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Some photos from a corporate photo shoot with EPIC Edu Myanmar.

Model : Khin Myo Thant Maw

Khin possess a very sweet smile but she was totally new to studio portrait shoot. After few mins of fun talk and laughs the photo shoot went really well. Below is the chosen one for the front page of EPIC Edu Mm leaflet.


Wedding : Mg Ye Min Phyo + Ma Phoo Ngon Thin

I always wanted to shoot preparation/behind the scene of wedding as I know that wedding photographers in Myanmar don't really shoot those shots on the actual wedding day. So I went to the Sedona Hotel 2 hrs before the wedding to have some shots what I always wanted since the Groom, Bride, Flower girls and Ring Bearer are all my friend. (You can se the pre-wedding photos here)

The beautiful Bride getting hair and make up done.

Bridesmaids, Ring Bearers and Flower Girls

Ok. After the below one last photo we left the just married couple in their hotel room which really was a nice one facing beautiful sunset over the Inya Lake.
For those who are interested in the gear I used for above shots all the photos were taken with X100s which I noticed that ISO3200 & 6400 shots are pretty noisy as it is APS-C sensor but still can be reduced noise in Lightroom. But the raw photos do react slightly different to color adjustment in other words you can't do much Brightness/Contrast adjustment. 


Shooting Pre-Wedding At Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

I have been to Shwedagon Pagoda many times with my camera but this time I went there for a pre-wedding photo shoot. Normally a photographer does not necessarily need to get permit to shoot at Shwedagon Pagoda but in a case like pre-wedding when couple wearing very bright beautiful Myanmar wedding dress security told me to get a permit from the Pagoda authorities. Actually it is not like something you need to go through very formally according to my assistant. All he had to do was writing down few sentences on a paper saying that we were here for a pre-wedding portrait session with the Pagoda as background.

It was raining heavily and I couldn't really bring the couples many places. Anyway we did try our best to get some good shots in this limited spaces which was a stairway to the Pagoda.

Myanmar Pre-Wedding

There are a lot of souvenir shops near by and if you talk to the shopkeepers nicely you can borrow a lot of stuffs from them for photo shoot. I borrowed one blue Myanmar traditional umbrella and managed to get below shots.

Myanmar Pre-Wedding

Raw conversion of all the photos were done in Lightroom. Then I exported them to Photoshop for retouching and Dodge/Burn stuffs. Final tone were adjusted using VSCO film preset with minor manual adjustments.

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Final security check before entering the Shwedagon Pagoda platform.

Myanmar Pre-Wedding

Because of heavy rain we only got one photo taken on the platform when it stopped for about 10 mins. Then it continued and we had to get back to the stair way to save ourselves and gears. Read here how i got this shot.

Myanmar Pre-Wedding

Then We borrowed two Myanmar Harps (normal size one and very small one) from the antique shops located just outside of the Pagoda for below fun shot.

Myanmar Pre-Wedding

Myanmar Pre-Wedding

Myanmar Pre-Wedding


A Day In Pyin Oo Lwin

I was kinda forced by friends to attend friend's friend wedding held in Mandalay last month (check out the photos of the young beautiful couple here) and one of them who I have known since secondary school invited me to his house in Pyin Oo Lwin. We took it and this was where we had our late breakfast. One of the Pyin Oo Lwin strawberry farm.

Here got one fun thing which we couldn't get to do in the big city was that we were allowed to pluck strawberries ourselves in the field as much as we wanted to purchase but obviously not in a abusive way.

Once we were done with plucking they packed all the strawberries we had chosen into a small box and we just needed to pay per box.

The farm actually was quite spacious.

And by the way Pyin Oo Lwin used to be quite famous for using pony cart for transportation.

And finally we all tried the strawberry milkshake which made with fresh strawberries.


Photoshoot @ MBS Singapore

A year ago I was invited by my roommate to take some portraits of this girl, Yang who was coming to Singapore. She was staying at MBS (Marina Bay Sand Hotel) for one day and we had a chance to take photos in the MBS rooftop swimming pool just before sunset.

Portrait 01

Portrait 02

Travel : 5 Days In Bangkok

It was taken last year, 2013 during my 5 days trip to Bangkok, Thailand.


