AWPA Competition Winner Interview : Jason Lim
Jason established JasStudio Photography in 2011 and together with his team of three,they have brought wedding photography to greater heights. Jason’s candid style provides couples with refreshing memories when they look back at this milestone in their lives. And that’s what Jason does best with his skills.
Meet with JasStudio and you will feel his passion for his work and see how his beautiful imagery can capture the emotions and memories of your day. “These are the eternal moments. Memories that last a lifetime…”
A: What are your reasons for becoming a photographer?
J: It all began with my very own pre wedding photography. As everyone says wedding is once in a lifetime event, I wanted to make my wedding even more memorable hence I captured my own wedding pictures. Inspired by all the good comments from friends & families it was that moment that I realized that wedding photography has brought a new chapter to my life.
A: What are your views regarding photography competitions, and what have your gained from that?
J: Photo contests are a wonderful way to challenge myself. Especially judges comments and sharing is one of the guideline to help a photographer to create beautiful images. From this I learn and improve myself for the next contest.
A: What are your tips regarding posing when shooting bride & groom together photos?
J: As photographers, communicate with bride and groom to get better understanding each other. What are their favorite features? What parts of their body are they self-conscious about?I need to first understand their self-image. When posing a bride and groom.
J: How do you maintain your passion in photography?
A: Learning goes hand in hand with practice and differentiating myself from my competition. Push myself to try different skill and equipments. Shoot in unfamiliar environments to figure them out. Go on photography workshop for inspiration and do everything you can to stay interested and passionate.
A: Please share about your thought process when shooting your AWPA award-winning photos?
J: This family came all the way from Switzerland, they want to have a photo session for their wedding anniversary together with their 2 kids in Singapore national museum. Especially when photographing kids you have to be patience, the youngest son whom always like to running throughout the session. I decided to have “action jumping shot” together with their family. I started with his parent and sibling, when the youngest son saw his parent are jumping and he also join in. The moment of capturing this motion shot is the true and natural expressions. (attached 01.jpg)
A: How do you get your inspiration?
J: When I feel out of ideas, it is easy to go online photo blog or gallery to expose myself to new photography styles and techniques. I can later employ those ideas on my photography and also sometime will try difference lighting as well.
A: What do you feel you need to improve or learn more?
J: I would like to improve lighting skill. Lighting is a key factor in creating a successful image and determines not only brightness and darkness, but also tone, mood and the atmosphere.
A: What has been your biggest challenge so far during photo shooting?
J: Parents love to have their children photographed. Kids grow up in the blink of an eye, so it’s nice to have something to preserve the memories of their fun and beautiful childhood. But it’s not always easy to photograph children, especially when is ” active!”
A: Apart from wedding photography, any other photography area(s) that you are also interested in exploring?
J: Beside wedding photograhy, I would like to exploring more in newborn photography. Photographing babies can be difficult but rewarding work, especially if you enjoy working with children and you enjoy a challenge. Parents often like to get professional photographs of their babies to preserve memories, so business is usually booming.
A: Any best tips for other fellow or new photographers?
J: As a new photographer, don’t go crazy buying the most expensive equipment right away. Understand the basic setting of Aperture ,Shutter Speed, ISO as well as Lingthing.
A: It’s not easy to shoot for babies and kids. Any tips or experience that you’d like to share with us?
J: The biggest challenge in kids photography is to capture them looking into the camera, smiling. All parents want to capture that smile. Most of the time being interactive is the key when I am working with kids. With babies, one should have lots of patience. One of my mantras is, don’t get anxious and don’t let the parents get anxious too because you pass on your anxiety to kids. Creating an experience for each family is my challenge. I want all of them happy after the shooting and think about the day when they look at the photos. (attached 02.jpg)
A: Let us know your most unforgettable shoot?
J: Photo taken few years back, this is my first own pre wedding photography using tripod and camera with attached remote. (attached 03.jpg)