Renewing my love for Santorini

•May 6, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Sunset in Santorini

Once again I am back in Santorini and for now I am very much still in love with the island.

It’s really not that hard.

When I first came to Santorini a few years back, it was quite a charming picturesque place for my family and me. It was pretty but a little too touristy for me. There were hordes of tourists in Oia and Fira especially in the afternoon. Then two years ago, I decided to stay on the lower plains. I didn’t think it was going to be great truthfully but I was bored with staying on top of Oia and it was tiring lugging my camera gears all around. Besides, the view, while inspiring, was perhaps something I could live without while shooting in Santorini. I figured I could always drive up to see the views if I wanted. Ha.

Here are some information and images to share about my stay in Santorini.


This is where I stay now. Pelagos in Oia. It is family run and the staff and owner here is genuinely friendly and warm. I have had many a great conversations with them. =) They also have an amazing pool.


Greek Meal

The food here is also pretty good. It is home cooked and a lot nicer than most of the restaurants I have gone to on the island. That said, the best restaurant here has to be Anogi in Immerovigli. You have to have a meal there if you are on the island. The only downside is that everything else will pale in comparison there after. Makes it a good reason to stay in Immerovigli. =)

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This is probably their best dish. I cannot remember the name of the dish but its the last item on the main course list in the menu. Seafood pasta rice. Absolutely heavenly. This coming from someone who doesn’t quite take seafood.


This was my first shoot in Santorini – with Kevin and Olivia. A very funky and fun loving couple. Their choice of outfits made it pretty interesting for me to shoot. She had two pretty sexy gowns from Ted Wu and Kevin had two Dsquared suits. As always, we also had a dog followed us for our shoot. This seems to happen alot. Every year without fail when I am shooting in Oia, there will be a stray dog following us. =)


The amazing view of Oia.


The amazing panoramic view from the couple’s suite.


Besides dogs, Santorini is actually quite famous for their cats. There is always a number of cats roaming around on the island.




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Sunset in Pyrgos

The legendary sunset of Santorini. It is probably the best place in the world to view a sunset. =)

Kelvin in the bush

Thats me like a stalking cat! Haha

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And finally a shot of the lovely couple, Kevin and Olivia, perched on a rooftop. =)

I am only halfway through my trip and there are alot more places and images to share especially the beaches! There are three iconic beaches here in Santorini – the white beach, the red beach and the black beach. They are only missing an Asian beach. =P

I got to run now. Will update really soon with more images from our shoots too.

What happens when it rains in Paris during a shoot?

•April 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment

There are two things that are pretty incredible about this post. Ha!

The first is that for the first time in between having two more kids, I actually have a consecutive blog post! The second being that this shoot was done mostly in the rain in Paris.

Very often, I have been asked by couples who travel with us for destination shoots, what happens when it rains? Well, we almost always provide a spare day, there is that odd occasion when for some reason or another, we do not have a spare day. Then, there are couples who choose to simply shoot in the rain! =)

“Actually, … Paris is the most beautiful in the rain”, Gabrielle, Midnight in Paris

I find the rain most romantic and it has often been commented that there is nothing like kissing in the rain in Paris. At the very least, I have seen many couples do that in Paris (outside of a photo shoot that is! Haha)


Everything becomes richer with the rain. It is also a lot more atmospheric.


The belting rain couldn’t stop us. =)

The rain also meant that most of the tourists were nowhere to be seen.




And eventually, the sun would return and shine again.


Yukino and Kent in Tokyo

•April 23, 2015 • Leave a Comment


Yukino and Kent were my couple for my demonstration during the Tokyo workshop. They are a real couple and are happily married. =) They were very warm and receptive to whatever I was doing and that helped and encouraged me too. I was initially a little apprehensive if a Japanese couple would be too shy but it didn’t turn out to be the case. I would have to work that bit harder if they were alot more shy. Hahaha.

Here are the images taken during our session at Shinjuku Koen. =)








Our Very First International Wedding Photography Workshop in Tokyo with AsukaBooks

•April 23, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Hello dear friends!

For those of you who are still reading this blog – thank you! Thank you for hanging in with me! I know I haven’t been updating regularly but that said, I intend to blog more over the coming months. A lot has changed and evolved in both my personal life and Lightedpixels and in time, I will be sharing them with you. =)

Today’s entry though is about the wedding photography workshop I had late last month in Tokyo. This workshop was a year in the making. It was brought and put together by AsukaBooks, but not without the help of my dear friends, Fujita-san, Kubo-san and Maiko-san.

AsukaBooks is the biggest album makers in Japan and they regularly hold seminars for photographers with the aim of helping the photographers improve and raise the standard of photography in Japan. These seminars are usually attended by about a hundred participants. They are also conducted by local Japanese photographers. This workshop I was doing with them, represented a shift from their usual practice. For the first time, they are inviting a foreign speaker and doing it in a workshop setting of 15 participants instead of a seminar. This is not lost on me and I am very thankful and honored.


The two day workshop was held in Shinjuku, the only area in Tokyo that doesn’t sleep. I love the area. It’s extremely colorful and full of energy.


