#MeToo

Time Magazine’s Person Of The Year was announced this last week, with ‘The Silence Breakers’ as the winners. The #MeToo movement has swept across the world and fundamentally changed the way society thinks about abuse and trauma, especially those acts committed by people of power.

Last week, Susan opened her first photography exhibition on the subject of sexual abuse – the first ever of its kind in Asia.

Prior to the #MeToo movement, this project had already been up and running for about a year. We’re very proud to say that we have been able to do our part with helping to highlight the issues here in Hong Kong. Many media outlets here in Hong Kong reported on the exhibition and we hope that this will open up a forum to speak on a subject that has been difficult to talk about before, and to shine a light for victims of abuse to help them rehabilitate.

https://m.scmp.com/video/hong-kong/2123559/do-not-feel-shame-sexual-assault-victim-says

http://m.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/community/article/2123476/do-not-feel-shame-sexual-assault-survivor-hong-kong-urges

 

Amanda S x Caffe Habitu.

We love cake.  We love Amanda S. So when Caffe Habitu invited us to shoot cakes specially designed and made by Amanda S, it was what they call a ‘no-brainer’!

An established brand in Hong Kong, Caffe Habitu has worked with the lovely Amanda S to produce four exclusive designs for their cake menu this Christmas and Johnny Productions had the privilege of being the photographer for their promotional material.

The shoot was fun, the cakes delicious (Amanda S’ own recipe) and we had an awesome experience working with the very professional Amanda S.  Look out for the advertisements this Christmas and make sure you indulge in some cake!

For more information, please visit https://www.habitu.com.hk/habitu-x-amanda-strang
 

  

風雨蘭 x Susan — 亞洲首個響應「國際終止女性受暴日」攝影展(International Day for the Eradication of Violence Against Women)

謝謝風雨蘭的邀請,我才有機會參與這麼有意義的活動。

其實我不是一個很會講話的人,因為我覺得很多事情不能夠用言語去表達,所以我選擇用照片去跟別人溝通。就好像這次的拍攝對像,我從她們身上感受到一份美麗,或者應該說是對人生的一份追求。無論過去發生過甚麼事情,他們仍然可以用正面和樂觀的態度去面對。

我過往拍過很多女性,她們都會刻意去打扮、穿不同的衣服、配戴不同的首飾,她們全都希望能在鏡頭面前展示最美一面。但這一次,没有華麗的衣服、没有名貴的首飾、更加没有人工的化妝或者後期的修圖,但我覺得他們每一個都很美麗。她們的美是發自內心的。

老實說。要接受這次的拍攝並不容易。他們對我們的信任令人感動,而且在拍攝的過程中,他們每一位都展現出一個又一個自信的笑容。

我相信風雨蘭的每一位同事在拍攝當中下了很多功夫,我要謝謝你們。而更重要的是,因為風雨蘭的精神和理念,令每一位朋友可以再次站起來,再次展現美麗和自信的自己。香港實在非常需要一個這麼有意義和重要的志願團體。今天的作品不是單靠我個人去創作,而是由每位主人一同去建立。希望大眾在欣賞每幅作品的時候,能夠給他們更好的鼓勵,也希望風雨蘭能夠繼續努力下去。

  

合辦機構:關注婦女性暴力協會—風雨蘭Rainlily

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Family Portraits of Four!

Mid-Autumn festival— an annual festival in Hong Kong, celebrated when the moon is the biggest and fullest. In Chinese culture, the full moon symbolizes not just prosperity and happiness, but also the element of family reunion!

Calvin and Sisi are proud parents of their baby son, as well as being proud owners of their mongrel. Why? Aside from being astonishingly playful and obedient, the mutt has been by their child’s side ever since he was a tiny infant. Their relationship is truly one of a kind, you will never see one of them without the other.

During a recent photoshoot with the family of four, we were able to witness the joy and glee surrounding the family— coos of laughter came from the young boy as the hound played with him, an incredibly delightful and charming sight, awarding us with wonderfully appealing pictures, truly showcasing the spirit of Mid- Autumn festival— happiness and family reunion.

Jacky & May Hong Kong Prewedding

When we first met Jacky to discuss the logistics of his photoshoot with his fiancée, May, he requested a simple red background for the shoot. We didn’t understand why this peculiar request was made, until we saw Jacky’s Facebook post. He stated that the reasoning behind the request was because it reminded him of May’s lips; just a glance would make his heart beat out of his chest. Of course, there’s more to their love besides this! With their first encounter, Jacky already knew that she was his Mrs. Right, so it was a no-brainer when he decided to propose to her and promise a fulfilling life ahead for the both of them.

 

31 Hong Kong Women Entrepreneurs Share Their Advice on How To Start A Business

Our chief photographer Susan Ng was recently interviewed by WL Media.
Susan was incredibly honored to be chosen as one of the HK Women Entrepreneurs and shared her advice for women-lead businesses in this HK roundup article.

Article by Winnie Tsoi and Minuca Elena | Hong Kong, Women entrepreneurship

There’s always been a bit of an unbalance in terms of gender within the photography industry. When I first started in the industry, there were only a few women; especially those who were wedding photographers. It was hard to find recognizable female wedding photographers who are good at their craft as well as able to take on the physical labors of being a wedding photographer.

Perhaps because I studied art at college and perhaps because I look at artistry in a different way to most people, gender wasn’t a really big deal to me and I certainly didn’t think it should affect the way I did my work. Therefore, I forged my way within the wedding photography industry with as much courage as I could possibly find.

I still remember my very first wedding job – probably over a decade back now; it was an unforgettable experience, both in terms of being my first paid job but also the schedule of the day and I admit that I found it very exhausting. I had never shot a wedding for a full day before and looking back on it now, at the time, it was probably the most exhausted I had ever been in my life. I have kept the photographs from that wedding – I still have an album for my own archives. Each time I look back on the photographs, I remember exactly what happened when I took the shot. I am very grateful that I was given the opportunity to step out on this new career path of mine – as before I became a wedding photographer, I was working as a music lecturer at a university. It may still be part of the arts curriculum, but learning how to become a professional photographer was quite a big step for me – more so when I decided to concentrate on being one for the rest of my life.

For those who want to start and lead a profitable business in Hong Kong, I would probably advise them to be courageous.

It takes a lot of determination and hard work to become successful, this is in business as well as life.

When you decide to start on that journey, there will be a lot of setbacks, a lot of hardships – and definitely a lot of unknowns – but self-belief and determination go a long way into helping you along that road. I can’t really say that I’m that successful for the moment, but I have been lucky enough to be a professional wedding photographer in this very competitive industry for over a decade now, with over two thousand weddings under my belt. Each wedding is memorable in its own right and I am always learning. My biggest motivation is that my clients will look at the photographs I give them and remember the moments that occurred with great fondness.

My hope is that with each photograph I take, I get to change the world’s perspective a little bit. I absolutely love my job – and I hope that I’ll be taking photographs until I can’t anymore.

Susan Ng

Principal photographer, Johnny Productions

Johnny Productions x Central Weddings

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Johnny Productions & Central Weddings, two of the top tier companies in the wedding industry have collaborated on something very exciting! For more details, contact us!

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