More details to be posted soon.
More details to be posted soon.
More details to be posted soon.
I was invited by Oxfam (http://www.oxfam.org.hk) to be their photographer for a china trip this week (Sept 7-14) to 陝西 & 甘肅. My duty will be to capture images for Oxfam’s work done for these villages for their newsletter.
As the two locations that I will be heading are very poor, I doubt there will be daily internet access available. If there is anything, do email me and I will get back to you as soon as I return.
This is a long awaited for opportunity for me as I had always wanted to do something like this… going to places under poverty and service non-profit organizations like Oxfam with my camera. I believe I will get many valuable inspirations from this experience, about life and people. I AM VERY EXCITED!
The more I shoot, the more I admire people, not for visual beauty, but for inner beauty. I hope to get some real nice images from this trip to share with you.
Today, I was invited by Mother’s Choice to take some baby portraits for their children….all are orphans at 3months to 3 year old waiting to be adopted. These photos would go into their Lifebook, a photo album Mother’s Choice created for each of their orphans. These albums include photographs capturing various milestones. It serves as a priceless gift for their future adoptive parent, as well as for the children him/herself. Since I found out they have this ongoing “Lifebook” project, I had been wanting and proposing to help them take more professional photographs as I thought it would be very meaningful. and today i finally got the chance.
As all orphans are under protection by the HKSAR government, I could not post any photographs here which show their faces. But I must say, I’ve created some of my favorite works today. It felt so good to have toddlers climbing all over me during the session, and there was a very special girl I met today which really touched my heart.
I was invited by HK Federation of the Blind to be in charge of a beginners summer photography workshop for their members’ children. There were 9 students at age of 8-16. My task was to teach them some basic concepts for photography thru samples, exercise, and life demonstration.
These are some of the contents covered in the workshops:
- What is F-stop
- What is shutter speed
- What is ISO
- Lens differences (Wide angle v.s. Tele)
- Do’s & Don’ts (Things to watch out when taking a photograph)
- Angles (Bird’s eye view, Eye Level, Worm’s eye view and their effects on the subject)
- Key components to a photograph
- Bounce card v.s Direct Flash
- Light Painting
- Handling of camera
- Caring for the camera
I had great fun with my students during these two 3-hour workshops. Every student was very attentive and they all passed my oral tests at the end :)
I must thank HKFB again for giving me such opportunity and looking forward for more fun classes in the future.
This is the 3rd time I got invited by Caritas to do this…. doing family portraits for their members. Many of my subjects are really really old, like 80-90 years old. It is surprising that some elders still remembered me from last year, some don’t remembered, and some left :( . I feel very warm to see their families, spouses, or grand-children all took the time to come to the center to take photos with their parent / grandparent. I witness love, relationship, and time.
Although many elders are shy and they would begin their session by saying ‘ah.. i am so old now with so many wrinkles, why still need to take photos?’… but as soon as I warmed them up and show them what I took, I would see a smile on their face, and they would automatically come up with more poses on their own. Two subjects inspires me most, children & elders. I respect elders for their wisdom. I think they are most beautiful when laughing and my shutter would just click click and click if I see them burst into laughter. I liked their eyes, often filled with serenity; smiles filled with kindness; and poses with a flavour of shyness.. which together, come out to be very ‘cute’. I think this is the best word I would use to describe them. Their cuteness really inspires me.
Today, I was invited by Mother’s Choice to photograph for their playday at Stanley’s beach this early morning. Around 12 Wee Care babies participated the event… to get into their swimsuit, get into the water and sunbath. My job was to capture some memories for them.
After the session, I was crazy enough to put all my gears into the locker, put on my bikini, and had 30min swim as well. What a great way to start the day, with children, photography, and exercise!
Today, I took part in taking pictures for a Walkathon, which aim is to raise money for children. The event took place at the peak. More details to be posted soon.
Today, I was invited by Regeneration Society to help their members do some beautiful portraits for memories. More details to be posted soon.
I was invited by Mother’s Choice to provide their hostel’s pregnant girls some photography workshops! Today, I just completed the 6-session weekly workshops and has been re-invited by them to continue future classes, with more course contents. I will share some details with you soon on what has been taught in my workshops.
Today, I was invited by Changing Young Lives to help them shoot for their Pak Tin Centre’s opening ceremony. I hope I can share some photos here with you.
Today, I was invited by ACA (again.. yes, they love me haha) to help them take some photos of a birthday party they’ve organized for their Good Parenting Project users. The birthday party took place at McDonald!!! Tell you frankly, I’ve NEVER been to a McDonald birthday party before. When I was a kid, I always dream to have a McDonald birthday party. All those birthday hats, gifts, and meal sets look all very attractive to me. Since back in those days, having birthday parties was a luxury for kids, I never thought of asking to have one nor been invited to one. I can’t believe after xx years now, I am finally invited to one!