This was taken at Shinjuku’s train station. The girls were obviously tickled and oblivious to me. =)

I arrived on a Sunday and the workshop was held on Monday and Tuesday. There were 15 participants who came in from all over Japan. I was initially a little worried about how I would be received in Japan. If we could even fill the 15 places. In the end, it was oversubscribed. =) Phew!


It was a little surreal seeing my name, some Japanese words and workshop in the same sentence. =P


The classrooms and the whole organisation of the workshop was superb.


The lunch bento boxes. I don’t think it was just me being hungry or greedy but it was delicious!


My translator, Nashaal, without whom this wouldn’t have been possible! Haha. She was amazing and very comfortable to be with and talk to. Thank you once again! If you are reading this!

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Outdoor demonstration with a real couple, Kent and Yukino, who were incredibly brave to be shot in front of an audience. Haha. That said, they were so easy to shoot.


After the first night of the workshop, we had a dinner get together at a German Beer Garden in Tokyo! Ha


The incredible team of people at AsukaBook who helped put this together and made my stay so enjoyable. Thank you Yoko-san, Takashi-san and Misaki-san. It was a great experience for me. You made my first workshop such a pleasant and memorable one. Now I am brave enough to go forth and organize more. Haha.


Some of the albums on display from AsukaBook. The quality and presentation of the album is pretty impressive.


The very warm and friendly group of photographers at the Tokyo workshop! Guys who taught me that Bokeh is a Japanese word and it means Blur. Hahah. Makes sense. It was also amusing when they found out we have sugar in our green tea in Singapore. They were in shock! Hahaha.

At the end of the day, the workshop turned out to be a lot more successful than I could ever imagined. Personally, it was a new experience for me but one that is so rewarding. I have actually learned quite a lot from doing this – what is important to another photographer, what are some of the challenges faced by a photographer from a different country and with a different culture. On the flip side, there are also many similar issues and challenges that we all face, irregardless of where we are from. Preparing for this workshop and sharing my experiences and knowledge also made me realize what is important to me and my photography. More importantly, and for all involved, I hope you had as much fun as I had. Why do it if isn’t fun?

Lastly, for me, it once again reinforced the idea that beneath it all, we are very similar. We all get hurt by the same issues and we all share joy and are capable of being kind and caring to one another. Doesn’t matter if you are Japanese or Singaporean or any other nationality. You are a photographer who is trying to live life the best way you can and we each have our little battles and there are people who care and love us and people who we love and care for.

To end off, I now cannot wait to do this again and I am glad to share that AsukaBook and myself are already in talks to conduct another workshop in Japan! This is incredible news for me. Personally, I am also looking forward to bringing this to Hong Kong, Bali and Kuala Lumpur next.

Meanwhile, here are some pretty kind posts from participants of the workshop! How can I not feel encouraged going forward?! Haha. =)



Next post: Images from the workshop demo session with Yukino and Kent.

First Solo International Wedding Photography Workshop (Tokyo)

•January 20, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I am well and truly excited! This March, I will be conducting my first solo International workshop in Tokyo, Japan.

Everyone here at Lightedpixels have always believed in sharing and helping our fellow photographers. I have had a number of requests to conduct workshops in the past but have always put them off. Initially because I didn’t think I had anything new to offer participants. Later on, I was just always swarmed with shooting and couldn’t find the time to work out the course materials.

Last year, when Asuka approached me to propose conducting a workshop in Japan, I decided it was perhaps time to buckle down and put together a workshop. Preparing the materials now, I realize just how much I have to share! And I am well and truly pumped up although truth be said, I am a little nervous about the language bit.

The workshop is a semi-closed workshop as it is open only to customers of AsukaBook. More info on the link below. That said, I will also be planning for a few more workshops this year in various cities. If you are keen for me to visit and conduct a workshop in your city, please let me know. Thanks! =)



Shooting with Connie

•July 11, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I first got to know Connie about 4 years back. All I knew back then was that she was a student from Melbourne, who was very much into photography, fashion and blogging. A couple of years later, I managed to meet up with her for the first time when I went over to Melbourne for shoots. We had tea and what impressed me most then was how sweet and down-to-earth this little girl was. Haha. It felt almost right away like we were long time friends. We kept in touch and earlier this year, we finally managed to meet up again, which was amazing given both our busy schedules. I even managed a couple of days with her this time round and we actually had the opportunity to do a shoot. She is still very much the same old sweet down-to-earth girl. In fact, she is actually quite funny! It was also her, over tea (again) who suggested I start an Instagram page for Lightedpixels and more importantly she insisted and made sure i got it up and running right away! Ok. On to the photo shoot. I am very excited about these images especially since they have been a few years in the making! Connie makes her own hairpieces and sells them on etsy too ( The hairpieces here are all her creation. You can check out the images from the link below.

Moses and Daphne’s Wedding Zombie Montage

•July 10, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Hello guys!!

I know we have not been blogging much. It’s been crazy busy here at Lightedpixels with shoots, travelling and dieting! Hahaha. More on Dieting in another post (really soon, I promise!)

Meanwhile, we are very excited to share with you a recent shoot we did with Daphne and Moses. This was done in collaboration with the very talented Jin Hoo.

Check out the clip we have been dying to share with you! =p

~ Kelvin