Singapore-based Shavonne Wong is an award-winning fashion photographer with 8 years of experience under her belt. Having started out as a self-taught photographer armed only with passion, a diploma in IT and a dash of stubbornness, Shavonne started her photography career from scratch to what it is today. She shoots to tell a story, to give viewers a glimpse into someone else’s world. She especially loves a good challenge from adventurous clients who enable her to push the boundaries of their project concepts. Check her out on Instagram @shavonne.wong or visit her website.
What’s your most memorable shot or shoot, be it challenging to capture or interesting subject?
That will definitely be the shoot I did with Billy Porter that went on to be used by Vogue in all their international publications. He was such a charismatic person to work with and his every pose was so in character, it was an amazing experience. Also, he started singing while I was shooting so it felt like such a bonus getting a private live performance!
Another wonderful memory is getting the opportunities to shoot for Asia’s Next Top Model multiple times. It’s always fun shooting for them and being on live TV is always such a strange and exhilarating experience.
What image are you most proud of from your photography portfolio?
I won’t really point out a single image, but I’m really proud of my Living Stills. These are images that were shot as stills and then made to move in post.
My dream gig would be…
To shoot international campaigns for big beauty or fashion brands and have them used globally.
My favorite piece of gear is…
My Fujifilm GFX50S. I absolutely love shooting with that camera.
Do you shoot tethered?
Yes of course! Shooting tethered is incredibly important to me and my team as it helps us see the images in a much bigger screen. This aids us in making sure that we can get as much of the image in camera as possible. It also allows my makeup artist to see their work zoomed in so they can decide if they would like to make any changes. All of this helps to greatly decrease the amount of time I’ll need to spend in post-production.
The best advice I can offer a fellow photographer would be…
Asking is free. Emailing is free. Don’t stop trying to market yourself. No matter how mind blowingly breathtaking your work is, nobody can hire you if they don’t know that you exist. And follow up, multiple times if needed. You’re not everybody’s priority but following up helps them remember about you!