a photographer, pay and receive their images in a private cloud all via the KODAKIT platform. For more information, visit KODAKIT. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

If you're interested in learning more about how KODAKIT works, watch the video below.

KODAKIT Spotlight: Solihin Suhaimi

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When KODAKIT opened for photographers in January, Solihin Suhaimi was the first to register. Our team had already spoken to him about the product while we were building it and he had given us valuable feedback, so we were excited to see his name on our list of registered photographers. Solihin has a style of street photography that mixes product shots into Singapore locations for a local, personal touch. He took some time to tell us about his approach to photography and what makes him unique:

Solihin SuhaimiTell us about yourself. I’m a 21-year-old street and product lifestyle photographer. I started photography about a year ago. Photography is where I express my emotions and at times, de-stress myself.

How did you get started shooting photography? I got started with photography about a year ago. Started a brand new Instagram account and started posting photos that I took using my mobile phone. I actually got my first film camera around three years ago as a birthday present but I wasn’t into it that much then. Got my first DSLR around March 2015 and have been taking it seriously ever since.

What types of photography do you specialize in? I specialize in product lifestyle photography, conceptual and street.

What is you favorite thing about your photography career? What I love the most is that I get to meet new people and make new friends. From them, I get to find new perspectives, share ideas, see photography (and sometimes, life) in a different point of view and the most important thing is learning new things. The other thing that I like is that it challenges you. In Singapore, the places to go are limited. There is just so much that you can explore in Singapore and sometimes, if not most, you have to be creative with whatever that you see/find. And that’s what makes it fun.

What makes your style unique? I try my best to not make it cliché. I come up with concepts and ideas before a shoot but most of the time, the best ones aren’t the ones we plan.

Of all the photos you’ve shot, which one is your favorite? Why? Solihin Suhaimi 1 This is kind of hard as I have a few favorites but if I were to choose one, it’ll be this photo. It is a candid shot of the entrance of a temple in Little India. I was influenced by the works of Steve McCurry while growing into photography, hence loving the spontaneity of candid shots. The colors, the composition, the subject is all interesting to me and if I could print one picture of mine to be put up on a wall, it’ll be this. I am also in the process of completing a series I started called ‘100 days of Commute’ where I take pictures of people while I commute to work every day for 100 days. It’s a challenge for me to think out of the box every time I want to capture a person’s expression in the train or at the bus stop. You can view my series on twitter with the hashtag #100daysofcommute.

Is there a photo session you’ve always wanted to shoot, but haven’t gotten a chance? I have always wanted to shoot a look book with a brand that has that '90s look. That’ll give me the chance and experience to shoot their products on film and experiment with a whole new genre. I have also been wanting to go on a travel photo assignment to capture the essence of the city or a country.

If you're interested in seeing more of Solihin's photos, check out his Instagram. Here are some more of our favorites; click on them to see larger versions:

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KODAKIT Spotlight: Sara Aman

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Sara Portrait WebSara Aman is a food & lifestyle photographer at The Lens Project. She has photographed for many high-end magazines including Wine & Dine, Epicure and The Food Journal. She also does commercial work for Papahan Films, Tanuki and Bonchon Chicken Singapore amongst others  as well as the award winning graphic design company, Yellow Octopus. With a penchant for messing with food as well as teasing her five cats endlessly to aggravate them, she loves walking through places with very tall trees and is obsessed over essential oils. The Walking Dead is her current staple amongst other zombie affiliated tv-series. How did you get started shooting photography?

I've always been intrigued with photography since I was 4. My dad, who loves photography had a few Pentax analogue cameras and I've always been itching to get my hands on it. At that age, it was probably to 'hold & destroy'. Haha. But this intrigue got realized through time especially after enrolling in the Film, Sound & Video course. And my first job was as a photographer's assistant in a commercial photo studio. I worked my way up. I was lucky I had brushes with medium format films & polaroids while the shift to digital was imminent. After 9 years with the studio I decided to start The Lens Project. This was back in late 2009. I have not looked back since.

What types of photography do you specialize in?

I specialize in food, products, travel & lifestyle photography.

What is you favorite thing about your photography career?

I get to shoot what I love and mess about with stuff! And play around with angles, composition, locations etc. There's so many things I get to explore. There's nothing quite like seeing my images and being satisfied that I captured what was most important about a scene or a product.

