SN is going Agra & Jaipur India

To all Photographers – SHOOT WITH ME IN AGRA, INDIA – Wedding, Real Portraits, Real People. 5 participants ONLY, 5 full days of hands-on training by observing how I shoot professionally and making your greatest portfolio of International Portrait. Expected to be in Jan 2010 at the cost of RM3,700 per pax (this is only an estimate but hopefully it will not be more than 5k). Interested? Email me your full name, address and hp no.




I’m the enemy of Racism no.1

Wedding and Portrait is fantastic. As for now, I’ve shoot all major races in Malaysian as well as other nations outside the country. It happened that so many questions from our Indian and Chinese friends asked me  these questions…

“Do you shoot Chinese…?”

“Do you shoot Indian wedding…?”

“Do you shoot Christian wedding…?”

“Do you shoot church civil ceremony…?”

“Do you shoot temple solemnisation…?”

And my answer for all these questions is…YES! It’s proven by my track record before this. All have been updated in my website www.saifulnang.net. I enjoyed all mixed cultures and religions and it make my photos even more colourful and vibrant.

A few of my Indian clients asked me, can I shoot Indian wedding while I’m not actually know the culture. I replied…

  1. For every wedding, I have to mentally prepared and I have to be confident. We have many sources on the internet. I did 1 whole day research last year just for my first Ceylonese wedding. It help a lot to put my confident level much higher.
  2. Even after I have studied the culture, I still treat myself naive…so I can learn more and ask people around, then I learn something from them.
  3. Because I treated myself naive, I’m then became non-selective in photography. I tend to shoot everything in front of me. Because I don’t want to be questioned for the missing plot in the pictures because I presume that to be not important. In the end, the clients get more pictures to the extreme details. Because I treat everything equally important (of course, through studies I know which are the peak and must take pictures).
  4. Put it this way, why we see the street in London are beautiful. We can even take picture at the back alley. And sometime we feel weird when the British came to our country and take picture in front of our house. Right? Because….we appreciate the differences of cultures and customs. Hence, I always overdo myself for any wedding than Malay weddings
  5. I shoot Malay weddings and I know the custom but I always have in mind, set ourselves naive so we can learn more about that specific ceremony. In the end…I still shoot a little less than everything.

For all my Chinese, Indian, Iban, Kadazan, Dusun, Melanau, Punjabi, Malbari, White people, black people, grey or yellow….we’re all human and we love and appreciate each other. If you wish me to photograph your wedding, I’m thousand times love to be your photographer.  I don’t mind traveling for that purpose. I’ve done photography for my own satisfaction and passion for the pass 5 years. Now, I love to go more and more than that. Knowing people from all part of the worlds and knowing the culture for all races so we will enjoy our similarities and appreciate the differences we have.

I feel so good in my talk last night in Kuching. There are many races sitting in the hall and listened to the talk. I’m there as a Malay who supported the vision of Alvin Leong’s Academy in collaboration with Open University Malaysia without an inch of racism. Participants from last night talk also appreciate the speech given regardless of the skin colour. That’s what I really love to happen.

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MY BROTHERS

For the sake of photography, I’ve been accepted in Signature Photographers group founded in 2004 and now stands with 8 members. Some called them among the brightest stars in the industry of wedding and portrait photography. I joined them and be friend with them just like any others. I’m associated with Alvin Leong Academy to help whatever within my capacity to see Malaysia to have the first school in photography.

But I was sad, when I heard my Malay friends mumbling their mouth saying that I’m Pro-Chinese and I don’t love Malay and many more. They can say whatever they want. But  i do hope, soon, they will know why.

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MY WISH

I do really hope, some day or to the extreme, we can start it tomorrow…judge your photographer based on their skills and artistic eyes. Chinese can shoot better Malay wedding, Malay can shoot better Indian wedding, Indian can shoot better Chinese wedding regardless of the culture differences. Appreciation in photography will defeat the whole unfamiliarity of the culture differences.

Do you think it’s not good to get a photographer that not 100% sure about which is important and which is not and they ended up by treating everything is equally important and you have all the extreme detail in your wedding coverage?

If I were you…I will say…why not!

Australian shoot wedding in Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam, USA, UK, France. Even funnier, some can only speak 1 language…which is English. But the culture differences make both clients and photographers enjoyed their togetherness in making good photograph.

We’re in the era of 1Malaysia. We’re united. We enjoy our similarities and we appreciate the differences. Will that make the whole industry better? It will be very competitive right when I see Patrick Low is shooting more Malay wedding, Jason is shooting more Indian and Malay wedding, I’m shooting more Chinese and Indian weddings. I believe, this shouldn’t be segregated. Go for the photographer that you love regardless of their race.