The party includes around 12 birthday babies who are born in the month of September to December. There were more than 20 families whom attended the party and everyone enjoyed the food (which you can order like a buffet, thanks to ACA), the games, the cake cutting, and the chatting and sharing times. I of course enjoyed the kids! There were so many smiling faces there!
I finally had my ‘first time’! I enjoyed it alot!I can’t remember how many years I had my birthday lunch at McDonald (well that WAS my favorite back then and when my mom ask me where to go on my birthday, I would scream “McDonald” with my sister!). I still remember collecting all of the 漢堡神偷 (Hamburglar) souveniers, as he was my favorite character. 滑嘟嘟 (Grimace) is my second favorite! After my lunch, my mom and dad would let us play at the McDonald playground for a loooong time.
Today, I joined with 突破十九 to do some instant portraits to fund-raise for the under-privilege children via this Halloween Party! It was real fun! I will post more details to share with you soon.
Today, I was really really excited to have been invited by HKFB to help their members take some family portraits. This lovely lady Obi contacted me thru Ho-sum.org few months ago as she thought it would be nice to give some family portraits for their members. As their members are all visually impaired, thus, their children rarely have the chance to take family portraits. I thought this was a very meaningful idea and I was all up for this!
Obi arranged over 10 dress-ups and costumes for the children to put on for the photo session. She even arranged a professional makeup artist to help the kids do the hair and makeup. I shot for 8 hours straight and I was still super hyper and clicking my shutters non-stop till the last session. I really enjoyed kids from the 4yo-9yo range. They are so full of character and personality. During the session, the kids were so keen to learn photography and wanted to try shooting themselves. I gave them my camera, gave them few quick instructions (such as how to turn the lens to zoom), and they ended up directing the shoot within minutes. They already observed how I did it, so they just regurgitate what was seen. They directed the model, told them how to pose, help them fix their dress, told them what expressions to make etc.. It was totally funny and I truly enjoyed looking at them shooting their way. They looked like mini art directors or fashion stylist to me. Too bad I didn”t have a second camera with me that day otherwise I would definitely snap the scene and show you. Frankly speaking, their works rock! Some of them, you can’t tell the difference whether it was I who shot it or them :P
I hope I can teach them some day! I always have the idea that it would be so good if I could have a team of photographers who are either all children, all 更生人仕, or all youths, who can go out with me to service the community as a professional team. It would be such a nice concept and I think it would be loads of fun!
I basically shot over 1800 photos today, for 11 families.. around 45 mins photo session each. Loads and loads to post process!
Today, I went to one of the elderly homes of Caritas at Sheung Wan to take some portraits for the elders and their family. I will share some photos and thoughts with you soon.
Well, not exactly an orphanage I guess, it was Mother’s Choice. A place with many babies waiting for loving parents to take them home permanently, as well as a place with many single pregnant young girls for training, consultations, counciling and nurturing care. I had shot for MC 2 years ago for their annual report. This time, they wanted to have some diversified shots around their hostel and center so that they can use the photos for their annual report. I must say, I was DEEPLY INSPIRED by their Wee Care center. Wee Care is a place where there are many cute cute special needs babies, waiting for a home. The room has around 30 babies in a room, with experienced volunteers playing with them and looking after them all day long. I met a cute cute boy, he was sooo adorable and was a super model in front of the camera, posing and smiling, and playing with his feet in the cradle. I took dozen of portraits of him! As these babies are all categorized as children ‘under the government’, I was not allow to post or disclose any photos with their face from the shoot to the public. I had to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). It is good to know these babies’ privacy are protected and I am more than happy to abide to their requirement.
Anyway, I really missed the babies there. While I was in the playroom with around 10 < 1.5 yo babies, they were crawling to me from all directions and were very interested in my camera (not me probably :P ). But it feels so good that I was surrounded by babies. I should have been a kindergarten teacher! The babies there all love taking photos. I proposed to MC if I could help them do some real real portraits (in dress-up costumes! hee heeh.. ) just for their memories and some fun-time. Wouldn’t it be nice if their adoptive parents still have some records of their adopted child at different age with some professional baby portraits as memories (despite the fact that they were not there with them during that time)? I think these children shouldn’t miss out what other children have for their childhood phase, such as, a set studio childhood photos!
