Concrete truck rolling in and out in front of the house reminds me of my job nearly 10 years ago as a concrete specialist… fast forward 10 years, I have never looked back 6 months into my decision to become a photographer.
There is a saying, if you are doing what you love, you never work a single day in your life… right… you may say, there isn’t such a perfect life… I fully agree with you… the first 3 years or so being a self-employed wasn’t exactly the easiest but of course, the drive come from the hunger inside me that push me to be better every single day. Repeat the same process again in a foreign country which I call home some 6 years ago wasn’t the easiest too.
I remember when I started doing photography in Singapore, I was battling fever, unknown place, public transport that I don’t know much about and charge at a fee that I lost money every single shoot… it was tough… it was a time where I thought of quitting…
What drive me wasn’t money and truthfully, money has never been the driving force behind the business. I remember the single purpose in life, that is to be happy. So what makes you happy? follow your heart and do what you need to do and persist on what you wanted to do and I am sure, with enough time, you will get to the journey that you enjoy.
One thing to remember is Happiness and Success isn’t the destination, it is the journey that is uniquely yours. You are as successful in your own terms so take one step at a time and define your own success and your own milestone as it is your life…
Looking at my achievement today… I am totally blessed to achieve what I set to achieve. Sure, it is very tiny as compared to some of the figures that I looked up to, but nonetheless…
2013 has to be the most exciting year so far since the start of the business in 2008 in Singapore.
3 months in free time while still manage to grow double digits while seeing our subsidiary company, Bambini Photography (www.bambiniphoto.sg), growing at a staggering 255%… so 2013 mark the 6 continuous years of growth in business which I am extremely grateful.
I am very proud to be the Family Portrait Winner of 2013/2014 of Master Photographers Association based in UK and 2 awards of excellent for my Newborn Photography.
Here is the image that crown me the winner of Family Portrait of Master Photographers in 2013/2014:
Furthermore, it is with great honor to accepted as Associate Master Photographer and this title is awarded upon the submission of photographic work and in recognition that the photographer has shown excellence in technique, lighting and composition. The candidate must show creativity and an understanding in the art of professional photography.
Of course, this is not possible without the help of my mentor, William Ng, who trusted me and his willingness to help me to understand deeper into photography.
Awards and title is icing to the cake for clients who have put their trust in me, because, without them, none of the above will be possible.
2014 will see a lot of changes in both Tomato Photo and Bambini Photography and hopefully, these changes would bring us to the new height that basically our way to say Thank You for everyone who is directly or indirectly involve in our journey.
Last but not least…. Here is one image that I took on my last session in 2013… I title it “Leaping into 2014” – certainly that’s what I feel when the image was taken.