To stress my point here…since the beginning of my life, I’ve seen so much racism and I really hate racism. My school in English College JB mixed with 40% chinese and 20% Indian and 40% Malay and we were very happy and feel just like brothers until now. In MMU, I have many Chinese friends and Indian friends as my classmate or my studymate. In fact, I had a roommate, Cina Kuala Lipis…Yap Weng Soon, u know who u are hehehe.

(Gambar hiasan…handsome right?)

After graduated, I worked with Chinese bosses…it was Limkokwing Institute of Creative Technology (Now University) under my bosses Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing and Gail Phang. My students came from various countries and races, Bostwana, Indonesia, India, China, Thailand and Malaysian Chinese with only 1 or 2 Malays. I love that environment.

Is there any reason for me to be a racist? No right?

I learn photography from Malay & Chinese friends, I learn doing business from Indian and Chinese. I learn about the Arts of Survival from Chinese. I will not be here if I’m racist. That’s why…I hate racism and until now I strongly fight against racism.

We’re going to the 52nd year of independent and free our mind, free our soul to accept your Chinese, Indian, Malay, Kelabit, Melanau, Iban, Bidayuh, Punjabi, Malbari, Ceylonese and more races as your brothers. Because we are 1. Under 1 country….under 1 MALAYSIA!

Happy Independent Day to Malaysia!

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SAIFUL NANG (Signature Photographers)
CEO / Principal Photographer
Colours of Asia Sdn Bhd
CandidSyndrome International
+60380766878 (HQ)
+6738880639 (Brunei)
+6013 3977715 (Mobile)




Last Sunday I shoot this….

It was fun shooting this couple. Wedding took place in a grand medieval building. A building once used as one of King Louis (France) residents. I have a lot more to show. As for now…let me show you just a few 😉

I enjoyed the shooting so much together with my team mate Dinie as well as our imported team member Ahim Rani (All the way from CandidSyndrome Brunei to London). Ever since, I always amazed with some images snapped by “mat saleh” and now, out of hundred of them, I would say, only 2-3 are really good, while the rest are just blessed with the nice architecture, gowns and weathers. Thanks a lot to Thanh and Vivienna for the trust to capture your big day. For Thanh and Vivienna’s friends, if you plan to get married…you can always find me here 😉 London and KL is just 13 hours away….the same duration you probably take to travel from London to Edinburgh 😉

Btw, some of the images are already online at my official gallery at www.saifulnang.net

Selamat Berpuasa and Enjoice!

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SAIFUL NANG (Signature Photographers)
CEO / Principal Photographer
Colours of Asia Sdn Bhd
CandidSyndrome International
+60380766878 (HQ)
+6738880639 (Brunei)
+6013 3977715 (Mobile)




Hazwan & Aqilah – Masjid Wilayah by SN

Here another one before we go for the fasting month of Ramadhan. Hazwan collected their album today before flying back to Abu Dhabi. The place where he lecturing now. Our new system in album making is now 95% easier to the customers and 200% faster than before. Hazwan collected his album before his wedding leave in Malaysia over.

The system of the album making has been smarten and fasten up while the quality of design is improving from day to day. We learn from our previous mistakes and now we are in the top notch again 😉 TQ to all our previous customers who was with us in our 1 year bad time from July 2008-July 2009 where a few hundred albums was delayed in delevery. I’ll tell you the detail about out broken old system and our improvised new system we are running now. Thanks again.

To Hazwan & Aqilah…selamat pulang ke Abu Dhabi besok.

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SAIFUL NANG (Signature Photographers)
CEO / Principal Photographer
Colours of Asia Sdn Bhd
CandidSyndrome International
+60380766878 (HQ)
+6738880639 (Brunei)
+6013 3977715 (Mobile)




SN in London

Hi Londoners, I’ll be in London from 14th-17th August for a Wedding Photography assignment and a wedding portraiture. I’m really looking forward to going to England in summer. I think it’s going to be great! However, I have to extend my apologies to three couples and one family. I am sorry to disappoint you but I will not be able to shoot your pictures since I have to rush home for a photography talk in KL and Kuching organized by Open University Malaysia with Alvin Leong Academy immediately after that. If it’s of any consolation, I’ll be in London over and over and over again by request. Enjoice

SAIFUL NANG




I’m safely arrived in London

Ok, ini buah tangan sikit (updated lepas shooting)

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Hi all, Alhamdulillah..it was a smooth flight with only 2-3 minutes turbulence an a smooth landing. Never thought that AirAsia X brought a good comfort comparable with Malaysia Airlines at 50% cost. Food and entertainment was there by option but i didn’t take the entertainment eventhough both of it are cheap. Luckly they didn’t charge for the emergency life jacket hhahaha. I’ll surely fly again to London by AirAsia X. Seriously, the seat is comfortable enough for 13 hours journey. With economy fare of Malaysia Airline, I can get premium seat which comparable with business class in normal flight.