What makes your style unique?

I don't think I have a unique style. However, I see stories in the things that I'm photographing. The unseen emotion that is attached. I see it playing in my head. I felt it. And then I photograph it. You know that quote by Anais Nin 'We don't see things as they are; we see them as we are.'? Perhaps that's how my photography is unique to me.

Of all the photos you’ve shot, which one is your favorite? Why?

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I have a quite a lot that is my favourite! This is so hard! Hmm.. Okay I shall choose one of the newer images. I went on an amazing roadtrip with a few friends to Western Australia late 2015. It was one of the most memorable trip I have ever undertaken. I saw and kept seeing so many beautiful sights that I never thought existed when I think about Australia. One of the random favourite pit stops we did was this glade. It was like any glade by the side of any regular road. But the magic in there was... GOOSEBUMPING. There was at least 50 species of wild flowers just thriving beautifully! It was the most breathtaking scene that lingered in my mind still. Such magic and beauty!

Is there a photo session you’ve always wanted to shoot, but haven’t gotten a chance?

I have always wanted to shoot interior, exterior and architectural stuff. I started out assisting a photographer who shot interiors. We travelled to many countries including London, Berlin, Beijing photographing interiors. And my love for interiors grew from that. There's something about space and its relation to time. It reveals so much about the occupants and the aura of that space.

Thanks to Sara for spending some time answering questions for us. To see more of Sara's photos, visit her website, Facebook or Instagram.

Here are some more of our favorite photos from Sara. Click them to enlarge.

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Photos of Love in Singapore to Celebrate Valentine's Day

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For Valentine’s Day, we asked our community of photographers to share what love in Singapore looks like to them using #kodakit. If you have photos you’d like to see on the KODAKIT blog or social channels, use #kodakit when you post them.

Below are some of our favorite #kodakitlove submissions. Let us know which ones you love in the comments.

 

"Love is in the air" ❤️ ✈️ Photo taken 2 years ago at the Singapore Air Show). 🇸🇬#kodakitlove

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Love..... #kodakitlove

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Sealed with a 💋. feat @inkedpeaches & @samhzh #MyLoveDeclaratION

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Cloud of bliss. feat @eshton & @celinenml #MyLoveDeclaratION

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KODAKIT Spotlight: Tuck Hong

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Tuck HongWhen the KODAKIT team started reviewing photographers in Singapore, Tuck Hong stood out. His underwater images show an exciting new range of colors and motion that is unlike anything else. We're thrilled that Tuck took some time to discuss his photography with us and even more excited to announce that he'll be one of the first photographers available on the KODAKIT platform. Here's what Tuck said about his work and his unique style:

How did you get started shooting photography?

I picked up a range finder from my dad and went on playing around with the shutter speed and aperture. I still can remember the excitement in me when I was waiting for my first roll of film to be developed!

What types of photography do you specialize in?

I used to specialize in doing creative portraits either on location or in my studio. My focus now is to create more interesting underwater portrait photography works.

What is you favorite thing about your photography career?

I like the vast variety of photography assignments that I was commissioned to shoot. From conceptualizing creative portraits for Para-athletes in front of their respective countries landmark sites for all the ASEAN countries, shooting wedding couples under the sea with the colorful corals, shooting corporate images CEO and MDs in their office, to shooting interior spaces for Rolls-Royce engines, to landscape images of marshlands in Kranji. Things just keep getting more exciting.

What makes your style unique?

My style is vibrant, colorful and full of energy!

Of all the photos you’ve shot, which one is your favorite? Why?

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My favorite photo has got to be the underwater image of a couple swimming with fish above the table coral with sun rays beaming in from above. It's one of the earliest underwater images that I have done. The fish weren’t afraid of the people and were just swimming around them and the couple was obviously very comfortable and happy gliding into the image. It always puts a smile on my face when I see it! I had a 1m by 1.5 m blown up displayed in my studio.

Is there a photo session you’ve always wanted to shoot, but haven’t gotten a chance?

I would love to create a underwater series of portraits interacting with whale sharks. I have seen others doing it. But I would like to create a different surreal series of my own. I am sure one day I am gonna get it done!

Thanks to Tuck for spending some time answering questions for us. To see more of Tuck's photos, visit his website, Facebook or Instagram.

Here are some more of our favorite photos from Tuck. Click them to enlarge.

