I am now exclusively represented by Central Weddings and Occasions for all wedding work. This means that I will be working weddings for them and them only. All my wedding bookings and arrangements will be made through Central Weddings and Occasions. Central Weddings and Occasions will be doing all my marketing and promotions and I will now be known as Sean David Baylis for Central Weddings and Occasions – Wedding Photographer.
I am really looking forward to this new relationship as I believe Central Weddings and Occasions is ‘the best’ wedding boutique in Hong Kong and their clients will be looking for the best service, from a photographer they can trust to capture their special day with style. I guess this is why they asked me to be their photographer.
Well in the process of starting to work with Central Weddings and Occasions I have been asked to provide a video slide show to use at a wedding fair this weekend. This has forced me into a long awaited task of going through all the weddings I have shot in the last three years and pulling out a selection of new ‘portfolio’ shots. This is what I came up with. Hong Kong Photographers New Wedding Portfolio Gallery, please enjoy.
Our old assistant Kalun has moved on and become his own boss, and so he should, working for us he was over worked and under paid for his level of skill and talent. Well, Kal has a new website up and it looks pretty good. Kal’s personal style is quite artistic and he has a great eye.
White Box Photography wish him well in his future career and will gladly recommend him to anyone, just not our clients, ha ha…
So check out Kal’s new website. Hong Kong Chinese Fashion Photographer of note…
UPDATE FEB 2013: Color Six have moved to the corner of Lyndhurst Terrace and Pottinger St. 2f Call for the new location.
Many times we get asked “where is a good place to print my photographs” in Hong Kong. I usually then ask “what kind of printing do you want?” Are you concerned about the cost, or the quality or both? Are you printing 4R for a scrap book or are you doing fine art black and white?
For a short answer I just say, ‘Color 6′ on Stanley Street (tel: 2526 0123). They do the best all round printing in Hong Kong, their service is however, not very friendly, but their printing is pretty well as good as you will get in Hong Kong. They can also do large prints up to 6′x9′ on matt or glossy PHOTOGRAPHIC paper, from your digital file
For cheap and cheerful 4R prints we usually use East Asia on Swatow St. in Wan Chai as they are very close to the studio. They also do nice quality larger prints, but can only print upto 3×4. They are a little more reasonably priced than Color 6, and quite a bit friendlier…
I try to avoid places like “PhotoMax” or any of these little 1 hour places, and for good reason, I sent a disc in to them the other day and the prints were, well, so poor quality that I has to reprint them at East Asia as I was not about to give them to the client.
A place that I used to use, who were really good and always gave good friendly service was John Leung’s, but then they closed and became “Digital Force” or something and I lost touch. Apparently they are still operating… I really must look them up cause Color6 are just too unhappy sometimes..
(Looking to do your own BW printing. PhotoScientific on Stanley Street still stock Illford fibre based papers)
As this is summer and always a little slow around the studio, we decide to do a little advertising. Usually the best place to advertise in Hong Kong is HK Mag, but I really hate giving them my money cause they are just so, well… (Mom said if you can’t say something nice…)
A great place for Expat information in Hong Kong is GeoExpat, who run a great site and we have been listed in their directories for quite some time and always receive about 30+ referrals a month, many of which turn into job leads. So we have now taken it a step further and have started advertising on their site. Shri, who runs the site, really knows his stuff and the forums are always a place for a good vibrant discussion of life in Hong Kong and beyond.
So next time you are browsing GeoExpat, you may see our ad…
(Jet Lee on set with Kevin Lynch Photographer from LA for the movie MUMMY3 – Snapped with my iPhone)
Kevin Lynch noted LA photographer, recently called upon us to produce a shoot for him. Initially the project started out as a rental. Kevin sent me an email requesting to rent our studio and asking how much etc… I replied and he booked the studio. The next day he sent me his equipment list and asked if I could help source some of the gear for him in HK as he didn’t want to bring it all out with him. At this point I looked at the list and then asked “Do you need someone to produce this shoot for you?” to which he replied “YES, Please”…
This was on Wednesday, the shoot was scheduled with his prelighting on Saturday and the actually shooting of JET LEE on the Sunday. Only thing was that the following day, was Ching Ming festival, one of the big holidays in Hong Kong, when everything is closed. So we had one day to actually get everything sorted for Kevin. Luckily this is Hong Kong and such things are possible in this town of amazing efficiency. We were able to organize on very short notice
- Rental of lighting and grip equipment rental, the value of this gear was in excess of HK$750k
- Rental of Hasselblad HD3 and lenses
- Catering for 20pax, first class food with live chef cooking hot food in the studio as the client was all hollywood execs
- Transport for execs and photographer for 3 days while in HK
- Rental of two large industrial studios. (after looking at Kevin’s list I knew our place was too small for him)
- 3 assistants and a digital technician familiar with the Hasselblad software
- Wardrobe stylist/seemstress
- Telephone for local use by Kevin
- MacPro Tower with 16 gigs of RAM – No one in HK rents these but with my local connections I was able to borrow/rent one from my computer guy.
