We are Stories

 
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Why We Do What We Do

I am amazed that in a single frame, we can forever immortalize a moment that would mean so much to a person. This is why the art of photography has captured all our hearts. We want couples and families to remember the happiest moments of their lives, through a shared experience in front of our lenses. These moments are fleeting but the memory of that experience deepens relationships and connections, which makes our hearts happy. We hope to have the privilege of building your family heirloom through images.

Love,
Grace
Founder of Stories

What We Believe In

In spending time meeting up with clients to become friends as this helps tell a story of love.

In being intentional about portraiture, whether on your wedding day or any ordinary day.

In photojournalism, captured in a candid manner because it evokes the best (and truest of) emotions

Meet Our Team

We are a team of passionate photographers and videographers who love capturing emotions and moments for couples and families.

Grace Tan

Founder & Senior Photographer

I am passionate about capturing memories for others through my lens. When my dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s the year I got married in 2006, I realised that images have the power to recall good times. He used to laugh and reminisce as he flipped through old photos in albums. Now, as a mom to two young kids, I realise that time passes by so quickly and I just want to remember every single detail. Years ago, I worked in the Malaysian film and television industry but discovered my passion in photography in 2006, which led me to start this company in 2008.

My approach to work has always been to tell a story. I believe images have the power to connect people, and help them remember happy moments in their lives. This is why I do what I do. Other than running after my own children and other people’s children, I am also passionate about building strong marriages and advocating purposeful parenting through my other brand, Comma: Rethink Life. I am a certified International Coach Federation (ICF) coach and I help individuals and couples achieve their dream life in the areas of personal growth, marriage and parent-child relationships.

I am also a Canon ambassador and I conduct photography and video production workshops when timing permits.

Tan Chi Yin

Associate Photographer & Videographer

Photography has always been my hobby since I was young. For me, it is just so magical that we can record every single moment in our life. Looking back at those photos or videos, they remind us about how precious it was just being together with one another. I enjoy doing it a lot, and feel a deep sense of satisfaction over the outcome.

After I graduated from my bachelor’s degree in Media, Communications & Culture, I joined the film production industry for a period of time. At that time, I was working as a production coordinator, which meant that I had to do more organisational work including communication, admin and paper work. However, my passion in photography and videography continued to burn.

In August 2014, I joined this company, starting as a videographer and video editor, while continuing to hone my photography skills. Eventually, in 2018, I switched my focus towards photography, which I really love doing now. In 2020, I was challenged to be more involved in strategy and business development. I am grateful that we are always encouraged to grow and keep on learning to strengthen ourselves with different skills in this company.

Meaningful projects inspire and motivate me. One of the exciting projects I had was to work with Disney. We created social media videos that challenged us to think out of the box and to be close with current trends. We also worked with Early Autism Project, where I learnt a lot of useful tips throughout the video shooting. For example, how to handle children when they throw a tantrum or ways to have positive reinforcements towards positive behaviours. Also, as a photographer, seeing families that return from time to time to get their little milestones captured, it warms my heart to see how the children grow and how is everybody is doing well. I am so happy to journey along with people in their important life events.

Tan Bin Bin

Studio Manager

Originally from the corporate world of finance, a bit of soul-searching led me to drastically diverge my career path into one that was more people-centric as I enjoy connecting with others and building relationships. While I dabbled as a freelance travel designer for a few years, my path eventually led me to Stories, where I now handle all client related matters and assist with business development works.

What I love about working at Stories is how you’re not constrained by your roles but instead are encouraged to try new things and pursue other areas which you may be interested in. That, and the high level of quality in all things done here, of course!

In my spare time, I love trying to recreate my mom’s recipes in the kitchen and immersing myself in nature, whether it is through a hike, a dive or merely, relaxing by the beach.

I look forward to growing with the Stories family in their journey to capture life’s special moments.

Sarah Lim

Content Curator

I love being able to use creative communication to inspire people – whether it's through the written or spoken word, colours, visuals, and even dance. I find great satisfaction in knowing that there is purpose in what I do and I also love learning and trying new things. This constant curiosity has somehow led me to hold various roles in marketing communications, public relations, content writing, video production, and brand consulting throughout my career.