If you are a parent or a children lover and interested in volunteering for MC, please sign up their online volunteer form. They need volunteers who could commit regularly. Or if you like what they do, make some donations :)
Today, I had a super wonderful time capturing the smiles for the members of 1st Step Association during their 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner held at the Regal Oriental Hotel. I setup a portable studio at a corner of their dinner venue and the members and families could just come to the set and take some portraits for some fun time and memories. What’s different from my past volunteering events was that this time 1st Step had brilliantly arranged facilities to do instant printouts of the photos on the spot!! I felt so hyper and excited to see a long line up of members, waiting patiently and wheeling excitingly to the set to have their photographs taken. I had a wonderful time and I’m sure the members did too! As this is my first time working for the physically handicapped, this opportunity had brought me many inspirations as well. In roughly 2 hrs, I have took portraits for around 60 members and staffs, some with families, some with their friends. I sincerely hope they liked their photos. Well, it was really sweet to have a member came up to me to ask for my autograph on his photo :)))). Moments like these would fuel me, as it means they liked the photo.
I hope 1st Step can allow me to spend some time on editing the rest of the good shots so that I can post more prints back to their members to keep for memories. As they only printed one photo for each member that day, and I took more than 5 good shots each. …. but guess the handling part might be too complicated as this is suppose to be an one-off event.
Today, it’s China 60th Anniversary and it’s a public holiday. Helping Hand has organized a day camp and dinner for their members and families to go to Cheung Muk Tau Holiday Centre ( 樟木頭老人度假中心 ) to spend their day. The elders can freely participate in any activity booths (i.e. : making their own mooncake, lantern workshops etc). My part was to give them some beautiful family portraits using the mid-autumn festival as theme (we have got many different lanterns as props). What’s satisfying for my part today is, when I show the elders the photos from the back of my camera’s LCD after the session, many of them said to me with the most grateful voice that they love the photo! They kept on saying ‘thank you thank you. very beautiful! really very beautiful!’. They sound as if they haven’t seen themselves looking this beautiful for a long time. I felt very happy about this. I hope my final prints will give them another big smile!
More details to be posted soon.
I was invited to take some event snaps for this parents sharing meeting held at the Christian Family Service Centre (CFSC). It involves many participant families from the Good Parenting Project (GPP) organized by Against Child Abuse (ACA). And when I arrived, wow!! Babies everywhere… all < 1 year old. The youngest was only 80 days! I wish I had my portable studio and proper gears (backdrops + softbox etc..) with me so I could take more formal portraits of these lovely babies and families, as this was the perfect occasion to offer them some quick family portraits to keep. I guess this opportunity would come again soon as they might host a family camp in December. Anyway, I took many cute portraits of the events, will share with you soon.
More details to be posted soon.
I was invited by BGCA to help take some shots for their annual report this year.
Sorry for not posting for a month… I had been super busy again with shoots and post production. I will be back on track pretty soon and would share some of the wonderful photos I took by backdating the blog post to where they chronologically belong. Obviously I am poor at time-management. >_<
Time really flies and the month of August has just begun! I am again, taking a look at my 2009 resolution and it seems that my progress didn’t turn out as I intended. One of my main resolution items is to serve at least 100 families via my Beautifulmoments Project. 7 months passed and I am not even 1/2 way there!! This makes me feel bad. If any of you are working at hospitals, elderly homes, NGOs, orphanage, or are social workers whom you think your organization can make use of my volunteering service, please contact me. My Beautifulmoments project’s aim is to bring smiles and memories through my lens to the community. If you know any families or clients who would value this little personal gift from me, please contact me for more information. I just hope to give them some valuable memories on print that would one day bring a smile. My target are those who otherwise cannot have a set of professional family pictures on their own due to physical conditions, health condition, financial conditions, or just wouldn’t have this thought in the first place on their own but would happily accept if offer such opportunity). My information is also being posted on Ho-Sum.org’s Do Good Offers (ID: happymoments, DGN200810150911012).
There are so many things I want to do.. so little time. Instead of prioritizing my to-do list, I actually spend a little time to re-prioritize my life recently! Thus, please expect some changes coming! My shift will be towards more community works and limit the quantity of commercial shoots I take.
