I was recently invited to conduct a session on Photography: The Art Storytelling & Branding at Women Photographers Malaysia’s first-ever workshop! It was hosted at Citizen M Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, gathering about 20 of us from different backgrounds – the organisers, participants, our talents, and fellow photographers – all who shared one common interest: a love for this art.
It felt good to be connected with these photographers – some were already full time photographers, others were considering on making it as their career, or were hobbyists and even students who want to learn more.
When I was planning the workshop, I knew I wanted to run it in a way that was more than just a theoretical session. For me, it was important that participants could go back with real thoughts that would challenge them where they are, at whatever stage they might be at.
So I was really glad when many came up to me after the workshop to tell me what they experienced and learned in just three hours. Here are some other feedback message I received:
“First of all, I am so grateful to you and WPM for the workshop. I think you nailed it when you taught us how to tell stories. You kept it short and simple to understand. The duration of the workshop was also perfect as I did not lose focus at all listening to you. Secondly, I am so relieved when u gave business advice. You made me feel like I am on the right track and all I have to do was to keep pushing. I’m starting to apply whatever you thought us during the workshop for my business as well. Thanks again for that.” – Danial Azhar
“Beside meeting beautiful, successful and intelligent ladies, I brought back some good knowledge from the workshop. I was able to get answers to many of my questions in respect of what comes next from my photography hobby. I thank you for that.” – Oqba
It always makes me happy to know that I can help others in their photography journey because where I am today, is the sum of many senior photographers who opened their hearts and shared nuggets of wisdom to me in the past. I believe if we just assist each other to get better, the whole industry will improve. This workshop is my small ripple of contribution.
Also, a big thanks to Annice Lyn, Canon Malaysia’s EOS Youth Ambassador and co-founder of WPM for capturing these lovely moments behind-the-scenes. Joel, Maisie and their little girl Charlie, were amazing talents to work with too!
Here are the photos we took of our lovely models!
If you would like us to run a workshop like this for your organisation or school, contact us here. We’re also able to do photography workshops for private functions and tailor the content to your needs.