I first learnt how to take photos with my dad’s SLR as a teenager and slowly fell in love with the art of capturing people and great moments. Since then, photography has been a significant part of my life. It’s great to be part of a family that captures great memories for others, helping them treasure the most precious gifts in life – family and loved ones.

Abel Chow

Video Editor

As the youngest child, I have always been supported by my family. Even if I didn’t do well in my studies, my family would still give me the moral support and encouragement I needed. As I grew older, this mindset of supporting and helping people is now ingrained in me. Even if is just listening to someone talk for hours, I am all ears. When I was still a child, I saw my elder brother playing computer games at home which influenced me to use a computer daily. With today’s technology, the computer is so essential in our daily lives and I told myself that I would use the computer to help others in any way I can. Whether it is creating an emotional video with unforgettable memories in the hearts of people or the journey of someone’s life though photos or videos, watching people smile in front of the camera makes me smile as well. I am glad to be part of the Stories family where I get to edit & be exposed to lots of laughter through different kinds of moments that has happened and yet to happen in Stories.

Stephen Ng

Assistant Photographer & Videographer

I started to have interest in photography when I was 13 and was one of the school’s photographers. I shot photos during school events for the school magazine. At the age of 17, I also developed a passion for filmmaking after watching some short films from YouTube. So I signed up for Broadcasting for my Bachelors degree. While at university, I experienced shooting multiple video productions such as short films, documentaries, indie feature film and multi-cam production.

I enjoy capturing moments where my subjects are expressive such as during a candid moment. I consider myself to be a visual storyteller. I like to tell stories through the lens of the camera as I believe photos are a powerful tool to communicate and express emotions. It also brings me joy whenever I shoot for people and when they are satisfied with the photos. I am glad to be part of Stories, working with people who share the same passion as me. With Stories, I will get to capture the special moments of our clients and deliver a story that they will want to cherish and remember.

Jamie Ang

Associate Photographer

I ventured into photography in 2012 because I was drawn to the emotions that an image can incur in me. I’ll let you in on a little secret: I once was one of those girls who would gush over wedding-related blog posts. As funny as it may sound, it made me happy looking at beautiful photos of someone else’s wedding day and it always made me feel like I was there. However, instead of dreaming of becoming a bride, I dreamt of being the one behind the camera.

Being able to tell a story through photographs was to me, a huge privilege. I believe photographs have the power to bring you back to that moment in time, to relive those emotions you felt, and to share that experience with others. That is why I still am passionate about what I do.

Chris Chan

Associate Photographer

Art has always been a priority in my life. It started with drawing during my childhood, then a gradual transition to photography over the past decade. My newfound happiness and satisfaction comes from producing beautiful pictures that mark important and meaningful moments in life for others.

At Stories, I am given the opportunity and privilege to do this and continue developing myself in an area that I enjoy the most. I am looking forward to a fun and enjoyable photography experience with you!

Johan Sopiee

Associate Photographer

As with many parents, I started photography when my daughter Nadia was born in April 2000. After capturing thousands of precious moments, I tried out a DSLR for the first time and was hooked. With new camera in hand, I was given the opportunity to assist another photographer with Aishah Sinclair’s wedding, and this began a deep-seated love for wedding photography.

I’ve covered weddings of all kinds, ranging from Malay to Chinese to Indian to Punjabi to Church to Garden and Kampung weddings. The thrill of observing two people falling in love is only surpassed by helping them capture their beautiful moments on their wedding day; moments that the couple and their families will be proud to share with their children and grandchildren.

Oh, if you enjoy charged up group photo sessions, just ask me to crank the fun up a notch by yelling, “Help Us Go Crazy!”.
I enjoy capturing moments where my subjects are expressive such as during a candid moment. I consider myself to be a visual storyteller. I like to tell stories through the lens of the camera as I believe photos are a powerful tool to communicate and express emotions. It also brings me joy whenever I shoot for people and when they are satisfied with the photos. I am glad to be part of Stories, working with people who share the same passion as me. With Stories, I will get to capture the special moments of our clients and deliver a story that they will want to cherish and remember.

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