- Locations scouting for alternate location shootings
Well you would not believe how tired we all were at the end of the three days. Kevin had this to say about our efforts in an email received a week after the shoot
You’re help was tremendously appreciated.
Great meeting you guys and thanks again for all your help.
Look forward to another one with you.
If you are an international crew looking for help in Hong Kong with producing an upcoming photoshoot in Hong Kong, give us a shout cause we are happy to help and you will find our local connections and knowledge very helpful and your shoot will run smooth.
Ah ya, after two weeks of seeing my business tank and my traffic drop to next to nothing I have changed my mind, got cold feet, done a loopy, and switched my domain URL back to sdbphoto.com
The thing is that I was not ranking for those hundereds of other ‘long tail’ keywords that I used to do very well with.
So sorry for the confusion, but as always everything still works. A redirect is in place to send queries to the ‘new url’ back to the old url…
Ok back to work…
Just a quick reminder we have a wonderful studio space in Wan Chai available for rent to other photographers. The studio is 1000′ with a 13′ ceiling and large daylight windows on either side of the 25′ wide cyclorama. Rentals are available 7 days a week with advance bookings. We also have available, rentals of Strobe heads. We have:
- 2x 800w/sec Monoheads $500/each/day
- 4x600w/sec Monoheads $500/each/day
- 1x500w/sec Monoheads $500/each/day
- 2m Para inverted Umbrella $500/day
- Softboxes – Free with head
- Flourobanks $500/each/day
- HMIs $500/each/day
- C-Stand, autopoles and boom – Free with heads
The studio has WiFi, iPod hook up as well as fridge, clothes racks and a steamer. There is also a shower in the bathroom, should anyone need to clean up after a shoot.
Located in the heart of Wan Chai the studio is in a clean modern building with marble trimmed entrance and lift, ideal for corporate photo shoots.
The studio rental rate is HK$3000/day, 9 hours, or HK$2000 for 4 hours. Advance booking are advised and a 50% deposit is accepted on booking.
Please call Ike 9141 3600 or Sean 9277 1810 for booking.
Shooting again this week for Opera Gallery in Hong Kong, one of my favorite Artists iKumi Nagasawa. This piece is called “the end”… i like it as it reminds me of times gone by and the trival way in which we humans attribute endings to things… as they say, the end is only the beginning…
Opera Gallery in Hong Kong has a fine selection of ikumi nagasawa art, thus far we have shot about 20 of his works, each one unique and interesting.
At last HONDA is building a Hydrogen Fuel Cell car. What with the current price of oil and the craziness going on around the world as nations scramble to secure the worlds oil reserves we see a light on the horizon. Oil Free Day maybe a few years away, but we can see the possibility now. HONDA have broken the ice as it were and we are sure to see other manufacturers joining the GREEN RACE soon. So all I can say is BRAVO to HONDA for this brave step forward to a cleaner planet…
3G iphone just announced by Apple, will be available in Hong Kong July 11th for equivalent of US$199. Now that is half the price of the current 2G iPhone. So you must be thinking how can they afford to do that. Well, with 3G, the network usage is much heavier, and yep you guessed it much more expensive. An unlimited 3G package will run you somewhere in the region of HK$500/month. While the equivalent 2G service is only HK$128/month. So with all those people rushing out to buy the new 3G iPhone from 3 telecom, do you maybe think that Apple will be getting a cut of that $500/month… You can almost count on it?
Having said all that, I will not be getting one, rather I will stick with my 2G version, cause really I only use it for email when I am not in the office and with a 2G service, downloading my headers it is perfectly fast enough on a good old 2G or rather GPRS network…
Sorry Apple, no 3G sucker here…