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KODAKIT Spotlight: Dee Alkhatib

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In an industry historically dominated by men, women haven’t been represented as much as they should as photographers. Here with KODAKIT, we believe in highlighting the photographers; both men and women, giving them equal stage time.

Today, we draw our attentions to Dee Alkhatib, a freelance photographer based in Singapore. Constantly learning and working on new ideas and creations, we asked her to fill us in on her passion for photography.

How did you get started shooting photography?

All I remember was I developed interest while I was in secondary school. I wanted to join the Photography Club for my CCA but being a student with having only day to day pocket money and not coming from a well-to-do family, I couldn’t as everyone has to be equipped with their own DSLR and I definitely can’t afford one. Without realizing, I end up spending those years using my camera phone and there I discovered photography is my thing. With the upgrade of mobile camera qualities now, it’s just a button away.

What types of photography do you specialize in?

I do bridal, maternity, portrait, concert and landscape photography.

What is your favorite thing about your photography career?

Meeting new people. Sharing some things that are meant to be shared. My passion, dedication and perseverance to always try out new ideas that crosses my mind although sometimes I think that my imaginative shots may just be too tedious to execute but I love the challenge of portraying how beautiful imperfection is. Lastly, photo editing is definitely my favourite part of the photography process, and I’m always driven by this quote when I’m in my “own world” editing. Quoted by Spike Jonze: You build something in the editing room that’s shaped by getting to know the person and digging deeper, unpeeling the layers of them as you get to know them.

Of all the photos you’ve shot, which one is your favorite? Why?

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This shot taken in 2013. Firstly, it was the location that made my jaw drop as it was the first time I came across mountain of sands/rocks like this in Singapore and when I already had my editing style in mind then. Secondly this was a test shot. Thirdly, these friends of mine met through Asia Pacific InstaMeet organized by @Gf_Singapore sometime back, and they are now married to one another. How awesome can that be?

Is there a photo session you’ve always wanted to shoot, but haven’t gotten a chance?

Definitely. That would be Surreal and also Newborn Photography.

Thanks to Dee for taking the time to chat with us. To see more of Dee's photos, visit her website or follow her on Instagram.

Here are more of our favorite photos from Dee. Click the images to view larger versions.

 

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KODAKIT Spotlight: Marc Tan

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Marc Tan The first step in the creation of KODAKIT was not building a platform, it was starting conversations. Before our team made anything, we spoke with photographers to ask them for their input. One of those photographers was Marc Tan.

Marc was also generous enough to share a little bit about his own personal photography journey. Here's what he had to say:

How did you get started shooting photography?

I started shooting professionally less than three years ago, prior to that I was doing a degree in audio engineering. Photography was always something I did for fun during my high school and university days in Adelaide and Melbourne.

What types of photography do you specialize in?

Fashion, Interior Design and Lifestyle.

What is you favorite thing about your photography career?

That I work for myself and constantly meet new people, good and bad.

What makes your style unique?

Depending on the job and client, I use different formats – analog and digital, 35mm and medium format, single-lens reflex cameras as well as rangefinders. I also try to stay away from trends.

Of all the photos you’ve shot, which one is your favorite? Why?

This one, from my series/book “In A Lonely Place." It’s difficult to put into words but it’s got the right aesthetic in my opinion and a feeling of loneliness, which I like to have in my personal work.

style & substance.

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Thanks to Marc for taking the time to answer our questions. See more of Marc's photos on his website, Facebook or Instagram.

Here are more of our favorite photos from Marc. Click the images to view larger versions.

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Putting the Focus on Photographers

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The KODAKIT community is more than just a platform for photographers to connect with new customers, it’s also a place for photographers to build a personal brand. The concept of KODAKIT is that each photographer is unique and that he or she can use our platform to showcase their own personal style, technique, experience and inspiration. In the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting some of the photographers who have already joined the KODAKIT platform. They’ll be given a chance to showcase a few of their favorite photos and share a little bit about their personal photography journey.

If you’re a photographer on the KODAKIT platform, we encourage you to read about your fellow photographers. Each photographer is unique, but good photography is universally respected. You might have something in common with our featured photographers. You might even be able to learn something new from them.

The first photographer profile will be live next week. To stay up to date on all of the photographer profiles, subscribe to the KODAKIT blog.

To have your work featured on the KODAKIT blog, reach out to our team on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.