One fine Sunny Day in Yangon

Model : La Min Eain
Location : People Park, Yangon

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Signing Ceremony and Wedding : Ko Than Htway Ag + Ma Yin Min Soe

I was told by their relatives that they have been together for nearly a decade and with this promising look no doubt they will be holding each other's hands forever.


Maung Than Htway Aung + Ma Yin Min Soe


Signing Ceremony

Signing Ceremony was held few days before the actual Wedding Day.




Mandalay Wedding: Ko Zar Ni & Ma Pyae Phyo Aye

It was the first ever wedding for me to attend this year, 2014 and I felt so great to take pics of these young couple who are really happy to have each other. This time I did experience how Mandalay people celebrate their wedding which was much much more formal than some of the Yangon wedding ceremonies I have been.


Myanmar Wedding



Strobist : Day 1

ငယ်တုန်းက A Bug's Life ဆိုတဲ့ ကာတွန်းကားကြည့်တုန်းက ပုရွတ်ဆိတ်တစ်ကောင်အတွက် ရေပေါက်တစ်ပေါက်ဟာ အင်မတန်ကြီးပါလားလို့ တွေးမိခဲ့တာလေး ဒီနေ့မိုးရွာတော့ ပြူတင်းပေါက်က လမ်းမဘက်လှမ်းငေးရင်းတွေးမိလေတော့ အားသွင်းထားတဲ့ ဘတ်ထရီတွေရှိတုန်း ရေပေါက်ရေစက်တွေ ဓာတ်ပုံရိုက်ရင် ကောင်းမလား စိတ်ကူးပေါ်လာတယ်။ ဒါနဲ့ အင်တာနက်မှာ အလွယ်ဆုံးသူများရိုက်ထားတာတွေ လိုက်လေ့လာရင်း အောက်က သုံးပုံ ရိုက်ဖြစ်သွားတယ်။ ရေပေါက် ရေနဲ့မထိခင်ပုံ ရေထဲပြုတ်ကျသွားပုံနဲ့ နောက်ဆုံး ပြန်ကန်ထွက်ပုံဆိုပြီး သုံးမျိုး ခေါင်းစဉ်ခွဲလိုက်ပါတယ် ရှုစားပါဦး ခင်ဗျ။

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ပုံ (၃) ရေပေါက် ပြုတ်ကျတဲ့အရှိန်နဲ့ပြန်ကန်ထွက်လာသောအခါ

ပြီးခဲ့တဲ့ အပုဒ်တုန်းက ဘယ်လိုရိုက်လဲ မထည့်လိုက်ရလို့ ရှားရှားပါးပါး လာအားပေးတဲ့ ကိုကိုဒီကော်မန့်အရ ဒီတစ်ခေါက်တော့ setup ပုံ ကို အောက်မှာထည့်လိုက်ပါတယ်... အင်မတန်လွယ်ပါတယ် speedlight တစ်လုံး ရှိရုံနဲ့တင် ရိုက်လို့ရပါတယ် စာကြည့်မီးအနီလေးက ဖိုးကပ်လုပ်တုန်းက မှောင်လို့ ထွန်းထားတာပါ ရိုက်တာနဲ့ မဆိုင်ပါဘူး။ မာခရိုမှန်ဘီလူး မဟုတ်တဲ့အတွက် ကျနော်ရိုက်တုန်းက ဖိုးကပ်ဝင်အောင် မတရားချိန်ရသလို ရေပေါက်မိအောင် ရိုက်လိုက်တာ ပုံ ၂၀၀ နီးပါး ရှိမယ်ထင်တယ် စိတ်ကြိုက်ကတော့ ဒီ ၃ ပုံပဲရှိတယ် နောက် ရေနဲ့ရိုက်လေတော့ ကင်မရာအထားအသိုတို့ မီးခလုတ်နဲ့နီးရာဝေးရာတို့ ရေဖိတ်တာ စင်တာ မှောက်တာတွေ သတိထားပါဦး ပြောချင်ပါတယ်။ speedlight ကို ကင်မရာ ဘယ်ဘက် ဒါမှမဟုတ် ညာဘက်ကနေ နောက်ခံ အဖြူကိုတည့်လိုက်ရင် ရပါတယ် ကျနော့် ရိုက်တုန်းက setting က 1/200s iso200 f11 to 16 ပါ။