Btw, it was a terrible situation to be shared in London Stansted airport. The Immigration officer really give us a real bad time. Maybe they didn’t read the book they have created about the policy. It took me 3 hours for the clearance and I declared everything without cheating any single thing. It supposed to be flawless since I’m not working there but assigned to do work from Malaysia but the shooting happened in London. However, the next trip will not be like this anymore (as confirmed by the officer).

Tomorrow I’ll be shooting in the old palace near Essex in London. It would be a great ceremony followed by their wedding portraiture in the very next day. It will happened all in London. It’s late already now and I have to log off so I can get enough rest for tomorrow’s big day. I’ll share the pictures pretty soon in this blog as well as my fan club in the facebook.


Enjoice!

SAIFUL NANG, Essex




Reezlinda Dato’ Ramli & Hj. Syahril Andia – Carcosa Seri Negara, Kuala Lumpur

Hi all, thanks for still visiting this page. Have you been in Carcosa Seri Negara before? It’s an old mansion own and managed entirely by the Malaysia government and for me, it’s a great place that can create million of photo opportunities. If I’m not mistaken, this probably the 10th times I shoot at this place and I always feel like ‘new’. It’s a colonial building and it’s a Malaysia heritage.

The wedding that I’m going to feature to all of you today took place at Carcosa. First and foremost, congratulations to Linda & Syahril for the marriage. I should thank both of you for hiring me for this special occasion. Alhamdulillah, I have done whatever I can to make it frozen and memorable. I shoot thousand of photographs and here are few pictures I pick in random. Thousand more amazing images still in my hardisk waiting the queue to be constructed into our customized album. Ok Linda & Syahril, now you can tell your friends, relatives, bosses, officemates in KL or Singapore to click on my blog for your photos 😉

For the photographers, I shoot all these entirely using available light (with only 1 or 2 with a fill flash).

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SAIFUL NANG (Signature Photographers)
CEO / Principal Photographer
Colours of Asia Sdn Bhd
CandidSyndrome International
+60380766878 (HQ)
+6738880639 (Brunei)
+6013 3977715 (Mobile)




Dr. Hafidz & Salina Long again

Memandangkan ramai nurse-nurse, pesakit-pesakit, doktor-doktor pakar, doktor-doktor pelatih, tukang kebun hospital Kuala Terengganu juga arkitek-arkitek di Singapura yang menangis-nangis hantuk kepala ke dinding nak tengok gambar yang digembar gemburkan bersama vespa vintage jaman-jaman dulu ni, boleh lah tengok ni. Ada bagi 1 jer…banyak sangat tak larat nak pilih. Silakan lah…




SN in Kuching 25th August 2009

Good news for those resides in Kuching. A few fellow professional (Alvin Leong, Jason Victor and Brendan Goh) and I will be there for a Photographers’ Evening Out – Photography Talk. The program brought to you by Alvin Leong Academy and Open University Malaysia. Be there and see you there 😉




Salina Hj Long & Dr. Hafidz Dato’ Wan Hisham – Outdoor Session – Kuala Terengganu

Hafidz aka Abg Botak used to tag me around Dublin for 6 episodes of Photo Sessions. It was about 4 years ago. He studied Medic in Galway Ireland. Now, working in Hospital KT. I seldom been hired by the outstation customers, in fact…in the online inquiry form people always ask “Can you do outstation photoshoot”….and my template answer…”Kalau kat London pun boleh pergi, takkan lah Kuala Kangsar tak boleh…” (contoh ayat). In fact, there are lottt of things can be explored other than taking portrait photos at the lake garden, park and resorts. These set of photos I took entirely at Kampung Cina Kuala Terengganu and only 2 shots at Batu Burok. Dr. Hafidz married to his model-cut Salina, an Architect served in an architect firm in Singapore. Both are funky!

For the photographers…realize different taste of Bokeh!? hehhehe…I’m moving towards Prime Lenses avid user now with HUGGGEEEE aperture (kopak!) but I love the result especially the color and the sharpness. Very soon, I need somebody to carry my bag along the assignment since Prime Lenses with fixed focal range definately need biggg storage, compartments and of course…it will be very heavy to carry alone 😉

Ok, Enjoice!

Good news for those resides in Kuching. A few fellow professional (Alvin Leong, Jason Victor and Brendan Goh) and I will be there for a Photographers’ Evening Out – Photography Talk. The program brought to you by Alvin Leong Academy and Open University Malaysia. Be there and see you there 😉


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SAIFUL NANG (Signature Photographers)
CEO / Principal Photographer
Colours of Asia Sdn Bhd
CandidSyndrome International
+60380766878 (HQ)
+6738880639 (Brunei)
+6013 3977715 (Mobile)