The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd celebrated their move to the landmark Marina One Building with a full-page add in the Business Times. My brief was to make their building prominent, with a good view of their signage.
It was a challenge to isolate the building from the surrounding buildings, but I think we achieved the goal of presenting the building in its best light. The trees were a bonus – they softened the image, and I think they give it a Japanese feel, reflecting the heritage of the bank nicely.
Okay, I know how it looks – Rory is slacking off again! But it’s not true! This is how we make hotel beds look pristine and perfect. I know it a little bit cheaty, but I pull the sheets tight to remove any visible creases and slot this bit of the image into the final image. This is one of the newly renovated rooms at M Hotel, Singapore.
Update! The final image:
I knew I got ‘the shot’ when I captured this restaurant image for Pollen at Garden’s by the Bay. I knew this one put the restaurant in context, I knew it was bold and eye catching. I knew it would intrigue the viewer. The restaurant marketing department obviously agreed because it is the opening image on their website – the image that grabs the viewer’s attention and entices them to explore more.
Which is really what I try to achieve with every image I make. In my mind, every exposure has to be a winner. None of them can be boring, humdrum or just average. They have to tell my client’s story while trying to sell an idea, help people discover and excite the senses.
Another of my shots appears on their Facebook over – another example of my panoramas fitting in nicely with FB’s cover image ratio….
DP Architects recently got a little bit of free publicity for a building they designed – the amazing Singapore Sports Hub. Because the Straits Times newspaper used an image DPA supplied rather than use images from their own photojournalists, the architects got priceless publicity for free with a nice big double page spread, with their name shown prominently. There could be a hundred reasons why they went with this image, but I like to think this was because supplied image they supplied was compelling, eye catching, and was the right image for the article.
You can see more shots I took for this project at this link here.
One of the best things about my job is meeting and working closely with people who are at the top of their game.
Working with André Chiang of Restaurant André is a bit like working with a slightly mad genius…but in a good way. His food and restaurant always fills me with whimsy, providing an escape from the real world for a few hours.
Here’s the result of me escaping reality for an afternoon, collaborating with a true artist and possibly genius….for Four Magazine.
I am honoured to have my images of Shanghai’s beautiful Peace Hotel featured on the Hirsch Bedner Associates website. The renowned architects are the world’s number one hospitality design firm.
This has to be a bit of a record! Elle Travel this month printed a page with seven images I shot for literally four different hotels!! Sure, three of them are part of the same stable – Wanderlust, 1929 and The New Majestic, but my picture of the Singapore Sling for Raffles Hotel rounded out the quadrella!!
Now all I have to do is convince the Westin to use me for their hotel shots!! How about it Westin!!!!?
Are you a rainmaker, hipster, explorer or a lover? I like to think I am all four at one moment or another. Which is why Big Hotel is my first choice of hotel in Singapore. Actually, that’s not true – I live here, and snuggle in my own bed!! However, I am a huge fan of the Big Hotel website. It customizes the experience for the visitor, and gives them information designed just for them.
I really enjoyed working with the agency and the hotel management on this to get the branding and the feeling just right, and to make images that would work well on their website. I think we succeeded. There is a consistency of style and colour that makes it work. There’s a few screen grabs below, but you should check out their innovative website here.