Today, I was invited to photograph for this sharing forum, titled ” Pioneers’ Voices on Child Protection and Children’s Rights” , organized by ACA. The event was highly packed with invaluable information, statistics, and insights; presented by a panel of 12 speakers. This forum provided insights and resources on how Hong Kong should go about in bringing child protection and child rights to the next level in the coming decade. Some key speakers were Dr. Patricia Ip (葉麗嫦醫生）, Dr. Gladys Lam (林陳蘭德博士）, Dr. Chow Chun Bong （周鎮邦醫生）, Mrs. Selina Chow （周梁淑怡), and Hon Cyd Ho Sau Lan (何秀蘭議員). The forum was inspiring to me. Almost everyone is aware of the child abuse problem in our society, but executing a more effective system requires time and are often bounded by limitations not within our control. I’d say the first determining step to protect the children of our future starts from every home. Love your children in a way without disempowering them or disrespecting them. We adults, actually have a lot to learn from children, thus, do not see ourselves as superior to them. They know many truths in life on how to live happily which we have forgotten. Hitting or spanking your child would result in alot of negative emotions for both you and your child. IMO, I think parental love involves respect, understanding, freedom, friendship, acceptance, guidance, and support. How about you?
Today, I was happy to be invited by Hong Chi Association (www.hongchi.org.hk) to help them document this meaningful event. Over 50 mentally handicapped students were graduating today, and with the big help of HSBC’s generous funding and donations, Hong Chi had successfully empowered many students with really practical hands-on skills to compete with confidence in this harsh job market. Classes such as Oral English, Interviewing Skills, Project Management, Catering and even Investments are available. What I admired is that they did not bound the disabilities by providing them only simple trainings such as cleaning, packaging etc.., but had pushed them further so that their full potential can be realized. And from their sharing, many of the past students had benefited from the training and are now employed with a very good job title too!
The more I attend these events, the more I realize that there are really MANY good people and NGOs out there that had put their heart out to help others with very good project ideas. The more I see, the more I feel that I am just too little, and not doing enough good. The world is full of good things for us to look at and to glorify about. There are just too many inspiring people out there to learn from…
I just returned from my 4 day expedition trip organized by The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention (SRACP) to China (連南縣). There were 31 of us (volunteers and social workers) in total and our focus was to play games with children, visit their homes, bring them some stationeries gift kits, donate blankets, inspect where the donated money went, and talk to the principals and understand each school’s needs so that SRACP could source more financial / material donations to make improvements. The two specific schools we placed emphasis on were located in very rural area. Due to their location, the children there rarely receive donations or volunteer visits / care. One of them is 后洞小學 (in which we also visited last year) and we had to hike 45 minutes to reach the school as it is located at the top of a hill. Another, is 盤石小學, which is 2.5 hour ride from our hotel.
After visiting these two schools, we were all very satisfied as it was a total success especially the 2nd day with 盤石小學. All the games went on smoothly and you can hear children’s laughter and children running to us smiling everywhere. We played many traditional nostalgic games in which many of you might have forgotten already… such as 掉手巾，麻鷹捉雞仔，放紙飛機，有隻雀仔跌落水，跳大繩，踏氣球，二人三足 etc.. (sorry i had to type in Chinese as i don’t have the name in English for some). While playing with them, it makes us children again. Happiness really can be so simple. The contrast of this world with our materialistic city makes me think whether we are really advancing as we claimed.
Today, my whole student team went to an elderly home at Wanchai to help the elders take passport photos. We had to serve 30 elders in 1.5 hour and the whole process was extremely smooth. I truly think practice makes perfect and the students who participated in our last activity show much confident this time. It is very apparent in their body gesture.. by the way they stand behind the tripod.. looking quite professional as they click the shutter.
Besides teaching my students how to take pictures, I had also put much emphasis on basic gentle manner that are required when servicing the elderly. I had taught them how to politely and gently invite each elder to the photoshoot set, how to check their clothing to make sure everything looks good, how to direct the elder to look at the camera, and lastly, escort the elder back to their seat when we finish. We had role-played in our class many times (some students take the role of an elder, while another is the photographer). We also taught them do’s and don’ts.. such as we can’t shout at the elder in all cases, and that we must maintain our tone of voice as caring and loving as possible..with a smile.
In today’s service, we were astonished by our students. They helped the elder hold their walking stick and handbags, and guide the elders throughout the process with a big smile. They would say “婆婆小心， 慢慢行”.. etc.. The elders were very happy and felt much warmth!
Next class will be our last class for this term. And what makes me happy is that St. James Settlement invited me to teach another advance photography class starting May. I plan to teach them more advance photography such as studio lighting with strobe lights, softbox etc.., and possibly desktop photography :))))
Today, 5 of my MR photography students had been selected to form our first photo team to service the community with the photography skills learned to-date! We are all very excited! We had been teaching them everything from setting up a tripod to basic photography to directing the model. We went to a kindergarten in CWB and our aim was to take simple passport photos for thirty K2 kids. As I mentioned earlier in previous post, setting this goal was abit challenging as this team of students are all medium to severely mentally handicapped adults (equivalent to 4-5 years old + illiterate). To our surprise, the target was met on time and the resulting photos were all very good (even this is their first time servicing!) . The children were all very happy and were fighting to shake hands with the photographers. What is most rewarding to me was to see my students feeling very happy about what they had done. On our ride back, I noticed several of them were smiling happily with a very satisfied and content look on their face (as if they were reliving what had just happened!). I guess we all feel good to give, and to do it with our own hands make us feel special and valuable. It always feels good to admire yourself when you know you had done something right. And this is what made them smile happily from their heart today.
