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[大人爱送礼] 还记得大人早前所推荐的 Daniel Ooi Fine Art Gallery 全家福影集吗？好消息！大人此次将独家与本地著名摄影师 Daniel Ooi 联办《双亲节送奖活动》送出10份价值RM388*的全家福配套! (文…
「如果此时此刻能有一张完整的全家福在手，该有多好。」这的确是大人心中的小遗憾，生命中有些事真是无法等待的，需要经历过才能明白时光不留人。殊不知这原来也正是本地著名摄影师 Daniel Ooi 当初决定接触这行业的起因。
We all enjoy having photos of ourselves up on Facebook (wall) but when was the last time we capture the shots of our entire families and have them proudly displayed on the walls of the homes of every family members?
Family portraits capture a moment in time alongside those we care for most, a treasured reminder and document that can be looked back upon fondly to share memories as time goes on. Getting all our family members in the same place at the same time is often hard enough, trying to organise them into a coherent group for their photograph to be taken is even tougher. But according to local celebrity photographer Daniel Ooi, it’s always worth the effort!
踏入 Daniel 位于士姑来 Mutiara Rini 的 Daniel Ooi Fine Art Gallery (只限拨电预约) 后，大人就知道他对于全家福的拍摄手法绝对倾向简洁而未见花俏，正如同其工作室般俐落，贴心的主人家还特为前来拍摄的小朋友们准备了玩具、图书的儿童区。一幅幅和谐自然的大型全家福让以黑白为主色的艺廊不见清冷，反倒有种宁静的温馨，大人转身赫然发现原来还有许多你我熟悉的国内外影视名人也慕名而来呢！
Today everything is digital which is great for Facebook, a lot of family photos are being taken as “selfies” with our smartphones but how many photos do we have on a hard drive somewhere on our computer, and do we even know where they are and how to find them? For many, our very first family portrait are usually taken during graduation, or as part of the wedding ceremony that sees us in our glamorous best! However, most of these “family portraits” were few and far in between, and on the rare occasions they were taken, the natural connection seemed to be missing from these well-rehearsed poses.
For Daniel, the motivation for picking up a camera was in large part to be able to (in some way) satisfy an itch that he has had his whole life – his love to create in any way possible and telling your stories by any means. A camera simply allowed him to do that in a way that was personally satisfying. Judging from his minimalist studio at Mutiara Rini which has been affectionately known as Daniel Ooi Fine Art Gallery, we weren’t the least surprised at the extensive collection of family stories images that can be viewed, or the individuals or celebrities that have turned to him to tell their stories. Oh, there’s even a little corner with toys for the little ones.
打从1999年开始接触摄影后， 来自玻璃市的 Daniel 便不曾转移其对摄影的热爱，「念书时边兼职边学习，那时还是使用底片的年代啊！我还记得第一张照片便是替顾客拍人像。」毕业后便全职进入这圈子，从摄影助理、婚纱摄影一路至今18个年头，「说来真是遗憾，15岁便开始接触摄影的我，却再也没有机会与父母一起拍摄全家福。」双亲早逝让他至今仍谨记「爱要及时」这个真理，正因如此，Daniel 每年都会坚持与妻女留下一张全家福。
Hailing from the northernmost state of Perlis and having moved south to Johor in 1999, Daniel fell in love with photography for the reason that he got to meet people he has never met and tell their story through a creative medium that will last forever. Daniel‘s passion for photography started when he was 15 when he landed a part-time job at a local studio to have people’s passport portrait taken. For the longest time and in a career that has span 18 years, from a photographic assistant, wedding photographer to taking family portraits, his biggest regret was not getting a picture with his parents together, and has learned not to take his own family’s current stage for granted, as it only takes a few months for them to change and grow.
As Daniel came to realise and would always now say, we will never regret getting our family portraits taken, but we may regret NOT having pictures of a particular time in our life. With many of his clients, Daniel now gets the privilege of seeing them grow as a family by taking their portraits every year, and he insisted on doing the same with his wife and lovely daughter!
「数年前从事婚纱摄影时，发现许多新人家中竟没有全家福的踪影。」此举让 Daniel 瞬间勾起自己过往的遗憾，因而萌生不如将专业融入温情，让每个人家中都能拥有一张值得珍藏一生的全家福，岂非更有意义吗？于是乎，将每一户家庭最动人的亲情、欢笑一秒定格於相中，便成为了摄影棚里最常见的景象，这份工作带个他的喜悦是无可替代的。
To Daniel‘s “horror” during his early days as a wedding photographer, he found that many newlyweds homes so often neglect their wall space which is devoid of any family photo stories, or they have their walls filled with posters or most often art pieces from home decor stores. This moment of truth hits Daniel hard again, as he became inspired to transform any living space and guarantee that every time someone walks into your home, they will be drawn to look at your family portraits, based on the very idea that personal snapshots were more important than masterpieces!
「简单自然就是美。」Daniel 一般皆会鼓励前来拍摄全家福的顾客自行打扮妆点与搭配造型服饰，务求展现一家人最自然清新的面貌，这里的全家福绝不会有过多的场景缀饰与容颜粉饰，因为他相信每个年龄都有其最迷人之处，「尽量放松，自信就是最美的容颜。」所言甚是，过多的修饰必会失真，大人的确不想陷入「拿着一张怎么看都不像自己的照片」的迷思里。而每当拍摄完毕后，顾客即可马上检视照片，严谨的前置作业，为客户节省了许多时间，Daniel 此时笑言「有些客户看了照片后甚至当场问我们，可以完全不修图吗？」
【大人小分享】六人全家福的基本配套从RM388起，欲知详情请拨电预约 +6016-702 6736
Since then, Daniel has provided hundreds of fabulous wall and shelf portraits to families throughout Johor, and as one of the leading family portrait studios in the country offers a friendly service combined with beautiful, modern and relaxed photographs. To convey individualised family scenes with natural, genuine fun and moments of interaction that capture relationships between loved ones, Daniel would spend time discussing with you and your family, firstly getting to know you, your tastes and style, before exploring all of your requirements and portrait combinations to ensure you are photographed in a most relaxed and candid way that appeals, producing a selection of wonderful images. In short, you call the shots! The photoshoot itself is part of the overall experience, as is the viewing to select the photos on the spot, completely out of the camera with no sugar coating and hardly any “photoshop” required! To Daniel, every step can be a fantastic bonding time with the whole family involved.
In his humble Fine Art Gallery that can comfortably accommodate 40-50 pax, it was rare to come across the same old boring or conventional family portraits that your friends have, and its place, a playful collection of authentic, natural and distinctive memories with a remarkable result. Come this parent’s day, nothing can be a more personal and sincere gift than to convey the joy of the entire family with professionally done family portraits. Our parents will surely appreciate the memories of our warm and candid moments more than a blurry smartphone shot of the household, while our kids will also always have the piece of history of who we all are today.
We all change so fast. How will you be remembered, and how would you like to be remembered? Book your session today, or contact +6016-702 6736 and Daniel will take care of the rest!
PS: Basic family portrait package for 6 starts from RM388.
Daniel Ooi Fine Art Gallery
Address: 55 Jalan Utama 39, Rini Residence, Taman Mutiara Rini, 81300 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia
Contact: +6016 – 702 6736