A few months ago, I got an email from JW Marriott Hotel Medan inquiry about Suwandi Chandra Photography Commercial Photography Services, and asked me whether I can do photoshoot for their Festive Season (Christmas 2013 and New Year 2014) packages that they will have during December 2013 till January 2014. My immediate response will be a big “YES, Of Course!” I’m flattered by this opportunity since JW Marriott Hotel Medan is one of the Luxury hotel in Medan City and I heard lots of good things about them and most of the time if there are any friends of family coming to town and need hotel, I always recommended Marriott to them.
This photoshoot involved kids having fun in the hotel bedroom and on the bed, this is a very challenging photoshoot yet very exciting for me. As you may know for photographer, the hardest photoshoot will be everything that involves kids or pets. Personally, I have done several kids photoshoot and I knew what to expect for this one. The secret here is how to make them always excited, happy and how to get help from their parents to communicate what I as photographer expected their kids to do to get the best shoot so that it feels natural and not staged. Another additional tips from me will be, keep Candy/Sweets/Chocolate around you when you work with a kids, these will be your savior during the sessions :). (Remember: Kids love sweets)
After setting a date and time for photoshoot, I began to look at my equipment at that time. As my latest Camera Body is Pentax K-7 which is 4 years old now. Pentax K-7 is a great camera and serve me well for my landscape/nature/Still-Life photography which doesn’t require speed or fast movement. Because of this concern I decided to look at new camera body to better prepare me for these challenging work and make sure I can deliver the best result for my customer (We believe in highest quality services and product for all of our customers). So, Pentax announced newest body which is Pentax K3, as what I gather from online, this camera is amazingly fast and snappy. So, I decided to purchase this camera body and I was not disappointed as this new body really deliver, fast, snappy, and not to mention with the removal of AA/Low-Pass Filter it really make all my lens sharper than usual. I don’t need anymor elenses, since my lens lineup is adequate and fast. (Pentax DA 12-24mm f/4.0, Pentax DA* 16-50mm f/2.8, Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 and Pentax FA 50mm f/1.4).
The day for the photoshoot arrived, I was actually asking one of my student to come with me during the photoshoot as my assistant so that he can help me whenever I needed. This is the benefit of having School of Photography, I can always rely on them and yet they can learn and get real world experience on the field with me. Then, we met the person in charge and head to the room for the photoshoot. I did several setup for the camera, meter the light to get perfect exposure, setup the tripod and make sure the room is ready when the kids arrived.
The equipment that I picked for the session after testing around are Pentax K-3 as the body, the lens is Pentax DA 12-24mm f/4.0. And the kids arrived, to my excitement, they seems ready for the fun of jumping on the bed and having fun on the bed which I’m sure most of parents will not allow their kids to do this :D.
The parents and everyone in the room are very helpful, especially their parents, they are really having fun too with the kids, throwing ball, pillow, etc. to keep the kids interested and fun. And while having fun is good, yet it is tiring too for the kids, luckily I prepare chocolate for them, so to keep them interested and happy while resting. Honestly, the day went by too fast, there was a lot more that I want to try, but considering the kids woke up early in the morning, I’m sure they are tired, but thankfully I got great shoot and the kids are happy.
Here is the JW Marriott Hotel Medan Festive 2014 Package from their facebook page, and keep looking out for the newspaper/magazines ad during this festive season for more information about their campaign with this photo:
And lastly, I would like to thanks everyone from JW Marriott Hotel Medan to give me this opportunity, I hope this will be the good start to build upon future partnership, and also for the kids and their parents, without them communicating to their kids is impossible.
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Suwandi Chandra Photography
Medan – North Sumatra, Indonesia
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