I was invited by Salvation Army to participate in taking some family pictures for their members. More details to be posted soon
I was invited by ACA to take part in helping their members to capture what every of their members’ family behold.. LOVING BONDS! I just loved doing these kinds of service.. I was in awe after the session as their loving relationships are so great and I felt very honour to have the opportunity to witness these moments. When you take pictures with them, I basically don’t have to give them much instruction on how to pose. Every family basically clings together automatically and just like that.. the perfect family picture is there.. you basically just needed someone with a camera there to capture them on prints. The session took place at an outdoor area at Lingnan University. Although I only managed to capture 11 families in an hour, I really hope these frames of memories would bring them a smile from the heart!
My photography class with St. James’ Settlement Happy Valley Integrated Service Team had started few weeks ago. It will be held on every Tuesday and will continue for six month, teaching MR adults photography. The mission of this project is to develop a photography team to service the community in the future with their cameras. Besides teaching my students basic digital photography skills, the project would focus more on developing a great portrait team so that they can regularly go to elderly centers or nursing homes to help elders take some portraits with their families…. bringing them happy moments on prints (which is exactly what my Beautiful Moments Project is about). We had set our mission really high and I am sure this project will be a success with some time and practice!
I was honored to have the opportunity to help document the Epilepsy Awareness Month Launch Ceremony organized by Enlighten Hong Kong today. The launch ceremony was held at Bubba Gump Restaurant at the Peak and Mrs. Anson Chan was there to officially launched the ceremony. I think not many of you know what Epilepsy is (me too), well, it is a name given to recurrent or repeated brain seizures. As you know, brain seizures could happen to any of us. Some will have recurring seizures while some would just have a seizure once or none in their life. On their website, there are plenty of first aid resource that teaches you what to do when you see someone with a brain seizure, worthwhile to hop over to take a look.
Mrs. Anson Chan giving the speech.
Kick starting the Epilepsy Awareness Month Ceremony.
In celebration of the mid-autumn festival, Beautiful Moments project is at work delivering more smiles and memories to these wonderful elderly couples in our community through my lens. More details to be posted soon.
I had the opportunity to teach a group of 8 teens on the basics of photography the past 3 days. I still remembered the first time I touched a camera in grade 9 and I found everything very fascinating. I wish I could contribute the same way my photography teacher did to my life. Although 3 classes are way too short in my context to learn anything really hands on yet. But today, I brought my whole portable studio to their classroom to demonstrate how I did a home-session! I had given them a SLR camera to try to take their own photos with their classmates using studio lighting as well. They are a group of fast learners and they got a hold on how a light meter works within minutes. I was very impressed by their learning speed. The day before, I showed them how they could edit their photos easily using Picasa. After today’s photoshoot, they immediately transferred their photos to their computer and did the editing like cropping, adding in special effects etc. They applied the skills learned immediately! I was very happy to see this! I hope today was a fun and memorable day for them!
Thank you gals & guys for the beautiful hand drawn card!! It was a lovely surprise :)
I am thrilled that my works are being exhibited at Cityplaza this weekend (i.e.: June 28-29, 2008). This photo exhibition is called “Happy Faces” and it featured some of the members of Enlighten whom I took pictures earlier as part of the Beautiful Moments project. This photo exhibition showcased many portraits of beautiful children and families with the biggest smiles and loving family relationships and its aim was to raise public’s awareness on epilepsy. I was strongly touched by their members and families during the photo sessions and I am grateful for having the opportunity to witness their loving bonds.
I look forward to serving many more people in the future and my life goal is to bring as many smiles and memories to as many people as possible, with my camera.
I had the opportunity to take some portraits of this team of elders volunteers at Cyber Senior today. I was quite touched and impressed by their devotions, spirits, energies, and friendliness. Each of them had decided to share their talents and devoted their time after retirement in helping other elders to build up their computer knowledge and learn new skills. This team composes of teachers teaching the internet, blogging, typesetting, web design, photography, and video editing. I see this as very meaningful as one will never know how much fun and memories their action could bring to their students. It may mean a new hobby developed. The positive inspiration as a result of this is unimaginable.